sports

Whether your favorite sport is basketball, football or baseball, whether you like soccer kickball or volleyball, I’m sure you have at one point dreamed about playing for your favorite sports team. I mean how cool would it be to playing alongside the Big Ticket Kevin Garnett? Have you ever wished just once you could catch passes from Tom Brady? Well, that may not exactly be realistic, but the rush you get from playing a team sport is almost just as great… almost.

Meet New Friends

It doesn’t matter what sport you want to play or how competitive you want it to be. Not an NCAA Athlete? No problem, Bridgewater State does a great job of offering a whole list of different sports and activities for those of us who don’t have time or (sadly) the talent for the BSU Bears. By taking advantage of at least one of these event,s you are bound to meet a big variety of people, and who knows? Maybe some could become your closest friends.

Get Active

Sometimes it’s hard to stay fit and active in college. We, as students, are bogged down with homework, studying, clubs, works, and personal lives, but it is important to add some physical activity into our lives- even if it’s just once a week. I’m not saying you have to go be a gym nut and train like an NFL player, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to get fit and achieve peace of mind.

Teamwork

An underrated part of a person’s people skills comes from sports. When you’re young and on a sports team, you are immediately thrown into a world of differing personalities and opinions and you must quickly learn how to deal with it. Being on a team also drives home many skills a person would benefit from having such as leadership, the ability to work with others to achieve a collective goal, great worth ethic, etc… All of these things can be learned just by having fun with your friends on a sports team!

Even if you aren’t obsessed with sports, or the most competitive person alive, you should still check out what BSU has to offer. There are many great chances and opportunities to meet people, develop character skills and have fun!

Are you a part of any BSU sports or intramural teams? Are there any sports you wish were at BSU that aren’t?

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I’m sure that we all have visited or at least seen the Tinsley Center before. Some of us take may take a few classes there, some of us just pass by it on the bus ride to Spring Street, and some of us may even spend a few hours there every week working on our fitness, but when you really take the time to look at the Tinsley Center, you realize how beautiful of a building it really is. I decided to take a closer look at the place to give our readers a better sense of all the amenities Tinsley has to offer.

Thornburg Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is a great place for all students to get in shape, and work off a few of those Crimson cheeseburgers. They have plenty of new, state-of-the-art equipment for you to take advantage of. Most machines, like the elliptical, treadmills, and cycling machines, have places for you to plug your iPods into, which allows them to charge as you listen to your perfect workout playlist. The best part? It’s way more affordable than the other gyms in the area. For just $100, BSU students get unlimited access for the entire year, but if you want to try it out for a day before signing on the dotted line, day passes are just $5.

 

 

 

The Courts

Tinsley also has three full basketball courts. The first and most obvious one is the one used by BSU’s basketball and volleyball teams. The facilities managers do a great job of keeping this court in pristine condition and it always looks brand new. Most of the time, only student athletes who have practice on that side of Tinsley are allowed to use it, but if you ever get a chance to check it out on game day, be sure to do so!

The other side of the “Tinsley curtain” is the multipurpose court. This court is used for all intramural sports including basketball, soccer, badminton, or flag football. BSU athletic teams such as baseball, softball and tennis also are allowed to use the court. The clay-like material the floor is made from really gives it true versatility.

The Track

Atop the basketball courts is the Tinsley Center’s walking and jogging track. This 32,000 square foot track is great for any runner who wants to stay in shape during the winter, but doesn’t want to bundle up for those sub-zero temperatures. It’s free for all students to use, so if you want to start getting active without hitting the gym, the track is a cost-effective alternative that will at least get you started on the road to fitness.

The Conference Room

This is where the “serious business” takes place. The Tinsley Center’s conference room is designed for team meetings, faculty meetings, and anything of that nature. It is equipped with the latest technology including an  iPod dock, DVD player, internet access, and an HDMI cable. It even has a VCR…for those who still know what that is.

The Tinsley Center is easily one of the most useful buildings on campus and it’s a shame that some students never get to fully experience it. Take a (long) walk down there sometime and check it out sometime!

 

 

What is your favorite part of the Tinsley Center? What would you like to see be added to the building?

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Balancing Work and Play

by Ryan Munns on September 25, 2012

Every semester is a challenge in its own way, especially for freshmen students that are just figuring things out.  You have so much freedom and so many choices to make, but as a wise man once said: “with great power comes great responsibility.” It’s important to balance your schoolwork and your social life, but that’s easier said than done.

GO TO CLASS

I know how easy it is to make a habit out of sleeping through your 8AM class, but remember: you’re paying tuition for it! Skipping class is like pouring money down the drain… money that you’ll probably have to pay back later any way. Not only will attending class help to balance out your academic life, it will also give you a major GPA boost.

GET SOME REST

We all like to have fun; whether that means going out with your friends, playing the new video game you just blew your paycheck on all night, or maybe just being hyped up on caffeine. The bottom line is we all get crabby when we don’t sleep and it affects us on every level. Even though it may not always be the most fun option, it’s probably the smartest: get some sleep!

CALENDARS ARE A THING

Let’s face it: you simply cannot memorize all your due dates. Between schoolwork, your other job(s), school organizations and everything going on in your social life, there’s just no way you can remember everything in your head. You don’t want to be the one who wakes up at noon on Saturday and completely forgets he switched shifts with a friend last week. It sounds old school, but it might be a good idea to get a calendar. You can get a paper planner if you’re more of a physical person, or create a digital, customizable one using Excel or Google Docs.

USE YOUR RESOURCES

Here at BSU, we have a good amount of resources for every student. If you have a big math exam coming up, you should take a trip to Math Services located in the Academic Achievement Center of the Library. When 10-page paper is due and you don’t quite feel completely confident with it, then bring it to the Writing Studio (which is also in the AAC). Not to mention, there are tons of fellow students and grad assistants who tutor in their free time. Check the bulletin boards around campus for ads.

How do you guys stay on track during the school year? Have you ever had trouble staying focused?

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