You’ve executed all the pieces — your classwork is all completed, your residence is trying spiffy, each merchandise in your to-do listing has been crossed off with confidence. You’re positively thriving, and with this dazzling productiveness, you’re motivated to get a little bit of train in the present day as nicely. So, you toss in your exercise garments and head to Teagle to get a fast elevate in earlier than dinner. You stroll all the best way there, shivering a bit within the chilly climate, and tug on the door deal with to get inside. However Teagle is closed. It closes at 7 p.m.
Your good, environment friendly day is not fairly so good and environment friendly, however, undeterred, you trudge onward to Noyes. You shiver extra on this second stroll whereas the frigid wind on the slope laughs at your meager apparel. Lastly, you make it to Noyes. It’s open, thank God, and also you galavant inside, overjoyed to lastly elevate heavy issues. In fact, Noyes is packed to the rafters with college students. There’s not a single machine out there. The free-weights part seems to be like Degree B throughout fishbowls. Even all of the cardio machines are taken. So, you interact within the time-old custom of figuring out for 20 minutes after which giving up as a result of there are simply too many individuals.
Cornell must do a greater job of creating its health facilities accessible to college students. From the truth that Cornell expenses college students for its gyms to the overcrowding at many places, the system places up far too many roadblocks for college students to have the ability to train with ease and regularity. Artistic options have beforehand been proposed, similar to one concept put ahead by fellow opinion columnist Roei Dery ‘23, however to unravel the issue of overcrowding, significantly at Noyes, Cornell ought to construct a gymnasium within the one place remaining with many college students and no close by health middle: Collegetown.
At present, there are two health facilities on North (Helen Newman and Toni Morrison), one health middle on Central (Teagle) and one on West (Noyes). This sufficiently covers college students residing on-campus with handy entry for college students residing on North and West in addition to for athletes, who primarily work out at Teagle given its shut location to many different athletic amenities. Nevertheless it blatantly leaves Collegetown, the place a majority of upperclassmen dwell, with none health middle.
This creates roadblocks for Collegetown-residing college students looking for to train. First, the brutal winter in Ithaca makes it troublesome to get to a health middle. It’s an unlimited disincentive to work out when you must stomp by snow and ice midway throughout campus to get to a gymnasium. Second, the truth that Noyes is the closest gymnasium open previous 7 p.m. results in overcrowding in that location, because it turns into the first location for each West Campus and Collegetown residents. Consequently, college students usually develop annoyed with the wait occasions for his or her desired machines and uncomfortable with the massive crowds. In a post-pandemic world now extra attuned than ever to the transmission of airborne sickness, many college students aren’t too eager for his or her gymnasium expertise to be akin to a good sweatier mosh pit.
The fact is that with the various duties going through a Cornell scholar each day, it’s simple for a scholar to neglect getting bodily train. So, when extra boundaries are layered onto the prospect of figuring out, it makes a scholar even much less more likely to keep in good bodily well being. Cornell has a basic duty to guard the well being of its college students, so it should prioritize limiting these boundaries as a lot as moderately attainable. Constructing a health middle in a location the place an unlimited variety of college students dwell is simply concerning the naked minimal. It could broaden entry and reduce crowds at different health facilities, creating a greater expertise for college students and permitting extra to train.
A fair higher final result can be Cornell going additional and likewise getting rid of charging college students for gymnasium entry. Dery stated it finest in his column earlier this semester: “The truth that Cornell expenses for health facilities communicates that they consider train is additional, not vital, to fight psychological well being points and assist sustainable scholar life on campus.” The identical message is distributed by the woefully poor quantity and measurement of the College’s health facilities. It’s the flawed message to ship to college students, and if Cornell takes its dedication to the well being of its scholar physique significantly, it’ll take steps to make sure that health facilities are simply accessible for all college students.
Andrew V. Lorenzen (he/him) is a senior within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He might be reached at [email protected] When We’re Sixty 4 runs each different Wednesday this semester.