Member Spotlight – Kyle Reynolds

Kyle Reynolds has been an Aztec Recreation member since he was a freshman at SDSU. He says that freshman and sophomore year his favorite facility was the ARC, hands down, but once he visited Aztec Lanes, that’s where you could find him from then on out. He’s at the IMG_0098Lanes several times a week, and because he has his own shoes, he bowls completely free of charge.

After joining, Kyle discovered Aztec Recreation’s Intramural Sports leagues. Growing up, Kyle played basketball, soccer, baseball, and golf, so it was important to him to be able to continue to participate in competitive sports. Aztec Recreation Intramural leagues allowed him to do just that; he joined and became captain of both a dodgeball team and a softball team, and went on to win championships in both of them with the help of his fraternityIMG_0090 brothers. Kyle lives by the quote, “Life’s short, work hard, play harder,” and he lives well by maintaining a clean diet, focusing mainly on eating chicken, vegetables and fruits as much as he can. He golfs and hikes when he can find time between school, bowling, the gym, and his job.
Kyle’s father also graduated from SDSU and he is following in his father’s footsteps as an Aztec for Life. He plans to stay connected to the campus through the many friends he’s made through being a part of Aztec Recreation and Greek life here at SDSU. Thanks for being an awesome member, Kyle!



Women’s Water Polo Sport Club Qualifies for Nationals

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Associated Students Women’s Water Polo Club “A” Team after their 3-0 Western Regional Championship finish.

On April 9th and 10th, the Women’s Water Polo Sport Club defeated other top competitors in the region to win the CWPA Southwest Regional Championships. The team defeated UCSD handily in the final match 11-4 and finished the tournament 3-0.  Having won the 2014 CWPA Nationals, SDSU is on the hunt for their second CWPA National Championship.  With a record of 11-0, they finish the regular season ranked 3rd in the nation.

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Goalie and Team Captain, Katie Enstad, making one of nine saves in the final game .vs. UCSD

The team is led by team president and goalie Katie Enstad who is a consistent and dynamic player. During the Regional Championships, Katie had a total of 33 saves. “I am so proud to be a part of this team, and work with such a phenomenal group,”’ says Enstad. “ I am excited to finish my senior year with a first place finish in the Southwest Division and working towards a second national title.” Other notable players in the final game against UCSD include  #4 Emily Seitz with three goals,  #5 Lexie Domingo with three goals, and #6 Colleen Boensel with three goals.

With the popularity of Water Polo in San Diego, this is the first year that the Sport Club women’s team has fielded both an A and a B team for the CWP Regionals. The two squad structure enables the team to allow more play time for all athletes as well as provide more time to develop the newer players.  Coach Jamie Cassidy says, “We are really excited to see the continued growth and success of our program. Each year the program gets stronger and develops in many ways. All of the girls come out to get better, fun and winning is just an added bonus!”

The Sport Club program also has a Men’s club team that is extremely competitive, placing 2nd in nation the past two seasons. The women’s team will continue their focused preparation for the 2016 National CWPA Championship coming up at UCSC in Santa Cruz, May 6 – 8.

Associated Students established the Sport Club program in 1961 and since then it has grown to include 20 diverse and highly competitive teams and over 700 athletes. Teams represent SDSU in intercollegiate competitions at regional, state and national levels. Each club team is developed, organized, and managed by student leaders with guidance from the Aztec Recreation Intramural & Sport Club administrators, DeJuan Benford and Andrew Lutz.

What Are Your Summer Plans?

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Aztec Aquaplex Recreation Pool Aerial View

Summer is a great season for enjoying Aztec Recreation membership. The air-conditioned ARC is open daily. Aquaplex, Aztec Lanes, ARC Express, tennis and racquetball are all available in the summer. Plus, the popular membership programs including Group Fitness, climbing and Intramural Sports are offered in the summer, as well. Check out the membership options to match your needs.

Graduating or Leaving SDSU, but staying in San Diego?

