Loyola students 'slack off'
Graeme Leddy, music industry sophomore, is a slacker.
"I slack every day if I have time. There isn't a time when I don't want to slack," Leddy said.
Leddy is talking about slacklining - tightrope walking for the everyman. The balancing sport consists of tying a rope between clamps attached to something sturdy, like trees or posts, Leddy said.
The challenge is balance: a slackliner's job is to walk as far as possible on an unstable rope, Leddy said.
Leddy said that experienced slackers can walk backward, sit down and stand up, bounce up and down, and even hang upside down on the rope. Some professional slackliners have been trying to establish slacklining as a competitive sport since 2010.
Liam Sohr, a music industry studies sophomore, said that the sport needs more recognition.
"I love slacklining, but the Audubon Park security guards kick us out from the Fly and the park whenever we set up our lines over there," Sohr said.
But Mark Von Almen, an English writing sophomore, said that there are other places to have fun.
"I enjoy slacking at City Park and the park on Daneel Street," Almen said.
Leddy advises students to look around the next time they find themselves in a park to see if they can spot the slackers.
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