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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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Bower School of Music professor investigated for misconduct

FGCU professor at the Bower School of Music and The Arts, Rod M. Chesnutt, resigned from his position as associate professor of music and head of instrumental studies last week amid a nearly two-month misconduct investigation, according to The News-Press. Chesnutt had been working at FGCU since 2006 and was responsible for sending the Wind Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall. According to FGCU’s official website, Chesnutt holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University, a master’s degree in trombone performance from Arkansas State University, and a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University. Chesnutt has also presented...

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FGCU Senate replaces Bradley Berry for Director of Governmental Relations position

The FGCU Student Government Senate appointed Skylar Silva, former senator for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, as the new Director of Governmental Relations in a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Silva replaces Bradley Berry, in a meeting with the Senate voting in favor 18 to 6. The position Director of Governmental Relations is responsible for lobbying on behalf of students at a federal and state levels. The Director of Governmental Relations is also accountable for reviewing university regulations and makes recommendations for student representations on university committees. Berry has served on student government under former leadership positions. In...

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White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida

Under the pressure of legal recourse, the University of Florida has officially announced that self-proclaimed white nationalist, Richard Spencer, will speak at the university on Oct. 19. According to The Independent Florida Alligator, UF emailed students that Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute and founder of the alt-right online blog, will pay about $10,564 to make an appearance at 2:30 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, on UF’s campus. Spencer was originally scheduled to speak at the university on Sept. 12, when UF rejected his application, citing the potential for violence following the...

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FGCU to hold commencment in Alico Arena

Three weeks have passed since Hurricane Irma pummeled southwest Florida, but questions and rumors surrounding FGCU’s Fall Commencement Ceremony still lingered. Now, a change to commencement has emerged yet again, and students may like what they see. In an email sent out to students on Friday, Sept. 29, FGCU President Michael Martin announced that Fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Alico Arena at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The 9 a.m. commencement ceremony will be held for the graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Whitaker College of Engineering. The 1 p.m....

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President Martin calls for Toll’s resignation as Provost

Ron Toll, FGCU’s highest ranked academic officer since 2008, has been terminated from his position of provost and vice president of academic affairs. In a letter given to Toll on Monday, President Martin said, “Based on my review and observations, it is quite evident to me that as the institution continues its journey, a change in leadership has to be made.” President Martin’s office sent out an email to students on Monday, Oct. 2, announcing that Dr. Ron Toll, “after nine years of dedicated service, Dr. Ron Toll will return to the faculty following a well-earned sabbatical leave.” According...

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Irma’s bands activate tornado watches in South Florida

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for South Florida, effective immediately until midnight. Broward, Glades, Miami-Dade, Charlotte, Hendry, Monroe, Collier, Lee and Palm Beach counties fall under the watch. As Hurricane Irma inches toward the Florida Keys, South Florida will begin to feel the effects of the storm through rain bands. According to the NWS, Irma is moving west at 9 mph, sustaining maximum winds of 125 mph, decreasing its strength to a Category 3 storm. Nevertheless, Irma still has the potential to regain strength as it pummels through the Keys, and could return as category...

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FGCU cancels classes through Wednesday as Florida prepares for Irma’s arrival

FGCU will remain closed to faculty and students until at least Wednesday, Sept. 13, university spokeswoman Susan Evans said in an email Saturday morning. The university plans to open on Thursday, however, that decision is subject to change. The State turned Alico Arena into a public shelter around 10 a.m. Residential students will be taken to Eagle Hall in Sovi for shelter. Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered all public schools, state colleges and state universities to close Friday through Monday. Scott said in a statement Thursday: “Today, I am directing the closure of all public schools, state colleges, state...

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Fact or fiction? 7 things you should know about Hurricane Irma

Remember the story about aliens landing during Hurricane Matthew, causing the planets to realign and puppies to explode? We don’t either, because it didn’t happen. But these are the kinds of hoaxes that tend to go viral during natural disasters. With Irma threatening landfall over Florida this weekend, the amount of information strewn across the internet is enough to make any brain melt. While some stories track Irma’s path and monitor storm damages, other stories might claim a shark is swimming on the highway. Here’s a compilation of myths – and facts – about Irma that have been circulating...

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