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