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Letters to the Editor

The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to Athletic Department Head Royce N. Flippin Jr.

We are regular users of the weight room in the Dupont Gym. On the whole, we appreciate having the room as a place where we can exercise. However, we do have the following grievances which we feel deserve immediate attention.

The weight room is extremely popular, but it is often so crowded that we risk injury. We invite you to visit the room on a weekday around 6 p.m. to witness first-hand what the situation is like. We often see people using free weights in the Nautilus and sit-up areas of the room, where they can hit others with their weights. While preparing for bench weights, one of us was hit in the forehead with a weight by another person doing free weights too close to the bench area.

The greatest limitation on our safety and comfort in the weight room is the room's physical size. We therefore recommend that the room be expanded or that a second room be added to the present room, so that one may be used for weights and one for the bicycle and step machines. Until a larger space can be found, we would like to see a more active effort made toward seeing that people return their weights when they are finished, handle the weights carefully, and only work in designated areas.

Michele Sprengnether spoke briefly with Sports Equipment Coordinator Paul D. Grace about these matters. We would also like to hear your response. Thank you for your assistance.

Dana Hartley G

Michele Sprengnether G

and seven others