Measure H will benefit SRJC

Brennan Cole, Staff Writer

Santa Rosa Junior College’s historical, and out-of-date, athletic facilities remain the solitary roadblock with the school’s athletic training department and its aptitude to efficiently and properly continue serving the college’s athletic needs.

Although SRJC recently renovated its baseball and softball facilities, the dinosaur Tauzer, Quinn and Haehl complexes are all in need of modernizations.

Constructed in 1935, Tauzer Gymnasium has served center stage for nearly 80 years, playing host to various sporting events and classes.

“Tauzer definitely needs a real volleyball net and holes in the floor for the poles,” said volleyball player Emily Bonfigli. “The day before our senior night we had to practice on the old, extremely low net in Tauzer.”

The Quinn Aquatic Complex was built in 1973 and Haehl was assembled nine years later in 1982.

All three of these buildings have seen their fair share of wear and tear, while also serving as the platforms for hundreds of diverse events.

“Hopefully with the passing of Measure H we will be able to upgrade our facilities for all kinesiology, athletics and dance students which would also allow us to host championship events,” said head athletic trainer Monica Ohkubo.

It remains to be seen what Measure H will be put towards, but it’s fair to speculate that some will support renovations to SRJC’s outdated athletic facilities.

“We are hopeful to modernize as much of the campus as possible through the added funds brought in with Measure H, but it’s premature to make solid commitments before the completion of our facilities master plan, which should be done within the year,” said SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong. “Tauzer is one of the items listed in the bond, and we hope to modernize not only Tauzer, but all of the athletic facilities.”