Gonzaga Will Try to Intimidate Students Into Not Dressing Like Mormon Missionaries For BYU Games

Gonzaga Will Try to Intimidate Students Into Not Dressing Like Mormon Missionaries For BYU Games

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Gonzaga Will Try to Intimidate Students Into Not Dressing Like Mormon Missionaries For BYU Games

Since BYU joined the West Coast Conference in 2011, Gonzaga students have developed the tradition of dressing up like Mormon missionaries when the Cougars are in town. It is a gesture that serves no purpose, other than to mock an opponent based on religious identity, and a few different Gonzaga organizations are trying to put an end to it.

From the Gonzaga Bulletin:

On Friday, Jan. 26, a meeting was held that included members of the Athletic Department, University Ministry and Mission, Student Development, Advancement and Alumni and the General Counselor’s Office to discuss ways to eliminate the mockery and mimicking of Mormons.

Gonzaga isn’t talking about outright banning these costumes — how do you ban dress shirts and bicycle helmets? — or punishing those who wear them, but the school is sending out e-mails about how students ought to dress, and there will be teams of authoritative Gonzaga officials scanning the crowd for Mormon missionary costumes and going over to intimidate any student spotted wearing one.

On gameday, members of the Ministry and Mission, Student Development, Athletic Department, including athletic director Mike Roth, and the Rev. Frank Case, who sits on the men’s basketball team’s bench, will be monitoring the line of students waiting to enter the McCarthey Center looking for Mormon Missionary costumes.

If spotted, there will be “conversations” with those dressed up.

 The topic gained steam last season when Jesse Wade, a member of the LDS church, joined the team at Gonzaga.
“When we learned that [Wade] had been recruited to come here, we had to be legit,” Vandenboom said. “Like OK, we have been talking about it enough and now, not only is it embarrassing, but it’s like, really? He’s one of our community members.”
Gonzaga students should probably stop doing this, but the school would be better off exhausting all other options before sending in the costume police.

 

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