Student employees at the Wellness and Recreation Center face reduced hours for Spring 2019 because of budget restrictions. They were notified of the upcoming changes in an email sent out last semester.
Some students like sophomore Shayla Nobles, a nursing major, have experienced shift cuts. Nobles works at the front desk and had one shift cut. She now works twice a week at the WRC for a total of seven hours.
Bert Rosenberger, director of Wellness and Recreation, said student hours were cut due to a rise in equipment repair and operational costs.
“Instead of eliminating one student that works 10 hours a week, there will be five students who will lose two hours,” Rosenberger said.
Rosenberger said he wants to minimize the impact of the hour cuts on students by broadening the hour cuts.
Students working at the fitness desk, front desk, or as lifeguards, scorekeepers and group tness instructors have been affected by the cuts.
Faith Farber, a senior outdoor education major, works at the climbing wall.
“Since the climbing wall hours did not change, I was not affected at all,” Farber said.
Currently, there are around 110 students employed by the WRC who work between four and 12 hours a week.
When school in in session, there are roughly 565 hours that need to be worked every week. Last semester, students worked all 565 of the available hours, but this semester they will be working closer to 490 of those hours. The rest of the hours will be made up by GC professional staff members.
Nobles said that although her work schedule was minimized to two shifts, she was pleased with the outcome because of her busy schedule. She will not be searching for other jobs to make up the pay loss.
The front desk and fitness floor, originally run by student workers, will be run by staff members from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will be able to cover shifts from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.
All GC students pay an annual fee to keep the facility running and pay its workers, including professional staff members. The fee has not increased since the gym’s opening in 2011. Rosenberger’s request for an increase in fees has not been permitted.
The extra costs to replace equipment and the increased operational costs have forced Rosenberger to cut back student hours so the professional staff can make a living wage.
Any time there is a holiday weekend or a weekend before or following a break, the WRC plans to close in order to save money.
The facility will be closed during weekend hours over the summer as well.
GC’s Front Page News has also emailed a survey to all students to nd ways to improve the WRC for future usage.