In all seriousness, they're never going to please everybody.
If they go ahead with the extension, the cost will
come down to the students - whether it's in September or a few years time. The only thing we can lobby for is that students get a better deal than this time around.
Clubs should be promised, in writing (and multiple copies of it!), ten times more slots. We've already shouldered the cost of one facility. They can easily justify a new building by saying it'll create more slots for clubs. Clubs need to be guaranteed the slots. I can't see that benefiting us
, but for other clubs it could mean a great deal.
arank wrote:Any indication on how much they plan on charging for the universal membership?
I don't know where the thread has gone, but it was supposed to be a "token" amount, and if I remember it wasn't supposed to be implemented until the current levy is over? This is not going to benefit the general student body. At all. There are 12,500 undergrads registered in the university.
(I've nothing to base 2,000 memberhsips off other than a guess)
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2,000 * €250 = €500,000
€500,000 / 12,500 = €40
If they tack a €40 charge on everyone's already rising fees they'll break even in memberships. But they'll also need more staff, and see an increasing maintenance cost. That €40 is being tacked onto the thousands of people who don't use the gym.
If those people do now realise that they're paying for a gym, they may start using it. Extension or no, this poses a serious problem, as adding another 30 machines won't soak up all the additional demand of loads of people using the free gym once a fortnight. On top of that, Kingfisher have already proven themselves incapable of the upkeep of what's there right now. The pool and changing area tiles are broken and/or missing, there are lockers with broken locks/no keys. Machines are in disrepair, and weights are unlabelled, missing and generally strewn about the place. Not to mention the staff can be downright rude at times. I've been told by a girl at the counter that I wasn't allowed down to the club locker before because I wasn't a member (thankfully on that occasion someone else set her straight).
Also, where is the "extension" going to go?
The Kingfisher is surrounded by roads, buildings and Topaz - none of which are easy to get rid of. That's more of a curiosity of mine than a problem though, the buildings between the sports hall and distillery road could stand to be knocked. Either that or they need a new site. I can't see them getting rid of the car park. If they do there'll be uproar, as more students (and staff) are expected to continue paying extortionate amounts of money for a park and ride.
We want to separate the building of the water sports building from the universal gym membership and have that as a stand alone project. We propose that the university seek the capital themselves to build this facility.
Again, where is the money going to come from? I can't imagine the university has a large reserve of money for new buildings lying around, with the Arts Millenium building in need of repair, the new library, AMB extension and biotech buildings unfinished (not to mention that big empty library they need to fill with books). Maybe they played the euromillions and didn't tell us.
Obviously this is the bigger issue to us, the problem is that it's very hard for us to find a foot to stand on. If the college wants to go ahead and build a better facility, they just need to point out that the current building is a relic. If they find someone to look at it and recommend a new building for Health/Safety reasons we're as good as that squirt boat that went to varsities. Surely a new, well sealed/insulated, dry building is a much better option!
Can we convince the rowing club to side with us? There is strength in numbers after all. Rowing from Daingean to the college bar and back will make no odds to them vs. the other way around. Locating the club farther away could make it less accessible, I don't know if that is enough of an argument though. We lose the Lower though, which is probably the single biggest asset any college kayak club in the country has. It allows for us to bring a huge amount of fresh paddlers on moving water regularly, at no cost. Will the relocation of the club come with more funding for us to get a bus 2/3 times a week for lower/intermediate sessions? Even if there's only 5 beginners and 3 instructors on the session?
Without harping on and doing nothing, I think we should make a video outlining why the shed is such a big deal to us. I'm not in until 4 on Tuesday, and have 2 cameras to work with (a GoPro and a stills camera which shoots HD too). It wouldn't take long to make a video with a few older heads, and a few beginners. Possibly just tie it into the session, or earlier if it suits more people better - I think it's a quiet enough session most of the time anyway. Shoot it showing people getting to the shed easily, being able to get on both the canal and the shit chute instantly and then emerging onto the Lower (from a headcam and the opposite bank by Born).
Would anyone be around to help out?