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Zack Rothman

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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FGCU hosts Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

In the hopes of shining a light on suicide prevention, FGCU will host the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “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, 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...

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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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