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An FGCU student is reported missing, according to a UPD report.

Christopher Jarell Woodard, 23, was last seen on Friday, August 25 at about 7 p.m. and has not been seen or heard from since, according to an email sent out to students Sunday afternoon by UPD Chief of Police, Steven Moore. Police say Woodard has a Capricorn tattoo on his right shoulder and was last seen driving a silver 2001 Honda Accord with the Florida tag #N554RW. If anyone sees or hears from Woodard, they are encouraged to contact Detective J. Anderson at [email protected] or call (239)...

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FGCU student reports sexual assault after entering wrong vehicle

An FGCU student was sexually assaulted Friday at approximately 11:30 p.m. near the FGCU Welcome Center after getting into the wrong vehicle, according to university police reports. According to an email sent out to students by UPD Chief of Police Steven Moore, the student was with some friends at an off-campus location along US 41 when she decided to go back to campus. Using a rideshare service, the student entered a vehicle and was on her way to campus when her assigned driver called, asking where she was. The suspect drove her to campus, turning into the Welcome Center...

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Welcome Back: Rare eclipse greets students at FGCU

The first day of this school year saw masses of students gathered between Whitaker Hall and Merwin Hall around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon to grab a pair of special glasses and watch the rare solar eclipse in a very unique first day of the Fall semester. “It’s just super exciting. I’ve been dying to see it,” Environmental Science major Madison Stevens said. “I literally went to six stores yesterday to find these glasses.” According to NASA, the last total solar eclipse observed in the contiguous United States was in 1979 – almost 38 years ago. Jaclyn Chastain, executive secretary...

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‘No threat to the campus community’ as FGCU investigates sexual assault report

University Police are investigating a reported sexual assault that took place on Friday, July 7 at approximately 12:44 p.m. According to authorities, police responded to a call from a resident assistant on behalf of a student who wished to speak with an officer. Chief of Police Steven Moore declined to comment on the investigation through university spokeswoman Susan Evens, due to the open nature of the case. According to Evans, Chief Moore believes there is no threat to the campus community. The University General Counsel is not authorizing a release of the UPD report, citing an active investigation, which...

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FGCU student identified as victim in deadly Three Oaks Shooting

A dispute between two parties resulted in the homicide of a 23-year-old FGCU student Tuesday evening, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday, July 11, deputies responded to a call reporting gunshots around 8:24 p.m. near Pine Run Lane, just west of Three Oaks Parkway, the LCSO said. The victim, identified as Jonathan Delices, was a legal studies student at FGCU and had been attending the university since the fall of 2014, The News-Press reported. According to The News-Press, residents from the area awoke to demolished mailboxes and cars and trails of tire tracks across front yards...

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FAU allegedly attacks student’s free press rights, attorney says

Florida Atlantic University is under scrutiny after a student alleged that student government denied him an editor-in-chief position over his intentions to cover the Student Senate. In an email sent to about 25 universities throughout the state of Florida on July 10, media law attorney Justin Hemlepp described what was allegedly “an attack on the First Amendment” after FAU senior Joseph Pye was elected to be editor-in-chief for the school newspaper, the University Press, and Student Government blocked the decision. “The Senate’s decision appears to be based solely on the content my client intended to publish,” Hemlepp said. “Namely...

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Governor Scott signs medical marijuana into law

Governor Rick Scott officially signed the medical marijuana bill into law Friday. The bill is an amendment 71 percent of Florida voters approved in November of last year. The bill, also referred to as amendment two, served to surpass Florida’s preexisting medical marijuana law designated for those who are deemed terminally ill and includes a broader range of debilitating medical conditions. Among those conditions are epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. In accordance with the new law, eligible patients with a doctor’s approval will have access to vaporizer pens, oils, cannabis-based pills...

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The Reef housing complex to expand come fall 2017

The Reef, Estero’s newest local housing complex, boasts 14 12-unit apartments and will expand this summer by adding new units. Move-in day for the new units is set for August 24 and will include four bedroom, two bedroom and five bedroom units. The Reef is offering early leasing opportunities through social media efforts like Facebook advertisements. “I am looking forward to seeing how it ties into the rest of the complex,” said Resort and Hospitality Management major Carley Ruff. “It will be fun to see what they make out of the space and how it can benefit the rest...

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Student Government holds annual Earth Day festival

Self-portraits infused with fire, water, earth and wind — the four earthly elements — lined the Environmental Arts table and other student organizations, like the Colloquium Student Naturalists. The tables offered information on the importance of campus wildlife during Student Government’s annual Earth Day Festival on Tuesday, April 11. Jade Chalkley, Director of Sustainability for Student Government, worked alongside other student organizations to create a weeklong event with educational activities focusing on sustainability. “Eagle Earth Day is one of the longest standing events here at FGCU,” Chalkley said. “We’ve had the sustainability component in our (FGCU) mission statement for...

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Muslim refugee shares experience on campus

The clock read 2 p.m. when 8-year-old Una Bilic left the basement to meet her mother as she routinely did after school. She walked until people began dropping to the floor screaming, “Snipers! The snipers are here! Run!” Bilic knew her mother was waiting for her on the main street. It was 2 p.m. She always waited. Bilic’s friends pleaded in tears for her to return to the school basement, but she took off in search of her waiting mother. Bodies crashed to the floor as she ran and the sound of sniper bullets thrashed through flesh and airwaves...

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