Quick Recap and a Look Ahead (BATTLE INFO)

Hey hey hey! Can you guys believe that it’s almost DECEMBER??!?! I’m still over here thinking that Orientation was like two weeks ago. But… All this means is that we’re in the thick of the college basketball season, so read on to catch up on everything that’s been happening and take a quick glance ahead at what this next week has in store!

Last weekend, GU’s Volleyball team began a three game home stand to wrap up their season. They opened with a loss to San Diego on Thursday night, then took a two set lead over #12 BYU on Saturday before a heartbreaking five set defeat. However, they were able to close out the season with a 3-1 win over Portland on Tuesday night. With only one graduating senior, the Zags look to have a great squad for next year, and it’ll be exciting to see what they can do!

The Women’s Basketball team was in action in Las Vegas this weekend and, unfortunately, Lady Luck was not on their side. The Zags dropped back to back games, with a down-to-the-wire loss to American University on Friday and a tough game against #17 Iowa on Saturday. Hopefully with their return to the friendly confines of the Kennel, the

y will get back to their winning ways!

If you somehow missed the Men’s Basketball team taking the NIT title in New York City over the holiday weekend, here;s a quick recap:

  • With a 12 point win over Georgia and a 7 point win over St. John’s, the Zags moved to 6-0 on the season, with strong nonconference wins that are going to look great come Selection Sunday. The win over St. John’s was especially powerful, as Madison Square Garden is basically the Johnnies’ backyard.
  • Josh Perkins is out indefinitely after taking a brutal knee/kick/flying karate move to the face agaisnt Georgia, suffering a broken jaw. Though he’s currently wired shut, hopes are high that he’ll be able to return this season!
  • In connection, we saw the debut of Silas Melson, who was slated to redshirt this season. With the injury to Josh, the coaching staff burned his redshirt and he played for the first time at the NIT FInals in MSG – kind of impressive. Not only that, but the first shot he took was a confident three, extending an early Zags lead. He’s gonna be fun to watch.

NOW, let’s begin our look ahead. There’s only a few more chances to see your Zags in action this semester, so we hope you make the most of them!

First up, BATTLE IN SEATTLE is December 20th! The Zags will be taking on Lucas Meikle and the Cal Poly Mustangs, and you won’t want to miss it! Student tickets are available starting December 1 (that’s TOMORROW) at the Ticket Office for a price of $10, cash or card. There is no priority or wait ordr for these tickets – simply go up to the Ticket Office window and purchase your ticket. They will be available all week from 10 am to 5 pm, until the supply runs out.

Next up, this week in the Kennel we’ve got the Men’s team taking on Southeast Louisiana on Tuesday night and the Women’s team taking on Portland State on Sunday afternoon. They will also be playing Eastern Washington on Wednesday night in Cheney, which is a fairly close away game! Let’s get lots of Zags out this week to support our Bulldogs!

Finally, it’s finally time… The Men head to Tuscon this Saturday for a match-up with the Wildcats for the unofficial title of Best Team on the West Coast. This has been a great series over the years, and the Top-10 rankings of both teams will make this one a must see. We all remember the last time they met (ahem… We don’t wanna talk about it) and with the Wildcats coming to Spokane next season, it’ll be interesting to see which team gains the momentum in the series!

That’s it for now! See you in the Kennel!

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An Updated Weekly Update

Hello again Zags! We hope that you have managed to recover since last night, and hope you’re warm and that your ears are still ringing!

It was a GREAT couple of days for the Zags – Men’s Soccer got the overtime win against Portland on Senior Day, Women’s Basketball got a HUGE win against #22 Dayton, and the Men’s team last night absolutely rocked SMU! The energy in the Kennel these past few days has been absolutely insane, and people across the country are starting to notice:

We also scored a pretty major shout out last night:

Now, let’s not get too ahead ourselves, since the match-up with UA is still almost three weeks away. Still, if the Zona Zoo is noticing us, we’ve gotta be doing something right!!

Looking forward this week, there are a TON of things going on as we lead up to Thanksgiving Break, so there’s plenty of opportunities to come out and support your fellow Zags!

