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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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Fans turn out in huge numbers to cheer women’s soccer team to victory

August 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU held its first “March to the Match” Friday, in which hundreds of students and others revved up their engines with a spirited walk across campus that ended at the Soccer Field, where the Lopes women played Northern Arizona. GCU won the thrilling overtime match, 3-2, beating NAU for the first time in school history.

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Students light up The Grove during Glow Party

August 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Music, lights, glow sticks, dancing — GCU’s first-ever Glow Party on Friday in The Grove was had it all. After a week of high temperatures and spirits during the longest Move-In in the University’s history, our new residents seemed to display no shortage of energy.

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Phillip Phillips plays before packed Arena house

August 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Capping off a fantastic Welcome Week, musician Phillip Phillips delivered a solid performance before a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd Saturday night at GCU Arena.

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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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More fun on campus: out-of-state student welcome wagon and the Mash Up

August 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University continued rolling out the purple carpet for new and returning students living on campus this year during an event just for out-of-state students and a huge comedy show for everyone. GCU Arena was packed — again — for The Mash Up on Thursday, setting the stage for a weekend of big events on campus, including the Glow Party Friday and the Phillip Phillips concert Saturday.

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Antelope Intros: Brittany Dickerson and Shelly Schrimpf

August 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Moms are a big part of Welcome Week, and Antelope Intros is keeping in the spirit of things by featuring a new mom and a grateful grandma. Just as it’s always touching to see a mom on the verge of tears as she drops off her youngster, reading about the love these moms have for their families is equally uplifting.

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Move-In, Day 4

August 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s servant-hearted volunteers were everywhere as thousands more new students descended onto campus to move into Saguaro and Sedona Halls and the Papago Apartments Thursday, the fourth day of a weeklong Move-In. Volunteers kept spirits high and continued to make this year’s event one for the record books.  

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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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