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The return of the Team8 Tour

The Team8 Tour is returning this year and aims to break all the records set by the success of last year’s tour. The Team8 Tour is a campaign that encourages young Americans to make healthy lifestyle choices, learn critical life lessons and build character to inspire an entire generation to make positive social change. In 2016, it was the first year of the tour where hundreds of volunteers reached more than 10,000 students through 18 community organizations. Fitness gear, collectively worth $100,000, was also donated to the communities the Team8 Tour stopped in. “It’s amazing to see how much...

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Local Lions Club screens area children’s hearing and vision

Four days a week, sometimes five, Joe Jackson and his wife, Liz — along with the help of FGCU students — wheel a big red wagon filled with vision screeners and hearing tests into preschools all across Lee County. This big red wagon has helped well over a thousand visually and audibly impaired children overcome the obstacles inhibiting their ability to learn. Sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Bonita Beach and Cape Coral, the Jacksons have been able diagnose over 1,500 kids — 1,100 from January to March, — with disorders that may have otherwise lingered and impeded their...

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New RSO to host lecture on farmworkers’ rights

The recently established FGCU Student Farmworker Alliance is hosting a speaker event highlighting the efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which asks students to question: is their food fair? The term “fair food” was first popularized by the CIW, a worker-based human rights organization. The group, which has been active for more than 20 years, began the nationwide Fair Food Program in 2011 to encourage large produce buyers to pay a premium that tomato growers pass onto their workers. In its first four years, the FFP received nearly $20 million in fair food premiums, distributed “Know Your Rights”...

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THE Big C sweeps the 2017 Leadership and Involvement Awards

Many deserving students were acknowledged at the FGCU Dean of Students’ Office’s 2017 Leadership and Involvement Awards ceremony Monday, April 3, but through the 26 awards, one name, in particular, kept coming up — THE Big C. The service-based RSO formed in September 2016 and, within a single semester, managed to tally 1,500 service-learning hours. Because of its dedication to serving the campus and the community, the club took home the awards for the Outstanding Service and Program of the Year. “When we succeed, we succeed in unison, and when we fail, we work together to get back up...

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Greater Naples YMCA region provides outreach program for families to cope mentally and physically

Diabetes is a family disease, yet many families are not offered proper education on this debilitating phenomenon. Greater Naples YMCA hopes to change that by providing outreach programs to bring support to families to help them cope mentally and physically with the daily struggles that come with a diabetes diagnosis. According to the Center for Disease Control, type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, and type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 percent. The health and economic costs for both are enormous: Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of...

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Benefitting Friends of Foster Children Forever

Naples may host many a gala, but there is something different about its latest. Couture, Cuisine and Charity will combine wine, appetizers and fashion to this time benefit Friends of Foster Children Forever. FFCF provides educational and enrichment opportunities to help each foster child reach his or her potential by fulfilling the unmet needs of those who enter or is at risk of entering the foster care system in Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties. FFCF’s upcoming event will feature an upscale fashion show showcasing designs from local area boutiques. Walker Henry will host the exclusive runway show, and participating...

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Wanderlust celebrates its 28th anniversary

FGCU’s School of Resort and Hospitality Management is taking its hospitality off campus for the 28th anniversary of Wanderlust, a culinary and travel extravaganza. On April 1, guests can enjoy numerous activities and opportunities to bid on travel packages — the proceeds of which will benefit the School of Resort and Hospitality students by supporting programs like financial assistance and scholarships. It also provides resources that will give students a competitive edge upon graduation. The Wanderlust event is also a learning lab — allowing three event management students to plan and produce a large scale fundraising event in eight...

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Make-A-Wish SWFL hosts Mac ‘N’ Cheese Challenge

As if anyone needed an excuse to eat macaroni and cheese, the village of Estero will soon be hosting a mac ‘n’ cheese challenge for a good cause — that is, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. The event will feature mac ‘n’ cheese from more than a dozen local restaurants and catering companies. After tasting samples from each stand, guests will vote for their favorite to be named the best of the bunch. Tickets are $20 per person and will go toward Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s Youth Leadership Committee. YLC is a group of seventh to 12th graders working to promote Make-A-Wish...

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SG elections’ neck-and-neck race closes in historic victory

(Filmed and edited by Travis Brown) Tonight ended what was an historic FGCU Student Government election season in many regards. While 2017 will likely be remembered for the most voters in SG election history so far, there was also a feat achieved by the FGCU Fusion party, which Fusion party members called “empowering” — the election of FGCU’s first female African American student body president, Jalisa White. This follows a tumultuous school year in race relations on campus, following two instances of racial slurs found in Seidler Hall and the library. White and her vice president, Antonia Jacobse, also...

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Muslim Student Association hosts annual Hijab Day

FGCU’s Muslim Student Association hosted its annual hijab day on Feb. 20 in the student plaza following World Hijab Day, which is observed on Feb. 1 each year. Members of the club, both hijabi and not, helped passersby try on headscarves and quizzed them about some of the misconceptions society has about wearing the hijab. MSA’s treasurer, Sadia Zaman, said she chose to begin wearing her headscarf two years ago. “In the Quran, it says if you are Muslim, every Muslim woman should cover up when they come in front of men who are not closely related to them,...

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