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Georgette French

The new semester groove: a guide to getting back into the swing of things after break

Traveling, spending time with family and time away from classes and obligations are what a lot of students looked forward to as the month of December approached. But, with the holiday season now a distant memory, it’s time to jump back into the spring semester. For some, picking up with academics after a long break can be tough, especially when all you can think about is the amount of days left until spring break. However, acing your spring semester doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some top ways to getting your school grove back. Actually look at...

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving strive for positive changes in Florida law

When people hear about Mothers Against Drunk Driving they typically associate the organization with mothers who are completely against alcohol but according to program director Lori Burke, MADD is about more than spreading the story of a mother who has experienced tragedy. It’s about making a change. MADD, which has been in five counties in Florida for more than three years, is an organization filled with many different types of people who are fighting to put an end to drunk driving through awareness and proper precautions. According to Burke, drunk driving is a problem that persists throughout Florida and...

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‘Holiday Happenings’ raises awareness to Shy Wolf

When Denise Parker and her husband Tim Parker moved to Naples in 2003 from New York, neither would guess that Tim’s artwork would later be helping Florida wildlife, especially wolves. The couple, who spends their time working at the gallery, also contributes to the community through art. “We recently donated work for the Lee County Homeless Coalition and the Search and Rescue,” Denise Parker said. “We are often contacted by different organizations, and Tim is always happy to donate for fundraising events and dinners.” This past week, the Parkers opened their doors at Art2D to host a couple of...

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FGCU students awarded for their work with underprivileged youth

For a young girl lacking the proper mentorship, ideas of becoming a doctor or a performer may seem like distant dreams, but thanks to the effort of FGCU students those dreams are closer to becoming a reality. FGCU students that were part of the Junior Women of Initiative mentoring program paired with a senior capstone program to create a curriculum for mentors that would help future students. As a result, they were recognized at the Paragon Award Ceremony alongside FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw  and other prominent leaders in Collier County on Dec. 1 at the Naples Botanical Garden....

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Something for the soul

Filmed and edited by Nora Reca. “It only took one time for me to see that the number 13 is the number that belongs to me. So, now,  it’s 13, 13 pills per day that will determine whether I live or die.” From the library to the bus loop, students  laughed and cheered while they celebrated each other’s talents and brought awareness to HIV/AIDS at FGCU’s SoulFest concert. SoulFest is the  brainchild of FGCU’s newest RSO, SoulFlowers, along with their advisor Daniel Stallings, who put on a similar event in 2013. To make the concert bigger and better than...

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Walk and Roll: FGCU students volunteer to fight nerve disorders

While patrons of the Walk and Roll were busy racing along the winding path at Lakeshore Park, Ileana Hamel was taking her time, rolling by in her motorized wheelchair. Hamel was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) three years ago. She explained how she became ill with pneumonia and later suffered through a coma– all due to her condition which left her body temporarily paralyzed. Hamel lifts her left leg up a few inches and smiles, saying that despite her condition, she is making progress to get her body moving again. GBS is an inflammatory disorder of the nerves that...

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Estero Art Show to feature more than 100 artists’ original artwork

The Estero Art Show returns for its 18th bi-annual year to present different mediums of art to residents in Southwest Florida. Hosted by the organization Hot Works, as well as producer and executive director Patty Narozny, the show which has outgrown its previous location at the Miromar Outlets, will feature more than 100 artists. The nonprofit organization which houses the Youth Art Program focuses on arts and education and will extend its focus on visual arts to the show to give residents the best art experience possible. There will be the opportunity to meet varying artists of differing mediums,...

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Pi Kappa Phi fights to spread positivity

This year has been filled with strife for a lot people in the community, but Pi Kappa Phi is shooting to help make a change. The FGCU fraternity, whose mission is to create lifelong brotherhood while encouraging community service, strives to keep up with its own philanthropy The Ability Experience, but this past week, they also lent a huge helping hand to the community. “A lot of what makes the front page isn’t always the most positive story, but we [as a campus] definitely need to encourage discussing and sharing the positive things that we’re all doing,” Joseph Rotella said....

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Phi Alpha Delta Grants A Wish

At the Hilton Naples hotel, the Royal Palm Ballroom is filled with joy and laughter coming from Reagan Conroy, who spends her night flaunting a mickey mouse hat and taking to the dance floor to teach guests how to do dances like the NeNe, all in celebration of a wish that the members of Phi Alpha Delta at the Ave Maria school of law are working to make come true. Conroy, 8, is a little girl living with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), an immune disorder that’s generalized by low counts of antibodies that help fight off illnesses. CVID alters...

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Eagles host free vision and hearing screening

Joe Jackson, coordinator of the Bonita Springs Lions Club sits on a bench inside the Family Resource Center at FGCU where kids aged three to six wait to get their eyes and ears checked. He laughs at a little boy named Arthur Bejhaj, and prompts the child to give him high-fives before he’s called in for a scanning that could make a huge impact on how he is able to learn. What started as a civic engagement project turned into the establishment of FGCU’s second club in the state with the International Lions Club. Established in 1925, the Lions...

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