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Alexandra Figares

How two flyers became the talk of the school

Two flyers posted on the main entrance to the Cohen Center food court early Monday morning have caused some students to pause and question the motive behind their appearance. The flyers read “it’s okay to be white” typed in large font. Pictures of the flyers have been circulating around social media and have garnered strong reactions. FGCU has had similar politically motivated incidents in the past. Earlier in 2016, students found a fl yer promoting white supremacy posted to a pole outside the FGCU library. The flyer contained racially based language, like “white guilt” and “free yourself from cultural...

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FSU Bans Greek life indefinitely

Greek life is barred indefinitely at Florida State University effective immediately, following the death of a student after a fraternity house party. The ban prohibits fraternities and sororities from holding new member events, retreats, chapter organized tailgates, intramurals and hosting chapter meetings. Failure to meet with the regulations can result in immediate disciplinary action. The new regulations come shortly after the death of FSU Pi Kappa Phi pledge, Andrew Coffey, on Friday. Coffey was found unresponsive at a party. In an unrelated case, Phi Delta Phi member Garrett John Marcy was arrested Monday and charged with selling and trafficking...

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The truth behind daylight savings

It’s that time of year again where we turn our clocks back one hour for daylight savings time. On Sunday, Nov. 5, clocks will be turned back an hour at 2 a.m. and sunrise and sunset will be about an hour earlier than before. So, why do we do it? Most might attribute daylight savings time to a myth about farmers needing more time to work, but according to Time magazine, we can blame World War I for the 5 p.m. darkness. According to Time, the tradition began on May 1, 1916 in Germany, with the expectation of saving...

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Six positions terminated in Provost’s office

FGCU has endured plenty of changes this year, and President Michael Martin warned in early October there were more to come. The newest changes as of Monday, Oct. 30 reveals the dismissal of six positions in the Academic Budget and Management Services in the provost office, according to The News-Press. The dismissed employees will have the opportunity to apply for other positions at the university. According to The News- Press, Martin said the provost office and Finance and Administrative Services often carry out similar functions and sometimes contradict one another. The newest changes come shortly after an email sent...

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White Racism

Flyers advertising a new course to be introduced next semester has caused conversation controversy to emerge among students. The course in question, titled “White Racism” (SYA 3930) will be offered as a special topics course to all students beginning next spring. Dr. Ted Thornhill, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will be teaching the course in what is described as the interrogation of the concept of race ideologies and policies that “have operated for hundreds of years to maintain white racial domination over those racialized as non-white.” The course and title has caused controversy among students around campus, with some arguing...

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Dear World

Black ink appeared on many students’ bodies on Monday Oct. 23, launching FGCU’s inaugural Dear World event. Dear World is a global project focused on sharing personal stories and bringing communities together. Dean of Students Michele Yovanovich and FGCU’s Programming Board brought Dear World to campus as an initiative to bring students together through individual stories. “Recently in the world ,there has been a lot of issues with diversity – your age, gender, race, sex – and what this can do is this can bring it all together,” Nick said. “It can really bring our campus together by taking...

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The Humble Club

A profile picture with the words “disconnected” painted in red repetitively straddle what seems to be a young adult with its head replaced with a TV. The TV shows different bars of color, referencing to a disconnection. In the upper-middle part of the page, a flower on top of some threaded design makes up the Facebook banner of The Humble Club. With about 137 likes on the official Facebook page and a unique profile picture, the page itself describes the essence of The Humble Club: unique. The Humble Club is an up-and-coming streetwear brand with products like hats, socks,...

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Eagle Radio Celebrates first “birthday”

A white cake with green and blue sprinkles marked the off cial celebration of Eagle Radio’s first birthday. Eagle Radio is affiliated with Eagle News under the Eagle Media umbrella, and was originally founded by Daniel Stallings and Marla Phidd. Eagle Radio did not actually begin until last year, around October. Since its inception, Eagle Radio has developed four shows, like Outta Bounds and Unfiltered, with two more shows on in the works. “I’m really excited,” Journalism major and Mark Pierre said. “I know this is something that they (Eagle Radio) we’re trying to bring to campus for a really long time and even took a while to get going, so once it got going I got on board immediately.” Pierre says he has made it a...

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Judge halts newest Trump travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.” It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president to be thwarted, in whole or in part, by the courts. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the ruling after the ban on a set of mostly Muslim countries was challenged by the state of Hawaii, which warned that the restrictions would separate families and undermine the recruiting of diverse college students. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the ruling “dangerously flawed” and said it “undercuts the president’s efforts to keep the American people safe.” The Justice...

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Florida’s head of state prepares for Richard Spencer’s appearance at UF

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in preparation for self-proclaimed white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida on Oct. 19. “I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent and hereby declare a state of emergency in Alachua County,” Scott said in an executive order. The executive order will allow local law enforcement agencies to partner with other state law enforcement agencies if necessary. Additionally, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be the lead agency for crisis management. In a statement, Scott said the state of emergency was requested...

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