Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter will hold an Athletics Town Hall Meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Bearcat Arena. At the meeting, audience members will discuss the following questions.
1. What can we do in Athletics, Recreation and Club Sports that will differentiate us as the University of choice in this region and beyond?
2. What options for athletics and recreation need to be considered at this time of change and desire to thrive?
3. What changes (if any) in athletics and recreation need to be considered to assist with the alignment of our desires and goals for the student life experience at Northwest?
4. What changes (if any) need to be considered in athletics to assist us with our goal to remain connected to our alumni, community and constituents?
Have something to say on these subjects? Leave a comment on this post. Your feedback is valuable to Northwest and the strategic planning process.
Sean Gundersen Says:
I think the swimming pool needs some revamping! Dr. Freg talked about introducing a plan when the rec center was built that included water slides and zero-dept entry. I think if we would move forward with a new aquatic center on campus, it should be connected with the SRC to allow more hours for swimming!
Zach Jason Says:
Healthy competition is important for all students, not just those with talent. First off the recreation center is far too small to facilitate a school that is striving to be the best in the region. I dont know how many times I came into the rec center and every court was completely full of basketball players, limiting any opportunity to try other sports such as badmitton, volleyball, pickleball, etc. The workout area needs definate improvement, students should not be charged extra to use the fitness center.
Second off Intramurals need to be improved, and focused on. Sports and competition for that matter are especially healthy for a individual to participate in. Intramurals need to stay highly competiive, no matter how much the students argue and show competitive passion. Rec center should award all star teams, keep track of records. Have competive tourneys and award especially successful teams.
Amiee Jennings Says:
I think the pool on campus needs to be more known to students. I have never been in there and honestly didn’t know it was open for anyone to swim in until a few months ago.
Great job on football games. They are a lot of fun to go to. But I would like to hear more about the other sports on campus. For example, the wrestling club.
I agree with Zach. With all the money students are paying for their education, there should not be a fee for using the fitness center. Maybe it would be different if the rec center wasn’t always full and didn’t have poor work out equipment. Every time I visit the rec center it’s always packed full and all the machines are taken up. With all the unhealthy food choices out there, fitness should be extremely encouraged. I know many students that are choosing not to work out on a regular basis because they cannot afford a fitness membership (and because the rec center is too busy and the equipment is not great). Making the fitness center available without charge would be a huge benefit to the students.
Yes, I agree with Ally. Why should we have to pay to use to fitness center?? I’m already paying a ton for room/board/food/& education. There are so many unhealthy food options at NW. I know tons of people who have gained not the freshman 15, but the freshman 25 and have kept it on. If the fitness center was free of charge to students then there would be more people who would want to go work out. Every time I go to the rec center it’s all packed. There isn’t much equipment and what there is sure isn’t great. I don’t have the time to go to the rec center at the un-busy times of the day. Making all of the fitness centers around campus free would be extremely beneficial to the students.
The university should have a Kinko’s type environment in the library where students can use a large format printer for their presentations and portfolios. The copy center has a large printer, but students could benefit from having that resource available a greater number of hours of the day. Kim Todd has a special Fuji printer that could be incorporated as well.
I think the rec center should be open weekends.
I would like to see more current and timely information regarding what our alumni who are now professional athletes are doing now. Perhaps a “CatTracker” feed.
First of all I definitely agree that the rec should be open on weekends and the fitness center should be bigger and free as well.
I know the school already pays a ton of attention to football but some key changes need to be made to make games better. First of all the student section or should I say the small little place they stuff us all in for games is flat out ridicules! Where the heck are we supposed to sit? Secondly our scoreboard is located in the worst position…looking right into the sun! A few nights ago I was watching the college TV station and Will Murphy was on there talking about updating his replay equipment for our scoreboard but why would we want to do that? The score board is small and you can’t see it anyways. So here is my grand solution. Tear down the scoreboard and build a brand new state of the art scoreboard in the south endzone. Next build another set of bleachers to the north side of the field creating a horseshoe of fans. In this new set of bleachers put all of us loud and proud Bearcat student fans. Take what you call our student section and slide it down to give our visitors a little more room and use the rest for normal ticket sales. I know all you fraternity guys are probably steaming mad because you won’t be able to see the game to shoot off your cannon well first of all come to the game it just looks weird when you loaf around outside the stadium. Secondly bring the cannon back to the field like it used to be in the old days, there is no longer a ban of guns on campus so bring back the cannon and shoot it off from the field.
I played a lot of sports in high school and when I came to college, I was reassured by everyone that I would still get to enjoy the games because of intramurals. Over the past four years that I have been here, the women’s intramurals program has steadily become worse. They aren’t highly advertised so half of the time, someone would come to me a couple days before the captain’s meetings trying to form a team. One frustration is that other teams might not show up, but they were never punished so it happens continually. I think if they don’t show up they should be dropped from the bracket so other teams aren’t waiting around for a no-show as well.
This year, I was really discouraged because we didn’t even have refs in basketball and quite honestly, things could have gotten out of hand really quick. I understand that money is tight but not a lot of people want to show up to an intramural game and it end up being like a pickup because there is no organization. I ended up going to the community center and only paying $30 to play 2 nights a week for 2 months. It was much more organized and worth my time and even the money I spent. I understand that it may be harder to get girls involved in intramurals but I think once the program is solid and reliable, it will be a healthy activity for all women.
Anthony Cope Says:
I hope the rec center opens up at the weekends
The addition of a climbing wall to the SRC would be really a neat addition. I don’t know if that’s even viable.
Make sports programs and the rec center more available and more appealing to nontraditional students.