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"Ric K. Kadour" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 23:28:34 -0500 (EST)
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Are you kidding? In my four years here at UVM I've seen money flow out of 
Academic programs. I've seen requests for very good improvements truned 
down because of money. I've heard falculty complain that UVM is not 
hiring quality professors because of lack of funds. And you want more 
money for cardio-vascular equipment?

My feeling is that if you want to learn go to a university, if you want 
to exercise go to a health club. Furthermore, I know from personal 
experience that an outside club is going to treat you better, have newer 
equipment, and play better music (Mine does). You will also find people 
there who are knowledgable.

I think the University should move away from this notion that it has to 
be everything to the student. I think we need to go back to a core. When 
UVM can offer an Ivy league academic program, when it can properly fund 
the staff and programs which deal with the challenges of our changing 
society, then we can build multi-million dollar recreational facilities. 
Until then, buy a BIG pass, ride your bike.

Ric Kasini Kadour

PS. I highly recommend the Body Garage in Miller's Landmark off Church 
Street. Best gym in town.

On Tue, 5 Mar 1996 [log in to unmask] wrote:

> When will the students, faculty, and staff support a recreational facility
> that includes cardiovascular equipment?  Every school around us is growing.
> UNH's new Recreational Complex, UMASS and the Mullin's Center, and many
> others are making moves to attract those individuals looking for an
> eductaion and a healthy environment.  What new attractions does the
> University of Vermont offer?  Taco Bell?   
> Since I have been here almost two years, students, faculty, and staff have
> moaned and groaned about not having certain recreational opportunities
> available to them on a daily basis. I tried to draw attention and start some
> dialogue in a recent Cynic article concerning the congestion in Patrick
> Gymnasium.  No one seems to want to speak up, they only want to complain.  I
> am more than willing to work with you folks on ideas, but you all need to
> show an interest.
> During the spring and summer of 1995, a feasibility study was conducted to
> determine the cost of a new fieldhouse and a renovation of the existing
> track into a Recreational Center.  Granted, the cost was more than expected,
> but the issue seems to have died.  
> Thoughts have turned to the current facilities.  A proposal has been
> presented which would turn the area housing the staging and chairs (i.e.,
> the old weight room) into a cardiovascular room.  The major question is
> where does the staging go -staging that is used maybe 3 - 4 times a year?
> We here at Recreational Sports understand the frustrations that many of  you
> have expressed.  You are not alone, yet we are alone in striving for what
> would be very beneficially to the UVM Campus.  (Being in the health field,
> my opinion may be bias.) 
>  I guess I turn to the SGA office to determine what direction the students
> desire.  I know we can not have everything, but it would be nice if the
> students of this university did not have to pay additional membership fees
> to outside health clubs to obtain their healthy lifestyle goals.
> If you wish to make a comment, please feel free to do so by either email or
> phone (656-4483).
> The opinions expressed are those of the authors only!
> Harvey Blumenthal
> Recreational Sports Director
> University of Vermont
> 219 Patrick Gymnasium
> 656-4483
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