By Megan Hansen/News editor

Eastern will be holding a lottery for faculty and staff, but they won’t be receiving money if their lucky numbers are drawn. A lottery will take place Monday morning to determine which faculty and staff members will be allowed to use the new Fitness and Wellness Center with a paid membership.

“Right now, we are going to allow 100 faculty members to join the center,” said Billy Martin, director of student recreation.

“The upper administration has put a cap of 100 members. We will continue to monitor the traffic patterns to determine if we can allow more faculty members to join the center.”

Faculty and staff memberships are $180 per year. In order to join the lottery, faculty and staff members will have to fill out a payroll deduction form for the Fitness and Wellness Center, according to the campus recreation Web site.

In order to participate in the lottery, the deduction form must be at the Fitness and Wellness Center by 8 p.m. on Friday.

Martin said on Monday morning 100 deduction forms will be drawn to determine which faculty and staff members will be eligible to join the Fitness and Wellness Center.

“The upper administration thought the fairest thing is a lottery to determine membership,” Martin said.

Keith Jones, assistant professor of accounting, finance and information systems said he thought the lottery was a fair way to determine who will be allowed to join the center.

“I don’t think $180 sounds too bad for a membership fee,” Jones said. “Use of the center could be a perk.”

Jones does not plan on putting his name in the lottery.

As of Tuesday afternoon, only 35 faculty and staff members had entered the lottery, Martin said.

“I don’t think the 100 member cap will be an issue,” he said.

Payroll deduction forms are available online at

Faculty members who are awarded memberships will be permitted to use the facility beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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