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Eagle News staff Editor-in-Chief Allison Gagliardi


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Letter from the editor


Business Manager Shane Biltz Advertising Manager Melanie Adams

You finally made it. Twelve years of schooling under your belt and you are finally here. Congratulations. I hope your time at Florida Gulf Coast University proves to be everything you expected it to be.

Production Manager Elliot Taylor

You have four years of books, parties, friends and decisions ahead of you. In my experience your parents are not lying when they say they are the best years of your life. You should be nothing but excited.

News Editor Samantha League

My best advice you is to get involved in whatever it is that interests you. Don’t start off slackin’. It will become routine all too quickly. Take that first step and join a registered student organization, Greek Life, Student Government, or a sports club. Do what makes you happy and stay busy. What a waste it would be to look back at the four (or six) years you spend here and think, “I didn’t do enough.” Get off the couch and make something happen. Leave a legacy here.

Sports Editor Josh Siegel Opinion Editor

I hope when you leave here you will carry your pride and feel like you have the world at your fingertips. If I can be of help to you in anyway, please let me know.

Sara Gottwalles Arts and Entertainment Editor Katie Sartoris

Be great! Cheers,

Photo Editor Mike Ricci Web Editor Kasie Molnar

Allison Gagliardi Editor-in-Chief Eagle News

Staff writers Melissa Bell Amarin Cannon Adrienn Wiebe Jacob Welch Veronica Vela Carlos Soria Miguel Lopez

Senior Staff writers Megan Hoolihan

Media reporters Caity Kauffman Danielle Koleniak Alex Pena Amarin Cannon

Production staff Kelsey Stalnaker

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INDEX Orientation Leaders ......................... 4 Registered Student Organizations ...... 6 Student Government ......... ............... 8 Library ............................................. 9 Housing .......................................... 10 University Police Department ............. 12 Academic Calendar .......................... 13 Campus Map .................................. 14 Eagle News ..................................... 13 Greek Life ....................................... 29

Offices and Services ......................... 30 Eagle Dining .................................... 31 Campus Recreation .......................... 32 College of the Arts and Sciences ........ 33 College of Business .......................... 34 College of Education ......................... 35 College of Health Professions ............ 36 College of Professional Studies .......... 37 College of Engineering ...................... 38 Dean of Students ............................. 39

Eagle News mission statement n Eagle News, the student media group at Florida Gulf Coast University, represents the diverse voices on campus with fairness. We select content for our publication and our website that is relevant to the student body, faculty and staff. Members are committed to reporting with accuracy and truth. Our purpose is to encourage conversations about issues that concern the on-campus community. Eagle News views every culture with equal respect and believes every person must be treated with dignity.


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Letters from the administration Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, university president

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Dear FGCU students

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Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D. President

Dr. J. Michael Rollo, vice president of Student Affairs

J. Michael Rollo, PH. D. Vice President of Student Affairs Dear Students, Welcome to Florid a Gulf Coast Unive rsity and the vibran munity that thrive t student coms here. We are de lighted that you ha us here in Fort My ve chosen to join ers to be part of on e of the newest an universities in the d fastest growing country as we build a future for South develop leaders for west Florida and the state of Florid a for the 21st Ce to attend FGCU ntury. Choosing will open up oppo rtunities for you you arrive for Eagle from the moment View Orientation an d throughout the in which you partic coming years ipate in all of the activities, service that will be offere s and programs d to you. The ac ademic mission of paramount to pro the institution is viding you with ou tstanding skills tha for a career that t will prepare you will be valuable to the State of Florid The Division of St a and beyond. udent Affairs will augment those sk training and activ ills with leadership ities that will provid e enhancement to experience and the your academic opportunity to ma ke lifelong friends who along with yo and colleagues, u will lead this reg ion you and your fam and this state for ily are excited ab ward. I know out joining us thi forward to a great s year and we loo fall semester as yo k u being your acad university life. Go emic career and Eagles! Sincerely,

J. Michael Rollo Vice President for Stud

ent Affairs

Orientation Leaders

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Orientation Leaders

Alyssa Johnson

Jeff Ballou

Alyssa will be entering her second year at FGCU as a Communications major. Being raised most of her life in Weston, Florida, Alyssa found FGCU to be the perfect fit away from home. She feels completely comfortable and has adapted very quickly to her new home at FGCU. The University has already opened her eyes to countless opportunities, inspired her to rethink her ambitions, and made her feel like somebody after only being here for a year.

Jeff was born on Jan. 22, 1989. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jeff attended Boca Ciega High School, in the medical professions program. Sports are a huge part of his life. He played baseball, football, track and field, and golf during high school. He has been playing baseball since he was 5 years old.

Esther Bechara

William Olivera

Megan Murphy

Ester is originally from Plantation, Florida. Her family is from Columbia and she is fluent in Spanish. She will be entering her junior year here at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her major is Political Science and she is also pursuing a minor in Education. She is also looking into another minor in French in the near future. She will be attending law school after graduating from FGCU.

William was born and raised in Campeche, Mexico. He is an international student and will be entering his junior year in the fall of 2010. He is majoring in Computer Information Systems, after receiving his degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, he would like to go to graduate school. The nice weather in Fort Myers during the winter made FGCU the perfect place to study abroad.

Krista Hinton

Erika Conrad

Krista just completed her sophomore year here at FGCU and has loved every minute of it! She is majoring in Special Education and wants to become a middle school English teacher when she graduates. Krista is returning to the Eagle View Orientation program this summer as an Orientation Team Leader and feels so blessed to be doing so.

Erika will be entering her second year at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in the amazing Communications program, and hoping to become a broadcast journalist. Born in Miami and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Erika came to the west coast for the excellent opportunities FGCU has to offer.

Justin Carter Justin is a sophomore here at Florida Gulf Coast University double majoring in Resort & Hospitality Management and Communications, with a minor in Biology. Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, his ultimate goal is to be general manager of one of Hyatt’s five-star resorts and travel the world.

Tyler Withrow Tyler was born in Pompano Beach, Florida. He attended Pompano Beach High School and graduated in 2009. Tyler will be entering his sophomore year for the Fall 2010 semester. He is always willing to help those around him and in his spare time he participates in numerous school activites.

