LAST FRIDAY, the Radcliffe Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center officially opened to fun and games--but not for everyone. Indeed, Radcliffe must have forgotten the equal access idea entirely in allowing only freshmen, Quad residents, staff and their guests use of the spacious Observatory Hill complex.
We object to the private club operation of the new gym--club members being the 1200 residents and staff of the Quad and freshmen. Radcliffe hopes that the exclusiveness of the new gym will make the Quad area more attractive. However, by discouraging River house residents from using the new gym, the College has only succeeded in further isolating the Quad.
No one questions the value of the recreational facility since it offers the only racquetball, standard-sized handball and doubles squash courts in the entire University. But if Radcliffe has a true commitment to serving the needs of the entire University community and to drawing students to the Quad, it should let everyone play.