By Colleen Murphy
Students and faculty can continue to attend their Zumba, Yoga, Pump Up the Pulse and Kickboxing classes without opening their wallets — at least for now.
“We postponed the fees because there was a misunderstanding, and we are still in the midst of figuring out what we need to do, budget-wise, with higher jurisdiction,” junior Fitness Center manager and Zumba instructor Kristina Kondakji said. “Also, we realized that students’ views of a good time does not involve emptying their piggy banks.”
As reported in the Wednesday, Sept. 3, issue of The Signal, the Fitness Center instituted membership fees for the first time in three years in order to enhance the center with more classes and updated equipment. Students would have had to pay $20 per semester, while faculty would have had to pay $50 per semester.
Students and faculty who already paid their fees will be reimbursed. However, according to Kondakji, not many people had signed up for a membership. While she is unsure of the exact number, she said that she could probably count the amount on her two hands.
Students and faculty are told to enjoy the free classes while they are here, because it is uncertain whether the fee will be put into effect once again this semester or in the spring.
“Hopefully it stays free all semester long — and even better if we could stretch it to all year long,” Kondakji said. “As of right now, I am not entirely sure when they will be reinstated, and if they will be at all, this year. My guess is the fall semester will remain free since it already started. But if we can keep it free, we sure as heck are going to.”