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SG presidential candidates announced

Just after midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 21, members of the FGCU Fusion Party as well as FGCU Eagle Pride met at the Student Plaza, signaling the announcement of the new Student Government parties. FGCU Fusion Party candidates came in a large group, cheering and hyping one another up, while a select few members of FGCU Eagle Pride gathered at the Student Plaza to hang their promotional banner. For the 2017-18 school year, the role of Student Body President will either go to current SG Secretary junior Jalisa White with Fusion or current Student Body Vice President senior Emmalyn Green...

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Student Government attends historic inauguration

A group of 14 FGCU students were selected for the opportunity to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. thanks to sponsorship from the Brunson Foundation and Rep. Byron Donalds from Naples. The students boarded the bus at FGCU at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and after picking up students from Florida SouthWestern College and Ave Maria as well as waiting for the two high school students selected from each public school in Collier and Lee County, the students arrived in D.C. the following day at 10 a.m. “If I could summarize the trip in two words, it would...

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Student Government discusses budget for next school year

Student Government members came together during their second meeting of the year in Cohen Center 247 on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The meeting kicked off with a presentation by Sandra Pavelka, vice president of the FGCU Faculty Senate and political science and public administration professor. Pavelka discussed the importance of timely graduation for students among other topics relating to education and mentorship. During the executive report, vice president Emmalynn Green brought to SG a selection for the new Chief of Staff. Senate voted previous senator Maddie Quinn to the position after a roll call vote. Shortly after SG saw the...

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SG introduces bill for FGCU’s first homecoming week

Student Government Senate discussed the creation of FGCU’s first-ever Homecoming Week during their Tuesday, Nov. 15 meeting. Early in the meeting, Student Body Vice President Emmalyn Green presented a promotional video encouraging homecoming to the Senate, featuring members of SG as well as members from Programming Board and other student organizations. After the presentation of several new bills, including money for a singles Valentine’s Day event hosted by A Step Ahead Program, and the allocation of funds for operations and events of Gay-Straight Alliance, the Senate heard the first reading of a new bill that would call for a...

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Student Government hosts open forum in light of recent protests

Student Government hosted an open forum on Oct. 28. in response to the student-held rally that occurred on Thursday, Oct. 27. Hosted by Student Body Vice President Emmalyn Green and Chief of Staff Lindsey Farrell, members of administration in attendance included University President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, VP of Student Affairs Mike Rollo and Dean of Students Michele Yovanovich along with United Campus Ministries President John Roth, UPD Lt. Jim Slapp, Title XI Coordinator Brandon Washington, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Tony Barringer and Director of Student Involvement Julie Gleason. Bradshaw began by speaking about the...

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Student Government passes Eagle Radio bill, among others

The FGCU Student Government Senate met on Tuesday, Oct. 25 to discuss the future of multiple bills presented during the Oct. 18 meeting and also introduce a new bill for future consideration. The meeting began per usual routine, including reports from different representatives and chair holders within SG. New Pro Tempore Emily Leyva had her first appointment in the position, and Brianna German, a freshman majoring in nursing, took center stage, selling her qualifications to her peers. German detailed her involvement in high school and how she took on two jobs, helping her gain social skills that carry over...

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Student Government partners with AT&T to host “It Can Wait” event

In an effort to spread awareness of texting and driving, FGCU Student Government partnered with AT&T to hold their “It Can Wait” event on the Cohen Center lawn on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We thought it would be a great opportunity to increase the awareness of distracted driving,” SG vice president Emma Green said. “Not just texting and driving, snapchatting and driving, a bunch of different issues that have caused a lot of accidents and have put students’ lives in danger.” The event was a stop in AT&T’s national “It Can Wait” campaign. Representatives...

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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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Student Government Pro Tempore removed from position

FGCU Student Government senators voted to remove Pro Tempore Bradley Berry from office after discussing claims of unprofessional conduct during their Tuesday Oct. 11 meeting. Sen. Miguel Castro made a motion to remove Berry from his position. Another senator returned fire asking why that should be.  Castro  responded by  reading the requirements of the job,   followed by examples of how Berry unfulfilled them. Berry was also accused of telling potential SG senator applicants that they were not qualified. However, according to SG advisor Julie Gleason, the minimum requirements are a 2.5 GPA, nine credit hours of enrollment, and...

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SG Senate elects new leadership; new senators are sworn in

For many people, the year starts in January. For Student Government, the year starts in April. The newly elected 2016-17 SG Senate held its first meeting Tuesday, April 5. During the meeting, the new senators were sworn in, and the Senate elected its leadership. Jason Finan, a junior majoring in health administration and minoring in global studies, is a former SG senator for the College of Health Professions and Social work. He was the only candidate nominated for the Senate president position. The president leads and runs the meetings and has no vote. “I want to accomplish great things...

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