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SG makes steps toward deeming FGCU a sanctuary campus

In the midst of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, members of FGCU’s Student Government discussed SG Resolution 1617-002, Mutual Respect, a resolution that could potentially make FGCU a sanctuary campus, during their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Sanctuary campuses, modeled after sanctuary cities, help shield undocumented students from being deported. The resolution, which was presented to senators in first reading on Tuesday, Feb. 14, focused on respecting other students and the diversity included on campus. “In our deliberations, we respect each other and diversity, we support mutual respect for diversity and people of other backgrounds,” the resolution said. According...

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Police Beat: Preachers, McDonald’s, and oil spills

Oil Spill On Friday, Feb. 3 at 9:21 a.m., UPD officers found that, after a vehicle had broken down, approximately two gallons of oil spilled across the floor of Garage 3. Officers referred this incident to FGCU Physical Plant as a hazardous material. Soaking up the Sun On Friday, Feb. 3 at 3:07 p.m., a complainant called stating there was a shirtless 50-year-old male in the middle of the bus loop shrubbery. The man was reported to be walking back and forth between the plants wearing only cargo pants. The subject reported to UPD that he is from out...

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FGCU students gather to protest Trump’s immigration policies

Chanting echoed throughout FGCU’s main campus when nearly 50 students marched in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies early Friday morning. “No ban, no wall, immigrants we welcome all” echoed, as students, faculty and community members marched in solidarity from Lutgert Hall to the Cohen Center where they held a one-hour sit-in in the cafeteria. Cheering mixed with sneers greeted the protestors. While some students clapped, others shouted “Go Trump!” and a few gave a Nazi-like salute. Farshad Aminian-Tankei, the associate professor of media studies for philosophy and communications, joined the protest to express his concerns on Trump’s...

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How two FGCU freshman turned an idea into a business

When someone posted “Five bucks, who wants to do my laundry?” on a student Facebook group, two FGCU freshmen got the idea to start a cleaning business. Scrub-a-dub Dorm is the brainchild of freshmen Courtney Vijil and Brooke VanderVere, who, like many college students, wanted to make a little extra money. Together, Vijil and VanderVere created a cleaning service aimed toward college students, catering to their notoriously busy schedules, seven days a week. “A lot of people post things on the FGCU’s Class of 2020 Facebook group like, ‘Five bucks, who wants to do my laundry?’ so we decided...

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Alumni address concerns with former presidential search candidate Tom Grady

A group of FGCU alumni sent a letter addressed to the Presidential Search Advisory Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 15 regarding concerns with the committee’s decision to move a certain candidate forward. The letter, which was sent to Eagle News by alumnus Andres Machado and written by Machado, Madina Behori, Lori Boegershausen, Sherona Edwards, Kenneth Esquilin, Emilio Feijoo, Deion Jones, Lindsay Leban, Lucy Leban, Kathleen Leon, Christie Mauretour, Cory Mentzer, Jordan Nation and Tatiana Rodriguez, centers on the group’s concerns with former candidate Tom Grady. After the second day of on-campus interviews on Thursday, Feb. 16, the committee chose four...

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FGCU basketball player and another student arrested in connection to auto burglary

FGCU students Jordan Burkes and basketball player Courtney “C.J.” Williamsonbey were arrested and charged with one count of burglary of conveyance and one count of grand theft on Thursday, Feb. 9 in connection to the Garage B burglaries that were reported on Feb. 2. According to the arrest report released on Saturday, Feb. 11, Burkes and Williamsonbey were seen on surveillance cameras walking around the second floor of Garage B on Jan. 31 at approximately 2:45 p.m. The two were seen walking in between cars, pulling on the handles to check for unlocked doors. At approximately 2:56 p.m., Burkes...

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Police Beat: Bike theft, drunk mama, and hotboxing

Learner’s Permit On Friday, Jan. 27 at 1:27 a.m., a UPD officer pulled over a vehicle for an obstructed tag. The officer then searched the vehicle due to the strong odor of marijuana. The driver was found to only possess a learner’s permit and was issued a citation for driving without a 21 or older passenger. The passengers were found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Advice from UPD On Friday, Jan. 27 at 5:12 p.m., a female student came to UPD to get advice about a friendship. Her friend’s boyfriend had been texting her all day...

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Sole original presidential candidate drops from running

The search for Wilson Bradshaw’s replacement continues to lengthen, as Daniel Heimmermann, the sole remaining original candidate for FGCU’s presidency, dropped out on Friday, Feb. 10. Presidential Search Advisory Committee chair Ken Smith sent an email to all students, faculty and staff regarding Heimmermann’s withdrawal. Included in the email was a statement written by Heimmermann explaining his decision. “After much reflection with my family, we have decided that it would be best for me to withdraw from the president search at Florida Gulf Coast University,” Heimmermann said. “I have appreciated the opportunity to meet the search committee and your...

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Search committee advances 10 candidates for president position

Ten candidates have been selected by FGCU’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee to advance in next week’s interview process in pursuit of President Wilson Bradshaw’s replacement. The PSAC held a meeting Monday, Feb. 6 in the Cohen Center where candidates were selected for on campus interviews. The 10 candidates include Ira Blake, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; Kelli McCormack Brown, interim president at Valdosta State University; Michael Martin, chancellor emeritus and senior fellow at Colorado State University System. Susan Martin, president emeritus and professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University also made...

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Terry Tempest Williams returns to FGCU after 12 years

Terry Tempest Williams approached the podium in a packed room, then stepped back to recollect herself. She tried and failed to begin once more — tears pooling in her eyes but never falling. “It is an absolute privilege to return to Florida Gulf Coast University,” Williams began after a minute of silence. “This is a healing process.” The environmental author and activist was referring to the healing process of the wound caused by then-University President William Merwin disinviting her to speak on campus back in 2004. It took 12 years — and an annual student dialogue named in her...

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