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Volume 15, Issue 11

Student Government senate chooses new Pro Tempore

EN Photo / Brad Young Ivan Rodriguez, Student Government Treasurer, adresses the senate during a Tuesday meeting. Memebers of the senate voted on replacing Bradley Berry as the SG Pro Tempore at the Oct. 18 meeting. Senator Emily Leyva was chosen.

By Travis Brown Assistant News Editor @teebrowns 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 this position needs.” Speaking on behalf of Leyva was University Travel Chair Laura Gardner. “She has the experience of leadership through her school involvement,” said Gardner. Roll call vote emerged after a short discussion in support, with the Senate voting unanimously in favor

of the nomination. “It’s an amazing opportunity,” Leyva told Eagle News. “I’m always looking to grow and develop myself in any way possible with the community.” After the new Pro Tempore was chosen, members of the Senate voted on three bills in second reading and heard two bills in first reading. First, SG reviewed and voted in favor of a bill from Students Interested in Student Affairs allocating approximately $1,400 in support of a roundtable event opening up opportunities for student involvement.

SG also passed bills for a guest speaker and event for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The speaker will be flown in from Washington D.C. to speak and educate about medical marijuana. Finally, the senate voted to allocate over $8,000 to fund an internship opportunity for students to spend 65 days in Tallahassee working with lawmakers. “I feel like if we have two interns working up there, that would get our voice out,” Castro said about the bill. In addition to the experience of working with lawmakers, this would

also give students the opportunity to network. The bill went on to pass. A bill regarding the Catholic Student Organization and request for funding was tabled and postponed until next week to be voted on, when bills from Eagle Radio, A Step Above Perfection, and Aquila Student Research Journal — a journal which gives FGCU students the chance to publish their research — are brought to vote for the allocation of money as well.

Forbes magazine editor-in-chief to speak at annual Lutgert lecture series By Taylor Crehan News Editor @taylorcrehan Steven Forbes, chairman and editor-inchief of Forbes Magazine, will be the featured speaker at the annual W. Thomas Howard Lecture series event hosted by the Lutgert College of Business. On Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grandezza Country Club off of Grand Oak Blvd, in Estero, President Wilson Bradshaw will make opening remarks before


Forbes’ presentation. Attendees will partake in a question and answer style discussion after Forbes speaks. The event is not open to the public – attendance is by invitation only. Forbes, who writes editorials for Forbes magazine under “Fact and Comment” in addition to acting as the chairman and editor-in-chief of the publication, is the only writer that has won the Crystal Owl Award four times. Forbes recently

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published a book coauthored by McGrawHill professional Elizabeth Ames titled “Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity” in December 2015. Forbes also campaigned for the Republican nomination for presidency in both 1996 and 2000. Pillars of his platform included implementing a

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, addresses a crowd at FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada in July of 2013.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FGCU student helps family during Hurricane Matthew By Taylor Crehan News Editor @taylorcrehan For residents of Southwest Florida, Hurricane Matthew was a spectacle viewed from the comfort of dry, electricitypowered homes. For FGCU sophomore Bret Munson, the storm was a harsh reality. Munson spent last weekend driving up and down the east coast of the state in pouring rain, helping family members who were affected by the storm. “I called my mom like ‘do you need anything?’ and she said no, but I’m like ‘whatever I’m coming home anyway,’” Munson said. Munson grew up in Hobe Sound, Florida, an unincorporated part of Martin County near Jupiter. His house is one foot above sea-level near the Atlantic Ocean, and would have been devastated by the storm. “The storm was projected (to have a) seven-foot storm surge which would have destroyed our house,” Munson said. “My dad was upset, my mom was crying.” On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 6, Munson traveled back home to help his parents and elderly neighbors secure belongings and prepare for the storm. “I have a lot of older neighbors that can’t do stuff so I had to put up their shutters, put the plants in the house and get their stuff in the pool,” Munson said. Munson then gave his parents the key to his North Lake dorm, letting them stay there for a night. While his house in Hobe Sound was untouched, Munson’s parents spent Thursday night at his dorm just in case, because they thought the storm would be catastrophic, thanks to the multiple warnings made by Governor Rick Scott. “The reason why my mom was so upset was my grandparents in South Carolina were calling like ‘you guys need to get out of there, the news is making it seem like Florida’s about to blow away,’” Munson said. “It was bad.” Munson then hit the road and traveled to Daytona Beach to check up on his grandma. “They couldn’t get

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French President Franois Hollande led tributes on Saturday, Oct. 15 for more than 80 people ho were killed in Nice, three months after the Bastille Day attack. Survivors of the attack and others that were affected by the attack also attended the ceremony. The name of the 86 people who died was read out, and a white rose was laid down for each of them. Mohamed Lahouaiel Bouhlel plowed a 20-ton truck into crowds during a firework celebration on Bastille Day.

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>> Love Halloween? Love animals? Love kids? The Naples Zoo needs help with candy tables, activity stations, a trick or treat trail and games on Oct. 21-23, shifts 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Contact Jessica Deering at 239-262-5409, ext 136 or jessica@ >> PACE Center for Girls is holding a Boo Ball on Oct. 22 at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. Various shifts between the hours 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. to help set up, register, sell masks, work the live auction and break down. Please contact Carol Wonderly at 239-4252366 ext 2316 or >> Keep Lee Beautiful and ULI-SWFL are partnering to plant sea oats on the beach at Lovers Key State Park on Sunday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. If you’d like to join you must RSVP to Katie Berkey by Oct. 26 at 239-336-6280 or

Hitler’s birth home to be abolished The Austrian government has decided to abolish the home Adolf Hitler was in born in 1889. There are plans to have a new building put in its place to erase links to the Nazi’s dictator’s birthplace and stop the house from becoming a shrine for neo-Nazi pilgrimage.

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World’s oldest panda in captivity dies at 38

After two-and-a-half years, the terrorist group Boko Haram released the 21 Chibok schoolgirls on Oct. 16. At a ceremony held at Nigeria’s capital Abuja, parents were overcome with emotion as they were reunited with their daughters for the first time in years. According to CNN, only 83 out of the 197 left are being negotiated for.

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Jia Jia the world’s oldest panda in captivity died on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 38. She had lived at the zoo for the past 17 years. Hong Kong’s Ocean Park zoo released a statement saying the panda had been “rapidly deteriorating” in recent weeks, with greatly reduced food consumption and a marked decrease in weight. To prevent further suffering, the zoo decided to euthanize Jia Jia, and veterinarians performed the procedure at 6 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET).

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a hotel room, so I was going to have them stay in my dorm,” Munson said. “Then my grandma called me to see how we were so I was like ‘I probably should go check on her.’” While Matthew missed Southwest Florida completely, it touched down in Daytona and along the rest of the east coast of Florida, destroying houses, buildings and flooding whole cities. The last stop on Munson’s trip was St.

Augustine on Saturday, Oct. 8, to help his cousin, whose house was flooded in the storm. “To see a whole village completely underwater, streets that I’ve walked down, it was just weird,” Munson said. His cousin had only lived in her house for two months before losing it to Hurricane Matthew. “The water was all the way up to the doorknobs, it was crazy,” Munson said. He waded through water in the house, collecting a few small belongings before having to leave.

Even though the storm didn’t directly affect Munson at FGCU, the experience he had driving through the storm to help his family will stay with him for the rest of his time on the west coast. “It’s definitely gonna humble me a bit to think like ‘wow, that really could have destroyed my house,’” Munson said. “It’s different to think that within a matter of days you can lose everything you’ve had in your whole life.” Photo courtesy of Fox News Debris including palm fronds, metal and other items sprawled across several roads in Delray Beach, Florida when Hurricane Matthew touched down.





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Sanibel Island Water’s Conference to feature “The Secret Life of Bees” author By Madi Spector & Taylor Crehan Staff Writer News Editor The Eleventh annual Sanibel Writers Conference will be held from Nov. 3-6. The conference is open to those interested in creative writing. It will be held at the BIG ARTS Center and the Sanibel Island Public Library. The keynote speaker will be author Sue Monk Kidd, best known for her 2002 novel “The Secret Life of Bees.” It spent more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list. Other presenters will include best selling author Steve Almond, Steven Elliot who will be giving a workshop on screenwriting, short story author John Dufrense, former FGCU creative writing professor Nathan Hill, and other authors, poets, editors, and publishers. Songwriter Rhett Miller, the lead singer of the band Old 97’s will also be in attendance. “Every year it’s new and thrilling, like falling in love,” the director of the conference, Tom DeMarchi said in an email. “This year we’re adding a few new workshop topics: food writing, writing for TV, and collaborative/ghost

writing.” During the course of the weekend, there are several events going on. Every morning, Dufrense will be holding morning writing exercises. Following that, workshops will be held per the attendee’s choice. These include a one-on-one manuscript consultation with an author, poet, or publisher and a smallgroup manuscript reading workshop. Other parts to the schedule include panels, readings, concerts, a screening of Stephen Elliot’s “After Adderral,” and the keynote address by Kidd. When asked on how he specifically chooses people for the lineup, DeMarchi said that it’s mostly based on who is available and who is a good fit for the conference. “In addition to the prospective presenter’s publishing history, which of course matters, I poke around about his or her teaching experience,” DeMarchi said. “Plus some people are so enthusiastic about teaching and working with students that it’s obvious from the beginning that this is a person you want at the party.” DeMarchi said that it’s hard to pick favorites,

however, the conference is almost like a big family reunion to him. “I of course love seeing old friends who come back every year,” DeMarchi said. “In this respect it’s like a big family reunion, which I know sounds corny, but it’s true nonetheless.” Registration for the event is $300 for students with a valid student ID, while standard registration is $500. DeMarchi, who also teaches Writing Theory and Practice at FGCU, encouraged those enrolled in his class, who get a free pass to the event, to attend. The registration includes general craft workshops, readings and panels, an evening cocktail hour, as well as nighttime events such as concerts, readings, and the keynote address from Kidd. The Manuscript consultations and smallgroup workshops are an extra fee of $100 per workshop. DeMarchi said that people who attend the conference go for a variety of reasons. “Everyone’s got different goals and aspirations and endeavors when it comes to their writing,” DeMarchi said. “And they have different levels of skill, commitment

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Sue Monk Kidd, the author of “The Secret Life of Bees” will be the keynote speaker at this year’s annual Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference.

and discipline coming in, so unless they’re willing to do the long term work of devoting multiple hours a day at the desk, for years, the conference isn’t going to do much other than give them a pleasant memory and a suntan.”

