Thursday evening, the Northwest residential Block brought back another pre-pandemic event for Gonzaga students, the third annual Northwest Night Market.
Despite the rainy weather, around 200 GU students gathered in the parking garage of the Kennedy Apartments for an evening full of vendors, games and fun.
The event included tons of food and snacks for students to enjoy. A food truck was available for purchasing tacos and burritos and fire pits were set up for students to roast marshmallows and make s’mores.
Every 20 minutes, selected residence assistants from GU’s Northwest Block were on deck for a chance to get pied in the face.
Students also had the opportunity to throw pies at their RAs after making donations to a fundraiser run by GU sophomore Alli McKernan. All proceeds raised from the pie your RA activity helped purchase stuffed animals to deliver to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
Burch RA Erik Johnson said that this activity was a great addition to the Northwest Night Market.
“I think that fun events like this one help build community for Gonzaga while also supporting a good cause,” Johnson said. “I’m happy we were able to have this event at the Northwest Night Market.”
Lots of planning went into the event by all of the RAs in Northwest Block, which includes the Kennedy and Burch apartments. According to Kennedy RA Lily Wang, the planning and execution of the event was a team effort.
“The whole Northwest RA staff and RHA made this event happen,” Wang said. “We divided the responsibilities between teams of three to four people and each team had responsibilities that was then divided between team members.”
When picking the vendors for the event, Wang said that the event planning staff tried to pick vendors who could support local small artists and businesses.
“We started by picking vendors among Gonzaga students who we know are running small businesses,” Wang said. “We also reached out to Mt. Spokane since ski and snowboarding season is coming up.”
Alexia Saad, a student attending the event, said that her favorite part was all the vendors with all their small businesses.
“There was everything from thrifted clothes to handmade earring and patches that I thought was pretty cool," Saad said.
To get the word out prior to the event, the planning staff posted flyers throughout Burch and Kennedy Apartments. Flyers were also posted digitally using the GU Housing Instagram page and through emails sent out by RAs to their residents.
According to Northwest Block Assistant Residence Director Caitlin Casey, the advertising for Northwest Market Night seems to have been successful and exceeded expectations.
“We were unsure of turnout because these large events haven’t happened since before the pandemic,” Casey said. “Most students on campus have never experienced them, so we couldn’t rely on word of mouth of past attendees for advertising.”
For those unable to attend Northwest Market Night, there is no need to worry. Zags can expect more events like this one to happen throughout the remainder of the academic year.
“Northwest block will be hosting another campus wide event in the spring,” Casey said. “If you can’t make one of our events or you don’t live on the Northwest block, check out what’s happening in the residence hall you do live in.”