Campus Climate Log

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Gonzaga University is a diverse community. What unites us is our commitment to our Jesuit, Catholic, and humanist educational mission. We seek to understand and celebrate all aspects and incarnations of the human family, and to experience the fullest possible range of our contemporary, global civilization. Our campus and community offers a wide and exciting assortment of events and programs to learn about, interact with and experience our polycultural world. Part of the function of the Campus Log (Clog) is to publicize these opportunities, which are listed below.

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Progress for KoC
May 1, 2013
President Thayne McCulloh issued a decision Tuesday to approve a campus Knights of Columbus branch as a sponsored organization of the University. Because the male-only, Catholic-only group stands in opposition to the current Clubs and Organizations Recognition Policy in its selectivity statute, McCulloh has called for a review of the bylaws this summer.

Knights investigated by GSBA
May 1, 2013
Some members of the men’s service club Knights of Gonzaga were called to a hearing of the GSBA Judicial Board on Tuesday. A GSBA memo provided to the Bulletin indicated that at least three 2012-13 members were involved in an incident during the second week of April. According to witnesses, a Catherine/Monica resident assistant gave Knights access to private dorm rooms. The students involved were allegedly participating in a club tradition. In the memo, members are accused of various student conduct violations including hazing.

Celebrating sushi and samurai
May 1, 2013
Last week, the Magic Lantern Theater presented “Japan Week,” with a bevy of films centered on Japanese themes and filmmakers. Notable films and filmmakers on hand were Akira Kurosawa and his films “Seven Samurai” and “Rashomon,” known for their superb cinematography and roles as progenitors to a new line of movie. The documentary about Jiro Ono and his lifelong and relentless pursuit of creating perfect sushi paints very specific and beautiful aspects of Japanese culture.



Insurance extended to same-sex couples
April 24, 2013
President Thayne McCulloh issued a decision Tuesday to approve a campus Knights of Columbus branch as a sponsored organization of the University. Because the male-only, Catholic-only group stands in opposition to the current Clubs and Organizations Recognition Policy in its selectivity statute, McCulloh has called for a review of the bylaws this summer.

Honey brings in gold for Zambia
April 17, 2013
Zambia Gold will be kicking off a week’s worth of events intended to raise awareness of its mission in Zambia Saturday. Events will include a day when the COG will feature Zambian cuisine, a live bee exhibit on Crosby’s steps and a cooperative fair trade event with St. Aloysius parish on Saturday and Sunday.

Campus painted with pride and smiles
April 17, 2013
HERO, GSBA and the LGBT Resource Center kicked off Gonzaga’s first Pride Week last Sunday. This week will include a series of events all aimed to educate, raise awareness and show support for members of the GU and greater LGBT community.


Campus painted with pride and smiles
April 17, 2013
HERO, GSBA and the LGBT Resource Center kicked off Gonzaga’s first Pride Week last Sunday. This week will include a series of events all aimed to educate, raise awareness and show support for members of the GU and greater LGBT community.

New minor added
April 17, 2013
Gonzaga is in the process of making an addition to its degree programs: Native American Studies. Students will soon be able to earn a minor in this new field of study. Next fall, the program will offer both purely Native American Studies courses and cross-listed courses in areas like history and literature, according to Dr. Robert Prusch, a biology professor.



Celebrating differences
March 27, 2013
Eight student speakers competitively read their own pieces that illustrated how cultural traditions had personally affected them to a packed Wolff Auditorium Tuesday night. The third annual Diversity Monologues event was emceed by spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, who later read some of her own poems.


Espousing ethnicity
March 20, 2013

Gonzaga’s annual Diversity Monologues return for the third straight year this Tuesday. This year’s theme is transformation. Students will share personal accounts, speeches, or spoken word poetry. “The Diversity Monologues have been a really good way for me to share some of my story in a medium that I feel comfortable sharing with others,” said sophomore participant Nina Montoya. “The writing process was also really special because it offered me a time to reflect on my life and my family which is something I don’t get to do very often with my crazy college schedule.”

