OCR keeps busy meeting students’ demands

By Rob Heselbarth

The Office of Campus Recreation has been kept extra busy due to increasing amounts of students who use the rec center.

Most recently was the Reebok Challenge which was an intramural decathalon-type event which made use of the facilities the rec center had to offer.

“This was the first year we had it and hopefully we can make it a yearly event,” said Juliette Moore, director of the OCR. “It was sponsored by Reebok so some students were able to win some shoes from the event.

“We recently had the Wellness Fair in which we had various booths set up from campus and community agencies,” Moore said. “There were people doing demonstrations and someone was taking blood pressures and things like that.”

Moore said the fair was well attended with between 700-900 people who visited the various booths.

One of the most popular events of the year is coming up: Springfest 1992 will start Friday, April 10.

Entries for all events will open Monday, March 23, and will close Friday, April 3. There will be a variety of events such as a bike race, volleyball tournament, a bed race, 3-man basketball, and a 3K and 10K runs.

Debra Owen, coordinator of the OCR, said that the teams will win trophies for first through third places.

“The attendance has been about the same for the past two years. Last year we had 136 teams participate, and the year before we had 135 teams,” Owen said.

Springfest is completely sponsored by the OCR and CAB.

Most of the funding for the rec center comes from student fees. Most recently, the Student Association approved money for a new Stairmaster which was desperately needed, according to student suggestions and requests.

There are also plans for future programs to be initiated as soon as funding allows.

“We’re hoping to start a new step aerobics program next year that is due directly in response to student support of it,” Moore said.

Moore also said that there are long-term plans to purchase an indoor rock climbing wall to be installed in the rec center. “Students will have to take a class in rock climbing so we can determine if they are rock climbing material.”

“We want the students to know that we are here for them. If they want to talk to us about how to improve the rec center or tell us something they like about it, we are here to listen,” Moore said.