No cellphones, laptops for workers at Quinnipiac Fitness Center

By on September 7, 2011
Matt Eisenberg/Chronicle

Matt Eisenberg/Chronicle

While students are under more scrutiny about gym attire, athletic center workers are also feeling the pressure.

“We, as employees, are being put in a very difficult position,” said an anonymous athletic center worker. “Standing up for something I don’t necessarily believe in is going to be difficult. I wouldn’t like to be told I can’t enter the gym because of what I am wearing.”

Gym-goers aren’t the only ones facing a T-shirt rule at the fitness centers. Student employees are required to wear yellow T-shirts, provided by the Fitness Center, so that they are recognizable to those students working out. Workers used to wear whatever they walked into work with.

“They’re bright yellow because blue and gold are our colors, so they stand out,” Fitness Coordinator Scott Walker said. “We want to make sure that our students stand out. That way if somebody has a problem or an issue, they can go to the correct people and get those answers.”

Another change Fitness Center student employees need to become acquainted with is the ban on laptops and cellphones. According to Walker and Associate Athletic Director of Fitness Tami Reilly, the technology creates a distraction and prevents workers from doing their jobs.

“With the laptops, when people have laptops out, they are really focused on what’s on the screen,” Reilly said. “They’re either doing homework, which I know they’re students and they have to do homework, but they were so focused on what was on the screen that if I came up, their boss came up, and said ‘hey, can someone do this?’ people weren’t even listening to me. They couldn’t hear me because they were so focused on their screen.”

Reilly and Walker hope that these new regulations will make the gym not only more professional, but a better experience for all students coming and going from the building, as well.

“Every tour that goes through walks through our area,” Reilly said. “So we really wanted to make sure that we looked professional, acted professional, and, with that being said, we’re providing our student employees skills that they’re going to use in the real world.”

Along with the changes for staff come modifications to the setup of the Mount Carmel Fitness Center. With a fresh coat of paint and some remodeling, the gym has become more user-friendly. By removing a few machines and rearranging the remaining ones, the Fitness Center has created a more comfortable environment for its users.

“We’re recreation, so we want people to be inviting, to feel invited, to feel welcome, because this is for everybody,” Walker said. “It’s not just for athletes. It’s not just for the gung-ho gym goer. We want everybody to come.”

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8 Comments

  1. Jacobb

    September 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Oh good. They have to wear yellow shirts. Good thing no one else on the Quinnipiac campus has a yellow shirt.
    facepalm.

  2. Caleb Gindl

    September 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

    They should just have the Quinnipiac Police Department monitor the Fitness Center.

  3. Gloria

    September 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Is this a joke? Basically Tami Reilly is saying that she wants her workers to look good for tours of parents with deep pockets.

    By the way, agree with Jacobb. Because sitting behind the fitness center desk is totally confusing to us average students, we would have no idea they were workers if they aren’t wearing a bright yellow T-shirt.

  4. AquaBuddha

    September 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    nothing shows QU privilege more than kids betching that they need to stay off their laptops during work.

    OMFGWTF HOW AM I GOING TO CHAT WITH THE HOTTIEZ IM MY CHEM CLASS IF I HAVE NO LAPTOP!?!?!

  5. Marc

    September 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Because sitting behind a desk at a gym is such an involving job that you don’t need a distraction for a lot of the time. A lot of students take on a job for money but choose a relatively simple job so they have time to work on their school work too. Banning laptops is just ridiculous and banning cellphones is even moreso. If an emergency happens, or if someone requires to be contacted at any time, a ban on cellphones effectively puts them in a position where their job is in jeopardy.

    Just add something like a loud bell or buzzer to ring if the staff are ignoring people. If that doesn’t snap someone out of viewing their screen then I don’t know what will. Just banning laptops and cellphones outright will just make your staff both bored and angry, and nobody wants help from a bored, angry staff member.

  6. QU Alum

    September 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Do your jobs.

  7. Understood

    September 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I do not understand why this should even be an arguing point for people. You could not be working at your job with a laptop and cellphone and expect to keep your job anywhere else. Why is this any different? As employees, it is YOUR JOB to keep members safe through monitoring the floor and making sure safety precautions are in place. You cannot effectively do so while on your laptop or cellphone. Also, I am sure you can still keep your cell phone in your pocket (where it should stay) and if an emergency should arise you can use it. This sounds like another terrible excuse by people who want what is convenient to them and not necessarily that which is the right thing to do. Grow up and do your job!

  8. QUAlum

    September 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

    QU is seriously joke shoes. The security, the rules, and their desire to have this pristine “perfect” image is sickening.