Election participation down
March 20, 2013

Voter participation decreased by 10 percent in this year’s spring GSBA election, making it the election with the lowest voter turnout in the last three years. Just 33 percent of students voted in this year’s election in comparison to 39 percent in 2011 and 43 percent in 2012.

Act Six students show C.L.A.S.S.
March 20, 2013
The first biannual Act Six C.L.A.S.S. Summit is Saturday, offering workshops on the principles of cultural awareness, leadership, activism, social justice and service.


Taking back the night
March 6, 2013
More than 150 people filled Wolff Auditorium on Friday for Take Back the Night, dedicated to addressing sexual violence. Of the 150 attending, more than 30 were men. Take Back the Night marked the end of Break the Silence Week, a collaborative effort of GSBA’s Students Against Power Based Violence committee, RHA, Speak Up!, Knights and Setons, G-Plus, Green Dot, SAAC and SASHA.

School updates mission statement
March 6, 2013

President Thayne McCulloh announced that the board of trustees had developed and approved the release of a new mission statement for Gonzaga. While this anniversary year has brought time for reflection, GU’s administration has been just as focused on the future. Besides altering a considerable amount of verbiage, the new mission statement is staggeringly shorter than in the past. The process for changing the statement began last spring and reached fruition a week ago.



Victor, not a victim over sexual abuse
February 27, 2013

Stacey Ann Lannert, a woman who suffered a decade of sexual abuse from her father, came to Gonzaga to share her story as part of “Break the Silence Week.” According to GSBA President Nathan Heinrichs in his weekly update, the purpose of this week is “to inspire proactive education surrounding the subject of power based personal violence and specifically sexual assault.”

Documentary filmmaker sparks dialogue, challenges idea of Black History Month
February 20, 2013

The question “Should Black History Month be ended?” was posed to members of the Gonzaga community last Tuesday. This discussion was prompted by a visit from filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman, whose documentary film entitled “More Than a Month” was shown in 

the Wolff Auditorium on Feb. 12. It is only fitting that such a complex question be tackled by someone so curious concerning its implications. The film itself is a part of PBS’s Emmy-winning Independent Lens series, and was directed and written by Tilghman. It follows him across the country as he pursues his greater question.

UGM denies LGBT resource center
February 20, 2013
Union Gospel Mission’s Tshimakain Creek Camp has been a favorite destination for retreats hosted by Gonzaga’s student organizations, but UGM’s recent denial of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual resource center’s request to use the center for its annual Always Our Children retreat has spurred discussion between GU and UGM officials as some members of the GU community are calling the incident an example of bias.

Local open mic night celebrates creativity
February 20, 2013
Geno’s Restaurant resounded with music and laughter on Feb. 13, as performers of diverse talents and character took to the stage. Michael Bethely, owner of Bethely Entertainment hosted the weekly “Be … Open Mic Night,” an event inspiring creativity and unity in the Spokane community.

UMEC film challenges students' viewpoints
February 15, 2013
Gonzaga's Unity Multicultural Education Center offered a chance to learn and challenge students' perceptions outside the classroom on Friday evening in the Foley Teleconference Room. UMEC showed the film "Mooz-Lum," and had a small discussion afterfward with sociology and criminal justice professor Vikas Gumbhir. "Mooz-Lum" follows the childhood and college-bound life of Tariq, an African-American Muslim, leading up to the 9/11 attacks. It details the actions people make in the regard to the realm of religion. The film discusses different ways parents pass their beliefs to their children, ways religion is formally taught and ways to view religion in a social setting. The climax of the film revolves around the 9/11 attacks and its impact on the characters' lives.