First, CCASL is hosting a number of great events this week if you’re looking for some community service hours or a great time.

This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, and the Homeless Outreach Team has three great events planned. If you are looking for an eye-opening experience, check them out!

On Wednesday, they are hosting a Food for Thought dinner from 4:30-8:00 pm: a student shuttle will run every half hour to House of Charity for students.
On Thursday, come watch A Place at the Table, a documentary that follows the journey of food insecurity and the serious implications that hunger imposes.
On Friday, take the ultimate Urban Plunge – an immersion experience in Spokane with Zag Volunteer Corps.

Then, on Sunday and Monday night, come out to GUSR Night Live – GUSR’s play for the semester! If you’ve never been to one, they are an absolute blast. GUSR Night Live runs from 7-8 pm in Cataldo both nights, and a ticket can be yours for a $5 donation!

Also happening this week, a group of Zags are vying for the final spot in a nation competition put on by PwC, and they need your help! Vote for your fellow Zags simply by following this link, and clicking on the VOTE button for Gonzaga! https://www.facebook.com/PwCUSCareers/app_1588247048061670

Next up, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ZAG ALERT INFORMATION! This is actually a huge deal, and a major part in keeping all Zags safe. We know there have been a number of situations (we all know the one) that ZagAlert would have helped to alleviate, and the new system promises to be a whole lot better. Plus, if 95% of Zags update their ZagAlert info by December 3rd, we will all get 25% off at the Zag Shop, and who doesn’t love that! SO. Check out the instructions and track the progress of the campaign at www.gonzaga.edu/zagalert, and update your information today!

Finally, here’s what we’ve got going on this week….

Tuesday, Women’s Basketball was back in the Kennel! Fresh off their return to the Top 25, the Zags won a great game against Idaho State 88-63, and are now 2-0 on the Season!

Wednesday, Men’s Basketball returns as they begin play in the NIT Tip-Off, hosting St. Joseph’s at 8:00 pm. Word on the street is that St. Joe’s is bringing their hawk mascot with them, so the theme for Wednesday’s game is HUNT THE HAWK! Dress is your best camo or hunting outfit, and bring a creative sign – there will be Battle in Seattle tickets given out to the most creative students! Also, if you still need tickets to this game, head to the ticket office TODAY before 5:00 pm to get them!

Thursday night, Volleyball begins their final home stand when they take on San Diego in the Martin Center at 6:00.
They then return Saturday at noon, taking on #21 BYU at noon. A pair of wins in the Kennel this weekend would be awesomeso come out of root for your Zags!

Then, Saturday night, Men’s Basketball returns as they continue the NIT, taking on St. Thomas Aquinas at home at 6:00. Both games in the NIT Tip-Off are ESPN games, and it’s their final game at home before they head to New York to compete in the NIT Semi-Finals over Thanksgiving. Let’s send them off with a lot of energy and a rocking Kennel!

Finish the week strong Zags! We’re entering the home stretch of the semester, so stay strong and, as always, keep rocking!! Love you guys!

The DIRT on SMU

WELCOME BACK TO THE “DIRT”-IEST BLOG FOR GONZAGA!

Ha. Ha ha. Funny. No but really, welcome back to the Dirt! After the game against Sacramento State a few days ago (34-point halftime lead? Even Thompson Rivers played better….), we hope you all have recovered enough to be ready for tomorrow night against SMU! This is one of our biggest games in the Kennel this season, and could arguably be the best home non-conference game we have this season. We think it’s a pretty big deal, and obviously you guys do too – welcome to your first Tent City of the year, by the way!

We hope you guys are keeping warm out there, and decided to give you guys a little bit of light reading! Make some signs, start getting excited, and remember – this game will be televised nationally on ESPN during primetime, and Monday Night Football will be over. When they say the College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon, our game is the very literal tip off to Tip-Off Marathon. So, be LOUD, be PROUD, be ZAGS!

Without further ado… Here is your handbook for Southern Methodist University!