Dan McCoy Dan is going into his second year here at FGCU. He is a Criminal Justice major and has hopes of getting into law enforcement after he receives his bachelor’s degree. Dan is originally from Boca Raton, Florida, and chose to come to FGCU for a change, and to try a whole new experience.

Megan is entering her fourth year at FGCU. She is double majoring in Criminal Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice Studies. She hopes to gain her master’s degree at FGCU in Criminal Forensic Studies and eventually work in a crime lab. Megan was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her family vacations in Fort Myers every summer, so going to FGCU seemed like the natural choice for her to make.

Ashley Cabral

Cristina Vega

Ashley is a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is originally from Clearwater, Florida. Her major is Communication with a minor in Creative Writing. She is not positive what her plans are after graduating but would like to pursue a career in mass media.

Cristina is entering her junior year as a Communications major with the goal of getting her master’s degree in Student Affairs. She is originally from Merrimack, N.H., but moved to central Florida five years ago. Last year Cristina served as an Orientation Leader and is now returning as an Orientation Team Leader.

Orientation Leaders

Theresa Knigh Theresa is entering her second year at FGCU. She is majoring in Psychology and hopes to minor in Spanish and Education in the near future. She came to Florida when she was 7 years old. She’s been here ever since and even though Theresa loves the South Florida area, she felt the need to get away for college. She wanted a school that was close enough to her family but far enough so she could experience living on her own and FGCU was the perfect place.

Shaquanna “Shay” Godbolt Shay just finished her second year at FGCU. She was an Orientation Leader last summer and loved it. She is ready to gain much more of a learning experience this summer as an Orientation Team Leader. Her major is criminal justice and criminal forensics. She is in a few student organizations. Shaquanna is a part of Greek Life, she was on the Executive Board for both the Black Student Alliance and Regulate, Unite, Listen, Engage, Speak (RULES), a member of A Step Above Perfection (ASAP), and was a Resident Assistant for the freshman resident housing in the Spring semester.

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Ryan Burke

Bonny Boutet Bonny is a senior at FGCU. Born and raised in Lake Worth, Florida, she ventured over to the west coast looking for a relaxing environment to attend college. Her major is Secondary Education for Biology with a minor in Creative Writing. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from FGCU in the fall of 2010, she would like to pursue her master’s in Student Affairs. From there, she would like to work as a Panhellenic or Greek Adviser for a university and become a tutor for biological sciences. “Doing something you love means you never have to work a day in your life” she says.

Ryan will be entering his second year at Florida Gulf Coast University. Originally born in the New England area, he moved down to Sarasota, Florida, for schooling and athletics. Ryan attended Booker High School. He held many positions in high school, such as captain of the drumline and held a chair in student government. Ryan played many sports in high school as well and excelled in all of them, such as baseball, track and soccer. In addition, Ryan was also the kicker for Booker’s football team.

Megan Denny Megan was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be entering her junior year in the Fall of 2010. She found the perfect college in a beautiful environment that was just the right distance from home. Majoring in Psychology, she aspires to become a psychologist, counselor, teacher, and professor within her lifetime. She hopes to inspire and ignite the fire within each person she is around!

The 2010 Orientation staff. Photos courtesy of Frank Graceffo



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Registered Student Organizations R egistered Student Organizations are a major part of the FGCU community. They add color and life to the campus through their activities and events. RSOs are a prominent fixture in the FGCU landscape. Students can be seen in the breezeways hosting bake sales to raise money for local charities. The Library lawn is often the scene for outdoor activities that require more space to roam. The Student Union is usually decorated with banners announcing upcoming events. Student organizations and those involved with them help create a campus community at the university. Your experience in college is not just about what happens in the classroom, it’s also about

Golden Key International Honour Society Eric Cherasia, President

“Membership is by invitation only, selected from the top 15% of sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Golden Key is dedicated to service, specifically in promoting literacy initiatives.” For undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the GPA requirement for the 2009-2010 semester was a 3.67. For graduate students, the GPA requirement is a 4.0.

Sociology Club

Dustin Weeks, Secretary “The goals of the Sociology Club include: (1) Increasing student awareness of local, national, and international social issues, (2) Providing for the open discussion of class materials in a non-structured, student-to-student format, (3) Helping to coordinate local volunteer opportunities, which may also lead to future job opportunities upon graduation.” Membership is limited to registered students of FGCU. This club was created by Sociology majors for Sociology majors, but all students regardless of major are encouraged to participate.

EagleTV “The Swoop” Traci Feller, President

“The primary purpose of this organization is to inform, entertain, and inspire both students and faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University through an event-based newscast. It will include information on: sports, clubs /organzations campus growth, student activities and other FGCU events.” Membership shall be limited to registered students of Florida Gulf Coast University who attend three quarters of scheduled meetings and maintain a positive, productive role in the organization.

FGCU Biology Club Zach Glorioso, President

“The FGCU Biology Club is an organization that’s purpose is to serve students on campus with a variety of opportunities to become active in the field of biology. “ No requirements for membership

what you do with your time outside the classroom. The Office of Student Involvement is located on the second floor of the Student Union. OSI oversees all of the univerity’s RSOs. More than 120 organizations are registered with OSI. In 2009 there were 80 RSOs. The clubs cover a variety of different topics ranging from cultural, honors, political, service, professional, religious, educational, and media groups. Students interested in joining any of the RSOs can visit OSI or they can visit their Web site http:// to get more information about clubs they are interested in learning more about. The following is a smattering of the organiza-

Interfraternity Council Anthony Graziani, President

“The Interfraternity Council is the governing body of all IFC fraternities at FGCU including Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Lambda Beta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Chi. The IFC exists to collectively represent and regulate all member organizations through promoting positive development.” The Interfraternity Council is a closed organization. Only active members of our five member organizations are entitled to membership in the Interfraternity Council.

Master of Social Work Student Association Dr. Patricia Coccoma

“The purpose of this organization shall be to foster academic and social support systems between the Students of the MSW program, the faculty of the University, the community and all professional social work organizations.” Full membership includes all graduate students of social work currently enrolled at the university. Associate membership is available to all students of the university and any interested members of the community.

