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Friends remember fallen FGCU student who ‘poured heart’ into everything

A chain-reaction car crash caused by a tractor-trailer that slammed into still traffic on northbound I-75 involved multiple cars and killed one on Thursday, Jan. 19, according to an article published by the Tampa Bay Times. FGCU sophomore Nadia Anderson, a native of Spring Hill, FL, was killed in the crash. Pedro Martinez-Fernandez, 39, was driving in the outside lane when he didn’t stop after approaching the stopped vehicles in front of him. He then slammed into the back of Anderson’s 2006 Saturn, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The truck then continued to drive across every northbound lane,...

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Alumni Association accepting board of directors applications

FGCU graduates seeking to assist the Alumni Association’s goals and continue their work on campus are invited to apply to become a member of the association’s board of directors. The board’s nominating committee will be accepting applications for the 2017-19 term now through Friday, March 17. Director of Alumni Relations Kimberly Wallace said that the board is accepting applications because some current members’ terms are up. “We actually look for new members every year,” Wallace said. “Our board of governors is a two-year term.” On average, the board receives about 20 applications during every application cycle. “It depends on...

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Homecoming and alumni weekend to combine

FGCU students new and old will have the opportunity to take part in numerous activities on campus from Feb. 6 through 11, when Alumni Weekend and Homecoming collide. According to a press release, the FGCU Alumni Association will be holding its 10th annual Alumni Weekend from Thursday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 11, while FGCU’s first ever homecoming celebration will take place during that same week, starting Monday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 11. Director of Alumni Relations Kimberly Wallace said that before planning for Alumni Weekend began, the Alumni Association contacted Athletics for help. “We actually contacted Athletics...

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UPD releases composites of sexual battery suspects

UPD is working toward finding the two suspects from the sexual battery that occurred on campus on Sunday, Jan. 1. UPD chief Steven Moore sent a “be on the lookout” document containing composite sketches of the two suspects via email to all students, faculty and staff on Friday, Jan. 13. The sketch on the left depicts a light-skinned black male, who was described as being 5 feet 8 inches and wearing black jeans, a black t-shirt and black tennis shoes during the incident. The sketch on the right depicts a white male, described as standing 6 feet tall, who...

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FGCU student to study opera in Italy

From serving as a senator in Student Government to being an active founding member of FGCU’s newest fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, senior vocal performance major Bradley Berry is well known around campus. What he is better known for, however, is his love of opera. Berry started singing opera when he was 13, when he began receiving private voice lessons in the bel canto style, an Italian-originated form of opera. Berry continued his opera career into high school, participating in chorus. These experiences encouraged him to continue singing into college. “It was only natural, with the immense help from my...

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FGCU founding president criticizes graduation rate

Roy McTarnaghan, the man who quite literally oversaw the creation of FGCU from the ground up, paid a visit to members of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Jan. 10. McTarnaghan, who served as the founding president of FGCU from 1993 to 1999, shared his thoughts on the university’s current graduation rates in front of trustees, faculty, and members of the public. Before he dove into his criticism, however, he congratulated the school on how quickly it has grown compared to other universities. “If you look around, and compare us with the kind of other newer institutions, we have...

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Gunfire reported at Edison Mall

The Fort Myers Police Department rushed to Edison Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 21 after receiving reports of gunfire inside Macy’s. According to WINK News, police responded to a shots heard call after a witness said that they heard gunshots. No victims were found and the mall was deemed safe according to NBC-2. Junior forensic studies major Brittani Anderson was working at American Eagle Outfitters, a few stores away from Macy’s, when the shots were heard. “We didn’t really find out what was happening,” Anderson said. “We just heard the gunshots and heard the people running and screaming.” Anderson said...

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FGCU students receive real estate scholarships

Two FGCU students have received the annual Real Estate Investment Society Paul Sands Memorial – REIS Scholarship. Finance majors Kayla Glover and Shannon Knaggs will receive $2,500 toward tuition and books from REIS, an organization based in Fort Myers that focuses on assisting members “in the effective utilization of real estate through networking, education, public service and a common voice on pertinent issues,” according to its website. “The REIS scholarship programs represent our commitment to our professions and our community,” REIS president Amanda Brock said. “We support student interest in business by providing financial assistance for their higher education...

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Albert Ruiz named finalist for 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy

FGCU striker Albert Ruiz is in the running to being crowned the best player in college soccer.  Ruiz was named a finalist for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy on Wednesday, Dec. 14.  The trophy is college soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, an accolade that spotlights the best college football player. Ruiz is one of three finalists, competing against Wake Forest University midfielder Ian Harkes and University of Maryland forward Gordon Wild.  The MAC Hermann Trophy has been awarded every year since 1967 and the winners are determined based on voting made by D-1 coaches. Ruiz is the first player in ASUN...

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FGCU named one of Florida’s most affordable colleges

FGCU has been ranked among the most affordable colleges in Florida by College Choice, an independent online publication. FGCU ranked sixth out of 10 schools, beating the University of West Florida in Pensacola, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the University of Florida in Gainesville and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The list included the school’s tuition, a link to its website and a paragraph describing the university. “FGCU has contributed widely through its research to a number of fields, including biotechnology, real estate, coastal watersheds, sustainable education, youth and justice studies and more,” FGCU’s description...

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