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College's debate team closes season at championships Brad Isles 4/22/2014 3:01:04 PM

College's debate team closes season at championships

The Grove City Debate Team completed their season on April 13 at the United States Universities Debating Championships.

The tournament, which represented the national championship for the British Parliamentary style of debate, pulled 180 debate teams and both of the Grove City College teams that attended finished in the top 40. The results were particularly satisfying because the team did not concentrate on this form of debate this year.

Grove City finished as the top Christian school, beating teams from The King’s College and Patrick Henry College. Along the way, they beat teams from a variety of schools including Yale University, Cornell University, Bates College, California Polytechnic Institute, University of Alaska, University of Denver and Clemson University.

Seniors Dan Pugh and Allen Scheie finished in the top 16 at the tournament. Pugh and Scheie eliminated a Yale University team ranked fourth in the tournament’s preliminary rounds. Pugh and Scheie represented the best preliminary showing and tied the best outrounds showing that Grove City has ever had at the USU Nationals.

Senior Sam Williams and sophomore Ryan Brown also had an excellent performance. Though they did not progress to the elimination rounds, Williams and Brown finished 39th, ranking higher than any Grove City team finished at last year’s USU championship.

The tournament was the last chance for Williams, Scheie and Pugh to compete for the debate team. All were valuable members of the team for four years. Dan Pugh will retire as the most decorated debater in Grove City history having won three different national titles in his four years here and with three different partners (Kyle Marchini, Allen Scheie and David Weix). He has captained the team for the past two years and his leadership of the squad has been invaluable.

The squad debated a variety of topics, including how conservatism meshes with feminism, the role poverty should play in judicial sentencing, whether assassination is a legitimate tool of war, whether to consume art made by deeply immoral people, how pre-nuptial agreements affect family life, and how religions objections to vaccinations should be handled by doctors.

Red Cross Blood Drive Suzie Guiler 4/22/2014 9:27:19 AM


Red Cross Blood Drive – APO is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on April 28th from 12pm-6pm @ Ketler Rec. Sign up in the STU April 22-25th from 10am – 5pm, or visit and enter: grove city college. Donors will receive a free red cross tumbler, as well as free pizza and snacks. Be a bud, give blood!
Sunset Sprint - April 30th Suzie Guiler 4/21/2014 9:50:53 AM


The 29th Annual Sunset Sprint 5k run/walk will be held on April 30th at 7pm. Starting at the Post Office, the route takes participants through Grove City. If you are interested in participating, contact Arianna Johnson at ,
8th District candidate forum set for April 24 Brad Isles 4/17/2014 3:10:23 PM
8th District candidate forum set for April 24

Three Republicans running for Pennsylvania’s 8th District state House seat will face off at a candidate forum set for 7 p.m. April 24 in Sticht Auditorium in the Hall of Arts and Letters on the campus of Grove City College.

Jeff Black, Herman Bauer and Tedd Nesbit will have the chance to make their case for their party’s nomination for the state House seat being vacated by longtime Rep. Dick Stevenson. The district includes most of the eastern half of Mercer County and the northeastern portion of Butler County.

The event is being held by Grove City College Republicans. Chairman Alex Dimitri ’14 will moderate. The group has hosted candidate forums for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives races in previous years.

“The student members of College Republicans wanted to host a candidate forum so that Republicans voters in the Grove City area can get a chance to hear from the candidates before the May 20 Primary Election,” Dr. Michael Coulter ’91, Professor of Political Science and faculty advisor for the College Republicans, said.
College Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra present spring concert Brad Isles 4/15/2014 9:36:55 AM

College Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra present spring concert

The Grove City College Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus. Jeffrey Tedford ’00, director of orchestras and instructor of music and fine arts, will conduct the concert.

The concert will begin with the Chamber Orchestra performing Grieg’s Holberg Suite which features several solos and duets. The Holberg Suite is based on the 18th Century French suite consisting of a prelude, sarabande, gavotte/musette, air and rigaudon.

The College Orchestra will then perform three selections. Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” overture features all of the major themes from the opera that deals with love, betrayal, humor and every emotion represented within those ideas. Next will be “Jupiter,” from Holst’s larger work “The Planets,” which features several very recognizable themes and will be conducted by junior music education major, James Allison.

The concert will conclude with Drew Fennell’s “Apollo 11.” Fennell, a professor of applied trumpet at Grove City College, joined the River City Brass in 1998 as assistant principal solo cornet, and currently occupies the position of principal solo flugelhorn. He solos very frequently with the ensemble, both as a flugelhorn/trumpet player and as a singer. He also worked as associate conductor of the ensemble for 10 years, and has conducted the River City Youth Brass Band since 2005. In addition he further performs with the River City 6, serves as wind ensemble conductor and trumpet instructor at the Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College. Fennell shares the following about “Apollo 11:” “For me, those missions to the moon were only partially about the missions themselves; but about a larger effort by thousands of Americans who dreamed, designed and built the machines to get there.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert is free and open to the public. Parking is free and additional information is available by calling the Music Office at Grove City College at (724) 458-2084.

Touring Choir reunites with alumni for concert Brad Isles 4/10/2014 1:23:13 PM
Touring Choir reunites with alumni for concert

More than 200 alumni of the Grove City College Touring Choir will return to campus to celebrate the career of Dr. Douglas Browne, director of choral activities, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.
Alumni and current Touring Choir members will take part in a day of rehearsal and celebration culminating in a concert to honor Dr. Browne’s 33 years at the College. The combined group – nearly 280 singers strong – will perform several pieces at the concert along with the current Touring Choir’s program. A reception will follow the concert.

Doors open at 7 p.m. No tickets are required, but seating is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those planning to attend the reception should register online at

Browne was appointed to the faculty at Grove City College in 1981 and has served as the director of choral activities, professor of music and has taught a variety of classes spanning the vocal discipline. In addition, he directs the Chapel Choir, Touring Choir and advises the Chamber Singers and Glee Club. He has worked with over 1,500 students at Grove City College, many of whom now have successful careers as musicians and teachers.

The sheer number of alumni returning for the concert is a testament to the impact Browne has had on students and the dedication he – along with his wife Susan, who served as “mom, manager and nurse among other things” – demonstrated during his years at the College.

“Dr. and Mrs. Browne have touched the lives of many students from a variety of backgrounds, majors and interests,” Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Music & Fine Arts Jeffrey Tedford ’00 said. “They have shown great dedication to the students of Grove City College and have inspired students past, present and in the future through their legacy of dedication and service.”

The Touring Choir has just returned from their spring tour performing at churches at 11 different locations throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

The choir seeks to praise and glorify God and to minister to others through the medium of music, striving together to achieve choral excellence. In addition to the annual spring tour, the choir performs at churches and schools in the Western Pennsylvania area, and at various campus events.
Grove City College team wins Armstrong College Challenge Brad Isles 4/8/2014 10:38:06 AM
Grove City College team wins Armstrong College Challenge
The Grove City College team of Evan Schell ’14, Kelley Neumann ’15, J.T. Schwartz ’15, Matt Mathias ’14 and Chloe Smiley ’15 have won the 2014 Armstrong College Challenge.

This is the fourth year in a row that a team from Dr. Scott Powell’s, associate professor of business, retail management course has won the cable company’s competition.

This year’s challenge tasked participating teams with developing a media plan aimed at existing cable television customers. Teams presented their plans to Armstrong’s vice president and marketing team at the corporate headquarters in Butler. Teams presented for 20 minutes and fielded questions for 40 minutes.

The team received a prize of $1,500 and the College also received $1,500 to go into a scholarship fund designated by the College.