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International Celebration Week to downsize

For the first time in 20 years, FGCU’s International Celebration Week is downsizing. The event, held annually since the university’s inception by the International Services Office, is usually a school-weeklong event. However, due to recent budget restraints, ICW will be taking place across three days: Wednesday, April 5 through Friday, April 7. “It’s definitely involved a lot more creativity,” International Services Office Coordinator Charlotte Bingham said. “It just made it, somewhere, a bit more fun.” ICW, now in its 20th year, will allow students to explore the cultures of those from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa through a...

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FGCU Hall of Fame recipients announced

Ten more Eagles will be added to FGCU’s Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, March 21, Vice President for Student Affairs J. Michael Rollo sent an email to students regarding the 2017 Hall of Fame recipients. “The Hall of Fame is reserved for those students who have demonstrated superior leadership, integrity and achievement through their activities, service, scholarship, and academic excellence while members of the Florida Gulf Coast University community,” Rollo said in the email. Jordan Blankenship, Emmalyn Green, Caroline Haney, Andrea Jarquin, Nyasia Jenkins, Nora Johnson, Sara Lohbauer, Paul Olivera, Logan Schulz and Sarah Stauring will be inducted into ...

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Honors student passes away

Students serving as Honors mentors at FGCU received an email on Wednesday, March 15 stating that sophomore Honors student Cassidy Barich passed away on Monday, March 13. Clay Motley, the Director of the Honors College, sent the message. “As a student leader in the Honors College, I want to make sure that you are aware, since undoubtedly many students in our community are affected by this tragic event,” Motley said in the email. Motley then said that if students wish to speak to speak to someone about Barich’s passing, they can contact Counseling and Psychological Services. “We are deeply...

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BOT approves Mike Martin’s contract

FGCU’s Board of Trustees appointed Mike Martin as the new university president in February. However, its work with him doesn’t stop there. On Tuesday, March 14, the BOT met to discuss Martin’s employment contract. The contract, which was drafted on Wednesday, March 8 and is formally called the “President’s Employment Agreement with Florida Gulf Coast University,” details Martin’s duties as President Wilson Bradshaw’s successor. Attorney Nikhil Joshi, who was hired by BOT chair Dudley Goodlette to write the contract, was present at the meeting. Joshi stood at the podium in the front of the ballroom during the majority of...

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General Counsel amends regulation to make textbooks more affordable

FGCU students may soon have access to more affordable textbooks. On Friday, March 10, the Office of the General Counsel updated regulation FGCU-PR3.003, “Textbook Adoption and Affordability.” “The purpose of this regulation is to establish textbook selection and adoption procedures to decrease the cost of textbooks to students, minimize the cost of textbooks for students, maintain the quality of education and ensure faculty academic freedom,” the general statement said. Changes made to the regulation were mostly grammatical. The adapted regulation included a few added commas, as well as changes in capitalization and word choice. FGCU’s Board of Trustees established...

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Eagle Pride and Fusion face off in SG debate

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article attributed FGCU Eagle Pride presidential candidate Emmalyn Green’s golf cart system idea to FGCU Fusion Party’s Jalisa White when Green said in the debate (beginning at the 42-minute marker of FGCU Student Government’s Facebook video), “One of the things that we addressed in our platform is actually convenience — not a parking issue but a parking convenience. How can we make parking more convenient for our students? And, so, there are ways … there are environmentally friendly golf carts that we can use to get students from the music building over to...

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New FGCU president chosen by Board of Trustees

Over a year after the announcement of FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw’s retirement, the Board of Trustees chose his replacement on Tuesday, Feb. 28 after a lengthy search process. Mike Martin, who is currently the chancellor at the Colorado State University System, will serve as the university’s fourth president starting on July 1. “Thank you very much,” Martin said after formally accepting the position. “It’s a great honor.” During the meeting, BOT members interviewed Mike, along with candidates Sue Martin, Mark McLellan and Mark Rudin for a final time, asking what the candidates would bring to FGCU and why they should be chosen for the position with a focus on performance...

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Student Government 2017 Election voting opens

Voting has officially begun for the 2017 Student Government Election. Voting began at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Students interested in voting for a new Student Body President, Vice President and Treasurer may now do so either in person or online. To vote in person, students can go to Cohen Center 247. Online voting can be done through EagleLink. Eagles can also select several senators representing the five colleges at FGCU on the ballot. On Monday, Feb. 27, SG uploaded a video to YouTube explaining how to cast a vote online. Current Student Body President Thieldens Elneus was featured in...

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Marieb Hall receives $10 million donation

FGCU received the single largest gift in the university’s history on Feb. 24. Faculty and staff gathered in the courtyard of Marieb Hall Friday morning to witness the unveiling of the $10 million donation to the College of Health and Human Services. “There’s no question that this is the best day in the college’s history,” CHHS Dean Mitchell Cordova said to the crowd. The donation was made by former biologist and nurse Elaine Nicpon Marieb, who has also authored 13 textbooks. Marieb Hall, which was named so in honor of Marieb when she donated $5 million to the college in 2012,...

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SG makes steps toward deeming FGCU a sanctuary campus

In the midst of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, members of FGCU’s Student Government discussed SG Resolution 1617-002, Mutual Respect, a resolution that could potentially make FGCU a sanctuary campus, during their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Sanctuary campuses, modeled after sanctuary cities, help shield undocumented students from being deported. The resolution, which was presented to senators in first reading on Tuesday, Feb. 14, focused on respecting other students and the diversity included on campus. “In our deliberations, we respect each other and diversity, we support mutual respect for diversity and people of other backgrounds,” the resolution said. According...

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