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Sophomore Publishes First Work of Fiction

April 15, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

There’s a difference between a writer and an author, and with the publication of his first novel GCU sophomore Cooper Nelson has crossed that great divide. “Blume,” which became available this week on Amazon.com, tells the story of an 11-year-old girl and her family, who are forced to move into an underground bunker city after the mushroom cloud created by an atomic bomb blocks out the sun.

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GCU Dancer Has Big Plans for Mission Field

April 12, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The silver-spoon life of private dance lessons and elite academies doesn’t describe Antoinette Proctor. Adopted as an infant into a large family in Avondale, Proctor taught herself to dance by watching TV, mimicking what she saw. Eventually, she was dancing for her church, Cornerstone Christian Center, and by the age of 13 she was choreographing her own pieces.

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‘Frogs’ Star Adam Benavides Is One to Watch

April 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Of all the reasons to see “The Frogs” next weekend before it closes the 2010-11 Ethington Theatre Series, one stands out above the rest: Adam Benavides. The freshman from Queen Creek can do it all, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him heading off to Broadway or to Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe someday. For now, GCU is fortunate to have him, and “The Frogs” wouldn’t work nearly as well without him.

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All the World’s a Stage for Rachel Maish

March 31, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

After all, the theater students are taking the saying “all the world’s a stage” in a very literal sense. The upcoming play will take the actors out of Ethington Theater and into GCU’s pool. Maish plays five parts in the play The Frogs, including the chorus.

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Pancake Breakfast Seemed Too Good to Be True

February 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Free pancakes outside the Student Union? What’s the catch? There were no strings attached Thursday morning as RAs Tyler Bhirdo and Jarred McDonald served up regular and chocolate-chip flapjacks, hot off the griddle. But that didn’t stop people from asking.

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Family Enjoys GCU Student’s Reign as Queen

January 03, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Overcast skies and chilly temperatures couldn’t diminish the enthusiasm of Peoria’s Fernandez family for Friday’s Fiesta Bowl Parade. Mario and DaNetta Fernandez were on hand along Central Avenue with two of their three children, Matthew, 20, and Grace, 18. Their oldest, 22-year-old Lindsay, would arrive shortly, atop the Dillard’s float transporting her as Fiesta Bowl Queen.

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GCU Junior Making Impression as Fiesta Bowl Queen

December 21, 2010 / by / 5 Comments

Only Santa himself could have been busier this month than Fiesta Bowl Queen Lindsay Fernandez. The GCU junior from Peoria recently wrapped up final exams for the semester, only to see her schedule hit overdrive with activities related to three bowl games and a parade. “You have to be really organized,” said Fernandez, and fortunately she is.

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Lyttia McManus is Awesome

December 10, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

Sophomore Elementary Education major Lyttia McManus started dancing in 7th grade. “I always wanted to move to the music but didn’t know how without looking nerdy,” she says. The cheerleader began taking jazz and hip-hop dance classes, and transferred to GCU from the University of Oregon to be part of the dance team. Her creativity spreads to drawing, painting, guitar and singing. The future teacher cannot imagine herself doing anything but teaching. “Fourth grade and I would love to be a dance and cheerleader coach.” In the meantime, she sticks to “dance and school and work.”

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Ben Hewitt is AWESOME

November 29, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Ben Hewitt’s passion is literature. The 20-year-old published his first novel, I Toss Till Dawn, last year and is currently working on his third. It is a fictional take on a boy’s freshman year of college – he describes as a multi-character novel in the vein of Infinite Jest. Influenced by the likes of Kerouac, Dostoyevsky and Joyce, Hewitt has plans for a major in education and continuing his studies in a masters program. He’s focused on writing what inspires him, not necessarily what is popular. His advice for writers, “Even if you don’t feel like writing, you have to do it. Don’t ever give up on it.”

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Patricia Chittenden is AWESOME

November 25, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Patricia loves “doing life” with people; standing beside them through everything. “God made us relational individuals,” which is why she is an RA in the apartments. Life goal: Make an impact on students as a math teacher in a Title I school, showing them math is fun and relative to life. Through her own education struggles and physical battles, she realizes it’s harder to find the positive in life. But it’s still a good challenge. If God had a favorite color, according to Patricia, He’d choose the rainbow “because He never uses the same color twice.” Think about it.

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