Have you ever felt that there are not enough places where you can freely exercise on campus? Probably because of the small space at school and the limited playground sizes, students can think that sports facilities are lacking on campus. In addition, the students’ treatment at the fitness center located in Building 305 has also been problematic recently. Since there are students who feel that sports facilities on campus are lacking, this article deals with the present situation of on-campus sports facilities, their problems, a comparison with other school’s facilities, and how to solve the said problems.
Present Situation of School Sports Facilities
In Building 305, there are a fitness center, a gym class lab, a sports room, and a weight room for undergraduates as well as a shower and locker room on the first basement floor. The fitness center is available from Monday to Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from 5p.m. to 10p.m. You can use it after registering for 30,000 won per month. However, ordinary students feel uncomfortable using the equipment due to students in the department of physical education, because they can freely use the fitness center, and the center is also managed by personnel of the department. Moreover, students do not receive proper service, even though they are charged for it.
Dormitory Fitness Centers
The fitness centers, which are accessible only to students using dormitories, are not allowed to students who do not live in the dormitories. They are located on the first and second floors in Building 308. There is also a gymnastics room on the first basement floor. In Building 309, it is located on the second floor. From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., students in the dormitory can freely use these facilities and after-school programs are being provided.
There are two playgrounds on campus: one is the lawn located next to Building 310 and the other is the court located between Building 203 and Building 208. You can easily see students playing soccer on the lawn in the evenings. If you want to use the lawn next to Building 310, ask the Use-of-School-Facilities Meeting. From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., the usage of the lawn is permitted.
The court between Building 203 and Building 208 is called the ‘Giant Stadium’ and there are one basketball goal set and four foot volleyball nets. But it is quite small, so students have difficulty in freely using the space. Also, there are certain students who exercise in the court very often. In other words, there are not enough spaces and facilities for many to enjoy sports activities.
How about Other Universities?
Free Fitness Center
Unlike CAU’s fitness center, which are available only after paying, there are many schools that provide similar services for free as part of a welfare facility. Students who attend Hanyang University, Kyonggi University, Wongwang University, Duksung Women's University and Sangmyung University all have free access to fitness centers. Hanyang University has both a pay-to-use gym and a free but time-limited fitness center, so students can choose which service to use. Also, as you can see in the picture below, the gyms for other schools, which are open to students for free, have similar or better facilities and equipment.
Schools with Diverse Athletic Facilities
Korea University is one of the schools equipped with a variety of sports facilities to enable students to enjoy a wide range of sports. Sports facilities including a lawn stadium, a track, a rock climbing room, a basketball court, badminton courts, fitness centers, an aerobics room, a table tennis court, and an ice rink are readily available. Students can easily reserve them through the homepage. In case of the ice rink, there are skating classes during their winter vacations. Additionally, on the campus, a total of three fitness centers are available for students. The difference between number of sports facilities is quite noticeable since CAU only has fitness center and playgrounds.
Problems That Have to be Resolved
Charged Fitness Center
Although the fitness center in Building 305 is the welfare facility on campus, it has the burdensome fee of 30,000 won per month for students to use. The space of the fitness room is not big and facilities are worn so treadmills make some noise. Several sporting machines are out of balance. Not only is sportswear not provided, but also recently towels were not given either. Therefore, some students think they’re poorly served even though they paid for the usage.
Lack of Diversity in Facilities
Overall, only the fitness center and the playgrounds are equipped on campus. The number of sports facilities is also insufficient. Therefore, the amount of physical exercise that students can do on campus is very limited. Compared to other schools with several fitness centers and other various sports facilities, students do not have the variety of places to exercise.
<CAH Has Done an Online Survey of 90 CAU Students>
To identify the satisfaction of students more precisely, we divided students into two types; who are living in dormitories and not. According to the survey, students who use the dormitories are generally satisfied with the sports facilities on campus. On the other hand, those who do not are dissatisfied with sports facilities on campus. From this survey, we can know that satisfaction level between students who live in dormitories and not is very different. Moreover, we can notice this problem needs to be improved since majority of students also think the same.
Being comfortable and healthy is also the part of our campus life. Therefore, students have their right to exercise and play freely. However, CAU only has a few sports facilities, one fitness center, and two playgrounds. And students who don’t use the dormitories are required to pay monthly to use the fitness center. Minimum personnel expenses might be understandable, but the current price has to be modified a little bit. (Even private fitness centers have similar price, about 30,000 to 50,000 won per month.) Moreover, the school should notify to students where the gym fees are spent with convincing reasons. Schools should be more attentive to students’ opinions so that they can enjoy proper services and sports facilities. < 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >