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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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Meet the 2017 Hall of Fame

The second-story of the Cohen Center holds the FGCU Hall of Fame – the highest recognition given to student leaders. A collection of 10 picture frames organized by year line the walls and will grow by one, as 10 students have been selected into the Hall of Fame for the 2016-17 school year. Jordan Blankenship, Emmalyn Green, Caroline Haney, Andrea Jarquin, Nyasia Jenkins, Nora Johnson, Sara Lohbauer, Paul Olivera, Logan Schulz and Sarah Stauring are the newest members of the 2017 FGCU Hall of Fame. “The recipients this year, and every year, are outstanding student leaders who have excelled...

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Muslim Student Association to hold henna event

English major and president of the Muslim Student Association Farwa Khan along with biology major and vice president of the MSA Sharin Shafi will bring a taste of diverse culture to the MSA’s second annual henna fundraiser event. Students and faculty can decorate their hands at the event by choosing from a variety of henna designs. Prices for henna tattoos range from $2 for simple designs and can increase depending on the complexity of the design. The fundraiser will take place at the Veterans Pavilion on March 28 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. “We noticed there’s not a lot...

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Student Government Senate passes memorial resolutions

The FGCU Student Government Senate unanimously passed, in a meeting Tuesday night, nine memorial resolutions commemorating students who have lost their lives. Before the resolutions passed, Sen. Paul Olivera made a sentimental statement to his fellow senators. “I would appreciate if you all could support these resolutions,” Olivera said. “I know it would mean a lot for my family and I.” The resolutions honor the lives of Paulina Derengowski, Ryan Wendler, Alejandro “Alex” Diaz, Sebastian George Ramos, Nadia Anderson, Ian Davis, Rebeca Olivera, Michael Bizub, Kaaren Toutant by displaying papers across campus describing individuals by name, date of birth...

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Senate introduces memorial resolutions to commemorate students who passed

FGCU’s Student Government senate meeting took on a somber tone on Tuesday, March 14 as senators introduced nine Memorial Resolutions to honor students who have passed this school year. The memorial resolutions pay respects to Paulina Derengowski, Ryan Wendler, Alejandro “Alex” Diaz, Sebastian George Ramos, Nadia Anderson, Ian Davis, Rebeca Olivera, Michael Bizub and Kaaren Toutant. Senate President Jason Finan said the memorial resolutions commemorate the students by displaying papers across campus describing individuals by name, date of birth and date of passing. According to Finan, the resolution honors those students who have passed within the last year. “For...

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UPD will now enforce traffic laws for bicyclists and pedestrians after receiving grant

Beginning March 11 through May 15, the FGCU Police Department will enforce traffic laws on vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists following a grant for High Visibility Enforcement for pedestrian and bicycle safety. Officers will conduct education and enforcement efforts for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists on university grounds and on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, issuing warnings, citations and education brochures. UPD officer Sean Myles Kittleson applied for the grant provided through the University of South Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation as a response to Lee County’s number one rank in most dangerous roads in the state. “This...

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