Highly anticipated Dan and Ada Rice Center opens

By Farwah Rizvi



Steven Joesph concentrates on his pectoral muscles while working out Tuesday night at the new Fitness Center. Photo taken by Becca Flynn.

BenU opened the doors to its newly remodeled Dan and Ada Rice Center and Benedictine Fitness Center last Friday. The renovations were part of a multi-million dollar project that took over a year to complete

There are two sections of the new facility. The first floor contains the 7,500 square foot fitness facility and athletic training room. On this floor, new cardio equipment, a full set of free weights and assisted lifting machines are located.

Students are excited about the new facility. “I have been waiting for the rice center to open for along time. I am not an athlete but the weight room looks fantastic,” enthused sophomore Bojana Sprajcer.

Other BenU students were excited about the dance room. “It’s a nice environment to work out in and offers so many classes. I can’t wait!” added Senior Farrah Ansari.

“The equipment is state-of-the art. Each machine has a television, IPod connector, and USB wire to save your workout,” stated Paul Nelson, fitness center manager.

The USB wire gives students and athletes the option of logging workouts and settings so that when they move to a different piece of equipment, they will have the options of using the same settings.

This area also contains a dance studio, which will be used for recreation activities like yoga and pilates classes  All classes are open to all BenU students.

Ernie the Eagle takes advantage of the facility's new strength equipment. Photo taken by Becca Flynn.

The athlete training and recovery room is also on the first floor. “Athletes come here for one reason. When their broke, we fix them,” said Nicholas Grahovec, head athletic trainer.

“The hydrotherapy room is in the training room, and it looks really cool” senior Dan Zust said. The hydrotherapy room contains two twin plunge pools, one hot and one cold.

“This doesn’t feel that good going in, but it greatly reduces swelling and soreness,” added Grahovec.

Weights, Athletic Department offices, the Eagle Room, Trophy and Legends area, a team classroom and an alumni conference room are located on the second floor. The weights room is a 4,500 square foot strength training area, overlooking the cardio workout facility. This room contains free weights and strength training equipment.

“One way we pay tribute to our alumni is the Hall of Fame area and Legends Room,” says Nelson. Herein lies trophies of past conference championships, and some of the names of past athletes for their outstanding work while attending BenU.

All BenU students, faculty and members of the community are welcome at the Rice Center starting this week.

“Don’t forget to bring your [BenU] identification card, because you need it to swipe into the facility,” Nelson added.