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A Fond Adieu to the COG, which has Served Generations of Zags Well

A Fond Adieu to the COG, which has Served Generations of Zags Well

Posted on May 15, 2013

SPOKANE, Wash. – “Meet me at the COG after class” was the opening sentence for The Gonzaga Bulletin’s story Oct. 15, 1954 about the newly named student union building. While students called the building the “COG,” the structure was formally referred to as the “Student Union Building.” The moniker “COG” is an acronym for the phrase “Circulus Omnium Gonzagaorum,” which is fake Latin for “circle of company of all Gonzagans.”

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The ‘Eiffel Rifle,’ Zags’ First 7-Footer Jean Claude Lefebvre Debuted in 1957 to International Fanfare

The ‘Eiffel Rifle,’ Zags’ First 7-Footer Jean Claude Lefebvre Debuted in 1957 to International Fanfare

Posted on March 18, 2013

Kelly Olynyk (Canada) and Przemek (SHEM-eck) Karnowski (Poland) are not the first foreign 7-footers to play basketball for Gonzaga University. Jean Claude Lefebvre, a 7-foot-3-inch 280-pounder from France, started playing for the Zags in the fall of 1957. He was the tallest college basketball player in the United States at the time.

Tips from Early Zags’ Basketball Coach Claude McGrath

Tips from Early Zags’ Basketball Coach Claude McGrath

Posted on February 19, 2013

Gonzaga University has had many successful men’s basketball coaches since the University began competing in the intercollegiate sport in 1906. The first coach to reach 100 wins was Claude F. McGrath (1904-89).

Houston Stockton: Football Star & Reporter on the Field

Houston Stockton: Football Star & Reporter on the Field

Posted on January 14, 2013

Before John Stockton or his son David Stockton, there was Houston John Stockton. The grandfather of Gonzaga University and NBA basketball star John Stockton, and great-grandfather of current Gonzaga basketball player David Stockton (John’s son), Houston played football for Gonzaga during the sport’s “Golden Age.” As a triple-threat halfback, Stockton was proficient in running, passing, and punting. His defensive skills as a linebacker were as distinct as his offensive prowess. Houston was the father of Jack Stockton, a founder of Jack and Dan’s tavern near Gonzaga’s campus.

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1912 Silver Jubilee Anniversary Marked Gonzaga’s Transformation from a College to a University

1912 Silver Jubilee Anniversary Marked Gonzaga’s Transformation from a College to a University

Posted on November 14, 2012

As Gonzaga marks its 125th Anniversary with special events through May 2013, the University’s tradition of celebrating its founding every 25 years continues unabated. Gonzaga’s Silver Jubilee, a three-day fete in 1912, launched this unbroken string of celebrations, and marked Gonzaga’s transformation from a college to a university.

Gonzaga College and City of Spokane Falls Grew up Together

Gonzaga College and City of Spokane Falls Grew up Together

Posted on October 23, 2012

The city of Spokane Falls was officially incorporated in 1881 with approximately 600 residents. Recognizing the need for a college, several Spokane civic boosters co-signed a letter to the Society of Jesus, dated Oct. 1, 1881, asking them to start a school for boys.

As Gonzaga Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary, a Look Back at Its Founding Year: 1887-88

As Gonzaga Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary, a Look Back at Its Founding Year: 1887-88

Posted on September 10, 2012

As Gonzaga University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration continues, this issue of @Gonzaga concludes its series looking back to its founding in 1887. This series began in September 2010. Each subsequent monthly story looked back six more years. In this series-concluding story, we travel back in time to its first academic year 1887-88.

As Gonzaga Continues Its 125th Anniversary Celebration, a Look Back at 1890-91

As Gonzaga Continues Its 125th Anniversary Celebration, a Look Back at 1890-91

Posted on July 18, 2012

In recognition of Gonzaga University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, launched at commencement in May, @Gonzaga continues its series looking back to its founding in 1887. This series began in September 2010 when we looked back six years to the 2004-05 academic year. Each subsequent monthly story looked back another six years. In this story, we travel back in time to view highlights of and around the 1890-91 academic year. This series concludes in September’s @Gonzaga with a look back at events leading to its founding. See the official 125th Anniversary website (www.gonzaga.edu/125) for a historical timeline and more stories.

A Look Back at 1896-97 to See Forward to Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary This Year

A Look Back at 1896-97 to See Forward to Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary This Year

Posted on May 23, 2012

In recognition of Gonzaga’s quasquicentennial celebration (125th anniversary), which was launched at this year’s commencement ceremonies May 12-13, @Gonzaga continues its monthly series counting back to its founding year, 1887. This series began in September 2010 when we looked back six years to the 2004-05 academic year. Each subsequent monthly story looked back another six years. In this issue, we travel back in time to view highlights of and around the 1896-97 academic year.