Construction Does Not Hinder Activities

Behind the foundations and unfinished structures that make up the construction area along side the Physical Education Building, students can find a variety of programs and activities to keep busy this semester.

The Physical Education Building offers two of the most popular activities, the intramural program and the Associated Students Rec Drop-In fitness program, but both only scratch the surface of what the gym has to offer.

Initiated about two years ago, the Drop-In fitness program provides an escape and accessibility to students, offering classes that accommodate most schedules.

Cardio boot camp, yoga, Pilates and Hip-Hop are all offered for free and among the most talked-about classes among students. They were conceived to keep students and faculty healthy and at the same time interested in working out.

"I took Pilates last year," said senior engineering major Imelda Ramirez.

"It's kind of like yoga, but you use [large] rubber bands and balls for resistance. I love the class. I plan on doing it again. It was cool," she said.

Volleyball, basketball and flag football headline the intramural program again this year, but there are many sports students are unaware of, including a brand-new sport being introduced this fall — the triathlon.

The new event, which consists of a two-mile jog, two-mile bike ride and an eight-lap swim in the pool, will be in its first year of existence.

Junior George Carrizos organizes most of the intramural events and hopes the new event will be successful

"We wanted to try something new," Carrizos said. "Let's see what happens."

Last year, there was a high participation rate with intramurals according to Carrizos, but he wants more women to get involved.

"We get a good number of females but we're trying to tailor the schedule so that more women can participate." he said.

Although the construction site blocks or hides two of the building's main entrances, it has not deterred many students in participating in the programs.

However, those detours leading students away from the main entrances will not be removed until February 2003 when the new building is scheduled for completion.

"We are 45 percent done and on schedule," said CSUF Project Manager assistant, Beverly Burelli, who works for the department of Design and Construction.

There have been few complaints from administration and faculty even though the detours create somewhat of an inconvenience.

"Any time you dig dirt and have a lot of people involved, you might [have complaints]" Burelli said. "But I haven't heard any."

Sports Information Director, Mel Franks, deals with the construction every day and says the sports teams feel the effects at times.

"Whenever there is any type of construction, it always affects athletics," Franks said. "But it's fine."

The addition to the Physical Education Building will provide instructional, research and office space to the Kinesiology Department.

A lecture hall accommodating 180 students will go into use, as will an upper-level practice facility for athletics.

The building will comply with American Disability Act standards, meaning wheelchair ramps, automatic doors and water fountains in necessary areas.

The project is state funded and will cost about $18.6 million.

With the new practice gym, the competition between the basketball and volleyball programs over practice time will be relieved. However, the impact of the project will not be felt until next semester.