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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Will the promise for a renovated RAC be kept?

When it comes to completing renovations at the RAC, UMBC is minimally involved in updating the student body of its progress.

On April 3, 2013, SGA made the announcement that $75,000 to $85,000 would be allotted for the complete renovation of the recreational weight room. More than 5 months later and students have yet to see a change in equipments or improved air ventilation.

These are the necessities that many students are arguing need direct and immediate attention. Olivia Conn, a sophomore bioinformatics major said, “I was super excited last spring when a few of my friends told me that the RAC was going to be renovated. However, when I walked in this fall, there were still the same old broken machines and rusty free weights.”

Although this issue has been beaten to death by myUMBC posts, articles and casual conversation, the improvement of the RAC is apparently not a primary concern to UMBC. If the equipment remains damaged, then UMBC continues to put students’ health and safety in danger.

The new Athletic Director, Timothy Hall, states that since roof renovations are complete, flooring and equipment replacement are underway and hopefully will be completed by mid-October.

Students should not keep risking their safety by using broken equipment, nor should they have basic gym equipment inaccessible to them. From the beginning of summer 2013, a leg-curling machine in the weight room has been out of order.

It is also a health hazard for students to use rusty dumbbells. This piece of gym equipment could easily have been replaced before roof renovations. But it is not just the weight room that needs improvement.

There are only 28 machines on the cardio balcony serving over 10,000 students and staff. Of the 4 bicycle machines, 2 of them are out of order. Outside the weight room, there are a total of 10 rowing machines, 4 of which are broken.

Improving ventilation in the weight room should also be a top priority. However, it was nowhere to be seen on the list of items to be renovated. This can end up endangering students’ health and could also lead to financial liability on UMBC if a student falls ill and they decide to sue.

As Arunendra Saha Ray, a graduate chemistry student, states on a myUMBC post, “Any commercial business with such wanton disregard for its consumers would lose its clientele.”

The UMBC student body is infuriated. Students have long been suspecting what UMBC does with our increased fees.

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