The living room in the new Roadrunner Apartments allows plenty of space to relax.
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New apartments add roomy to room and board

August 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Finally getting their own bedroom, in some cases for the first time in their young lives — that had students excited about moving in to the new Roadrunner Apartments on Wednesday. But just as appealing is the amount of space they have in the new units.

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Kickstart does a number on freshman angst

August 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The new Kickstart program, designed to help freshmen become acclimated to GCU more quickly and easily, was unveiled Wednesday night. About 1,500 freshmen did classroom tours, got to ask any question they wanted and played various games, such as “red rover” and “sinking ship.” “There’s been a lot to learn and process, but the first few days of being here have been amazing,” said one student.

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On top of entertaining fans and intimidating opponents, the Havocs are looking to amplify the excitement around soccer at Friday's opening game. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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A night to shout about: GCU Stadium set to open

August 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The opening night of soccer season Friday at the new GCU Stadium is a special event you won’t want to miss — a pregame celebration, food, music and the roaring Havocs. “Anyone can host a soccer game, but we’re trying to create an event where even little kids who don’t understand soccer are just enjoying the fireworks. This is an opportunity for history … an opportunity to make Phoenix a home for soccer,” GCU soccer coach Schellas Hyndman said.

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Thousands of candles ignited from a single flame during GCU's ceremony.
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‘Ignite’ inspires unified vision in Class of 2020

August 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Thousands of freshmen holding lit candles raised their flames to the heaven Tuesday night and became a single group, the Class of 2020, united in their desire to make a difference in the world. It was the crowning moment of the Ignite ceremony, now in its fourth year at GCU, which is at once one of the most solemn and joyful events of Welcome Week.

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You sure get a lift out of being a Move-In volunteer

August 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Being a Move-In volunteer looked like so much fun, senior writer Rick Vacek just had to try it. And it was. While learning about Room Number Roulette and all the other interesting facets of the experience, he also got to witness first-hand the pure joy that the student volunteers exhibit.

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Cheer, dance teams and Thunder score big victories

August 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s cheer and dance teams and its mascot, Thunder, have become nationally recognized for their spirit and skill, and the results in a recent competition in Santa Barbara, Calif., confirmed it. Cheer and dance had their best finishes ever, and Thunder won for the fourth straight year.

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The field of GCU Stadium took a lot of water in a short time in Tuesday's storm but drained quickly and was back to normal the next day.
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University cleans up quickly from ‘100-year storm’

August 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University officials were ready for the massive storm Tuesday that soaked the campus with nearly three inches of rain and created lakes and rivers, caused minor flooding, shut down the Internet and phone system, and wreaked havoc on the roads. Thanks to dozens of facilities and public safety crew members and the University’s sophisticated drainage system, the campus was all but back to normal Wednesday morning.

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Inventions spark students’ scientific intensity

July 20, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Empathy can be the inspiration of invention, Chief Science Officers learned during one of the stimulating sessions they are experiencing during a three-day summer training institute at GCU. Tasked with building a game controller from a circuit board for a girl with special needs, the first step for the students was feeling empathy. Imagining what it must be like to have a special need that prevents you from playing video games helped spur the students to imagine what kind of controller she would need.

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Consulting Center aids students, small businesses

June 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Eduardo Borquez had it tough growing up in Mexico, but it makes him appreciate even more what he has today as manager of GCU’s new Small Business Consulting Center. It also gave him the perseverance to handle the project, which helps students, alumni and neighborhood businesses develop entrepreneurial ideas and also gives students real-world consulting work.

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Mexico national soccer team practices at GCU

June 07, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

GCU men’s soccer coach Schellas Hyndman hosted Mexico, the number 16 ranked national soccer team in the world Monday after the team requested to practice at the University’s new soccer stadium, scheduled to be opened in the fall. The team’s visit came after its big win against Uruguay at at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

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