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Purple will be everywhere at Final Four festivities

March 28, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

This weekend’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium, but the festivities begin at Grand Canyon University Arena on Thursday night with the 29th annual Slam Dunk and 3-point Championships. GCU also will be represented in other ways — by the Thundering Heard Pep Band and by dozens of students who will be volunteering at the various festivities.

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Variety spices up the cast for GCU’s ‘West Side Story’

March 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet all the way, the song from “West Side Story” goes. At Grand College University, when you audition – no matter what your major – you have a shot at getting a part in a theatrical production. West Side Story is a melting pot of majors.

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Slideshow: Spring Student Spotlight Dance Concert

March 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University dance students are performing this week in the Spring Student Spotlight Dance Concert. The second and final night of performances is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  

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Dance excellence on display again this week

March 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The creativity and the accountability of students in the GCU dance program will be demonstrated again Wednesday and Thursday in the Spring Student Spotlight Dance Concert. The event is managed by students — and it’s free.

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Futuristic comedy wins best picture at Film Festival

March 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

“Ralph Finds His Place In The Universe,” a futuristic film by Elliott de Neve featuring a world with alternative selves, won Best of Festival in the GCU 2017 Film Festival. Nearly 30 videos were nominated in eight categories. “2017 Racestarter Jace Hydachuak,” by Tyler McDonald, is a poignant story from despair to hope about a six-year-old boy’s battle against cancer.

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Speakers, listeners ‘part of something great’ at TEDx

March 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 1,000 people gathered Thursday at GCU Arena to hear 18 speakers and watch a full day’s worth of thought-provoking, emotional and inspirational TEDx talks. GCU students Austin Mosher and Jedidiah Woods, who conceived and organized the event, believe this year’s inaugural TEDx Grand Canyon University production will become an annual staple.

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Lunch and Learn explores identity challenges

February 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The fifth installment of Grand Canyon University’s “Lunch and Learn” speaker series discussed personal and biblical identities that each of us must seek out and find. GCU Speech and Debate coach Barry Regan along with COFAP assistant professor Sheila Schumacher shared stories and discussed the need to forge an identity both as a person and through Jesus.

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GCU employee keeps finding new stories to tell

February 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU curriculum designer Ruth Douthitt has a head — and heart — filled with stories and a hobby as a published book author. To celebrate the publication of “The Children of Manor House,” the third in her “The Children Under the Ice” ghost-detective book series, she will sign books at a party 4:30 p.m. Friday at Canyon 49 Grill.

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TEDx finalists chosen for March 2 event at GCU

February 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

A wide array of professionals, executives, students and interesting stories comprise the 20 finalists chosen to give talks in the TEDx event March 2 at GCU Arena. Organizers hope to draw a crowd of at least 4,000.

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Mischief afoot in Shakespeare/Harry Potter comedy

February 10, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

“Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which opens Friday night in Ethington Theatre, is a creatively re-imagined romp through Shakespeare’s Milan and Verona and the wizarding world in the popular Harry Potter series. Elves and dementors share the stage with classic characters, and love is in the air as best friends vie for the same woman’s hand.

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