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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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Muslim Student Association to hold henna event

English major and president of the Muslim Student Association Farwa Khan along with biology major and vice president of the MSA Sharin Shafi will bring a taste of diverse culture to the MSA’s second annual henna fundraiser event. Students and faculty can decorate their hands at the event by choosing from a variety of henna designs. Prices for henna tattoos range from $2 for simple designs and can increase depending on the complexity of the design. The fundraiser will take place at the Veterans Pavilion on March 28 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. “We noticed there’s not a lot...

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Eagle News awarded six SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

Staff members of FGCU’s independent student media group Eagle Media received six Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards on Friday, March 24. EN took home the following accolades for Region Three: Best Affiliated Website, Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper, Best Use of Multimedia, Best Feature Writing, Best Feature Photography and Best Sports Photography. SPJ’s Region Three includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The staff as a whole received recognition for their website,, which took home Best Affiliated Website. The staff as a whole also received recognition for Best All-Around Non-Daily...

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George Washington University professor to speak on Trump’s policies

Students interested in learning more about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and America’s role in the Middle East have the opportunity to attend “The United States and the Middle East in the Trump Era” lecture on Friday, March 24. At 6:30 p.m. in Edwards 112, Marc Lynch, a political science professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will be discussing the impact of President Trump’s approach to the Middle East. According to a press release, along with his professor position, Lynch is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, an independent policy research institute based in Beirut,...

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UPD sends out alert in reference to the white supremacy flyers

UPD sent an email to faculty, staff and students concerning the Vanguard America posters that have been found throughout campus Thursday, March 23. The letter stated that on Monday, March 13, UPD removed approximately 30 Vanguard America posters from two boardwalks and the academic core buildings. This isn’t the first time these posters have been seen around campus. Back in December, students started noticing the flyers taped on walls and light posts. In the email, UPD says that “although not a crime, the method of posting violates university policy and flyer is concerning due to the bias nature of...

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