"As You Like It" in Ethington Theatre
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Lots to love in Ethington opener, ‘As You Like It’

August 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The 2015-16 Ethington Theatre Series at GCU gets off to a hilarious start with “As You Like It,” a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare that will be performed by the College of Fine Arts and Production Aug. 28-30 and Sept. 4-6. The GCU version includes a video that was collaborated upon by students in GCU’s theatre and digital film programs, four weddings, bluegrass music, yoga and plenty more to like.

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GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller stressed the importance of unity in his Chapel talk Monday morning.
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Unity is world’s missing link, Mueller tells Chapel

August 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

President/CEO Brian Mueller kicked off the 2015-16 Chapel sessions with an emotional talk about what he sees as one of the most critical things in the world today — finding ways to unite people behind common, positive goals. The University would not be where it is today without unity, Mueller said, and he wants GCU to continue to be a leader in bringing students, staff and the community together.

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New Public Safety changes usher in Safety Awareness Week

August 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Department of Public Safety has a new office in the Grove Parking Garage and lots of new staffers to ensure a safe campus environment. The staff is up to 163, about a quarter of whom are armed officers. “The University has been great when it comes to staffing,” Associate Director Kenneth Laird said.

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Student jobs, hourly wages up, up, up at GCU

August 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Career Services Student Worker Job Fair Friday in the Arena drew about 5,000 students who have the opportunity to work in places as diverse as the bowling alley in Thunderground to the soon-to-open music studio in the new engineering building.

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‘You’re welcome!’ was motto of busiest Move-In

August 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s longest and most ambitious Welcome Week was memorable for a lot of people, especially for arriving students and their parents. To put it in perspective, GCU Today looks back in this wrapup at what made it so special. Here’s an idea: That was so much fun, let’s do it again next year.

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Q-and-A with Phillip Phillips

August 24, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University student Ashley Romantic sat down with Phillip Phillips before his concert at GCU Arena Saturday night to talk about his music, faith, advice for college students and, of course, how to get your Lopes Up. Q: Tell us about your album “Behind the Light.” A: I think it’s got a little bit of everything to it. It’s got some funk, a little bit of soul, rock, a little jazz and pop. I think it’s good. It’s honest. I only have two albums out so it’s definitely my best work so far. I am starting to work on my third one right now and am really excited. It has some cool, kind of weird stuff happening, but I like it like that. Q: I am sure everyone out there will think it’s really good. A: Not everyone, there’s always somebody who thinks it’s not good, but that’s just people you know. As long as my mom and fiancé like it, that’s what counts. Q: I understand it’s geared more toward a concert setting. Is this the most fun you’ve ever had on tour? A: Yes. I was touring last year. This year I am writing a lot more, doing shows […]

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Freshman Heidi Laabs at Ignite
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GCU through the eyes of a freshman and her family

August 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau If Ethington Theatre at Grand Canyon University ever staged “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” freshman Heidi Laabs would make an ideal lead character. The Mesa biology major, who moved into Willow Hall with hundreds of other new students Tuesday, has sampled University life over the past 72 hours and is finding things to her liking. It’s been a blessed week filled with good fortune. Her room, a vintage Pottery Barn prototype, is clean and cool. Already, her roommate and suitemates have BFF status, and in just three short days on campus, Heidi has experienced some of the best things GCU has to offer — a warm welcome from volunteers, a high-energy worship service, movie night, swimming, free iced tea and much more. All with thousands of other members of the Class of 2019. With her long blond hair, Heidi is more Goldilocks than Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White. The GCU decision The only child of Susan and Tom Laabs, Heidi graduated from Gilbert Christian High, a college preparatory school, with about 40 other seniors this spring. She likes science, played on the women’s basketball team and performed with the hand bell choir at her church, Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran in Gilbert. Heidi […]

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Move-In, Day 4: Servant hearts power volunteers

August 20, 2015 / by / 3 Comments

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau Four days of Move-In, the most in Grand Canyon University history (until Friday), are in the books, and a lot has been learned about GCU’s intrepid student and employee volunteers for Welcome Week: Early mornings and the blistering afternoon heat have little effect. Morale and enthusiasm are in seemingly endless supply. And selflessness flows through veins pumped by servant hearts. Ask any of the nearly 1,900 student and staff volunteers who have worked tirelessly unloading cars, hauling heavy luggage, directing traffic or welcoming new faces to campus from before 7 a.m. to the early afternoon this week and you’ll hear the same reason why they do what they do: It’s the GCU way. Junior Mary Khorany is volunteering at Welcome Week for the second year and said the servant message behind Move-In makes the heat and heavy lifting worthwhile. It’s the selflessness of the volunteers that makes Move-In special, she said. “Starting off the school year with such a selfless event is a great way to show that we are a school full of individuals with servant hearts,” said Khorany, 20. “The community here is so awesome. We’ve never done four days before and […]

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Freshmen participate in the Ignite ceremony Tuesday on the Quad.
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Freshmen flock to inspirational gathering

August 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In GCU Today’s third day of 2015 Move-In coverage, we recap two special events, one brand new, that took place on campus Tuesday evening. For the first time, the University held a worship service in the Arena during Welcome Week to bring together some of the 8,500 students who, by the end of the week, will be living on campus. It was followed up by the always-inspirational, candlelit Ignite ceremony on the Quad. Click here for a story, slideshow and video.

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Student volunteers found a good use for the bins full of ice and cold drinks. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Move-In, Day 2: The happiness is a joy to behold

August 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau Happiness is contagious, studies show. But whoever did those studies could have saved a lot of money — all they had to do was spend a couple of hours observing what goes on at Grand Canyon University’s Move-In. Martin Soto of Bakersfield, Calif., had never seen GCU before Tuesday morning. Asked his first impression, he replied, “All the happy people, especially for so early in the morning.” Happy students is a given, considering that they actually volunteered to get up at the crack of dawn and unload cars for hours in the summer heat. But the contagion happily spreads to the parents. “I’m very impressed with the way this went. Nice job. Thank you,” Bill Martin of Vancouver, Wash., said after watching the parade of students get his son Harrison moved into Willow Hall. “Everybody here is very friendly, very helpful. You’re just walking around and they ask, ‘Do you know where you’re going?’” Where Harrison was going was quite a process before he chose GCU. He’s a lacrosse player and considered 10 schools, including Notre Dame and the major universities in Washington and Oregon. Harrison’s older brother, Nelson, goes to another university, and Bill […]

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