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Board of Trustees work to approve 1991 land donation from Lee County

In 1991, when Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties were bidding over where FGCU would be located, the Lee County Board of Commissioners agreed to donate 320 acres of land from either Six Mile Cypress Slough or the Flint Pen Strand as an environmental laboratory. Twenty-six years later and the county is working toward fulfilling the obligation by offering 160 acres from Flint Pen Strand. During the Tuesday, April 11 Board of Trustees meeting, members discussed the county’s long-standing offer. In the memo detailing information about the property that was included in the meeting agenda, it stated that this action...

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FGCU alumna holds sexual assault lecture based on personal experience

Bonny Shade, a member of the FGCU Class of 2010, lectured before a crowd of FGCU students and faculty on a topic that has been a source of intense discussion and debate on college campuses everywhere on Monday, April 10 in Edwards Hall room 112. Shade’s lecture, entitled “Just Another Assault,” explored the stigma surrounding sexual assault and the actions that can be taken to prevent it. Shade, who was in Zeta Tau Alpha and served as an Eagle View Orientation Leader during her time on campus, opened the lecture by asking the audience to count the number of...

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Student Government holds annual Earth Day festival

Self-portraits infused with fire, water, earth and wind — the four earthly elements — lined the Environmental Arts table and other student organizations, like the Colloquium Student Naturalists. The tables offered information on the importance of campus wildlife during Student Government’s annual Earth Day Festival on Tuesday, April 11. Jade Chalkley, Director of Sustainability for Student Government, worked alongside other student organizations to create a weeklong event with educational activities focusing on sustainability. “Eagle Earth Day is one of the longest standing events here at FGCU,” Chalkley said. “We’ve had the sustainability component in our (FGCU) mission statement for...

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Past sorority president investigated for misusing thousands in sorority funds

A former president of the sorority Chi Omega took approximately $7,000 in sorority funds according to a recently released UPD report. Two students in the sorority met with UPD and Detective Joseph Anderson to discuss a theft made in 2016 by then-president Natalie Susanne Benson on Friday, March 31. According to the UPD report, the two students said that, in 2016, members of the organization discovered that Benson had misused the sorority chapter’s credit card for unauthorized spending, leaving $7,000 unaccounted for. It was stated in the report that the Chi Omega board members conducted an investigation and had...

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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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