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Glenville State Announces the Addition of Acrobatics and Tumbling

Acrobatics and Tumbling
Glenville State becomes the twelfth school in the country to add Acrobatics & Tumbling (A&T)

Glenville, W.Va. - Amber King, after guiding the King University Tornado Acrobatics and Tumbling team in their 2013-2014 inaugural season, has accepted the head coaching job at Glenville State, athletic director Janet Bailey announced Tuesday.  As Glenville State becomes the 12th school in the country to add Acrobatics & Tumbling (A&T), King becomes the first coach in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) to start two programs.  Also in the NCATA, are Alderson-Broaddus (WV), Azusa Pacific (CA), Baylor (TX), Fairmont State (WV), Hawai’i Pacific, King (TN), Quinnipiac (CT), Adrian (MI), Gannon (PA), and National Champion University of Oregon.  Recruitment will be the initial focus of the program, and the team will be ready for intercollegiate competition in the spring of 2016.

Acrobatics and Tumbling competitions are typically held as a meet between 2-4 teams. Each competition is exciting, fast paced, and audience friendly. Each team has up to 28 competitors on their game-day roster and compete in six events including: Compulsory, Acro, Pyramid, Toss, Tumbling, and Team Event. Teams compete and are evaluated in each event receiving a score. In a competition, a team can score up to 300 points, with the team with the highest overall score declared the winner.  For a quick look at the action from a typical meet, click on Acro Video.

 ”Amber King is committed to developing a championship program helping young ladies achieve their very best on the competition floor, in the classroom, and in life,” said Athletic Director Janet Bailey.

“I am excited to introduce Acrobatics and Tumbling to Pioneer sports. This emerging sport will increase athletic opportunities for women at Glenville State. Coach King has an established reputation in the sport. The Glenville State community can expect that Acrobatics and Tumbling will continue the Pioneer tradition of excelling performance in the gymnasium and the classroom,” said Glenville State President Dr. Peter Barr.

King, a native of Piney Flats, TN, is ready to pioneer GSC’s first foray into A&T.  King exclaims, “I am excited to bring this sport to the Glenville State campus and community.  I have been extremely impressed with President Barr, Athletic Director Janet Bailey, and the entire community, as they embrace this opportunity for female student-athletes. I’m honored to be a part of this amazing sport and I look forward to also serving this community, as we teach the skill set of acrobatics and tumbling to the youth of Gilmer County.”

In the inaugural competition season at King, the Tornado earned a National Championship Tournament berth with team strengths in Acro, Pyramid, and Toss events.  Coach King’s recruitment efforts led the now second year program to double in size.  

Off the mat, King looks forward to plugging in with GSC’s active group of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  King states, “I have enjoyed integrating into the college and community. You can truly feel the family atmosphere here.  I am excited to show off Glenville State to our future athletes.”  

Prior to developing Acrobatics and Tumbling at King University, King elevated the King University cheer program to a competitive level.  The newly competitive 2012 team finished fifth at Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta, GA, and third at Canam Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC. Prior to returning to her alma mater, King served as head cheer coach at Newberry College (SC). During 2011-2012 season, she choreographed competition routines for CANAM and CCA National events.  She was named to the Top-25 Coaches in America by the CCA, after a trio of spectacular finishes in competition. King led her team to a First Runner-up honor at the CANAM Nationals, a National Championship in the All-Girl CCA Nationals, and was crowned Grand Champion as the best overall college team at the 2012 CCA Nationals.

In 2008, King earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a Minor in Coaching from King University.  For three years as an undergraduate, King was a teaching instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association traveling the Mid-South region.  In 2009, Coach King developed the tumble/cheer ministry through the Celebration Church Dance Ministry in Blountville, TN.  She taught weekly tumbling classes to children 5-18 years old and choreographed routines for them.

In 2012, King completed her Master’s Degree in Coaching Education from nearby Ohio University.  Amber resides in Glenville, WV with her husband, Greg, and five year old son Jack.

Stay tuned for details for an upcoming press conference with regional media outlets.  For more information about the sport, go to  For more information on Glenville State Acrobatics and Tumbling, recruiting, or scholarship, please contact head coach Amber King at (423)306-1989 or

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Glenville State’s Rahmann Lee and Earon Settle Tabbed as MEC Players of the Week

Glenville State’s running back Rahmann Lee and defensive back Earon Settle Tabbed as MEC Players of the Week

Bridgeport, W.Va. - Rahmann Lee (Glenville State), Earon Settle (Glenville State) and Kelly Carter (Urbana) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors.