According to DeMarchi, the conference serves several functions to attendees, including “providing a community of like-minded people the chance to connect and support each other.” The Sanibel Island

Writer’s Conference began 11 years ago with only a handful of people in attendance. Now, the cap for registration has reached 175, 25 more than last year.

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the President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, and was one of the people responsible for bringing both the University of South Florida and FGCU to Fort Myers. Last year’s featured speaker was Diana Kander, author of the New York Times bestselling book “All in Startup,” a novel outlining a struggling entrepreneur’s journey through the World Series of Poker. Previous speakers include current US representative Francis Rooney in 2009 and BB&T CEO John Allison in 2008.

flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working citizens, term limits and a stronger national defense. Forbes magazine, which was started in 1917 by Forbes’ grandfather B.C. Forbes, has a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes. com reaches more than 60 million visitors a month. The lecture series, which has been held by LCOB since the university opened in 1997, is named EN Photo / Rachel Iacovone after the late Thomas and Lutgert Hall, home of the Lutgert College of Business. LCOB has been hosting the W. Thomas Howard Lecture Series since the opening of FGCU in 1997. This year, the Mary Howard. featured speaker is Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine. Forbes has recently published a novel in December 2015. Thomas served as

FGCU student starts fund for Haiti aftermath By Travis Brown Assistant News Editor @teebrowns Carlie Pierre, an FGCU student, is taking a step in the direction of saving the world. Her new initiative named “Supply Our Students,” or S.O.S., was created with the aim to help fund the education of children who do not have resources to be educated. Although she wants to spread the cause globally, Pierre has begun by focusing on her home country, Haiti. Through a partnership with Centre de Saint Jean

Bosco, a school located in the town of Jeremie, Haiti, she plans to help fund the education of children, and impact other living costs such as medical supplies and food supplies. “When I ask kids about education, they said it’s never been an option,” Pierre said of her times in Haiti. “They said they didn’t know what it meant.” She added that she believes every child should have ambitions and goals. According to her website, www., over 200,000 children in Haiti are currently out of

school – a number Pierre hopes to bring down. At this time, any donations, either money or physical supplies, are being used to ease relief efforts in the wake of recent Hurricane Matthew. People can donate on her website, or through an upcoming event on Monday, Oct. 17, sponsored by Tau Sigma and Delta Sigma Theta. Stay up to date on future events and read more about Pierre’s aims of the program, visit www. Photo submitted by Carlie Pierre Carlie Pierre, an FGCU student who started Supply Our Students, a Haiti relief fund, poses while tabling in the student plaza.



Police Beat Eagle News writes this beat every week from the official UPD weekly summary Marijuana from Tampa On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 12:12 a.m., officers conducting area checks of the South Village parking lot noted a red Ford fourdoor vehicle that was running in the auxiliary lot. Upon a second pass by the vehicle, the officer walked up and found two male students smoking marijuana in the vehicle. Both driver and passenger admitted to sharing the

marijuana that they bought in Tampa. Worried Snapchat parent On Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10:45 a.m., a father called in a welfare check on his daughter. He informed UPD that his daughter posted a picture on Snapchat with a guy at 3 a.m., but his daughter was now not answering her phone. The student told UPD she would call her

father. Stolen research On Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9:23 a.m., UPD responded to a complaint that research equipment was taken from the back of a truck parked in front of a nature trail entrance. It was later found that the theft was of a camera mounted to a tree. An incident report was completed.

Professor vs bicyclist On Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m., UPD responded to an incident of a bicycle crashing into a pedestrian. The bicyclist and pedestrian were walking the same way towards Garage 3 when the bicycle attempted to pass the professor on the left, but ended up crashing into him. The professor sustained minor injuries and his supervisor will complete a

university injury report. Drunk driver On Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5:37 a.m., UPD arrived to Lake Pkwy, east of Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, where police were already at the scene of a crash. The driver was an intoxicated male student. He was uninjured in the crash. The student was taken to Lee County Jail, and the vehicle was towed.

Snake in the door On Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7:56 p.m., UPD received a call about a snake living inside the door of a North Lake Village dorm. The complainant stated that the snake was physically inside of the door. UPD was unable to remove the snake. The matter was turned over to housing.

Alpha Tau Omega colonizes on campus By Luke Janke Opinion Editor @jakeleg Alpha Tau Omega held its inaugural formal colony establishment ceremony Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Cohen Center ballroom. Roughly 76 founding fathers were inducted into FGCU’s newest fraternity. ATO is FGCU’s first fraternity founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. This contrasts most Greek fraternities on campus, but welcomes new brothers of all walks of life. Director of Growth, RJ Taylor, began the ceremony by formally welcoming the inductees. Each new member was required to raise their right hands and swear into ATO with a recitation of the principals of the fraternity. “It’s just giving a group of men on campus another home,” Taylor said about ATO’s planned impact at

FGCU. “[ATO provides] the opportunity to create something that’s just a little different, and to be able to be involved and support other organizations in the Fort Myers community that maybe aren’t currently being reached.” N a t i o n a l representatives of ATO then endowed each new member with a pin showcasing the fraternity’s logo. The representatives recited a code of honor to each member as they were pinned. Taylor then handed over the official ATO gavel to colony president Dominick Chicago as he was sworn into the position followed by each officer of the new colony. FGCU assistant director of student involvement, Travis Smith, gave a word of encouragement to the colony members, followed by Kappa Delta president

Catie Evans and Chi Omega president. After the official induction, each of the 76 founding fathers were given the opportunity one-byone to share their thanks and ambitions for the new ATO colony. Every one gave a shout-out to National Leadership Consultants, Kyle Stepp and Hans Rico, for reaching out to them and helping create the chapter at FGCU. “ATO does not have a philanthropy,” Rico said in an earlier interview with Eagle News. “We believe that the chapter should help a cause that is important to them. For example, if a brother’s mom has breast cancer, the chapter is able to hold an event for breast cancer.” Each statement was concluded with the phrase “much love and respect to my brothers.” “The coolest thing about ATO is that it breaks

all the stereotypes that exist in FGCU,” founding father Luke Autera said. “I know that I would never have seen myself joining a fraternity just because of the men I’ve seen that represent those organization, and these guys are completely different.” According to Taylor, ATO prides itself on being a fraternity not based in philanthropy, but on community. “The goal for ATO is not to be America’s leadership fraternity,” Taylor said. “It’s a leadership organization that brings men together that just want to live better and be better than they were yesterday.” ATO is recognized as an official fraternity of FGCU, but must go through a petition process to become a nationally recognized chapter. The petition process takes 12-16 months. Otis Allan Glazebrook,

Photo courtesy of Alpha Tau Omega Brothers of Alpha Tau Omega, FGCU’s newest fraternity on campus, during the colony establishment ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Erskine Mayo Ross and Alfred Marshall established ATO at the Virginia Military Institute in 1865. Historically, the fraternity has ties to helping efforts

after the Civil War in 1865. ATO was the first national fraternity to come to Florida.



Make money while you sleep How college grads create independent companies By Melissa Neubek Staff Writer @melissayosephin On a Monday evening like any other, Nicole Linares sat in her home in Kissimmee listening to a Facebook Live video on which her company, It Works! announced 100 names of distributors who won $10,000 each; $1 million total. Hers was the 99th name called. “It felt so surreal,” Linares said. “At one point I wasn’t even paying attention. I sat down for number 98, and then when they started to read my ticket number and name, the video cut out and I was like, ‘oh my God!’ and when I heard my full name I just started crying.” Linares joined It Works! in May 2016, after she had been using the products since February, loved them, learned that she could make money selling the products she’d fallen in love with, and became a distributor. It’s everybody’s dream, isn’t it? To work less hours and make more money, to work when you want, and to work doing something you love that doesn’t really feel like work? This is what network marketing companies, also known as direct sales or multi-level marketing companies are offering people the opportunity to do. The way it typically works is that you make an investment to start your own business, much like a traditional franchise (think McDonald’s or Subway), but much cheaper. You earn commission on the products you sell and then the more people you get to join your

team and sell with you, the more money you make. This model allows you to make money while you sleep, literally. With millions of independent workers and an industry that added $36 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to the Direct Sales Association, network marketing companies are growing. Much like the brickand-mortar retail industry, network marketing companies range from health and wellness products to candles, Tupperware, purses and skincare, to name a few. “There’s something for everybody,” April O’Leary, co-author of the book “The Networking Revolution” and Isagenix associate said. “You have to find the thing you love and go for it – you have very little to lose.” Each company has a unique product line and compensation plan. You represent the company’s brand and products and are given ample training resources and incentives with the freedom to work how you want, when you want, where you want. “You can literally start a business for one dollar right now,” Cherie Rodriguez, a national executive director with Thirty-one gifts said. “So much is done online now and the company has invested a lot to make sure there’s good free training for people to learn how to run a successful business online. Anyone can do this.” And even if you chose to join Thirty-one gifts with their non-promotional offer, it’s only $99 and includes over $300 worth of product.

Screenshot of It Works!, a health and wellness company founded by Mark and Cindy Pentecost in 2001, is centered around helping customers loose weight through alternative methods.

The initial investment into these kinds of companies is so low, and the reward can be so high. Tom Cuff, an environmental engineer for the state of New York and avid yogi, graduated with his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the University at Buffalo this year. He has worked in network marketing since his junior year of college. “I was starting to feel nervous about my future,” Cuff said. “You reach a point where you’re not really sure you’ve chosen the right career and the pressure of finding a job kicks in. Isagenix lifted the fear that I’d be stuck in one place in the career I chose.” The company he represents, Isagenix, has a program called “Start your life” that focuses on people

ages 18-35 and has a vision “to ignite all young people to own their lives physically and financially and through our contributions create freedom and a lasting legacy.” Within that program, there is an exclusive club called Start 1000, which is a group of people who are eligible to earn a yearly six-figure residual income. Cuff is on the path to achieve that goal by his 24th birthday in December of 2017. The program has already produced over 200 six-figure earners. The goal is to get to 1000. Fresh out of college he’s not just making money in the industry he studied for, which is what most college students hope for, but the residual he’s making by creating this network marketing business is one that college students could

be starting to create for themselves while they’re still in school. Kelly Ellis-Neal is an executive director and international trainer with Pure Romance, a company that aims to empower women. She started representing the company in January 2014, and paid off $117,000 of debt in 19 months. “I call it edutainment,” Ellis-Neal said. “We put a fun twist on sexual health and wellness education, and I get to empower women to feel confident in themselves. I love what I do.” Ellis-Neal’s position also allows her to teach a 1-hour non-credit sexual health course that is required for some groups. She has worked with the Panhellenic Council at FGCU in the past. Her position has also

allowed her to spend a good portion of 2016 traveling to several locations within the U.S., as well as internationally to Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The travel opportunities are available to all positions in the company, regardless of title. With over 150 companies recognized by the Direct Selling Association and close to 50 more that have applied, the opportunities to be your own boss and achieve your dreams are plenty. “Graduating from college, I was making enough to pay back my student loans without the help of my full-time job,” Cuff said. “That’s a position that everyone deserves to be in. The opportunity is there, the question is: how hard are you willing to work?”

