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FGCU celebrates Adaptive Recreation month

FGCU celebrated Adaptive Recreation Month on Thursday, Oct. 15. The events were organized by Campus Recreation, the Office of Adaptive Services, the Rehabilitation Sciences Department in the College of Health Professions and Social Work and the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. The day featured five different activities that aimed to illustrate the struggles people with disabilities go through. Adaptive paddling took place from 10 a.m. to noon at the FGCU Waterfront. From 2 to 3 p.m. blindfold yoga was practiced at the Rec Center Group Fitness Studio. Goal ball, a soccer-like game where players move around on...

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ZombiCon shooting: Students share stories, two students injured

A shooting Saturday night at the ninth annual ZombiCon claimed the life of one man and injured five other people in downtown Fort Myers. All injured victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, four were transported to Lee Memorial hospital, while the fifth suffered a laceration and refused medical attention. Fort Myers Police Department identified the dead man Sunday morning as Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, of Okeechobee. Taylor died at the scene. According to the Fort Myers Police Department, the shooting happened around 11:45 p.m. in front of Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza restaurant at 2224 First St., near the corner of First...

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Naples Zoo throws a party for the Latino community

Upon entering the Naples Zoo this past weekend, it was clear there was something exciting going on. A disc jockey welcomed you at the front entrance with upbeat dance music, while children were excitedly holding their Dora the Explorer and Diego inflatable dolls. Hispanic Heritage Month celebration was in full swing. Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Since 1968, the United States has celebrated Hispanic heritage. For 21 years, it was a weeklong celebration that was until 1989, when it was expanded to be...

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Pirate festival comes to Fort Myers Beach from Oct. 9 to 11

If you like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and the whole pirate theme excites you, then Salty Sam’s 10th annual Pirate Festival is the party for you. The festival will be held from Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11 on Old San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. It is a charity event and an opportunity for family fun during the Columbus Day weekend. Abby Eischen, a freshman marine science major, believes that the festival has the makings to be a great success. “I think the Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach is a fantastic idea for little kids and...

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FGCU International Reception welcomes new country

The Cohen Center Ballroom at FGCU was filled with delicious scents, upbeat music and a diverse group of people the evening of Sept. 18. There was a piece of candy from a different part of the world at each place setting to greet attendees at FGCU’s 19th annual International Reception. The International Reception has been the longest-running event of its kind at FGCU. It serves to welcome international students, welcome back study abroad students, recognize those involved with these programs and teach what the programs have to offer. The event’s master of ceremonies was  Gerritt VanderMeer, FGCU assistant professor...

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Students fetch donations for dogs in need

Last week, Florida Gulf Coast University students decided to use the last few dollars in their pockets to purchase a tennis ball. Pause for Paws, a student-run organization on campus that volunteers with dogs and cats at the Gulf Coast Humane Society, tabled all week to raise money for GCHS. The club raised $200 in total. The mission of the club is “to pause for a moment and help paws find a home.” Jennifer Levin founded Pause for Paws two years ago out of her love for volunteering. The organization started out with just her and five friends and...

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On Campus with Mr. Green

ENTV’s Meilin Tompkins visits the friendliest greeter on campus, Robert Green. Originally from Louisiana, and always beaming a great big smile, Green has become a staple on campus. Watch the video to see him in...

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