Students "Occupy" FGCU's campus
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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Sick of the spotlight? Some FGCU students speaking out saying the University is attracting attention for the wrong reasons and they want administrators to keep a closer eye on education.
Hundreds of students calling themselves "Occupy FGCU" marched through FGCU's campus demanding quality over quantity.
"We really love FGCU we really care about it we're all wearing FGCU shirts because we really care about this University." Student Michael Denkler said.
But, the men's basketball team's recent Cinderella story has raised concerns with some students.
" With the success going on it's bringing in more students, more students are applying, in 2 days 16 thousand students applied." One student said.
With more than 12,000 students already enrolled at FGCU, some work there isn't enough space.
" It is things like getting into classes. Tuition is really expensive they keep increasing tuition every year and with all this increase it's hard for students to graduate when classes aren't available." Student Michael Denkler said.
They want smaller class sizes, teacher raises and improved education. But others don't see it that way. Freshmen Stephanie Haas likes the national spotlight the team has been able to shine on Southwest Florida.
"They really just put our name on the map everyone knows us now so it's helping the school and everything around it." Haas said.
So as the Eagles take flight and the team's popularity soars, these students want them to take the entire FGCU community with them.
"We want to show the state and our administrators we really care for this school that's why we want it to grow but grow responsibility." Student Michael Denkler said.