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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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Former SG senator is sole independent candidate

Three names will appear on the ballot for Student Government treasurer for the 2017-18 school year. Two of them will claim either the FGCU Eagle Pride Party or the FGCU Fusion Party, and one will remain independent. Business management major Will Buno will run against candidates Jason Finan from the Eagle Pride Party and Jamar Powell from the Fusion Party for SG treasurer. “I wanted to run for myself with my own platform to switch it up,” Buno said. “It’s almost as if they [student government] are passing the torch. President Thieldens Elneus’s Vice President, Emmalyn Green, is running...

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SG vice presidential candidates discuss platforms

Political science and communication major Antonia Jacobse is running against secondary education major Maddie Quinn for the role of student body vice president for the 2017-18 school year. Quinn, who is running under the Eagle Pride Party, introduced her candidacy under the platform PRIDE, which stands for Progression, Representation, Information, Diversity and Empowerment. “I believe that the creative and innovative ideas that are outlined in our platform will ensure we’re utilizing the resources that we have to their maximum capacity,” Quinn said.  “We want to benefit the student body without making unrealistic promises or setting vague goals.” Jacobse is...

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Photo stations appear on campus in honor of 20th anniversary

Walking toward Lutgert Hall, students and faculty may notice one of several mysterious photo stations strewn across the university with a plaque that reads “FGCU at 20”. The photo stations appeared around the same time as FGCU’s first homecoming week and promote FGCU’s 20th anniversary celebration. James Greco, Graphic Artist and Marketing Coordinator at FGCU, is responsible for creating the photo stations strewn across campus. The eleven photo stations were conceived when Greco noticed locations he naturally gravitated to when photographing for FGCU’s official Instagram page. Lighting and composition were contributing factors to choosing the locations, as well as...

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FGCU students gather to protest Trump’s immigration policies

Chanting echoed throughout FGCU’s main campus when nearly 50 students marched in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies early Friday morning. “No ban, no wall, immigrants we welcome all” echoed, as students, faculty and community members marched in solidarity from Lutgert Hall to the Cohen Center where they held a one-hour sit-in in the cafeteria. Cheering mixed with sneers greeted the protestors. While some students clapped, others shouted “Go Trump!” and a few gave a Nazi-like salute. Farshad Aminian-Tankei, the associate professor of media studies for philosophy and communications, joined the protest to express his concerns on Trump’s...

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