The 2nd Annual ILL Jam[wptouch target=”mobile”]
If I focus my mental energies really hard, I can travel back to a time when I was a spritely young collegiate wood pusher. Cruising to class on a skateboard just made sense. Apart from the obvious fact that a college math class wasn’t exactly my idea of a good time on a weekday afternoon, my cross campus commute via skateboard was a little pick-me-up just before my two hours of number crunching hell. While some scholastic stooges out there will be quick to shoot me down, claiming, “math is fun!”, or “knowledge is power!”, I myself stand behind another argument. That argument being that while, yes, knowledge is power, and yes, I’m sure calculating the distance between planets could indeed be entertaining to some degree, I prefer a more simplified method of personal entertainment and knowledge based self fulfillment. More specifically, one that does not include me measuring the various widths and lengths of the cosmos.
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With that said, coming up in college during my time, you’d be hard pressed to find a club or an organized extra curricular group willing to venture out on weekends to throw themselves down a hill on a skateboard. Like trying to locate a needle in a haystack, coming upon someone willing to set aside homework to willfully put themselves in harms way isn’t exactly commonplace in the college classroom. However, what the kids involved with the Intercollegiate Longboarding League (ILL) have done, is create exactly that. Finally formulating a welcoming, all inclusive habitat for the bio major with a wild side, the ILL has created something of a unique sphere for the adrenaline infused scholar. An association that promotes safe downhill skateboarding with all the knowledge based foundation of a classroom, the ILL has taken the element of guided learning and applied it to the sport we all know and love so dearly.
Once a year, the various factions from campuses around the Southern California area (and beyond) gather for the ILL Slide Jam / Clinic. Promoting a sphere of safe, informed skating for students and new additions alike, the ILL primarily exists to stoke people out despite having a basis built upon classroom cruising. So the next time you are trying to decide if pledging for a specific frat is worth the loss of your well preserved dignity, know that groups like the ILL stand to present you with a winning alternative to the kegger inspired extra curriculars.
Thanks for reading, now go to college, and start a club about skateboarding.
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