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Thousands flee from Irma’s path of destruction

As the forecast for Hurricane Irma becomes more ominous, thousands of Floridians are beginning to flee the state, all of them headed in one direction: north. Graphs published by the Florida Department of Transportation show record numbers of traffic on the roads right now. With Miami-Dade and Broward counties under mandatory evacuation, there are almost half a million people looking for refuge in other states. Westbound on US 41 in Collier County typically sees 50 cars per hour around 8 p.m., but is currently seeing just over 225 cars per hour. US 27 northbound in Palm Beach county is...

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Irma could be Florida’s worst hurricane

As Hurricane Irma charges towards south Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has been travelling across the state urging residents to prepare for the dangers they may soon have to brave. In an interview with ABC News, Scott said, “I want everybody to understand the importance of this. This is bigger than Andrew…” Category 5 Hurricane Andrew devastated Homestead in 1992, causing 62 fatalities and 26.5 billion dollars in damage. It was the worst hurricane Florida ever faced, until Irma. As of 8 a.m. today, Irma is projected to strike the east coast of Florida, causing potentially catastrophic flooding to low...

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FGCU enrollment for fall semester remains high

This year, FGCU will welcome around 2,660 First Time in College students. While the enrollment data for Fall 2017 is still very preliminary, current FGCU students can expect to see many new faces this semester. As a whole, there are now approximately 14, 723 students enrolled at FGCU in the undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree seeking programs. While this number is slightly down from the enrollment in Fall 2015, it is likely to increase as students enroll later on in the semester. For enrollment this year, FGCU saw an increase in the number of freshman and First Time in College...

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FGCU’s 20th anniversary comes to a close

FGCU was once 760 acres of Florida pinelands and cypress forests. Wild pigs lived in the woods bordering FGCU Boulevard. There were three vending machines that served as the cafeteria. The first commencement consisted of only 81 students. Today, 14,846 students are enrolled in the University—and this number only continues to climb. In just 20 years, FGCU has seen incredible amounts of growth. There are now 180 student organizations, 39 residential buildings, and, as of Spring 2015, 23,000 graduates. Throughout last year, FGCU’s progress was celebrated with campus events and the creation of the FGCU at 20 website, which...

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Week of Welcome kicks off the start of fall semester

At the beginning of every fall semester, thousands of FGCU students take part in the annual Week of Welcome celebrations. This seven day series of events serves as a way to introduce new students to the culture and spirit of FGCU and to reignite the excitement of current students about the start of the semester. The wide range of student interests and the energy of the student body will be captured through academic, athletic, and social events designed to appeal to all types of students. This year, Week of Welcome has a ‘90s theme. Events such as RHA’s Full...

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Campus bids farewell to President Bradshaw

(Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Music: “Hawaiian Morning” by Jet Sky via SoundCloud through Creative Commons.) President Wilson Bradshaw made his final speech before the FGCU student body at the President’s Farewell Luau on the Library Lawn Tuesday, April 25. After a decade of serving as FGCU’s president, Bradshaw is set to retire on June 30. “I can’t believe it’s already been ten years…watching this institution grow and mature and expand and the hard work that the faculty and staff do has made my experience here at Florida Gulf Coast University something special,” Bradshaw said during his speech. President-elect...

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FGCU alumna holds sexual assault lecture based on personal experience

Bonny Shade, a member of the FGCU Class of 2010, lectured before a crowd of FGCU students and faculty on a topic that has been a source of intense discussion and debate on college campuses everywhere on Monday, April 10 in Edwards Hall room 112. Shade’s lecture, entitled “Just Another Assault,” explored the stigma surrounding sexual assault and the actions that can be taken to prevent it. Shade, who was in Zeta Tau Alpha and served as an Eagle View Orientation Leader during her time on campus, opened the lecture by asking the audience to count the number of...

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FGCU alumna receives Golden Apple Award

Mariah Washington accepted the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching on Friday, March 10 in front of her third grade class at Bayshore Elementary as students and colleagues scrambled to embrace and congratulate her. According to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, more than 2,000 teachers are nominated for the award each year. Of those 2,000 nominees, only 30 become finalists. Before being chosen for the prestigious award, Washington was personally interviewed by the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and had a classroom observation. The “exceptional” teaching abilities Washington demonstrated in both her interview and her...

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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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