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Aquatic Center to receive new swimsuit dryers

Students who take a dip in the Taishoff Aquatic Center will no longer have to lug home a wet swimsuit thanks to a new budget allocation of $2,768 by Duke Student Government.

In their meeting Wednesday night, DSG members voted unanimously to purchase two swimsuit dryers for the aquatic center, one for each gender’s locker room. Vice President for Athletics and Campus Services Chris Brown, a sophomore, said the dryers have been a long time coming.

The decision came after DSG Executive Vice President Pete Schork, a junior, announced that the DSG budget had a remaining balance of $11,300.

“Swimsuit dryers are a capital investment and will benefit students for years to come,” Brown said. “This is a resource that is going to be [widely] used.”

Brown said the number of students who use Duke aquatic resources warranted swimsuit dryers long ago. He added that men’s and women’s varsity swim and dive teams—as well as club swimming and water polo athletes—will benefit.

Most aquatic centers across the country have swimsuit dryers, Brown said, adding that Duke’s lack of dryers is a “major shortfall.”

After the meeting, Brown noted that staff at Wilson have begun installing the dryer for the men’s locker room. He added that the installation date for the women’s locker room is unclear because Wilson has to schedule a time to close the room so that male employees can work.

The swimsuit dryer additions are a collaboration between the Wilson Recreation Center and DSG, with DSG covering the costs of purchasing the dryers and having them delivered.

In other business:

DSG voted unanimously to allocate $360 to sponsor a charter bus to bring students to and from Southern High School in Durham from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for this year’s Stop Hunger Now Martin Luther King Jr. Meal Packaging event Jan. 26. Academic Affairs Senator Ebonie Simpson, a junior, said students from North Carolina Central University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University will participate in the event as well.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Kaveh Danesh, a junior, and Schork delivered their semester reports to the DSG body. Schork said the financial aid advisory committee and the three committees created by Danesh on the arts, intellectual climate and curriculum were notable additions last semester.

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