Archives for: March 31, 2015

GCU Welcomes New Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Mickey Hover

By Jill Behan

During the Fall 2014 semester, the Georgian Court University Athletic Department announced the addition of a men’s lacrosse program. The program, which will start in Fall 2015, will add to the department’s growing male population, and will be the fifth men’s sports team at GCU.

About Mickey

Mickey Hover has been appointed the new program’s head coach. Hover is an alum of Southern New Hampshire University, and graduated with a degree in Sports Management. He was a goalie in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference during college, and after graduation he played professional lacrosse for the New Jersey Jesters and the Philadelphia Wings. In addition to an impressive career, Hover is an experienced coach. He was an assistant coach at Gwynedd-Mercy University, where he helped develop the school’s first men’s lacrosse team. He then was the head coach at Immaculata University. While there, he recruited 39 players and his team had the second highest GPA in the conference.

What’s to Come

Hover is excited about starting the new men’s lacrosse program. He was drawn to GCU because of the campus environment. He likes the close-knit campus community, the commitment to the Mercy Core Values, and the energetic and optimistic atmosphere. Starting a new program is an exciting challenge, and Hover is enthusiastic about the future. He hopes to foster a competitive spirit on the field, and an environment of service, commitment, and community amongst his players off the field. His hope is that his players will be involved on campus, excel in the classroom, and have a successful first season.

Hover stated, “Successes won’t be measured in wins and losses, they will be measured in the direction program is going.” The GCU community is looking forward to seeing the men’s lacrosse program shine in the future.

By Jill Behan During the Fall 2014 semester, the Georgian Court University Athletic Department announced the addition of...

Read More »

GCU Takes Paris!


Paris as seen from the top of Notre-Dame.



Pictured, the group of students who participated in the trip, upon their arrival.

By Caitlin Roman

Over spring break, a group of English majors, led by Dr. Pamela Rader, traveled to Paris, France for a literary travel abroad experience. The five day trip was packed with visits to various literary sites, like the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, as well as major national landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower.

Paris Sites

Each day, we walked from destination to destination, or took the metro when it was a little too far to walk. Just roaming through the city allowed us to discover places that were not on the original itinerary. For example, while making our way to the Right Bank, we happened across the residence of Abelard and Heloise, writers from the 12th century.

We visited, and climbed, Notre Dame and L’Arc de Triomphe. We saw the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and Monet’s Waterlilies in Musée L’Orangerie. We walked past Gertrude Stein’s and Ernest Hemingway’s homes and toured Maison Victor Hugo.

The Day of the Dead

On our last full day in Paris, we had a “Day of the Dead,” during which we visited the graves of Abelard and Heloise, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust, and Isadora Duncan at Père La Chaise Cemetery. To end the day, we walked through the Catacombs.

Fine Dining

And let’s not forget the food. Every day brought a new adventure in food, from small cafés to macaroon and pastry shops. Several brave souls in our group even sampled escargot.

Reflecting back on the trip, Thomas Vincent said that visiting Notre Dame was his favorite activity. “I am an avid Hugo fan,” Vincent says, “and The Hunchback of Notre Dame is rumored to have been inspired by a single Greek word for ‘fate’ that Hugo saw carved into one of the walls in the towers. Climbing the towers and searching the walls was like travelling the pages of the book. It felt like a time loop into the world of France’s greatest novelist.”

It was truly a life changing experience. “We stumbled upon so many hidden landmarks in Paris,” said trip-goer Chloe Grady. “We became accustomed to the Parisian way of life by ordering great food and taking the metro! We were basically local Parisians, which made it extremely hard to leave.”

  Paris as seen from the top of Notre-Dame.   Pictured, the group of students who participated in the trip, up...

Read More »