  1. Southern Methodist University

SMU is a private research university within the city limits of Dallas, Texas. Their basketball program is of significant national relevance, with the Mustangs coming into the Kennel with a 1-0 record after cruising to a 93-54 victory over the Lamar Cardinals on Friday night. The 2013-2014 Mustangs just missed the NCAA Tournament, falling in the NIT finals to Minnesota. Side note: if the Zags and Mustangs were to play each other in football, we would still very likely win the match up despite the Zags not fielding a football team since 1942 – the Mustangs are 0-8 in football, the only D1 team to have failed to win a game this season.

  1. Stories of Triumph

While we understand this is a post meant to highlight embarrassing facts about members of the SMU Basketball team, there is one player is actually doing something remarkable, and we believe that it is important to highlight his efforts.

Jonathan Wilfong, a sophomore business major who wears #22 on the court, might be more well-known for what he does off the court. During his senior year of high school in 2012, Wilfong and Andrew Renshaw started a program called Coaching for Literacy in Memphis, which allows a participant to donate a sum of money in order to be an “assistant coach” at a sporting event. Donors receive locker room and press conference access, as well as seats directly behind the home team bench.

Now, it’s important to note that these are not events like high school football games. To date, CFL has sponsored events with the University of Memphis, Vanderbilt, Yale, Florida State, and the University of Mississippi. In addition, they have functional partnerships with programs closely tied to the NBA and MLB.

Providing the “assistant coach experience” is not simply a cool thing for the donors – all of the proceeds from donors help to fund effective literacy programs for elementary and middle school students. Now, you may find yourself asking questions, like Why do we care about something that the opposing team is doing? Cool, one of the players has a charity. Gonzaga has those too!

The important thing to remember is that we are a Jesuit community, committed to the pursuit of social justice. One in seven adults in America is functionally illiterate – this includes 63% of prison inmates, and 19% of today’s high school graduates. Yes, you read that right – of the high school graduating class of 2014, about 1 in 5 students who received their diplomas are illiterate. Improving literacy rates in elementary school children has been proven to increase quality of life down the road, not only for the individual but for their descendants as well.

Jonathan Wilfong has started something truly impressive, and Coaches for Literacy has sponsored over a dozen D1 basketball games since its beginnings in 2012. For more information on CFL, or ways to donate and help get involved, please visit their website for more information: www.coachingforliteracy.org.

  1. Let’s get down and Dirty.

So, one of the most notable stories coming out of SMU in the past week or so has been the ruling on a star player’s eligibility – Markus Kennedy was recently ruled ineligible, and, coupled with the loss of Emmanuel Mudiay, this should prove to take away a lot of the power behind SMU’s “power”-ful offense. The Mustangs dropped from a Top-10 team with Mudiay as a committed recruit to #22 after he left the country, and will likely not be moving back up in the rankings any time soon.

Back to Kennedy – he seemed to know for a while that this would likely be the end result of the beginning of his year at SMU, judging by this series of tweets:

Also – a little confused why he’s insulted by being removed from the intro video, considering he won’t be playing on the team any time soon? I know that this might come as a shocker, as I think the students down South at SMU aren’t exactly the smartest students in the city limits.

Take our next exhibit: Keith Frazier. Now, I know there’s such a thing as poetic license when it comes to grammatical normalcies, but for some reason this just doesn’t seem right.

And the thing is, they are ALL like this. Never have I seen “&” in the middle of a word so often. Now I’m not an English major so I don’t really know if the correct pronunciation of “h&ters” is something like hampersandters, but it sounds a lot like he’s trying to talk about hamsters or something. Also, I know it’s the hip new thing to use a Z instead of S almost every time you use the plural form, but for some reason I don’t think the trend applies when you are replacing an S in the middle of a word.

But hey, at least he supports the Green Dot program. Great news.

Also, speaking of the Mudiay family – just because Emmanuel left to go pro in China doesn’t mean the Mustangs are without a Mudiay on this year’s roster. The only problem is, that Mudiay is Jean-Michael: Emmanuel’s less-recruited, less-highly touted older brother…..who was activated to the roster this year from his position of a water boy.