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education Dr. Elizabeth M. Elliott, Faculty Adviser

“Omega Epsilon - KDP chapter is a nationally recognized chapter for its contribution to leadership, scholarship, and service for the academic years 2005-2007 and 2007-2009. The chapter is involved with the Women’s Abuse Shelter, Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Eagle Expo, and Eagle Palooza just to name a few.”

tions available to students. The list is only a limited number of the many organizations on campus. To see a full list visit OSIs web site on the main FGCU page.

FGCU Student Involvement Fair The 2010 FGCU Student Involvement Fair will be held Aug. 25. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and will have more than 80 organizations and departments present. Students are encouraged to come to learn about the different RSOs that they can join during their college career.

Malissa Sanon, President

“Helping the students at FGCU grow together to join in the interest and fellowship of public speaking. A place will be provided for members to learn how to listen attentively and participate actively in a constructive evaluation process to improve members’ speaking goals.” No requirements for membership

nHermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Inc. nSigma Lambda Beta Fraternity/International Club nGender Equality nChi Omega Sorority nLatin American Student nStudents aganist Hunger and Homelessness nDominican Republic Outreach nModel Peace Corps nGay Straight Alliance- RSO of the year and Most improved Student Organization

Students Against Hunger and Homelessness

Association for Children Education International

“The purpose of Students Against Hunger and Homelessness is to bring awareness of the situation of hunger and homelessness to the campus and community and to make an effort in fighting them in our community. We plan on accomplishing this through on-campus activities and voluenteering in the community.”

“Our mission is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.”

To be an active member you must show up to the bi-weekly meetings, and participate in an event monthly.

No requirements for membership

Club Manager’s Association of America

Eagles for Liberty (E4L)

Amanda Jarvas, President

Kacie Stratton,President

“The Club Manager’s Association of America is a professional Association for the Resort and Hospitality Management Program. We provide our members with multiple educational, as well as networking opportunities, specifically in the club management field.” There are no requirements to attend any of our functions, although we recommend that you join the national association to enjoy the benefits they offer.

Gay Straight Alliance

Stephanie Mold, President, 239 298 6406 “The purpose of our organization is to provide a safe and welcoming environment to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally community. We are one of the biggest and most active RSOs on campus. We host and sponsor GLBT related events, and we get engaged in the local community and nationwide.” No requirements for membership

Members must be committed to becoming an education major and have at least 12 hours of education courses.

Regulate Unite Listen Engage Speak

2010 RSO Award Recipents

Sarah Palmer, Secertary

Travis Leicht, President

“Your life belongs to you. Every individual ought to pursue his own interests, provided he does not initiate force against others. E4L is dedicated to this principle, among others, as well as educating the FGCU community on philosophical and economic matters related to liberty.” All those interested in the fields economics, philosophy, or politics are invited to attend our discussions. Members are those who are in general agreement with or are interested in learning more about the principles under the umbrellas of libertarianism, classical liberalism, and laissez-faire capitalism.

To Write Love on Eagles’ Wings Jennifer Drake, President Stephanie Guerra, Vice President

“The primary purpose of this organization is to unite the FGCU community and students under one common goal; that is to inspire each other and let each other know that love and hope are soaring and no one is alone in this world. One main goal of ours is to make FGCU a UChapter through To Write Love on Her Arms.” Just to come out, show your active interest and support for the organization through our meetings and events.


Jeb Miners, President “Restless is a Christian organization devoted to offering students something different. We are not ideological. We challenge our minds, our hearts and our faith. Everybody can join in our discussions, regardless of who they are or what they believe. Every opinion is heard. Please check us out this fall!” No requirements for membership

Financial Managers Association (FMA)

Stephen Sherburne, President FMA aids students in the process of networking with local professional such as CFOs, CFAs and CEOs. Students can expect to learn and strengthen their skills in creating a personal budget, learning different forms of investing, establishing good credit and gain knowledge in the field of finance. Attend a minimum of two consecutive club meetings and at least one fundraising and/or community service event to qualify for the annual trip.


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Top: Eric Rice of the Financial Managers Association poses at the National American History Museum. Photo courtesy of Stephen Sherburne Top Left: The Gay Straghit Alliance sets up their table at the Relay for Life 2010. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Mold Left: Students celebrate during International Week. EN photo/ Mike Ricci

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Student Government

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Student Government

Fellow Eagles, The Student Government of FGCU would like to welcome you to our incredible university. FGCU is a campus full of innovation, opportunity, and community. As your student representatives we are excited to have a new group of students to work with to become leaders on our campus. As our campus grows, you have the opportunity to be part of the foundation of a university that is on the brink of greatness. We encourage each and every one of you to get involved and become an integral part of our campus and community. Without your help, the dynamic community that we have would not exist. Involvement is essential to your success at FGCU and in the future. We encourage you to spend those late nights in the library, support your student athletes and display your Eagle pride. Get out of your element, invest time in getting to know your fellow students, and experience the most beautiful campus in Florida. Get to know your professors, and let them get to know you. Explore new things and have the time of your life while making responsible decisions. Most importantly, acquire a well rounded FGCU education. The opportunities here are endless; it is up to you to take advantage. As your student representatives we want to know how you feel, what your needs are and what we can do to make your experience at FGCU the best possible. Come visit the Student Union and do not be afraid to ask us any questions, voice any concerns or to discuss our opportunities to enhance your college experience. The friendships, connections and knowledge you will gain from your college experience are truly invaluable. Get involved, get excited and get ready for the year of your life! Go Eagles!

Peter Ryther Student Body President

Top: Former Student Body President Isaac Roman (left) passes the Eagle to current Student Body President, Peter Ryther (right) during the Student Government transition banquet. Below: Kim Diaz, Student Body vice president, gives her election speech after the results of the 2009 election were announced. Photo courtesy of Mike Ricci


tudent Government will serve as a bridge between all aspects of Florida Gulf Coast University and the Student Body. In order to establish such partnerships, Student Government is committed to maintaining high levels of communication between the student body, faculty, staff and the community. Student Government will act as the official voice, through which student opinion may be expressed, thus producing students engaged in both university activities and community affairs.

Executive Branch The Executive Branch exists to facilitate the day-to-day functions of Student Government and ensure adherence to the Student Body Constitution. This consists of the Student Body President, Vice President. Treasure, Chief of Staff and the Executive Cabinet who operate to complete the initiatives of the Executive Branch.

