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Deanna Simmons

DIY ‘mocktails’ add alcohol free fun

Mocktails have become a new party trend for people who appreciate unique flavors and want to avoid the next-morning penalties that come from a night of drinking. Try this new trend with the recipes below. The first mocktail is the Dark Invader. Just like the name, it’s a dark purple drink that sounds a lot like Darth Vader. Gather eleven blackberries, one and a half ounces of pineapple juice, one half ounce of vanilla syrup and ice. Then, combine one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a small saucepan and bring it over medium heat until...

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‘Foreigner’ perfectly blends drama and comedy

I had the opportunity to head over to the FGCU’s own TheatreLab at the Arts Complex on Friday, Feb. 17 and watch “The Foreigner,” a two-act play written by Larry Shue and directed by Greg Longenhagen. The play, set in the “recent past” in a fishing lodge resort in Georgia, is about a shy man named Charlie Baker who proofreads science fiction magazines, is borderline depressed because his wife is deathly ill and fated to live only six more months. Knowing about Charlie’s fear of conversing with strangers and about Charlie’s self-depreciating view of himself being boring and lacking...

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Tasty Treats for Your Super Bowl Eats

You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy the Super Bowl. Whether you’re a Patriots or Falcons fan there is one thing that unites us all together: food. The Super Bowl parties that you always see on television aren’t that far from the truth if you have the right food. So take a seat and chat with friends or watch the game over these fantastic and mouthwatering treats. Spicy dijon french fries are a perfect start to the big game. This snack goes great with a side of ketchup. But if ketchup isn’t your thing, substitute it...

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Books-to-movies in 2017

Our favorite books allow us to escape from the daily grind of life and sink into a fantastical reality that only ink on pages can provide. We’ve all imagined the heroines and heros of choice novels coming to life page by page, playing out like movies  on a screen. When book-to-movie adaptations come around, readers rush to the theaters to see how directors, screenwriters and producers come together to replicate the books of the time. Some do books justice, while others leave readers with the infamous saying, “The book was better than the movie.” These are some book-to-movie plot...

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Spring into a cleaner new year

Spring is here, and with the new season comes the phrase you’ve probably heard a parent or relative say, “spring cleaning.” Christmas passes, and as the new year approaches, junk seems to pop up as it is accumulated over the months. Extra wrapping paper, decorations and that box that still hasn’t been unpacked since you moved into your dorm this semester pile up until there is no other option but to get cleaning. While spring semester does bring a lot of work and worry, consider the idea that spring cleaning may help relieve stress. According to Shape Magazine, cleaning...

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First Watch for breakfast and lunch

Sometimes, you just want to get away from the that normal toast-and-cereal breakfast that any college kid is used to. While it may be a little expensive, First Watch offers a great selection for that end of the year treat-yourself day. Open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and located in Gulf Coast Town Center, the daytime café is a chain for a health-minded breakfast and lunch. When you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted with rustic, boarded walls, cute tables that look straight out of that fairytale café in a romance flick, and servers who are happy to...

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Have a happy holiday with sweet treats

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like food, lights, cold weather and, of course, sweets. On a college budget, dreaming of those fancy desserts may not be far from reality. Many different recipe books have easy-to-create recipes, on a budget, that will have your party keeping with the festive spirit and your guests wondering how you made them. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or nothing at all, there are sweet treats that still keep up the general splendor of the holidays with a bright and festive vibe, all while keeping your wallet still relatively full. Mini elf and Santa treats...

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FGCU Rescue Team hosts event for ‘Liberty in North Korea’

On Nov. 10, the FGCU Rescue Team held an on-campus event called “Poets for the People,” an event in which students on campus could present their own poetry or listen to others’ spoken word poetry. The group put on the event to raise awareness and take monetary donations to help people in North Korea. “There are various rescue teams across the country, we raise money for North Korean refugees,” said Tatiana Galdamez, the president of the FGCU Rescue Team. “The way we do that is we collaborate with an organization called ‘Liberty in North Korea’ that is based in...

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Far East Movement collaborates with top artists to make ‘Freal Luv’

Far East Movement, the group known for “Like A G6,” “Turn Up the Love” and “Rocketeer,” has come out with another song that is number 20 on the Billboard Hot EDM and Dance chart. On July 10, Chanyeol, of the South Korean award winning musical group, EXO, posted a picture with Far East Movement, and three months later, on Oct. 14, “Freal Luv” was released. It’s been two years since Far East Movement has returned to the selling chart, according to Billboard. The song premiered at number 11 on the dance chart and number 20 on the EDM chart....

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Halloween treats for every sweet tooth

Halloween — a time where you can pretend to be something else and get candy, or you can have a really awesome party. Whether you’re staying in or going out, the most requested item anywhere is always food — dips, cookies, cupcakes, the whole nine yards. Halloween especially has some fun and spooky-themed treats for the occasion. From pumpkin-flavored treats to spooky chocolate, here are some fun recipes to try this Halloween. Rosanna Pansino is a 31-year-old YouTuber and the creator of her online cooking show, “Nerdy Nummies.” Every year, Pansino makes her own DIY Halloween treats. Of course,...

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