This item originally appeared in the Dec. 11, 2003, issue of The Tech Talk.
By HILLARY EDMAN
The Student Government Association is providing new cardiovascular exercise equipment for the Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center.
Last spring, the SGA provided money from the Technology Fee Board to purchase new high-tech cardio equipment for the Intramural Center.
The technologically advanced equipment includes new features such as a personal record of an individual's workout.
Jennifer Porter, SGA president and a senior marketing major, said this modern equipment is a good addition to the Intramural Center.
"It incorporates technology into workouts," Porter said. "[The SGA] thought this [addition] was very important in rounding out a college student's life."
Caleb Smith, an SGA senator for the College of Administration and Business and a sophomore marketing major, said the new equipment is a benefit to the student body.
"The new equipment provides a fun and great way for people to exercise and keep track of their fitness goals," Smith said.
Porter said the new details featured on the equipment are kept on record for each individual.
"Each student registers, weighs in and [they] put in [their personal identification number]," Porter said.
"It keeps track of your workout, even if you haven't worked out."
The PIN will be a number created by the user after his or her initial use of one of the new exercise machines.
An individual's progress and information can also be accessed online through Tech's Web site.
Porter said "viewing devices," personal television screens, are also an available feature but she reminds students, "don't forget to bring your headphones."
Porter also said the new equipment "was an obvious need."
"Every time I go into the Intramural Center, I see people waiting to use the machines," Porter said.
"It is hard enough [for students] to make time for the workout, much less time to wait for the workout."
Porter said the new equipment will be located in the gym underneath the indoor track and will be available for use as soon as construction of the gym floor is complete.
The gym floor is expected to be complete after students return from Christmas break in January.
The SGA is also working on an amendment to change the Intramural Center's hours of operation.
The proposed new hours of operation are 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday.
Porter said she hopes the projected hours will take effect when students return from Christmas break in January after the completion of the gym floor.
In addition to discussing the new equipment and new hours for the Intramural Center, a date was set for the Who's Who Banquet for seniors chosen for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
The banquet will be held Jan. 15.