Did you gain a few pounds over the winter break? With all the fruitcake you ate and Guinness you downed, it’s about as unusual as a Tom Jones song (i.e. not that unusual at all) to be looking a bit flab-o-matic upon returning for the Spring semester. But did you know you’re being weaseled out of some big bucks for doing nothing about it?
It’s true. Every semester Recreation Services tags on an additional $30 to each full-time student’s tuition for the privilege of using the University’s top-of-the-line equipment. If you never go, they still get the dough. Thirty bucks doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you do the math, the amount can reach more than $1 million a year in Recreation Services’ pockets. If you attend Temple for four years and never use the school’s facilities, that’s nearly a quarter of a grand you’ve just flushed down the toilet.
I know what you’re thinking. “I’m too busy to work out,” “I don’t like to sweat,” or “My girlfriend/boyfriend likes me just the way I am.” Yeah, sure.
The truth is, unless you’re Lynn Greer, most college students eat a poor diet and don’t get enough exercise. Sure, that biweekly stop at McDonald’s is great for your wallet but it’s Hiroshima for your heart. If you can work in some laps in the pool or a light jog in between studying and watching “The Simpsons,” you’ll probably not only improve your physical health, but your mental health as well. From soccer and tennis to roller hockey and wheelchair basketball, Recreation Services really does offer something for everyone. Special events are listed on the web at www.temple.edu/recsvcs or can be found in the Activity and Program Schedule available at McGonigle Hall.
In their own words, Recreation Services has a plethora of programs “designed for your participation and enjoyment … [that] provide hours of fun, fitness and friendship.” Work some healthy fun into your schedule and you’ll be wiser than an IH professor.