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Petition to save the PE Department and required physical activity component of Freshman PE at the University of Notre Dame

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On Thursday April 17th, it was announced that the physical activity component of PE for freshman at Notre Dame would be eliminated and replaced with a seven theme health and wellness course starting with the class of 2019 (http://ndsmcobserver.com/2014/04/p-e-requirements-replaced/). It is shocking that Notre Dame is, to my knowledge, planning on implementing a PE system that does not require physical activity. In addition, the PE Department itself is being dismantled, which has been essential in maintaining the health and well-being of students both past and present. Required physical activity allows students to try new sports (such as squash, racquetball, curling, fencing, ultimate Frisbee etc.), maintain a healthy activity level and interact with students from different dorms. If you do not support the decision to replace physical activity with required orientation-type Health and Wellness programs, I urge you to sign this petition to make your voice heard.

You may also contact the Dean of First Year Studies Hugh Page (hpage@nd.edu) or the VP of Student Affairs Erin Hoffman Harding (eharding@nd.edu) to express your opinion on this issue.

Please contact me at adegagne@nd.edu if you have any questions or comments.

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