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FGCU student arrested for aggravated battery and stalking

UPD arrested and charged FGCU international student Sofiene Azabou with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and stalking on Sunday, Feb. 19. According to the arrest report, Azabou and the victim began dating in early January and after a week; the relationship quickly became mentally and physically abusive. One night, after asking the victim about her dating history, Azabou became extremely angry and left to go out drinking, demanding his ex-girlfriend to stay in the dorm. When he returned, Azabou was intoxicated and grabbed a BB gun off of the counter and pointed it at...

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FGCU basketball player and another student arrested in connection to auto burglary

FGCU students Jordan Burkes and basketball player Courtney “C.J.” Williamsonbey were arrested and charged with one count of burglary of conveyance and one count of grand theft on Thursday, Feb. 9 in connection to the Garage B burglaries that were reported on Feb. 2. According to the arrest report released on Saturday, Feb. 11, Burkes and Williamsonbey were seen on surveillance cameras walking around the second floor of Garage B on Jan. 31 at approximately 2:45 p.m. The two were seen walking in between cars, pulling on the handles to check for unlocked doors. At approximately 2:56 p.m., Burkes...

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Grammys: What a beautiful mess

From beginning to end, “Music’s biggest night” was a beautiful mess. I went into this award show thinking things were going to be different this year. Hosted by late night funny man James Corden, I thought it would have been funny and entertaining but, unfortunately, the show just fell flat. Taking place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the 59th annual Grammys turned into just another award show. Plagued by poor pacing, technical issues and forgettable performances, the show really didn’t stand a chance. The show started off on a weird note. Adele...

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Alumni Whitney Knight signs with Atlanta Dream

FGCU women’s basketball alumni Whitney Knight is back on the court with the Atlanta Dream. On Thursday, Feb. 9, The team announced that Knight  signed a training camp contract. Knight made FGCU history as the first women’s basketball player to be drafted by the WNBA when she was selected 15th overall by the L.A. Sparks. She was the seventh player from the ASUN Conference in the history of the WNBA. After appearing in only seven games, the Los Angeles Sparks released Knight at the end of August 2016. The 6-foot-3-inches guard then ended the season with the San Antonio...

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Lady Gaga preaches unity during dazzling halftime show

In the weeks leading up to Lady Gaga’s performance at the Super Bowl LI halftime show, there was much discussion as to if she was going to use her platform to make some kind of political statement. Well, Gaga’s performance was political simply by doing what she has always done – singing her classic songs that exhibit her obvious passion for inclusion in this country. Many assumed that Gaga – an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter who protested Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower the night after the election – was going to make a huge political statement. Some rumors...

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Rap duo R. City to perform at Night Flight during FGCU’s Homecoming Week

R. City, the rap duo behind the hit song “Locked Away,” will be headlining the inaugural FGCU Homecoming concert Night Flight. Night Flight will be on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. on the Library Lawn. Programming Board will be announcing the artist for Nest Fest prior to the concert starting. Hailing from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, two brothers, Theron and Timothy Thomas, make up the duo R. City. The two use the stage names A.I. and Uptown AP, respectively. City got their start writing music for other musicians such as Usher, Sean Kingston, Ashlee Simpson...

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is franchise’s next film

It should be no surprise that another “Star Wars” movie is in the works, but what’s not so clear is the name. On Monday, Jan. 23, Disney and Lucasfilm finally announced the next chapter in the space-opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The film, written and directed by Rian Johnson, picks up immediately after the events of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which concluded with Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) finding Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), who had been living in seclusion. The film also stars Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and...

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Finalist withdraws from FGCU presidential search

FGCU presidential candidate Ken Harmon, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University, withdrew from the presidential search Thursday, Jan. 26. According to an email sent to faculty and staff by committee chair Ken Smith, Harmon accepted an offer to stay at Kennesaw State University. Harmon was chosen alongside Daniel Heimmermann as one of the finalists in the search. Despite needing three candidates as stated in the Board of Governors regulations, Harmon and Heimmermann were moved forward to the Board of Trustees. “The members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee are reviewing new applicants’ materials...

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FGCU provost applies to be the university’s next president

Ron Toll, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, has applied to be FGCU’s next president. According to the presidential search advisory committee’s list of candidates, Toll’s application was added to the website on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Toll has been the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs since 2008 while also being a marine sciences professor. According to Naples Daily News, Toll said that people have been asking him to consider applying for the president’s position. He added that he gave the requests lots of consideration and talked it over with his wife. “I love Florida Gulf...

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‘La La Land’ ties all-time record with 14 Oscar nominations

The musical “La La Land” dominated the Oscar nominations Tuesday, Jan. 24 by picking up 14 nods to tie the record set by the 1997 release “Titanic” and the 1950 movie “All About Eve.” The film was nominated for Best Picture and Damien Chazelle received a Best Director nod, while both lead actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were also recognized for their work as big city dreamers in love. The popular musical’s biggest competition is the alien invasion thriller “Arrival” and a drama following the story of a gay man in the inner city called “Moonlight.” Both movies...

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