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A big week for Lope Shop, GCBC … and photo ops

August 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A lot is happening all over the Grand Canyon University campus during Welcome Week, and one of the busiest spots — surprisingly — is on the Promenade. The new “GCU” block letters have become a natural for families who want a photo. Elsewhere, business has been booming at the Lope Shop and GCBC.

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A family’s story of joy and goodbyes at Move-In

August 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Move-In day can be one of wildly different emotions. Brendan Quinn said that waiting in the car line with his parents was like going up the start of a rollercoaster. Some fears. And so many thrills ahead entering GCU as a freshman. Brendan’s parents Corey and Danielle had their own emotions as they said goodbye to their last son. “It’s a little tough to let go sometimes, I’m not going to lie,” Danielle said. More than 7,500 newcomers were moved in this week, and the Quinns showed us what it was it was like.

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GCU nurtured Allen’s talent, now displayed on ‘AGT’

August 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The highlight of the GCU summer was Joseph Allen winning the Golden Buzzer on “America’s Got Talent.” But he also was a standout performer while on campus. Catch Allen on “AGT” as the second week of the live shows gear up.

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Earlier than ever, Move-In is moving and grooving

August 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Move-In started so early Monday morning, it was as if the incoming students and the volunteers just couldn’t wait to unleash the spirit of Welcome Week. It’s a spirit that is fun for everyone, but the parents seem to get even more out of it than their sons and daughters. “It was something I’ll never forget,” said one.

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GCU INsider: Canyon Pizza, the CAC, and so much more

August 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The annual GCU INsider, reprinted from the August issue of GCU Magazine, contains its usual assortment of information and tips on the new pizza place on campus and other improvements that students will see. And then there are the really important answers to questions you undoubtedly had … such as what shade of purple GCU uses.

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Welcome Crew Move-In is a bundle of GCU energy

August 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The energy of Welcome Week got an early start Friday morning when employees from both GCU and GCE assisted student leaders at Welcome Crew Move-In. Even though it simply was a matter of moving in the students who will then join the Welcome Crew for the campus-wide Move-In next week, the change in the campus was palpable. “It’s electric, the whole atmosphere,” said Connie Colbert, Director of the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic, as she directed traffic.

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Esports Arena 2.0 to debut during Welcome Week

August 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

To keep up with the explosive growth in popularity of esports, GCU has expanded its Esports Arena just one year after the facility made its debut in the Technology Building. It is going from 1,706 square feet to a little more than 3,200 square feet and is being populated with 70 high-end gaming PCs, along with a new varsity training area, an expanded console section and a larger viewing lounge to accommodate even more gaming enthusiasts. The renovation arrives just in time for Welcome Week. “Last year during Welcome Week, we were one of the highest traffic places on campus,” said Esports Coordinator Albert Lee, who added how the Esports Club has grown from 50-60 registered members to more than 500 since its founding.

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‘Swoosh’ over to Lope Shop for Nike, Tokyodachi

August 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Lope Shop is readying for its busiest sales week of the year — Welcome Week — and touts a few new things for new and returning Lopes, such as an expanded Nike section and an anime-like version of Thunder emblazoned on T-shirts, hats and other merchandise to celebrate the GCU mascot’s win of the Tokyodachi Mascot Madness competition. Shoppers also will find ukuleles and new brands, such as Antigua, Camp David and Blue 84.

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Feeding frenzy: Campus dining options expand to 31

August 13, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

This just in. Seven, count ’em, SEVEN new dining options are opening for the new semester. Canyon Pizza Co. in the Student Union has created a big buzz, offering slices for a thrifty $2.75 with fresh ingredients. Managers there say they will be listening to customers on new pizza combinations to add throughout the year. Another big Student Union addition is Lopacellis Pasta, which promises large portions. Other trends include a move to healthy options on menus, led by the new Purple Greens on the second floor of GCU Arena, where you can build your own bowl or have fresh-pressed juices. “Our chefs have knives, not scissors,” said John Milleson, Sodexo’s Resident District Manager. “Chefs with scissors cut tops off and dump in the product. There are no microwaves in my operation, and you have to look hard to find a pair of scissors.”

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Welcome Week will be a scream … except for disco

August 12, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Welcome Week at GCU is many things besides the wild scene at Move-In. Incoming students get acclimated to the campus in a variety of ways through activities that go well into the evening, and this year they’ll get to try out an interesting new one — Silent Disco.

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