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AMS Proposal to Re-Open the PEC

AMS Proposal to Re-Open the PEC

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The Alma Mater Society's proposal to re-open the Physical Education Centre (PEC)
The Alma Mater Society's proposal to re-open the Physical Education Centre (PEC)

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March 15, 2012
 Alan HarrisonProvost & Vice-Principal (Academic)Richardson Hall
 Proposal to Re-Open the Physical Education Centre (PEC)
Background
As soon as the Queen’s Centre opened fully equipped with a new Athletics andRecreation Facility in 2010, the former Physical Education Centre (PEC) was closed.However in the past few years it has become clear that the need for space on campus hasgrown substantially. The PEC presents an opportunity to the University to providespace to groups on campus that need it the most such as Athletics and Recreation, theUniversity Registrar, and Health, Counseling and Disability Services.In January, our team running for the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Executiveincluded in our platform a promise to work towards re-opening the PEC for a variety of campus stakeholders. We did preliminary research, contacting many groups and peopleon campus such as Dr. Mike Condra, Ann Browne, Leslie Dal Cin, Teresa Alm and mostrecently Ann Tierney. The platform point became the center of discussion throughoutthe campaign, dominating the debates and becoming the focus of our class talks and booth discussions. Most importantly, the PEC was discussed by many studentsthroughout our campaign. Students became very excited about this potential project. OnFebruary 1st the undergraduate student body elected our team with 64% of the firstround vote, with a record 33.78% voter turnout.Ultimately it has been made clear that the need for more space on campus hasnever been greater. The following proposal will elaborate on the benefits that re-openingthe PEC would have for the student body.
Benefits1) Health, Counseling and Disability Services (HCDS)
In our conversations with Dr. Mike Condra, Director of HCDS, we have learnedthat HCDS’ greatest need is space. HCDS is currently using its allocated space tomaximum capacity but would benefit from more rooms on campus to provide morecounseling services. Graduate students in certain programs are required to complete apracticum or placement to practice counseling. HCDS has the capacity to superviseapproximately 4 more graduate students, ultimately enabling the service to offer over500 additional hours of counseling to Queen’s students, staff and faculty. With anumber of classrooms and offices to be re-purposed, the PEC presents the perfectopportunity to allocate HCDS more space and increase the counseling services on
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campus.Additionally the current HCDS space on campus presents a number of issues, mostnotably that its location is not central to student activity and campus life. The currentHCDS space also has a complete separation between health services and counselingservices, creating increased stigma towards students accessing the second floor. Allocating space for HCDS within the main center of student life would greatly benefit both the service and students.
2) Office of the University Registrar
Beginning in December 2011 the University Registrar has been unable to use thePEC for the winter and spring exam periods, forcing them to utilize a distributed exammodel. This past exam period demanded the use of 57 rooms across campus. Thisresults in many accessibility issues for students, professors and proctors and ultimately cost the Registrar roughly $40,000 more per exam period to pay for extra proctors. Wehave heard from students and faculty that the disadvantages they experience with thisset-up are numerous. Ultimately, we would like to see exams moved back into the PECfor a number of reasons. Most importantly, it would allow for easier dialogue betweenfaculty and their students throughout the exam period. Use of the PEC would also cutdown on accessibility issues between students and the buildings they are assigned to.This project could save the University Registrar up to $40,000 in increased proctorcosts every exam period.
3) Athletics and Recreation
Our conversations with Leslie Dal Cin (Director of Athletics and Recreation) andJeff Downie (Recreation and Sports Clubs), as well as countless students, have shown usthe dire need for more gym space on campus. The Athletics and Recreation Centresimply cannot meet the growing needs of the University. The equipment and gym spaceis wearing down much faster than anticipated. Intramural sports and clubs occur as lateas 12:30am with nearly 1000 students still on the waiting list. Re-opening the PEC would provide students with three more gyms and several dance studios allowing themto participate in the extra-curricular culture that we boast at Queen’s. Attached to thisdocument is a letter in support of our initiative from Leslie Dal Cin.
4) Community Relations
Most parties that we have spoken with have indicated interest in using the PEC forspecific dates and times. For example, the Registrar would require it throughoutDecember and April. Athletics and Recreation would utilize it during the week, as mostintramural sports and clubs do not run on weekends. This provides an opportunity forthe facilities to become a revenue generating source from the Kingston Community, which has seen park and recreational facility closures in the past and is therefore in needof space. The different rooms, gyms and equipment could be rented out to Kingstoncommunity groups. In the best case scenario, this would help recover some of theassumed costs of opening the building.

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