Though building another gym on North campus is helpful, Cornell leaves its students to their devices in the fight to make time for the gym. The fact that Cornell charges for fitness centers communicates that they believe exercise is extra, not necessary, to combat mental health issues and support sustainable student lifestyles on campus.
Treadmills and fitness studios across campus may be empty as social distancing takes hold in Ithaca, but Cornellians are still exercising — some on their own and others through virtual fitness programs.
Running across the Arts Quad from spinning class to sociology lecture might not always lend the best body odor, and fitting physical education classes into a jam-packed schedule can be challenging. However, Cornell students are not alone in their quest to fulfill the two-course P.E. requirement.