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Collier County Fair comes to Naples

Fair food and fun has arrived in Naples with the Collier County Fair, which began on March 16 and will go on until the 26. The fair, which is located on the Collier County fairgrounds in Naples, has its traditional rides, shows and entertainment. Some of these events and performers include “real swimming mermaids,” an educational grizzly bear exhibit, performing tigers, a motorcycle show and more. One of the prominent features in this year’s fair is a demolition derby, in which the winner received a $2,000 grand prize in the fair’s Crash-and-Bash; it took place Sunday, March 19. There...

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Preview: Women’s swim at NCAA Championships

The women’s swim team will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, March 15 to 18 to compete in the NCAA Championship meet. The college swimming season finale takes place at the IU Natatorium. Five Eagles will represent FGCU at the championship meet. Sophomore Christina Kaas Elmgreen is the sole individual qualifier and will be competing in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly as well as the 200-yard individual medley. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Katie Latham, Gracie Redding, Hannah Burdge and Fanny Teijonsalo will also be racing in the...

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ beats out ‘Logan’ in box office

“Kong: Skull Island” is the latest release in the historic “King Kong” franchise premiering  March 10. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivers an action-packed, enjoyable monster flick with a movie that doesn’t try to be more than it is. The film is not overly dark, rather it’s fun and a good time all the way through. The ensemble cast of “Kong: Skull Island” is a major strength of the film. Casting did a nice job mixing older, established actors like Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. While also including younger actors and actresses like Brie Larson, who’s gained...

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FGCU swim team wraps up regular season at Last Chance Meet

Four members of the FGCU women’s swim team traveled to Gainesville to compete in the Last Chance Meet at UF on Friday and Saturday. Doris Eichhorn and Katie Latham placed first in their events and turned in NCAA “B” cut times. Unfortunately, those “B” cut times will not be enough to surpass the NCAA Championships qualifying line. Latham finished with her second fastest time of the season in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the pads in 22.49 seconds. Eichhorn also competed in the 50 free. She got seventh place with a time of 23.08 seconds. Her time of 54.08 in...

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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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