Skateboarding 101

An extracurricular course for students from New Orleans attending SCU attracted national attention in October. The school’s “Skateboarding Etiquette 101” was featured in an Associated Press article on students coping with local traditions as they transferred from schools hit by Hurricane Katrina to other parts of the country.

Following Katrina, a total of 46 students from Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University, and Xavier University enrolled at SCU, and tuition and fees were waived for the fall quarter. Those students were invited to attend the one-hour class, which featured tips on the basics of skateboarding, safety, and campus regulations. Students were given skateboards of their own, to join the dozens of undergraduates who skateboard across the campus.

The course was offered by Life After SCU, a program sponsored by the Alumni Association that also offers graduating seniors a series of “real-life” classes to help them make the transition to post-college life. Gravity Skateboards of Southern California gave a discounted rate on the skateboards after learning about the special course and the students who would be receiving the boards.

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