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Student Government Senate passes memorial resolutions

The FGCU Student Government Senate unanimously passed, in a meeting Tuesday night, nine memorial resolutions commemorating students who have lost their lives. Before the resolutions passed, Sen. Paul Olivera made a sentimental statement to his fellow senators. “I would appreciate if you all could support these resolutions,” Olivera said. “I know it would mean a lot for my family and I.” The resolutions honor the lives of Paulina Derengowski, Ryan Wendler, Alejandro “Alex” Diaz, Sebastian George Ramos, Nadia Anderson, Ian Davis, Rebeca Olivera, Michael Bizub, Kaaren Toutant by displaying papers across campus describing individuals by name, date of birth...

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SG elections’ neck-and-neck race closes in historic victory

(Filmed and edited by Travis Brown) Tonight ended what was an historic FGCU Student Government election season in many regards. While 2017 will likely be remembered for the most voters in SG election history so far, there was also a feat achieved by the FGCU Fusion party, which Fusion party members called “empowering” — the election of FGCU’s first female African American student body president, Jalisa White. This follows a tumultuous school year in race relations on campus, following two instances of racial slurs found in Seidler Hall and the library. White and her vice president, Antonia Jacobse, also...

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Former SG senator is sole independent candidate

Three names will appear on the ballot for Student Government treasurer for the 2017-18 school year. Two of them will claim either the FGCU Eagle Pride Party or the FGCU Fusion Party, and one will remain independent. Business management major Will Buno will run against candidates Jason Finan from the Eagle Pride Party and Jamar Powell from the Fusion Party for SG treasurer. “I wanted to run for myself with my own platform to switch it up,” Buno said. “It’s almost as if they [student government] are passing the torch. President Thieldens Elneus’s Vice President, Emmalyn Green, is running...

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SG vice presidential candidates discuss platforms

Political science and communication major Antonia Jacobse is running against secondary education major Maddie Quinn for the role of student body vice president for the 2017-18 school year. Quinn, who is running under the Eagle Pride Party, introduced her candidacy under the platform PRIDE, which stands for Progression, Representation, Information, Diversity and Empowerment. “I believe that the creative and innovative ideas that are outlined in our platform will ensure we’re utilizing the resources that we have to their maximum capacity,” Quinn said.  “We want to benefit the student body without making unrealistic promises or setting vague goals.” Jacobse is...

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Eagle Pride and Fusion face off in SG debate

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article attributed FGCU Eagle Pride presidential candidate Emmalyn Green’s golf cart system idea to FGCU Fusion Party’s Jalisa White when Green said in the debate (beginning at the 42-minute marker of FGCU Student Government’s Facebook video), “One of the things that we addressed in our platform is actually convenience — not a parking issue but a parking convenience. How can we make parking more convenient for our students? And, so, there are ways … there are environmentally friendly golf carts that we can use to get students from the music building over to...

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Student Government 2017 Election voting opens

Voting has officially begun for the 2017 Student Government Election. Voting began at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Students interested in voting for a new Student Body President, Vice President and Treasurer may now do so either in person or online. To vote in person, students can go to Cohen Center 247. Online voting can be done through EagleLink. Eagles can also select several senators representing the five colleges at FGCU on the ballot. On Monday, Feb. 27, SG uploaded a video to YouTube explaining how to cast a vote online. Current Student Body President Thieldens Elneus was featured in...

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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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