Housing office to accomodate transgender students

EN Photo / Jonathan Chung The entrance to North Lake Village, one of two on campus housing communities at FGCU. The Office of Housing and Residence Life doesn’t have a specific policy regarding transgender students, and instead follows federal guidelines that dictate that students cannot be discriminated against based on gender.

By Taylor Crehan News Editor @taylorcrehan Whether an individual identifies as male, female or none of the above, FGCU Title IX Coordinator Brandon Washington insists that those who wish to live on campus will reside with those of the gender that they identify with. Washington said that while the Office of Housing and Residence Life doesn’t have a specific policy regarding transgender students, the office must follow

federal laws regarding the discrimination of students. “I know that housing follows out implacable federal laws in terms of transgender students,” Washington said. “It’s not a formal policy, we just follow federal guidance, that is a student is allowed to use the bathroom of the gender that they identify with, not necessarily the gender that was designated at birth.” As Title IX Coordinator, Washington is responsible for investigating any type of allegations of discrimination on campus.

In the 20 months that he’s held this position, Washington hasn’t worked with any trans students that have experienced issues with the housing office. “I’ve certainly interacted with some transgender students about other issues,” Washington said. “But on the whole, I would say FGCU is a good place as to how we handle not only transgender students, but any gender related issues on campus.” According to Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization for students

looking to create safer campus environments for LGBT students, there are 250 colleges and universities across the country that have genderinclusive housing, including the University of California Berkley, Yale, Emory University, the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Boston University and Columbia University. There are four Florida colleges included in the 250 – Eckerd College, Ringling College of Art and Design, Stetson University and the University of North Florida.

Washington said that while he hasn’t investigated any incidents involving housing and trans students, his office is responsible for checking up on students of all kinds at FGCU. “With any students whether they’re male, female, transgender male or transgender female, or if they don’t identify with a particular gender, (it’s good) just to see that everything’s going fine, to make sure that we’re doing our best to serve everyone in the community,” Washington said.

Washington advises that incoming students who identify as transgender should get in contact with the Office of Housing and Residence Life as soon as possible. “They have a lot of great professionals over there that are able to work with students,” Washington said. “Know that FGCU is an institution that prohibits any type of harassment or discrimination, it’s something that we take very, very seriously here.”


Latitude and Longitudes gifted to FGCU Art Galleries

EN Photo / Julia Browning Tom Dineen (American) Oil on Canvas on Board (left to right) Memory Screen, 1985, In a Field of Rules and Targets, 1985, Julian’s Puzzle 1985.

By Julia Browning Assist. E&L Editor @juliabrowningxo The room is still and peaceful. With its wooden floors and bright white lights, the gallery is a quaint artistic getaway among the bumble of activity in the library, just outside of the double glass doors. ‘Latitudes and Longitudes’ is an art exhibit currently featured on the FGCU campus.

From Oct. 13 to Nov. 17, part of the art exhibit will be on display in the ArtLab, a gallery located on the first floor of the library, just inside of the West entrance. Another fraction of the exhibit will be featured in the library study area for an extended amount of time, from Oct. 13 to Dec. 8. The art pieces were a gift to FGCU’s galleries by ASG Technologies, a software intelligence

company with its headquarters in Naples, that included over 80 works of art. ‘Latitudes and Longitudes’ helps add to FGCU’s growing amount of internationally recognized contemporary artwork, with pieces by John Buck, Joseph Albers and Ilya Bolotowsky. The fraction of the works exhibited in the ArtLab has a little bit of

everything, displaying paintings, etchings, sculptures, light fixtures and woven fabrics. Surrealist artist, Tom Dineen, creates oil on canvas paintings in which the figures float eerily in the background, as if the viewer is peering through a rain-washed window or trying to sort out a fuzzy memory. Shaped like irregular hexagons, the three paintings feature similar brush strokes and color schemes, looking so deep and intricate that they almost appear to be threedimensional. Velizar Vasa is a Yugoslavian artist who creates modern art pieces that sell for upwards of $4,000. In the FGCU ArtLab, his work “The Sentinels of Landmark,” is displayed prominently in the center of the room. It is a four-column sculpture made of translucent colorful Lucite, that is hit by a bright light, casting laser beam light impressions to surround the tall columns.

Mary Sullivan Voytek’s artwork “Technolothic” is also presented in the gallery. The work is a piece of slate mounted on the wall, with a sharp and rustic shape like an arrow head. It sits over top of a small yellow circle made of neon light. Behind the neon sits a wider circle of stainless steel which is lined with gold leaf, broken into a jagged, ripped-looking pattern. Finally, the piece is surrounded in a glowing

blue light that fades to purple as it moves further from the piece. The piece captures a rustically magical atmosphere, like an ancient relic with mystical powers. Overall, the gallery provides the FGCU campus with a unique conglomeration of culture, great for breaking up a mundane school day and allowing students to feel inspired.

EN Photo / Julia Browning Art in background (from left to right on wall): Brian Halsey, Emanations State IV, 1972, Serigraph; Laurence Barker, Protracted Analysis, 1988, etching; Laurence Barker, Elipse Variation, 1988, etching; Mary Sullivan Voytek (American) Technolithic, 1972, Stainless steel, neon, slate, gold leaf. Art in center; Velizar Vasa, The Sentinels of Landmark, 1990, Lucite.

Rocket Fizz opens in Gulf Coast Town Center Massachusetts natives open their unique soda and candy franchise in Fort Myers

EN Photo / Allie Taylor Rocket Fizz has nearly 30 locations across the country from California to Philadelphia. The franchises sell candies and sodas that are a collectors dream, such as vintage Lucille Ball posters, old school Crush soda and cigarette bubble gum.

By Allie Taylor E&L Editor @journonajourney Nestled between Cold Stone Creamery and Game Time Fort Myers, the first Fort Myers franchise of Rocket Fizz displays nearly 500 different sodas, hundreds of vintage candies and gifts, and rows of flavored taffy. Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops, LLC was founded by Robert Powells and Ryan Morgan in 2007. The first flagship store, as their website states, began with a location in Camarillo, California in 2009. In 2012, Rich Shane became the Rocket Fizz company CEO.

The only two companyowned locations are in Camarillo and Sherman Oaks, California. All others are owned by franchisees like Shawn and Jane Adams from Massachusetts. The couple made the trip down to Fort Myers after deeming the area the “perfect place” to start their business. “My wife was doing phone sales and I was working in information security for a mutual fund for 20 years,” Shawn Adams said, recalling the conversation with his wife to make the move. “We always wanted to move to Florida, but we had two children and said as soon as we have the opportunity we

want to move to a warmer climate.” During a January blizzard, the couple was watching CBS’s “Undercover Boss,” featuring the candy shop. Almost instantly, they fell in love with the idea of owning their own Rocket Fizz. “You see how they started this franchise … They couldn’t get the money to start this on their own, so they purchased gag dog poo gifts from overseas and sold it until it gave them the capital to start their business,” Shawn Adams said. Rocket Fizz offers 150 original bottled sodas in unique and strange flavors, like Lester’s Fixins

“Buffalo Wing” and “Ranch Dressing” soda, Martian Poop soda and Fluids Soda Co. “Green Cooler” soda. “We have old time orange and strawberry Crush … we carry a lot of Jones Soda, the smaller soda manufacturers. We have stuff that’s organic, almost all of our sodas are made with pure cane sugar, there’s no corn syrup,” Shawn Adams said. Along with their original flavors, Rocket Fizz has bottled bubbles for Snooki from “Jersey Shore,” Kourtney Kardashian, Wade and Brett from Animal Planet’s “Tanked” and many more. Some franchises are known to attract celebrities

like Rob Lowe, Jon Cryer, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Carrot Top. The Fort Myers location has only been open for just over a week and has seemed to attract a steady crowd of visitors. The store had a soft opening, and a grand

opening may be in the future for the franchise. “Saturday evening we took off and we’ve been going strong,” Shawn Adams said. For more information on hours and locations, visit

EN Photo / Allie Taylor Owner Shawn Adams poses next to the Rocket Fizz logo inside his store.



Strange Arrangement to perform at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Curated this week by special guests Eagle News Opinion Editor, Luke Janke and Managing Editor, Rachel Iacovone

Hidden Gems 1. “Open Season” - High Highs 2. “Swans Are Fainting” - Unbunny 3. “Jesus, Etc.” - Wilco 4. “Love of Life” - Me and a Musician 5. “Hamilton Road” - Ducktails 6. “Baldy Knees” - Half-Handed Cloud 7. “I and Love and You” - The Avett Brothers 8. “Hackney Marsh” - Slow Club 9. “I Love You So” - The Walters 10. “#88” - Lo-Fang

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EN Photo / Georgette French Greg Van Kirk (left) and Warren Van Kirk (right) usually wear outrageous outfits when they perform as a part of their brand.

