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Music could be banned in FGCU student plaza

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At a student government meeting on Sept. 6, Vice President Emmalyn Green mentioned that the Student Government President Thieldens Elneus heard speculation of banning music in the Student Plaza.

This change in policy only bans the use of amplified music during the hours of 8 a. m. to 5 p.m., which are normal operation hours at FGCU.

“The policy change for amplified sound in the Student Plaza is because of the location and proximity to Adaptive Services and the Testing Center,” said Amanda Putnik, director of communications and marketing for Student Government.

This policy is still in the works, according to Putnik. It is currently being drafted and will be reviewed by University Administration.

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“Since the policy is still being reviewed, there is no set date for when it will be implemented,” Putnik said.

The policy will implement the elimination of any and all amplified sounds such as music, megaphones and even excessive screaming.

“All RSOs, public speakers and private organizations will be affected by the limitations of amplified sound of any kind in the Student Plaza,” Putnik said.

The change will be managed by Campus Reservations, which is why it will affect everyone who plans on being in the Student Plaza whether they are students or guests.

All clubs and other organizations that plan on using music, loud chants and megaphones to draw people in will soon be asked to keep noise at a moderate level out of respect to the employees and students that use both Adaptive Services and the Testing Center to help them focus.

“I think this ban is a great idea,” said Ioannis Georgoulis, a sophomore at FGCU. “It will allow students to socialize without being interrupted by those extra noises that drive us all crazy. I’m sure in the long run it will make the student plaza more enjoyable.”

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