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In high-tech and old school, Game Night wins big

August 22, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In the Technology Building, students played games via the glow of computers powered by tons of RAM and sharp graphics. Meanwhile, across campus, gaming took on a different look at the Modern Board Gamers Guild’s Game Night, where old-school tabletop board games was the call of the day. Either way, students networked and connected with each other during Welcome Week through high-tech and old-school gaming.

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Queen of Welcome Week … and of troubleshooting

August 22, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

How do thousands of GCU students and their families make their way in cars, vans and U-Hauls from the perimeter of campus to their well-appointed residence hall rooms? Thousands of volunteers welcome them and move them in under the direction of Charity Norman, Director of Welcome Programs. GCU senior writer Theresa Smith embedded with Norman on Tuesday. One day earlier, she was shadowed by a video crew. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Move-In.

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Guest artist keeps GCU dance on its toes

August 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Miguel Perez has worked as a dancer for Celine Dion, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Cirque de Soleil. But he recently turned his attention to working with GCU’s dance students during a guest artist residency. Dance students arrived on campus two weeks early for the first time and got in some important work with Perez and their GCU instructors.

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Roomy apartments put students in happy space

August 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Day 2 of Move-In included the Agave Apartments and the new Cactus Apartments, part of the foursome of six-story buildings that have become a destination for students who want a full kitchen, a living room and a separate bedroom. Their proximity to the new Colangelo College of Business Building and Canyon Activities Center make them that much more attractive. “It’s really nice that you can have an apartment on campus because you still feel safe and you still feel like you’re part of campus life,” sophomore Lexi King said.

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Dawn of a new year: GCU rises up for Move-In

August 20, 2018 / by / 4 Comments

It wasn’t even quite 6 a.m. but the 2,700 volunteers were pumped up, electrified and ready to go. So Move-In volunteers opened the gates early, letting in a flood of cars carrying parents, new and returning Lopes, and their mattress toppers, bath caddies, mini refrigerators and the like. This morning marked the first day of Move-In, a party-like, high-energy scene of volunteers cheering on arriving vehicles, descending on them and moving out all those items in record time. It’s a scene that will be repeated over the next week. As one parent said of Move-In, “We heard stories. This exceeds the stories.”

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Spirits are high as new Havocs leaders gear up

August 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Before they can even get unpacked, Havocs leaders have a message for new and returning GCU students: “We want you!’’ Indeed, maintaining the incredible spirit of the Havocs is an all-in enterprise. “It takes every single student,’’ Havocs Co-President Jake Bradshaw said. The learning process begins on Thursday at Lope-A-Palooza, an incredibly entertaining event featuring Thunder, the Cheer and Dance teams, the Thundering Heard Pep Band and the Havocs. It is the perfect time for students — who all are inherently Havocs — to learn the chants and movements that give the Lopes a home-field and home-court advantage.

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GCU dancers serve as spirit ambassadors

August 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU dance team gained the respect of peer teams, via the Spirit Award, while learning 38 new dances and serving as ambassadors for each other and God. Eight members of the team took part in the United Spirit Association (USA) camp in Las Vegas and all 32 dancers participated in the United Dance Association (UDA) camp at the University of California-Santa Barbara. “We want to be ambassadors of our school, ambassadors of our faith, ambassadors of one another,” said Dance Coach Jacque Genung-Koch. “This is something I am most proud about. We built relationships. The instructors told me that our dancers inspired others. It was encouraging to be is shining for everyone else.”

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Welcome Week kickstart is an early pick-me-up

August 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Ryan Kryska Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau The grapevine is purple for a reason. It’s how sophomore Isiah Brown heard about the way Lopes do things, ultimately leading to his decision to join the herd this year on Grand Canyon University’s men’s basketball team. He said in April, “I can’t wait to meet them. I’ve heard great things …” and on Friday, faculty, staff, alumni and students showed him great things. “They are really about what they say they’re about,” Brown said. “It’s great helping the people that will be out supporting our team at the games.” Men’s basketball coach Dan Majerle said the team tries to make it out to volunteer during Welcome Week every year. “We want to be a big part of this university and the guys love being out here,” he said. The team was just one of the many groups of Lopes out before the sun to move in 1,100 Welcome Crew members, who in return will move in the remainder of on-campus student next week. Nine members of the University’s qualifying specialists department were among the Lopes moving in student volunteers. Qualifying specialist and alumna Hannah Miller was one of them, covering all […]

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GCU eSports to host internet cafe in new clubhouse

August 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU eSports is roaring into its new clubhouse this week after winning a 16-team, invitation only Overwatch tournament. Club President Justen Johns says the new facility on the second floor of the Technology Building is three times the size of the old Thunder Alley room. The club is hosting an internet cafe during welcome week so interested students can come see what all the hype is about. “I think the bond that we have is more than just the game. We’ve grown as friends and we are probably going to be friends for the rest of our lives, hopefully, so it was really luck that this club brought us together,” Johns said.

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Adesuwa Osayaren was crowned 2018 Miss Nations of the World
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GCU student crowned Miss Nations of the World

August 16, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

It was just a few months ago that Grand Canyon University Honors College biology student Adesuwa Osayaren won the title of Miss Africa Arizona. Now she can tout one more title — she was crowned the Miss Nations of the World queen.

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