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26.2 Miles Later, a Feeling of Accomplishment

November 29, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It is logical to think that there are only two reasons to run: toward something or away from something. But what if there were a third reason? To run for something? GCU’s Eva St. Arnauld, director of student success for the Center for Learning and Advancement and coach of the Antelope dance team, felt there was a third reason and decided that she had something to run for: to inspire others. On Nov. 6, St. Arnauld ran in the New York City Marathon, something that very few people — even avid runners — get the chance to do.

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Slideshow: Canyon Crazies Leader Sees Big Things Ahead

November 14, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

LAS VEGAS — If Jared Bearden has his way, the electric atmosphere inside GCU Arena for the Nov. 5 men’s basketball exhibition game against Arizona State University will be the rule and not the exception. Bearden, a junior, is the president of the Canyon Crazies student fan group, and he says he’s just getting warmed up. “This can go way beyond being a club,” Bearden said Friday at a tailgate party before GCU’s game against the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. “This can be what we stand for. It should be more than just games.

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MyGCU: Caelen Hiller

November 09, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

After a knee injury sidelined Caelen Hiller, she feared not being able to play volleyball every again. When reconstructive surgery infected her with MRSA, the situation threatened more than her volleyball career. Two years since her month-long stint in the hospital, she has fought back and doesn’t take a single moment on the court for granted. “Every day is a blessing,” she says.

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Arena’s Men’s Basketball Opener Had Sizzle

November 07, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Was that a Suns game on Saturday night? With purple everywhere and a loud crowd of 4,702 including several guests with ties to the local NBA team — Jerry Colangelo, Al McCoy, Dick Van Arsdale and Josh Childress among them — the men’s basketball exhibition game between GCU and Arizona State University had a playoff-type atmosphere. It was the place to be for hoops fans, and the Antelopes hung with the much bigger Sun Devils well into the second half before falling, 89-69.

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Hear the Thunder: ASU vs. GCU Nov. 5

November 03, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GCU and ASU face off in a cross-town showdown Saturday November 5, 2011. GCU students get pumped up for the first Men’s basketball game in the new arena! Can you Hear the Thunder?

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GCU Announces Colangelo School of Sports Business

October 25, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University entered into a partnership Tuesday with one of the most powerful and respected sports executives in the country as it formally announced the creation of a Jerry Colangelo School of Sports Business. The school will be part of the Ken Blanchard College of Business at the University, with its enrollment expected to grow as high as 1,000 students in five years under the direction of Dr. Brian C. Smith, a former basketball player at the University of New Mexico. More than 300 students currently are sports business majors at GCU, which created the major in mid-2010 — the only one of its kind in Arizona.

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Swimmer Ivarsson Puts Heart on the Line for GCU

October 20, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

What is the biggest fear for an athlete? Underachievement? Injury? How about facing a potentially life-threatening condition and believing that you might never again be able to participate in the sport you love? If you want the answer, ask GCU swimmer Johan Ivarsson. In October 2010, his second season with the Antelopes, Ivarsson began to notice something out of the ordinary while in the pool.

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National Anthem Auditions Turn Out the Talented

September 27, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Singing the national anthem before sporting events is a tradition that gained footing during World War II, when baseball stadiums became large-scale displays of patriotism. Today, it is as much a part of those events as the seventh-inning stretch or the halftime show. On Monday night, GCU held open auditions for anthem singers for this year’s men’s and women’s basketball games. With Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister from the KNIX morning show as guest judges, the Arena became a scene out of “American Idol.”

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Despite Injury Setback, Soccer Star Stays Positive

September 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not easy for sports fans to understand what it’s like to be an athlete. Fans are able to understand the joy of a win or the sting of a loss. But how does it feel to be sidelined by an injury, forced to watch the season go by without making an impact? GCU men’s soccer star Kyle Ciliento has experienced that feeling — twice.

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Meet Hap Hopper, GCU’s Chairman of the Boards

September 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Basketball fans know Hap Hopper by his work. “If you’ve seen the boards at the US Airways Center during a Suns game, you’ve seen Hap,” says Cathey Moses, vice president of event planning and marketing at GCU. As GCU’s new digital systems director, Hopper is the one responsible for everything Antelopes fans will see on the high-definition video screens in GCU Arena. The screens were created and installed by Atlanta-based Innovation Sports Marketing.

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