At the beginning of the year, the BSU Student Senate attempted to pass a bill adjusting the policy on skateboarding. The bill would have allowed longboarding, but still banned normal skateboards. According to David Andrade, Student Senate Co-President, longboards are favored over normal skateboards because it is more difficult to do tricks on them, making injury less of a factor.
“We felt [the policy] was discriminatory against longboarders,” explained Andrade.
Members of the Student Senate believe longboards are just as legitimate a method of transportation as bikes and rollerblades, which the university endorses as environmentally-friendly. They wanted to pass a rethought version of the rule to create a more open atmosphere for all methods of transportation employed by students.
The new revision on the skateboarding policy was drafted at the beginning of fall semester of 2011. It has since been turned down by the BSU administration, leaving the policy unchanged.