Clean the SRC Gym Floors!
The gym floors are so dirty it doesn't matter if you wear nice gym shoes, you won't get any traction and you'll just have to clean your shoes every time you use the gym. My idea is pretty simple: SRC employees stay for an hour after close (once or twice a week) and sweep and mop the gym floors. The SRC at Mines has the cost of a nice gym, but delivers the quality and service of a shoddy gym at a large middle school. Half of the SRC employees are being paid to watch tv behind the desk, or do homework. Meanwhile, the volleyballs and basketballs are flat, they close down so early, and the floors are always extremely dirty. The upstairs gym is packed full, and students planning on playing basketball, badminton, volleyball, or indoor soccer frequently drive to the school and have to turn back to go home because there is no room. Meanwhile, the downstairs gym is completely empty, but employees won't allow us to use it because "they don't want to deal with it." How is our money being spent and who is hiring these employees? If the fee wasn't mandatory this gym wouldn't be worth the rate. Because the fees are mandatory, there needs to be some form of accountability for the gym's management. I understand if the management doesn't think it's worth it to stay open 24 hours. They're probably right. It's not economical for any gym to be open 24 hours; the reason many gyms do it is because it's a selling point. The CSM gym doesn't have to worry about sales because their customers have no choice but to pay. At any rate, the least they can do is clean the gym floors weekly. It takes less than an hour ($12.56 a week at minimum wage), it costs next to nothing in supplies, and the employees are already being paid to sit there.
Thank you for your beef Ethan! This has quickly become an important issue among students. I have contacted the recreation center to address the cleanliness and safety issues with the gym. Regarding being overcrowded, administration is taking steps to curve the issue with Spruce and Jackson having gyms. Additionally there are future plans to create more indoor recreation space open to all students.
Catherine Stanton commented
Coming from a former rec employee, they have a cleaning crew come in twice a week I think. I could be wrong but there’s some liability/work distribution thing and student employees are not supposed to work custodial or food service jobs on campus so I don’t think this is something that student SRC employees can control
Also the downstairs gym is frequently scheduled for team practices, games and events and when I worked there they didn’t share a calendar of events. There is open gym time that is scheduled, but students would often leave behind equipment and stuff making it an issue for athletics so not sure if they do that anymore. I get that it seems like the staff doesn’t do anything but they’re trained and paid as a desk position, same as any other student employee on campus.
Thomas Bruen commented
I would recommend posting separate "beefs". These seem like separate issues; However, I do 100% agree with you on the first part about the floors. The SRC gym floor is often embarrassingly dirty, whereas you can see the massive difference between it and the downstairs courts.