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‘David Brent’ character revival boils down to ‘offensive and cringeworthy’

(Reported by Tatum Swann & Allie Taylor) Fans of the British mockumentary series “The Office” shouldn’t get too excited about the revival of Ricky Gervais’ character, David Brent. Gervais, an English comedian, actor, writer and producer (among other titles) began his foray into comedy with his appearance on “The 11 O’Clock Show” between 1998 and 2000. Gervais’ talk show “Meet Ricky Gervais” launched his career in television when he became the mainstream comedy face for BBC’s series “The Office,” followed by the 2005 show “Extras.” “Life on the Road” catches up with Gervais’ character David Brent as he follows his...

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Police Beat: Preachers, McDonald’s, and oil spills

Oil Spill On Friday, Feb. 3 at 9:21 a.m., UPD officers found that, after a vehicle had broken down, approximately two gallons of oil spilled across the floor of Garage 3. Officers referred this incident to FGCU Physical Plant as a hazardous material. Soaking up the Sun On Friday, Feb. 3 at 3:07 p.m., a complainant called stating there was a shirtless 50-year-old male in the middle of the bus loop shrubbery. The man was reported to be walking back and forth between the plants wearing only cargo pants. The subject reported to UPD that he is from out...

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Police Beat: Bike theft, drunk mama, and hotboxing

Learner’s Permit On Friday, Jan. 27 at 1:27 a.m., a UPD officer pulled over a vehicle for an obstructed tag. The officer then searched the vehicle due to the strong odor of marijuana. The driver was found to only possess a learner’s permit and was issued a citation for driving without a 21 or older passenger. The passengers were found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Advice from UPD On Friday, Jan. 27 at 5:12 p.m., a female student came to UPD to get advice about a friendship. Her friend’s boyfriend had been texting her all day...

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Students discover mold at The Reef, receive little help from management

(EN Photo / Brad Young) Reported by Emily Ford and Taylor Crehan. Her belongings sit in trash bags in her closet. Her carpet has been torn up, leaving nothing but bare concrete. She’s spent $1,700 in hotel expenses and has been sleeping on the couch. This is sophomore business management major Alex Ciatti’s life in The Reef, and she isn’t the only one. Over a dozen other residents have been bringing up similar complaints — oddly humid rooms, persistent coughs and a musty stench. After further inspection, they all have one thing in common: mold. “I started noticing the...

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Police Beat: Bagpipes, drunk driving, and Uber adventures

Catching Some Rays On Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3:56 p.m., there was a report of an alligator in front of Sugden Hall, sunbathing on the walkway. The area was canvassed by UPD, but no alligator was found. Uber Adventures On Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2:21 a.m., a driver made an illegal u-turn in the middle of the road and then drove up over a curb onto the sidewalk. The driver was an Uber driver who stated he had a fare on board. When asked to present his license, the Uber driver stated that he had no idea he needed...

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Police Beat: Raccoons, marijuana, and smoke in South Village

Lover’s Quarrel On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2:10 a.m., a complainant notified UPD that there was a shirtless man banging on a car window with a woman inside. The male subject reported to UPD that he and the woman had a verbal argument about who should drive. After finding the female subject in possession of marijuana and issued her a Notice To Appear, UPD advised the couple to drive home separately. Suspicious Person On Monday, Jan. 16 at 9:58 p.m., a call came in from an RA in reference to a report of a man running and yelling at...

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Police Beat: Vanishing bike, marijuana mystery, and dumpster danger

Pink Skateboard Needs Loving Home On Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 4:18 p.m., UPD officers found a pink skateboard in Garage 3. The item has yet to be claimed by its owner. Out for a Stroll On Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 10:02 a.m., a complainant called into UPD to state that there was an elderly white male walking through the bottom floor of Garage 3. The male was reported to be wearing a white shirt that was up around his neck and small blue pants. Officers identified elderly male as a person who routinely walks the campus. Vanishing Bike On...

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Police Beat: Break in, masked men, and vaping

Locked and Loaded UPD was called out to South Village on Dec. 31 at 10:31 p.m. due to a social media post showing a student had a gun in their room. When UPD confronted the student, she stated that it was, in fact, a real loaded firearm, and it belonged to her friend that came over earlier in the evening. The owner is a correction officer with the Florida Department of Corrections, so the student didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to have the gun on campus. The student was then briefed on the campus firearm policy. To Party or...

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Police Beat: Stolen bike, ghosts, and singing apparitions

Bicycle Pump Predicaments On Thursday, Dec. 22 at 5:21 p.m., a complainant called UPD requesting assistance with the bicycle pump in front of McTarnaghan Hall. The complainant was unsure whether the pump was broken or if he was simply not using it correctly. A UPD officer arrived on scene to find that the air pump was missing part of its valve. Management Advising was notified and the pump has since been fully restored. Fire Alarm Gone Wild On Friday, Dec. 23 at 12:47 p.m., the fire alarm in Sugden Hall was activated though there was no sign of smoke...

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