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  • Unacceptable situation in the weight room

    What is going on in the weight rooom is simply unacceptable.  The guys are not removing their weights from the machines, and as a result the next person needs to spend their own time and energy to unlaod someone else's wegiths, and then load them again with their own.  I was there today, and I was met with total contempt when I asked a guy to take his weights down.  He said "I am not doing it, I am leaving."  And he went up the stairs, making himself of course look like a fool, but a proud fool for not doing what I rightfullly asked him to do.

    It is simple etiquette to follow gym rules, but besides this, students should understand that this is not a neighborhood gym. It is the University of Illinois and it so happens that some of the people who work out there are professors (like myself), with little time to take care of someone else's messes.   It is also disrespectful toward their fellow students and against true athletic spirit, a spirit that should characterize students of this university.

    I was met with the same problems many times since I joined ARC, but today I spoke to the supervisor.  I feel that if definite meausre are not taken, this place will remain a jungle, the way it was today,  repulsive and unfriendly,  truly not a place worth our membership and participation.   Rules should be followed to the letter, and anyone who does not comply should be first warned, then if the person insists on not doing their duty, promply expelled from the gym.  Monitors should be very proactive in telling everyone firmly to pick up their weights AND clean up (this is another thing that is totally neglected- the gym is simply dirty.)

    I hope to see some definite changes, but if the monitors are intimidated by the guys who work out their, nothing will ever happen.  This should be directed and channeled by the administration all the way down to the very last person who works there.


#1 Oct 17, 2012 10:54 am quote

Re-racking weights is a problem we have been dealing with for years. It is simple gym ettiquette to re-rack your weights but our patrons have trouble doing this. It is an ongoing problem. We are working to make sure the FA's are more proactive about telling the patrons to return the weights when they are finished with an exercise. We are not sure if it would help to have additional signage down there reminding the patrons that this is the expectation. However, we are going to install larger signage in the near future. Right now we have signs everywhere, but we will see how larger signage works. Furthermore, if we see it- we do address it, if we do not see who has left the weights- if the FA who is down there is able to re-rack they will do so. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to lift some of the weights down there, in this case they will communicate this to their peers. It is not a matter of intimidation but merely being there when it happens, seeing it, and then communicating to the correct patron.

To address the cleanliness issue: the floors are dust mopped and autoscrubbed overnight. We do not have the budget to clean the floors all day and by the time evening rolls around these floors probably do look pretty bad. We don't have budget to have a second shift of BSW's and even if we did, it would be almost impossible to clean while the weight floor is so busy. Our student staff can and should pick up any of the large items like paper and bottles, but their are strict policies in BSW contracts about how much cleaning a student employee can do. We will continue to work hard to keep the floors as clean as possible. With winter fast approaching this gets more difficult as people track mud and grime in with their shoes.

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