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Could FGCU spotlight be burden to students?


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Could FGCU spotlight be burden to students?

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Apr 11, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Could the recent spotlight on Florida Gulf Coast University end up being a burden to students?

Some students worry the national attention on their small school will swell enrollment and decrease their college experience. One group on campus, Occupy FGCU, is planning a walk-out next week to stress quality over quantity.

"Don't get me wrong," junior Kedar Johnson said. "I love the attention but I don't want people to come here for the wrong reasons."

He and some other students are worried the amazing run by the mens basketball team will have students from all over the country trying to get into his small school come fall.

"I'm just kinda like, go away for now," he said. "I don't like the attention because it makes it harder for the people who are already here. Housing's gonna be overflowed, it's gonna be hard to buy things on campus, lines are super long for everything."

Not everyone agrees.

Johnson's buddy Freshman A.J. Arroya wouldn't mind sharing the sidewalk with more students. 

"Do you think the school's going to see a bump in enrollment?" Hogan asked Arroya.

"I wouldn't doubt it," he said. "I think there will be a lot more kids interested in coming to FGCU."

"Are you worried about that at all? Bigger classes?" Hogan asked Arroya.

"No," he said. "I know the university's really focused on keeping the same idea of the individualized attention from all the professors."

Colleen Hogan, reporter