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Brice Ehmig makes NowThis News top 20 people who rocked 2016

Political science major Brice Ehmig turned heads on Aug. 19, 2016, when she started playing her bagpipes to peacefully protest against comments made by “The Preacher,” a man who has made hateful comments toward Ehmig and other students. Ehmig’s girlfriend, Gabby Cicolani recorded Ehmig’s protest in a two minute thirty-six second video. This video has spread far beyond the FGCU community, garnering over 300,000 views on Facebook and over 25,000 views on YouTube as individuals voice their solidarity with Ehmig’s demonstration. Most recently, on Dec. 26, NowThis News has listed Ehmig as second in the “top 20 people who...

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Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, at least 5 dead

At least five people were killed and at least eight were injured in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, Jan. 6. According to CNN, the airport was evacuated and the shooter, Esteban Santiago, 26, is now in custody. According to NBC 6, Santiago was a passenger on a Canadian flight with a checked gun. The shooter claimed his baggage and then proceeded to a bathroom to load his gun. Then, Santiago came out and started shooting. Santiago was on Delta flight #1088, traveling from Anchorage, Alaska to Minneapolis-St. Paul, which landed Friday morning. From there he...

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Communication students to hold racial dialogue event

Students from the Critical Race Theory in Communication class are presenting the 5th Dialogue on Race at FGCU Monday, Nov. 14. The event will feature theatrical performance of the students’ racial identity search process and cover social issues of race, racism and privilege. This event is one of many responses to the racial hate crime incident that occurred on a white board in Seidler Hall last month. The hate crime sparked protests from students and resulted in a list of demands for equity at the school, which president Wilson Bradshaw addressed in a school-wide email. The event will be...

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Family Resource Center earns accreditation

The Family Resource Center at FGCU has earned accreditation from the National Association of the Education of Young Children — the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children— after an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 research-based program standards, as well as the hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. The Family Resource Center is an Educational Research Center for Child Development (ERCCD) on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University. Affiliated with the FGCU College of Education, the Center offers...

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Police Beat: Berry pickers, pool problems, and fishing for alligators

Mother dearest A concerned mother contacted UPD on Sept. 13, at 5:38 p.m., because she had not heard from her daughter since she was supposed to be out of class at 4:30 p.m. UPD officers met with the mother and were able to determine the student had class until 7:15 p.m. The mother made contact with her daughter afterward. Pool problems At 1:25 a.m. on Sept. 15, UPD received reports of a suspicious person driving in a dark colored minivan driven by an older white male driving on the sidewalk between Biscayne and Everglades halls. University arrived to identify...

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Tampa Bay Times columnist to speak in Cohen Center

Ernest Hooper, the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist for Tampa Bay Times, will be speaking on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Cohen Center 247. Hooper, who has been writing for Tampa Bay Times since 1992, became the East Hillsborough Bureau chief in 2012. Aside from overseeing news content for the Times’ regional edition of the paper for eastern Tampa, Hooper also oversees news content for the SouthShore & Brandon Times and writes two columns a week. Hooper’s columns consist of commentaries on family, community issues and political perspectives. For more information on the event, contact adjunct public relations professor...

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Research institute to partner with FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute

As FGCU continues to grow larger than ever, the university’s cooperation with research does as well. On Monday, September 19, students are invited to be a part of the next move forward. The Board of Directors for the Clinical and Transitional Genome Research Institute will be presenting new initiatives for medical research, education, and work force development at FGCU’s Emergent Technologies Institute. CTGRI is a Florida- based company specializing in medical genetic research and education. Join them and leaders from Lee Memorial Health System, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida as well as other elected officials and community leaders as...

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Former FGCU baseball player Alex Diaz dies in car accident

Alex Diaz, a former shortstop on the FGCU baseball team, was killed in a car crash early Friday morning, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. According to Miami-Dade, Diaz was traveling west on SW 42 st. in his hometown of Miami in a Dodge Ram truck at a high speed when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck crashed into a concrete pillar at a home off of 42 st. Diaz was reported dead upon the arrival of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Diaz, 24, started all 56 games he played for FGCU during his last season on the...

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FGCU student to intern in Washington D.C.

Political science major and Fort Myers native Alexis Lasalle will soon be spending time working in the nation’s capital alongside congressmen. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute will be hosting Lasalle, along with 37 other interns, in Washington D.C. during its Summer Congressional Internship Program. “I’m going to apply all the things I learned here in Washington when I return to my community,” Lasalle said in a press release. “I’m excited to get involved in local elections, so we can get more representation for Latinos and other minority groups.” Lasalle also serves as the president of the Sigma Lambda Beta...

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ISIS claims responsibility for Brussels attack

More than 30 people have been killed in two separate attacks in Belgium at the Brussels International Airport and the Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday, March 22. Two explosions hit the Zaventem airport around 7 a.m., killing 11. When a third explosion struck the metro station near the European Union headquarters an hour later, 20 people were killed. Approximately 80 were injured. ISIS stated that it was behind the attack in an announcement made on the IS-linked Amaq...

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