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Police Beat: Drunk and lost, hungry bear, and late night rendezvous

False alarm       On Thursday, June 15 at 12:57 a.m., UPD responded to a fire-alarm call at a residence on FGCU Lake Parkway East. A resident notified officers that an individual had pulled the fire alarm outside of the building and then got into a dark Dodge Charger. The resident was unable to recognize who pulled the alarm. Hungry bear On Monday, June 12 at 10:18 p.m., UPD found a black bear near Palmetto Hall in South Village. Officers chased the bear back into the woods and found garbage cans by Biscayne, Everglades and   Palmetto knocked...

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Police Beat: Easter goodies, injured bird, and kitten ghosts

Drowning bike On Monday, April 17, a father called UPD at 11: 12 p.m. asking for his son’s bike to be removed from the South Bridge Loop lake. UPD was able to retrieve the bike from the lake and return it to the owner. Alligator on the run On Monday, April 17 at 6:47 p.m., an alligator was found between Howard and Griffin Halls. The animal was safely returned to the pond by the Wellness Center. Trespassers On Monday, April 17, UPD officers found a couple in a car parked by Manatee in West Lake Village at 9:50 p.m....

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EagleLAN will take over Alico Arena April 29

More than 600 people flocked to Alico Arena at FGCU last April. It was for a  different kind of sporting event, however. Those hundreds of individuals came together to play video games, and they’re about to do it again on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. According to an article published by Naples Herald, EagleLAN, held by Eagle eSports, is Southwest Florida’s largest video game event. Registered contestants will have their game consoles connected by cables on the floor of Alico Arena. Set-up for the event will begin at 10 a.m., competitions will begin at 11...

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Campus bids farewell to President Bradshaw

(Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Music: “Hawaiian Morning” by Jet Sky via SoundCloud through Creative Commons.) President Wilson Bradshaw made his final speech before the FGCU student body at the President’s Farewell Luau on the Library Lawn Tuesday, April 25. After a decade of serving as FGCU’s president, Bradshaw is set to retire on June 30. “I can’t believe it’s already been ten years…watching this institution grow and mature and expand and the hard work that the faculty and staff do has made my experience here at Florida Gulf Coast University something special,” Bradshaw said during his speech. President-elect...

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Police Beat: Suspicious person, fake jobs, and drug-addicted potatoes

Found property On Tuesday, April 11 at 1:44 a.m., officers located a duffle bag at North Lake Village. The bag was full of dirty gym clothes and was left by the owner’s car. Fight me On Tuesday, April 11 at 10:46 p.m., a complainant reported to UPD that she had been receiving threatening texts from a person she did not know who wanted to “fight” her. UPD officers advised the complainant to block the number and end further communications. Missing keys On Wednesday, April 12 at 3:04 a.m., a dining hall employee requested an officer to bring bolt cutters...

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FGCU’s tobacco ban hasn’t stopped student smokers

The tobacco ban at FGCU has not stopped students from smoking on campus. FGCU became a tobacco-free campus starting in summer 2016.  Since then, UPD has issued verbal and written warnings to students smoking on campus behind academic buildings, housing buildings and in parking garages. Since January 2017, UPD has issued 25 warnings to FGCU students and guests who are non-students for tobacco use on campus. Professors and other university staff have called in multiple incidents of students smoking on campus to UPD. “Dozens of students are smoking behind Reed Hall every day and making a huge mess. I...

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Students rally against hate speech

What began as a class assignment evolved into a demonstration of sign-bearing students gathered on the library lawn on Thursday afternoon for the Soar Above Hate rally, an event to bring awareness to the recent hate speech incidents that have taken place on campus. The rally included speeches by FGCU students and performances by freshman vocalist Ashley Almedia and local theatrical ethnography S(he) Will Fade as well as a march and the reading of a list of demands the class feels the university should meet. The demands included required diversity and safe-zone training for faculty along with a required...

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FGCU senior makes it on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Senior criminal justice major Jordan Brown stood in line for 15 days, camping out with 21 others, for a chance to make it on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” After waiting for 360 hours in front of the Daytona International Speedway, he found out that he would be competing on the show on Monday, April 3. “It was an amazing experience of being able to get to know people,” Brown, who is commonly known as “The Flash” on campus, said. “American Ninja Warrior” is a sports entertainment competition show that features contestants running through a series of obstacle courses. ANW...

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Students to protest the hate speech on campus

Students enrolled in Margaret Hambrick’s Rhetoric of Social Movements class will be hosting a protest on campus on Thursday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Pavilion. The protest, called “Soar Above the Hate,” will focus on bringing awareness to recent hate speech instances that have occurred on campus and “bring an end to this ignorance.” “This hate speech does not represent our university and will not be tolerated by our student body,” said junior communication major Nikoletta Pappas, who is helping run the public relations aspect of the protest. Protesters will walk through campus during the protest,...

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Police Beat: Lost property, dog on the run, and alligator strikes again

Jacked up On Tuesday, April 4 at 8:11 p.m., UPD officers lent a complainant a tire jack and assisted in helping him fix the flat tire on his vehicle. Beer bottle meets tragic end On Wednesday, April 5 at 11:14 p.m., two individuals in Garage B were given verbal warnings for littering. The subjects were walking down a stairwell when they saw a beer bottles on the ledge and decided to knock them off. It shattered on the first floor outside area. Lost property On Thursday, April 6 at 10:11 a.m., an Eagle ID and a Victoria’s Secret gift...

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