by Jessica Steflick and Makayla Patrick

Gonzaga University

Hangouts -- Off-campus: GU students always frequent the local restaurants and stores just off campus. Favorites include David's Pizza, Sonic Burrito, and Pete's Pizza. And, of course, Starbucks, Safeway and Tesoro offer late-night munchies, as well as Arny's Diner for a quick breakfast. The 21-and-older crowd can be spotted at The Bulldog and Jack and Dan's Tavern - especially after basketball games.

On campus: Students lounge in between classes at the Crosby Student Center, often grabbing some coffee at the Crosby Cafe. The COG (Center of Gonzaga) provides a large cafeteria, while Cataldo Dining Hall and Spike's are smaller eateries for students on the go.

Events -- Parents and sibs can visit students during Fall Family Weekend on Oct. 24-26. The annual Mass of the Holy Spirit offers students a special blessing on Sept. 17. New Student Orientation starts up a week before classes and runs all the way through Sept. 14. The Jundt Art Center and Museum will host a Studio Art Faculty Exhibition on Sept. 5 through Oct. 14. And, of course, there's the Zags! The home season for men's basketball begins on Nov. 21 with a game against the University of Idaho.

What to See in 2003 -- Major construction will continue throughout campus during the school year, including additions to the Hughes Science Building, Jepson Business Center, and Cataldo Dining Hall. A brand-new basketball arena is also being built to allow for new sports facilities as well as student activities and events. It will be ready within 18-20 months. The arena is part of the Campaign for Gonzaga University, which includes the expansion of buildings on campus, technology updates, a new fitness center, endowments for various programs and other new construction.


Private, Roman Catholic

Location: Central Spokane

Founded: 1887

Student Body: 5,700

School Starts: Sept. 2

Tuition: $20,510 per year

Phone: (509) 323-6572


Eastern Washington University

Hangouts -- Off-campus: In their free time, EWU students check out Kafka (a cafe), the Eagles Pub, a number of nearby coffee shops, karaoke at Willow Springs, and the 5-foot iguana at Used Furniture. And don't forget Showies -- a time-honored favorite.

On campus: In between classes, students cruise through the PUB (Pence Union Building, not a bar) and visit the Smoothie Bar, the cyber cafe, and the newly remodeled commuter lounges. And of course there's the big and brand-new coffee shop and rooftop dining area at Tawanka.

Events -- Students can hang with fellow students at the Neighbor Days festival on Sept. 26-27. Then it's football frenzy on Oct. 6-11, with Homecoming and a game against Portland State, as well as an EWU Fear Factor event. A Halloween Haunted House opens on Oct. 29-31. And the Governors' Cup Weekend is on Nov. 7-8, featuring the Mr. and Ms. Eastern Pageant, a formal ball, and a football game against Montana State at Joe Albi Stadium.

What to See in 2003 -- Construction on a new School of Computing and Engineering Sciences begins in September, with occupancy scheduled for March 2005. Students can also stop by the newly remodeled Tawanka, complete with a large printing services facility, enhanced dining areas and other services.



Location: Cheney and Spokane

Founded: 1882

Student Body: 9,100+

School Starts: Sept. 24

Tuition: $3,570 per year

Phone: (509) 359-6200


WSU Spokane

Hangouts -- Off-campus: The Riverpoint campus is located near the eastern end of downtown, so students can choose among the various stores and restaurants nearby, including Chili's, Fast Eddie's, and the Schade Brewery (where Kino Coffee and Aracelia's Mexican Restaurant are located).

On campus: A variety of student lounges are available for WSU students, where they can watch TV, relax, and grab some food to go from the vending machines.


New Student Orientation and the second annual College of Pharmacy Kickoff Picnic have already taken place, but there's also the WSU Spokane Barbecue on Sept. 2.

What to See in 2003 -- Design and Construction students will have the chance to work on a new and improved Spokane gateway that will run along Division from I-90 to the Spokane River. This is part of the seventh annual Community Design and Construction Charrette at WSU. In addition, SFCC students can now apply for direct admission as juniors into WSU's baccalaureate degree program in computer engineering.



