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What was once lily-white Spokane is slowly becoming more diverse.

That is happening, in part, through the efforts of local businesses and universities, which have recognized the benefits of having a variety of viewpoints and backgrounds in their workplaces.

Charlita Shelton came to Gonzaga two years ago as the university’s interim assistant chief diversity officer.

Gonzaga, others host virtual conference on hate

Nov 4, 2021
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The Inland Northwest has a reputation as a haven for racists, with north Idaho’s now-defunct Aryan Nations Church as the leading example.

But the Inland Northwest is also home to a bi-annual scholarly conference that examines issues related to hate. Gonzaga University will host this year’s version this week.

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A Gonzaga University commission tasked with making recommendations in the wake of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis has released its report.

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Gonzaga University is now requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the college this fall.

According to a news release Thursday, all students who participate in classes on campus this fall must show proof of vaccination, though medical, or religious exceptions will be available.

Online graduate students are exempt from the new requirement.

Gonzaga joins several other universities in Washington state in requiring vaccination against COVID-19 including Washington State University, Eastern Washington State University and University of Washington.

Gonzaga Athletic Director Mike Roth Retires

Jun 8, 2021
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The man who has overseen Gonzaga University’s incredible run in athletics over the last quarter-of-a-century announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Mike Roth will leave on August 31 after 24 years as athletic director and 34 years in Gonzaga’s athletics department.

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A Seattle pulmonary doctor says it may be necessary to tweak Covid vaccine marketing strategies to appeal to the younger people who are now, and will soon be, eligible for shots.

Dr. Vin Gupta will share that message tonight [Wednesday] with a Spokane audience. Gupta is a critical care physician who is on the faculty of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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The pandemic has required Inland Northwest school districts and universities to be flexible this spring in designing commencement ceremonies.

This week, Gonzaga is celebrating in-person, while Washington State University Spokane has combined virtual and in-person events.

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Gonzaga and the University of Washington are marking a construction milestone in Spokane.

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What do the Pavilion, St. Charles's Parish in Spokane and the Steam Plant have in common? They’re all one-of-a-kind feats of architecture and engineering, says a Gonzaga professor who recently co-authored a paper on an iconic Spokane structure.

Joshua Schultz is a professor of civil engineering at Gonzaga University who recently co-authored a paper about the roof of St. Charles's Parish. Buildings on the church property recently caught fire, but the sanctuary and church structure itself received little damage.

Gonzaga To Debut New Climate Center On Earth Day

Apr 19, 2021
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Gonzaga University this week will formally announce a new center devoted to studying and teaching about climate change.

The new Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society and the Environment will, appropriately enough, get its public unveiling on Thursday, Earth Day.

Gonzaga, WSU Women To Participate In March Madness

Mar 15, 2021
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The women’s March Madness national basketball tournament will include two Inland Northwest teams, Gonzaga and Washington State.

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The Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball teams are both headed back to the NCAA’s “Big Dance.” Both came back from double-digit deficits to beat teams from Brigham Young University.

When Gonzaga University professor Tod Marshall began helping to plan the university's 4th Annual Race and Racism Lecture, he decided to do something different. The former state poet laureate wanted to include as many people as possible after a summer of racial justice protests and a contentious election. So he reached out to local teachers to engage high school students in advance of Wednesday's lecture.

While the vice presidential nominees were debating in Salt Lake City, several Spokane area candidates met virtually to debate climate change.

The forum was sponsored by Gonzaga’s Environmental Studies program and several Spokane area environmental groups.

The candidates were asked about their concerns about climate change, both locally and around the world.

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The health agencies in Washington and Idaho have made public their Covid-related statistics for several months. Now, some of the school districts and universities in the region are posting their own Covid dashboards.

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Many of us watched Tuesday’s presidential debate alone in our own living rooms. But a Gonzaga debate professor decided to throw a virtual party with more than 60 students and colleagues. 

Spokane Universities Hope To Avoid Covid Surge

Aug 28, 2020
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Whitman County health officials announced another 41 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. All of them are in the age groups typically associated with college students. That continues the run of Covid-related cases related to the recent return of students at Washington State University’s Pullman campus.

