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Video: Biggest, most emotional Ignite ceremony

August 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

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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‘Two Guvnors’ twice the fun at Ethington

August 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Theatre Department’s first play of the 2019-2020 season looks to be one of the most comedic it has done in a while. Director Michael Kary compares the comedic styles to shows like “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation,” and the cast said audiences won’t want to miss the production. “It’s very funny, I will go as far as to say I’ve never been part of a show that is funnier than this one,” said Micah Larsen, who plays the role of Francis Henshall. “There’s a laugh at every turn, so if that’s not good enough reason to come out and laugh a little, I don’t know what is.”

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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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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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Dance team reigns as it pours out God’s love

August 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Dance team won multiple awards at two summer camps, but it was applauded for far more than its technical skill. Most telling was when it won the Leadership Award at a camp in Santa Barbara: When participants were asked, “If you couldn’t be on your team, which team would you want to be on?”, most of them chose GCU. The team also earned a fully paid trip to the United Spirit Association National Championships.

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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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Slideshow: Welcome Week, Day 2

August 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by David Kadlubowski and Mathew McGraw GCU News Bureau The second day of Welcome Week featured another busy day of Move-In, and in the evening students got to relax in GCU Arena and watch “Avengers: Endgame” at Night at the Movies, where there even was free candy.  

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Move-In unpacks emotions of volunteers, too

August 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Move-In gets the year started off right for incoming GCU students, but it has the same effect on the volunteers who help them. Whether they’re helping for the first time or are seniors and have done it every year, they treasure the excitement. “It’s my third year, and it’s always the same energy,” said one.

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Going behind the scenes to make Move-In magic

August 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

There’s a reason GCU’s signature event, Move-In, runs smoothly. Event Services, Student Affairs, Residence Life and other teams work hard to make it the most memorable experience possible for first-time Lopes, and they often do it from behind the scenes … and with Uncrustables at the ready.

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