Legislative Branch The Legislative Branch is a voting body of students that is elected or appointed to appropriate the Activity and Service Fees granted to Student Government by the general student body in fees assessed each semester. The Student Senate passes bills into law by way of voting in meetings open to the public held every week to conduct busi-

ness. The Senate also serves as a forum for ideas and a voice for student opinions and concerns. Led by the Senate Executive Committee, the Senate is the representative voice of the students, for the students.

Government, hearing testimony from all parties and then formulating a court opinion with their official ruling.

Judicial Branch

nImprove campus lighting and safety nImplement effective alcohol awareness and prevention programs nProvide Blockbuster DVD service on campus nFurther support the universities environmental mission through programming and infrastructure nDefend student interest for Bright Futures nEnsure installation of Gulf Coast Town Center Shuttle Bus nAdditional tailgates, concerts, and BEEP programming nFight for longer library hours nImplement peer counseling. Mentorship program nWork toward an annual Homecoming Week nIncrease availability of free brand-name trusted contraceptives to students nEnsure implementation of safe crosswalks on campus nOppose tuition hikes that do not increase academic quality nCreate posting kiosks on campus nIncrease the effectiveness of Student Government by adding a Director of Multicultural Diversity, a Director of Athletic Relations and a centralized marketing department.

The Student Body Supreme Court is the official judicial branch for Student Government here at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Supreme Court acts independently of the Executive and Legislative branches and ensures the necessary checks and balances are in place within Student Government. The Supreme Court’s primary role is to maintain the integrity of the Student Government Constitution at Florida Gulf Coast University, and to make sure all members and branches of Student Government act within their powers allotted to them by the constitution. The Supreme Court is comprised of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Each Justice is appointed by the Student Body President and approved by the Senate. Once appointed, a justice shall serve until their respective graduation date, if he or she desires to do so. The Supreme Court constantly strives to resolve disputes justly after conducting a hearing process that is fair, objective and unbiased for all involved. To do this, the Supreme Court regularly meets to hold hearings to settle disputes within Student

2010 Initiatives

Being Well = Doing Well @FGCU! 

Student Health Services (SHS) at FGCU offers quality health services to students. Located in the Wellness Center, our medical staff provides services such as immediate triage/evaluation, basic care, education and health awareness programs. Referrals are made if necessary. SHS is committed to providing students timely services and education that promote healthy living.

SHS also provides the Nurse Response System. A nurse is available to assist students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the main number 239-590-7966. Our hours are

Monday – Thursday 8:30am-5:30pm Friday 9:00am-4:30pm (Hours may vary by semester)

Free Services Provided: * Physical Examinations * Health Education * Health Screenings * Routine Medical Care * Preventative Medicine * Referrals for Specialist Care * Female Exams * Family planning consultations * Nutrition counseling

CAPS is open Monday ‐ Friday from 8 AM to 6  PM (Friday 5 PM) except during university  holidays, and 9 to 5 over the summer.  For  information, call 239‐590‐7950 or consult our  website studentservices.fgcu.ecu/counseling.   We are located in Suite 239, Howard Hall. 

Nominal Cost Recovery Fee Services: * Medications * Immunizations: Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, TB screening, Flu (season), Hepatitis A and B, Meningitis, and Varicella * Laboratory tests: Chemistries, blood count, mono test, strep, cholesterol, urinalysis, pregnancy tests, and others. * Pap Smears * HIV/AIDS counseling and testing * Minor surgical procedures * Therapeutic massages

CAPS is staffed by Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and other supervised clinicians. We provide brief confidential services to enrolled students. If you are being treated by a therapist or psychiatrist and would like to transfer your care to CAPS while attending FGCU, please have your records forwarded to our office:

To make an appointment, stop by the Wellness Center or call (239) 590-7966.

CAPS Records 10501 FGCU Boulevard South

Ft Myers, FL 33965-6565

CAPS Services: Individual, couples, & group therapy Career counseling Psychiatry Consultation and referral Outreach programs Mental Health Screenings Assessments

Library Services

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Library Services

View of the library at night. Photo courtesy of Bob Klein and James Greco


he FGCU Library is a technologically advanced institution with materials, electronic resources, services and facilities designed to assist users in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. The facility is comprised of two connected buildings, designated as Library East and Library West. The Circulation Desk, Open Computing Lab, General Book Collection and Library Administrative offices are located in Library East. The Reference Desk and Reference Collection with an adjacent small Information Literacy Learning Lab are housed in Library West. Additional collections in Library West are: Media, Periodicals, Curriculum, Children’s Literature and current periodicals browsing collection. The library has media viewing rooms, group study rooms, individual study carrels and many seating and work areas to provide a comfortable environment for research and study. The three-story windowed Atrium at the main entrance to the library provides a pleasant space to visit with friends, study, or relax and enjoy beautiful campus views.

Eagle ID Cards Your key to library services and resources is your FGCU Eagle photo ID card. It is your passport to borrowing services, remote access to research databases and other electronic resources. The ID card must be presented at the Circulation Desk in order to check out materials from the collection. The most economical means for copying and printing services is by adding money to your FGCU ID. Your ID card and number must be held secure, protected as you would a credit card in order to avoid fraudulent use by others. The registered cardholder is responsible for all materials, fines and costs incurred through the use of this card. The loss or theft of the card must be reported immediately, so that privileges may be blocked before any damage to the cardholder’s account occurs. TIP: Use your complete 14-digit ID number when accessing library electronic services and resources from a remote location.

The Collection The library collection consists of more than 500,000 items, including books, journals, newspapers, microfilms, media materials, e-books and e-journals. There are more than 400 online research databases, providing access to indexes, abstracts and thousands of full-text articles from the best academic journals of major disciplines. The library website (http://library. is the primary access point for all library services and resources. The website accesses the online catalog, as well as the catalogs of the State University System of Florida libraries, FGCU course reserve materials, electronic databases, document delivery services, interlibrary loan, research assistance and links to other useful sites. A library staff directory, several request forms and the latest information about library hours, services and workshops are available on the website.

Computer Labs An open computing lab is available in the library for all users 92 hours per week. It offers access to library research databases, e-journals, course-specific software, MS Office, Gulfline and unfiltered Internet. The lab has over 135 computing work stations configured so that they may be used in conjunction with other campus-supported applications, e-mail and more.

