Payne Whitney Gym to expand its hours in the fall

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The Israel Fitness Center will be open during the extended hours. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Beginning in the fall, the Payne Whitney Gymnasium will expand its hours to provide more flexible options for students who wish to use the gym during the evenings and on weekends.

The decision to increase gym hours is based on conversations between the administration and the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), said Kimberly Goff-Crews, vice president for student life, in her announcement of the pilot program.

The gym will be open an additional hour Monday-Thursday, three hours on Friday, and three and a half hours on Saturday and Sunday. The fall 2015 hours will be: Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

During the extended hours, the Israel Fitness Center, the Brady Squash Center, and the Lanman Center basketball/volleyball courts will be available, while the pools, crew tanks, Lee Amphitheater, and Floor 7 will be closed.

The pilot program will run throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, at which time student usage of the gym during the new opening hours will be evaluated to gauge long-term effectiveness.

Goff-Crews thanked Provost Benjamin Polak, Dean Lynn Cooley of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Athletic Director Tom Beckett, and the Payne Whitney staff “for their cooperation and enthusiastic support of this pilot initiative.” She also thanked Gregg Castellucci, president of the GPSS, Joori Park, chair of the GSA, and past student leaders.

“Their dedication and commitment — to students and to this issue — made this pilot possible. All of us look forward to working with the incoming GSA and GPSS leadership to continue to improve the student experience,” she concluded.

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