I stated I’m not an English major, and I’ll add that I’m not a Psych major either, but I feel like being the older brother of a potential future number one draft pick would cause a little bit of sibling tension. Couple that with the fact that JM was elevated from water boy to semi-replacement for his far-more-desirable younger brother, and I feel like Thanksgiving would be a little awkward in the Mudiay house.

Few quick ones:

Ben Moore seems to be really excited about the game tomorrow, even though this picture has nothing to do with a squad…?

Sterling brown had the purple Justin Bieber Beats headphones back in the day:

That’s about it! See you guys in the Kennel tomorrow, can’t wait!

A Tent City Primer

It’s that time of year again Zags! That time when we all willingly leave the comfort of our rooms to go sleep in tents in weather that is clearly too cold, just to establish seats for a single basketball game. Some would call us crazy, yet we are nationally recognized for being dedicated fans and willing to sleep out to see our beloved Bulldogs in their biggest games! It’s just one part of what makes us THE BEST STUDENT SECTION IN THE COUNTRY!

So, by now you all have probably heard that the game against Southern Methodist on Monday, November 17 is a tenting game. With the switch to digital tenting (confused? I’ll explain), and because there is a new freshman class coming in to participate in their very first Tent City, we’ve made a primer for how Tent City will work, as well as a couple of logistics for the game itself.

Step 1: So, you got a basketball ticket…

Congrats! The first and easiest step is complete.

Step 2: Create your tenting roster.

If you are tenting, you are going to need two things: first, a tent. This part is pretty explanatory. Second, a roster. This will be your tenting group. One tent can have a maximum of SIX people on the roster. This means that your group can be no larger than six people, no exceptions.

To create your roster, there are a few things you need to do. Once you have your tenting group, fill out the paper roster that you will be receiving in a Class Rep email TONIGHT. All members of your tenting group will need to have this form, as you will trade it for a tenting number at Tent Distribution. Follow the instructions, fill it out and you’ll be ready to go!

Step 3: Get ready to RUN

At 12:15 pm on Sunday, November 16, there will be a location tweeted by @kcboard – the first person there gets Tent #1, the second gets #2, and so on. This means that you need to follow @kcboard on Twitter to get the update – it will not be posted to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Yik Yak, whatever – only Twitter. Be aware that there will be numerous fake locations, as well as people running early – if you think you’re better off following them go ahead, but nobody will know where to go until it is tweeted at 12:15.

Once the location is tweeted, run. Run fast. Run as fast as you can. Spread the members of your tenting group out across campus to increase coverage and your chances of having someone near the location. Then run. Get there, hop in line, and grab your tent number. Keep in contact with other members of your tent to make sure you don’t accidentally get two tents. Celebrate, scream, call your mom and take some pictures if you want – we’re notorious for Tent City, so embrace it.

Step 4: Life is In-Tents!

So, by this time you have a ticket, a group, and a tent number…. Now all that’s left to do is live in your tent for a day!

Here’s a general schedule of times for the span of Tent City:

1:00-2:00 pm on Sunday: Tent set up. Come out and set up your tents on Foley Field. NO, TENT CITY IS NOT INSIDE. We don’t know where this rumor came from. Tenting is outside. Tenting is meant to be outside. Tent City is on Foley Field, that’s that.

4:30-5:30 pm on Monday: Tent tear-down. This is the time to remove your tent from Foley Field, go onside, warm up, change for the Kennel, eat, etc.

Between these two times, at least one person needs to be in your with WITH their Gonzaga ID card. There will be random tent checks to make sure this is being followed. If nobody is in your tent, you will be given a ten minute grace period – if at that point your tent is still empty, it will be pulled and you will lose your spot. If there is a point where you do not need to be present in your tent, you will be told this directly. This means that Sunday night, overnight, and during the day Monday, at least one person needs to be present in your tent at all times.

Also, during Tent City we will be coming around to do tutorials on how the digital tent process will be working in the future. This information will be important, so you do not want to miss it!

At 5:30, one person from every tent group will need to be in the line to enter the Kennel. It will be organized by tent number, so just line up in the appropriate spot.

