Club Sports Making it Easier to Participate in Wintertime Activities for Students

Ski Slope

Hitting the slopes is getting a lot easier for Oakland University students thanks to the growing Snowboard & Ski Club. Currently, on Grizzorgs, the club boasts 43 members (double the size since last year) and is looking to see more growth in semesters to come.

You can join their Club Page on Grizzorgs, Facebook, IMLeagues and after paying for a discounted season ticket of $20, you will be able to receive discounted lift tickets for Pine Knob and Mt. Holly.

Snowboard & Ski Club President, Craig Yanuszeski told us, “this pass works the whole season, they only have to pay $18 each time they go, essentially over 50% off”. With regular lift tickets being well over 30$ a visit, this is a good opportunity to save a great deal of money in the wintertime.

Not only do you get a season pass for cheap with reduced lift ticket prices, but you’re given a free lesson so even new participants can come a join the club and get to go to these facilities for cheap. Currently the club is looking to schedule team events, one of them being a spring break trip for club members.  This trip might cost hundreds of dollars less as they anticipate major fundraising efforts to reduce the costs. If you’re interested in learning more about the Snowboard & Ski Club today, check out their Facebook page or contact Craig Yanuszeski at

#WellnessWednesday- Core Calisthenics


Many of us live an active lifestyle, however the need to obtain a gym membership to achieve our fitness goals can be the excuse that prevents us from reaching our potential. What if I told you that you still could experience an effective workout without hefty workout machines or expensive gym memberships?

Body weight workout routines have been gaining popularity from those who are short on time. Formally known as Calisthenics, this practice engages specific muscles, merely using your own body weight as resistance. It improves muscle strength, stamina, and flexibility and applies to every muscle in your body. Relying on yourself to gauge the difficulty, you have the freedom to modify each workout.

Whether a modification minimizes effort or increases the intensity, appropriate adjustments make these workouts costumed to you thus, optimizing effectiveness.

Depending on your goals, there are infinite ways to get those muscles engaged.  For lower body exercises, the popular go-tos are squats, jump squats, lunges, and skaters. These exercises elicit an eccentric contraction, hitting your glutes, hamstrings, and quads with a one-two punch as they lengthen while contract the muscles.

To get the most out of your workouts, engage larger muscle groups and as many muscle groups at a time.  This facilitates the greatest muscle development and gets your metabolism revved up.







Mountain Climber

Planks, mountain climbers, wall sits, supermans and lower leg lifts are just a few of the calisthenics that are geared towards working the whole body using only one move.

While performing the plank and mountain climbers, the whole body should be engaged, especially the core. Starting in prone position, your shoulders and hands are inline with each other and arms are extended supporting your upper body. The tendency is to let the lower back dip down and lose the activation of your core which will sacrifice your form.



Supermans utilize the entire body as you pull your chest and legs off the ground.  As you Stabilize yourself with an isometric hold from your core, the opposing muscles of your lower back are engaged as well, attacking your core.

Walls sits are the epitome of isometric holds, as you’re working abs, hamstrings, quads, glutes with a steady contraction, letting that burn sink in.

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Employee Spotlight: Emmanuel Jianis


Emmanuel is a Senior this year and is one of our Lifeguards!  He started working at the Rec this past Summer and having a strong interest in Health Science with a concentration in Exercise Science, working at the Rec has been a perfect fit!

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I visit the Rec frequently, so I thought it might be a good idea to see if I could start working here. 

What is your favorite part about working here?

The people I have met here are great and the environment is fun. 40234_153255731357215_5622858_n

What transferable skills have you acquired that will help you in the future?

Definitely team coordination.  When we practice our saves, communication and working with others is key. 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Steet Teams, RLC, etc.)

IM sports are my favorite Rec activity.  Friendly competition is a great way to spend your time and you get to have fun while meeting new people.

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

Other than school work, I like going for leisurely walks and bike rides with my girlfriend.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to a fun and interesting semester.

What are your plans for the future?

I don’t have a timescale yet, but I want to continue my education and eventually get a job in the health field.

Fun Fact: I am the only person in my family that hasn’t been on a plane!


Monstrous Weekend for Club Sports


  • Women’s Lacrosse is hosting their Alumni for a friendly match on campus at the Recreation and Athletics Outdoor Complex (RAOC) from 7:30pm to 10pm 
  • Division III Hockey is starting back up after last season’s incredible 34-2-4 record. They face off against Grand Valley at the Detroit Skating Club, DIII’s home ice rink. The game starts at 7:45pm


  • Division I Hockey is looking to start their season strong with a home match against UofM Dearborn at their home ice rink, The ONYX. The game starts at 8:30pm and it is a BLACKOUT game, so be sure to show your Grizzly pride and wear black. 
  • Fencing is traveling to their first tournament of the year at Ohio State University this weekend. If you can’t cheer them on in person, cheer them on digitally using #OUClubSports . They compete all day Saturday and Sunday.


  • Women’s Rugby is hosting their very first home match since they started as a club sport back in 2013. After coming off a tremendous 39-5 win against University of Michigan last weekend, the Women’s Rugby Club is looking for a repeat win against University of Indiana at the RAOC at 11am.

