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FGCU art seniors present final showcase

There is no FGCU “house style.” Each student artist brings his or her own diverse and creative perspectives to each art piece, and that’s what makes the senior art showcases so special, according to Morgan T. Paine, a founding faculty member and associate professor of art at FGCU. Eighteen art students presented their senior showcases on Thursday, Dec. 7, to family, friends and professors who gathered to hear speeches from the seniors and view the work that they labored over throughout the semester. “In some respects, it’s easier to teach skills and function as a training place than it...

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Missing student has been found and is safe, according to an email sent out by UPD

Missing student Christopher Jarell Woodard has been found and is safe, according to an email sent out by UPD chief Steven Moore. Woodard was reported missing on Aug. 26 after he was last seen the day before, according to a missing person flyer sent out by UPD. There are currently no details on why he went missing or where he was found. Check back with Eagle News for more as this story...

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Tropical Storm Emily to cause heavy rainfall for Southwest Florida

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Lee County as Tropical Storm Emily makes its way to the central west coast of Florida, according to UPD. FGCU operations will remain normal and area residents should expect heavy rainfall for the next 24 hours. The area has already received between one and three inches of rain and is expected to see two to four more inches fall throughout the day, all according to UPD. A flood warning is also in effect for Lee and Collier counties, as well as Manatee, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Pinellas, Glades, Sarasota and Hendry...

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Students rally against hate speech

What began as a class assignment evolved into a demonstration of sign-bearing students gathered on the library lawn on Thursday afternoon for the Soar Above Hate rally, an event to bring awareness to the recent hate speech incidents that have taken place on campus. The rally included speeches by FGCU students and performances by freshman vocalist Ashley Almedia and local theatrical ethnography S(he) Will Fade as well as a march and the reading of a list of demands the class feels the university should meet. The demands included required diversity and safe-zone training for faculty along with a required...

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FGCU finds Naples-Immokalee-Marco area most diverse in the state

FGCU’s Industry Diversification Project has found that the Naples-Immokalee-Marco metropolitan statistical area has the highest diversity workforce rate in the state. The Cape Coral-Fort Myers and Punta Gorda MSAs have been ranked eighth and 18th respectively. According to a quarterly report released in December by the Industry Diversification Project, the Naples-Immokalee-Marco MSA has moved from sixth place to first place in diversified industries from 2015 to 2016. The rankings run through an index, with zero meaning the least diverse, through 10, meaning the most diverse. According to the FGCU Industry Diversification Index archives, Southwest Florida faced its lowest numbers...

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Obama visits Clinton Rally at UCF

On Friday, Oct. 28, President Barack Obama spoke at a Sec. Hillary Clinton Campaign Rally at the CFE arena in Orlando. The president urged UCF students to get out and vote, not only for Clinton, but also for Patrick Murphy, who is running for the U.S. senate. “It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your president… but we’re not done yet,” Obama said. “I’ve got one campaign left in me.” The rally began with an address from Sen. Bill Nelson. Nelson spoke on the relationship between his own family and the Clinton family, saying that...

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Real Food Challenge hopes to partner with Food Forest

FGCU is the first university in Florida to join the Real Food Challenge, a student-led program designed to draw FGCU’s food budget away from corporate farming and junk food and, instead, direct it toward providing local, farm-fresh, ecologically-sound food. The Real Food Challenge is a student-grown movement that began to take form in 2008 but took full affect in April 2016 when FGCU agreed to take part in the movement by agreeing to make 20 percent of on-campus food “real food” by the year 2020. When FGCU made the transition in food providers from Aramark to Chartwells, one of...

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will make you question everything

Thousands upon thousands of people lined up just before midnight on July 30 in bookstores across America. Excited whispers and raucous laughter filled rooms as readers of all shapes, sizes and ages waited in nostalgic glee for the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” However, as readers received their books and consumed the words until the light of dawn, many of those whispers and laughs turned to sighs and huffs of displeasure. “The Cursed Child” is touted as the eighth story in the Harry Potter saga and serves as the script for a play by the...

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Harry Potter fan creates “Pop!” vinyl figure in memory of victim

Luis Vielma, 22, was one of 49 people murdered on June 29 in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. However, he — and every one of the people who died that night — is more than just a number in an event that will likely go down in history as a pivotal moment in one of the most unstable periods of time in our nation’s recent history. Each person had a spirit, a culture, a community. One community that was embraced by Vielma and has embraced him in return is the vast and longstanding community of “Potterheads,” fans...

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“Fantastic Beasts” brings fans back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter

Muggles, get ready to reenter the wizarding world of Harry Potter in the franchise’s latest installment, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film is the first spin-off of the beloved Harry Potter series and is based off of a mock textbook written by J.K. Rowling to give readers a deeper look into Potter’s world. Millions of anxiety-ridden Harry Potter enthusiasts await the film’s November arrival with sweaty palms and nervous, tapping toes. “Fantastic Beasts” is the second boyfriend. You know the one. The one who flashes that CGI smile at you, reaches out his hand and promises...

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