The Logan

Logan. A name familiar to every Gonzaga University student. The neighborhood directly north of our campus serves as a beneficial thing while simultaneously providing a twinge of negative effects. This duality impacts the school and the lives of the non-GU affiliated residents of  the neighborhood. 

Is it good for a school, GU specifically, to be adjacent to a neighborhood that has a subpar reputation? There are various benefits and liabilities that come with our university’s geographic placement within the community of the Logan, as well as what this community can gain or lose from its proximity to the school.

Being directly adjacent to a neighborhood forces our campus and all of its students to integrate into a community that makes up a large portion of Spokane’s suburban surroundings. This integration gives both a "homey" feel and the opportunity for students coming from across the world to be thrown immediately into an area of the city’s culture. 

Along different lines, Logan is where many GU students choose to live for their junior and senior years. Housing is fairly affordable because the homes in the neighborhood tend to be large enough to accommodate several students, allowing the renters to split leases and other costs. 

One thing that comes with students renting homes, however, is the ability to host off-campus parties and events. While these events are enjoyable for us students and contribute to our overarching campus culture, the nature and aftermath of these parties can affect the families living in Logan as well. 

Loud music, improper disposal of various alcoholic products or illicit drugs, and inebriated students potentially damaging property within the neighborhood all make for a somewhat dangerous and uninviting nighttime environment for the neighborhood's residents, specifically those with younger children. Consistent exposure to substances and situations for young children within the Logan has the potential to be harmful to them later on. 

Not only is this culture dangerous for the families in the Logan but it also has the potential to be damaging to our community as a university. 

Last school year I was assigned to go out on a walk in the Logan to observe various aspects of the neighborhood's maintenance, infrastructure and culture from a removed perspective. Something that stuck out to me—more than the cracked sidewalks and crumbling homes—were the looks residents gave me as they drove past my friend and I.  Though this perplexed me at first, I looked down at my attire, realizing I was wearing a GU sweatshirt declaring my affiliation with the school.

Now, these looks I was receiving weren’t looks of respect or admiration. Rather, they were stares of disgust and disapproval. 

In going on this walk, I realized that our school’s nationwide reputation of having advanced academics, unmatched athletics, and a very high intellectual and spiritual standard may not be the same light that Logan residents view us in. I ascribe that to the fact that these residents are witnessing our weekend festivities firsthand, while the rest of the nation is not. 

This is an interesting topic to ponder and a difficult one to solve. I believe that weekend activities are necessary to give college campuses more character. They are also a huge aspect to making friends and getting to know who you are as you begin to face the world on your own. 

Therefore, the solution is not to cease this activity that provides many benefits for those who choose to take part. 

Rather the responsibility falls on us students to respect those residents of the Logan who may be trying to get some sleep on the weekends or don’t want to have to worry about cleaning up cans out of their yards on Sunday morning. Fun can be had while boundaries are simultaneously respected.

If we as a GU community continue to work on our consideration toward those in the Logan when we partake in our weekend activities, our reputation within the community will likely improve and we will be able to live in greater harmony with our neighbors.

Mia Gallegos is a staff writer.

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Mia Gallegos is a sophomore journalism major from Denver, Colorado. This is her second year writing for the Bulletin but her first year as a Staff Writer. Her other community that she is a part of at Gonzaga is the Bomb Squad.