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Comedians garner giggles at UNF Arena

Christian Finnegan and Stephen Lynch performed Feb. 7 at the UNF Arena with their unique comedic styles causing abundant laughter from the entire audience. Even though both comedians poked fun at the “intimidation” factor of our school’s mascot, the Osprey, it was all in the name of good comedy. Finnegan […]

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"Top Five" Non-Cliche Love Songs

As  you might have noticed, there are no Valentine’s articles in this section. Simply put, Valentine’s Day is a cliché – a commercial holiday created by greeting card companies to make people feel miserable for: A.) Not having a significant other, B.) Not showering their significant other with gifts or […]

Speaker to discuss disaster philosophy
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Speaker to discuss disaster philosophy

Each semester, UNF invites several people in the community and around the nation to speak in various lecture series. For the Spring 2009 semester, the UNF Coastal Biology Program invited Dr. Stanley Riggs to participate in the 2009 Elise B. Newell Seminar Series. For those interested in attending, here are […]

Collective quenches music lovers’ thirst
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Collective quenches music lovers’ thirst

New York City’s quartet of weirdos, Animal Collective, fails to disappoint on its second release on the Domino label, “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), David Porter (Avey Tare), Brian Weitz (Geologist) and Conrad Deaken (Deaken) named their latest release after an amphitheater in Maryland designed by equally nutty […]

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Geeks bike across country for a cause

Taking a road trip from New Jersey to Oregon seems like a pretty plausible idea and is somewhat expected of college graduates squeezing in a last bit of freedom. But what about doing it on bikes during the course of several months to spread the word it can, indeed, be […]

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"Top Five" inauguration songs

At noon Jan. 20, President-elect Barack Obama will officially be sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S. The official theme for the 2009 inauguration is “Renewing America’s Promise.” But slogans like this are a dime a dozen in a campaign, and they should be ignored. Instead, we should […]

Los Campesinos! brings beauty, doom to Jacksonville
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Los Campesinos! brings beauty, doom to Jacksonville

Welsh septet Los Campesinos! – an obvious misnomer loosely translated as “farmers” or “peasants” – will perform at Jacksonville venue Jack Rabbits Jan. 19 in support of its latest album “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.” The album marks the second full-length (though the band doesn’t acknowledge it as such) […]

Meet the new sheriff in town
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Meet the new sheriff in town

After almost nine years as UNF police chief, Mark Foxworth stepped down from his post to become a street cop for the Fernandina Beach Police Department. Assistant Chief John Dean took Foxworth’s place Dec. 13 as the new police chief of UPD. The Spinnaker sat down with him to discuss his past experience, his new role on campus and his plans for the future of UPD.

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Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the time of the year to pull out that mile-long gift list and weave through long shopping mall lines in search of the perfect present. And with the current ailing economy, many college students and retail junkies might have the ultimate “Blue Christmas.” But don’t throw away that wrapping paper and tinsel just yet – here’s the Spinnaker’s list of inexpensive gift ideas that might make shopping trips a little merrier and a loved one’s holidays a little brighter.

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"Top Five" Non-Traditional Holiday Songs

Let’s face it, holiday songs tend to be as cliché and cheesy as families wearing matching Christmas sweaters. Listening to Bing Crosby’s rendition of “White Christmas” 785 times in a month can be as nauseating as a three-day eggnog bender. But you don’t have to settle for the same 20-30 songs you’re likely to hear while doing your holiday shopping. When you’ve had enough, here’s a list of five songs with a holiday theme that won’t push you to the brink of insanity.

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Symphony excites all senses in circus show

A little bit of sophistication, a dash of music and a whole lot of clowning around: those are the three main components of an unforgettable night at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

The latest Pop Series performance by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Cirque de la Symphonie, proved to be a treat for both the ears and the eyes of all who attended Nov. 14-15, as the orchestra teamed
up with an award-winning circus ensemble to bring its music to life.

“We’ve played this piece many times before and never received that kind of reception,” Music Director and Principal Conductor Fabio Mechetti said after the audience erupted in applause.

The difference was the combination of the senses, allowing viewers to experience the music in a visual way with bodies contorting to the beat, flying through the air or balancing on another person’s head.