Students suffer from limited building access
Using the Nelson Physical Activity Center on the weekends can be a difficult prospect for students. For starters, the facility is open only from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. What’s more, the gym is often occupied by other sporting events.
According the track schedule, track practices and meets frequently take priority to student use of the gym, especially during the winter. The indoor track schedule occupies the NPAC Monday to Saturday afternoons and an additional five days during their season for meets.
As recently as last weekend, the Hoop Shoot basketball tournament also preempted student use.
As Randy Rhine, Vice President of Student Services, lobbies Student Senate for an additional $100,000 to resurface the gym floor, it becomes even more important for students to enjoy unfettered access to the NPAC.
This complaint also extends to the Armstrong building’s pool, which is open for only eight hours a week. It’s difficult for students with full schedules to use the natatorium.
If students are providing funds for the campus facilities, they should have priority when it comes to using the facility. The current situation is unfair, considering that student tuition is used to fund the NPAC. On a campus with little else in the way of entertainment value, the NPAC should be more accessible to students, especially on weekends.