SGA Moves to Keep New Gym Open 24/7

Hannah Long, News Editor • hglong16@ehc.edu

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Hannah Long

The Student Government Association is considering a resolution to make the new fitness center open 24/7.

On October 11, the SGA sent the resolution back to a committee to do research on the costs and benefits of the measure.

The measure would not affect the gyms in the King Center or in the Martin-Brock Student Center, but is aimed at a fitness center located in one of the construction projects in the Village area of campus, the new community center.

The resolution was sponsored by Senator George Jones and is intended to create access to exercise equipment for students who aren’t athletes.

Senator Alexis Staubus said, “Athletes use that gym so sometimes that can make that a little more difficult for students to work out on the equipment they want, because athletes are working out on it.”

SGA President Jordan Smith described the the King Center gym as being “maxed out with athletes.”

The weight room in the King Center is open from 8 A.M.-9 P.M. Monday through Thursday, closing at 5 P.M. on Fridays.

It’s closed on Satur- days and is open 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. on Sundays.

During the October 11th SGA meeting, Staubus said, Jones “presented his resolution and senators made a motion to move the resolution to the Student Life Committee. . .and those people will be getting in contact with the appropriate people in the administration who have details on things like what kind of equipment is going to be in the new gym” as well as “what kind of liabilities are presented by getting someone working there all the time.”

Implementing the resolution could run into several problems, according to Director of Campus Recreation Peter Stevenson.

 

“My biggest concern is security,” said Stevenson, pointing out that there’s only one security guard on duty from 11 P.M. to 7 A.M.

He also pointed out that the facility will not be very large. “This isn’t a big facility like the King Center,”he explained. He thinks the proposed hours will probably accommodate most students. “If you can’t get your workout done during [the proposed hours] you’re just play- ing around,” he said.

The proposed hours are 6 A.M. to 8 A.M. Monday through Friday and 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. Saturday. Stevenson said he was looking into extending the hours for the Martin-Brock gym so it would be open until midnight.

 

Jordan Smith said, “If it’s not 24/7 then we can something that works for students, because I think that was the idea.”

In the meantime, Dean of Students Kyle Cutshaw said, “If students want it to be open at a certain time we want to work with that.”

Cutshaw attended the October 11th SGA meeting. He added that the new fitness center was designed to be “a standalone facility for open recreation” which could not be reserved by groups.

 

Staubus said, “I think that this would be a popular resolution among students here at Emory, especially those who aren’t athletes.”

“I would rather go to the gym at night because it’s cooler when you get out,” said Junior Hailey Ellis.

Junior Christina mitchell thought the plan was “a wonderful idea – being open 24/7 allows a lot more students to work around their schedules. But why can’t it be on the main campus to let even more students access it easily?”

The committee will present its findings to the SGA at some point in the future.

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