If you’re interested in joining one of these clubs, check them out at . If you want to attend more of these club’s events, many of them can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

W. Lacrosse > Facebook / Twitter

DIII Hockey > Facebook / Twitter

DI Hockey > Facebook / Twitter / Twitter fan page

Fencing > Facebook

Women’s Rugby > Facebook / Twitter

Meet The New Club Sports Department Part 2

For Oakland University Club Sports, this year is one filled with changes. For the first time in the history of the Club Sport Department, we have designated supervisors at each of the club’s on campus home events.

These supervisors perform very important duties for the University. These supervisors keep club sport members safe and in times of injury, attend to their needs. The supervisors have mini med-kits to help any participant get immediate medical attention for minor injuries. If the situation is extreme, the supervisor will aid for as much as they can given their level of medical knowledge and contact emergency professionals if requested.

The Club Sport Supervisors also help make sure that all the rules of the University are followed and that the code of conduct for the facilities are also followed during home games for club sports. Not only do they make sure that clubs, and their fans, are not being destructive towards the facilities or leaving behind trash, but they do so much more.

Without further adieu, here are the Fall 2015 Club Sport Supervisors:

Keith Goodwin

Keith is studying Pre-law/Political Science and minoring in Criminal Justice. He is the current President of Fencing Club and Secretary of Club Sports Advisory Council.

“I chose to become a Club Sports Supervisor in order to fulfill my role in making Club Sports better and to become more familiar with the organization itself”, Keith tells us, “I am excited about having the opportunity to view a variety of Club Sports while working for a great department of Oakland University”.


Syed Murtaza

Syed is studing Psychology and is the current President of the Running Club, is also Club Sports Advisory Council’s treasurer and has a lucrative job within athletics.

Syed tells us “The reason I applied to be a club sports supervisor is because I wanted to get more in depth exposure to the club sports program”.

He is most excited to see all the different club sports in action and get to know the people who participate.


Devon Meadows

Devon is a double major in Communication and Cinema Studies. He is also the Treasurer of the Rugby Club and president of the Club Sports Advisory Council

Devon wanted to become a Club Sport Supervisor to “gain new experience in my work history, change of lifestyle, meet new people, and get more leadership experience”.

Devon says he is most excited about being a supervisor because he gets to meet all the club members, work in a new environment, and act as a supervisor for a system he has been involved with for the past three years.


Blake Townson

Freshman student, Blake is a Computer Engineering student looking to get more involved with the university. Blake is a student with an interest for sports. He played football in high school and also threw shot put. He wanted to become a member of the first generation Club Sport Supervisors because he wants to meet new people and the opportunity to get into a leadership role is “pretty exciting”. Coming into the role, Blake says “I’m excited to see OU students enjoy club sport activities and meet new people”.

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Ale (Alejandra) Montenegro-Cepeda 

Ale is studying business administration school while also minoring in French and international business. She is involved with the sorority of Phi Sigma Sigma and tells us she’s excited to be a Club Sport Supervisor saying “I like club sports because It’s a fun environment where I can get involved and I love sports”.


Elee Younes

Elee is a student of finance and accounting while looking into getting  a certification for paralegal and then move onto “either grad school or law school” upon graduation.

Elee is involved with intramural soccer and the Lebanese club . He tells us that he likes “to people watch and play club sports like cricket and golf and that horsey game with the stick so I thought I’d combine them and do this picture” [shown above].

Elee is looking for “a new experience and would love to be a part of the Rec ” after working out three times a week last year.

William Dunn
William is a Musical Theatre Major and although he is a freshman student and not as involved with the campus community, he is looking for opportunities that interest him.
William tells us he became a Club Sport Supervisor because he has “an interest in the club sports area, and was curious about starting a wrestling club”.

Club Sports had a wrestling club for a number of years in the past, maybe William will restart it?

Going into the position, William says “I know that the position is new, so I am exited to learn as I go”!

Employee Spotlight: Dakota Gordon


Dakota Gordon has been employed at the Rec since Fall of 2012 and is one of our Building Managers.  Majoring in Math, he hopes to become a professor one day.  He has made it to his Senior year and will be greatly missed when the time comes to say our goodbyes.

What is you favorite part of about working here?

I enjoy the patrons and the lovely people I work with.

What transferrable skills have you acquired that will help you in the future?

I am developing strong communication skills, learning how to be an active listener and also, improving my time management.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

Working out and playing ping pong.

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?10848660_10205365655322966_2961893357136791226_o

Think about being at the Rec!  Also, playing soccer and sleeping.

How do you stay active and healthy?

I come to the Rec frequently.

What are you looking forward to? 

Graduating and starting my career.

Fun Fact: I’m allergic to fruit.

#This is OU Campus Rec: OU Fit Challenge


Come out and show us what you’ve got during the OU Fit Challenge! The challenge is Thursday, October 1st from 4:00-6:00pm. Get a team together and participate in both sport and fitness events inside the track of the RAOC. 9 total events are offered, where each team member competes in 3 individual events. The events include Tire Flips, Kettlebell Goblet Squats, Soccer Dribble & Score, Putt Putt Challenge and the famous Toro Pull! Each event is timed and will be added together to determine the final score of each team.

To keep things interesting, your team will be awarded 10-second time deductions to those who have the best team name, sporting the best team costumes and demonstrates the best team sportsmanship.

Registration deadline for the OU Fit Challenge is next Wednesday, September 30th by 12pm. The cost to enter is a $5 dollar donation.

Contact Melissa Wolak or Gabby Sokol at to register your team!