Lee, a junior from Capitol Heights, Md., is the Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Pioneers to a 34-30 win over Charleston. Lee led all MEC rushers last week with 129 yards and also found the end zone twice. He added four catches for 31 yards and one touchdown, including the game-winning score from eight yards out with four seconds left. 

Settle, a freshman from Suitland, Md., earns Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his role in Glenville State’s win over UC. He had a game-high 14 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, in addition to forcing a fumble and breaking up a pass.

Carter, a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, is the Special Teams Player of the Week after recording 161 all-purpose yards against No. 23 Concord. Carter had a 97-yard kickoff return against the Mountain Lions, which is second only to his 100-yard kickoff return last season in MEC history.

Other Top Performances:

Offense: Jeff Ziemba (Shepherd) threw for a career-high four touchdown passes … Brian Novak (Concord) had 300 yards passing and four touchdowns … C.J. Germany (Notre Dame) had eight grabs for 263 yards … Zach Schademan (West Virginia Wesleyan) hauled in six passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns … Anton McCallum (West Liberty) had 118 yards receiving on three catches … Le’Velle Spivey (Urbana) pulled in six passes for a team-high 125 yards and two touchdowns … Zach Pate (Fairmont State) had a career-high eight catches for 101 yards.

Defense: Josh White (West Liberty) picked off a pair of passes for the Hilltoppers … James Gumpton (Shepherd) led the Rams with 11 tackles in a shutout win … Gary Saylor (Concord) recorded a team-high eight tackles and had three tackles for a loss … Derrick Bavol (Notre Dame) had nine tackles and set a new school record with 3.5 sacks … Calvin Pringles (Fairmont State) had four tackles, an interception and forced a fumble.

 Special Teams: C.J. Davis (Shepherd) had a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown against UVa-Wise … Andy Ellington (Concord) was 3-for-3 on field goals, including a 52-yarder … Griffin Yocum (West Liberty) averaged 41.8 yards per punt …  Emmaneul Smith (Notre Dame) had 149 yards on six kick returns … Tanner Wright (Glenville State) booted a pair of field goals

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Pioneers Pull-off Upset Over Charleston, 34-30


Quarterback Sean Steele went 22 for 39 for 323 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the Pioneers 34-30 victory over Charleston

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team pulled-off a huge upset over the University of Charleston Golden Eagles on Homecoming, 34-30.

The Pioneers would play a great first half as they took a seven point lead into halftime over the Golden Eagles, 17-10.

However Charleston would come out in the third quarter and score 13 straight points as they took the lead 23-17 over GSC. But the Pioneers would not give in as they scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter, as Sean Steele connected with tight end Jake Harper from 36 yards out, to re-take the lead, 24-23.

The Pioneers would then add to their lead with 4:26 left to play as Tanner Wright hit a 29 yard field goal as GSC went up, 27-23.

But the Golden Eagles would score on their next drive as Jermaine Kelly hit John Knox on a touchdown pass from 27 yards out as Charleston took a, 30-27 lead with only 2:07 left to play.

However the Pioneers would be cool and collected as they would drive down to the Golden Eagles eight yard line. GSC would find the endzone on  third down as Sean Steele rolled out and hit Rahmann Lee, for an eight yard touchdown pass, as the Pioneers pulled-off the upset victory, 34-30.

Both teams had a good day rushing the ball as Charleston rushed for 163 yards on the ground while Glenville rushed for 170 yards. The Pioneers racked up 493 total of offense on 80 plays while the GSC defense allowed Charleston 344 total yards on 70 yards.

Both teams turned it over once on the day, Charleston lost a fumble while the Pioneers threw an interception.

Charleston however only had four penalties for 30 yards while the Pioneers had seven penaltites for 97 yards.

Rahmann Lee led the Pioneers rushing attack as he rushed for 129 on 32 carries and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Sean Steele went 22 for 39 for 323 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Settle’s favorite target was Dante Absher as he caught nine passes for 145 yards, a career high for Absher. Lee also caught four balls for 31 yards and the winning touchdown.

Freshman defensive back , Earon Settles, led the Pioneers defense with 14 total tackles on the day. He also had 2.5 tackles for, one pass break-up, and forced a fumble. Linebacker James Johnson chipped in with six tackles.

For Charleston Quarterback Jordan Paul went 15 for 26 for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Wideout John Knox caught eight passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

The Pioneers return to action next Saturday, October 18th when they travel to Wise, Virginia to take on Mountain East Conference newcomer UVA-Wise. Kickoff is set 1:00pm.

