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Taylor Crehan

EagleLAN will take over Alico Arena April 29

More than 600 people flocked to Alico Arena at FGCU last April. It was for a  different kind of sporting event, however. Those hundreds of individuals came together to play video games, and they’re about to do it again on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. According to an article published by Naples Herald, EagleLAN, held by Eagle eSports, is Southwest Florida’s largest video game event. Registered contestants will have their game consoles connected by cables on the floor of Alico Arena. Set-up for the event will begin at 10 a.m., competitions will begin at 11...

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Students to compete in Eagle Biz Awards

The Lutgert College of Business and the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering will once again team up to hold the Eagle Biz Awards on Friday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Emergent Technologies Institute. The Eagle Biz Awards, held by the FGCU Institute for Entrepreneurship, rewards both entrepreneurship and engineering students by allowing them to compete in teams to create a prototype of a product as well as a business plan that solves a problem in society. According to a press release, during the event, groups will present their prototypes to a panel of judges...

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FGCU website to get a new look

After a year and a half of analyzing software, gathering the opinion of students, faculty and staff and working with web designers, a prototype of FGCU’s new website was revealed on Tuesday, April 25. FGCU faculty and staff gathered in Cohen Center 213 to get a sneak peak of the new site, learn more information about it and the process of changing it. Several audience members were content editors, or people who have access to updating certain pages of the website. “You’re not seeing the finished site by any means today,” Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Deborah...

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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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