The LAC is Where It’s At

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Travis

How’s everybody doing on this fine Wednesday afternoon?

It’s Travis again, and I am writing to you after getting soaked by the sudden and uncharacteristic rain that has descended upon naturally sunny Claremont, CA. In my two plus years of going to Mudd, and many years previous of amateur daredevilry (Wow, is that really a word? My spell check didn’t add the squiggly red lines!), I have come to realize that skateboarding is not compatible with wet pavement. However, I went for it anyways, as I had to get to the office fast after being at the LAC for lunch.

Oh, wait, you guys don’t know what the LAC is! Despite my being there at lunch, it is not the dining hall. The Linde Activities Center (LAC) is a facility, built in 1997, that serves as the student leisure, fun, and fitness center on campus! What a coincidence it is that I get to inform you all about the LAC as well, because I happen to be a LAC Supervisor (Strange coincidence, eh?)! The Linde Activities Center is fully staffed by twenty students, with three of them being Supervisors (Ivan Wong ’15, Jennifer Sharma ’14, and myself) who oversee scheduling, budgeting, and maintenance. We are open seven days a week from 11:30 am to 1:30 am, and provide a number of services and facilities for students of all seven schools of the Claremont Consortium. But, before I begin to talk about all of that, we will first take a small virtual tour, courtesy of my phone camera!

Students can get their sweat/swole on with a full set of dumbbells, resistance/cardio machines, as well as barbells during LAC hours. (The barbells are available from 7:30-11:30 pm under supervision from a trained student staff member).
Students can get their sweat/swole on with a full set of dumbbells, resistance/cardio machines, as well as barbells during LAC hours. (The barbells are available from 7:30-11:30 pm under supervision from a trained student staff member).
The LAC gym hosts everything from CMS basketball and indoor soccer to the Fall and Spring Career Fairs.
The LAC gym hosts everything from CMS basketball and indoor soccer to the Fall and Spring Career Fairs.
The LAC offers pool and ping pong tables as well as a foosball table.
The LAC offers pool and ping pong tables as well as a foosball table.
The LAC provides two couches and a leather recliner, all of which recline! Furthermore, we have a brand new 50" LCD HD TV, complimented by an Xbox 360 with Xbox Live, Hulu Plus, and Netflix!
The LAC provides two couches and a leather recliner, all of which recline! Furthermore, we have a brand new 50″ LCD HD TV, complimented by an Xbox 360 with Xbox Live, Hulu Plus, and Netflix!
The Aerobics Room is used for PE courses and by clubs such as the dance and MMA teams.
The Aerobics Room is used for PE courses and by clubs such as the dance and MMA teams (Ignore the selfie pose).
Courtesy of the HMC Wellness Office, the LAC has a luxurious massage chair available to all students!
Courtesy of the HMC Wellness Office, the LAC has a luxurious massage chair available to all students!
The LAC Computer Lab is accessible for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all Mudd students. Each computer has every program necessary for completing almost any Mudd assignment and connect to printer in the corner of the room.
The LAC Computer Lab is accessible for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all Mudd students. Each computer has every program necessary for completing almost any Mudd assignment and connect to printer in the corner of the room.

Aside from these amenities, the LAC acts as a staging ground, event center, and storage facility for all the clubs ordained by the Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College (ASHMC), our student governing body. As mentioned above, the Aerobics room and gymnasium host clubs such as the Soccer Club, the 5C Ballroom Dance Team, and GameSHMC. Furthermore, ASHMC Storage holds a massive amount of club equipment as well as equipment owned by the LAC for checkout to students.

ASHMC Storage holds everything from fencing equipment to surfboards and hockey nets!
ASHMC Storage holds everything from fencing equipment to surfboards and hockey nets!

Aside from this equipment, the LAC also has a fleet of bikes for rent to students for periods of 24 hours, which are known as “Mudderbikes.” These are extremely popular among our students, who use them for everything from going shopping to getting down to that Pomona class just in the nick of time! Another highlight is Delta-H club’s equipment, which consists of camping, backpacking, and rock climbing gear available for check out to Mudders looking to find an adventure in the wilderness. As a shameless plug, I as president of H2Overdrive, the surfing club on campus, must mention that we have 11 surfboards and wetsuits for checkout to students as well! Finally, our newest addition to items for checkout (and my favorite) is a GoPro Hero 3 Black action sports camera! If you do not know what that is, watch this fantastically stupendously amazing video (all shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Black).

Now, you might be thinking, wow, they trust their students a ton to let them check out all of that cool stuff! Well, yes, we do! Our Honor Code, one of the only student-run ones in the country, allows us these privileges and responsibilities! Getting back to the LAC, that’s pretty much all we have going on…

BUT WAIT, there’s more! The LAC, partnered with the ASHMC Athletic Director (Travis Beckman ’15), offers P90X-Certified fitness classes twice a week, put on by personal trainer Anthony Arcaro. These class are FREE for all Mudd students! The LAC also serves as home base for the DOS Muchachos (read here for more info about them), who host events directed at getting Mudders to get active in fun and silly ways! Last but not least, the HMC Wellness Office created a new position this year, the HMC Wellness Graduate Assistants, who are staffed at the LAC on most weekdays. Mark Hughes and Evelyn Cho are the (awesome) Claremont Graduate University (CGU) students filling the positions currently. Furthermore, Mark Hughes is a qualified personal trainer, sports nutritionist, nutrition coach, executive coach and strength & conditioning coach with a large knowledge base to draw from when helping students achieve their health & wellness goals. Specifically, he will be running Health, Happiness & Performance consultation at the LAC on top of running workshops on nutrition and strength training in conjunction with the ASHMC Athletic Director and the HMC Wellness Office. As is evidenced, we are extremely lucky to have Anthony, Mark, and Evelyn around!

There is a running joke among LAC employees that it is impossible for one person to know everything about the LAC, but that collectively, we have it all covered. I feel that this is a sentiment shared by all Mudders about not only the LAC, but our student body. While not everyone uses the LAC as much or knows as much about it as myself, or other regulars/employees, it is one of many incredible resources afforded to us by our college. I am a bit biased, but it is definitely up there in my list of favorite Mudd amenities!

With that, I shall leave you all and wander out into the small monsoon that has developed outside of the comfort of the Mudd Admissions office.

Until next time,

Travis

P.S. #yoLAC0