By Georgette French Outreach Editor @GeorgetteFrenc Warren Van Kirk and his brother, Greg Van Kirk, are dressed to impress. Both brothers sport black dress pants and vests to match, but it’s the fur collars that hang around their necks that sets them apart from the patrons of the Olde Marina watering hole in Pine Island. It’s hard to pull the Van Kirk brothers away for even a moment because patrons of the Olde Marina keep stopping them to chat, but right off the bat, it’s clear that these brothers are well known in the area. They are not only the boys next door, but also the lead singer and bassist of the band Strange Arrangement which will be performing at the Sidney and Berne Davis Center later this month. The band started out small, but quickly grew to make a name for themselves. “We were backing other guys for a while. We would play at our house, and people would ask us to help them out,” Greg Van Kirk said, “And then we kind of started doing our own thing.” “After a while, those same guys would be taking a break, and since they knew we did our own thing, they’d let us sing one song. And soon one become, two, three, four… and next thing you know we’re playing half the gig.” Shortly after their start, the brothers went from playing music in their garage to playing at local watering holes and then bigger venues like the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, but the most interesting component of the band is its members. For the most part, it’s the Van Kirk brothers, but they are often backed by singers and musicians in the community who they invite to jam out with them on stage. In a way, the brothers band acts as a platform for others to shine. “They’re very strange, but very good and they bring the crowd,” Janick “Frenchie” Jeun-deux, a french native and Pine Island resident, said about the band and their music. Strange Arrangement isn’t only interested in performing around SWFL, they’re also philanthropists who specialize in helping kids in the community through benefits like the Trash Bash and Mangrove Mania, as well as their own organization, Monday Music. “Monday Music is – you almost never know what to expect – but basically it’s an environment that is well

suited to help these kids grow their ideas in a nonrestrictive and artistic way,” Warren Van Kirk said about the organization. The brothers explain that they strive to teach music in unconventional but relatable ways that everyone can understand on their own level. “We try to figure out how do you have to think about it? Are you a carpenter, then let’s relate it to wood. Are you a writer, then let’s relate it to writing. We have to get into your world to understand and relate music to that,” Warren Van Kirk said. “Because if you already know how stories and writing works, then if I relate that to music, you’ll go – ‘Oh, well music has an intro, a body, and a conclusion?’ And you’ll get it.” “Music has building blocks and a lot of people learn to read the music off the paper, but they never really learn why the music is put on the paper. We want people to understand the building blocks so that they can create something,” Greg Van Kirk said. For residents who aren’t familiar with the band, Strange Arrangement offers a unique sound that plays on jazz, blues, rock and old folk sounds. People have said that no one ever knows what to expect from them. “Sometimes people won’t be into hip-hop, but we’ll swing it and play a jazz tune, but let a hip-hop artist do some spoken word at the same time and people kind of warm up to it,” Greg Van Kirk said. “Most of the time, people

don’t really know what they’re going to like. [But we say] just taste the way I make it, you may like it,” Warren Van Kirk added. They go on to explain that a lot of people are content to have them come and play their acoustics in the backyard by the fire, but the brothers want to push themselves to the limit. They strive to bring more to the table and create an image for themselves that’s akin to artists who have made it big. In striving to do so, they’ve been asked to play at the Bury Me Brewing event later this month where they’ll be donning outrageous costumes and performing some of their original songs for guest to enjoy. Strange Arrangement will be performing at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center on Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bury Me Brewing event. Though the brothers will undoubtedly be sporting costumes of their own, guests are not required to wear them, but they are encouraged. Tickets are $10 and can be bought online. The brothers encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the drinks provided by the brewery and enjoy good music. “The main thing is making that connection, getting them to genuinely enjoy it, and trying to provide the atmosphere that’s available to be enjoyed,” Warren Van Kirk said. “There’s a lot of things that people worry about that may not be necessary and we want to take their minds off that.”

EN Photo / Georgette French The Van Kirk brothers show off their wacky style, a trait that carries through their music .



Organically Twisted serves up anything but a conventional menu

EN Photo / Rachel Iacovone The Avo-loco is filled with vegan, healthy goodness – on a bed of mixed greens sits roasted sweet potato, garbanzo-black bean salsa, tomatoes, cilantro sauce and, of course, avocados.

By Rachel Iacovone Managing Editor @totesrachel “Hello, my friend!” Chef John Hart calls over the blaring reggae coming from the open kitchen, as yet another regular walks into Organically Twisted. Six months ago, he would’ve called out the same, just from the confines of his food truck. The truck’s still around, though it’s even harder to track down than the days when it was guaranteed to be parked at most Naples farmers markets with a line three times the length of the truck. That’s how I initially found him — in the Vanderbilt Shoppes parking lot one Saturday morning a couple years ago. Hart complimented my large, black hat. I felt

guilty that I couldn’t bring myself to order one of the delicious-sounding menu items, given it was 9 a.m. The next time, a few weeks later, I waited in a 20-minute line, shielding myself from the sweltering heat in the same hat. Despite having served hundreds, if not thousands of people since we first met, Hart beamed at me when I reached the window and said, “There’s that hat I like!” That time I tried the Avo-Loco (bowled) and Mama’s Pumpkin Bread, which became my regular order for the following year — not because there weren’t plenty of great options on the menu or amazing looking plates passing me each time on their way out the window but because it’s hard to

want anything else on earth when the Avo-Loco exists. The Avo-Loco is vegan, which I vaguely noticed the first time I ordered it but had signed up on the basis of half an avocado in it alone. Now, though, I’m quite aware it’s vegan and would go as far as to say I could go vegan based on this dish alone. Essentially a glorified mixed green salad, the AvoLoco earns the title of bowl based on the amount of stuff Hart loads onto each order. On top of the greens, roasted sweet potato chunks, garbanzo-black bean salsa, tomatoes, cilantro sauce and that aforementioned avocado are piled. As I said, there’s no meat, but it is not at all missed in each crisp bite. It’s as fresh as good sushi but will actually fill you up. I finally ventured from my usual when the brick-and-mortar location opened up in North Naples, though I admit I was most excited about the fridge of Sarasota-based 221 BC Kombucha near the register. Kombucha — a fermented, slightly bubbly tea, which is rich in probiotics — is an acquired taste at first. Many are drawn in for its health benefits and stay for the slightly addictive quality that builds with each bottle. Since first ordering from Hart, I have gone back

to gluten-free living for health reasons, and thus, avoided Mama’s (moist, delicious) Pumpkin Bread since, but the restaurant offers at least one glutenfree dessert option — typically, a shifting cupcake flavor and occasionally the Special Brownie. I’m biased I must admit. I would eat dessert every meal if it were socially acceptable (or if my mom let me). So, yes, I’ve come in to OT even when I’m not hungry to pick up dessert as a “snack.” The most notable has been the jalapeño corn cake with black bean buttercream frosting — odd, unexpected, sweet and savory. I was floored. But, a couple weeks ago, the lime-rita cupcake became a close second. Somehow, in a glutenfree cupcake — which elsewhere would typically suffer from being grainy, dry and tasteless — Hart managed to capture the tartness of a margarita with the subtle sweetness of a key lime. I went back and ordered another a few hours later. If dessert’s not your thing, don’t fret. The regular menu changes by week and, sometimes, by day. The Avo-Loco is, thankfully, offered always. But, gems like the avocado and artichoke or beet and goat cheese grilled sandwiches or the veggie burgers — made with a

pan-fried black bean and mashed plantain patty — spring up here and there (and yes, with gluten-free bread if you ask nicely). Likely due to the public uproar about the truckfavorite blue crab salad not being offered in-store, the item is now available when the seafood supply allows. Hart keeps up with trends though, adding items like zoodles — noodles made from spiralized zucchini — to the main menu as they become relevant. His zoodles, in particular, when available, are a must have. Honestly, forget everything I’ve told you up to this point and order the zoodles whenever possible, and cry if not

possible. These zoodles, typically served with a nut cheese, are, once again, vegan but are essentially the fettuccine alfredo of the menu. You’ve already made up your mind, but you look over every other item anyway; they all sound great but still pale in comparison to that creamy, comfort dish. For those on campus, the good news is the OT truck will be rejoining the cast at Fort Myers Brewing Company’s Thursday night food truck rallies soon enough, but until then, you can stop in the shop from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

EN Photo / Rachel Iacovone Chef Hart shows his funny side behind a jalapeno corncake cupcake with black bean buttercream frosting.

Drake and Sufjan Stevens make sonic love in fanmade mash-up album By Luke Janke Opinion Editor @jankeleg Drake and Sufjan Stevens have come together to form the mash-up album of the century, and they aren’t even aware of it. “Six Swans,” a clever mixture of Drake’s Six God nickname and Sufjan’s “Seven Swans” album, is a compilation of remixes and covers tossing together two artists who may have otherwise never collaborated. A Tumblr user by the name Riveyoncé Cuoknowles collaged varying mash-ups of Drake and Sufjan Stevens tracks

from across the Internet to form a beautiful and vivacious album. Tracks on the album include mash-up titles like “Death Over Dignity,” “GRGFR (Get Real Get F--in’ Right),” and my personal favorite “Go! Toronto! Go! Yeah!” which is really just an acoustic fan cover of Stevens’ hit “Chicago” with Drake lyrics. Folk and rap fit together surprisingly better than you might have thought. While Stevens’ iconic strings and electronic orchestrations strike up the back track, Drake throws down bars to tie together the ensemble. Stevens’ delicate vocals form the

hooks between verses. Although the two artists share no common ground musically, their first canonical crossover happened last year when Stevens covered Drake’s “Hotline Bling” at a string of shows. Now, that spark has avalanched into something far more elaborate. However, this isn’t Stevens’ first foray in bringing his music together with rap. Along with rapper Serengeti and music producer Son Lux, he released a hip-hop album under the name Sisyphus. Along with the album, the Tumblr user also wrote a 20-part fan fiction series

featuring the two artists’ budding romance and has also made a fan video of Stevens and Drake getting married at the Canadian border with Beyoncé and Rihanna in attendance. It’s a match made in the swirling abyss that is the music industry, and they both deserve happiness. The several tracks that close out the album aren’t nearly as catchy, only consisting of lo-fi covers and one really long personal story recorded at one of Stevens’ shows. But they capture the diverse crowd of contributors to this tape. You can stream the album for free on

Photos courtesy of Wiki Commons (Left) Originally from Canada, Drake has become the lead in pop-style rap with hits like “Hotline Bling” from his latest album “Views.” (Right) Stevens is pictured playing at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

SPORTS No. 11 FGCU men’s soccer loses 11-game win streak in 3-2 defeat to UNF

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Despite regaining the national goal scoring lead with 14 goals, Albert Ruiz’s two early goals weren’t enough for the Eagles to extend their 11-game win streak.

By Miguel Rodriguez Sports Editor @Miguel_Rod0914 Moving up to No. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national top-25 prior to the match, the FGCU men’s soccer team lost its 11 game win-streak, falling to UNF 3-2 on Tuesday night losing their first ASUN conference home regular season game since 2008. “A lot of lessons were learned tonight,” FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn said. “Hats off to North Florida. They came out. They played really well, and they responded from two goals down.”

