Just in time for the holidays, the College of Fine Arts and Production presents a rollicking pot of fun, Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales," in Ethington Theatre.
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Rollicking pot of fun dished up in new Ethington play

November 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas memories from across the pond come to GCU’s Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, as the College of Fine Arts and Production presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Several of the shows are sold out, but there are seats available for Nov. 21-23, and a waiting list is available, too.

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Jesse Stewart, a former U.S. Army Ranger who led troops in Iraq, teaches students in his servant leadership course for GCU's Colangelo College of Business. (Photo by Alexis Bolze)
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Battlefield vet shares servant leadership lessons

November 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jesse Stewart, an adjunct servant leadership professor for Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business, tends to reflect on the memories of fallen friends on Veterans Day. The former U.S. Army Ranger retired at 32 and has found his calling as a mentor of future business men and women at GCU.

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Magda Herzberger lived through three Nazi death camps and chronicled her harrowing experiences in her biography, "Survival."
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Holocaust survivor shares powerful story of hope

November 04, 2014 / by / 3 Comments

Grand Canyon University has a rare opportunity Wednesday to hear from a woman who lived through history and survived the Nazi genocide of the Holocaust. Magda Herzberger, an 88-year-old Romanian who lives in Fountain Hills, will share her story of faith and survival in World War II death camps during an 11:15 a.m. presentation at the Library on the fourth floor of the Student Union. The author and poet was a teenager when she saw her native country poisoned by the violent anti-Semitism that led to the horrors of Hitler’s Final Solution. She’ll also be signing copies of her book, “Survival,” after the presentation.

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GCU rugby players demonstrated a scrum in a sevens match, where scrums are three players a side instead of the usual eight. Photo by Tyler McDonald
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Your Rugby 101 guide to Saturday’s match

October 30, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s on-campus celebration of rugby Saturday night is almost here, and we know you don’t want to go to the big match without knowing your rucks from your scrums. So we’ve provided a Rugby 101 “class” to educate you about the sport’s history and basic rules. Read it here in GCU Today.

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Thunderstruck percussion and guitar ensembles upbeat at first performance

October 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s band program rocked First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix on Tuesday evening during “Boom! Pluck!” The concert featured music by the Thunderstruck Percussion Ensemble and was the debut of the University’s new Guitar Ensemble.  

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GCU, ASU to square off in debate at Union

October 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau The Antelopes have faced off with their Sun Devil neighbors over the years in a men’s basketball exhibition, club rugby and various other sports. At 7 p.m. Wednesday in the north dining hall of the Student Union, Grand Canyon University goes head-to-head with Arizona State University in a public debate organized by the award-winning GCU speech and debate team. Since it’s a political year and the Nov. 4 general election is right around the corner, the topic for the competition is “Resolved: The Republicans will take back the Senate in November.” For the two-on-two debate, GCU students Thomas Rotering and Thomas Varkey are preparing to argue why the Republicans will win the Senate majority, while ASU’s two student debaters will make an argument for the Democrats to retain their majority. For example, debaters could explore the possible outcomes in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia — states where Senate seats are held by the Democrats but might shift to the GOP. Meanwhile, the Democrats are focused on reclaiming GOP-held Senate seats in Georgia and Kansas. While GCU’s speech and debate team typically competes in traditional forensics events such as […]

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The cast of "Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts" and five of the performers from the same show at GCU in 2012 were on stage together on Saturday evening in Ethington Theatre. Photos by Keslie Kattau Halonen
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2002 ‘Little Women’ cast goes back in time

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Things change, Jo,” characters sing time and time again in “Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts,” which was performed last weekend in Ethington Theatre and will close this weekend. And so they have for five alumni, all cast members in the 2002 production of the same play in the same venue who attended Saturday evening’s show, and were wowed by a new generation of GCU student performers. GCU Today has a story and ticket information.

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Rend Collective, Lecrae headline big week at Arena

October 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Arena will be the site of two big Christian music events next week. Rend Collective visits on Wednesday, and “Bubba’s Bash,” an evening hosted by pro golfer Bubba Watson and featuring Lecrae, will be here on Saturday, Oct. 11. GCU Today has all the details here.

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Casting Crowns concert

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The Casting Crowns concert drew a crowd of almost 6,000 to the Arena on Saturday night. Cathey Moses, GCU’s vice president of event planning and marketing said the turnout was one of the largest on the group’s 2014 Thrive tour. Here’s a slideshow of the event.    

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Five Virginia pals bring all-star potential to rugby team

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University freshmen rugby players Ethan Hall, Darien Pickett, Kris Sheckels, Joshua Ransom and Austin LaGow became friends at an all-star football camp in the eighth grade. As five of the best football players in Virginia, they each decided to attend West Potomac High in Alexandria – a city six miles south of Washington – to help create a “football dynasty.” Injuries derailed their freshman season, so LaGow and Pickett, who grew up playing rugby, helped start the Fort Hunt Warriors, a rugby club team associated with their high school. They won a state championship as sophomores and encouraged Ransom, Sheckels and Hall to join the team their junior year. After advancing to three consecutive state playoff appearances and winning a second state championship last year, Pickett, Sheckels and Ransom wanted to play rugby together in college. The trio met GCU rugby coach Ryan Kelly at last summer’s all-star camp and committed to GCU. The three standouts hoped to bring the same “dynasty” they created in eighth grade to GCU and approached LaGow, a rugby Stars and Stripes All-American, and Hall, who missed being an All-American due to injury, to join the team. […]

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