The Story Behind the ‘iWheel’

36 cardboard iMac boxes, packing tape and ingenuity created a viral photo viewed millions of times
A subsequent YouTube video was viewed more than 215,000 times and featured on

Photo by Jeremy Lloyd, George Fox University
Photo by Jeremy Lloyd, George Fox University

Video by Megan Clark, George Fox University

Updated Aug. 12, 2015

For more than a year, George Fox University systems administrator Mike Campadore had an idea and 34 iMac boxes stored in the back of an engineering classroom. When the dean of the engineering school asked why he didn’t recycle them and clear up the space, he merely said he was saving them for a project.

When more computers arrived in July for a new computer lab, Campadore finally had the boxes he needed to make his “iWheel.” He had estimated it would take 38 boxes to create the perfect wheel, but when he taped together the two sides, he discovered the number was 36.

On his first attempt, he left the Styrofoam inside the boxes, but it made the wheel too heavy. Even without the extra weight, he estimates the finished product weighs 130 pounds and is nearly nine feet tall.

Finally, on Friday, July 31, Campadore asked IT coworker Rich Bass to help him complete the wheel. The two then rolled it out onto the campus quad and made a call to the university marketing department, which sent a photographer. The initial Facebook post was successful, but when a former student shared the image on Reddit the iWheel quickly rose to the top of the popular website’s homepage and went viral. Within a matter of hours the photo had been viewed 3.4 million times on Imgur, was trending on Tumblr, was posted on Twitter by Chris Espinosa (well-known as Apple’s longest tenured employee) and retweeted more than 8,000 times …

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My Be Known Story

By Amy Massingale (Class of 2017) Amy

Here at George Fox we live by the motto, “Be Known.” It isn’t just something that we say to lure students into our school, it is something that is lived out every single day by our staff and students. I have never been a part of a community that is so driven to get to know who I am, not only as a student, but also as a person.

I have many Be Known stories from my short time here at Fox, but the one that stands out to me the most came from the first semester of my sophomore year. I walked into my Christian Foundations class and was greeted by Dr. Anderson Campbell. He told us to fill out an index card with our name and a prayer request; he said that this was the way that he was going to be taking attendance for the rest of the year. At first I didn’t think anything of it – I thought it was just a clever way to take attendance without having to take time out of class.

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Reaching out from across the globe

GoFundMe-2George Fox sophomore Vlada Wilson is working to raise funds for a family she has never met

By Vlada Wilson

On Dec. 13 I got a Skype call from my family in Ukraine, thinking that it would be the usual, ordinary phone call. But it turned out to be the opposite. I was told of the story of Arceny Bakun, who is a 22-month-old boy with severe lymphoblastic leukemia. Most children at his age are at home with their mom and dad, playing outside with the neighborhood kids or playing with their toys inside the house. Unfortunately, Arceny hasn’t been able to do either of those things because the Kyiv Regional Oncology Center has been his home for more than half of his life.

Arceny’s story has been on numerous new stations in Ukraine, and has gained great attention on Ukraine’s version of Facebook. Fortunately, a bone marrow donor has been found, but the real trouble for the family has been collecting 130,000 euros for the operation. Currently, Arceny is on his fifth dose of chemotherapy while his mom and dad are waiting for the funds to come in. So far they have collected almost 96,000 euros in donations, but they still have more than 34,000 euros left to collect.

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‘You have no idea!’

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 1.35.10 PMBy Heather Kurtz (Class of 2015)

This past month I had the awesome opportunity to represent George Fox University at two college fairs for high school students and their parents. With a great table layout and a head full of relevant facts, I was ready to use my education in marketing for our school’s benefit. After answering a plethora of questions and sharing my own “Be Known” story with others, I realized something so exciting: these high school students have no idea how George Fox University will impact them.

Putting myself in their shoes, four years ago when I was a high school senior, I remember being overwhelmed with making the most important choice of where my new home would be for the next few years. (more…)

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My Experience: Aaron Belz Comes to Campus

Devon HalvorsonBy Devon Halvorson

This week while skimming through the Daily Bruin announcements I saw that Aaron Belz would be coming to George Fox to read from his newly published book, Glitter Bomb, and give a lecture on laughter. Aaron Belz is a social commentator and poet. I have read some of his poetry before and was excited to check out the event.

