UCLA's athletic pride is evident when looking at most facilities. The track is gorgeous, the fields are spacious, and John Wooden Center is beautiful. Wooden, the gym where non-varsity Bruins exercise, is an athlete's dream with an extensive weight room, three basketball courts, two volleyball courts, tons of racquetball courts, a rock-climbing wall, cardio equipment galore, and private rooms offering lessons in everything from karate to salsa dancing. With a locker room and sauna, Wooden attracts A-listers like Magic Johnson and Adam Sandler, who have been known to play pick-up with star-struck students. UCLA's marina is a 25-minute drive from campus and offers competitively priced instruction in sports like scuba and rowing.
But, however nice many facilities are, UC could easily stand for Under Construction. Pauley Pavilion's re-doing is about to get underway, and messy building renovations seem like a regular part of campus life. One thing that hasn't changed in awhile, however, is the gorgeous Powell Library. A hotspot for brainiac Bruins, Powell's cushy couches, plentiful outlets, and vaulted ceilings are a highlight of the studying experience. Nearly a dozen other libraries on campus offer similar satisfaction.