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FGCU President Mike Martin responds to DACA decision

President Mike Martin expressed his concern with the overturning of DACA in an email sent out to FGCU students on Wednesday, Sept. 6. President Martin’s response comes shortly after President Donald Trump’s decision to overturn DACA, an immigration policy set forth by President Barack Obama. “At FGCU, we join colleagues from across the country in expressing our disappointment in the decision to ‘phase out’ the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” Martin said. “We urge Congress to act with dispatch to make DACA fully legal and fully implementable. We believe those affected by DACA, some of our students among...

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Lee County issues mandatory evacuations in preparation for Hurricane Irma’s arrival

Hurricane Irma’s impending threat has called for a mandatory evacuation order that will take effect Friday for barrier islands in Lee County. The order requires those residing in Bonita Beach, Pine Island, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva to evacuate. Residents in mobile homes are also encouraged to evacuate. Tolls have been waved for all bridges in Lee County to facilitate the evacuation process. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Irma is about 760 miles east-southeast of Miami, maintaining its Category 5 status with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour. In a 5 p.m. update from the...

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Floridians brace themselves as Hurricane Irma inches toward south Florida

As Hurricane Irma pummels north of Puerto Rico, Floridians brace themselves for the possible landfall of Irma – one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Irma is moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour with sustained winds of 185 mph, maintaining its Category 5 status. Haiti, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Northern Leeward Islands and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic are under a hurricane warning according to the NOAA, while parts of Cuba and the northern Bahamas are under a...

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Hurricane Irma ‘hits the gas’

While Hurricane Irma hasn’t officially landed in Florida just yet, her unpredictability generates concern and the fuel scarcity reflects it. As Hurricane Irma inches toward Florida, residents prepare for the worst by stocking up on supplies and heeding evacuation orders. With evacuation orders in effect in Monroe County and Miami-Dade Counties, mass evacuations are expected to lead to gridlock for miles. According to the Tampa Bay Times, drivers took an estimated one hour to get from Interstate 275 in Tampa to Interstate 4. The mass exodus has triggered fuel shortages across the state, and heavy traffic has called for...

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FGCU cancels classes in preparation for Hurricane Irma

Classes, events and operations are canceled at FGCU for Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8, in preparation for Hurricane Irma. In an email sent out to students on Wednesday, Sept. 6, FGCU Vice President Susan Evans said the decision was made during an FGCU Emergency Advisory Council meeting called by President Mike Martin and FGCU Police Chief Steven Moore. “We recognize that some students, faculty and staff who evacuated will be in other parts of the state and country,” Evans said in the email. “And as always (we) encourage you to make decisions based on personal safety that...

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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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