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Esther Okoro: “You Know What It Is”

Esther smiles with a piece of art she completed last year.

Esther. You know her as the girl who walks around campus in that signature hat with headphones around her neck. As the girl who will never hesitate to tell you to, “Get outta here.” And as the ever-smiling presence around campus. But how much do you really know about Esther Okoro? Esther grew up in Cheverly, Maryland, a “nice, quiet little ... Read More »

Graceland Volunteers Make Special Olympics a Success


On Saturday, April 11, schools and care centers from all over South Central Iowa arrived at Graceland University to participate in the Special Olympics. Over 200 athletes of all ages and abilities participated in events including the softball throw, standing and running long jumps, swimming events, and running and walking races. The event would not have been possible without Graceland ... Read More »

Beresford Senior Art Show: “The Moment”

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It’s safe to say Senior Brandon Beresford has seen a lot of moments come and go through the years, whether in the classroom, on the soccer field, or just kicked back with friends in his home away from home here at Graceland. So what’s the significance of moment? What does it mean? Beresford hopes to awaken something in his audience ... Read More »

International Student Changes His Life Through Golf


Ujang (pronounced “Rain”) Zarems has golfed his way to the United States and Graceland University all the way from Bogor, Indonesia! This wasn’t an easy trip, however. Ujang has been working for his entire life to have an opportunity like this one, but, he says, “As a kid, I never knew golfing could turn in to this.” Since the age ... Read More »

Spotlight: Venezuelan Baseball Player William Salas


This week marked the beginning of the season for the Yellowjackets baseball team. The team has been working hard to demonstrate their talent on the diamond.  William Salas, known by his friends as “Romeo”, is one of the most important pieces on the baseball team. The infielder will give The Tower some of his time to talk about the upcoming ... Read More »

Jamaican’ A Difference

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In early January, a select group of Graceland students got the study abroad opportunity of a life time. They traveled to Falmouth, a small port city on the northern coast of Jamaica, to complete a three week teaching practicum or service learning project, in one of the poorest areas of the island. If Falmouth sounds familiar to you, it is ... Read More »

Yoga on the Beach: A Winter Term in Belize

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On January 5, Graceland students were scattered across the country. It was the first day of winter term, and some students were on their way to the first day of class on the Lamoni campus. Others were in their hometowns, working to get extra money before going back to school, or doing an internship. Finally, a number of Graceland travelers ... Read More »

New Athletic Director Joe Worlund Prepares to Make a Difference


On October 31st, Graceland welcomed a new athletic director, Graceland graduate, Joe Worlund. After graduating from Graceland in 1980 and the University of Iowa in 1982 with his master’s degree, Worlund spent all 33 of his professional years until now at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he started out as the intramural director. After becoming the assistant women’s ... Read More »

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce!

Sophomores Carrie Tovey and Mackenzie Berg help Solah get a second place victory!

GU students completed their annual recycle drive house competition this past weekend, collecting as many recyclables as possible in pursuit of points that would transfer into house money for the top three halls. HOCO and Senate members, along with other dedicated students, were hard at work Saturday, collecting, organizing, and counting a huge number of recyclables, from plastic containers to ... Read More »

New Professor Raquel Moreira Shares Her Thoughts on Graceland

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Whether you are majoring in communication or not, new professor Raquel (HA-kell) Moreira is one professor you have to meet. Raquel moved to the United States from Brazil, and brought with her a passion for communications and a desire to make a difference. Raquel spent most of her college years in Brazil, earning both her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and ... Read More »

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