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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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FGCU students and faculty attend Women’s March on Washington

An estimated 2.9 million people gathered for 168 marches in 81 countries on Saturday, Jan. 21. The marches began through the Women’s March on Washington movement, which drew in 500,000 people to the National Mall following President Donald Trump’s inauguration the day before. That crowd included three FGCU students and three faculty members who traveled up for the march. Two of the students flew up to D.C. on the money they raised through the crowd-funding site GoFundMe. “It really is unifying,” said Brittany Rincon — her bright purple ends matching the vibrant feminine colors in the crowd around her....

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Student Government attends historic inauguration

A group of 14 FGCU students were selected for the opportunity to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. thanks to sponsorship from the Brunson Foundation and Rep. Byron Donalds from Naples. The students boarded the bus at FGCU at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and after picking up students from Florida SouthWestern College and Ave Maria as well as waiting for the two high school students selected from each public school in Collier and Lee County, the students arrived in D.C. the following day at 10 a.m. “If I could summarize the trip in two words, it would...

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FGCU students participate in national women’s movement at a local level

Mirroring the Women’s March on Washington, Southwest Florida residents came together to join the estimated 2.9 million people who marched for women’s rights across the globe on Saturday, Jan. 21. Nearly 3,000 people came together at Cambier Park in downtown Naples to voice their concerns — through signs, shirts and chants — and in that crowd, members of the FGCU College Democrats could be found, including club president Michael Maberino. “Considering Naples is a solid red area, I was surprised at how many people came out to the event,” Maberino said. Voter turnout was the highest in Collier County...

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New FGCU RSO tallies 1,500 service-learning hours in its first semester

One of FGCU’s newest RSOs officially began this past September as the brainchild of FGCU alumna and professor Courtney Satkoski and her repeat teaching assistant Jordan Shedrow. THE Big C gets its name from the many service words beginning with the letter “C” — most importantly, “community” — said the club’s president, Shedrow. Since the initial idea for the club, the leadership team has expanded to eight members, which managed to tally 1,500 service-learning hours in the fall semester. These hours came from a variety of service opportunities, including the mentorship program that was established through THE Big C...

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How I went from writing a satirical article on Trump’s announcement to covering his inauguration on Capitol Hill

I knew I should be on the Metro as soon as it opened — early, given the occasion — but pressed snooze twice as always, as though it was any other day, as though I wasn’t in a hotel more than an hour outside of the city because of the mass of visitors spilling out into the tristate area and as though I wasn’t about to “witness history,” a phrase which was repeatedly offered up to me throughout the day as a description of what was happening to me on Jan. 20, 2017. When I finally woke up at 3:34...

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FGCU News: A Year in Review

FGCU started off the year with the unveiling of Seidler Hall on Jan. 7, 2016. The hall, formerly known as Academic Building 7, was renamed Seidler Hall in honor of the Seidler family and their commitment to the university. After changing the university’s mission statement from “practices and promotes sustainability” to simply “promotes sustainability,” the Board of Trustees was met with student backlash and a subsequent petition at its Jan. 12 meeting. The statement was eventually changed back a month and a half later. Students also expressed their concerns about a new road connecting Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to South Village, especially...

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