Reference and Research Assistance Librarians and specially trained staff provide help with selecting and using research databases, formulating search strategies, searching the online catalog and more at the Reference Desk. The desk is open 65 hours per week when classes are in session. Personal research consultations with a professional librarian are available by appointment through online forms available from the library’s website. A small computing lab located behind the Reference Desk area is used to facilitate instruction and assistance to users by Reference Desk staff. There, students may receive

personal assistance with searching the online catalog, or research database selection and other instruction services, without appointment. Chat reference service is also available through the FGCU participation in the statewide AskaLibrarian virtual reference service. Chat with a real librarian, in real time. See the library website for operating hours of the FGCU virtual reference desk.

Circulation and Course Reserve Students, staff and faculty may borrow materials upon presenting their FGCU ID card at the Circulation Desk. Loan periods vary by borrower status and item collection location. Borrowing policies, including fines and loan periods, are posted at the Circulation Desk and also available from the library website. Course reserve materials, both print and electronic, are processed and made accessible by Circulation Desk staff. Hard copies may be requested and checked out at the desk. Articles are made available electronically whenever possible.

other institutions. Books from the collection are charged out to the borrower’s library account and mailed to distance learners when requested. Students are responsible for return postage, overdue fines and costs for lost or damaged library materials, as are all users. Articles are supplied electronically whenever possible. Regular copying costs are charged to the requestor. Reference assistance is available to distance learners via phone, Virtual Chat and e-mail. A telephone personal research consultation with a subject liaison librarian is available via appointment. Request forms are available from the library’s Web page or contact the Reference Desk at (239) 5907630; or send an e-mail message to

Summer Hours

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fall and spring hours Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Hours are adjusted for holidays, exam periods and intersessions.


(239) 590-7610 — Information (239) 590-7630 — Reference, Research & Instruction

Interlibrary Loan Need a book or journal article not owned by FGCU Library? FGCU faculty, staff and students may request that the library obtain materials for their use from another institution. Simply establish an FGCU ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account through the library website and submit your requests. Most articles are delivered to you electronically, while hard copy materials may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. You are notified via e-mail when your requested material has arrived, or when you have articles to be downloaded.

Support for Distance Learners Distance Learners are provided equitable services as those provided for on-campus users. Electronic resources and services are available and accessible to all FGCU affiliates regardless of their location. The online FGCU ILLiad interlibrary loan system may be used by distance learners to request books or articles owned by FGCU or for materials from

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On-Campus Housing

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On-Campus Housing

Roommate tips For many new students, this might be the first time living away from mom and dad’s house. You might find it’s more difficult to live alongside your peers. But there are a couple of tips you should keep in mind to help your new living situation go more smoothly.

1. Spend time together/get to know each other 2. Talk it out 3. Be open and friendly 4. Be understanding 5. Give each other space 6. Ask before you borrow 7. Define “neat” 8. Discuss visitation 9. Schedule study times 10. Pick a co-curricular activity to share

What’s happening?

Everglades Hall is a freshman dormitory located at South Lake Village at FGCU. Photo courtesy of Bob Klein and James Greco


hether you’re a returning student or a new student embarking on your first experience living away from home, the Office of Housing and Residence Life is here to help you make the transition to the college life. The OHRL has a series of events and programs just for you that are designed to help you meet your fellow residents, and the staff, all while becoming familiar with residence life and FGCU. To start the year off right, the Resident Housing Association has daily events planned for Welcome Week and many more throughout the semester.

North Lake Village Where do residents of North Lake Village go to play pool, ping-pong, foosball, watch TV or just hang out? It’s Eagles’ Landing. Located in the center of North Lake Village, this student activities center provides a gathering place for the on-campus residents. Eagles’ Landing also plays host to a variety of activities such as dances, concerts, billiards and card tournaments, Java Jams and much more. Eagles’ Landing is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until midnight. Amenities include

ping-pong table, foosball, computer lab, multipurpose room and a lounge with television. In the commons, there is a big screen TV, lounge with TV and grand piano.

South Lake Village Residents of Everglades Hall have a multitude of places to go if they want to hang out with friends, play games, work out, study alone or in groups, or just watch TV. Amenities include main lobby lounge, game room, community kitchen, four solariums, fitness room, two lounges with televisions, laundry facility, computer lab, study rooms and multi-purpose room.

Resident Housing Association (RHA) The Resident Housing Association (RHA) is a student-run organization that represents the interests and concerns of the residential students. If you live on campus, you are a member of RHA. As a member, your voice matters. If you have concerns, questions, or any comments about residential life, RHA is there to make sure your voice

is heard. RHA works closely with the residence life staff in defining issues and concerns of resident students. Participation in RHA is an excellent way to become involved in the residence hall and provides another avenue to obtain leadership experience. RHA has an executive board consisting of a president, vice president, director of finance, director of records, director of marketing, and the national communications coordinator. Elections for these positions are held in late spring. While RHA is the residential student government and voice of the resident student body, RHA is just as well known for its events, most notably the Foam Party, Harvest Party and the RHA Luau. In addition, RHA sponsors programming throughout the academic year everything from movie nights to pizza parties to ice cream socials. RHA meetings are held in Eagles’ Landing and Everglades Hall on a weekly basis and usually run about one hour. The RHA office is located in Eagles’ Landing and we encourage you to stop by and find out how you can get involved!

So how do you go about finding out what’s happening in housing — what events and gatherings are going on? Here are some tips to help you get acquainted with student life on campus. Bulletin Boards — Watch fliers on the bulletin boards in your breezeway or hallway, laundry rooms or Eagles’ Landing loaded with information on housing and campus events. Your RA — He or she can be a great resource for information about campus events and opportunities. Housing website — Check the “What’s New” section often for important announcements and information on events: RHA website — Here you can find a range of information from upcoming events to how to become involved: http://

Things to do before moving into housing 1. Do several loads of different kinds of laundry BEFORE you leave home. 2. Learn how to load and run a dishwasher, including what kind of soap to use. 3. Pack only the things that you will absolutely need and don’t pack your entire room. 4. Ask, “What can I put down a garbage disposal?” 5. Set up a budget with your parents. 6. Learn how to do laundry. 7. Get a feel for what needs to stay in the freezer and what goes in the pantry. 8. Know the time and location of your move in. 9. Notice how long the walk is to campus. You don’t want to be late. 10. Get directions to the university.

