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C O A S T L I N E S 2022
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‘I just want to pee in peace’: University students say gender-neutral bathrooms are inaccessible
Students propose that there should be an increase in gender-neutral bathrooms to accommodate the diverse student body on campus.
Editor’s Note: A source within this article has chosen to omit their last name due to concerns for safety.
Gendered bathroom signs advise students to use the bathroom to correspond with their gender identity, but that doesn’t work for all students.
Coordinator of Space Utilization and Analysis Corina Mavordin said that the university has a total of 515 restrooms inc...
The Owl’s Care Body Project is a celebration of positivity and acceptance
The Body Project are virtual sessions for students to learn how to combat unrealistic body ideals.
The Body Project teaches FAU students all about self-love and acceptance. Established by the department of Owls Care Health Promotion, the Body Project is a space for acceptance, body positivity, and even activism.
The Body Project is a discussion guided by the Owls Care Promotion peer facilitators. Nimisha Rajendran, Andre Betancur, Jordan Golden, Peyton Henry, Naheelah Wallace, and Melanie San...
Generation Action leaders oppose Texas’ six-week abortion ban
In the wake of the recent Texas legislation that has restricted abortion procedures as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, university leaders of Generation Action advocate for abortion rights (pro-choice) and reproductive healthcare both on and off campus.
The Planned Parenthood organization is a student-run university chapter that works to inform, educate, and raise awareness on subjects such as reproductive freedom, sexual health, and reproductive rights. The Texas Law ExplainedThe six-wee...
SAVI hopes to raise awareness for environmental sustainability on and off-campus
Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement leaders discuss Environmental Awareness Week and the impact students can make in keeping the environment clean.
Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) aims to promote environmental sustainability and campus cleanliness from making recycled materials into jewelry to cleaning littered scraps of plastic along the coastal shores.The Student Government office strives to encourage student volunteerism to increase community service and engagement w...
A Fish Out of Water: An Intern’s First Dive Into Advertising
Written by: Darlene Antoine, Copywriting Intern
Somewhere in life, we’ve all been asked the question, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” The good-natured query often comes from attentive parents or introspective teachers, all eager to mold untapped adolescent potential into a promise of an ambitious future. And, while other kids eventually grew out of childhood dreams of being a president or princess and into politics or hospitality, I always struggled to find my way. The idea of h...
Students Demand Action stand against gun violence
Members of Students Demand Action express the importance of gun violence awareness and the rise of hate crimes against the AAPI community.
Students Demand Action (SDA) wants a future free of gun violence.
Florida Atlantic University has a collegiate chapter of the national student-led grassroots organization, Students Demand Action, started by President Alisa Gonzalez last August.
President Gonzalez, Advocacy Lead Victoria Murdock, and Membership and Outreach Lead Krissa De Vera have advocate...
Graciously Leaving A Mark shares confidence and self-love tips with students
At GLAM, education about skin, hair, and health is at the forefront of their mission.
Affirmations of self-love and positivity ring through virtual screens as the members of Graciously Leaving A Mark (GLAM) share tips of beauty and self-acceptance with the university community.
President Caitlin Lapomarede, Communications Director Abigaelle Michel, and Historian Toni Willie lead a club driven towards providing students with skincare and makeup tips to encourage confidence and self-care.
Owls Speak Up For Kids is on a mission to aid foster children and teens
This university chapter works to advocate on behalf of foster children through donations, toy drives, and more.
On a mission to be a voice for the voiceless, one club has taken a stand to assist an unheard community.
Owls Speak Up for Kids is a college chapter extension of Students Speak Up For Kids of Palm Beach. The organization was established in 2020 and maintains a core initiative of advocating for every child and teen in the foster care system of Palm Beach County.
President Sarah Meyer...
A Moment of Magic allows college students to bring magic back to the childhoods of hospitalized children
The magical club operates remotely to bring joy to the lives of hospitalized children amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chiming sounds of laughter and melodies of Disney songs ring out of Zoom rooms as the members of A Moment of Magic (AMoM) bring a little magic into the lives of hospitalized children.
AMoM came to FAU in August of 2020. While the emergence of the club coming about in the middle of the pandemic posed a challenge due to COVID-19, the members feel their work has been all the more...
Paws and Claws club provides students with animal awareness education during the pandemic
The student-run organization advocates for animal welfare and education among the university.
Paws and Claws club is driven by its mission to promote education about pet ownership, animal welfare, and provide students with the opportunity to participate in animal-oriented volunteer opportunities throughout the Boca Raton area and university.
The student-run organization was founded in 2017 and club President Lucas Topper, Vice President Sabrina Baenen, and member Julia Byrne still uphold its ...
Food Recovery Network aims to educate students on food recovery and food waste on-campus
Food Recovery Network helps to reduce food waste in the university dining services by donating to community shelters.
From a plethora of cardboard boxes filled with bananas to packages filled to the brim with canned soups, the Food Recovery Network (FRN) works to fight food waste on-campus.
FRN is a national nonprofit organization that allows students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campus di...
University students use a baby doll to build bonds with peers
Four roommates kickstart an Instagram page for students to pose with their dorm mascot.
What began as an errand trip to Goodwill for tailgating and football game clothes resulted in four freshmen roommates buying a baby doll as a simple joke. However, students Alex Brestolli, Marisa Nielson, Katie Bowman, and Brianna Salvensen found that the toy was a creative way to make connections with other students amid the pandemic.
“When we went [to Goodwill] and we originally [went] to look around, we...
University student Mason Pace prepares for the release of second album
Mason Pace discusses his musical journey and upcoming sophomore album release, “King of Hearts.”
Bright lavender lights fill a room adorned with walls of electric guitars that frame an enormous Steven Tyler poster. In the middle of the Zoom screen sits Mason Pace with a head full of golden curls and a warm smile eager to share his origins in music.
“I started when I was really young with piano and over time, I learned guitar and singing, songwriting. I taught myself bass and drums to an exten...
Alumni filmmaker Elisee Junior St. Preux discusses pursuing passions and taking risks
Former university student, now filmmaker, reflects on his career journey in the film industry.
Elisee Junior St. Preux started directing short films with a mere kitchen light. Now he’s written and directed several films, and he has made TV appearances and acted in commercials throughout his budding career in the film industry.
The North Miami Beach native did not originally have his heart set on theatre. As a student, he originally studied music.
“I didn’t start as a business major, I started...