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South Campus fitness fans don’t have to hike

Students living on South Campus no longer need to walk north to attend fitness classes at either the Sports Pavilion and Aquatics Center or Patten Gym — a bill passed by Associated Student Government now provides several fitness classes at Blomquist Recreation Center.

“My friends in sororities had been complaining about walking to SPAC,” said sorority Sen. Bircan Uzan, a member of the Student Services Committee who wrote the bill.

Uzan, a McCormick sophomore, said that students were not satisfied with the health and fitness classes offered on South Campus.

“Sports and athletic facilities on South Campus needed to be improved for years but there was no motivation,” Uzan added.

Winter 2005 classes offered at Blomquist began on Jan. 3. The classes include interval training, cardio box, ultimate body strength, and total body workout. Fees for cardiovascular/strength classes are $69 for students.

Uzan and the ASG Student Services Committee helped prepare surveys asking about what type of classes students would be interested in attending on South Campus.

The surveys were distributed at Blomquist, SPAC and also posted on ASG’s Web site, HereandNow.

“This is a great offer to students on South Campus,” said Alex Lurie, ASG services vice president and a Communication junior. “Right now the bulk of the programming is lopsided, it is all up north. This will give students on South Campus an opportunity to not have to walk up north to take advantage of athletic opportunities.”

Kate Yeskey, a Weinberg freshman, said she was excited but skeptical of the new classes.

“This new program is only good if the classes are worthwhile,” Yeskey said.

Yeskey added that she is glad she can stop walking to SPAC to participate in fitness classes.

“I was going to sign up for classes at the beginning of the year,” Yeskey said, “but by the time I jogged to SPAC it would be half of my workout.”

Some students, however, have not benefitted from the new classes at Blomquist.

“I’d rather not walk up north, but in order to get the workout I want I have to,” said, Weinberg freshman Richard Maidman.

Reach Jason Prager at [email protected].

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