Correction: An earlier draft of this story cited the wrong year for the loss to Marquette. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Sophomore Rosie Tran’s feet couldn’t reach the ground.
Tran found herself being held up by the hordes of UNC-Chapel Hill students rushing Franklin Street after last year’s win against Duke University. She said she felt herself moving back and forth with the crowd, dangling in the air for almost a minute.
“I’m only 5 feet 2 inches," Tran said. “My significant other was scared I would fall over and become trampled, so he would lift me up a little bit. But when he let me go, I was held up by other people’s bodies.”
With UNC-CH facing off against Duke on Thursday, Tran said she hopes to get to experience rushing again.
Rushing Franklin Street after a major basketball win is a UNC-CH tradition, and according to Tran, a quintessential experience that brings the campus together. Students have been rushing Franklin Street for decades, with many of the rituals continuing today.
Alumni Leigh Wilco rushed Franklin Street for the first time in 1977, after UNC-CH lost to Marquette.
“It was pretty bittersweet, I remember thinking we were going to win,” Wilco said. “We went down anyways.”
Three years later, UNC-CH won the 1982 national championship against Georgetown University, its first championship since 1957. It was Dean Smith’s first national championship.