Around Gonzaga, we have a few words or phrases that we use quite often. Here are a few used commonly around the campus and brief definitions of each!
Blackboard — Website used by professors to communicate to students concerning assignments, schedules, etc.
Block Councils — Governing body of a group of residence halls. Block councils are similar to Student Councils found in many high schools.
Bulldog Bucks – Funds stored on a student’s ID card that can be used at all on-campus and many off-campus dining locations. Bulldog Bucks are an optional add-on to an underclassman’s meal plan. They allow students the convenience, variety and security of dining off-campus without using cash or credit cards.
C/M – St. Catherine and St. Monica Halls. A large portion of freshmen reside in these attached halls.
CCASL – Pronounced “castle”, this stands for the Center for Community Action and Service Learning, an office that creates many of the service opportunities offered to students at Gonzaga.
Centennial Trail – A path that runs through Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, the length of the Gonzaga campus, and all the way into Idaho.
COG – Gonzaga legend claims COG is “center of Gonzaga.” While the sprawling campus has displaced this building from its central location, you will often hear your student talk about “The Cog.” This building houses Gonzaga’s main dining facility, along with other eating establishments, the Bookstore, and Sodexo offices.
Core – University academic requirements necessary for graduation.
Crosby – The Crosby Student Center is the hub for information and activity for students. It houses meeting rooms, Mail Services, University Ministry, Crosby Cafe, GSBA and the Career Center.
Cura Personalis – Latin for “care for the whole person.” This is a hallmark of Jesuit education where teachers form personal relationships with students and encourage students to take own initiative and responsibility for learning. This phrase also asserts the dignity of each individual person.
Dining Dollars – This is a credit amount included in student meal plans; students may use dinning dollars to purchase food at any of the eating establishments on campus.
Foley – This is Gonzaga’s main library and includes a large variety of books, reference materials, and a rare book collection.
Foley Field – Area on campus located between the Cog, Crosby Student Center, the Foley Center Library and Bulldog Alley. Students can often be seen playing sports or enjoying the nice weather on the Quad.
GSBA – Gonzaga Student Body Association
Kennel – The McCarthy Athletic Center, home of our basketball teams.
Knights – A sophomore organization of 30 men who spend their second college year focusing on service to Gonzaga and the surrounding community. An extensive selection process is held in spring for any first year men wishing to be Knights next year.
Lake Arthur — Lake next to Jundt Art Museum.
Martin Center — Gonzaga’s athletic and recreational facility contains a fitness center, field house, dance studio, classrooms, and more.
R.A. – Acronym for Resident Assistant, a student who works for the Department of Housing and Residence Life who has had special training and lives on the floor to assist students with anything they may need while also planning events and educational activities for the floor.
R.D. – Acronym for Residence Director, a full time professional staff person of the Department of Housing and Residence Life who oversees a group of residence halls and Resident Assistant staff. RD’s have extensive experience, education, and training working with students in university settings.
RHA – The Residence Hall Association is the student governing body of the residence halls that plans events and addresses concerns within different halls.
Setons – A sophomore organization of 30 women who spend their second college year focusing on service to Gonzaga and the local community. An extensive selection process is held in spring for any first year women wishing to be Setons next year.
Spike – Gonzaga’s mascot, Spike the Bulldog!
St. Al’s – Students’ nickname for St. Aloysius Church, the main church on campus.
The Bulletin – Gonzaga’s weekly published student newspaper.
The Wall – A long wall between College Hall and Crosby run by GSBA and used by the GU community to post messages about upcoming events.
Zags – This is the shortened way to refer to Gonzaga’s sports teams and students.
ZagTrax — visit Zag Trax to connect with Gonzaga’s online posting board for internship & employment opportunities, as well as maintain your electronic career portfolio (letters of recommendation, transcripts, resumes, and other pertinent documents) which can be made available to prospective employers or graduate schools upon your request.