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Give On-Line

The Glenville State College Foundation has recently enhanced the procedures for on-line Giving.  To make your donation to the Foundation you just have to click the “Donate Now” button located under either the “Alumni and Friends” or “Give” drop down menus above.  The secure link will allow your donation to be charged to your credit card and save the time and postage of mailing a check or calling in to the Foundation office.  On-line giving will automatically go into the Annual Fund drive.  If you wish to make a donation to another Fund, please call the Foundation office at (304) 462-6380.

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. University of Charleston – Game Six (Homecoming)

FootballGlenville, W.Va. -Glenville State fell to West Virginia Wesleyan, 38-35, last Saturday at Ross Field.

The Bobcats improved to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in MEC play. Glenville State slipped to 1-4 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Three of Glenville State’s four losses have come by less than four points.

Jeremy Musselman was 14-of-18 for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Tyler Bolen came on to complete 18-of-25 for 187 yards and two more scores to pace the Bobcats. Michael Anderson added 119 yards on the ground for WVWC.

Rahmann Lee rushed for 152 yards on 23 carries for the Pioneers. Sean Steele was 10-of-21 for 181 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.

An action-packed first half saw the Bobcats take a 24-20 into halftime. The two teams traded touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarter, and WVWC held a 38-35 lead with 3:37 left. The Bobcats, though, were able to pick up a crucial first down on 4th-and-1 and then was able to run out the clock to hold on to the win.

This week the Pioneers return home to I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium to take on the University of Charleston Golden Eagles. It is also Homecoming for the Pioneers.

Last year the Pioneers feel on the road at Charleston, 17-10. Rahmann Lee was held to just 55 rushing yards while quarterback Sean Steele threw for 122 yards but had three costly interceptions.

UC’s offense racked up 264 total yards of offense while GSC finished last year’s contest with just 173 total yards. Last year’s contest also saw six total fumbles in the game with UC fumbling it four times and the Pioneers fumbled it away twice.

Saturday’s kickoff is set for 1:30 pm.

Game Day Links below:

Game Notes: GSC vs. University of Charleston

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Sammi Moore and Jon Rasnick Named Williams and Montrose Award Winners

Football and Women's Golf
Sammi Moore and Jon Rasnick Named William and Montrose Award Winners

Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State College and Glenville State Athletic Department would like to congratulate Sammi Moore and Jon Rasnick as they have been named the 2014 Williams and Montrose Award winners.

Sammi Moore is the Williams Award winner; she is a native of Elizabeth, West Virginia and is the daughter of Gary and Janet Moore. She graduated from Glenville State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Business Administration Management and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership.

Moore is a four year member of the Lady Pioneers Women’s Golf team.  Moore was named to the WVIAC All-Conference Second Team in 2011-12 and was named to the MEC All-Conference Second Team in 2013-14. Moore also won several Tournaments during her career. She also is the only women’s golfer in school history to make All-Conference honors.

Moore now workers for Physical Therapy Providers PPLC, in Ravenswood, West Virginia where she resides with her fiancée Scott Wilburn.

The Williams Award was established in 1983 and is named for Miss Clarissa Williams, an associate professor of Physical Education at GSC. She began her career at the College in 1947 and served as cheerleader sponsor until her retirement in 1964. Williams Wing of Pickens Hall was named for her on April 27, 1974.

The Williams Award is presented each year during Homecoming to the most outstanding female athlete who has graduated in the preceding class. This yearly selection recognizes the deserving female athlete and serves as a tribute to Miss Williams who was a role model and mentor to many women in her 47 years of teaching, the last 17 of which were at GSC.

The Montrose award winner goes to Jon Rasnick; he is a native of Orange County, Virginia and is the son of Roger and Jan Rasnick. He graduated from GSC with a Bachelor’ Degree in Health Education and Physical Education.

Rasnick had an outstanding career at Glenville State; he was a four year starter for the Pioneer football team from 2009-2013. His sophomore year he was named to the WVIAC Honorable Mention Team, junior year he was named to the WVIAC All-Conference First Team, and during his senior year he was named MEC All-Conference First Team and was elected to the Don Henson Football Gazette Super Region One Third Team.

Rasnick is now a member of the Pioneer Football Coaching Staff where he coaches the offensive line.

The Montrose Award was established in 1952 and is given each year during Homecoming to a male graduate of the preceding class who not only was an outstanding athlete but a scholar, a leader, and a person of high moral character.

This award is named for Frank Montrose who came to Glenville in the fall of 1939 from Richwood High School where he had established himself as a grid great under the guidance of former Pioneer, Coach “Babe” Jones.

Montrose established himself as one of the most promising backs in Pioneer history during his freshman year. Perhaps his greatest performance came in the game against Shepherd, when he passed and ran his team to a 34 to 0 victory.

