Wellness Center Hours, Inconvenient?

By Frantasia Walden
Gerald Garlic, Director of the Health and Wellness Center, works from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., which is also the hours of operation for the center.Some students think the wellness center hours of operation should be extended due to class and other reasons.

Student, Danitra King said, “health shouldn’t be based on a certain time, if you have class during the hours of operation, what do you tell a student, they can’t work out during their free time?”

Garlic works 12 hours a day and he says he can’t stay there any longer. “Once the school hires more staff then the hours will be extended.” He says the  center closes at 6 .p.m.  because of the lack of staff.

Garlic expressed that all interested students that are work study eligible will be considered for positions and job opportunities at the Health and Wellness Center.

King says she doesn’t qualify for work study and she’s very upset that the wellness center closes at 6 p.m. when she isn’t done with classes till 6:50 p.m. every day.

Most students want to work out after their school day is over but they can’t due to the center closing at 6 p.m. Student, Cheyenne Simon said “The wellness center was designed to promote health so why wouldn’t they pick convenient hours for students to use the cardio equipment.”

Student, Shaneika Patterson said “I usually work out at 6 a.m before my classes start, its usually not crowded and a convience for me.”

Garlic encourages anyone who has work study to apply to work at the wellness center. It would possibly extend the hours of operation.

“Students are just lazy and just want to find things to complain about. From the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. nobody has class they can work out at that time, they just rather sleep” said Patterson.

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