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Gulf Coast Town Center’s Bar Louie shuts its doors after nine years

Bar Louie, located in Gulf Coast Town Center between Cold Stone Creamery and Best Buy, has been an FGCU hotspot for half of the university’s lifetime as one of the first restaurants to open in GCTC. The spot is known for its American food, happy hour specials and as an alternative to Keys Bar & Grill or Miller’s Ale House, with just as high a likelihood of running into that girl from your College Algebra lab freshman year who you can never remember the name of. But, perhaps holding onto some of 2016’s bad luck, Bar Louie took to...

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FGCU named one of Florida’s best colleges for 2017

FGCU has been recognized as one of the best Florida colleges for 2017, according to College Choice. College Choice, “an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college,” compiled a list of the top 40 institutions, in which FGCU ranked No. 22. A focal point in College Choice’s synopsis of FGCU was its popular majors, including business management and psychology, as well as the university’s dedication to public service with its more than 2 million collective service learning hours since 1997. Another highlighted feature was FGCU’s cost of attendance, $6,118, which is lower...

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FGCU DII hockey senior has goals on and off the ice

Nathan Pelligra was standing on the sidelines of a grassy field when he realized he didn’t want to be there. His lacrosse coach was chastising him for taking a swing at an opposing player after the guy kept hitting him in the head with his stick. “He goes, ‘What are you doing? This isn’t hockey!’ And, I kind of took a look around and realized, like, ‘Yeah, you’re right, so why am I playing this?’” Nathan said. He went on to play for the Buffalo Junior Sabres in their 2012-13 season, which saw them named the Ontario Junior Hockey...

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Programming Board seals annual Winter Wonderland “with a snowball”

Filmed and edited by Rachel Iacovone. Winter Wonderland has become a fall finals season staple at FGCU. The event, which attracts a larger crowd each winter, drew in more than 1,000 students Thursday night for some de-stressing in the face of their upcoming finals. “You can just hang out — definitely take a break because a lot of students are here at the library, so you can just come downstairs,” said Jade Higgins, a sophomore. Programming Board birthed the Library Lawn event four years ago, just as FGCU men’s basketball put the university on the map as Dunk City....

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Trump threatens to punish those who desecrate the flag

President-elect Donald Trump proposed a new penalty for those who participated in flag desecration Tuesday morning — the loss of their U.S. citizenship. His tweet, which read, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” received 65,838 retweets and 188,990 likes from his 16.3 million followers despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled nearly three decades ago that the act of flag burning is within a citizen’s rights to free speech. Though the subject was quickly trending across social media...

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Former editor-in-chief named runner-up for investigative journalism award

In 2015, the Society of Professional Journalists – Region 3 and the Savannah Morning News launched the Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism. The award is named in memoriam of former Savannah Morning News editor Larry Peterson, who passed away in 2014 after working 40 years in the field. The award recognizes remarkable investigative work in broadcast, print, online or radio from professional and student journalists in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On Monday, Nov. 14, former Eagle News editor-in-chief Kelli Krebs was named runner-up in the Online Collegiate Category, finishing...

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Thousands protest president-elect Trump in Miami, blocking roadways

Filmed and edited by Rachel Iacovone. Miami joined the growing list of cities to host Anti-Trump protests Friday, Nov. 11, following president-elect Donald Trump’s controversial victory Tuesday. Miami Police said the crowd grew to more than 2000 by the end of the protest. That crowd included FAU student Caitlyn Rittenhouse, who expressed her concerns about a Trump presidency as a member of the LGBT community. “We fought so hard to get, like, equal rights, you know? With jobs, you know, like, marriage everywhere — and now, I mean, him and Mike Pence, they’re going to take it away,” Rittenhouse...

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African Network of Southwest Florida says ‘karibu’ (welcome) to newest elder

Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. The African Network of Southwest Florida hosted its Special African Elder Recognition Night Nov. 5 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. Guests were invited to “come enjoy an enchanting evening like none other and support our fundraising efforts for scholarships of African children.” Besides the scholarship recipients, which included Coalition of Black Organizational Leaders President Keturah Pongo, those in attendance included the majority of administrators from FGCU’s College of Education as well as Provost Ronald Toll and more than 200 other community members – from police officers to talk...

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Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States by a slim margin on Tuesday after a tumultuous 2016 election season. Trump makes history as the first nongovernmental nominee to be elected to the presidency, as the five exceptions — found in Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower — all had military experience or had been on a prior president’s cabinet before running. Trump, 70, defeated the Democratic nominee, Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the Libertarian nominee, Gary Johnson. Despite his controversial run and his ongoing battle with members...

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