Annual GU Iron Chef: Cultural Cooking Battle
GU Iron Chef is an annual event for students to share with the GU community their respective culture through the experience of cultural cuisine. The goal of this event is to build a more inclusive GU community by providing a platform for all to interact, learn and experience the culinary delights of other cultures.
Sunday, January 27, 3-4:30 PM
COG 2nd Floor Dining Room

Brought to you by: UMEC, Sodexo, and GSBA



Annual GU Iron Chef: Cultural Cooking Battle
GU Iron Chef is an annual event for students to share with the GU community their respective culture through the experience of cultural cuisine. The goal of this event is to build a more inclusive GU community by providing a platform for all to interact, learn and experience the culinary delights of other cultures.
Sunday, January 27, 3-4:30 PM
COG 2nd Floor Dining Room
Brought to you by: UMEC, Sodexo, and GSBA

November 2, 7:00 PM
Cultural Awareness Night: A Language of Hawai'i--Pidgin - Foley Teleconference Room

November 16, 2012, 12 PM
Annual International Day of Tolerance-Crosby Front Steps

International Day of Tolerance is recognized around the world to assert the need to educate and raise awareness about the impact of intolerance, bias and various forms of hate. Gonzaga's humanistic mission and Jesuit tradition are aligned with respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of individuals who are often marginalized in the world.


Promptly at noon, students and all employees of Gonzaga, as well as the local Spokane community are invited to stand for justice by linking arms and forming a line of solidarity. The human chain of interlocked arms will start at the Crosby Student Center to collaboratively represent the value of actively supporting inclusion and human difference.

November 28, 12-2 PM
Crafting Unity: Native American Beading-Crosby Main Floor



October 4, 2012 - 9:10 pm
The Mass of Compassion-Student Chapel College Hall

The Mass of Compassion is a mass specifically designed to include all people of every sexual orientation. It is a mass of love, friendship, sympathy, and hope. During the mass we will recognize the discrimination towards the LGBT community and create compassion for a better future. Please join the LGBT Resource Center, University Ministry, and HERO at this community driven event. All religious affiliations are welcome!

October 5, 2012 - 7:00 pm
Movie & Free Pizza Night at the LGBT Resource Center

Join the LGBT Resource Center for the first movie night of the year....and grab some free pizza too! This is a great opportunity to meet new friends, have some free pizza, and watch an awesome movie - If These Walls Could talk 2.

October 11, 2012 - 7:00 pm - Foley Teleconference Room
Cultural Awareness Night: Real Talk for Real Living (Interracial Dating)

Brought to you by UMEC

October 11, 2012 - 7:00 pm - Jepson 006
Trans 101

Are you curious how the "T" relates to the "LGB"? Then join us on "National Coming Out Day" for an evening with Spokane's Transgendered Speaker's Bureau to learn more about what it means to be transgendered and ways to be an ally to this awesome community. Topics will include gender and sexuality, expression and identity, and any questions you may have. All are welcome!

October 18, 2012 - 7:00 pm - Foley Teleconference Room
Understanding Identity within a Global Context: A conversation with Gonzaga Professor Dr. Claudia Bucciferro, author of FOR-GET: Identity, Media, and Democracy in Chile

Brought to you by UMEC, GU's Chief Diversity Officer, and Dr. Claudia Bucciferro, GU Communication Arts Department



September 14, 2012 - 11-1 PM
Jewish New Year Celebration

UMEC and the Religious Studies Department held an apple and honey celebration of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year on the steps of Crosby.


Published: September 26th

Amid overwhelming amounts of schoolwork, jobs and extracurricular activities, many college students rarely have time to realize true happiness in their lives. But for those who frequently feel as if happiness is simply out of reach, the Gonzaga Counseling Center is offering a new group session that may give them the boost they need.

Q&A with GSBA President Nathan Heinricks
Published: September 19th

Gonzaga Bulletin: Sexual violence and misconduct has been a problem at GU for a number of years. What has changed this year that caused you to make this priority number one?
Nathan Heinrichs: I think that number one we’re about the safety of the students and as the year has progressed and some of these facts have come out, we wanted it to be very clear that as we move forward this will be a large issue for us to promote throughout the campus for a conversation to be had. I think the issue with sexual assaults and misconduct on campus, in other words power-based violence, is a complicated one. It’s one that’s very touchy for a lot of students. As student leaders on campus, we really want to promote the conversation to be had and the education and to understand the real issue at hand. 