At 6:00, all members of the tent group need to be in line. Wristbands will be distributed at this point with tent numbers written on them – these will be your method of entry into the Kennel, along with your student ID. No wristband, you won’t be able to enter until the rest of the Tent City line has entered.

Finally, at 6:30, doors open. Tent groups will enter in groups, to avoid crowding and mayhem. Then, once inside, claim your seat and get set… The show is about to begin.

Step 5: Regroup, Recover and Repeat

You’ve been living your life around this moment for the last few days, and now it’s over… So what is there to do? Well….. Get some sleep. Eat. Warm up and take a nice hot shower. Then, when you’re finaly feeling all relaxed, just remember…. There’s another game on Wednesday, November 19. Life in the Kennel requires a lot, but as Zags, we’re definitely up to the challenge.

It’s a lot to take in, but these days are going to fly by, and will be something you look back on with very fond memories years down the road. Good luck this weekend, and here’s our wish for you – may the tweet be ever in your favor!

Quick Weekly Update: Fall is Here and it is BUSY

Hey Zags! Hope November is going well so far – hard to believe we’re over halfway done with the semester already!

First off, thank you to everyone who came out to the Exhibition games last weekend – it was a great chance to get a good look at both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, and after dominant wins by both teams, it’s safe to say this is gonna be a fun year.

Here’s a quick update for things that are going on this week – there’s a lot that are happening, so bear with me!

To start, tomorrow night (November 6) has a few events going on:

  1. Mr. Zag, hosted by AKPsi, is in Cataldo from 7-9 – this is a great event where some pretty stellar Gonzaga guys will be competing for the honor of the title of Mr. Zag! Tickets can be purchased in front of Crosby tomorrow or on CashNet for $3, or for $5 at the door.
  2. Are you 21 or older? Sign up for Social Club! Just $10 for Kennel Club members, you’ll get free entry, three drinks and a sweet Social Club penny to wear to the events. You can pick these up TOMORROW from 7-9pm at Jack & Dan’s, and if you show up there you’ll get a free drink ticket! The first Social Club tab is Friday November 14, so sign up and pick up soon!
  3. Zags Volleyball takes on Santa Clara in the Martin Center at 6 pm – come out and show our volleyball team some love as they battle for the win!

Saturday November 8:

  1. Volleyball is back and playing San Francisco at noon!
  2. Women’s Soccer is celebrating their Senior Night against Portland at 1:00pm – come watch as seven seniors play their last game at Gonzaga! We will also be giving out scarves to the first 100 fans!

Sunday November 9:

  1. Men’s Soccer takes on Pacific in one of their final games of the season – they’ll be fresh off a trip to Saint Mary’s, so head down to Luger Field at 1:00 to watch!
  2. Ticket Distribution for the upcoming basketball games against Sacramento State (11/14) and Southern Methodist (11/17).

Now, this Ticket Distribution is going to work a little differently – doors to the Kennel will open at 6:00, and you will all move into the student section. There, at 6:30, we’re going to cover new cheers and happenings for the Kennel this year, cover a little of The Dirt for both teams and you’ll hear about Tent City from both the Kennel Board and Student Development. Then, at 7:00, you will go to get your cards swiped as usual, and you’ll be on your way.

You’ll hear more about Tent City over the coming week (SINCE THE FIRST ONE IS FOR SOUTHERN METHODIST ON NOV 17), but we want to address a couple of rumors that have been going around:

  • Tent City will not be inside this year. This rumor came out of left field. It will not be in the gym, or in College Hall or anywhere inside: it will be outside.
  • You will still be able to sleep outside overnight. This came out of weather concerns last year and the possibility of frostbite at certain times, but Tent City will continue overnight.
  • Just because some games are tenting games does not mean every game can be: please do not camp overnight for games that are not designated Tent City games. This gets into a whole bunch of legal issues and causes concerns with Student Development and Campus Security, and can potentially impact future tenting games in a negative way. The line for each game starts at 5:00 am the day of the game – no sooner.

Well…. That’s a lot, but that’s it for now. See you back in the Kennel very soon!