Resident lingo RA — Resident assistant RD — Resident director ARD — Assistant resident director RHA — Resident Housing Association RIF — Room inventory form

Hours of operation

A student of Everglades Hall hangs curtains in his new dorm. Photo

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A student moves into South Village for the fall semester. Photo courtesy of

Bob Klein and James Greco

Administrative Offices: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everglades Hall Front Desk: Monday through Sunday 8 to 2 a.m. Commons Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 12 and Saturday through Sunday 9 to 12 a.m. Eagles’ Landing: Monday through Friday 8 to 12 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 to 12 a.m. (Summer semester hours may vary.)

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Important Dates Move-in Summer 2010 Summer A & C Move-in Date: May 8 and 9 Summer B Move-in Date: June 19 and 20 Where: North Lake Village (NLV) – Commons Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Move-in Fall 2010 New Residents Move-in Date: Thursday, Aug. 19 Returning Residents Move-in Date: Friday, Aug. Where: North Lake Village (NLV) residents – Eagles’ Landing South Village (SoVi) residents – Everglades Hall Lobby, Biscayne Hall Lobby Time: Due to the high volume of traffic and people during move-in, all check-ins will be staggered to alleviate long lines and congestion. Please adhere to the following check-in schedule. 9 a. m. to 11 p.m.: NLV Buildings - B, D, F, M, O, R, T SoVi-Everglades Hall, Biscayne Hall - Fifth floor 11 a.m. to 1 pm: NLV Buildings-G, J, Cypress, Falcon, Honors, Oak, Sandpiper SoVi-Everglades Hall, Biscayne Hall - Second floor 1 to 3 p.m.: NLV Buildings - A, C, E, L, N, Q, S South Village-Everglades Hall, Biscayne Hall - First floor and Third floor 3 to 5 p.m.: NLV Buildings - H, I, K, P, Egret, Mangrove, Pelican SoVi-Everglades Hall, Biscayne Hall - Fourth floor 5 to 8 p.m.: Open check-in

The next dorm building to be finished, Palmetto Hall, will be identical to the two current buildings and will be open for the Fall 2011 semester. Once South Village is finished, it will hold close to 3,000 students in six buildings, three of which will be six-story structures with a different design from the original buildings. EN photo/Mike Ricci

Room Assignments Assignments are sent to your postal mail and email address in early June. Your roommates names are included in your assignment letter along with their email address. You can also view this information in our online housing portal at http:// Roommate requests must be submitted by both or all individuals in writing (either on the housing application, by email to Housing@ or by updating your application in the online portal at http:// Only mutual roommate requests are considered at the time of assignment. The Office of Housing & Residence Life makes every attempt to honor roommate requests. Please keep in mind that demand is high and we often cannot honor all requests. Please note that rooms and roommate information may change due to cancellations.

Move-in day In order to check out your room key, you will need your FGCU ID Card or another photo ID. You must be present to receive your room key; a friend or family member may NOT

check out a key for a resident. On move-in day it is very helpful to bring a dolly or hand truck as it is difficult to park very close to the buildings. Additionally, we suggest you dress comfortably and bring water as it is quite hot in Fort Myers in August. On move-in days, parking permits are not required, so your family and friends can come to carry all your heavy belongings! Please do not park on sidewalks, in the grass or in handicapped spaces. North Lake Village: Follow the signs for the Check-in location. Check-in will take place in either Eagles’ Landing or the Commons. You may park in any unreserved parking space. Once you have checked in and have your key you will proceed to your assigned building to unload your belongings. Please do not park in the roadways, grass or reserved parking spaces. South Village: Biscaye Hall & Everglades Hall, follow the signs to the designated unloading zones for each building. You will have 45 minutes to unload your vehicle. Vehicles will then need to be moved to the nearby parking garage to allow room for the next group of students

A student moves into North Lake Village. Photo courtesy of Bob Klein and James


to move-in. A shuttle will run between the garage and South Village between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 20th.

Community Programming The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides numerous academic, cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs each semester. These programs are conveniently located within the residence halls and are free to residents. Programs provide great opportunities to build community. Residents have opportunities to meet and interact with peers and learn new skills while having fun. Residents are encouraged to contribute ideas for programs and activities that they would like to have presented in their residential community. By living in the residence halls, students get not only a place to sleep, but a wonderful experience of learning and having fun. Our Residence Life Staff works hard to make sure students are getting the most out of their college experience.

Move-in tips from the editor 1. Moving in is a lot more fun than moving out. Keep in mind that everything you have to bring in you will have to move out during exam week. 2. Stock up on the essentials before you get to town. The local stores tend to run out of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, cleaning products and dish soap. 3. Bring a boy. The muscles will help. 4. Prepare for rain or shine. You have to movie in, whether it is thundering and lightning or not. 5. Gather some boxes from local stores before you come. They come in handy and are easy to dispose of. 6. Pack up your car at home in the evening. It’s summertime. 7. Don’t stuff your car too much. You still want to be able to see. 8.Eat something before you start. 9. Keep your keys in a safe spot. You don’t want to get locked out on the first day. 10. Come with cleaning supplies so you can sanitize your dorm before you move all of your things in.

New Residents - If you are unable to move in on Aug. 19 you may check-in anytime after your designated time period through Aug. 22. Returning Residents - If you are unable to move in on Aug. 20 you may check-in anytime after your designated time period through Aug. 22. Any student planning to check-in after Aug. 23 should notify the Office of Housing & Residence Life by email at We are unable to make any accommodations for early arrivals, so please make appropriate travel arrangements to arrive on or after Aug. 19.

What not to bring to campus housing ncandles nincense noil lamps ndrugs or illegal substances nweapons nfireworks nair conditioner nhousehold extension cords, multi-plug adapters or splitters nhalogen lights namplified sound instruments nwaterbed npets (except fish in tanks, 20 gallon or less) nfish tank larger than 20 gallons nflammable liquids nlarge nails, double-sided sticky tape or anything that damages walls nAny items that do not fit into your room/apartment nYour whole wardrobe

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he University Police and Safety Department is responsible for law enforcement, security, disaster planning and emergency response at FGCU. The offices for Police and Parking are located on the north end of the Campus Support Complex.