Listening to his poems and lecture turned out to be even better than I had expected. From the poems of his I have read, he seemed to be very witty and clever, but listening to him read his book in person made each poem 10 times better. Aaron was so funny and real with the audience. Many of his poems are straightforward and simple, but he was really able to capture the audience and had us all smiling and laughing.

One thing I love about Fox is that there is ALWAYS some kind of event going on. Almost every weekend there are activities that Fox’s student government (ASC) plans, and even on the weekdays there are a handful of speakers or performances to attend.

Being at college is a unique time that offers a lot of opportunity you may not otherwise have. We are given the chance to experience speakers like Aaron Belz, whose poetry had been published in journals all over the U.S. – definitely not something you get to do every day. I think it is really fun to take advantage of these chances while they are at our fingertips.

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My Experience: Bruin Basketball

15978387102_a8817ccaf1_hBy Sammy Naluai (Class of 2016)

“I believe that we can play. I believe that we can score. I believe that we can win.” As we chant in the women’s locker room the excitement builds each time we say these words in unison. We squeeze each other’s hands tight in our pregame prayer and set our minds on our collective purpose that is greater than ourselves: to sell out for each other, this community, and for Christ. The jitters build until we slap the doorframe and rush into the gym as a unit. Pre-game routines are followed to a T, as to prevent any jinx, and then the buzzer sounds to end warm-ups. Our rituals, secret handshakes and specific order to stand in line during the National Anthem are all necessary components to preparing ourselves for the battle ahead.

George Fox women’s basketball opened up our season by hosting the Tip-Off Classic followed by a quick trip to the Midwest to take on some of the D-III powerhouses in Milwaukee. There were high hopes as well as high pressure for these two weekends that would play a large role in postseason regional and national rankings. (more…)

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The Return of Bruin Football

By Sammy Naluai (Class of 2016)

The wait is over – they’re back! The hype of football season has been building slowly for well over a year and the games have finally begun. Two games into their season and George Fox is still bustling with talk and support for our new football program. Football might be the most prevalent topic of conversation on campus right now. Not only is it exciting for us to welcome hundreds of football athletes to join the George Fox community, but they are bringing so much to the campus as well.

The largest impact they have had is in building community engagement. It was awesome going to the football games and seeing members of Friendsview Retirement Community walking across the street to come be a part of the unveiling. Recruits from different states drove out to experience the first game and see if they would want to be a part of the program. Partnering restaurants brought food carts to set up a tailgating area and thousands of fans poured into the stadium to fill our bleachers with cheers of encouragement. (more…)

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Information on Griffin Huber celebration of life service

Photo by Chelsea Smith
Photo by Chelsea Smith
Pastor Mark Pratt-Russum of West Hills Friends Church asked that we share the following information with the George Fox community. Please contact Associate Pastor of Christian Leadership Jamie Johnson ( with any questions.


Dear Friends,

We would love you to join us to celebrate the life of Griffin Huber. We will gather at Southwest Bible Church (14605 SW Weir Road, Beaverton, OR 97007) Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11:00 a.m. There will be some food available following the service.

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Res-Life Retreat Recap

Find out what it’s like to be part of the Residence Life team at George Fox

By Jared Larson (’15)

Earlier this month the Houses and Apartments East Residence Life Staff went on a retreat to Oceanside, Ore. All 12 crazy RAs, our AAC, our goofy area coordinator, her husband and two kids went on the retreat. I had never been to Oceanside before. I was told it was 10 miles outside of Tillamook and there was no cell phone service. I knew this trip was going to be a good one – I could feel it! (more…)

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Serve Day Photos & Video

Nearly 1700 students and staff provided about 10,000 hours of volunteer service Sept. 7 at the university’s annual Serve Day. This year’s theme, “Be Known by Love,” was based on John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Here are a few photos of that love in action.

Team leader Clint Baldwin and the women of Coffin 3 West spent their Serve Day at Medical Teams International. While there, they had the opportunity to explore the Real Life Exhibit. Sophomore Meghan Timmons talks about the powerful impact of her experience.

Serve Day 2011: Medical Teams International from George Fox University on Vimeo.

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