With both sides coming into the matchup 2-0 in conference play, the Eagles grabbed a two-goal lead in the first 12 minutes of the match. Despite being down 2-0, the Ospreys rode two goals from Adrian Nunez en route to completing a 3-2 comeback. Coming into the match tied with Temple’s Gomez Sanchez for the national lead in goals scored, Ruiz regained the lead striking a volley from 20 yards out in the first 18 seconds of the match before burying the ball in the top shelf of the net with his left foot to put the Eagles up 2-0 with his 13th and 14th goals of the season.

“It’s just a loss,” Albert Ruiz said. “All my goals and all my records don’t mean anything if we don’t win the tournament. It’s going to take everything from us to win the tournament, and I just hope everyone stops talking about all my goals and records because we haven’t accomplished anything.” With two early goals to show for it, the Eagles dominated possession in the first 25 minutes of the match before Nunez scored a rebound goal off of the initial save by Sawyer Jackman to bring the Ospreys within one. Nunez’s goal sparked a flame under UNF as they consistently threatened

the Eagles backline as they searched for the equalizer going into the half down 2-1. Coming out of the half with the same offensive pressure they applied in much of the first half, Nunez secured his brace in the 58th minute to bring the Ospreys level. Seven minutes later, Joshua Castellanos completed the comeback for UNF, sparking the first of many scuffles in the remaining 26 minutes of the match. With blood boiling and emotions running high for an Eagles side that had their 11-game win streak on the line, FGCU failed to bury one in the back of the net, despite a barrage

of chances, unable to unnerve the UNF backline and second half substitute goalkeeper Tord Pederson. With a possible equalizing goal in the last five minutes of the half from the penalty spot when Pederson brought down Ruiz, the match official opted to not blow the whistle leading the nation’s highest scoring offense to defeat. “It was a PK (penalty kick) but it’s ok,” Ruiz said. “(The referees) gave me a PK the other day that probably the other team thought it wasn’t a PK, so one day the referee is going to call something for you, and some days he’s going to call something against you.

It’s OK. That’s soccer but that’s not the reason why we lost.” Now 2-0-1 in conference play behind NJIT and UNF, the Eagles welcome USC Upstate on Saturday, Oct.18 in their final home game of the regular-season. “A streak is a streak,” Butehorn said. “I look at just trying to win games and be on top when it matters. It’s not like we are going to go to a funeral. We still have a very good team. I guarantee that the next game will be something that I would not want to be the opposition against because they are pretty hungry now.”

Cross country competes in last meet of the regular-season

Photo courtesy of UNF Photos After earning a first place finish at the Upstate Invitational, the Eagles travel back to Milliken Research park for the ASUN

By Miguel Rodriguez Sports Editor @Miguel_Rod0914 In its final meet of the regular season before taking on the Atlantic Sun Cross Country Championships, the FGCU men’s cross country team took second place while the women placed sixth at the USF Invitational. “Today was a mixed bag regarding our performance,” FGCU head coach Cassandra Goodson told FGCU Athletics. “Some of the group ran well, while others struggled. We will learn from this and move on.”

Troy Clark led the way for the Eagles for the second consecutive race, finishing 10th with a time of 26:35.79. Totaling 87 points falling second to UNF with 17 points, Carlin Berryhill, Leonel Delacruz and Maximilian Weigand joined Clark to round out the four FGCU runners in the top 20. On the women’s side, Stephanie Cajas lead the way for FGCU finishing 17th with a time of 19:18.36. The Eagles finished the race with 148 points, coming up just shy of their season best fifth place finish behind Miami with

139 points. Finishing with three runners in the top 20 for the first time since the FAU Invitational, Regan Farrow and Anita Munoz joined Cajas, finishing in 18th and 19th place. With the regular season in their rearview mirror, both teams will travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 29 to compete at the A-Sun Championship at USC Upstate’s Milliken Research Park, where the men placed first and the women placed fifth during the USC Upstate Invitational. EN Illustration / Audrey Mobley



Men’s basketball projected to repeat as ASUN Champs

Marc-Eddy Norelia was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Conference Team .

By Emily Kois Assistant Sports Editor @emilykois After coming off an ASUN Tournament title

and a record-setting NCAA Tournament First Four victory this past March, the FGCU men’s basketball team has been listed as the 2016-2017 ASUN

Photo by Linwood Ferguson

Conference favorite. Additionally, standout players have already received recognition. Marc-Eddy Norelia was a unanimous selection

to the Preseason AllConference Team. Zach Johnson was also named to the preseason team, while Demetris Morant was coined as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The mostly veteran team received six of eight 1st-place votes and totaled 62 points in the coaches’ poll, finishing 12 points ahead of UNF. The Eagles were also the preseason league favorite in the media poll, receiving 412 points and 42 of 52 1st-place votes in the poll, finishing 44 points ahead of UNF. “It’s nice to be recognized as the ASUN favorite, and they’re also great honors for MarcEddy, Zach and Demetris,” said fourth-year FGCU head coach Joe Dooley. Last season, the Eagles went 21-14 claiming the ASUN Tournament title, defeated fellow 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson 96-65, but fell 83-67 to national runner up North Carolina. Last year’s team not only earned the ASUN title and competed nationally ranked teams, but also posted program records. These include points per game (77.2), rebounds

per game (40.6), field-goal percentage (47.9), blocks per game (4) and scoring margin (+6.6). A standout veteran for the team is Norelia, who returns for his redshirt senior year. Norelia was an ASUN First Team selection, District 3 First Team member, ASUN Tournament MVP, ASUN All-Tournament Team pick and three-time ASUN Player of the Week. The 6’8” forward led in nearly every stat and shattered program records. Norelia recorded 16 double-doubles in a singleseason, seven more than the previous holder. He established program singleseason records in points (597), rebounds (325) and field goals made (234). The forward also led FGCU in scoring (17.1) and rebounding (9.3), ranking 6th in the ASUN in points per game, 2nd in rebounds per game and 4th in field goal percentage (.545). Redshirt sophomore Johnson was named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team, the ASUN All-Tournament Team and made the potential game-saving block in the closing seconds

of overtime against Stetson to seal the ASUN crown for the Eagles last season. The 6’2” guard recorded 387 points, averaging 11.1 points per game and led the Eagles in assists at 3.3 per outing and 115 total. Johnson reached double-figure points in 17 of the final 22, including averaging 16 points and 3 assists in three ASUN Tournament games. Redshirt junior, Morant is expected to be a help in the paint after returning from an injury last season, making him miss 12 games. The 6’9” forward averaged 1.4 blocks in the 23 games he play in last year. Morant also averaged 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last year, ranking 2nd behind Norelia. Morant’s 74 blocks in two years with FGCU are tied for the 3rd-most in program history. The Eagles’ season will officially start against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville on Nov. 11 with a home opener scheduled for Nov. 16 against UT Arlington at 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer takes first place in ASUN with 2-1 win over Stetson

Daniele Serrano Position: Middle Blocker Freshman 6 feet 1 inch Hometown: Sanford, Florida

EN Photo / Brad Young Tabby Tindell (above) leads the Eagles in goals ,heading into their last matchup of the regular-season,with 13 on the year.

Freshman Daniele Serrano was named the ASUN Freshman of the Week for the second time already this season. Serrano has stepped up as a big force on the net, both offensively and defensively. The rookie has already slammed down a total of 11 kills out of 19 attacks with just two errors, averaging a hitting percentage of .478 between last weekends matches against Jacksonville and UNF. As a middle blocker, Serrano totaled six blocks in the last two games and contributed to the defense with five digs. The team is led by Serrano in blocks with 58 total blocks and is fourth on the team with 104 kills and a high hitting percentage of .403. EN Illustrations / Audrey Mobley

By Miguel Rodriguez Sports Editor @Miguel_Rod0914 After defeating Jacksonville on Sunday to move within two points of Stetson for the firstplace seed in Atlantic Sun Conference play, the FGCU women’s soccer team defeated Stetson 2-1 to move to the top of the table. Lindsey Patton’s first career goal and Paulina Speckmaier’s third goal of the season propelled the Eagles to victory, saving the Eagles’ hopes to win their seventh consecutive ASUN regular season title in their final home game of the regular season. “Our guys knew what was at stake,” head coach Jim Blankenship said. “If we didn’t win this, then we’re on

the road (for the conference tournament). These were two very good teams and you can see why they were in first place. I thought our guys played extremely well and created some phenomenal opportunities.” FGCU came out pressuring the Hatters early, but goalkeeper Emily Plotz was up to FGCU’s challenge, denying two-time Atlantic Sun player of the year Tabby Tindell of a goal multiple times en route to snatching four saves in the first half. The Eagles found the breakthrough goal despite Plotz’s early heroics, finding the back of the net off the head of Patton from Meaghan Mulligan’s corner to put FGCU up 1-0 going into the end of the half. Continuing to maintain possession in the attacking

third of the pitch, Plotz was again up to the task, keeping out multiple efforts from Ali Rodgers. In the 73rd minute, Speckmaier scored a crucial goal for the Eagles, volleying home a cross from Emilie Olsen that turned out to be the game-winner, as Florenci Baldassini scored a goal for Stetson with six seconds remaining in the match. The Eagles will now travel to Jacksonville to face UNF on Saturday, Oct. 22, where a win can give FGCU home-field advantage as the host school for the ASUN Women’s Soccer Championship as well as its seventh consecutive ASUN regular-season title.



Volleyball remains 12-0 at home with wins over Jacksonville and UNF

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Upon Amanda Carroll’s (right) home game return, the outside hitter led in total kill over the weekend, with 14 against Jacksonville and eight against UNF.