About UPD The law enforcement officers of the department receive their enforcement authority via the provisions of Chapter 1012.97 F.S.S. All officers are certified by the State of Florida. Police officers at FGCU have full law enforcement authority including arrest powers on all property owned or controlled by FGCU. The university is patrolled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Additionally, the office is manned 24 hours a day so that persons wishing to report a crime or speak with an officer may come to the offices at anytime.

How UPD can help you The University Police Department investigates all criminal activity on the University campus. Additionally if you are involved in a traffic accident, please notify the University Police immediately. UPD will also assist in opening locked vehicles, jump starting vehicles, and flat tires. If you are on campus during the night, an officer or designee may be requested to escort you to your vehicle, when available. The University Police and Safety Department monitors Communications and fire alarms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and also provides emergency communication services around the clock. Such emergency communication includes; direct dial (no dialing) telephones in each elevator, “Blue Phone” emergency telephones located

throughout parking lots, and police emergency service from any campus telephone except pay phones by dialing 1900. Police Communication and Service Aides, in addition to answering your calls for assistance, provide services including; monitoring fire and security alarm systems, maintaining daily records of police activity, radio communications between officers, and assisting in the enforcement of University regulations.

Contacting UPD Calling for police from an on campus telephone: dial 1900 or 239-590-1900.

Calling UPD When calling for assistance, be it routine or emergency, be prepared to clearly identify yourself state where you are calling from and state briefly the nature of your call.

Educational Services

throughout the year. We also offer, free of charge to students, faculty, and staff, a residential security survey. For more information on crime prevention services, please call 590-1900 and ask for Officer Engle.

Parking Services The University Police and Safety Department is responsible for the enforcement of parking regulations on campus. All faculty, staff, and students are required to have a parking permit/decal during daylight and evening hours. Parking Services will be present during Orientation and will be located in the Student Union the first week of school to assist with permit distribution. Student Parking Enforcement Aides issue parking citations for illegally parked vehicles and vehicles without parking permits/decals. Office Hours for Parking Services are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Additional information can be found at:

Lost and Found

While University campuses are generally safe places, there are no guarantees that you won’t become the victim of a crime. Criminals select their victims based upon their desire, their ability, and the opportunity. To help reduce the possibility of crime on campus, the University Police Department offers seminars/presentations on various crime-related topics. These include: Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness, Cyber Crimes, Internet Fraud, Identity Theft, Residential Crime Prevention, Workplace Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness. The University Police also provides instruction in sexual assault self defense. Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System classes are open to female students, faculty and staff periodically,

The University Police and Safety Department operates a lost and found program. All items found throughout the University are delivered to the Department for safekeeping. Items are held by the Police Department for 90 days. You will be required to provide the Department with proof of ownership whenever you attempt to recover a lost item. You are encouraged to mark personal items with a readily identifiable number. In the event of loss or theft, the item will be much easier to return to the rightful owner.

Crime prevention tips for campus living 1. Keep your doors and windows locked. 2. Do not admit strangers. Do not admit

maintenance or repair persons without verifying their identity. If you are suspicious, contact the police. 3. Lower shades or close drapes/curtains after dark. 4. Be wary of inviting casual acquaintances into your residence. In over half of all reported rapes, the women knew their attacker. 5. Leave lights on when you go out at night. Inexpensive timers can be purchased and used to convey a sense of occupancy. 6. Have your keys ready when moving from one destination to the next.

Crime prevention for off-campus living areas Apartment complexes, townhouses, condominium communities, and other dwellings pose unique security problems because of the temporary nature of many residents of lease/ rental property. Here are a few tips: 1. Have locks re-keyed when moving into a previously rented residence or after keys have been lost or stolen. 2. Deadbolt locks, if not already in place, should be installed on all exterior doors including the one from the garage into the residence. 3. Install locks or protective devices on windows, including second-floor windows. 4. Do not prop open resident hall doors. This is an open invitation to a criminal.

Citations and Fines University Police regulates traffic and parking fines on campus 24/7. To see a complete list of parking and traffic citations see http:// To avoid parking tickets make sure that you are following university regulation.

Wondering what’s up with those blue poles on campus?

Cars must have proper parking permits or decals for appropriate lots. EN photo/Carlos Calante


eed a police officer? It is simple to contact the University Police Department. Blue emergency poles are located around the campus in the parking lots, parking garages, housing parking lots and around and between the academic buildings. To summon an officer, push the button on the pole and you will be immediately connected with a UPD communications officer. Tell them the nature of your emergency and an officer will be dispatched to your location. There are also yellow-colored emergency phone boxes in the breezeways of each building in the North Lake Village Housing Complex that connect directly to UPD.

FGCU Police cruisers patrol the campus 24 hours a day. EN photo/Carlos Calante In an emergency, police can be contacted with the press of a button.

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New Student Guide 2010

FGCU fast facts from fellow students By Allison Gagliardi Editor-in-Chief

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Expert advice for new students Sara Gottwalles, opinion editor, shares advice that she has gathered from her four years at FGCU. See OPINION on page 10

FGCU Athletics: Know the score See a complete guide to FGCU Athletics. Every sport detailed with information on the past season and upcoming games. See SPORTS on page 6

Happy college roommates Students share the do’s and don’t’s of living with roommates See A&E on page 9

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ailing a class is a nightmare most college students would like to avoid. If students would like to graduate with a high GPA they need to watch the classes they take during their freshman and sophomore years. Recent failure rates show general education classes are the ones students fail the most. Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Understanding Visual and Performing Arts, Composition 1 and Statistics were the top failed courses of the fall 2009 semester, in that order. Intermediate Algebra is the only course that is not a general education requirement. The professors who teach the classes believe the high failure rate is representative of different factors, but they all agree on one thing: If you come to class, you will do well. “I think that if more students attended lecture and lab on a regular basis the course success rate would be much improved. The students who attend class regularly generally pass the course,” said Amy Benvie, College Algebra instructor. In the spring semester of 2009 the math department raised the standards in both the Intermediate and College Algebra courses. Instructors of the classes now conduct quizzes in the classroom