Shortly before final examinations in the spring of his freshman year, Frank went blind. A month later, on June 21, 1940, the 21 year old Montrose died in a Baltimore hospital, a victim of nephritis.

Glenville State College and the Athletic Department would like to congratulate these two fine young individuals for all of their success on and off the field.

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GSC Professor Recently Published in Ecology Journal


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Dr. Ross Conover holding a Dickcissel (Spiza americana) | Photo credit S. Dinsmore

Dr. Ross Conover holding a Dickcissel (Spiza americana) | Photo credit S. Dinsmore

GLENVILLE, WV-Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ross Conover recently published a scientific manuscript in The American Midland Naturalist on ‘Effects of Set-aside Conservation Practices on Bird Community Structure within an Intensive Agricultural Landscape.’

The American Midland Naturalist publishes scientific research conducted throughout North America. This journal is among the most frequently cited sources in journals of botany, general ecology, mammalogy, zoology, behavior, vegetation, wildlife management, parasitology, ornithology, aquatic biology, and other disciplines.

Conover’s article summarizes three years of bird surveys which highlight the importance of establishing diverse vegetation patches. Through his research and studies he determined that the patches of vegetation should be located in areas within intensive agricultural landscapes to enhance farmland bird abundance and diversity.

“I found this research to be particularly enjoyable because our results were readily incorporated into wildlife management decisions at the federal level and will drive future protocols in how we establish wildlife habitats in agricultural landscapes,” said Conover.

His studies took place in northwestern Mississippi on cotton and soybean farms and highlighted the importance of these set-aside habitats for bird species including Northern Bobwhite, Dickcissel, Mourning Dove, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Meadowlark.

For more information about the research manuscript or the Glenville State College biology program contact Conover at or (304) 462-6313.

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Pioneers Suffer Road Loss at the Hands of WV Wesleyan


Rahmann Lee had an outstanding game on the ground as he rushed for a game high 152 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns in the Pioneers 38-35 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan

Buckhannon, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team scored the first seven points of the ball game to take a 7-0 lead over Mountain East Conference rival West Virginia Wesleyan, however the Pioneers  would fall short as the Bobcats would hold onto the victory, 38-35.

The Pioneers headed into halftime down four points as the Bobcats claimed a 24-20 lead.

In the third quarter, the Bobcats would add to their lead as they would take the opening possession 77 yards on 11 plays as backup quarterback Tyler Bolen hit Zach Schademan on a five yard touchdown pass making it, 31-20.

But Glenville State would answer right back on their next drive in only nine seconds as Rahmann Lee would score on a 59 yard touchdown run pulling the Pioneers within four, 31-27 as we headed into the fourth quarter.

West Virginia Wesleyan would score at the 5:37 minute mark of the fourth as Boylen hit Dylan Davis for a 31 yard touchdown pass as the Bobcats extended their lead back to 11 points, 38-27.

GSC again would answer back as Lee scored on a four yard run, his second of the day, making it 38-33. The Pioneers would go for the two point conversion and get it as they made it a three point game, 38-35 with under 3:30 to play.

The Pioneers would then attempt the onside kick but the Bobcats would recover and run out the clock and take the 38-35 victory.

The Pioneers racked up over 230 rushing yards on the ground while the defense only allowed the Bobcats 136 rushing yards.

Glenville State had 416 total yards of offense on 61 plays while West Virginia Wesleyan had 460 yards of offense on 80 plays. The Pioneers only had five penalties for 28 yards while the Bobcats had nine penalties for 70 yards.

Rahmann Lee had an outstanding game on the ground as he rushed for a game high 152 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns while Tevin Drake rushed for 86 yards.

Sean Steele went 10 for 21 for 181 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Steele’s favorite target was Tevin Drake as he caught three passes for a team high 94 yards. Darren Holbrook caught one pass for 17 and a touchdown, his first touchdown catch of his career.

James Johnson led the Pioneer defense as he had 12 total tackles while Devin Cain chipped in with nine tackles on the day.

The Bobcats were led by backup quarterback Tyler Bolan, after Jeremy Musselman left the game due to a shoulder injury.  Bolan went 18 for 25 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Schademan caught a game high 10 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Glenville State returns to action this Saturday, October 11th when they host the University of Charleston for  Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 1:30PM.

