Carding at the rec

Zee Elmer, Staff Writer

The Recreation Center on campus has begun enforcing a policy requiring students to present their campus ID before being allowed to utilize the facility.
Though the policy isn’t new, the Rec Center has begun enforcing it more firmly this semester.
“Mostly it’s just for student safety, to make sure the proper people are using our facilities,” physical activity center coordinator Chat Pitkin said. “It’s also about the protection of our facility, to make sure people off the street aren’t just coming in and potentially damaging our equipment.”
Pitkin hopes to have a scanning system soon, similar to the system Chartwells has, for more accurate reports on who is using the facility and when.
The Recreation Center is free to use for all Wayne State students. Right now the Rec Center is open Monday-Thursday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“We won’t be a 24-hour facility,” Pitkin said, “but the scanning system will help us to know when we’re busiest so we can better adapt our hours to fit their needs.”
As for when the pool will be reopening, Pitkin said there won’t be an official estimate until those in charge of repairing the leaks have done a full evaluation and identified all necessary repairs.
According to a statement from Dr. Jeff Carstens, vice president of Student Services, it will remain closed until there is no longer a risk of damage to the foundation of the Natatorium.