24 HOURS DC/UOIT: Campus skating fun for students

Rachel Goodman works the front desk at the Campus Ice Centre.

Our second-year Journalism – Mass Media students from Durham College have tackled a special project – one we are calling ’24 Hours DC/UOIT’.
On Feb. 5, 2019, the students visited particular areas of the Durham College and UOIT campuses, including north Oshawa, downtown Oshawa and Whitby.

They talked to people, snapped pictures and gathered stories from students, faculty and staff about their campus experiences. This is one in a series of 16 stories from that day.

Rachel Goodman, a student at Durham College in the sports business management program, has been working at the front desk of the Campus Ice Centre for about four weeks for her internship.

For the most part, it’s pretty routine work.

Her 9-5, Monday to Friday shift starts with answering phone calls and providing skates to students and members of the general public who want to take advantage of the public skating opportunity each day from noon until 2 p.m.

Students can access the Ice Centre by using their student card and other adults can pay a $2 fee.

Goodman says her experience has been good so far and she likes the atmosphere of her work environment.

“Having your job being in sports all day is really cool and all of the people who come in for hockey so it’s been a lot of fun,” Goodman says.

On this particular Tuesday, Feb. 5, the public skate isn’t that busy. About 20 people came to skate. Although Goodman doesn’t work weekends, she knows Sundays are busy at the Ice Centre because that’s when hockey leagues have their games.

While much of the work can be routine, there are moments when it’s anything but routine.

Goodman says recently there was an incident involving a DC student and she had to perform CPR before security arrived.

“During the public skate, a kid slipped and hit his head and really cut his eyebrow open and he ended up getting stitches,” she explains.

She says the student was fine after but it was the first time something like that had happened since she’s been working there.

Most of the time, the public skate is occupied by people trying to take their minds off their studies, even if it’s only for a short time.

Ken Finn, a second-year DC student, says he usually comes to skate every Tuesday with his friends before classes.

“I’ve been skating for nine years and I like skating mainly now because of the nostalgia,” he says. “I liked playing hockey and kind of grew out of it so I really like the skating aspect.”

Goodman says the Ice Centre has acquired a new set of rental skates and the public find them “cool” – better than the old ones.