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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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Seventh annual Walk for Wishes grants wishes to children in Southwest Florida

A place renowned for making the hopes and dreams of its students possible opened its doors this past Saturday, Feb. 25, to help grant wishes for children of Southwest Florida. This past weekend, FGCU hosted the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Seventh Annual Walk for Wishes, a 5K walk/run at FGCU’s recreation fields. Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser that has already granted roughly 270,000 wishes. The walk around FGCU Boulevard began at 8:30 a.m. as participants took off from the starting line. UPD was stationed around the campus circle to ensure the safe flow of regular university traffic as...

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The analysis of Trump and ‘fake news’

Before the modernization of technology enabled the creation of news outlets tailored to each individual political stance, it seemed the electorate was less sensitive about the information they consumed. People would read each section of the newspaper and whether they disagreed with it or not, that was the news. If there did happen to be a mistake, which humans are prone to making, the paper would run a correction the next print issue. It wasn’t ever interpreted as fake or malicious, just simply an error. However, in today’s America, if you disagree with something that may even be in...

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Southwest Florida Nationals Car Show

The 4th Annual Southwest Florida Nationals Car Show will take place on March 18 and 19 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida (UCPSWFL), the local affiliate of the national UCP organization. United Cerebral Palsy provides services for behavioral-focused residential homes and adult day services for people with cognitive and physical challenges. The money they receive is spent toward programs and services that directly benefit people with disabilities and their families. More than 30,000 people with disabilities and their families receive assistance from...

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Mothers Home Supply Drive

Located in Merwin Hall, outside room 145, a box sits awaiting donations of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, unused makeup, hair supplies, deodorant and any other basic necessities of life. The Mothers Home Supply Drive, put on by FGCU’s Phi Alpha National Honor Society, aims to help mothers in need by collecting toiletries, other bathroom supplies or just about anything that could be helpful. The box, which lays in front of Dr. Bruster’s office, will be accepting donations up until April...

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The 7th Annual 5K walk/run benefitting the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

The 7th Annual Walk for Wishes, a 5K walk/run benefitting the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, will be held at FGCU’s recreation fields on Saturday, Feb. 25. Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser that has already granted roughly 270,000 wishes. The fundraiser is a certified, timed 5K walk/run. All ages are encouraged to participate in the event to help make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Pre-registration fees for the Walk for Wishes are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 13 years old and younger. Registration is available online at

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