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Rec Building fee policy unfair

In the University of Iowa's ongoing quest to take the "public" out of "public institution," it has now made access to the Recreation Building restricted to students and those with cash. Since the building of the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center, the powers that be have decided to restrict all indoor recreation facilities to payment-only status, thus restricting all low-income families, including those of students, the ability to exercise during the winter.

I am a UI student, but my spouse is not, nor are my three children. In winters' past, we have happily used the Recreation Building as a place to run and exercise — the only free indoor track in Iowa City. This year, though, I was told that not only would my wife have to pay $50 to use the track for the winter months, but that my 4-year-old and 6-year-old would also be charged the $50 to enter the building.

We cannot afford this fee, and so we begrudgingly gave up the prospect of family exercise during the winter. My wife did buy a pass, though, only to find how inconvenient, and against code, the building has become. She is now only allowed to enter through the south entrance, a floor above the track.

It always made me happy to see so many students and families from the community running or walking around the track during the winter months, a testament to the importance or exercise as a community builder. I fear these new university recreation policies have decreased the quality of life in Iowa City a little more.

James Lambert
UI graduate student

Positive look at UI students

In regards to the Nov. 17 story "UI students tutor children at Broadway Center": Reading an article about UI students helping children was a welcome change of pace considering many recent stories about UI students in The Daily Iowan have been concerning the 21-ordinance and other trivial matters. I think it is fantastic that students are volunteering and seem to be enjoying it as well.

As someone who has experience working with a disabled child, I can honestly say how rewarding it is to work with someone who needs your help. Having the ability to help someone is rewarding in itself, but the relationship you develop with that person is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

I look forward to reading more stories like this one and encourage the DI to promote these volunteer programs and inform students about how to get involved. Giving back to the community is something I believe every citizen should strive to do.

Monica Hedeen
UI freshman

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