September 9, 2003  
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Campus Rec helps wallet weight loss

If you're one of the few students who stick to a regular work-out regime, or if you just frequent the revamped Tim Hortons in the basement of the University Community Centre, you've probably noticed Campus Rec's new addition of magical machines to help your figure.

Most would assume that over forty extra exercise machines would be great for the student population; however, not everything concerning the addition is so shiny and new.

Students already have to wake up even earlier than their morning classes to ensure they sign up for the quickly taken time-slots. If at one point during the day you did possess ample energy with which to work out, it would surely be gone by the time you actually get a turn. Between classes and a social life, students don't have time to wait to exercise.

Although your student fees already include access to Campus Rec, if you want to use the new facilities, it's going to cost you. For $100 a year, or $20 a month, you can be a part of this elite group. But is it really worth it when neighbouring gyms such as The Athletic Club and Good Life charge approximately $35 and $11 per month, respectively. If students are paying to use the gym, then shouldn't it at least be a full gym? Costs like these will only detract students from using campus facilities and since they're paying extra, cause them to seek out memberships at real gyms.

Spending extra money doesn't guarantee limitless access, since the new facilities have been capped at a mere 3,000 people. So the issue of too many students and not enough machines remains unsolved. The new room would be great if students didn't have to pay twice. But what kind of division are we creating? It's comparable to public and private health care; if you can afford to pay more for Campus Rec, you'll get the perks associated with the new facilities.

And what about students who simply don't want to work out? Why is it students can opt out of their health plans, but not Campus Rec? Clearly, 30,000 people don't use the facilities therefore. Since merely a small percentage of students actually exercise on a regular basis, thousands of students are at a disadvantage.

The athletic area is quite the sight though; they have one of the loveliest window displays in UCC. For those of you who are exhibitionists, you'll enjoy working out in front of a constant crowd of passersby; however, self-conscious students will likely shy away from being part of the display. Working out is hard enough, let alone in front of a crowd. It's uncomfortable; people walking by have a perfect view of your ass.

Maybe the university could provide us with something great without charging us for it. Plus, not only is the university making money off the Campus Rec facilities, Tim Hortons is surely going to increase sales. Since Timmy's is located conveniently across from the gym, when you're done, you can have a donut.



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