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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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Terry Tempest Williams returns to FGCU after 12 years

Terry Tempest Williams approached the podium in a packed room, then stepped back to recollect herself. She tried and failed to begin once more — tears pooling in her eyes but never falling. “It is an absolute privilege to return to Florida Gulf Coast University,” Williams began after a minute of silence. “This is a healing process.” The environmental author and activist was referring to the healing process of the wound caused by then-University President William Merwin disinviting her to speak on campus back in 2004. It took 12 years — and an annual student dialogue named in her...

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Bradshaw addresses President Trump’s travel ban

In an email sent to FGCU students, faculty and staff on Friday, Feb. 3, President Wilson Bradshaw broke the university’s weeklong silence following President Donald Trump’s executive order and travel ban. Other postsecondary institutions across the nation, namely UF and FSU in-state, responded almost immediately to the ban, which FSU President John Thrasher called “deeply concerning” within two days of the order being signed. “I want to reaffirm Florida Gulf Coast University’s longstanding commitment to the tremendous value of a diverse living and learning community that includes our international students, faculty and staff,” Bradshaw wrote. The ban affects individuals...

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Students play judge and jury in ‘Defamation’ play

Nearly 100 FGCU students filled the Cohen Center ballroom Monday night to watch Defamation The Play, which was hosted by the Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development. Unlike other productions students may have attended in the past, this one asked them to play a critical role in the play’s ending — as the acting jury in the courtroom drama. “I do a lot of trainings on campus about oppression, privilege and microagressions, and Defamation came about because I was trying to figure out how to have another voice, another forum, to talk about these things,” said Dyonne Bergeron, the...

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Environmental author coming to FGCU after being disinvited 12 years ago

Once again in a tumultuous political climate, environmental author and activist Terry Tempest Williams has been invited to come to FGCU — this time by the university. Williams came to FGCU in 2004 to give her lecture, “The Open Space of Democracy,” after controversy surrounding her visit. “Prior to her arrival, either (university) president Merwin or someone on his staff had noted that she was critical of then-president Bush, and so, he was very concerned to have her come to campus right before the election because she was due to come here late October,” said Mary Walch, who works...

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