In the new Varsity D room of the expanded and renovated Mitchell Center is a jersey—No. 8. It’s there as a tribute to Lou Mitchell ’57, a Denison Hall of Famer and former trustee, who died last year before the completion of the athletics center that bears his name. In April, athletes, alumni, and members of the Mitchell family waved pennants that read “Lou’s Team” at the official dedication of the building, which includes the new Trumbull Aquatics Center (named for lead donors Scott Trumbull ’70 and his wife Margy). But even then, the building wasn’t quite done.
The last detail to fall into place was the Crown Fitness Center (named for donor Janet Crown ’85), which opened in August and stands where the old Gregory pool once stood. The 8,000-square-foot center offers more than 100 pieces of equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, rowers, climbers, strength equipment, and free weights. It also boasts something called a “body weight jungle.” We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we’re totally going to try it.