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GSC Announces 2014 Homecoming Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV –The Glenville State College Student Government Association and the Homecoming Committee have planned a number of activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends during the week of October 6th for GSC’s annual Homecoming celebration. This year’s theme is ‘The Rise of the Pioneer.’ Honored guests will include GSC’s former Pioneers, who will also serve collectively as Parade Marshal for the Saturday morning parade. Additionally, the Class of 1994 and Lambda Chi Alpha, Theta Xi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon members will be holding reunions.

Coronation of the Homecoming royalty will be held on Monday, October 6th at noon in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium followed by the always-popular Homecoming bingo game for students that evening.

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The Lady Pioneer Volleyball team will take on West Liberty at 7:00 p.m. in the new Waco Center on Tuesday, October 7th and a comedian, scheduled by the Student Activities office, will have students laughing later on at 9:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 8th the GSC Fitness Center will sponsor a ‘Glow Stick Homecoming 5K Run/Walk’ around campus beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following that, students will enjoy Black Light Roller Skating in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

Thursday, October 9th includes the perennial campus favorite with the Sandy Sowell Game Show and Homecoming Picnic from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Luanna T. Smith Amphitheater. Students will wrap up Thursday evening with the annual Homecoming Dance.

GSC graduate Joseph Pettit (’76) returns to the Robert F. Kidd Library for a showing of his artwork again this year. Stop by throughout the day on Friday, October 10th to see his paintings. Also on Friday the Men’s Pioneer Basketball team will sponsor the Homecoming Golf Tribute Tournament at the Glenville Golf Club. Registration begins at the golf course at 12:00 p.m. For more information about the golf tournament contact Head Coach Stephen Dye at (304) 462-6228.

Friday evening the Pioneer Athletic Club will hold its annual Pioneer Steak Grill “Grillin & Chillin” fundraiser beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. Starting at 7:00 p.m. back on campus in the Amphitheater will be the Chili Cook Off progressing into the Pep Rally and Spirit Competition which start at 8:00 p.m.

The week culminates on Saturday, October 11th with the Homecoming Parade in downtown Glenville starting at 10:00 a.m. All GSC alumni are then invited to enjoy a tailgate picnic in the Morris Stadium parking area beginning at 11:00 a.m. Alumni are also encouraged to sit in the special alumni seating area during the game.

Returning Lambda Chi’s, Theta Xi’s, and TKE’s will have special tailgate tents in close proximity to the larger alumni tent in which to visit and reminisce on Saturday.  Additionally there will be an opportunity that day for alumni and friends to see the college’s newest building, the Waco Center, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and for a short time after the game.

Pregame activities including recognition of the Homecoming Court, Montrose and Williams Award Presentations, and the ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band Pregame Show that will take place at 1:00 p.m. Game kickoff between the GSC Pioneers and the University of Charleston Golden Eagles happens at 1:30 p.m. Returning Pioneers will be honored during halftime of the game, followed by the Marching Band’s halftime show.

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will close out Homecoming Week with their annual concert featuring Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press. Follow the sounds of fiddle and banjo to the Fine Arts Center Auditorium to hear the concert which begins at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information call (304) 462-6340.

For more information about Homecoming activities contact the GSC Alumni Office at (304) 462-4122.

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Cast of GSC Play Waltzes Through the Insanity of “Rumors”

“Rumors,” a comedy written by Neil Simon, could qualify as a glimpse into
almost anyone’s idea of a brief visit to Purgatory. Or, the evening’s
cascading consequence of events may be a slice of life amongst friends
who share surprises well off the map of their plans.

Rumors' Clair and Chris

Clair (Mary Lewis), left, and Chris (Lindsey Acree) are good friends, but soon grow tired of the conflicts and disagreements opting to share a few drinks instead.

The plan was to attend a 10th anniversary celebration in an upscale
neighborhood.  Those intentions headed​ south as a pistol shot opens the first act of the play.
What follows is a comedic romp through friendships, troubled relationships,
accusations, a car accident, a shooting and an unexpected visit by the police.

Director, Dennis Wemm, said the play was a process of discovery for

Rumors' Lenny and Ken

Lenny (Andrew Mattox), left, and Ken (Eric W. Jones) debate over the best way to deal with their unexpected surprise.

One persistent underlying question in the script, Wemm said, is “When
is it OK to tell a white lie to get you past the next crisis in your life — and
when shouldn’t you do that.”

Rumors' Glenn and Cassie

Glenn (Tyler Hammack), left, and his wife, Cassie (Katie Miller) have an ongoing argument which escalates throughout the evening.

“Rumors” opened at GSC’s administration building auditorium Monday
evening. Two additional performances will be held Friday and Saturday night.
Curtain time is 7 p.m.  Due to mature content and language it is recommended
no one under 16 attend the production.

Admission is $5; no charge for students.

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