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The Physical Education Centre (PEC) Set to Re-Open

September 25, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is pleased to announce that the Physical Education Centre is set to re-open in December of this year. The PEC, which was closed following the 2009 opening of the Queen’s Centre, houses three major gyms, several classrooms, weight rooms and fitness areas. After an extensive study conducted by Physical Plant Services, the University has decided to open the gyms for exam writing and intramural sports space. The AMS Executive included this initiative in their campaign platform, submitted a proposal to the Provost in March 2012, and engaged in discussions with the administration throughout the summer months. The AMS executive is thrilled that the project has become a reality.

“The AMS is thrilled that students will have access to more recreational space. We see the PEC as an opportunity to promote health and wellness on campus, and we are pleased that the University has made this a priority,” said AMS President Doug Johnson. “Although we are optimistic that the PEC will significantly benefit students for the near future, we look forward to working with the University to address long-term space needs on campus.”

The University is looking multiple sources of funding including the Athletic Trademark Fund and Student Affairs to finance the project. The AMS Executive maintained their campaign promise to students that the AMS would not directly fund the project. The re-opening of the PEC will provide three gym spaces for intramural sports, addressing a waiting list of nearly 1000 students, and it will allow for major classes to have their exams in one venue, rather than spread out across campus.

 “The PEC was a central issue in our campaign and student life space is a priority for us as an Executive. We could not be happier with the outcome and look forward to students benefitting from the additional space on campus.” - Tristan Lee (AMS VP Operations).

The AMS is also part of the University’s ongoing campus planning project, ensuring that long-term student life space needs are prioritized throughout the process.

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, at comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.