Fitness Isn’t Always Free

How much would you pay for a gym membership?

At Quinnipiac, the fitness facilities are free, but students at Penn State University aren’t as lucky.

In addition to a “facilities fee” that is added to the tuition of every student at Penn State, the University charges students anywhere from 52 to 99 dollars for year-long access to the campus’s three facilities, according to Penn State student Melissa Graesser.

“I know that some people don’t register for the gym because they feel that they won’t use it enough to get their moneys worth, but if it was free they would take some of the classes that the gym offers,” said Graesser. “Many students still pay to use the gym, myself included, but it would be nice to be able to use the facilities paid for in the facilities fee.”

It’s a good thing Quinnipiac doesn’t charge its students to use the gym-more than 70 percent of those polled say that they would not use the fitness facilities if the university included a fee. Over 29 percent say that it would depend on how much the university was charging.

“I would go to a gym off campus, LA Fitness probably,” said senior Mike Capko.

Sophomore Rob Monico, who pays 35 dollars a month for his LA Fitness membership, says that the gym at Quinnipiac isn’t worth paying for.

“The gym is just lacking cause the weights are destroyed,” he said.

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