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A Student Government update from the Executive Branch

By Cory Mentzer
Student body vice president
This summer student body President Dom Volpi and Vice President Cory Mentzer have been working hard to accomplish the initiatives that the students voiced to them last year during the campaign.
The first thing they did was brought back the T-Shirt Exchange initiative to increase school spirit across the campus.  This allows students to exchange other T-shirts from state colleges or university schools for a FGCU one.  With 1,000 shirts being ordered, the goal is to exchange every one of them and take all 1,000 shirts that were exchanged and donate them to the Salvation Army to help others in the community less fortunate, serving both to increase eagle pride as well as give back to the community.
One of the major issues voiced by students was healthier dining options.  With the addition of Azul’s, there will be a full-time salad bar available for students every day.  This will give the students at least another option to eat healthier.
Also it was always brought up that the library provided no snack or drink vending machines to the students, which would especially be helpful during finals. Mentzer was in contact with Kathleen Miller, dean of the library, and worked alongside Loren Prive from business operations and both a snack and drink vending machine were successfully installed on the first floor.
Volpi’s main initiative was to allow students a way to get home safely from Gulf Coast Town Center on Thursday and Saturday Nights.  He was successful in working with GCTC to get a shuttle funded to transport students to and from GCTC on Thursdays from 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 3-10 p.m.
Lastly, a shuttle tracking system will be in place for students to have access to all the locations of the shuttles across campus.  Students need to download the FGCU Mobile App and through the app have access to the tracking device.  So now students in Sovi, North Lake, as well as West Lake will be able to track the shuttles anytime and anyplace.

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