By Emily Kois Assistant Sports Editor @emilykois After returning home from a tough loss against Kennesaw State on Oct. 7, breaking their 15 game win streak and defeating over Lipscomb on Oct. 8 during their two game road trip, the volleyball team returned to Alico Arena defeating Atlantic Sun Conference foe Jacksonville 3-0. “If you look statistically speaking it was pretty good,” said head coach Matt Botsford. “Offensively we were a little bit better than our average. We blocked pretty well, especially towards the end, but I think our biggest issue tonight was that our serve receive wasn’t as sharp as it typically is.” Coming into the first set, play was very back and forth with lack of energy on the Eagles side. However, midway

through the first set, FGCU turned on the heat going on a five point streak making it 13-8 before JU sided out. After the time out, the Dolphins came back off of FGCU faults and service errors, nearly tiring the game 15-17. Neither side could really edge out an advantage, until the end of the match when the Eagles went on a four point streak to win the set 25-18. In the beginning of the second set, FGCU went on seven point streak before JU took a timeout when the score was 11-4, favoring the Eagles. After the timeout JU took control, but FGCU quickly sided out and regained control on the set going on another four point streak, making the score 15-6 before JU took their last time out. To end the match, the Eagles went on another five point streak, finishing the set with an ace, 25-

11, as Amanda Carroll continued to lead the team throughout the entire match with 14 kills. “Coming back is always a little nerve-racking, but it’s nice coming back to Alico,” Carroll said. “I don’t really think it’s about the amount of kills I got. I know as a team we worked really hard and played really well tonight.” To start the third set, FGCU came out strong with a four point lead. However, JU capitalized off of the Eagles’ passing errors, making the score 1213 after the Dolphins went on a four point streak. After a six point streak come back, the Dolphins took a timeout, but FGCU came back very strong and determined to win the game with big hits from Moeller on the right side, winning the set 25-18 and the overall match 3-0.

By Emily Kois Assistant Sports Editor @emilykois The FGCU volleyball team continued their dominating play from Friday night’s game against Jacksonville, and came out with a 3-0 victory over UNF Saturday night. The win marks the Eagles’ third-straight shutout, making it their 14th of the season and their 12th-straight home win, remaining 12-0 for the season. “In the first set, I thought we were good offensively, but it was really challenging for us to get a stop,” head coach Matt Botsford said. “And then in the second set, we played great defensively, but our offense was a little bit off. We talked at the break about trying to combine those two things and in the third set we saw exactly that – service pressure, good decision making.” With assistance from setter Maggie Rick, the

Eagles now have the highest team hitting percentage in ASUN and rank top-20 in the country at .284. Tonight, Rick helped FGCU achieve a team average of .295 and assisted 35 of the 43 kills. Beyond being active at the net, the FGCU defense, led by libero Courtney Stephens, helped keep UNF’s hitting percentage to .096. In the the first set, UNF took control right off the bat, making the score 9-6. However, the Eagles tied it up with a three-point streak before the Ospreys were forced to take a timeout. This timeout didn’t break FGCU’s concentration as they came out to gain another three points, but UNF quickly responded. By the end of the tight set, Borgiotti tallied two back-to-back kills, giving FGCU a 25-22 set win. There was a lot of backand-forth play to begin

the second set. However, UNF went on a three-point run before FGCU took a timeout. This timeout worked in the Eagles’ favor as they scored six straight points. Late in the second, UNF took a 17-16 lead over the Eagles who then fought back with a five-point run to win the set 25-20. Throughout the entire third set, FGCU established a great amount of control, earning a quick 7-2 lead. Even after UNF called timeouts, FGCU continued to dominate with kills from Rick, Carroll and Leigh Pudwill. The Ospreys tried fighting back, but it was too late. After trailing 21-6, but rallying four consecutive points, the Eagles finished the set 25-12 and a match of 3-0. Next up, the Eagles will travel to Deland, Florida. to face off against Stetson on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

Swimming and diving defeats UNF in first dual-meet of the season

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Sommer Harris placed seventh in 200 free with a time of 2:02.63 and second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.82 against UNF.

By Jesse Martin Staff Writer @JesseMartin247 The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team defeated conference foe UNF 159-95 Oct. 14 at the FGCU aquatics complex. The win was the first

dual meet victory of the year and the first win for Head coach Dave Rollins career at FGCU. “It feels great” said coach Rollins in an FGCU Athletics press release. “The girls swam very well today. It was a chance for some girls who didn’t swim

last weekend to step up and race, and it was good to see their hard work pay off.” The Eagles took first place in 10 of the 12 events prior to swimming the last two events as exhibitions. FGCU also finished first, second and third in five events.

FGCU is now a perfect 9-0 against UNF, and improves their all-time conference dual meet record to 33-1. Gracie Redding and Melissa Marinheiro won the first events of their college careers. With Redding winning the 100

and the 200 freestyle, and Marinheiro winning the 500 and 100 yard freestyle. The Eagles will travel to the west coast as they will face the University of Southern California and Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 21. The team will face

UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Oregon State, San Diego and UC Davis Saturday, Oct. 22.



FGCU DII hockey scores 14 goals en route to Merrimack College sweep

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The reigning ACHA DII national champions, the FGCU DII men’s hockey team, opened the season with back-to-back victories over Merrimack College Oct.14 and 15.

By Keaton Hanley Contributing Writer @ChirpinParaKeat In a physical, highscoring battle, the FGCU DII men’s hockey team overpowered Merrimack College in a 7-1 victory, led by forward No. 19 Nathan Pelligra with a four-point night. All of this offense was accompanied by an outstanding performance in net with 33 saves by No. 30 Tyler Tracy. FGCU won its first game of the season and handed the Warriors (52) their second loss on the season. The first period was a gritty one, with heavy forechecking by FGCU to start the game. A center ice hit by Steven Cariglio set the tempo early. FGCU was plagued with four penalties in the first period but was able to kill off all four with good defensive play and a huge, sprawling save by Tracy to keep the game tied 0-0 midway through the first.

With 58.8 seconds left in the first, Pelligra sped past the Warriors defense to wrist a shot past Merrimack goalie Derek DeCastro, making it a 1-0 game going into the first intermission. Both teams came out fast from the first intermission, exchanging scoring chances. Merrimack took a penalty with 16:59 left in the period, and the Eagles assistant captain, Michael Chemello, capitalized just 18 seconds into the power play. FGCU scored again five minutes later at 11:41 when David Wong gave a perfect pass from behind the net to Pelligra out in front, who lasered it by DeCastro to make it a 3-0 game. In the third period, the Eagles built their lead even more by adding four more goals, including two shorthanded tallies by Jordan Klotz and Josh Koerner. A scuffle broke out after an insane save by Tracy to keep the game 6-0,

resulting in a power play for Merrimack. Merrimack finally got on the board with 5:23 left in the third, stealing away Tracy’s bid for a shutout. But, that’s the only goal the Warriors would get past Tracy, as the game ended 7-1. “We had a little bit of a slow start,” Tracy said. “I think, eventually, the guys kind of gelled together. Toward the end there, we finally started getting it rolling. The floodgates kind of opened up a little bit for us.” FGCU is back in action at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at Germain Arena where the Eagles will take on Merrimack in the second game of their back-to-back series. “It’ll only build the program even more if we get more people to the games, and we’re supposed to be moving up to DI next year,” Pelligra said. “And, hopefully, that starts the process to an NCAA team.”

By Keaton Hanley Contributing Writer @ChirpinParaKeat In the second game of a back-to-back series against Merrimack College, the FGCU DII men’s hockey team held down the Nest with a 7-0 victory Saturday, Oct. 15 night. The Eagles soared in this one with at least two goals each period, including a three-goal third period to finish up the night. Offense wasn’t the only thing working for the Eagles, as goalie Bradley Rambhajan picked up a shutout in his first game of the year. FGCU took no time at all to start the scoring just 2:03 into the first period with Nathan Pelligra picking up right where he left off Friday, scoring the opening goal to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. With 3:05 left in the first, assistant captain

Michael Chemello received a pass from David Wong right in front of an open net, and just like that, it was 2-0 heading into the first intermission. The Eagles started off the second period on the penalty kill and, after a strong kill, were even strength for a minute before taking another penalty. On the penalty kill, Rambhajan had a flurry of saves that soon after led to a shorthanded goal by speedy forward Josh Koerner, extending the Eagles’ lead to 3-0. Michael Chemello would add another goal on a wraparound before the intermission, making it 4-0. “It definitely gives us a boost scoring on the PK,” Chemello said. “But, right now, we’re taking too many penalties, and we have to stay out of the box going forward.” Emotions ran high for

Merrimack at the end of the period, as one of the Warriors broke his stick in frustration before heading off. FGCU continued the offensive clinic, tallying another three goals in a penalty-ridden third period for Merrimack. The best chance for Merrimack came with 13:30 left in the second when the Warriors rang a shot off the post and a scrambling Rambhajan covered up the puck before it could cross the goal line. Merrimack couldn’t sneak one by Rambhajan, as he stood tall in his first shutout of the season. The Eagles face Holy Cross at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 at Germain Arena. “We have to stick to our strengths, like using our speed and moving the puck,” Chemello said. “When we do that, we are dangerous up front.”



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This week in athletics

Men’s tennis at ITA Men’s Southeast Regional Championships By Jessy Sammarco Staff Writer @Jessy_Sammarco The FGCU men’s tennis team will head to Tallahassee to compete in the five day Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Southeast Regional Championship. The Fall Invite included two doubles flights and two singles flights. In the first singles flight, Oliver Landert and Javier Fernandez both advanced to the quarterfinals, while Ezequiel Cerrini made it to

the Semifinals. Sam Chaffin and Austin Bates also made appearances in the second singles flight. Landert and Cerrini were paired up for the first doubles flight, making it all the way to the championship match, but were brought down by USC. Day one of the Southeast Regional Championship will be Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Tallahassee.

Women’s soccer vs. UNF By Emily Kois Assistant Sports Editor @emilykois FGCU women’s soccer will wrap up regular season play against UNF at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville. The game will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Ospreys come into the game 6-7-2, 2-4 for

conference play. While the Eagles comes into the game 10-4-1, 5-1 in ASUN play. This will be the first time these two conference teams meet this season. The last time these teams met was last season, with FGCU winning at home 2-0 against the Ospreys. If the Ospreys beat FGCU, UNF will clinch a spot in conference play.

Women’s golf at 39th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational By Chelsea Fernandez Staff Writer @chelsea1447 The FGCU women’s golf team will travel to Lakewood Ranch to compete in the 39th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational hosted by FIU. The match is set to be played in a three-day series. The first match will take place Sunday, Oct. 23 and finish Tuesday, Oct. 25.

All three days are marked as all-day events. Last season, the Eagles placed 6th at the invitational, finishing in the top half out of 14 teams. They improved each day from 12th to 8th and finally 6th with a scorecard of 901. The Eagles will then attend the Florida Challenge on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 for a 36-hole setmatch in Lecanto.