Recent sexual misconduct
Posted: September 19th
President Thayne McCulloh sent an email Sept. 11 referencing multiple cases of sexual assault involving Gonzaga students since the start of the fall term. According to Jill Yashinsky-Wortman, a case manager for Student Life, there have been three reported incidents of sexual misconduct this year. All three were alleged cases of sexual assault/rape. Students from every class have been involved on both sides of the reporting.

Friedman speaks of optimism
Published September 12th

Internationally known journalist, activist and thinker Thomas L. Friedman came to Gonzaga on Tuesday. The three-time Pulitzer prize winner first attended a Q-and-A session with a small group of GU students and then spoke at the McCarthey Athletic Center. His lecture, “That Used to Be Us,” was modeled around his newest book of the same title. Friedman chose to focus on one specific aspect of his book: How does the United States respond to the merging of globalization and information technology?


Behind the bump: Pregnancy at GU
Published: September 5th 
In the age of “Juno,” “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom,” the U.S. often focuses its attention on teen pregnancy. However, the issue of pregnancy becomes less provocative when the pregnant woman is past the age of 19. A 2007 study in Virginia found that 24 percent of female students get pregnant while attending college.

At Gonzaga, a school with a strong Catholic faith base, pregnancies seem to be significantly less visible. The Catholic faith traditionally does not approve the use of contraceptives or premarital sex, which could make a pregnancy at a Catholic university less than welcome.
But to two students who have gotten pregnant, GU exhibited an accepting nature and proved that a Catholic university need not alienate pregnant students. 



May 4, 2012 - 3-6 PM
LGBT Resource Center Year End Potluck

The LGBT Resource Center held a BBQ potluck to end the year and to say farewell to the seniors in our community. The LGBT Resource center is located in the UMEC house across the street from the COG. 


'Please, please dream'
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu addresses the class of 2012


Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed the class of 2012 during the Gonzaga Commencement chiefly on the importance of their generation, the power of dreaming, and the all-encompassing religion of love. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Tutu is famous for his work dissolving apartheid in South Africa. For an appearance marked by an extreme variance of opinion in the GU community, the audience of thousands was stone quiet while Tutu delivered his commencement speech, except for the frequent laughs garnered by Tutu's humble sense of humor. 



Lei Making

April 11, 12-2 PM
Crafting Unity - Lei Making

Unity Multicultural Education Center and
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Club presents "Lei Making."

Crosby last Wednesday was hectic. Multiple clubs were giving out cookies. David’s Pizza miraculously returned from The North, if only for a day. Music was playing, the sun was shining and everyone was trying to get or do something.

Yet in a corner of Crosby, amid it all, there was a pocket of calm. The 10 or so people sitting around the fold-out table were making quiet conversation.

 Here, members of the Hawaii Pacific Islanders Club, coordinated by the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC), taught mainlanders how to make a traditional yarn lei, and in the process dispensed some cultural education. The event was free, and snacks were included.  Click here to read the full Bulletin story.

April 18, 7 PM, Foley Teleconference Center
Yom Hashoah-Holocaust Remembrance Program

Students gathered to commemorate the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died at the hands of the Nazi regime in honor of the holiday Yom-Hashoah, also know as Holocaust Remembrance Day. The memorial, hosted by UMEC, involved a candle-lighting ceremony and poetry reading to mourn a tragic part of human history.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldstein, an Old Testament and Hebrew Bible professor in the religious studies department who is also a rabbi, led the memorial. Celebrated author, poet, professor and human rights activist Majorie Agosín read her poetry during the remembrance.

See the full Gonzaga Bulletin story here: Can you imagine 6 million people?

April 23, 2012 - Crosby Student Center 10 AM-3 PM
Shower of Stoles

The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. These religious leaders have served in thirty-two denominations and faith traditions, in six countries, and on three continents. Each stole contains the story of a LGBT person who is active in the life and leadership of their community in some way: minister, elder, deacon, teacher, missionary, musician, administrator, or active layperson. 

