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New Fitness Area is Result of Student Suggestions

By Janlyn Thaxton



There’s a thousand more square feet, the ceiling fans have been tripled, and lighting has been added. The new HSU student, faculty, staff gym will open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, and students are getting the credit for the changes.This summer, the exercise facility on the second floor of the Mabee Complex underwent some major remodeling. Edgar Reed, instructor of fitness and sports sciences, says, “The gym area has a whole different feel now and will be run like a membership fitness center.”{{more}}For student body president Tanner Cope, the finished exercise facility is proof that HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall is listening to what students want. Cope and last year’s student body president Erica Fairbanks attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially announce the facility’s opening.Dr. Hall congratulated the students on their ability to bring about positive change. Hall said, “Tanner came to me in July of 2009 with a list of student ideas. I wanted to know what students want most on this campus,” said Hall.Fairbanks told Hall how impressed she is with the remodeled facility. Standing in the hallway, looking into the new glassed-in exercise gym with mirrored walls, she marveled, “I can’t believe how much bigger it looks. Where did we get all of this space?” Hours have also been expanded so that students, faculty, and staff have 12 more hours during the week to use the gym.Reed explained that even when the exercise facility was smaller, it still got plenty of use. Pointing to a nearby treadmill, Reed says, “This one has three-million miles on it.” Reed says he is very grateful for the expanded area, for fitness and academics. “We have seven new flat-screen televisions; three of them can also display instruction for our classes which meet in this area.”Reed says the fitness area will continue to transform over the next several weeks, “We plan on putting some wellness related scripture on the wall as we finish things out.” The new area will also have a trained student staff on hand during the hours of operation.”Dr. Hall makes it clear that the remodeled facility is not the end of developing the idea students have put forth. “This remodeled area is just a temporary solution to meeting students’ needs,” says Hall. Being considered is a much larger wellness area. Some students say they are hoping a climbing wall might be included.Hours of operation are: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. and Noon-10:00 p.m.Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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