FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 43 Event of the day uard Vang Guide 2009 Holiday Look inside to find the Vanguard’s 2009 Holiday Guide. WWW.DAILYVANGUARD.COM • FREE INSIDE NEWS Urban Plaza: centralized location for transportation needs Urban Plaza becoming home to new Bike Hub PAGE 2 rec center OPINION A more accurate Christmas story Christmas commercialism is a long-standing holiday tradition PAGE 4 ARTS Drinking through the holidays Stay warm with winter beers this weekend PAGE 9 All photos on left side courtesy of Vanguard Archives Before: The rec center pool (top) and basketball court (bottom) in January of 2009. 2010 comes bearing gifts: a new rec center The long-awaited debut of new rec center reaches fruition next term Ryan Pemberton Keeping it Superfresh Start the year off right with a heavy dose of local dance jams PAGE 10 SPORTS Player profile: Aaron Woods Portland State football’s all-time leading returner reflects on his last season PAGE 12 All photos on right side by Rodrigo Melgarejo/Portland State Vanguard After: (Top) The rec center pool currently. (Below) The basketball court currently. Vanguard staff At noon on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, the new Portland State recreation center will be open for business. According to the Campus Recreation Web site, the initial proposal for a new recreation center was first made in 1987, making this building a long-awaited, much-needed resource for Portland State students. “We want students to use this amazing resource in which they have invested,” said Alex Accetta, director of Campus Rec. “We would also like to let students know that we are asking for their patience as we engage in this new enterprise.” The new rec center will be available to any Portland State student taking one credit or more during the winter term. Students must possess a PSU OneCard with a photo on it to get into the new rec center. If a student has a OneCard without a photo, they can stop by ID Services in the lobby of Neuberger Hall to get their picture taken and be issued a new ID card. Perks of the student membership include: free access to the climbing wall (though certification is required), free GroupX classes, affordable personal training, intramural sports programs, outdoor program trips and equipment rentals. Reserved lockers and towels will be available for a monthly fee. Day-use lockers will be free, provided students bring their own locks. Reserved locker rentals will be available at 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information about Campus Recreation programs and the new rec center, visit www.campusrec.pdx.edu. “This building is certainly something in which we think [the students] will be proud,” Accetta said. “It demonstrates our commitment to living healthy lives which ultimately helps students be successful academically. We are here to support that mission.” In pieces: The rec center running track in January of 2009. Student thoughts “I’m really excited for the new B-ball courts. I play intramurals, and I can’t wait to rock some B-ball on those shiny new courts.” —Nick Gable, senior “I just cancelled my membership at my gym, so I could use the one in the new rec center—I might as well since it’s free and at my disposal. The new rec center is saving me money already!” —Lorenzo Laurence, junior “I’m looking forward to the Equipment Rental Center finally getting an upgrade. They’ve been operating out of a tiny garage for as long as I’ve been a student here. I think this will help people utilize that resource more now, too.” —Carla Browning, sophomore Rec center opening events: Sunday, Jan. 3, noon The rec center will open for the first time. Monday, Jan. 4 Sustainability Tours and a ReRev Challenge—ReRev is a system on the ellipticals that generates electricity back to the building. Tuesday, Jan. 5 Multicultural Recreation—Hula lessons from the Pacific Islander Club, multiple other clubs tabling and opportunities to learn about recreation like badminton, table tennis, tango, cricket and more. Thursday, Jan. 7 Accessibility—A demonstration of wheelchair sports and a chance to participate as well. There may also be goalball, a sport for the visually impaired. Friday, Jan. 8 A student vs. faculty/staff basketball game sponsored by ASPSU. The ceremonial grand opening is Monday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Almost finished product: The rec center running track as it stands now.