At Montclair State University, the student recreation center is a big selling point to would be applicants. In hopes of becoming a major university in New Jersey, the rec center is a key component.
Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, has in her tenure made a lot of renovations to the once older looking and simpler campus. Cole has made it known that she intends to make MSU into a prominent university, like a Rutgers. The rec center is one of her many renovations that has caused great success on campus.
“We’re more than just a building here,” said the director of campus recreation Romayne Eaker-Kelly.
The rec center is a state of the art facility that was opened in 2008. The 77,000 square foot building has such amenities as a two-court gym, a six lane heated pool, an indoor track, 10,000 square feet of fitness space, and much more. With very assessable hours of operation, students at Montclair can take up vast amounts of exercise classes, personal training, swimming lessons, intramural and clubs sports, and many other activities.
Campus recreation also offers Red-Hawks job opportunities, along with a healthy lifestyle. With over 300 student employees, the rec center is a place where students can make some money during school, meet people in the workplace, and boost a resume while making connections.
Corey Beczo is a student at Montclair who lives on campus, regularly uses the rec center, but is also a rec center employee. Beczo works in the intramural sports department while being an athlete in both club and intramural sports.
“I definitely like working at the rec center because a college student can always use some extra money,” said Beczo.
You do not have to work at the rec center to really utilize it however, senior Kevin Nulty is a frequent visitor to the rec center for the fitness reasons that can be so vital to students.
“I like to get a good workout a couple days a week, and when you get a good workout, you feel better,” said Nulty.
There are many students like Nulty at MSU. Most students that use the rec center regularly say that it makes their college experience a lot better. Working out, or playing a club or intramural sport can be a great way to de-stress, meet new friends, keep involved with a sport, or just have fun.
“I take a lot of credits and I have really hard classes, so I need to just go lift weights or play basketball sometimes to give myself a break,” said junior Ned George.