Women’s tennis at ITA Women’s Southeast Regional Championships By Jessy Sammarco Staff Writer @Jessy_Sammarco The FGCU women’s tennis heads to Gainesville to participate in the ITA Women’s Southeast Regional Championship. During the FGCU Fall Invite, the Eagles held a 13-3 overall record in the singles matches. In the singles matches against UCF, the Eagles had a perfect 4-0 record, a 5-2 record against Power-Five

opponent Minnesota, and a 4-1 record against Stetson. In the doubles matches the Eagles were able to keep up their success with 10 victories out of 15 total matches. Doubles pair Julia Ascua and Julianna Curtis led the Eagles with a perfect 5-0 record. The team’s first day of the Southeast Regional Championship will be Oct. 20 in Gainesville.

Men’s soccer vs. USC Upstate By Tucker Pany Staff Writer @t_pany7 The FGCU men’s soccer team welcomes USC Upstate to the FGCU Soccer Complex, Saturday Oct. 22. The last time these two faced off was in the ASUN tournament action last season. The Spartans were victorious in a match that ended 4-3. This time

around, the Eagles will show why they are the Nation’s highest scoring team, while the Spartans look to stop a three-game losing streak. On Saturday, Oct. 22 night match up will be the last regular season home game for FGCU. After that, the Eagles will travel to Nashville, Tennessee to face the Lipscomb University Bisons.

Men’s golf at Homewood/Hilton Garden Airport and FGCU Classic By Chelsea Fernandez Staff Writer @chelsea1447 With a slow start to the season, the FGCU men’s golf team plans to bounce back as they host the Homewood/Hilton Garden Airport and FGCU Classic. The tournament will be a two-day event and take place from Monday, Oct. 24 to Tuesday, Oct. 25. Both events are set to last all day. Last season, the Eagles

kept up the with the pack as they moved from 6th to 3rd out of the 12 competing schools. Finishing shy of four shots for 2nd place and five shots clear of 4th place, it was a close match. FGCU will then travel to Longwood to compete in The Legacy Intercollegiate from Feb. 27-28.

Swimming and diving at UCLA meet By Jesse Martin Staff Writer @jessemartin247 The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team travels to the west coast on Oct. 21-22 to participate in the UCLA meet. FGCU is coming off their first dual meet of the season where they defeated Atlantic Sun Conference opponent UNF.

The Eagles will be facing high caliber teams such as Southern California and Oregon State. This meet will give the Eagles a rare opportunity to face opponents they usually wouldn’t see until the NCAA championship at the end of the season.

Volleyball vs. Stetson By Chelsea Fernandez Staff Writer @chelsea1447 The FGCU volleyball team squares off against Stetson for the second time this season. The match is set for Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in Deland. In their last face off, the

Eagles defeated Stetson, by a score of 3-0. At that time, FGCU was on a 12-game winning streak, that ended at 15 after competing against Kennesaw State. FGCU will then host Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Alico Arena.

Volleyball vs. Bethune- Cookman By Chelsea Fernandez Staff Writer @chelsea1447 FGCU women’s volleyball prepares to compete against BethuneCookman Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Alico Arena. Last game, the Eagles

faced the Wildcats, defeating them 3-0 on Bethune-Cookman’s hometurf. The Eagles will then travel to Jacksonville to compete against UNF on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.


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GOP: Reality TV at its worst

Is Trump’s rise to power due to our love for entertainment?

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Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

By Chloe Barnes Contributing writer @fgcueaglenews “Are you not entertained?” A famous line from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator perfectly sums

up the 2016 presidential elections. From the overly dramatic debates to the bold campaign commercials on every platform, the 2016 presidential debates are, in two words, reality TV. America has been

known as “The Land of Entertainment” since the rise of Hollywood in the early 1900s, and its influence has only grown since. We love our dramas, our crime shows, our socalled ‘reality’ shows.

The majority of the populace — 318.9 million as of 2014 — doesn’t care about documentaries and educational television. Even the name ‘educational television’ sounds like a punishment. It’s just a fact. We’d rather loaf on our sofas and couches watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” than an hour special on big business in the 1890s. Normally, this wouldn’t be such a terrible thing. One could take a survey around downtown Fort Myers and ask 50 people, “Who was the second president of the United States?” They’d likely get a fraction of those 50 with the right answer (John Adams). It’s a tragic thought, but it’s history. Even if it’s for our own country, I’m willing to let it slide to a certain degree. But now we’ve brought that ignorance to the present. Way back when the government was just starting to walk on its own, there was an idea. Elections: Where two men would campaign around the (albeit much smaller) country trying to win America’s votes using charisma, a solid platform

and some experience along with it. They wanted to be president because they wanted to lead a great nation and had the intelligence to do it. They did not want to be president because their political party was pulling their strings and feeding them politically correct propaganda. The 2016 election is so far gone from what the United States presidential campaign was supposed to be that it really is a reality show — and a terrible one at that. And the American people let it happen. We, as a general populace, don’t want to hear political ‘mumbo-jumbo,’ don’t want to hear all these facts and figures that may or may not be true. We want to be entertained. The problem is though that the presidency is not a laughing matter. I’m sorry to say that “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has no effect on real world problems (other than making blissful ignorance all the more appealing). It doesn’t matter outside of our borders. Not to pick on them specifically, they’re just one of many shows that offers no substance, no intelligence, and no

purpose. Is that what we want the debates to be? This is the president of the United States of America. Just let that sink in for a moment. Whoever wins come November will be the face of the country for the next four years. Our economy, international relationships, department of education, defense, tax money and everything else are all tied to that person. This country is like a child playing with their parent’s gun. We don’t know what we’re doing with the power we have, and we just might accidentally shoot our friends. Build a wall with Mexico? Has it really come to this? The rest of the world is biting their nails and cowering in their homes because whoever becomes president just might decide that they’re not useful anymore. Despite all of our economic and social problems, we’re not a nation to be underestimated, nor trifled with. We’re not a reality show. And yet, I fear for this election year, we’ve already sealed our fate.

The art of forgiveness

What can we learn from other cultures about peace?

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The silhouette of a Gandhi statue in India.

By Bruno Halpern Contributing writer @brunowesome India. 1940s. Gandhi was fasting as a protest against the conflicts between Muslims and Hindus. A Hindu man came to him, “I killed a Muslim child!” “Why?,” Gandhi asked. “A Muslim man killed my son,” he said. The Hindu man is desperate. He’s certain he’s going to Hell, but Gandhi says he knows a way out of such a destiny. “Find a child. A child whose mother and father have been killed, and raise him as your own. Only be sure that the child is a Muslim, and you must raise him as one.”

It’s unknown if this man followed Gandhi’s advice, but if he did he would have successfully ended the never-ending cycle of hate. Basically, this neverending cycle is the necessity of revenge. It’s, perhaps, the hardest task humanity faces. It’s inherently lack of love, and it’s deeply intertwined with our pride and ego. The never-ending cycle of hate has many layers, of course. The lightest example of it would be animosity between children pulling each others’ hairs. Another layer would be hazing. It’s so stupid and derogatory that it’s amazing how it survives through the following semester. However, the opposite occurs. The hazed become

the hazers, maintaining the never-ending cycle of hate. Obviously, this cycle isn’t logical, or rational, nor grounded on common sense; otherwise, it would be a non-issue in our society. The Hindu man’s crime is evidently in the denser layers of the cycle of hate. His crime can be considered unforgivable to any sane person such as ourselves, especially to the child’s parents. The victims always think it’s in their right to retaliate. With that mindset, we’d hurt one another indefinitely, strengthening the cycle of hate. Then why Gandhi, and other great moral leaders of mankind, don’t engage in the discourse of sane people like us? This makes me

wonder… are we truly sane with that mindset? A sane person wouldn’t allow the cycle of hate to be neverending, a sane person would stop it. How different would the message of Martin Luther King be if he advocated revenge against white people? How powerful would the message of Jesus be if he preached to love only your friends? Following Gandhi’s example, what would a cheated on woman do? What would a underqualified manager do to an overqualified employee? What a father would do to his daughter’s killer? Usually, those questions are met with retaliation and negative solutions. The

fact is that humanity has a tendency to perpetuate the never-ending cycle of hate. Gandhi understood that true forgiveness and selfforgiveness come not from words, but through action. So, he prescribed the Hindu man a healing therapy: to raise a Muslim child as his own. It’s said that to raise a child is like raising yourself up again. Gandhi knew that by doing this the Hindu man would then transform his self-hatred, intolerance and sorrow into selflove, understanding and happiness. Like Chico Xavier once said, “We can’t go back and make a new beginning, but we can start anew and make a new ending.” Thus, Gandhi

demonstrated, not only to the Hindu man, but to all of us, the pathway toward forgiveness. “The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person,” said Louise Hay. “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate,”said Martin Luther King. The concept of reincarnation helped me to forgive others and to forgive myself more easily.



The Internet, free speech and Pepe

Pepe from an underground comic “Boys Club” has somehow become an icon for the Alt-Right online movement. Some groups even consider the character hate speech. By Angela Lugo Contributing Writer @AngMariaTweets It’s the sad, horrible truth: Pepe the Frog is now a white supremacist. Or, at least, he is if you ask the Anti-Defamation League or anyone else who hasn’t turned on a computer since the days of dial-up connections and floppy discs. Pepe is a meme that started on 4chan, but was originally in a comic series called “Boys Club” by Mattie Furie. Later, he was adapted by users on the site as a reaction image and thus, a meme was born. Memes are just the internet’s version of an inside joke, which people that aren’t in-the-know are left out of, which means the ADL is essentially that one friend that became upset when you and your best friend started giggling at the word “Pepe.” Or rather, Hillary Clinton’s campaign team is.

In a misguided website post, her team claimed that Donald Trump was sharing the Pepe meme because it represents white supremacy. However, no one questioned the intentions behind this seemingly innocuous frog until her website brought awareness to the fact that Pepe has been used by white supremacist groups. The fact that Pepe can be used in the favor of these groups is no statement on him. The purpose and the fun of a meme is that its versatile nature makes it applicable in a variety of different situations. This sad-looking frog can be used as the butt of millions of relatable Twitter jokes, or drawn on coffee shop chalkboards. Pepe’s very existence is the only criterion that it met to be used by such hate groups. While there are hate groups using the image of Pepe, he is also used by internet trolls.

