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Construction begins on University Village after three-year wait

FGCU students may soon have a new place to call home. University Village, FGCU’s newest off-campus housing complex, will offer shops, stores and housing to fit the growing needs of the FGCU community. University Village, which broke ground on Wednesday, March 1, is the brainchild of Miromar Development Corporation, a company that has overseen the construction of Miromar Outlets and Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club. The design firm has collaborated closely with FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw to create an environment well suited to diverse student needs. The complex was first planned in 2013 by Miromar CEO Margret Antoiner....

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The Reef: Mold isn’t something we’re taking lightly

Several apartment buildings at The Reef, Estero’s newest student housing complex, are currently infested with mold. The fungus was found on student’s drawers, walls and their personal belongings. After reaching out to Meisha Nelson, the assistant general manager of The Reef, and not getting a response, an Eagle News reporter was contacted by Mark Evans, who handles public relations for The Reef. Evans, who works for Threshold Agency — a residential marketing company that works closely with Asset Campus Housing, The Reef’s parent company – said in an email on Wednesday, Feb. 8 that the situation “is not something...

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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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FGCU students participate in national women’s movement at a local level

Mirroring the Women’s March on Washington, Southwest Florida residents came together to join the estimated 2.9 million people who marched for women’s rights across the globe on Saturday, Jan. 21. Nearly 3,000 people came together at Cambier Park in downtown Naples to voice their concerns — through signs, shirts and chants — and in that crowd, members of the FGCU College Democrats could be found, including club president Michael Maberino. “Considering Naples is a solid red area, I was surprised at how many people came out to the event,” Maberino said. Voter turnout was the highest in Collier County...

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Networking event for small business owners to be held

The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network will host a networking and discussion event about the small business outlook of 2017 for small business owners in Southwest Florida. The networking event will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. at the Lee County Economic Development Offices in downtown Fort Myers. The event is sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center. Business assistance specialist with the Lee County Economic Development Office, Warren Baucom, is the speaker of the meeting. Baucom will discuss topics including what’s happening locally, as well as learning about the mission...

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Renaissance Academy announces 2017 schedule

Classes at FGCU have began, and the Renaissance Academy at FGCU is open for spring term enrollment. The Renaissance Academy is an academy where adults can enroll in noncredit classes to continue their educational experience. Its creation is part of FGCU’s mission of “cultivating lifelong learning and the discovery of new knowledge.”  All of the revenue generated at the academy is used to benefit the university. The academy itself offers a variety of courses from finding your creativity to managing stress with hypnosis. “Our goal is to find something interesting, something affordable, something that is available to just about...

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Alumni aim to revolutionize personal training

FGCU alumni Stephanie and Jennifer Castano are on a mission to revolutionize personal training. Link to Fitness, a new up and coming phone app, is set to do just that. The app aims to provide a platform for users and trainers to connect on their own time to make fitness more convenient and comfortable. During her time at FGCU, Stephanie, who graduated with a degree in business management, had been a personal trainer but said the hours were inconvenient. People tend to work a typical 9-to-5 job, meaning that, as a trainer, you need to be available before or...

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Gulf Coast Town Center’s Bar Louie shuts its doors after nine years

Bar Louie, located in Gulf Coast Town Center between Cold Stone Creamery and Best Buy, has been an FGCU hotspot for half of the university’s lifetime as one of the first restaurants to open in GCTC. The spot is known for its American food, happy hour specials and as an alternative to Keys Bar & Grill or Miller’s Ale House, with just as high a likelihood of running into that girl from your College Algebra lab freshman year who you can never remember the name of. But, perhaps holding onto some of 2016’s bad luck, Bar Louie took to...

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Gunfire reported at Edison Mall

The Fort Myers Police Department rushed to Edison Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 21 after receiving reports of gunfire inside Macy’s. According to WINK News, police responded to a shots heard call after a witness said that they heard gunshots. No victims were found and the mall was deemed safe according to NBC-2. Junior forensic studies major Brittani Anderson was working at American Eagle Outfitters, a few stores away from Macy’s, when the shots were heard. “We didn’t really find out what was happening,” Anderson said. “We just heard the gunshots and heard the people running and screaming.” Anderson said...

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Student robbed at gunpoint at Starbucks in Gulf Coast Town Center

An FGCU student was robbed at gunpoint at the Gulf Coast Town Center Starbucks on Sunday, Dec. 4 at approximately 10:44 p.m. Freshman Chase Richardson was going to Starbucks with his girlfriend around 10:30 p.m., and when they realized it was closed, Richardson parked so he could throw away garbage in the nearby trashcan. While walking back to his car, a man parked two spaces over called out, asking for help. The man then walked in Richardson’s direction, flashed his gun and said, “Give me all your money.” “I was pretty on edge and terrified,” Richardson said. “You see...

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