Facilities keep up wih students’ needs

by Dustin Smothers

From math tutors to midnight breakfast, Simpson provides manyservices to its students, but some of the best-utilized are the thecollege’s athletic facilities.

“A large percentage of the student body uses [them],” said CoryChapman, athletic facilities manager. “Whether it is theracquetball courts, fitness center or Cowles for intra murals.”

The fitness center is popular among students focused on stayingin shape – and among those trying to work off some extra poundsfrom the weekend.

The fitness center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to10 p.m.

Access to all Simpson athletic facilities is free to students.Members of the Indianola community may also use the athleticfacilities, but first they must purchase a membership from theStudent Athletic Coalition.

These SAC memberships give them access to all facilities for ayear. Single memberships can be purchased as well as familymemberships.

In the past students were required to sign in when using thefitness center, but this year all you need is your studentidentification card or a SAC membership card.

Improvements to many of Simpson’s athletic facilities are beingdone throughout the year. Chapman said one major improvement wasthe new scoreboard at Bill Buxton Stadium.

“We are also looking into placing new scoreboards at thebaseball and softball fields,” Chapman said.

Improvements to the discus- and hammer-throw areas are plannedbecause Simpson will be hosting the conference track meet,according to Chapman.

Student safety is the most important thing when maintaining thefacilities at Simpson.

“Maintaining the treadmills and keeping the machines and benchesin good condition is important,” Chapman said.