As student amenities go, Montclair State University’s Student Recreation Center not only ranks at the top of the list with students, but it has also been voted among the top 20 college recreation centers in the nation.
Located on the edge of campus with a stunning view of New
York City, the state-of-the-art facility houses an indoor track, basketball and
racquetball courts, a six-lane heated swimming pool, strength and cardio training
equipment and a variety of exercise classes and activities. Best Value Schools
called it among “best of the best – the standard by
which other student recreation facilities will be judged for years to come.”
Montclair State students agree.
“It’s very modern and has a young, progressive feel to it,”
says junior Jordan Anton, “and I love the view of the city.”
Day or night, students can’t get enough of the Rec Center. “I love the indoor track,” says freshman Rebecca Coleman. “There
are so many options, and I can try new things here.”
Every week, the Rec Center offers free group exercise classes
for students in everything from scuba diving to martial arts. Students can “drop
in” for a myriad of classes including yoga, Zumba, cycling, Pilates and body
combat. Students who enjoy team sports can play on intramural or club teams in
every sport from basketball, soccer and hockey to table tennis, dodgeball and Wiffle
ball. But exercise options, team sports and breathtaking views are not all the
Rec Center has to going for it.
“It’s not just a gym – we do a lot of fun things here,” says
Aimee DeVito, the Rec Center’s special events student supervisor.
The Rec Center offers both discounted trips off-campus to such
places as Medieval Times and Yankees games and outdoor adventure trips such as hiking,
camping and whitewater rafting. Each fall, the Rec Center also hosts Project Challenge
(formerly known as Project College), a festival with games and activities to
help new students get acquainted with the Rec Center and with each other. In
addition, the Rec Center has free Wi-Fi, big-screen TVs with video games, and
offers other ways to relieve stress with arts and crafts, time management
classes and even naptime.
“The events are fun to be at, they're close, there's usually food,
and they're free,” says junior Rebecca Bisdale. “What more could a college kid
Students can join Campus Recreation’s RecBoard, an
organization that creates and organizes special events and community service
projects. Recently, RecBoard hosted a Minute to Win It game night to benefit
the Father English Community Food Pantry.
“Minute to Win It was fun, it took my mind off school and I
enjoyed myself and the prizes are always great,” says senior Nick Brasile.
RecBoard is known for its lively meetings every Friday at
2:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the entire University community and new members
get a chance to win prizes.
Whether students want to exercise, relax or socialize, the
Rec Center is the place to be. “I love being here,” says freshman Matt Alimena.
“It has a great atmosphere.”
The Student Recreation Center is open from 6 a.m. to midnight during the school year. For more information, visit the center’s website.