setting, rather than online, ensuring students are completing their own work. The weight of the midterm and final exam was raised to be worth 70 percent of students’ final grade. “Although these two changes did raise the standards in the course, the math department realizes that many more students may have failed the course as a result,” Benvie said. The math department is looking into using the computer lab in Academic Building 7 to administer online quizzes. “We are in the process of analyzing the data resulting from these changes (made in spring 2009), and are in discussions as a department to restructure the

course for the fall semester. We hope that the changes we make for the fall semester will help a lot more students achieve success in this course,” the math department said. Benvie admits that she wasn’t always great at algebra herself. “It might be encouraging for some students to know that I took algebra twice. I wasn’t entirely comfortable with it after eighth grade, so I took it again as a freshman in high school,” she said. The math department spoke to Eagle News as a whole regarding Intermediate Algebra’s failure rate. “The main reason (students fail) is because Intermediate Algebra is a lower level math course; many students are in the course because they haven’t taken math in a very long time and struggle with it severely,” the math department said. The department believes part of the failure rate can be attributed to the percentage of freshmen in the class. “They haven’t yet developed the study skills needed to pass a math class.” Statistics was the fifth-most failed class for the fall 2009 semester. “I think it is a hard class, primarily because people who take it are not math majors,” said Robert Vehse, Statistics instructor.

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rentals at Bookstore By Katie Egan Staff writer


et’s face it; we all spend hundreds of dollars on text books at the beginning of every semester. But what if you could cut that cost in half ? This fall, that’s going to become a reality. Follett, a leader in helping students manage the increasing cost of a college education and the nation’s largest operator of college bookstores, is teaming up with 600 universities across the country, in a program set to launch this fall called Rent A Text. “We’re really excited to bring this to the surface,” said Eliot Distaola, public affairs and campus director, for Follett. Rent A Text gives students the option of renting a textbook rather than purchasing it for the semester. And because Rent A Text respects each student’s unique way of learning, students will be allowed to highlight and take notes in their rented textbooks. However, rented textbooks must be returned to the bookstore where they were originally purchased at no later than the return date, printed on the receipt.

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Campus News

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Friday, April 30 at 7:47 p.m.: A resident director called UPD to inform them that a student who had been recently removed from campus was at North Lake Village. The individual left campus before officers left. Officers searched the area and found a car that matched the description. UPD called in all units to the area. The car was seen leaving the parking garage just as officials arrived. Friday, April 30, 2010 at 9:45 p.m.: A complainant reported finding what he believed to be a bullet hole in the rear screen door of his off campus home. Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded and made a report. Deputies believe that it may have been from a stray bullet fired in the nearby woods.

called to inform UPD that he almost ran over an alligator on FGCU Lake Parkway. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 6:58 p.m.: A caller advised UPD that a manhole on the sidewalk was broken. Officers responded and found the cover to be plastic. Cones were placed around the hole temporarily until Physical Plant could make the repair. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 9:58 p.m.: Cameras showed a person in parking garage 3 looking at the blue emergency pole. The person then proceeded to walk toward the camera in the area. Officers arrived at the garage but the man was gone.

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Biscayne Hall: A year in review

Students share their opinions on the new building’s first year on campus By Mike Ricci Photo editor


iscayne Hall, South Village’s second all freshman dorm building, opened Fall 2009 for 406 incoming students. Most of the students who chose to live in Biscayne Hall liked the idea of living with only people in their own grade. “They are on the same level and have the same experience and needs as I do,” said Cody Lo, a freshman majoring in criminal justice. James Stephens, a freshman majoring in computer science, had the same logic. “I liked being in brand new dorms and the opportunities an all freshman dorm offered such as all new students looking for friends. There were a lot of chances to make friends because nobody is in their cliques already,” Stephens said. Resident Director Todd Caraway considers the first year a success. “Overall this year went incredibly well. My favorite moments from the year were just standing out in the lobby and talking to all the students as they came in.” Having a traditional dorm style building helps with interacting be-

tween students. “I like that we are friends with most of the RAs and that our whole hall is friends with each other,” said Kylie Spinella, a freshman majoring in early childhood education. Caraway said that lack of interaction could lead to homesickness and problems with friends and roommates. “Communication is the number one problem with roommates. With everyone talking on Facebook or texting, they can forget how to talk about what’s on their mind,” he said. Biscayne offers students many amenities aside from freshman peers. “I enjoyed the game room on the fourth floor. Everyone seems to go there to hang out and you can meet a lot of cool people there. That’s where I met a lot of my friends,” said Jon Vredeveld, a freshman majoring in criminal justice. Biscayne Hall includes seven lounges, a computer lab, a fitness room, kitchen, and laundry facility. Biscayne Hall offers a variety of programs for students throughout the year. The Center of Academic Achievement frequently visits South Vil-

lage, allowing students easy access to several workshops including tutoring and the Writing Center. Campus Recreation hosts several fitness classes during the week such as “Ab Attack.” Although most students enjoyed just about everything about Biscayne, there were still several common complaints including the distance from campus, how thin the walls are, lack of things to do in South Village, and the Internet connection. “The Internet is terribly slow,” Vredeveld said. FGCU is working toward creating more for residents to do in South Village. By August a new recreational field will be completed near Sovi. The rec field is part of the master plan for South Village. The next dorm building to be finished, Palmetto Hall, will be identical to the two current buildings and will be open for the Fall 2011 semester. Once South Village is finished, it will hold close to 3,000 students in six buildings, three of which will be six story structures with a different design from the original buildings. A pool and parking garage will be added as well. Biscayne Hall. EN Photo/ Mike Ricci

Students share what they plan to do after they graduate By Miguel Lopez Staff writer

Joseph Demoga Masters in Computer Information Systems

“I’m not too sure. I know I’ll be moving out of this area to get a job. The market just doesn’t seem to be that big from what I’ve studied”

John Underbrink

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“This summer I’m going to be traveling a lot. I am going to go on vacation and possibly work at my dad’s place.”

“I might be going to grad school for math. That or travel the world”

Freshman majoring in business

Senior majoring in mathemathics

Kelsey Fischll

John Maloney

Jeff Shafer

“I hope to become an editor at a publishing company.”

“A lifeguard at Clearwater beach. I am a dreamer stuck in college.”

“Hopefully I can get a job in the journalism department of a local newspaper or a public relations firm.”

Freshman majoring in English

Freshman whose major is undeclared

Senior majoring in communication


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