Arts & Culture / Mosaic / October 1, 2013

Sophomore focuses mind and body on slackline

The first time sophomore Morgan Jellison tried walking on a Slackline, he could hardly stand on it.

That was last Spring Term. Now, most days at 3 p.m., he braces the elastic line between two trees in the middle of the quad outside Seymour, walking back and forth with ease.

“I’ve only done maybe twenty days of walking on it, so I feel kind of proud of myself,” Jellison said.

Sophomore Morgan Jellison balances as he walks across a slackline set up in the Seymour Lawn. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Sophomore Morgan Jellison balances as he walks across a slackline set up in the Seymour Lawn. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

The secret, he argues, is a physical balance paired with mental focus.

“Most of it is mental gymnastics. Really, it’s focusing on not your body — it’s focusing on something else as long as it doesn’t disrupt your focus.”

While he walks, several people come by to talk to him and many try walking on the Slackline. One person, Jellison said, asked to take a picture of him to send to an ex-boyfriend.

“It’s about fun. I do it alone but I’m open to anyone coming and trying. I want to be known as the approachable guy with the Slackline.”

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

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