By Davis Hill
University Recreation Center (URC)
The URC was built in 2008. Facilities include a Fitness Center, indoor running track, gymnasium, a 30-foot climbing wall, and an ice rink that doubles as a basketball court in the spring. Training options include personal training at the Fitness Center, drop-in ice skating, hockey skill sessions and rock climbing courses ranging from beginning to lead climbing.
The URC also houses EPIC Adventures, a program that offers climbing, hiking, rafting, backpacking, and skiing trips. “We have three hockey teams this year, and offer drop-in hockey twice a week,” said Jamie Gwinn, URC Manager. “We have a lot of options on the ice.”
Sports and Recreation Center (SRC)
The SRC contains a pool, dance studio, two gymnasiums, Reese Court, several practice fields, and the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse. The pool offers swimming classes as well as open swim times.
The dance studio hosts classes such as yoga, Zumba and Body Combat and is not open for unscheduled use. Most of the SRC is used for intramural and club sports, PE classes and special events, adds Gwinn, “but students are always welcome to use [the fields and facilities] if they are not scheduled.”
Office of Campus Recreation
Intramural Sports, which hosts competitive and recreational play in basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, and softball, is one of Campus Recreation’s most popular programs, attracting between 1,200 and 1,300 students annually, said Mike Campitelli, director of Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports.
To maintain high interest, Campus Recreation is also hosting the relatively new on campus laser tag course.
“This is a great way to get hooked up with new people,” says Campitelli. “Maybe Morrison Seventh Floor wants to challenge Streeter 6th floor. It’s a good chance to battle another group or team on campus.”
Games are held most Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Otherwise, Campitelli said, “Students should feel free to call or set up an appointment any time.”
For schedules or special events information, visit Campus Recreation’s website at http://www.ewu.edu/Campus-Recreation.xml, or its office at at PEA 120.