By Mallika Mitra
Student Commission and the Office of Student Involvement have worked together to extend Anderson Weight Room hours.
According to Emily Sklar ’15, Student Commission Secretary of Athletics, the trial period of extended gym hours began on Saturday, Feb. 8 and will continue for the duration of the quarter.
Winter is a busy time for the gym and the administration could not officially extend gym hours so quickly.
“Student Commission wanted to see something happen quickly…we weren’t comfortable with waiting until the spring,” Sklar said.
To help solve this, the student workers in the gym will be paid through funding from Student Commission and the Office of Student Involvement via the Student Activities Fee.
“Thus far, we have collected feedback from students about how they feel about the gym [hours] and talked to a few students to see what gym hours they would like to see,” Sklar said. “Student Commission’s Athletics Committee wrote a proposal for Student Commission… and [Student Commission] voted to show their support.”
The gym hours for the trial period will be from 7am to 11pm Monday through Thursday, 7am to 10pm on Friday, 12pm to 8pm on Saturday, and 12pm to10 pm on Sunday, said Sklar.
She added that the gymnasium will be open for five additional hours, which will help club sports and intramural sports gain access to practice. It will be open at 12pm on Sunday.
Sklar explained that in the last year, two students organizations have been established to create a healthier lifestyle for those who are not on sports teams: NETS and K Team. She said that she has been working with the Ultimate Frisbee captains and these two new students organizations to allow the students involved to have more gym time.
According to Sklar, because the women’s lacrosse team is now a varsity sport, club sports are having more trouble getting time in the gymnasium.
Furthermore, Sklar expressed that if students want to support having extended gym hours, they should show up to the gym during the additional hours for the duration of the trial period.