Trolls thrive off of offending people on the internet, so taking something innocent and

Pepe the frog in original form. turning it into something vile is basically their job. Unfortunately, because of this, Pepe became caught up in the Clinton/Trump crossfire, and now he’s a racist. More important than the misunderstanding and misuse of memes, is the large grey area of the legal implications of online activity. There is virtually

no legislation or legal precedence that controls day-to-day usage of the internet.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay As a result, in countries that allow it, people have been able to say whatever they want however they want to. There have been bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act that have pushed for more control over the flow of information online. SOPA and PIPA were met with hard resistance from many online platforms

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that were reluctant to let vague statutes be the new standard of right and wrong. Freedom of speech is crucial to the new culture that has been ushered in by the internet. Businesses, politicians, musicians – and pretty much everyone else – use the internet to collect data and criticisms from their audiences. So it’s amazing that no one in power seems to understand the importance of ensuring that freedom of speech continues to exist there. People have cried out that Pepe’s new label is an attack on freedom of speech and, in a very strange way, it is. What started out as Clinton’s campaign team grasping at straws has somehow morphed into stigmatizing an image to prevent its spread. Clearly, Pepe is not in the same league as a swastika or the Confederate flag, but the

ADL has stepped in and made it so that they are all on the same level. The ADL has clarified that most Pepe memes are innocent and not considered a hate symbol. So, why, if the majority of Pepe drawings are innocent, would they need to be labeled this way at all? None of this makes any sense. As far as I’m concerned, this whole ordeal has been pretty much pointless. The inconsequential Pepes are still out there, floating around and circulating amongst friends and followers. If there is anything of any importance at all that has come out of this, it’s the room for conversation. There is a lot to be discussed on the topic of Freedom of Speech on the internet. No one would have ever thought that it would take a miserable little frog to drum up enough controversy to talk about it.

Replacing Columbus Day

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Native American communities in Oregon protest Columbus Day, favoring Indigenous People’s Day instead By Tatyana Turner Contributing Writer @hope_chronicles Indigenous Peoples Day is becoming a national statement promoting societal change and culture acceptance across the United States. Proposed in 1977 by delegates of the Native Nation, the idea of the holiday was to reform the horrific history pertaining to the landfall of Christopher Columbus in America. In 1937 Columbus Day became an official holiday, but has been unofficially

celebrated since 1492. Since then the significance behind this day has decreased in popularity. Today, rather than Columbus Day being a holiday full of events surrounding the wonderful life of Christopher Columbus, sales at retail stores seem to be the only benefit one would have on this particular day of the year. The real question is, why celebrate the life of a man who captured over thousands of native Indians, forcing them into slave work? According to The Log

of Christopher Columbus, Columbus stated in a journal entry from Oct. 12, 1492, “They ought to make good skilled servants, for they repeat very quickly whatever we say to them…I will take six of them to Your Highnesses when I depart, in order that they may learn our language.” This shows he viewed Indigenous People as nothing more than commodities for commercial exploit. Ideally America is steadily migrating to become a land of social acceptance and justice. Movements are being formed

across the nation to represent the groups who essentially have no voice from a political standpoint. Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrating the life of Native Americans who grazed U.S. lands before European influence. Although this is a federal holiday, the celebration of this day varies by state. The significance of this holiday raises a higher purpose to promoting peace and human rights. Events in celebration of the holiday focus on history of the Native American people, celebrating their life

and influence on our society. Although there are only four states that do fully recognize Indigenous Peoples Day as a holiday, many individual cities have acknowledged this holiday as a great celebration of acceptance and culture. With this being said, this is also the first year I have heard about the holiday. This day seems to still be undermined in a way where it is known but not necessarily celebrated. The day in itself is a contradiction considering that Columbus Day was not removed as a federal holiday

and just coincides with the Indigenous Peoples holiday. This accurately demonstrates the ongoing battle America is fighting against traditional values. I do believe Columbus Day should not be considered a federal holiday and supporting states of Indigenous People should spend time teaching the significance of this day in American history to show positive reform in our society.


From Pumpkins to insulin pumps FGCU student creates event to bring awareness to diabetes

By Georgette French Outreach Editor @GeorgetteFrenc Brenda Hernandez wants to save as many kids as she can. The FGCU junior is hosting her own service learning event with Help A Diabetic Child and bringing awareness to students about a huge topic – Type 1 diabetes. The honors and biology student first became involved with the organization, Help A Diabetic Child, after enrolling in Lead and Service, a class that focuses on service learning in the community and she chose it after meeting them at the service learning fair. “I was so interested in Help A Diabetic Child because of the way the founder explained the mission inspired me,” Hernandez said. “I wanted to be part of that. I wanted to make an impact in the lives of children and especially college students who have diabetes.” Though she isn’t diabetic herself, Hernandez explains that part of the reason she has come to love the organization is because of how it relates to her life.

Before becoming involved, she found out that her pregnant family member was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and the news shocked her. “I kept asking, ‘what’s going to happen to the baby?’ and it’s scary because there’s so much work involved in staying healthy, especially when you have a child inside of you,” Hernandez said. She went on to explain that her family helped her understand the disease and how much work it takes to stay healthy. “There were certain things she couldn’t eat and so she would cut herself short if her blood levels were too high in the morning, and it made me feel bad,” Hernandez said. With this in mind, Hernandez went to Help A Diabetic Child and proposed an idea to raise awareness about diabetes, and raise money for the organization. “Help A Diabetic Child was founded to help students and children get the supplies that they can’t afford,” Hernandez said. “And I think it’s important to let college students know that there’s help out there for helping them get their

supplies.” The organization uses donations to purchase deliver diabetic supplies free of charge for those in need. This year, the organization has helped five college students in the last six months, but Hernandez is hoping that by creating events like Pumper the Pumpkin, she can raise that number. By partnering with the YMCA and Help A Diabetic Child, Hernandez will be hosting Pumper the Pumpkin at the Naples YMCA location on Oct. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. Held during the YMCA’s fall festival, Pumper the Pumpkin strives to bring awareness to Type 1 diabetes through fun. “We will provide small pumpkins and paint supplies to paint and while they do that, we will educate them about diabetes,” Hernandez said. “There will be an insulin pump on a pumpkin and we hope that kids will ask why it’s there so it gives us the opportunity to explain why kids can’t do certain things. If we educate these young generations, it will help them understand how life threatening this can be.”

EN Photo / Javier Moncada Brenda Hernandez currently works with Help A Diabetic Child in order to raise awareness to students and children wtih Type 1 diabetes. Hernandez says that she wants to go to medical school after she graduates, but would like to continue her service learning if she can. Though the event is free, there will be donation boxes set up for guests who, according to Hernandez, will receive a raffle ticket to the diabetic conference held on Nov. 4, where prizes will be given away. The event is open to the general public, but Hernandez urges FGCU students to not only come out and show their support, but also to volunteer

their time in exchange for service learning hours of their own. While she does hope that she and the founder of Help A Diabetic Child can handle the event, the organization is small and requires some help. With more students, Hernandez says that there will be more opportunities to have oneon-one conversations with kids to help them learn

about health. If students miss the event, there are always opportunities to help the organization and earn service learning hours – which are a requirement for graduation. Contact Hernandez at bhernandez9937@eagle. or go directly to the Help A Diabetic Child’s website for more information.

Cleanup to save the Caloosahatchee By Romina Combe Staff Writer @RominaValeria05 Billy Creek was established – and named after the Seminole chief Billy Bowlegs, who was coerced into surrendering there by the United States forces in the year 1858. Since then, it has become a very important part of Lee County, and remains a key part of our local environment today. The scenic Billy’s Creek contains a variety of wildlife and huge amounts of important mangrove vegetation which plays a very

important role in water filtration in Lee County. Combined efforts to boost the water quality from various government agencies helped with the creation of the Billy Creek Filter Marsh and neighboring nature park. The artificially-created filter marshes at this preserve serve as a natural cleansing system for Billy’s Creek, before it continues downstream into the Caloosahatchee River. Billy’s Creek and the Caloosahatchee River are two important waterways that feed into the restoration and preservation of the Everglades, and, for this

reason, FGCU students and Riverwatch are once again coming together to keep the waterways clean. On Nov. 4, both partners will be hosting a cleanup of Billy’s Creek from 9:00 a.m. to noon at 2937 Palm Beach Blvd. The clean-up, which is being organized by fellow FGCU student, Felicia Nudo, will allow students and volunteers to earn service learning hours by cleaning up Billy’s Creek. In the process, those students will be protecting the endangered Caloosahatchee River, ensuring that everyone in Lee County maintains good water

quality. In the past, volunteers were able to remove about 330 pounds of litter and waste from Billy’s Creek – a feat that shows the great impact that people can do through service and dedication. This is also a great opportunity for people to gain knowledge and hands-on experience with the filter marsh, its purpose and its environmental benefits. Students who would like to help volunteer and earn service learning hours can contact Nudo at

Photo courtesy of Felicia Nudo FGCU and FSW students spend their monring volunteering to remove trash from Billy’s Creek.

Winter Games returns for its third year at FGCU Event promotes positive awareness for disabilities By Miguel Rodriguez Sports Editor @Miguel_Rod0914

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Morimanno FGCU student Amanda Restivo was paired up with Keshawn during last year’s Winter Games.

The FGCU Ambassadors for Disability Services will host its third annual Winter Games celebration on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the FGCU South Village field.

“It’s really just a big field day,” Office of service learning disability service ambassador Lauren Morimanno said. “It allows people have a positive experience working with people with disabilities.” In its third year, Winter Games’ purpose is to promote positive awareness for people with disabilities. With participants com-

ing from South Fort Myers High School, Riverdale High School, Lehigh Senior High School, Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled and various elementary schools from Collier county, participants will be paired with a volunteer at FGCU to take part in various stations. “We are going to have photo booth just like we did

last year,” Morimanno said. “We are going to have face painting, a dance station, which is a popular station run by the E’Gals, a kickball station, cornhole and football.” If you would like to volunteer at Winter Games, contact FGCU Disability services at

Agency of the Week Collier County Parks and Rec has numerous opportunities for you to serve, have a good time and make a difference in the community, including helping in an after-school program, assisting or coaching a team, mentoring children, cleaning up litter in the parks or on the beach or working a special event. You are appreciated! The benefits are priceless. Do you enjoy sports and working with children? Would you like to coach a team? The Youth Soccer League is beginning its fall season, starting Oct. 24. Program Leader Kyle Bregenzer would like to hear from you if you’re a soccer kind of guy or gal. Contact Kyle at 239-252-4044, 239-252-4084 or for more info about dates and timeframes.

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