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Check yourself before you “rec” yourself

As fall semester begins, students who are both returning to and new to Washington State University Vancouver can look forward to the Office of Student Involvement’s recreation program and the various activities that are being planned for the upcoming school year. Activities for the 2014-2015 year will include intramural sports and games, trips, and on-campus services. Planned intramural sports include soccer and capture-the-flag, while outdoor camping and hiking trips in both Washington and Oregon will also be planned throughout the year. OSI Recreation also helps students plan and prepare for their own outdoor adventures with equipment rentals for both summer and winter sports.

Students also have access to the fitness center, whose staff is planning on adding several new workout classes this year. All these services and activities are either completely free of charge for students to be a part of, or are available at a minimal price thanks to funds allocated by the Students and Activities committee.

According to Kevin Alvarez, intramural intern for the recreation office, “The most important thing to know about the rec office is that there is a variety of opportunities. From sports to outdoor activities, we work to cover every base of recreation.” Alvarez is working towards making use of the large fields on campus, where he is planning for games of flag football, ultimate frisbee, and outdoor soccer to be held during early autumn. Alvarez wants to make use of the sports court before the rainy season catches up, and will do so by having small two-on-two games of volleyball and basketball. Alvarez also has a poker tournament scheduled for November for students take part in as well.

Cambri Shanahan, outdoor recreation intern for the recreation program, works to plan hiking, camping, rafting, and various other outdoor activities for students on campus. “The trips we plan are all designed differently in regard to where they are located and the activity, but we make it a point to make each trip geared towards every skill level. For those who have never gone a trip before, all the way up to students who may have kayaked for their whole lives.” Shanahan also made pointed out that if a trip does require a specific skill level, the Recreation program informs potential attendees, as “safety is something that we take very seriously.” Shanahan said the recreational program allows for students to get to know one another better, and that “we accept everyone that comes through our doors, and we really want to reach recreation out to everyone that we can.”

Students also have the ability to rent out for their own trips, which can be done at the recreation office, located in the Annex building on campus. Spencer Vaughn is the primary person responsible for both maintaining the equipment and renting it out to students. Vaughn enjoys both facets of his job, saying that “[the equipment rental] makes it easier for them, and they get to have a good time on their trip. It makes it rewarding for me when they come back, and say how much they enjoyed using the gear that they rented out and how much fun their trip was.”

The Student Fitness Center, located in the Library building, is also a part of the recreation program. Yoga, pilates, barre and other such classes are just one of the workout methods available to students. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the workout equipment, which cater to all fitness levels. Students can also pay for a fitness instructor to help them figure out a routine, or teach them how to use the equipment in the fitness center properly.

The recreational program works to provide students with opportunities to get active, and not in a manner that will empty student bank accounts. Trips off-campus, such as the upcoming trip to Seattle, where the WSU Cougars will face Rutgers at CenturyLink Field on August 28, are subsidized by OSI’s recreation budget, while on-campus activities planned by recreation are free unless otherwise noted. Gear rentals are also relatively affordable, and a prime example kayak rental available for $20 per day with a student identification.

For more information about office hours, gear rental pricing and Fall activity schedules, students can go to studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-involvement/recreation-program. Questions pertaining to OSI recreation events can be sent to osirec@vancouver.wsu.edu

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