Some students want gyms open earlier

Monday, February 26, 2007

Some students are irked that the gyms in Keeney Quadrangle, Graduate Center and on Pembroke campus open later on the weekends than during the week.

The Bigelow and Emery satellite fitness centers open their doors at 7 a.m. on weekdays but don’t open until 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Bears Lair in Grad Center opens at 7 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and is closed until noon from Friday through Sunday.

But early-morning workout fiends can still use the facilities at the Olney-Margolies Athletics Center, which opens at 8:30 a.m. on weekends.

Some students said they find the situation annoying.

“I’d like to come a little earlier than 12,” said Brian Craigie ’07, a regular at the Bears Lair. Because of the later opening, he said, the gym is often crowded at opening time. And, he said, “The OMAC might as well be in the next zip code.” Craigie lives across the street from the Bears Lair in Vartan Gregorian Quadrangle.

“For most people, it’s fine” that the gyms open late on the weekends, said Sonya Goddy ’07. But, she said, “there’s a small contingent” of the “exercise-obsessed” who want to exercise earlier.

But administrators say they haven’t heard complaints about the opening times.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of it,” said Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger.

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