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FGCU hosts Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

Inthehopesofshininga light on suicide prevention, FGCU will host the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) “Out of the Darkness Campus Walk.” Students and community members will come together to walk throughout campus to raise awareness. The event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the 10th highest cause of death in the United States; through education and advocacy programs, the AFSP aims to reduce the suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. To participate in the walk, you can either sign up with a team or by...

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Swishes for Wishes comes to FGCU

Raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, FGCU’s Chi Omega sorority hosted its first philanthropic basketball tournament on Friday, Feb. 3, at the North Lake basketball courts, joining the sorority’s nationwide effort .   With the help of Campus Activities Director Jamie Mandie, each round of the tournament followed intramural rules. There was both a women’s bracket and a men’s bracket where there was each one winning team. On top of the points each team scored during the games, there were donation jars designated for each team; for every dollar donated, one point was added to their score.   Each...

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Delta House of Pancakes gives proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) sorority held its annual pancake dinner, Delta House of Pancakes (DHOP), on Friday, Feb. 2 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hosting roughly 500 people in only two hours, the Epsilon Alpha chapter at FGCU raised approximately $2,500 for the philanthropy. Since declaring St. Jude as its official philanthropy in 1999, Tri Delta has raised over $45 million nationwide for the organization. Setup in Sugden Hall, aluminum catering trays stacked twice as high as the table marked the start of the buffet. As you worked your way down the line...

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Earn service learning hours on the Library Lawn

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, FGCU will host the Eagle Marathon Day of Service on the Library Lawn. There will be two-hour opportunities throughout the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be dance and crafts, birthday card creation and t-shirt quilt making. The Office of Service Learning hopes the endless array of service to be done will help you discover your passion. Their service ambassadors have opportunities prepped and awaiting student participation — the ambassadors will lead the marathon and also provide info about upcoming events they’re leading. For info, contact...

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Trump’s views on flag burning are borderline authoritarian

Tuesday morning, president-elect Donald Trump tweeted out, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” At this point, it isn’t even funny to laugh at how ironic that statement is. It is the very same amendment that protects those expressing their disdain for the country that protects our future leader expressing his disdain toward people burning the flag. Don’t get me wrong, in no way am I supporting burning the American flag, but to persecute someone for promulgating his or her...

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The undecided have decided

Every election season, scads of undecided voters flock to the polls, having only decided that morning — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November — which candidate had earned their vote. This year, however, it seems the undecided have decided — not to vote. In a Fox News poll of registered voters, conducted July 31 through Aug. 2, one in five voters under age 35 wouldn’t choose between the two candidates, compared to just 12 percent of voters aged 35-54, and only 9 percent of voters 55 and older. With undecided voters often determining the outcomes of elections,...

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‘It seems one of our two major parties is heading toward progress’

creasingly overcome by spiteful, hateful and malicious political rhetoric, the placidity of the crowd at the Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Immokalee on Tuesday, Nov. 1 was a nice reminder that there can still be political discourse without ad hominem attacks. Feeling oddly like fall, the almost un–Florida-like venue seemed as if it was from a Hollywood movie — the tall, white wooden house sitting next to two old wooden barns behind the podium, the pumpkin patches and tractors out in the field. The event consisted of five speakers with the premier and final speaker being the 42nd president...

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The race is on for Lee County Sheriff

Mike Scott, Lee County Sheriff incumbent, earning 85 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, recently defeated his party challenger, Stephanie Eller — narrowing the race down to just two. Scott’s opponent and former employee, James Didio, is running unaffiliated (NPA), something someone has yet to successfully do in Lee County. Despite that the office of Sheriff in Lee County currently demands over 40 percent of the county’s operating budget, or $166.5 million with 1,600 people under his command, many voters don’t seem to know who the candidates are. Carter Hargreaves, a 22-year-old graduate student at FGCU seeking...

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Leaked Trump tape crosses the line from ‘locker room talk’ to sexual assault

The face of the Republican Party—the person advertising to not only lead, but represent the entire country—boasted about forcing himself onto women. In a tape from 2005 released on Friday by NBC, Trump said, “Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” The Trump campaign has attempted to nullify by labeling his comments as “locker room talk,” despite the fact that Trump was nowhere near the realm of an actual locker room at the time. He was, however, at...

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Hurricane Matthew nears East Coast

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all of Florida’s 67 counties after Hurricane Matthew shifted towards the east coast. Dwarfing the previous record of five seasons without a hurricane (1980-1984), the sunshine state has went nearly 11 consecutive years without a hurricane to make landfall. The last system to hit Florida was Wilma on Oct. 24, 2005. According to the Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of the 281 named hurricanes to make landfall in the United States since 1851, 114 have impacted Florida. This averages to roughly seven hurricanes every...

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