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by SOMER STAHL
The long awaited Student Recreation Center officially opened
on Tuesday, April 11. UNCW students, faculty, staff, alumni and
other community members joined Chancellor James R. Leutze and
Campus Recreation in a ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the grand
opening of this facility.
"I think this [recreation center opening] says volumes about our
students body. About their generosity, about their willingness to
dig deep, their willingness to think beyond the moment, to think
beyond their own instant gratification and to do what’s good for
the university and what’s going to be good for their fellow stu
dents,” Leutze said.
Patricia L. Leonard, vice chancellor of student affairs, provided
the welcome at the opening for a large crowd including the UNCW
Pep Band and Seahawk mascot.
“I can tell you that the staff and the student workers for both our
campus recreation and wellness programs have been working dili
gently to get everything moved in and ready,” she said.
Construction of the new Student Recreation Center began in
September 1998. The project cost $8.2 million and was paid for
with student fees. In 1994, the UNCW Student Government Asso
ciation, acting on behalf of the student body, approved a student
fee increase to fund construction of the center The building en
compasses 64,400 square feet and has two floors.
Inside the building, a 6,000-square-foot fitness center is joined
by a sports forum with three multipurpose courts, a 2,200-square-
foot exercise room, an elevated track with three lanes and a 28-
foot.climbing wall. The building also houses locker rooms, the
Discover Resource Center, a training room. Wellness Services,
Campus Recreation Administration, and a lounge.
The center will open weekdays at 6 a.m. On Monday through
Thursday, the center will close at 11 p.m. and on Fridays at 9 p.m.
The facility will be available on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and on Sundays from I p.m. to 11 p.m.
“The Campus Recreation Program now has the capability to
offer all students the opportunity to work out and exercise as many
as seventeen hours a day, compared to the seven hours they had in
Hanover Gym,” Leonard said.
During the ceremony, Rec Center Director Rex Pringle offered
New SGA presidential
election today, Thursday
Other officers inaugurated last weel
by THOMASM. RUYLE
The Student Government Association (SGA) presidential elec
tion resumes today after a three-week delay cau.sed by the disqualifi
cation of all three original candidates.
Katie Russell, Lee Keenen and Laura Southerland were each dis
qualified during the original elections for various violations of cam
Russell was given a warning for using SGA materials and facili
ties in her campaign on March 17 and disqualified April 6 for cam
paigning too close to the Wagoner Hall polling station. Keenen was
cited April 4 for posting campaign materials on a non-public bulletin
board in the University Union and posting materials too close to
gether in the Warwick Center Southerland failed to provide her ex
penditure report forms by 11 a.m. April 7, which resulted in auto
All three candidates filed appeals for the disqualifications. They
were heard by the special Election Appeals Committee made up of
President Patrick Gunn. Vice-president Nathan Powell. Attorney
General Christian Kilgore and Senior Class President Shane Fernando
as the chairman. The committee upheld all three disqualifications, at
which point a new election was organized.
Potential candidates have until today at 5p.m. to file their election
packets at the SGA office. The candidates will meet at 7 p.m. to dis
cuss election guidelines, and will begin campaigning immediately
Southeriand. who will not run in the new election, said, “They
(the appeals committee) did the best they could, but it was a little
rushed.” Her former opponents, Russell and Keenen. will campaign
Russell said the new election should go smoother this time around.
See SGA, page 5
Chancellor James Leutze addresses students and faculty
at the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center on
April 11. The 64,400-square-foot facility took over a year
to build at a cost of $8.2 million in student fees. State-of-
the-art excercise equipment, an indoor track, and a climb
ing wall are available for use by students and faculty.
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