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Winter Dance Concert Draws From Multiple Influences

December 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The Ethington Dance Ensemble, under the guidance of GCU’s director of dance, Susannah Keita, has come a long way since its start a year ago. This production showcases that evolution, tackling several different styles of dance and combining them — sometimes even within one piece — smoothly and effortlessly. Thanks to the talented choreographers added to Keita’s staff this year and a program that is now 50 students strong, Thursday’s opening-night audience was shown a wide range of techniques and variations inspired by famous dancers and choreographers throughout history.

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Red and Green Supplant Purple at GCU Work Sites

December 15, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It all began with Mark Glazier and his seven-foot Santa Thunder. The Tempe enrollment manager sent us a photo of the custom-made Antlered One in a Santa suit, standing sentry at his desk, and wondered if we would post it on GCU Today. We did last week, inviting others to send photos of their Christmas-themed work stations. The good news: We heard from several people. The bad news: The cell-phone shots weren’t so hot. So on Wednesday afternoon, we took a field trip to Tempe and Peoria to see for ourselves what the season hath wrought.

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Canyon Cares Christmas Bigger, Better Than Ever

December 12, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A GCU holiday tradition became more expansive than ever Sunday afternoon with the move of Canyon Cares Christmas to the Quad and Arena. The University’s three campuses collected toys for 750 underprivileged children, and a team of 150 enthusiastic, green-shirted volunteers — students, faculty and staff — helped dispense them to neighborhood families. “This is one of those great opportunities we have to express our love and support for our community,” said Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin as he surveyed the hustle and bustle outside the Arena. “It’s a wonderful time of year to do that, a chance to capture the moment. This is Grand Canyon at its best.”

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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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How a Basketball Court Becomes an Ice Rink (for a Night)

November 10, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

GCU Arena will be filled with the sights and sounds of the holidays on Saturday night as Pandora’s Unforgettable Holiday Moments on Ice brings a unique kind of show to campus. The big question: How can an arena with a permanent basketball court become an ice rink for skaters to perform those triple lutzes and double axels? The answer: careful planning and preparation, as well as some really cool equipment.

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Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church Brings Message

October 31, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The parable of the workers in the vineyard from Matthew 20 was the focus of Jamie Rasmussen, senior pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church, at this morning’s Chapel. Rasmussen said God gives equal blessing in seven areas: eternal life, forgiveness of sin, victory over temptation, constant presence, peace and joy, purpose and meaning, and comfort in suffering. Four other areas, he said, are indiscriminate in blessing: wealth, health, talents and abilities, and comfortable circumstances.

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Chapel Hears Message on Parable of Talents

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Don Wilson, senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, brought the message to this morning’s Chapel from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. Wilson’s key points: God owns everything and we are merely managers; we are all equally important to God but not equally gifted; what matters most is how we use what we have; and our attitude determines the fruit that we bear. “God has positioned GCU to be a five-talent university,” Wilson said, “but the X-factor is you.”

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Lip Sync at Arena Brings Out the Dance Moves

October 21, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A formula for success has emerged in GCU’s student lip-sync contest, a full-on spectacle that moved into the Arena on Thursday night. To score points with the crowd and the judges, contestants are advised to have (a) a killer look, (b) some smart dance moves or, preferably, (c) both. The Frothy Boyz, who performed to the gone-but-not-forgotten “Ice Ice Baby,” brought the complete package and took first place before an enthusiastic crowd of about 800.

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Formal Groundbreaking for New CAS Building

October 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Ground was broken Tuesday on the four-story College of Arts and Sciences classroom building, scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1. The building was designed by the Phoenix architectural firm of Orcutt Winslow and will be built by Pono Construction of Glendale. Construction will begin in a week. “This building will represent the mind, body and spirit of everything we do on campus,” CAS Dean Mark Wooden told those assembled for a brief ceremony. “It will be the academic heart of this University.”

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Slideshow: Inaugural Children’s Cancer Run a Big Success

October 17, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The much-anticipated Run to Fight Children’s Cancer 5K/10K took place Saturday at GCU, and the outcome couldn’t have been better. Thanks to sponsors, volunteers, walkers, runners and countless supporters, GCU was able to present a check worth $20,000 to the Children’s Cancer Network, the event’s beneficiary. “With over 900 runners registered and 1,500 people on campus, it’s safe to say this was a huge success,” said Community Outreach Manager Jose Moreno.

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