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A movement is brewing

A little over a month after the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, FL,  Fort Myers took a stance against gun violence. On Saturday, March 24, about 2,000 residents – students, invigorated citizens and political hopefuls alike – took to the streets to make their voices heard. By midday, protesters from the March For Our Lives rally in downtown Fort Myers flooded the field at Centennial Park, wielding an array of makeshift signs, ready to exercise their First Amendment rights. Ann Kiely, a 16-year resident of Lee County, said what brought her out to her community’s rally was “common sense.” The...

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Student Body Supreme Court denies ACTION’s appeal

The Student Body Supreme Court dismissed ACTION party’s appeal of the 2018 Student Government Election on Tuesday, March 13. According to records obtained by Eagle News, a letter drafted by Chief Justice Ashley Sambrun, Associate Justice Shane Broadstone and Associate Justice Sophie Scarfo stated that the judiciary began its review of the case on Monday, March 12, after receiving ACTION Party’s appeal prior to Spring Break. The appeal, which was sent in on March 3 by Nick Vargas, ACTION Party’s presidential candidate, claimed the SOAR Party participated in campaign activity that wasn’t in coherence with the Election Code. On March 6, Eagle News reached out to Jalisa White, current Student Body President and President-Elect. On March 12, Eagle News received a response. “Because of the election results not being verified by the Senate yet and a submitted appeal from the other party, I would not like to go into detail about the election to respect their right to appeal,” White said. “However, I believe the election was fair for both parties involved.” White is expected to release a statement “addressing the student body… in the near future.” The Supreme Court addressed each of Vargas’s reasons for the appeal, stating that they had “reviewed previous minutes from past grievances hearings that show candidates were disqualified for door-to-door campaigning,” not for passing out platform cards. The court also addressed Vargas’s concern that...

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Students discover mold at The Reef, receive little help from management

(EN Photo / Brad Young) Reported by Emily Ford and Taylor Crehan. Her belongings sit in trash bags in her closet. Her carpet has been torn up, leaving nothing but bare concrete. She’s spent $1,700 in hotel expenses and has been sleeping on the couch. This is sophomore business management major Alex Ciatti’s life in The Reef, and she isn’t the only one. Over a dozen other residents have been bringing up similar complaints — oddly humid rooms, persistent coughs and a musty stench. After further inspection, they all have one thing in common: mold. “I started noticing the...

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Bradshaw addresses President Trump’s travel ban

In an email sent to FGCU students, faculty and staff on Friday, Feb. 3, President Wilson Bradshaw broke the university’s weeklong silence following President Donald Trump’s executive order and travel ban. Other postsecondary institutions across the nation, namely UF and FSU in-state, responded almost immediately to the ban, which FSU President John Thrasher called “deeply concerning” within two days of the order being signed. “I want to reaffirm Florida Gulf Coast University’s longstanding commitment to the tremendous value of a diverse living and learning community that includes our international students, faculty and staff,” Bradshaw wrote. The ban affects individuals...

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Search for new FGCU president to open up again

The search for FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw’s replacement will take longer than expected — the Presidential Search Advisory Committee will be opening the search back up after reviewing over a hundred candidates. Board of Trustees Chair Dudley Goodlette sent an email to all students, faculty and staff on Monday, Nov. 21 in regards to the results of his recent trip to Tallahassee. “I was already scheduled to be in Tallahassee today, and while there met with Chancellor Marshall Criser to discuss our presidential search, and whether the ‘exceptional circumstances’ provision in the Board of Governors’ Regulation on Presidential Search...

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FGCU men’s basketball falls to Michigan State after controversial ending

Falling to a Baylor side that defeated No. 4 Oregon, 81-72 on Friday, the FGCU men’s basketball team nearly upset No. 13 Michigan State, falling to the Spartans 78-77 in the final seconds of the game. With 1.6 seconds left on the clock, Christian Terrell heaved the ball down the court to Antravious Simmons from under the Spartans basket. Despite the ball not being touched by any player on the court, the final buzzer went off before Simmons caught the ball. FGCU head coach Joe Dooley and his staff were informed by the referees that the play could not...

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FGCU volleyball falls to Lipscomb in ASUN final

In the final game of the ASUN Championship Tournament, the FGCU volleyball team fell 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23) to first-seeded Lipscomb on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Eagles ended the season 27-6 (11-3 ASUN), setting a DI record with 27 wins. Even with the outcome not favoring FGCU, the team played a strong game fight, putting 18.5 blocks, which marks the most in a single match for the Eagles in the DI era and fourth-most in program history. FGCU’s defense was led by libero Karissa Rhodes, who led the Bisons’ offensive to a season-low .043 hitting percentage. “Tonight was a...

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Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States by a slim margin on Tuesday after a tumultuous 2016 election season. Trump makes history as the first nongovernmental nominee to be elected to the presidency, as the five exceptions — found in Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower — all had military experience or had been on a prior president’s cabinet before running. Trump, 70, defeated the Democratic nominee, Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the Libertarian nominee, Gary Johnson. Despite his controversial run and his ongoing battle with members...

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Autopsy reveals Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system at time of death

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, who was killed in a boating accident off of Miami Beach early Sunday, Sept. 25, had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, according to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.  According to an article published by CNN, Kenneth Hutchins, an Associate Medical Examiner at the office, said that Fernandez was legally drunk at the time of his death with a blood-alcohol concentration of .147.  Fernandez and two others, Emilio Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, were found dead after a Coast Guard personnel on duty noticed the boat,...

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FGCU student Bret Munson helps family during Hurricane Matthew

For residents of Southwest Florida, Hurricane Matthew was a spectacle viewed from the comfort of dry, electricity-powered homes. For FGCU sophomore Bret Munson, the storm was a harsh reality. Munson spent last weekend driving up and down the east coast of the state in pouring rain, helping family members who were affected by the storm. “I called my mom like ‘do you need anything?’ and she said no, but I’m like ‘whatever I’m coming home anyway,’” Munson said. Munson grew up in Hobe Sound, Florida, an unincorporated part of Martin County near Jupiter. His house is one foot above...

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