Letter: In defense of Brodie Gym and puppy breath

Duke not too long ago declared that they will be delaying the opening of Brodie Gymnasium on East campus thanks to “staffing issues” until finally January immediately after setting an before target date for reopening in mid-Oct.

I recognize that staffing shortages persist across considerably of the United States as we arise from COVID and get the country back to function, but it acquired me to pondering, “How are these staffing shortages affecting other plans at Duke?”  Here is what I located:

Just about every day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sundays from 1 – 5 p.m., and match times from 2 hours right before to 1 hour following all residence sporting events, you can get a $200 Zion Williamson jersey in the entirely-staffed but practically-vacant Duke College Athletics Shop at the Scott Relatives Athletics Functionality Center…

but freshmen cannot operate out in Brodie Health and fitness center thanks to “staffing issues”.

Every working day from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., you can e book a tee time and perform golf at the Washington Duke Inn wherever the golf staffing is supplying by Duke Sports – the exact same team who presumably operates Brodie Health and fitness center – and for greater groups they will even inspire you to book conference home room and meals as a result of the hotel…

but freshmen can not get the job done out in Brodie Health and fitness center owing to “staffing issues”.

Any working day except Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10a.m. – 4:45p.m. you can tour the Nasher Museum of Artwork and buy a crocheted pink flamingo in the gift shop…

but freshmen cannot get the job done out in Brodie Health club thanks to “staffing issues”.

On Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. you can ask for a tour and visit with lemurs whilst discovering about Madagascar at Duke’s globe-renowned Lemur Center…

but freshmen just cannot work out in Brodie Health club due to “staffing issues”.

On weekdays from 2 – 3 p.m. you can tour the Dog Kindergarten operate by Duke’s Division of Evolutionary Anthropology and get a total year’s worthy of of pup breath…

but freshmen just can’t work out in Brodie Gymnasium thanks to “staffing issues”.

The surprising part of these staffing inequities is not just that Brodie Health and fitness center is shut. It’s that freshman have to invest an hour or extra traversing back and forth to West Campus driving overcrowded buses the place it is practically unattainable to social length, performing out in a crowded fitness center wherever it is virtually unattainable to social distance and then attending meals and courses sweaty and stinky in which their classmates, even with their olfactory senses masked, certainly desire they could be Additional socially distanced, all because Duke has preferred to set its staffing resources elsewhere.

In the meantime, the multi-multi-million dollar, fifty-thousand square foot Brenda and Keith Brodie Recreation Heart – suitable in the coronary heart of East Campus – sits idle with its doorways bolted shut.   

Open up Brodie Gym Now.  

But be sure to, also retain the puppies. Most people loves puppies!

Dave Shepheard is a member of the class of 1991. 

You may also like