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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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Student Government senate chooses new Pro Tempore

After removing Bradley Berry from the position of Pro Tempore, FGCU Student Government Senate held a vote as to who the replacement would be during their Tuesday, Oct. 18 meeting. During the Tuesday, Oct. 11 meeting, Senator Miguel Castro motioned to have Berry removed. Almost immediately after the Senate opened to nominations, Senator Emily Leyva was called to present. Leyva proceeded to give a presentation outlining her involvement at FGCU, highlighting Greek involvement and her maintained sense of professionalism. She went on to talk about respect, in reminiscence of last week’s dismissal of Berry, said, “This is something that...

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‘Girls don’t always wear dresses’: an FGCU student’s coming out story

Katherine Belyea stretches her hands out in front of her on the tabletop, rubbing her palms together absent-mindedly as she does whenever she’s uncomfortable. This time, she’s talking about her family, and well, last time, she was too. She says she has a lesbian cousin her family came to accept. Her cousin’s girlfriend has even been accepted into the family. But, the problem is, she’s not lesbian. Well, maybe, she is, but more than anything, Katherine Belyea is transgender — a trans woman whose family still calls Corbyn. Belyea said her deadname — the name a trans person was...

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