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Think Tank now at Rec Center

Ernie Somoza / Arizona Daily Wildcat
Ernie Somoza
Ernie Somoza / Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Student Recreation Center is no longer just for working out your body.

The Rec Center now houses a satellite location of the Think Tank and will soon open a computer lab.

“”It may seem odd to people, but I just think it’s great,”” said Dorothy Briggs, director of the Think Tank.

The Think Tank outgrew its two locations in the Nugent building and the Park Student Union last year.

“”We just have had so many students and so much traffic through all of our services that we needed more space,”” Briggs said.

The Rec Center discussed housing the Think Tank when planning remodeling of its entrance area.

“”We knew they had a need for more space,”” said Cody Nicholls, assistant director of business and student development for Campus Recreation. “”(We said), ‘Here’s an opportunity to be able to work with other departments on campus.'””

The Think Tank offers tutoring in math, writing and Spanish at the Rec Center location.

Some students were surprised to see the Think Tank at the Rec Center.

“”I thought it was random but kind of cool,”” said nutrition sciences sophomore Jennifer Seals.

Tijana Nikolich-Zugich, a pre-physiology sophomore, said that although new location will offer more space, she might be distracted by people walking in to work out.

“”It would make more sense if it was isolated and not glass,”” Nikolich-Zugich said. “”It definitely wouldn’t be my first choice.””

Other students said they might work out and use the Think Tank in the same trip.

“”I thought it was pretty cool,”” said Mack Haggerty, an accounting senior. “”I like it. It’s convenient.””

Nicholls said the Rec Center is focused on adding additional services for students besides working out.

“”We want to try to get past that we’re just a gym here,”” Nicholls said. “”We wanted to be more inclusive to the university community. We wanted to be able to provide more for the students.””

Briggs said the mission of the Think Tank fits wells with the Rec Center, providing resources for “”healthy bodies and healthy minds.””

“”The whole concept of having this space as healthy living space was so exciting to all of us,”” Briggs said.

Nicholls said the Think Tank has already been effective in drawing students into the center.

“”We’ve seen students come in and study before workouts and after workouts,”” Nicholls said. “”We’ve also seen students just coming to study.””

The Rec Center will also house a satellite location of the Office of Student Computing Resources.

The lab will include computers for student use. Staff will also be able to offer basic computer help, Nicholls said. The lab is set to open in the coming weeks.

Nikolich-Zugich said she finds the expanding services at the Rec Center useful.

“”There definitely is a lot more than there used to be,”” she said.


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