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Construction begins on University Village after three-year wait

FGCU students may soon have a new place to call home. University Village, FGCU’s newest off-campus housing complex, will offer shops, stores and housing to fit the growing needs of the FGCU community. University Village, which broke ground on Wednesday, March 1, is the brainchild of Miromar Development Corporation, a company that has overseen the construction of Miromar Outlets and Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club. The design firm has collaborated closely with FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw to create an environment well suited to diverse student needs. The complex was first planned in 2013 by Miromar CEO Margret Antoiner....

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VP of Student Affairs J. Michael Rollo amends alcohol policy

On Friday, March 10, the Office of General Counsel amended a prior university regulation regarding the possession, service and consumption of alcohol. In the summary note, J. Michael Rollo, the vice president of Student Affairs, wrote, “This regulation is amended to reflect revised terms and the current application and approval process for the possession, service and consumption of alcohol on campus.” The revision of the regulation focuses primarily on compressing the information included in the prior regulation. While the original document spanned six pages, this revision has reduced the length to two pages and has eliminated some extraneous subsections....

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Student conduct regulation ammended by General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel released a new regulation detailing how FGCU administrative bodies will handle student conduct violations on Friday, March 10. The Student Conduct Review Process outlined in the regulation articulates the punishments students may face if they are found to be in violation of FGCU policies and establishes a strict procedure that must be followed by both the student and the advisor involved in the adjudication. The Student Conduct Review Process has been in place since the university’s inception. In this new proposed regulation, the Student Conduct Review Process has been changed to reflect the updated...

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Senior Tyler Gibson featured on Business Innovators Radio Network

Tyler Gibson, a senior FGCU communications major, was recently featured on the Business Innovators Radio Network, a news source that strives to shed light on the work of rising business entrepreneurs. Gibson was asked to come on the show after he published North Port Athletic Rewind, a magazine Gibson pioneered in 2010 shortly after his high school graduation. After taking a six-year hiatus to further his knowledge in public relations and communications, Gibson has successfully relaunched the magazine he spearheaded seven years ago. Gibson’s vision for the magazine has changed after his extensive studies at FGCU. The magazine Gibson...

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Pioneering faculty reflect on FGCU’s changes

FGCU first opened its doors on Aug. 25, 1997, led by a group of pioneering faculty who laid the foundation for what FGCU would become. These first professors and staff members came from all different places but were united in an effort to build the university from the ground up. Twenty years later, some of those professors are continuing to have an impact on FGCU today and can attest to how much the university has grown in its two decades of existence. “FGCU was 750 acres of mostly wild land — for example, a family of wild pigs hung...

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Moonlight on the Marsh lecture series to focus on water

FGCU will host its fifth annual Moonlight on the Marsh lecture series beginning Thursday, Jan. 19. The series began in 1995 in Ohio, but was brought to southwest Florida in 2012 by William Mitsch, FGCU professor and director of the lecture series. Mitsch wrote in an email that one of the prevailing reasons for bringing the conference to Florida was “to expose the ideas of the best environmental scientists in the world to our FGCU undergraduate and graduate students.” This year, the lineup of acclaimed scientists ensures that all those wishing to attend the lectures will be listening to...

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Brice Ehmig makes NowThis News top 20 people who rocked 2016

Political science major Brice Ehmig turned heads on Aug. 19, 2016, when she started playing her bagpipes to peacefully protest against comments made by “The Preacher,” a man who has made hateful comments toward Ehmig and other students. Ehmig’s girlfriend, Gabby Cicolani recorded Ehmig’s protest in a two minute thirty-six second video. This video has spread far beyond the FGCU community, garnering over 300,000 views on Facebook and over 25,000 views on YouTube as individuals voice their solidarity with Ehmig’s demonstration. Most recently, on Dec. 26, NowThis News has listed Ehmig as second in the “top 20 people who...

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With decorated caps, FGCU students are ready for graduation

On Monday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Student Alumni Association hosted a Cap Decorating Party for students graduating from FGCU this December. Glitter glue, pipe cleaners and confetti were spread in wide arcs across Cohen Center Ballroom tables for students to use as they personalized their graduation caps. Students chose decorations they felt best represented their time at FGCU. Jessica Goodstein, an environmental major, wrote the words “Graduating Naturally” across her cap. After dedicating so much of her time and studies to the natural world, she said she believes these words reflect the passion she feels...

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University makes amendments to alcohol regulations

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Florida Board of Governors, in cooperation with Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Rollo, made significant amendments to a prior regulation addressing possession, service and consumption of alcohol on FGCU premises. The Florida Board of Governors is a statewide regulatory mechanism that oversees university guidelines and makes recommendations as how to most effectively communicate and establish university policies. In this case, the Board of Governors specifically aided in updating FGCU’s alcohol policy, regulation FGCU-PR9.002, which has been in effect since 2008. The major changes to this regulation involved establishing succinct definitions of terms previously...

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