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FGCU senior makes it on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Senior criminal justice major Jordan Brown stood in line for 15 days, camping out with 21 others, for a chance to make it on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” After waiting for 360 hours in front of the Daytona International Speedway, he found out that he would be competing on the show on Monday, April 3. “It was an amazing experience of being able to get to know people,” Brown, who is commonly known as “The Flash” on campus, said. “American Ninja Warrior” is a sports entertainment competition show that features contestants running through a series of obstacle courses. ANW...

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Students to protest the hate speech on campus

Students enrolled in Margaret Hambrick’s Rhetoric of Social Movements class will be hosting a protest on campus on Thursday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Pavilion. The protest, called “Soar Above the Hate,” will focus on bringing awareness to recent hate speech instances that have occurred on campus and “bring an end to this ignorance.” “This hate speech does not represent our university and will not be tolerated by our student body,” said junior communication major Nikoletta Pappas, who is helping run the public relations aspect of the protest. Protesters will walk through campus during the protest,...

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2017 Southwest Florida Distinguished Entrepreneur Award nominees announced

Come May, three local business owners working in Southwest Florida will be rewarded for their business success, their use of innovative technology and their business advocacy. The FGCU Florida Small Business Development Center announced the nominees for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Award on Friday, April 7. Thirty people made it to the final nominee list, including Tanya Veit of AAE Glass LLC, Louis Bruno of Bruno Air Conditioning, Dan Puleio of Cape Cleaners, Lourdes McLeod of McLeod’s Construction, Paint & Restoration and Kirk McFee of Kirk’s Coney Island. Three of the 30 will be awarded during...

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Board of Trustees work to approve 1991 land donation from Lee County

In 1991, when Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties were bidding over where FGCU would be located, the Lee County Board of Commissioners agreed to donate 320 acres of land from either Six Mile Cypress Slough or the Flint Pen Strand as an environmental laboratory. Twenty-six years later and the county is working toward fulfilling the obligation by offering 160 acres from Flint Pen Strand. During the Tuesday, April 11 Board of Trustees meeting, members discussed the county’s long-standing offer. In the memo detailing information about the property that was included in the meeting agenda, it stated that this action...

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Former Student Body President recognized at BOT meeting

The FGCU Board of Trustees passed a Resolution of Appreciation for FGCU senior and former Student Body President Thieldens Elneus during their Tuesday, April 11 meeting. Elneus served as the student voice on the board for two years (2015-2017) during his time in office. According to the meeting’s agenda, the resolution was written “in appreciation for his service.” University spokesperson Susan Evans read the resolution out loud during the meeting. “The Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees wishes to express appreciation for Thieldens Elneus’ outstanding service and wishes to recognize his commitment to FGCU students today and for...

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FGCU to host 10th annual Promising Pathways Conference

Families, educators and health care professionals will meet on campus in the Cohen Center ballroom for the 10th annual Promising Pathways Conference on Saturday, April 8. The conference will focus on addressing autism spectrum disorder, a neurodevelopmental disorder that includes limited social interaction, non-verbal communication and repetitive behavior and bringing information on the disorder to the community in Southwest Florida. The conference will include six keynote speakers from previous conferences. Richard Grinker, Mohammad Ghaziuddin, Robert Hendren, Peter Mundy, Beth Sulzer-Azaroff and Diane Treadwell-Deering will present 90-minute sessions throughout the day. According to the conference program, the keynote speakers have met...

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SG elects Senate president, pro-tempore and secretary

A few days after FGCU senior Jalisa White was formally inducted as the Student Body President, Student Government Senate held elections for three positions: senate president, pro-tempore and senate secretary on Tuesday, April 4. Three senators were nominated for senate president — Garrette Parsons, Jessica Held and Morgan Cooney. Parsons and Held accepted their nominations, while Cooney declined his. Parsons, who currently serves as the reference chairman of Tri Delta and an Emerging Eagles Mentor along with her involvement in SG, shared a five step plan with senators while presenting her candidate packet to the crowd. Parsons also wants...

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Violation of state law and Mike Martin’s contract discussed at BOT emergency meeting

Members of the FGCU Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. There were three items on the agenda: Mike Martin’s employment agreement, an election to fill a vacancy in the BOT position of vice chair and revising board bylaws regarding Chair of Audit and Compliance Committee. The board also touched on its recent breaking of two state laws. On March 28, the Florida Board of Governors’ inspector general office released a report that revealed that FGCU had violated state law twice, first by electing Faculty Senate president Shawn Felton as BOT vice...

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Eagle News awarded six SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

Staff members of FGCU’s independent student media group Eagle Media received six Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards on Friday, March 24. EN took home the following accolades for Region Three: Best Affiliated Website, Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper, Best Use of Multimedia, Best Feature Writing, Best Feature Photography and Best Sports Photography. SPJ’s Region Three includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The staff as a whole received recognition for their website,, which took home Best Affiliated Website. The staff as a whole also received recognition for Best All-Around Non-Daily...

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George Washington University professor to speak on Trump’s policies

Students interested in learning more about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and America’s role in the Middle East have the opportunity to attend “The United States and the Middle East in the Trump Era” lecture on Friday, March 24. At 6:30 p.m. in Edwards 112, Marc Lynch, a political science professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will be discussing the impact of President Trump’s approach to the Middle East. According to a press release, along with his professor position, Lynch is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, an independent policy research institute based in Beirut,...

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