By Katelyn Holm
The sounds of jackhammers and concrete mixers welcome change and growth on campus this year.
A relocated and reinvented Rec Center joins the list of newly completed Cru construction. The building, situated between the intramural fields and residence halls, features both new equipment and recreation opportunities.
Dubbed the Rec Plex, the building sits alongside three sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts and two tennis courts.
Director of campus recreation Sue Weaver shared her enthusiasm for the facility.
“We are really excited about the new Rec Plex. It’s a great location because we are in the heart of all the residence halls. We have increased the amount and variety of equipment that you can check out on your own or as a group.”
In the future, Weaver hopes that students will initiate sporting events rather than relying solely on organized activities.
“There doesn’t have to be formal recreation going on. Students can make their own activities.”
“We are adding more outdoor equipment as well, like tents and camping stoves, even life vests for trips to the lake.”
Because the courts are open for use at all hours, students just swipe their Cru cards for access to the facility and lights.
This addition encourages students to initiate games and activities outside of intramurals, which many students have already taken advantage of.
Even new Crusaders have expressed their enthusiasm for the expansion.
Freshman computer science major Riley Massey said, “It’s really exciting to hear about the new improvements being made on campus. It’s especially nice to have improvements to things that we use a lot, like the courts. With all of these changes, I am really looking forward to intramurals.”
Intramurals kick off with flag football and Spike Fest, both of which can be registered for online, a change that should make registration less difficult.
Starting this fall, all sign-ups for organized intramural sports will be done through imleagues.com. With the link on the Rec Center page, this method will be easier and more convenient for students and the rec staff.
Weaver explains the short process. “To sign up for a sport, all members of a team must go the website and create a free account. It is really simple. The hardest thing about it is taking that five minutes to create an account.”
But even with the additions to campus, some Crusaders find it hard to say goodbye.
Sophomore business major Charlie Rod reminisced. “The old outdoor courts held a special spot for me. My first year at UMHB, I made so many great memories on the basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. It was a bit disappointing seeing those courts torn down last semester. I mean, I played my first tennis game there.”
Both old and new Crusaders look forward to taking advantage of the developments on campus.
Rod added, “Even though it’s bittersweet, I can’t wait to get back outside and play some more games. Those new courts better be ready for some awesome new memories.”