On April 4, the John Carroll University RecPlex changed the hours of operation. Sunday through Thursday, the RecPlex will close at midnight, instead of 1 a.m., the previous time. Friday and Saturday nights, the facility will close at 9 p.m. rather than 11 p.m.
This change is beneficial because it accomodates students more appropriately, and it is more financially practical.
Recreation and Fitness Graduate Assistant, Brendan McLaughlin, affirmed that the majority of JCU students were not even using the facility after midnight. If students are not using the RecPlex, there is no reason to continue with longer hours.
The change in hours still allows students to utilize the Recreation Center, the only difference is that now, the facility will be open all but six hours each day. The RecPlex closes at the same time as the Corbo Weight and Cardiovascular Room.
With the earlier closing times, there will be less conflicts for employees to have to handle.
In addition to accomodating the students more appropriately, this change in hours helps the Recreation department financially. The slight change will cut costs for the department, and in turn will be put into serving the people in the JCU community who utilize the facility.
This could be an inconvenience for the few students who previously enjoyed using the facility between midnight and 1 a.m. Some students may not be able to use the recreation facilities as they used to, due to scheduling conflicts.
The shift in hours at the JCU RecPlex will save money that can be used to improve the JCU community in the future, and will serve the community in a more balanced way.