Frequently Asked Questions
What does RAWC mean?
RAWC stands for "Recreation and Wellness Center," and it is pronounced "raw-k" or "rock." It's the nick name . . .
When is the center open?
All weekdays 5:45 am until 11:00 pm. Saturdays 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Sundays 2:00-11:00 pm. Check the "Hours of Operation" for more details about activity areas like the Climbing Wall and Special Hours during school breaks.
What does it cost?
Basic memberships are free for OBU students, employees, and their families. A select number of memberships will be available for purchase by OBU Alumni and friends of the university. We now have outside memberships available for a very reasonable price. Nominal fees will be charged for optional programs and services.
What do I need?
You WILL need your OBU ID card to get into the center. You will also need to abide by the dress code and follow other center policies.
Why is water the only beverage allowed?
Bottled water is the only beveraged allowed past the front gate because we want our equipment and areas to stay clean. Sports drinks or colas leave sticky residue if spilled. Food and other drinks ARE allowed in the lobby area, we just ask that you clean up after you enjoy your snacks! Check out the RAWC vending machines for healthy refreshment options!
What can I do?
Walk, Jog, Run, Bike, Climb, Step, Slide, Stride, Pedal, Spin, Dribble, Shoot, Pass, Set, Spike, Serve, Move, Swim, Dive, Float, Swing, Watch, Learn, Talk, Laugh, Stretch, Balance, Lift, Breathe, Relax . . . . in a word: “REC – RE – ATE!”
Why isn't the Climbing Wall open all the time?
The Climbing Wall is open during the later part of the afternoon and evening and on the weekends. We staff the Climbing Wall with trained and experienced rock climbers. To enhance safety and your overall climbing experience, we only offer supervised climbing during these open wall times.
Are there any Free Weights?
The center has 2 sets of dumbbells, ranging from 3 - 100 lbs., adjustable benches (flat, decline, and incline), and an assisted dip and chin machine. In addition, a complete line of FreeMotion cable machines is available (15 pieces in all). FreeMotion stations are designed for maximal movement, strength development, balance, core stabilization, and safety. Almost any exercise you could think of to do with free weights you can do on the FreeMotion equipment, but without the need of spotters, changing plates, or dropping bars. Give FreeMotion a try, and you will see the results for yourself!
What if I don't know how to use all that stuff?
Don't worry! Friendly, knowledgeable staff members can assist you..
Are there any jobs for students?
Yes! We currently have over 70 students working for us! While we do not have any openings right now, we are still accepting applications to be placed on the waiting list. We will hire from this list once we have the need. Please see Student Employment Opportunities for job descriptions, applications and additional information, email or call the Personell and Facilities Coordinator at or 405.585.5224.