Archive for November, 2012

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Tracing the Origins of ‘Lopes Up: GCU Tradition was Slow to Grow, but Jim D’Apice Stuck With It

November 30, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Got your ‘Lopes Up? Everybody does nowadays, as the GCU tradition has become a staple at basketball games and is even taught at orientation for new employees. But where exactly did it come from?

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Camera Ready: GCU’s ‘Little Miss Everything’ Discovers Focus Through TV Show

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GCU freshman Dorybell Gonzalez has found her calling as a TV host on a Spanish-language network show about the lavish nature of quinceanera birthday parties.

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Halls of Fame: North Gym Renovation Pays Tribute to Rich Basketball Tradition

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  By Bob Romantic GCU News Bureau Lexi Clark sat on the carpet just outside the new lecture halls in the old North Gym, awaiting her next class as many students do. Situated nearly at the midpoint of the long hallway that dissects the four classrooms, the freshman from Tempe was seated in roughly the same space that people such as Bayard Forrest, Nate Stokes and Rodney Johns once occupied. Only then, that space was center court of the basketball floor in a building that holds an incredible amount of history at GCU. “Nope, I didn’t know that,” Clark said. That confluence of young and old — and progress and tradition — never has been more apparent than at North Gym. The new lecture halls, built last summer, accommodate 100 students apiece and include tiered seating, soundproof walls and a layered ceiling that offers glimpses of the original architecture. They are just part of a $313 million renovation and expansion project that has transformed GCU into one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. Amid that development, however, several links to the past have been preserved. In the beginning North Gym was built in the late 1950s and served as […]

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Capstone for Colangelo: Sports Business School at GCU Cements His Rich Legacy

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Throughout an exemplary career as a sport executive with the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo has always found a way to make things happen. He’s still doing that now with the Jerry Colengelo School of Sports Business at GCU.

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Family Matters: For GCU Alum, Life in the NBA Brings Him Closer To Brothers

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Landing a front-office job in the NBA is no easy feat. But brothers Rob, Pete and Dave Babcock have been doing it for a combined 70 years.

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Down the Street But World’s Away: Refugee Students from Nearby Apartments Carry Hopes of Generations

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GCU students and staff have forged a special relationship with residents of the nearby Serrano Village Apartments, which is home to many families that have relocated through international refugee resettlement programs.

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Pictures of Peru: GCU Instructor’s Family Has Made Long-Term Impact as Missionaries

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By Doug Carroll GCU News Bureau The memory of Sept. 11, 2001, brings tears to the eyes of GCU instructor Chip Lamca — and for reasons you wouldn’t suspect. To many, the world never seemed more fractured than it did on that fateful day, when terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., struck lasting blows to the American psyche. To Lamca, the tragedy revealed the very best of the human spirit in a land where he had lived for only a year: Peru. He had moved to the South American country with his wife, Julie, and their four children, then ages 12, 10, 5 and 4, selling everything they owned to become missionaries. Lamca, a pastor in Pennsylvania and then Florida, arrived in Peru knowing the Spanish words for “yes,” “no” and “French fries.” Asked about the birthplace of Jesus by a 5-year-old, he translated “Bethlehem” as “House of Bread” — the Hebrew meaning — because he couldn’t come up with anything better. (That’s how certain Peruvian children grew up thinking the Christ child entered the world in a bakery.) Those awkward beginnings mattered little to the native people, however, when 9/11 hit and a gringo was in […]

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1 Darn Cool School: Michael Borum Brings Love, Hope to Children in Hospital Setting

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Michael Borum wants each day to be special at 1 Darn Cool School inside Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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The Improbable Pastor: Baseball Player Brian Anderson Found New Path at GCU

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Brian Anderson left GCU as a better baseball player and, more importantly, a better person after becoming a follower of Christ.

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GCU-Sponsored Lecrae Tour Challenges Perceptions About Hip-Hop, Introduces New Breed of Street Soldiers

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By Doug Carroll GCU News Bureau If the words “Christian rap” aren’t an oxymoron, like “controlled chaos” or “jumbo shrimp,” then they’re at least an oddity when paired together. Even casual observers are familiar with the extreme glorification of the material world by much of hip-hop culture, where oversize crosses are worn as fashion and the sexual trumps the spiritual. Traditionally, there hasn’t been much room for heaven in that ’hood, and rapper KB thinks he understands why. “Christian rap has been seen as subpar,” KB says, adding that a common perspective of music fans and artists has been “Christian plus rap equals crap.” However, those perceptions appear to be changing as rap ages — it’s nearly 40 years old as a genre — and significant evidence has turned up in the form of this year’s Unashamed Tour, sponsored by GCU. The tour, featuring Lecrae and a half-dozen other rappers, including KB, has been playing to large crowds across the country. All of the performers are devoutly Christian, and their message can be uncomfortable for believers (too raw?) and nonbelievers (too religious?) alike. They’re not afraid to challenge the preconceptions of either side in the war for souls. Squarely in […]

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