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Dealing with Cutler Gym Disaster

January 31, 2020



 This spring semester, the athletes of Olivet College have been adjusting to the sprinkler head incident that occurred on December 29, 2019 inside the Cutler Athletic Center’s main competition gym.


            Athletic Director Ryan Shockey posted a letter online on January 7, 2020 to inform the school and its alumni about what happened and how the gym’s “floor was damaged beyond repair” due to the water from the sprinklers bursting. The letter said that the sports teams needed to find a different site to play the remaining basketball games and have other (sports) practices this season. It said, “We felt it was needed to find a way to . . . not force our players and fans to go anywhere outside of Olivet for games and practices . . . there is not much work to do, but we will need to take the time to make it a safe environment for not only the players, but also fans coming to the game.”