April 27, 12-1 PM
Stand Against Racism

Gonzaga Law School, First Floor, Room 143
Brought to You by: UMEC and GU Law School Diversity Committee


Second annual Diversity Monologues tells the story of 10 Zags
World Famous Poet, Shihan, Hosts Event

Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Community was the theme of the second annual DiversityMonologues: challenging community, embracing community and often rejecting the community were all explored last Thursday in Wolff Auditorium. Over 200 people crowded into the space to hear ten speakers share powerful self accounts of their identity within the Gonzaga community. Each personal account was different, but equally meaningful; they spoke of their internal struggles of being different and their willingness to embrace individuality.


LGBTQ week kicks off
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012 
"What is your legacy going to be?" This was the question posed by Greg Baird. Gret Baird, who has spoken around the country about LGBTQ, diversity, acceptance, community, bullying, hate crimes, and more, spoke at Wolff Auditorium on Monday night about LGBTQ, bullying and what we can do to help.  

Gonzaga provides prayer space for Muslim students
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 
Tucked beneath the study abroad house, kitty corner to the Knights of Columbus bar, there's a tiny room. It's unassuming; the ceilings are low, not oppressive. The Muslim prayer room isn't a mosque, but it's a quiet, dedicated place for Gonzaga's Muslim student population to pray and reflect. 



March 6, 2012

Gonzaga's Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL) will be hosted a Just Desserts event on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 PM in Wolff Auditorium. The event focused on the social justice issue of immigration and push to pass the DREAM Act.

March 7, 2012
Unraveling affirmative action
This November, the Supreme Court will look at a judicial decision that demanded an effort to establish equality. It will review former cases regarding affirmative action and its place in the workforce and university settings.

March 27, 2012
No Shame. No Silence.

Students took a stand against sexual violence and built a better GU. A workshop and discussion was delivered by noted sexual assault prevention specialist and National Story Slam Champion Nancy Donoval. 

March 29, 7 PM, Jepson Wolff Auditorium
Second Annual Diversity Monologues

Based on your cultural upbringing, friends, media, education, social class, and overall life experience, how do  you come to know YOUR COMMUNITY? Featuring Guest Emcee and Poet, SHIHAN. 

March 30-April 1
Always Our Children Retreat

This weekend retreat is open to Gonzaga students who are part of the LGBTQA campus community. This retreat gives students an opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues, and listen to people's stories in a safe and open environment. This retreat is intended as a way to accept the gift of one's own sexuality and show that each individual is one of God's children. 


Students find 'The Help' to be unhelpful
Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
A Gonzaga professor of Women's and Gender Studies, a rotating professor of the Inland Northwest, a professor of Black Studies, and vice president of Gonzaga's Black Student union all agree that the Oscar nominated film, "The Help," was, for the most part, unhelpful. Pun intended. 


Thefts of student bikes decrease
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The number of bike thefts has dropped for Gonzaga students by almost 50 percent, according to Campus Security. This includes not only on-campus thefts, but also those in nearby neighborhoods and into the city. Only 28 thefts were repotted in the 2011 fall term, compared to the 49 reports from fall 2010. 

On-campus child care sought
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Staff, faculty and even a student group are assessing the need and feasibility of providing child care at Gonzaga University. This is not new, Rodolfo Pagsanjan, manager of conference services and Staff Assembly president, said. There have been multiple attempts at bringing child care to GU in the past. Each time, he said, there have been unique hurdles to achieving the goal. 

GU-Logan link discussed
Task force seeks to fix neighborhood relations
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A task force formed at Gonzaga to examine and repair the relationship between the university and long-term Logan residents is working on proposals that may change the way GU students and permanent residents interact. 

Assault survivor shares story
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Rape is a serious offense, but a major healing factor for rape survivor Nancy Donoval was humor. As she shared her story with members of the Gonzaga community Tuesday night, Donoval effortlessly wove wit into her story without ever diminishing the severity of the issue.
"What is most vital to storytelling is listening," she said. "You will hear what people are seeing as the barriers and the gaps of what's missing." 

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