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FGCU DACA recipient shares his story

If you were to one day wake up in a country that you knew nothing about — didn’t speak the language, didn’t understand the culture, and didn’t know anyone there — what would you do? FGCU freshman, Isaac Alonso, has been asking himself this question over and over again the past couple of years. “To call it scary is an understatement. It’s like trying to think of infinity. You just can’t process it,” Alonso said. Though for many this may be a far-fetched idea, for Alonso, this hypothetical inches closer and closer to reality every day. Since Alonso was...

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Uber Safe Ride Program

As the wake of budget cuts ripples through the university, Student Government Senate has proposed a bill allocating $20,000 for an Uber Safe Ride Program. If approved, the program purchases 1,000 codes, each containing a $20 credit. Students would receive their code by submitting a form on Eagle Link, ensuring no student receives more than one. The codes will be first come, first serve. Though the proposed plan doesn’t limit when the credit can be used, it does limit where. The program would cover the area south of Daniels Parkway down to Corkscrew Rd. and the area east of...

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Embracing sanctuary policies

Imagine drug gangs have laid waste to your town, burning down houses and killing people in the street. Now imagine you’re only 7-years-old — completely helpless without your parents. They say it’s no longer safe in Mexico and decide to flee the violence for a better life in America. You’ve now lived through trauma, been uprooted from your home and are in a foreign land. Not even a year later, just as you start to settle into your new life, your parents are forcibly removed from your home right in front of your eyes. Under the Deferred Action for...

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FGCU violates Florida state law

The Florida Board of Governors’ inspector general office issued a report on March 28, stating that FGCU had violated state law on two separate occasions. The investigation was prompted by eight allegations that were first brought to the FGCU Audit Office. State law mandates that any person bringing forth such allegations be deemed a whistle-blower and that the names of whistle-blowers remain confidential. According to the 81-page report, only two of the eight allegations were sustained. The first violation occurred when FGCU elected its Faculty Senate president as the Board of Trustees’ vice president, which doesn’t comply with a Board...

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Zeta Tau Alpha to host Alico Family Golf Night

Zeta Tau Alpha will host their Alico Family Golf Night on Thursday, March 30, at Alico Family Golf. Twenty-Five percent of the proceeds from mini golf as well as the driving range will be donated to breast cancer education and awareness. Nationally, ZTA is partnered with multiple Think Pink programs, such as The American Cancer Society, National Football League and Bright Pink. Though food and drinks will be available for purchase, they will not be included in the proceeds for the philanthropy. Golf clubs will be provided by the facility for those who do not have their own. No...

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President Bradshaw responds to bias-based incidents

On Wednesday, March 22, five days after nine faculty members raised concerns about racially charged posters being placed around campus, President Wilson Bradshaw publicly responded to the bias-based incident. In the fifth of a series of letters titled “From the President’s Desk – Biased-Based Incidents,” Bradshaw closed the message stating, “This does not just happen. It has to be intentional, and the necessary personal commitment and leadership are shared by all of us.” According to records obtained by Eagle News, the public announcement was preceded by an email from Bradshaw to the nine faculty members — Dr. Kevin Aho,...

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FGCU students team up with the Ocean Blue Project to help clean SWFL water

Next weekend, on March 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Ocean Blue Project will be working with a group of FGCU students on a community service learning project to help clean up the beach. Originally founded on Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon, the goal of the OBP is to spread awareness about the importance of clean water by providing planning and technical assistance to landowners, communities and local governments. The group’s main focus is to improve urban water quality by using a holistic ecosystem-based approach that works to lower excess nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and E. coli....

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Office of Service Learning will host its second annual Eagles Care Book Fair

On Wednesday, March 22, from 10 a.m. until noon, the Office of Service Learning will host its second annual Eagles Care Book Fair on the Library Lawn. Fifty underprivileged preschool aged children from the local community will be at FGCU to participate in a morning full of fun and education. The Office of Service Learning will bring 50 preschoolers from Gladiolus Learning Center to take part in sack races, ring tosses, dance parties and face painting. The children will also have some reading time from a guest reader. Last year at the inaugural event, the president of FGCU Student...

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Habitat for Humanity Club build

This Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., FGCU’s Habitat for Humanity Club will be participating in a build at the national organization’s Lee County build site located at 1288 North Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers. The club will work with the Habitat for Humanity Organization of Lee and Hendry Counties to do anything from raising a house, to demolishing one — anything construction related. Habitat for Humanity is a private, nonprofit organization that is funded by local individuals, businesses and faith organizations. According to its website, the Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties...

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Starbucks employees help Lee County Homeless Coalition

This past Monday, March 13, Starbucks employees volunteered for a United Way Day of Caring project hosted by the Lee County Homeless Coalition, its annual Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down. A stand down is a military term used to describe a brief respite from combat where troops could access a variety of services. The objective of this stand down was to help both veterans and homeless individuals get what they need by providing services in a one-stop setting. Starbucks volunteers assisted by surveying individuals as they entered the event to find out information critical to their needs....

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