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Ten Amazing College Recreation Centers

Class, work, clubs – who actually has time to squeeze in a trip to the rec center? And with Netflix waiting back in your dorm, it’s pretty hard to find the motivation to exercise. Well, these schools have gone above and beyond in finding fun and innovative ways to draw students to their fitness centers. After a trip to one of these facilities, you’ll never choose to binge-watch Orange is the New Black over working out again. In no particular order, here are ten of our favorite campus recreation centers.

1. University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Purchase a “Tiger X” pass and choose from a number of fitness classes to attend
  • Float along the lazy river, located in the indoor beach
  • Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, or massage at the spa

2. University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Sign up for outdoor excursions, such as canoeing the Colorado River and backpacking in Yosemite National Park
  • Browse an on-site iMac for fitness research
  • Swim in an Olympic-sized pool

3. Ohio State University – Columbus, OH

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Enjoy a pool with a bubble bench and slide
  • Choose from one of five gyms on campus
  • Tackle the rock climbing wall

4. Auburn University –  Auburn, AL

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Run on an indoor track, elevated in different areas to give you a challenge
  • Play a round in the golf simulator
  • Visit the elevator shaft that houses live plants

5. University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, IL

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Make use of the instructional kitchen
  • Enjoy a show in the 150-seat auditorium
  • Grab a bite to eat at the cafe

6. Wabash College – Crawfordsville, IN

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Take advantage of the wellness incentive program by logging every workout and earning rewards
  • Use the wrestling-dedicated facility
  • Try a CrossFit class

7. New York University – New York, NY

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Explore the facility’s five levels, each themed with a different workout technique
  • Draw your sabre at the fencing facility
  • Participate in a ballet class

8. University of Maine – Orono, ME

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Soak in a 20-person hot tub
  • Pick up a game of hockey at the full-sized, indoor rink
  • Rent skis and snowshoes for the DeMerritt Forest trails

9. Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Utilize the largest strength training facility in Colorado
  • Climb in a facility with 55 linear feet of bouldering, two free standing climbing ropes, and an indoor swimming pool boulder
  • View up-to-date “rec cams” to check out how busy the rec center currently is

10. University of California, Irvine – Irvine, CA

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Rec Center Perks:

  • Work out alongside famous athletes, such as Kobe Bryant
  • Take sailing lessons and compete in Newport Harbor races
  • Earn your scuba certification

Goal Setting: Staying on Track

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Goal Setting: Staying on Track


A new semester is an exciting time when you are reunited with your friends after a few weeks or a few months apart. As you take the time to get back into the swing of things, it’s important to remember your goals so you can stay on track. While you may have an idea of what your broad goals for yourself are throughout your four years in college, breaking it down into smaller increments per year or per semester will help you achieve your dreams.

Make It Realistic

The most important part of setting goals for yourself is making sure they are actually realistic and attainable. This will ensure that you can accomplish what you set out to accomplish, and get the proud feeling you wanted when it’s all over. If your goals are not actually achievable, you may be setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. You may want to lose 100 pounds or finish your pre-med requirements in one semester, but it may be a better goal to give yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete these accomplishments.

Make A Plan

If you have a specific game plan, it will be easier to make it happen. As students, we work best when we have a schedule, and keeping yourself on a strict schedule is a way to ensure you can achieve your goals AND have time to spend with friends and for other commitments. Again, it is important to make your goals achievable and balance your time so that you don’t mentally crash. Try giving yourself a deadline to work within—the time constraint will help you remember why your goal is important and why you set it for yourself in the first place.

With all of the distractions that the college environment has to offer, it is very easy to get distracted. Making a solid plan will help you plan ahead so you can do everything that is important to you throughout the year while still staying on track. You don’t want to have to study during the big game or have to cram 20 chapters of reading in the night before a final exam.

Reward Yourself

When you reach your goal, reward yourself! You’ve worked hard and you deserve it. Self-satisfaction is a huge motivator for continued personal achievements, and it is important to celebrate it. Meet up with friends at your favorite restaurant or local hangout and take some time to relax before you move on to your next goal.

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eBooks Enter the College Classroom

E-books Enter the College Classroom


With the technology craze and increased use of tablets in high school classrooms, universities across America have also turned to new-age educational options. A new kind of textbook has been created called an e-book that students can read on the Internet, effectively saving them money and the hassle of carrying around large, heavy books.

Students and teachers at Cornell University, Indiana University at Bloomington, the University of Minnesota, University of Virginia, and University of Wisconsin at Madison took place in a pilot program in the spring of 2012. The study analyzed e-book projects and the commentary of those involved. While inventors expected the technology to take off, it has received mixed reviews during the tests.

“Students praised the e-books for helping them save money but didn’t like reading on electronic devices. Many of them complained that the e-book platform was hard to navigate. In addition, most professors who responded said that they didn’t use the e-books’ collaborative features, which include the ability to share notes or create links within the text,” according to an article in The Chronicle.

However, Bradley C. Wheeler, the vice president for information technology for Indiana University and the e-books’ creator, is optimistic that the attitude toward the technology will change with time.

“With technology, many things change with repeated use,” Wheeler said. “People have lots of early first impressions as they experience new things, and over time you will start to see things become more mainstream, as the technology improves and skills and even attitudes toward use improve.”

When asked, students reported that e-books did not help them improve interactions with professors or other classmates because they did not utilize the technology’s collaborative features.

The pilot program had six major findings:

– Only 12 percent of users chose to buy a hard copy of the e-book
– Lower cost and portability were considered the most important variables affecting students’ decision of whether or not to purchase eTexts in the future
– Students frequently mentioned devices’ functionality and the difficulties they had reading the text
– Faculty did not report using the enhanced features and voiced a need for more training to increase the potential for student-student or student-teacher collaboration
– Students voiced concerns about the inability to access the e-texts without an Internet connection.

The pilot program will continue to grow in the fall with twenty-four new universities joining the roster for testing.

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