‘I don’t have time’
No matter what schools offer, they’re competing against students’ hectic schedules. Haley Crock, a 20-year-old sophomore at U-Md., said the spectacular natatorium was one of the reasons she came to College Park. But laps are rarely in the cards. “I’m a mechanical engineer, so I don’t have time,” says Crock, even though her dorm is “right there.”
That’s why schools have also begun to take fitness to students. In addition to those free classes at Tubman Quad, Howard puts some pieces of exercise equipment in dorms. Hopkins does the the same thing. “As open as we are, from 6 a.m. to midnight, students want more convenience,” says Anne Irwin Tillinghast, assistant director of fitness.
Even though Catholic University’s student fitness center is smack in the middle of student housing — “They can roll out of bed and take 50 steps,” says director Marie Kennedy — she still visits dorms to teach students to exercise wherever they are. “I try to encourage them to take study breaks by doing walking lunges down the hallway and doing arm curls with a chemistry book,” she says.
While all of these new facilities and programs may be inspiring students to work up a sweat, sometimes what’s really needed is an old-school approach to exercise. When Catholic President John Garvey arrived on campus this fall, he noticed one thing conspicuously missing: a basketball hoop. “I thought, ‘What’s up with this?’ So I walked around campus and said I want a hoop right there,” he says.
Catholic is planning to add volleyball courts this spring. After all, even if they’re growing up, kids still like to play.
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