Location: Central Spokane

Founded: 1989

Student Body: 673 (as of 2001-2)

School Started: Aug. 25

Tuition: $4,145 per year

(as of 2001-2)

Phone: (509) 358-7500


Spokane Falls Community College

Hangouts -- Off-campus: Even though there aren't many eateries within the immediate vicinity of campus, there are plenty of food services and stores on Northwest Boulevard, just over the Spokane River.

On-campus: The newly renovated SUB lobby features a dining area, five cyber caf & eacute; computers, and an atrium to enjoy during warm weather. The recreation center and bowling alley, located in Building 17, provides students with video games, pool and ping pong tables, a TV lounge and six bowling lanes.

Events -- SFCC will host its first CoffeeHouse on Oct. 15, featuring the music of Kasey Anderson. Students can pick through the annual Rummage Sale on Oct. 22. Then it's Ocktoberfest on Oct. 23, hosted by the German Klub, complete with German cuisine, entertainment, and music. And the Harvest Festival allows for an alternative to Halloween on Oct. 30.

What to See in 2003 -- SFCC now has Saturday Youth College, with courses like Babysitting Basics. Evening and weekend college is now available (with day care provided), and there's also the convenient Distance Learning program for those who prefer learning at home.



Location: West Spokane

Founded: 1967

Student Body: 17,198

School Starts: Sept. 15

Tuition: $2,134 (15 credits per quarter for three quarters)

Phone: (509) 533-3500


North Idaho College

Hangouts -- Off-campus: The NIC campus is just minutes away from downtown Coeur d'Alene, where students hang out in places like Java or Tito Macaroni's.

On campus: NIC students are mostly seen at the Edminster Student Union Building, which features a variety of eateries and cafes: the Cooked Goose Grill and Pizzeria, Granite Bay Bakery, Cardinal Catering, Filler Up, Coeur d'Alene Sandwich Builders, and Educated Cup. The Boswell Bistro is an upstairs coffee place in Boswell Hall.

Events -- The fall performance of On the Razzle begins Nov. 1-2 and continues on Nov. 7-9. Paul Gregg's Sculptures and Assemblage will be on display on Nov. 4-Dec. 6. There's the annual Yap-Keehn-Um Powwow on Oct. 11-12. Women's Basketball will play Whitworth's JVs on Jan. 14, 2004. And NIC will host a Popcorn Forum with Gonzaga University on March 22-29, 2004, featuring the theme of "Confronting Hate: Humanity's Greatest Challenge."

What to See in 2003 -- Funds are still being gathered for a new Health and Sciences Building, which remains on the drawing board. NIC recently received a 20-acre piece of riverside property that will be used as a field research site by students. A Dimension machine, one of 25 in the nation, was purchased for use by the Machine Technology and Drafting Design and Technology programs. And the Financial Aid, Registrar, and Admissions offices will undergo reconfigurations due to increased NIC enrollment and applications.



Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Founded: 1933

Student Body: 4,222

School Started: Aug. 25

Tuition: $848 per semester, in-state; $2,894 per semester, out-of-state

Phone: (208) 769-3300



Hangouts -- Off-campus: WSU students can always be seen during late nights at the local Denny's and theaters. For those who need a little caffeine while studying, there's the Daily Grind. And Pete's Bar and Grill and Rico's Tavern serve as other popular student favorites.

On campus: The Student Recreation Center is always bustling with students on the go. Students also make it over to the CUB fairly often, with its seven dining locations, three dining centers, five markets, and six different espresso carts.

Events -- The Future Cougars of Color Diversity Kickoff Luncheon takes place on Aug. 29. Coug fans can watch WSU take on UI at Seahawks Stadium on Aug. 30. Students can take in the fall theater performance, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, on Sept. 5-6. And don't forget about Future Cougar Day on Sept. 20.

What to See in 2003 -- WSU Library Services are now new and improved in order to cater to students more effectively. The new Shock Physics building is also open on campus. And the groundbreaking for a Plant Biosciences building will take place on Oct. 1.



Location: Pullman, Wash.

