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Police Beat: Kidnapped alligator, uninvited guests, and sign slip-up

Uninvited guests On Thursday, March 30 at 6:06 p.m., UPD received a report that the subject was staying in a room he was not assigned to. Officers went to Osprey Hall and found that no one was there, but there was evidence of an air mattress and pillow on the floor. Coffee talk On Thursday, March 30 at 6:20 p.m., an RA reported a fight had broken out between two roommates in North Lake Village. The subject threw a coffee cup at the RA, but later stated it was an accident. Buyer’s remorse On Thursday, March 30 at 7:58...

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FGCU to host 10th annual Promising Pathways Conference

Families, educators and health care professionals will meet on campus in the Cohen Center ballroom for the 10th annual Promising Pathways Conference on Saturday, April 8. The conference will focus on addressing autism spectrum disorder, a neurodevelopmental disorder that includes limited social interaction, non-verbal communication and repetitive behavior and bringing information on the disorder to the community in Southwest Florida. The conference will include six keynote speakers from previous conferences. Richard Grinker, Mohammad Ghaziuddin, Robert Hendren, Peter Mundy, Beth Sulzer-Azaroff and Diane Treadwell-Deering will present 90-minute sessions throughout the day. According to the conference program, the keynote speakers have met...

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Violation of state law and Mike Martin’s contract discussed at BOT emergency meeting

Members of the FGCU Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. There were three items on the agenda: Mike Martin’s employment agreement, an election to fill a vacancy in the BOT position of vice chair and revising board bylaws regarding Chair of Audit and Compliance Committee. The board also touched on its recent breaking of two state laws. On March 28, the Florida Board of Governors’ inspector general office released a report that revealed that FGCU had violated state law twice, first by electing Faculty Senate president Shawn Felton as BOT vice...

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Alligator found in FGCU students’ dorm room

FGCU students took a picture of a gator in their Palmetto Hall dorm room and posted it on Snapchat Saturday, April 1. The post spread quickly across campus and eventually ended up in UPDs possession. According to the incident report, when UPD was advised of the gator, it wasn’t in the dorm room anymore and was possibly in a student’s trunk. UPD requested Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to come on scene and handle the issue. The alligator was already dead before the students brought it to their dorm rooms. According to FWC public information officer Brian Norris,...

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Muslim refugee shares experience on campus

The clock read 2 p.m. when 8-year-old Una Bilic left the basement to meet her mother as she routinely did after school. She walked until people began dropping to the floor screaming, “Snipers! The snipers are here! Run!” Bilic knew her mother was waiting for her on the main street. It was 2 p.m. She always waited. Bilic’s friends pleaded in tears for her to return to the school basement, but she took off in search of her waiting mother. Bodies crashed to the floor as she ran and the sound of sniper bullets thrashed through flesh and airwaves...

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THE Big C sweeps the 2017 Leadership and Involvement Awards

Many deserving students were acknowledged at the FGCU Dean of Students’ Office’s 2017 Leadership and Involvement Awards ceremony Monday, April 3, but through the 26 awards, one name, in particular, kept coming up — THE Big C. The service-based RSO formed in September 2016 and, within a single semester, managed to tally 1,500 service-learning hours. Because of its dedication to serving the campus and the community, the club took home the awards for the Outstanding Service and Program of the Year. “When we succeed, we succeed in unison, and when we fail, we work together to get back up...

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Police Beat: Parking struggles, car prayers, and burnt fridge

Smoky On Wednesday, March 22 at 9:12 p.m., a Chick-Fil-A employee called UPD and said they smelled smoke. Before calling, the employee was moving the snack fridge and a cord snapped, causing the burning smell. The Physical Plant determined it was the cooler which has now been removed. Pass, fail or disappear On Thursday, March 23 at 4:15 p.m., a complainant called asking for a welfare check on a student who hadn’t been to class for two weeks. The student was supposed to be grading a test for a professor during this time. UPD got in contact with the...

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FGCU is losing its alligator population

FGCU is losing its alligator population because people are feeding the alligators. Phillip Allman, FGCU professor of vertebrate zoology, said that FGCU used to have a lot of big alligators on campus. Allman said that feeding campus alligators has been going on for a long time, and he has noticed this since he began teaching at FGCU 10 years ago. He feels that because of this, FGCU has lost most of the bigger alligators. “If you are walking somewhere and notice someone handing you free food, then maybe it is worth trying a second time when you are hungry...

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Meet the 2017 Hall of Fame

The second-story of the Cohen Center holds the FGCU Hall of Fame – the highest recognition given to student leaders. A collection of 10 picture frames organized by year line the walls and will grow by one, as 10 students have been selected into the Hall of Fame for the 2016-17 school year. Jordan Blankenship, Emmalyn Green, Caroline Haney, Andrea Jarquin, Nyasia Jenkins, Nora Johnson, Sara Lohbauer, Paul Olivera, Logan Schulz and Sarah Stauring are the newest members of the 2017 FGCU Hall of Fame. “The recipients this year, and every year, are outstanding student leaders who have excelled...

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Police Beat: Ticket trickster, disappearing drunkies, and more white nationalism posters

Washroom weed On Sunday, March 12, UPD was requested to standby while a student’s dorm was searched. A small amount of a green leafy substance was found in the bathroom. All were field-tested and tested positive for marijuana and were turned over to housing. Action movie On Sunday, March 12, UPD received a call at 8:59 p.m. that a student was in violation of university rule. The student was in possession of two airsoft riffles, one airsoft shot gun, three or four airsoft handguns and two samurai swords. The reason why the student had these objects is because he...

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