| Hey Everybody,
Just a quick note about some of the fun Outdoor Activities that go on. Many of you took advantage of the school-sponsored ski trips over this past year, which included several overnight trips to Wolf Creek in Colorado (one of the best places Iíve ever skied; they get more snow than Vail!) and trips to the Santa Fe ski basin and Los Alamos. Los Alamos wasnít that great, but the Ski Basin is nice, especially considering the fact that itís only about 45 minutes away. You can get up in the morning, drive up there, ski Ďtil noon, and be back in time to take a shower and get to your 2:30 class on time. Many more of you rented the ski and snowboarding equipment that the gym had available to go on your own time. (I did both the school trips and several trips just on my own with friends.) Unfortunately, next year that equipment wonít be available to rent at the gym. Things are being restructured, so that rather than spending money maintaining equipment (and for insurance reasons... stupid liability!) the Outdoors Activities Program will be subsidizing the cost of lift tickets and rentals in town. What does that mean? Rather than getting free equipment at the gym and then spending forty or fifty bucks on a lift ticket, weíll get discounted rentals at a ski shop in town (with maybe a little help from the Outdoors Activities Office) for like eight or ten dollars. Then weíll also get money to help pay for lift tickets, so the lift tickets might only cost thirty or thirty-five dollars. I donít know the exact figures yet; weíll be letting you know probably at the beginning of next year. But theyíll be somewhere along those lines. That means that everyone who has their own equipment wonít have to spend as much on lift tickets, so their ski trips will be cheaper, and those of us (like me) who donít have their own equipment will save overall too, and get to ski on better equipment--not that the stuff at the gym is bad, itís just several years old, and at a ski shop, weíll get top-of-the-line, brand-new equipment. Speaking of that stuff at the gym, whatís going to happen to it since weíre not using it next year? Itís for sale right now at the gym, all for pretty reasonable prices. If youíre interested, stop by and ask to see what weíve got left, but hurry, itís going pretty quickly. On a different note, Iíd like to add a little bit about the intramural games we have a couple of times a week. In the Fall and Spring we play soccer, and in the Winter basketball. Those games are always fun, and you donít have to be any good to play; Iím not, but itís always a good time anyway. In addition, there are pick-up basketball games several times a week and this year we played indoor soccer in the gym twice a week when it was too cold to play outside. If youíve ever played either sport, you should come play with us next year. And if you havenít... you should come play anyway. Itís great exercise, and itís fun. I hate running, but when I play soccer, itís not really like running, because thereís other stuff going on. So I trick myself into getting a great cardio-workout, while having fun. Did I mention the fun and relaxed atmosphere? Alright, Iíll quit wasting your time. I know, you didnít come to this school to have fun; you came for a serious work environment. You came to sit inside and read books all day. If you ever get tired of sitting around and decide to take Plato seriously when he says that the best people have to be in good shape and train in the gymnasium, come down and check us out. Thereís lots more to do, too, than just what Iíve written about. Iíll see you down there on one of the ski trips, or maybe weíll play soccer sometime, or Iíll see you in the weight room. ĎTil then.
Levi Armlovich, Outdoors Activities Worker