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A family’s story of joy and goodbyes at Move-In

August 20, 2019 / by / 5 Comments

Move-In day can be one of wildly different emotions. Brendan Quinn said that waiting in the car line with his parents was like going up the start of a rollercoaster. Some fears. And so many thrills ahead entering GCU as a freshman. Brendan’s parents Corey and Danielle had their own emotions as they said goodbye to their last son. “It’s a little tough to let go sometimes, I’m not going to lie,” Danielle said. More than 7,500 newcomers were moved in this week, and the Quinns showed us what it was it was like.

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GCU nurtured Allen’s talent, now displayed on ‘AGT’

August 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The highlight of the GCU summer was Joseph Allen winning the Golden Buzzer on “America’s Got Talent.” But he also was a standout performer while on campus. Catch Allen on “AGT” as the second week of the live shows gear up.

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Earlier than ever, Move-In is moving and grooving

August 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Move-In started so early Monday morning, it was as if the incoming students and the volunteers just couldn’t wait to unleash the spirit of Welcome Week. It’s a spirit that is fun for everyone, but the parents seem to get even more out of it than their sons and daughters. “It was something I’ll never forget,” said one.

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GCU student water skis across Lake Michigan

August 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Madelyn Hendrikse planned a whopper of a farewell to home in Wisconsin before heading to Phoenix for her first year at GCU. She decided to water ski 62 miles across Lake Michigan with a friend. It’s a rare feat that attracted national media attention. It was hard battling the rough waters in the middle of the lake. She did a lot of praying and gutted it out. It was about more than sking, said the freshman who will study biology with a pre-medicine emphasis: “This journey has taught me that I can achieve anything in life that I set my mind toward.”

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Welcome Crew Move-In is a bundle of GCU energy

August 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The energy of Welcome Week got an early start Friday morning when employees from both GCU and GCE assisted student leaders at Welcome Crew Move-In. Even though it simply was a matter of moving in the students who will then join the Welcome Crew for the campus-wide Move-In next week, the change in the campus was palpable. “It’s electric, the whole atmosphere,” said Connie Colbert, Director of the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic, as she directed traffic.

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GCU students log in to ‘hacker summer camp’

August 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A group of 52 GCU students attended the Defcon and Black Hat conferences — called “hacker summer camp” — last week in Las Vegas. They had to apply to be accepted by Black Hat, which brings together professionals from all over the industry. It earned them free tickets to Defcon, where one of the most interesting interactive demonstrations was the Wall of Sheep. Unsuspecting network users (called “sheeple”) got hacked when they let their guard down.

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Love knows no boundaries on mission trips

August 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

God’s love can be found anywhere, despite things like language barriers and difficult sites, that was the take away from multiple mission trips GCU students went on this summer. Students traveled all over the world to help serve and share their love for the lord with communities in need. “God is the same everywhere, and He doesn’t change whether you’re in the United States or in different countries,” junior Karli Burns said about her mission trip to Costa Rica. “It was worth it because it just showed me how much God’s love is universal.”

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‘Swoosh’ over to Lope Shop for Nike, Tokyodachi

August 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Lope Shop is readying for its busiest sales week of the year — Welcome Week — and touts a few new things for new and returning Lopes, such as an expanded Nike section and an anime-like version of Thunder emblazoned on T-shirts, hats and other merchandise to celebrate the GCU mascot’s win of the Tokyodachi Mascot Madness competition. Shoppers also will find ukuleles and new brands, such as Antigua, Camp David and Blue 84.

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Feeding frenzy: Campus dining options expand to 31

August 13, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

This just in. Seven, count ’em, SEVEN new dining options are opening for the new semester. Canyon Pizza Co. in the Student Union has created a big buzz, offering slices for a thrifty $2.75 with fresh ingredients. Managers there say they will be listening to customers on new pizza combinations to add throughout the year. Another big Student Union addition is Lopacellis Pasta, which promises large portions. Other trends include a move to healthy options on menus, led by the new Purple Greens on the second floor of GCU Arena, where you can build your own bowl or have fresh-pressed juices. “Our chefs have knives, not scissors,” said John Milleson, Sodexo’s Resident District Manager. “Chefs with scissors cut tops off and dump in the product. There are no microwaves in my operation, and you have to look hard to find a pair of scissors.”

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Innovation Center has vibrant director, direction

August 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The new GCU Innovation Center now has a director (Robert Vera), a home (Building 66 at 27th Avenue), a slogan (“Create your purpose”) and a GCU-oriented goal — to provide opportunities for both GCU students and local start-ups. Dr. Randy Gibb, Dean of the Colangelo College of Business, calls it “a different way to approach this start-up world.” Vera certainly knows how to approach that world as well as a lot of other ventures. He’s even a best-selling author.

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