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FGCU swimming and diving wins third straight conference title

The FGCU swimming and diving team won its eighth conference championship in nine years, making it the third straight for the Eagles. After four days of competition at the University of Georgia’s Gabriel Natatorium, FGCU won 15 out of the 20 events of the competition. The Eagles scored 1,574.5 points, 200 points more than runner-up Liberty. The meet’s conclusion led to the Eagles being heavily decorated with CCSA Championship Honors and Awards. Sophomore Christina Kaas Elmgreen won Most Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Meet, the fifth straight year FGCU took home the award. Ashley Wright became the first FGCU...

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Netflix’s ‘Abstract’ shows unique perspective on creativity

Netflix’s newest original documentary series “Abstract” was released Feb. 10. “Abstract” is an eight-episode series that focuses on the human elements of creativity, including illustrators, shoe designers, architects and many more forms of art. The show follows these visionaries through their creative processes and takes a look at how they unleash the inner-workings of their mind and how they bring them into the tangible world. “Abstract” aims to increase the appreciation people have for the everyday objects around them — showing the viewer the intent behind the objects and the interesting decision-making that goes into the development of the...

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Lupe Fiasco shows inconsistency in new album ‘DROGAS Light’

Lupe Fiasco dropped his sixth studio album “DROGAS Light” on Friday, Feb. 10. At 34 years old, Lupe has been in the rap game for well over a decade. He is one of the best mainstream rappers and is not only talking about important topics, but also has a catchy sound that allows him to have a lot of radio play. “DROGAS Light” is his first project since he’s dropped since “Tetsuo & Youth” in 2015. “Tetsuo & Youth” is possibly one of the best rap albums of the decade so far and one of Lupe’s best projects. Unfortunately...

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FGCU swimming and diving wraps up the regular season on a high note

The FGCU swimming and diving team defeated FAU in their final home meet of the regular season Friday, Jan. 27, at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. The Eagles took the match with a dominate 177-63 victory over the Owls. The Eagles led in the first event and didn’t relinquished its dominance the rest of the match, winning all 11 swimming events. “Finishing our home schedule with a win was an excellent way to send off our seniors,” said FGCU head coach Dave Rollins in an FGCU Athletics press release. “With this incredible group of young women moving into the next...

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Swimming and diving routes Miami for 10th dual-meet victory

Filmed and edited by Faith Marrero. The FGCU women’s swim team defeated in-state rival Miami in a dual-meet score of 183-117 Saturday, Jan. 21 at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. The victory over Miami was the Eagles’ 10th dual-meet win of the season, bringing their dual-meet record to 10-3. FGCU has now defeated Miami for six straight seasons in dual-meet competition. “Any time you can compete with and get a win against a Power Five program, it’s a good day,” FGCU head coach Dave Rollins said to FGCU athletics press release. “The team did very well. The divers did a good...

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Most anticipated shows of 2017

2016 was arguably one of the best years for TV in recent memory. HBO’s “Westworld” redefined storytelling; Showtime’s “Shameless” had one of its best seasons to date and FX’s Golden Globe-winning “Atlanta” gave viewers something entirely original in a comedy with brilliant political messaging. 2017 will see reboots of longtime fan favorites and will also see beloved shows make returns from a multi-year hiatus. With so many channels and streaming services, the television industry has never been more competitive, and it is sure to give every type of viewer something to enjoy. “American Gods” Set to premiere on Starz...

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Preview: FGCU women’s swim vs Miami

The FGCU swimming and diving team are set to host Miami Saturday, Jan. 21 at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. The Eagles have won each of their last four dual meets and will look to keep their momentum rolling as they near the end of the season. FGCU will look to have the same result against Miami as they did last season, when they defeated them by a score of 166 to 111. Coming into their matchup with the Eagles, the Hurricanes lost its last dual meet against UF 180-115 on Saturday, Jan. 7. With two more meets before the...

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‘Rogue One’ brings dark themes to ‘Star Wars’ saga

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” perhaps the most anticipated film of 2016 was released on Friday, Dec. 16. “Rogue One” takes place between the third and fourth episodes of the “Star Wars” saga. The film centers around the Rebel Alliance’s mission to seal the Death Star blueprints from the Galactic Empire. “Rogue One” does a successful job introducing the stand-alone story, bringing in many new characters to the “Star Wars” universe that will have a lasting legacy. Reprogrammed Rebel Droid K-2SO steals the show repeatedly with witty one-liners and brilliantly timed punchlines. Where “Rogue One” really prospers is...

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FGCU makes efforts in conserving biodiversity in Florida

More than two-thirds of planet Earth’s wildlife could go extinct by the end of the decade, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. Animals are thus in danger on even FGCU’s campus, which is built on preserved land. “From a global perspective, it’s pretty clear we are in our sixth mass extinction,” FGCU  biology professor John Herman said. “Extinction is a natural process, along with evolution. The rate is supposed to be balanced out.” FGCU is known for its wildlife and nature trails on its campus, so any wildlife loss around campus could be a hindrance...

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Childish Gambino goes into uncharted territory with ‘Awaken, My Love!’

After more than two years of no music, Childish Gambino released his third studio album with “Awaken, My Love!,” released Dec. 2, 2016. In this album, Gambino continues to show his progression and growth as an artist. He strays away from rapping for almost the entire album, primarily giving listeners a mix of psychedelic soul, funk and R&B sounds. Gambino shows great control of his voice, tone and range with strong, consistent vocals. He uses a variety of tones that keeps the listener engaged from beginning to end. Love is the main message in the album, but Gambino still...

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