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Campus recreation makes changes
By Jonathan Bym Managing Editor
October 24, 2013
Campus recreation is going through a transition period that will change the whole outlook of the program.
Some changes such as the building of a campus recreation office inside the English Jones Center, the building of a university-owned intramural field and addition of new exercise equipment to the exercise room are just some of the physical changes as compared to the complete organizational restructuring going on in the area of campus recreation.
After looking over other models of campus recreation programs at other UNC schools as well as other universities, campus recreation Director Justin Winans alongside Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs John Jones and others came up with a new plan for the program.
The new plan now means that intramurals will be under the campus recreation program as well as many of the facilities found in the gym.
“We’ve assumed responsibility for some of the facilities, some of the programs and some of the staff,” Winans said about how the program will be run.
The facilities that will now be under campus recreation are the fitness center, the aquatics center and the auxiliary gym, along with the staffing of the facilities.
Currently in the Jones Center construction is underway in building a storefront office area that is expected to be open by the middle of November and will serve students next semester.
The room was previously classroom 1192 in the Jones Center.
“The purpose of the office is to give campus recreation a storefront presentation, somewhere that can be accessible in high traffic area,” Winans said. “It will give us a better understanding on how we can better serve the student body.”
Another addition to the program will be the filling of the assistant director of competitive sports position that is currently posted.
This position will oversee the intramural and club sports.
There are a total of seven clubs sports with four coming in the last year, and Winans hopes that this growth will continue to happen with a person to facilitate it.
The intramural field for outdoors sports right across Prospect Road from campus behind the Lumbee Regional Development Assocaition was leased land and that lease runs out at the end of this year.
Campus recreation has cleared and sodded land down Prospect Road from campus that will be the home for outdoor sports.
There will also be a place for the Marching Band to practice.
Lights on the field are expected within the next month, and future plans will allow a roadway for the field to be connected to campus.
“That will be a university-owned complex that will lead us away from the leases and allow us to compete on a permanent piece of land,” Winans said about the new area.
Plans for a disc golf course on campus are in the exploration phase, according to Winans, as another way for students to get outside and be active.
Aaron Vandermeer, a lecturer in the music department, is looking into the building of a disc golf course that will be located near the Walter J. Pinchbeck Maintenance Building and Cypress Hall.
Due to the lack of space, the course will be abbreviated.
“We are just trying to announce our presence here at the university,” Winans said of the program’s main message to the campus community. “We want students to be engaged and involved in our programs. The earlier you get involved in these activities, the more connected you will be with the university itself.”