Aztec Recreation automatic monthly memberships are grandfathered. If you are paying a student rate, that rate does not increase after graduation. Keep your membership, keep your fitness routine and keep your same low rate!

Leaving SDSU this summer and returning in the fall?

Freeze your membership.Freezing places your membership and billing on hold from June 1 – August 14. You regain access to facilities on August 15 and billing is reinstated September 1. This program saves you hassle and money, too.

Leaving San Diego permanently?

Please be aware that automatic monthly billing memberships do not cancel automatically. If you wish to cancel, plan ahead and submit your online form by the 24th of the month. No action is required if you are an ALI student or are currently living in the residence halls.

Living in the Res Halls and Staying on Campus this Summer?

Prepaid membership for residence hall students expire on May 31, 2016. If you are living in the Res Halls again next year, you can purchase a short-term 3-month membership. If you don’t plan to move back into the halls, start your student membership for $19 per month. To register, sign-up in person at the ARC or Aquaplex.

Member Spotlight – Jessica Gutzman

“It’s okay to be scared; it just means you’re doing something really brave.” Jessica Gutzman definitely knows firsthand what it’s jessica climbing 3 NEWSLETTER photolike to do something really brave. As a transfer student, Jessica came to San Diego State not knowing anyone. She decided that, in order to make friends, she needed to put herself out there and become a part of something where she could meet others. She signed up for a climbing class at the ARC’s rock wall and the class motivated her to start climbing every afternoon. The people she met at the
climbing wall inspired her to sign up for both Aztec Adventure’s Adventure Leadership and Intermediate Climbing classes, and now she’s helping other climbers out when they go out on excursions. She says that she was terrified of outdoor climbing at first. The fear of jessica climbing 2falling, even though she was completely strapped in and harnessed up, was hindering how she was allowing herself to perform.  She decided the best way to overcome her fear of falling was to trust her harness and to just let go and fall. And so she did, allowing her harness to catch her and immediately letting the fear disappear.

Jessica describes her journey with Aztec Recreation as one that helped her overcome fears she didn’t know she had, and helped her make some of the closest friends she has. She believes that climbing and the relationships she’s made through it have made her a stronger, braver person as a whole. Her favorite memories all stem from her weekends spent with her climbing classes in the desert, hanging out with her climbing buds and “cinnamon roll hugging” afterwards (which is a giant group hug after 4 days of not showering). Outside of Aztec Adventures, Jessica lives well by keeping a healthy diet, taking frequent hikes, maintaining social relationships, and getting enough sleep every night. Jessica believes that her connections through the friends she’s made on campus will forever link her to San Diego State, and she is proud to be an Aztec for life.

Three Ways to Love Yourself (and Unplug)

LOVE YOURSELF photoFollowers, likes, retweets, and shares have become a new currency among teenagers and young adults in today’s technology driven world. In fact, a recent report by the Pew Research Center confirms that about 81% of young adults use social media. Everywhere you look, someone is on their iPhone texting or tweeting, following new and interesting people with perceivably amazing and adventurous lifestyles; and sharing what they’re currently doing with the world through the click of a button. But what happens when you are constantly plugged into social media and less involved in your own life and well-being?

According to, 20% of teenagers and young adults will experience depression before adulthood. This statistic has increased 68% over the last ten years (, and a recent study conducted by the University of Missouri concluded that Facebook, as well as other forms of social media, can cause envy and feelings of depression ( The National Institute of Health (NIH) also concluded that online social networking is related to the feelings of sadness and depression in many high school and college students. Viewing post after post of people you know, and people you don’t know, living what looks to be the perfect life full of constant traveling, fit bodies, exotic foods, and endless socializing can take an emotional toll on someone who feels as though their life doesn’t compare.

