Music filled the once idle student recreation center as people mingled over free food and carnival games, encapsulating a true summer feeling.
The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) hosted “Rec Fest” on Thursday, Sept. 2, to inform students about the amenities offered at the center, including the opportunity to take a spin class or go rock climbing.
“I’m out here to meet some new people, to have some fun, watch a good game, and get my school spirit going,” Dahlia Diaz, an English major transfer student, said.
Some students don’t realize that the SRWC is a service they get to use as part of paying for their tuition and fees, so “Rec Fest” was created to highlight the information students need to use the gym or take classes, while interacting with the CSULB community.
“This is a little different than how we typically run it but it’s really just getting people down here to see where we are, what we have to offer,” Maureen MacRae, associate director of the SRWC, said. “Because of the times, we wanted it to be mainly outdoors but typically we’ll have part of it indoors as well, so people come in that have never come to the facility.”
To attend the “Rec Fest,” students had to fill out the COVID-19 Symptoms Pre-Screening and sign the SRWC Waiver.
And with a larger turn-out than anticipated, precautions were taken to keep everyone at the event safe, including hand sanitizer at every game, and everyone handling food or products with gloves.
“This is my first school event, I guess besides moving in. So, it’s good to get used to the school and the environment and also free stuff,” said Winn Lin, a freshman communications major. “I come to the gym anyway so I said might as well get to know all the programs and take advantage of it.”
To learn more about the SWRC, available classes and upcoming, visit https://www.asirecreation.org/.