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Walker Gymnasium Closing Hindrence to All

The gymnasium on the third floor of Walker Memorial was closed without warning before the start of this school year. Its unavailability for recreational use shocked and bewildered many of us who had grown accustomed to utilizing it on the weekends. The third floor of the building offered East Campus, Senior House, and even west campus residents a convenient facility to play volleyball and pick-up basketball. I and other students all around campus anxiously await its reopening.

The gym's reopening would not only afford East Campus students a closer athletic option, but would also alleviate the only growing demand felt by the main facilities located on the west side. This would effectively benefit the entire MIT community. From what I have heard and seen, this ongoing project has been masked by miscommunication and handled carelessly by some key parties.

Furthermore, concerns about security and safety have seemed to be reasonably addressed by students and other officials. Among current suggestions are the use of new Student Services Cards to gain access to the building, thus keeping non-MIT community members out.

Also, arguments regarding the weakness of the gym's floor seem questionable when hundreds of students are allowed and required to take tests there on a regular basis. I urge all that are involved to expedite this confusing process and act immediately to ensure and promote student options and life throughout the MIT campus.

Shamim M. Islam '96