So, teens and young adults are following these “ideal” people and lifestyles online that ultimately make them feel bad about themselves…but why? The answer is FOMO, otherwise known as “fear of missing out.” There is pressure that surrounds the idea of needing to be constantly plugged into the online world to stay up to date on what’s going on with the people you follow. People with FOMO tend to have anxiety surrounding the fear that something is always happening and they’ll be the last to know about it if they aren’t staying up to date. You want to know about your friend’s great new job, the Ivy League school your coworker’s daughter was accepted to, the once-in-a-lifetime concert that your classmates went to that you couldn’t afford. You want to know about all the great things happening to the people around you, even when it starts to make you feel negatively about your own life in comparison. Nobody wants to feel out of the social loop, but continuously comparing your life with an apparent “ideal” life others post on the internet can be damaging to your self-esteem.

So what can you do to avoid falling into the trap that is routinely checking your phone and feeling bad about your life when you do? Here are 3 tips that can help you:

  1. Remember that people only post what they want you to see. No one’s life is 100% perfect, no matter what their Facebook or Instagram pages look like. People post photos of the highlights of their life, type out statuses that relay their great day off work, publish albums of their fantastic vacation in Hawaii; but you’ll rarely see someone post a picture highlighting their recent breakup, or type out a story that describes how they got fired from work right after they got a flat tire in the rain. Most people post about the good, the exciting, the fun events that take place in their life. When their whole page is back to back, constant good news and happiness, we may not know about the less positive things they may be coping with.
  2. Do things because you want to, not because you want to post about it. Many people today live to post their fun adventures online, and “likes” have turned into a currency for self-validation and self-worth. “Not enough likes” tends to equate to “not good enough” in the minds of many active social media users, and this can be a dangerous way to live. Instead, go out because it’s something that will benefit you as an individual and because it’s something you will genuinely enjoy doing, not for the sole intention of getting good photos or pleasing your Twitter followers. There’s nothing wrong with documenting your adventures and good times, but when you let it control what you do and where you go, it can turn into an unhealthy habit or obsession.
  3. Digital detox. Log out of all of your social media accounts (or even temporarily delete the apps from your device!), put down your phone, and surround yourself with people and activities that you enjoy. Ignore the little voice in the back of your head telling you to post about it. This can end up being a nice way of refocusing your motives and intentions regarding which activities you choose to participate in, and give you a chance to do something you genuinely enjoy doing.

Try to minimize the negative impact of social media on your mood and your sense of self-worth, and remember that there is more to life than what is shared on social media! Ignore the irony if you happened to click on this article through a social media link, we just thought that would be the best way to reach you.😉


Article by Asha Bailey



Member Spotlight – Mark Slader

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“Victory is a state of mind.”

“Victory is a state of mind.” This is the quote that Mark Slader says encompasses how he chooses to live his life. Mark has been a member of Aztec Recreation for four years. He began his Aztec Recreation experience when he found out about Sport Clubs at an ARC ‘til DARK event. During his sophomore year, he was nominated for president of the Sport Club Council, and has been in that student leadership position ever since. During his junior year, Mark became captain of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and since then he has balanced both titles, all while working towards his major in Public Health with an Interdisciplinary Sciences Honors Minor.

Mark’s favorite part of his Aztec Recreation experience stems from traveling with his Ultimate team. They have participated in tournaments around the country including Boston, St. Louis, and Las Vegas. Through membership and the Sport Clubs program, Mark has been able to enjoy many memorable experiences, build countless relationships, and make a lot of connections with fellow SDSU students. “I have found both positions to be very rewarding,” he explains. “As sport club president, I have gained the opportunity to work closely with some great people from other sport clubs and the hardworking sport clubs staff. As the President/Captain of the Men’s Club Ultimate Team, I have had the pleasure of playing a sport I love with some of my best friends. While it can be quite time consuming, these experiences have helped to enhance my leadership and communication skills.”  Outside of school and his Sport Clubs commitments, Mark continues to live well by maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding falling into lazy habits by keeping himself busy and moving. He is proud to be an Aztec for Life.

Article by Asha Bailey