Spokane public health officials hope Spokane’s universities will be able to avoid that kind of outbreak.

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Whitman County public health authorities today [Monday] reported one new Covid case. This comes after a weekend in which a two-day flurry produced 69 new cases, all of them in the age group that indicate college students or other young adults.

Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz says he's working with leaders of the Spokane-based institutions to help them avoid what has happened at Washington State University’s Pullman campus.

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The grand experiment begins Monday for at least three Inland Northwest colleges and universities. Washington State, the University of Idaho and North Idaho College will begin their first academic year in the coronavirus age.

All of the institutions have plans on how to put in place various safety procedures, including distancing, temperature checks and mask requirements. And all plan a mix of online and in-class instruction.

Gonzaga Summer Debate Tournament Goes Online This Year

Jul 22, 2020
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Gonzaga’s annual summer debate tournament for middle and high school students began today [Wednesday]. In past years, students have flocked to Spokane to advance their arguments in person. This year it’s different.

New Report Details More Cases Of Clergy Misconduct With Gonzaga Ties

Jun 20, 2020
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A new public radio investigation has found Gonzaga is at the top of the list among American Jesuit universities in an unflattering category. The report shows Gonzaga has, over the years, employed more priests who have faced sexual misconduct allegations. Reporter Emily Schwing says her research found at least 10 such cases since 1940.

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Gonzaga has joined the list of universities around the nation in saying they won’t consider pre-college test scores for the class of 2021.

The College Board, which administers both the SAT and the ACT, says it has cancelled most of the spring testing opportunities because of the coronavirus.

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Students enrolled in the Gonzaga-in-Florence program have been asked to return home because of reports of coronavirus in Italy. University spokesman Pete Tormey reports no students have been exposed, but the university is acting out of caution.

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The Gonzaga community said goodbye today [Friday] to its former longtime president, Father Bernard Coughlin. Coughlin died last month in California at the age of 97.

The university held a memorial service at St. Aloysius Church for the man many called Barney.

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Gonzaga University students approaching graduation and post-graduate life spent some time interviewing former Peace Corps volunteers about their choices to serve and their experiences around the world. The result is the Peace Corps Project, a play based on the real stories of the interviewees. Interview participants Mike and Lynn Noel and Charles Pepiton, and actors Brett Bean and Elizabeth Helmer, visit the studio to discuss the production.

The Peace Corps Project will be performed in Gonzaga's Magnuson Theatre at 2 PM, Sunday, December 8th. 

Medical Students Address Community Health Issues

Oct 28, 2019
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Many University of Washington medical students based in Spokane work in rural communities during the summer after their first year. One of their tasks is to identify and research important health issues in their adopted towns, then create posters that explain the problems and identify potential solutions.

Students shared their posters last week at Gonzaga.

Spokane River regional Toxics Task force

A forum at Gonzaga University Tuesday evening will focus on a class of chemicals that are polluting the Spokane River.

PCBs are man-made chemicals that have been found in the river. They come from various products, including old electrical transformers, and have been determined to be potentially carcinogenic.

Gonzaga Holds Epic Greek Poem Marathon

Oct 5, 2019
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Poetry readings are becoming more common in Spokane. Usually the poets themselves read short pieces they’ve written.

Two Gonzaga professors held their own poetry reading on Friday and it went on for hours and hours.

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The Spokane regional health partnership between the University of Washington and Gonzaga will be getting a new home. Leaders from the two universities on Monday announced plans for a four-story building that will house the universities’ joint health sciences programs in the city’s University District.

Inland Journal, April 17, 2019: The 'Economic Divide'

Apr 17, 2019
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Wednesday on the Inland Journal podcast, a look at America’s divisions through the eyes of an economist. Former Gonzaga business school dean Bud Barnes cites four areas of economic divide: income and wealth distribution, the immigration debate, outsourcing American jobs and international trade and tariffs. We’ll hear some of his comments, given during Gonzaga’s annual economic symposium on Wednesday.