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Social unites students from all over the map

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The international and out of state student social brought together students from far away or far, far away and made them feel a little more at home at GCU. “The time that they get to spend here, whether it’s four years, whether it’s two years, we want them to cherish the memories, we want them to cherish the friends and the moments that they make here,” ASGCU President Samuel Yonan said. “I hope that they take away that they’re welcomed here, that we’re excited to have them here, that we want to make this the best opportunity of their life.”

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Slideshow: Glow Party, out-of-state/international student events

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by David Kadlubowski and Elizabeth Tinajero GCU News Bureau The final days of Welcome Week provided an opportunity for out-of-state and international students to learn more about the University with orientation and get to know each other with a mixer. And then the Glow Party on Saturday night was just wild and crazy fun.       

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Worth a shot: GCU sets knockout basketball record

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Yes, they set the record. That was the main thing people on campus wanted to know about Friday’s “Welcome Back at the CAC,” a Welcome Week event designed to draw students to the Canyon Activity Center with an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record in knockout basketball. The patience of the 728 participants also was record-breaking — the event took awhile.

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Slideshow: Lope-A-Palooza, Infuse

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Photos by David Kadlubowski GCU News Bureau Students turned out in big numbers Friday evening for Lope-A-Palooza, the annual Welcome Week pep rally staged by the Cheer and Dance teams and Thundering Heard Pep Band, and a new event, Infuse, in which students gathered on the Quad afterward for refreshments and games.  

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Video: Biggest, most emotional Ignite ceremony

August 23, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

They sang. Oh, how they sang. They worshiped. Oh, how they worshiped. The annual Ignite ceremony, a staple of Welcome Week, turned everyone in GCU Arena on Thursday night into a participant and challenged the emotions of everyone who was there. It was that powerful.

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Cheer team stands out, on campus and at camp

August 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Cheer team, along with Thunder, was a big winner at its recent camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., but that’s not the main reason for attending. It’s all about coming together as a team and also be a good example for others. “It’s an opportunity to intentionally influence people, and hopefully they walk away going, ‘Wow, they really and truly are good, Christ-centered people,’” said Emily Stephens, Director of Spirit Programs.

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Slideshow: Welcome Week, Day 4

August 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Elizabeth Tinajero and Enrique Lucha GCU News Bureau Thursday’s Welcome Week activities included socials for the Academic and Career Excellence (ACE) centers and transfer students, ROTC orientation and a welcome-back party for Worship Arts students.  

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Slideshow: Ignite

August 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Elizabeth Tinajero GCU News Bureau The annual Ignite ceremony, a worship event designed to get the Grand Canyon University academic year off to a strong spiritual start, drew a large gathering of mostly freshmen to GCU Arena on Thursday night. The students sang with the Worship team, which played for nearly an hour, and then went out to the Quad for the traditional lighting ceremony, now done with cellphone flashlights.    

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Forget viral — GCU Esports goes social

August 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Esports Club isn’t just about competing in tournaments and being the No. 1 player in your league. It’s also about meeting new friends with the same hobbies. It’s that social aspect that the club is focusing on this academic year as its student leaders plan more social events and try to draw students to the Esports Arena, which was expanded over the summer and is being re-introduced during Welcome Week. “This is going to be the first year where we’re really focusing on making a community that isn’t just good at playing the games,” Esports Club President Conner Kleinsasser said. “We want this to be a place now where you can come in, even if you’ve never played a game before …”

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Slideshow: Welcome Week, Day 3

August 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Elizabeth Tinajero and Mathew McGraw GCU News Bureau Wednesday of Welcome Week at Grand Canyon University featured the final day of Express Move-In, with the men’s basketball and baseball teams lending a hand. In the evening, Silent Disco proved wildly popular as students filled the floor of GCU Arena.  

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