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Campus Rec cardio room comes with user fees

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

Campus Recreation has expanded and is offering the use of a new cardio room - for the right price.

"In recent years the demand for cardio services was growing quickly," said Elizabeth Elliot, fitness and dance coordinator at Campus Rec. There have been complaints about the overcrowded cardio room and the reservation sheets for cardio equipment were always full, she added.

As soon as space became available, Campus Rec acquired it and began construction to make it suitable for use as a cardio gym. "The main aspect of construction was to ensure that a ventilation system was put in place," Elliot said.

To access the new cardio room, members must pay an extra $100 per year or $20 per month, she said. "The yearly fee breaks down to eight dollars and change per month," Elliot noted. The reason for the extra fees is that the expansion was only permissible if Campus Rec broke even on it this year, she explained, adding once the cost of the renovation is paid off, she hopes the fee will be dropped.

As well, there is a limit on the number of members who can sign up for the new facility, Elliot said, noting to prevent overcrowding, a maximum of about 3,000 members can sign up.

"The old cardio room is still available," Elliot said. "Hopefully the addition will result in the old one being less crowded."

"This is a step in the right direction," said Adrienne Kennedy, University Students' Council VP-campus issues, adding she personally does not mind paying the extra fee. "There have been complaints about paying to use the new room and the cap on the number of people allowed to sign up," she added.

Hasan Saiyid, who has finished a bachelor of arts in computer science, has been using Campus Rec for seven years. "The expansion was essential, especially for the double cohort," he said. "I can only imagine how busy [the old cardio room] would be.

"I don't think we should have to pay for it," Saiyid added, noting he does not plan to sign up for the new cardio room.

"It looks kind of neat, but some privacy would be nice," said Ashley Labow, a second-year psychology student. The new room has a large window making exercisers visible from the exit of The Book Store and the nearby Tim Hortons.

"The window will be frosted within the next few days," Elliot added.



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