Founded: 1890

Student Body: 17,000+ (2001-02)

School Started: Aug. 25

Tuition: $4,145 per year (2001-02)

Phone: 888-GOTO-WSU


University of Idaho

Hangouts -- Off-campus: UI students can sometimes be seen at The Perch, which doubles as a convenience store and burger joint. For Mexican food, there's Patty's Kitchen, while Gambino's is great for a little Italian flavor. Older UI crowds stop by The Garden, John's Alley, or C.J.'s. Students also dance the night away without getting sand in their shorts at The Beach.

On-campus: Ordinarily, students lounge around in the Commons building, which provides a number of eateries and computer labs. There's also the SUB (Student Union Building), complete with Joe's Caf & eacute;, as well as the school's newspaper, yearbook, and radio station rooms. To catch a foreign film, students go to the Borah Theater.

Events -- The year kicked off with the annual back-to-school Palousafest on Aug. 23-24, featuring food, music, and lots of other entertainment. UI plays WSU in football on Aug. 30 at Seahawk Stadium in Seattle. Students can invite their fathers to Dads' Weekend on Sept. 5-6, and, of course, play in the golf tournament that's held for the special guests.

What to See in 2003 -- Phase One of the new Living Learning Community student residence is ready for occupancy, while Phase Two will continue construction during the year. A new Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house is ready to welcome 70 women while blending with the existing buildings in the neighborhood. The Vandal Athletic Center has been expanded, and the Teaching and Learning Center will undergo construction in the fall.



Location: Moscow, Idaho

Founded: 1889

Student Body: 12,000+

School Started: Aug. 25

Tuition: $3,348 in-state

$10,740 out-of-state

Phone: (208) 885-6111


Whitworth College

Hangouts -- Off-campus: Whitworth students can be spotted at a variety of nearby restaurants and eateries, including Didier's Yogurt and More, Red Robin, Coldstone Creamery, and Dalcado's Baja Grill. Encore Espresso & amp; Bakery, Pleasant Blends, and Starbucks provide those late-night caffeine kicks.

On-campus: What's all the HUB about at Whitworth? The Hixson Union Building provides a cafe, lounge, and dining hall for students coming and going. When students need to escape from studying, they can get a little sun on the lawns of the campus loop.

Events -- An art exhibit featuring the work of Harold Balazs goes on display on Sept. 2-28 in the Koehler Gallery. Homecoming weekend rolls around on Sept. 26-28, with a football game against the University of Montana-Western on Sept. 27 and volleyball matches on Sept.26-27 in the Fieldhouse. The fall theatre production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, opens on Oct. 17-19 and continues on Oct. 24-25 at Cowles Auditorium.

What to See in 2003 -- The ongoing construction of Whitworth's new $1.7 million academic building, Weyerhaeuser Hall, continues until its completion in the fall of 2004. An observatory dome and charge-coupled device (CCD) telescope are being installed on the roof of the Eric Johnston Science Center. Whitworth faculty, students, and amateur astronomers will be able to use the grant-funded telescope, free of charge.


Private, Presbyterian

Location: North Spokane

Founded: 1890

Student body: 2,193

School starts: Sept. 3

Tuition: $20,078 per year

Phone: (509) 777-1000


Spokane Community College

Hangouts -- Off-campus: Although there aren't many stores and eateries adjacent to SCC, there are a few only a short distance away, including Safeway and Zip's (for fish and chips). And students can always stop by the well-known Knight's Diner for some breakfast and lunch in the old-fashioned train car. Plus it's a quick walk on the nearby Centennial Trail to the variety of restaurants and stores in the downtown area.

On campus: The Bigfoot Caf & eacute; lets students have some huge (OK, big) discounts with their ID. And there's always the Student Union Building, or, more fondly, the SUB.

What to Do and See in 2003 -- A Back-to-School Barbecue on Sept. 17 features the musical talent of local ska band 10 Minutes Down. Students won't want to miss Daredevil Wolfe's Thrilling Defying Illusions Show on Sept. 18, which will include Houdini's Metamorphosis, a guillotine, and human levitation. And the SCC Players will perform Mixed Nuts on Nov. 17-21. Applicants won't want to forget that SCC now has online registration, making going back to school a whole lot easier.



Location: East Spokane

Founded: 1963

Student Body: 11,539

School Starts: Sept. 15

Tuition: $2,134 (15 credits per quarter for three quarters)

Phone: (509) 533-7000


Publication date: 08/28/03

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