Look out! Skateboarders among the campus are about, and they may not be looking where they are going. The college has hundreds of student’s rollerblading, long boarding, and especially skateboarding. These students have their best interest in mind, getting to class as quickly, and swiftly as they can, and why not on a board? It’s accessible, handy, and fast on the go. But as the nice fall weather comes around, skateboarders are in their prime on campus. The epidemic of some skateboarders not watching where they are skating is an ongoing problem, and attention must be brought to this issue.
According to signs planted throughout the campus, skateboarding, longboarding, and roller-skating is prohibitedon campus except through the quad. Skaters, being the rebellious students they already are, will ignore these signs and fly through the streets of the campus. Without looking, skaters will dodge through traffic, believing they have the right away when it comes to college traffic. That’s where some of these skaters are definitely wrong.
Observing through the campus, I saw three skateboarders in which not one of them were looking ahead. One skater with a backpack and all, skating down the road connected to the Brookhaven gym nearly got hit by a car. The skater saved his own life by simply putting his hand on the hood of the car, and pushing off to skate away.
“I used to skateboard so I know how these skaters feel with it being an easy ride to class, but they at least should watch where they are going. I’ve almost hit one with my car myself because the skater wasn’t looking,” said Nick Maida, physics major at the Ammerman campus.
The danger level could be very high for these skaters, especially when it comes to the security on campus.
“They are not supposed to be skateboarding on the roads, only in the square,” said Officer McCabe at the security office.
McCabe reminds me of the signs around, prohibiting skaters on the roads of the campus. The rule seems fair enough, but what about the skateboarder’s point of view? Skateboarding is an easy way to get to, and from the campus for Julien Cortes, SCCC freshman. Cortes was more than
happy to explain his skateboarding on campus; it’s a perfect way to get around for this student.
“I skate here every day on my long board, to and from
class, except for when it rains,” he said.
“I never have to waste time finding a parking spot, and I know how traffic is a big problem here on campus. I love not having to deal with it. I live across the road and up the block. Skating to school is more than convenient for me,” added Cortes.
Cortes has been stopped by a campus officer only once this semester, but it hasn’t stopped him from skating. There are signs around permitting skaters from skating on the streets, but may not be visible to each skateboarder. These signs aren’t visible to each skateboarder or long boarder on campus, because I really had to search for the sign.
“I saw one sign once about not being able to skateboard on
campus, but I just see other people skateboarding so I thought I could too,”
Cortes is a safe skater, and has only fallen on campus twice, which both times were on accident, and he caught himself. Cortes goes on to explain the most dangerous hill is the road headed down to the Brookhaven gym,
“I have an App on my iPhone that recorded my speed at 26 mph while skating down that hill, so I try to avoid that hill at all costs.”
Being as good a skater as Cortes is, long boarding on campus is a perfectly fine way of transportation for his situation.
“Skating isn’t dangerous on campus, as long as you look where you’re going, and avoid some of the steeper hills on campus”, Cortes added.
Skateboarders and long boarders on campus can look scary to drivers, but Cortes is the “poster child” for long boarding, and he made it clear that skateboarding or long boarding is not too dangerous for the Ammerman campus. As long as you’re good at skating, and not trying to impress anyone, it’s all about getting to class on time. If each skater on campus takes Cortes’ opinion into account, skateboarding, long boarding, and roller blading on campus should be accepted for every student who can benefit from skating to school.