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I'm studying Elementary Education, Reading, and Special Education at Graceland University. I've enjoyed writing my whole life, and hope that this passion brings entertainment and information to the Graceland community through The Tower!

COSA Sends Valentine’s Gift to Food Pantry


The week before Valentine’s Day, the Campus Organization for Social Activities (COSA) decided to spread some romance around campus. The organization sold mailbox roses in the MSC for four days. Students wrote a message to their sweetheart and paid a dollar or donated a can of food, and the messages were delivered with a fake rose to campus mailboxes on ... Read More »

GU Presidential Search Narrows Down to Three


Last year, the Graceland Board of Trustees and new presidential search committee sat down with a daunting task: choosing a new university president. In eight months, using input from faculty, alumni, and students, they narrowed the search from sixty candidates to three. The Board has worked hard to include multiple perspectives and opinions in their final choice. Harry Ashenhurst, Chair ... Read More »

Pro Wrestling Comes to Lamoni


In an event unlike any ever seen before, COSA is presenting a new and exciting event this weekend. Impact Pro Wrestling is bringing 17 wrestlers, one for each house, to the Closson Center for the showdown of the century. Houses will cheer on their wrestler in the hopes that they will beat their rivals. At the end of the evening, ... Read More »

Volunteer for GU Safe Ride!


If you’ve ever found yourself out at Choices on a Saturday night at 2am in the winter, it’s likely that you’ve needed a ride home. While many students are aware that they can call Safe Ride on the weekend for a free ride home, few know of the perks of volunteering for a night. For those unfamiliar with Safe Ride, ... Read More »

GU Students Turn Out to Vote

Students gather in the MSC Main Room for election results.

On November 8, student anxiously gathered in the MSC for an election party sponsored by the Social Equality Alliance, as well as other students and professors. The big screen was up to provide results as they came in, and a whiteboard map of the U.S. was colored red or blue as the votes were counted. Some students sat in chairs ... Read More »

New On-Campus Student Call Center Raises Funds for GU

The Student Call Center Workers

When it was determined that the call center be moved from ProCom in town to the basement of the library, Jesse Bolinger, director of the student call center, knew just what he wanted it to look like. The room, full of student workstations, is covered floor to ceiling with GU memorabilia, including old banners, homecoming programs, photos, and band uniforms. ... Read More »

Afterglow: The Calm Before the Storm


Every Sunday at 7pm, students gather in the Cheville Chapel for Afterglow to experience some calm and meditation before the busy storm of the week begins. Dylan Pitt is the Afterglow coordinator this year, and, so far, he says it’s the one of the most enjoyable leadership positions he’s ever held. Dylan describes Afterglow as “postmodern church. It’s not necessarily ... Read More »

Dr. Catherine Clifford Takes On GU


Dr. Catherine Clifford is taking Lamoni by storm with a great attitude about new experiences. Although she grew up in Dallas, she now finds herself in Lamoni, IA, excited about living in a small town for a change. Before this transition, she attended Oklahoma State with track and cross country scholarships, defying her parents who went to the University of ... Read More »

The End of the Mesle Era

B & B kissing with purple paint

As many Seniors pack up and prepare to leave Graceland this week, two beloved Graceland professors are doing the same. After spending years as both students and professors at Graceland, Dr. Robert Mesle and Dr. Barbara Hiles Mesle prepare to retire from teaching. Barbara and Bob share a Graceland love story. Bob says, “She was the first girl I asked out ... Read More »

Social Equality Alliance Members Improve Campus Community

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When the 2015-16 school year began, everyone was thinking about new beginnings, but no one was more than Jenna Pitstick and Dylan Foster, co-presidents and founders of the Social Equality Alliance, who were preparing to start a new club. Dylan says, “We initially wanted to start a Gay-Straight Alliance, but we realized there were other things on campus that we ... Read More »

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