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The Month of Diversity: Religious Holidays in December

December 25, 2017

December is a hectic time of year, especially for students. Finals sneak up on you, and the thought of winter break might be the only thing that keeps you going. When it’s finally over, we can all...

Ken Parker

Facebook comments lead to at least one class being cancelled

November 14, 2017

  Despite President Delaney’s request for students and faculty to remain calm, at least one professor cancelled class in response to a perceived threat from Ken Parker’s social media...

Dont go hungry: Former President Bill Clinton visits UNF

Don’t go hungry: Former President Bill Clinton visits UNF

October 31, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP-xobJX4qM Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to UNF today for the launch of the Center for Nutrition and Food Security (CNFS). The CNFS, which...

Photo by Tiffany Salameh

Protests rage as white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at UF

October 19, 2017

Tensions were high in Gainesville on Thursday as Richard Spencer, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, spoke at the University of Florida. Hundreds of people gathered on UF’s campus, with the...

Zack Morse. Photo by Joseph Simons.

UNF student behind racist video identified as Zack Morse

October 12, 2017

Spinnaker confirmed that the Snapchat account which posted the racially controversial video belongs to University of North Florida student Zack Morse. The ROTC on campus also confirmed he is a member...

Cole Poppell, who has also resigned, pictured with Mims.  Photo by Cameron Castillo

Upheaval on the Third Floor: A timeline of the Mims presidency

October 10, 2017

The past few months have been a roller coaster of conflict within student government. A close election and a rocky start in the spring seems to have set the tone for the Mim's presidency, which is...

Tropical Storm Emily moves across central Florida

Tropical Storm Emily moves across central Florida

July 31, 2017

Students heading south should travel with caution, as Tropical Storm Emily is expected to make landfall today on the Gulf coast near Tampa, according to the National Hurricane Center. The NHC reports...

Important Dates for Summer 2017

Important Dates for Summer 2017

May 11, 2017

With so little time between spring and summer semesters, it’s easy to lose track of important deadlines. In an effort to keep summer relaxed, here are the most important deadlines students should...

UNF sorority sister passes away

UNF sorority sister passes away

December 7, 2015

UNF student and Sigma Lambda Gamma (SLG) sister Nycole Branch passed away on Dec. 5. According to a GoFundMe, Branch was a psychology major at UNF, where she was initiated into SLG during Spring 2014. “Nycole...

The torn jacket from a multicultural fraternity (Sigma Beta Rho) was found hung by a tree near the Green this morning. 
Photo by Blake Allen

Third message from the president: Investigation on-going

November 21, 2015

 Message from the President "I promised I would keep the campus community informed about developments in the jacket in the tree incident. Please keep in mind that information often changes...

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Big research money for tiny research project

September 25, 2015

A new research grant will provide both students and faculty the chance to contribute to the field of nanomanufacturing. Assistant professors of chemistry, Dr. Thomas Mullen and Dr. Corey Causey...

Photo by Spinnaker Media

UNF rates “Above Average” on new College Scorecard

September 25, 2015

The University of North Florida rated above average in multiple categories on this year’s College Scorecard system released by the U.S. Department of Education. The department’s overhaul on...

The road between Lot 12 and Garage 44 will be closed from Sept. 24-27.

Photo by Alex Wilson

Lot 12 traffic disrupted due to repairs

September 24, 2015

The road between Lot 12 (Osprey Village) and the Fine Arts Center Parking Garage (Bldg. 44) will be closed between Sept. 24 and Sept. 27, according to an Osprey Update. Several parking spaces on the...

Photo courtesy UNF

Student Wellness Complex ranks seventh in Florida buildings

September 18, 2015

The University of North Florida’s Student Wellness Complex was recently recognized as a Top 10 building in the 2015 AIA Florida People’s Choice Award Competition at the American Institute of Architects...

Graphic by Rachelle Keller

Police Beat: Grand theft auto in the garage

September 11, 2015

The following is according to University of North Florida Police reports. UNFPD dispatched an officer to the UNF Arena parking garage after a student reported that her car was stolen around 10:52...

Yik Yak, an app owned by Instagram, is a popular means of anonymous communication between students at UNF. 

Image courtesy Yik Yak

Bomb threat made on Yik Yak was joke post, user turns himself in

September 11, 2015

A student contacted UNFPD on Sept. 3 after noticing several posts referring to a bomb or bomb threat at UNF on the popular anonymous app Yik-Yak. The student reported seeing comments mentioning the...

Both Jacksonville Fire Rescue and UNFPD were on scene taking care of the student near the Biological Sciences and the Skinner-Jones Hall Buildings.

Photo by Jack Drain

Student passes out near Building 51

September 10, 2015

A student reportedly passed out and ultimately received medical attention around 10 a.m. today near the Social Sciences and Biology buildings, according to officials. Spinnaker will update with...

Nicholas Hare, 34, Senior Civil Engineering Student. 
Photo courtesy Facebook

UNF student allegedly shot and killed by girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend

August 31, 2015

UPDATE - 8/31/15 at 10:25 p.m. According to the Jacksonville Sherriff's Office on-scene report, patrol officers responded to a shooting and burglary around 11:40 p.m. on the west side of Beach Blvd....

Graphic by Rachelle Keller

Police Beat: Three thefts on campus

August 11, 2015

The following is according to University of North Florida Police reports. Big spender commits card fraud – June 18 A UNF employee notified UNFPD of a theft on June 18 around 9 p.m. after noticing...

Graphic by Rachelle Keller

Police Beat: Two thefts, bathroom weed found

August 4, 2015

The following is according to University of North Florida Police reports. Wedding band goes missing - June 9 UNFPD dispatched an officer to the UNF Arena (Building 34) for the reported theft...

Student dies two days after first solo flight

Student dies two days after first solo flight

August 3, 2015

Darien Reinhold Matay, a 19-year-old UNF psychology major, died on July 16. According to his obituary, Matay had many hobbies, including scuba diving and skiing. Matay was also an amateur pilot,...

Theta Chi announced as UNF’s newest fraternity

Theta Chi announced as UNF’s newest fraternity

July 30, 2015

The Interfraternity Council welcomed UNF’s newest fraternity, Theta Chi, on July 28 with an announcement from Connor Spielmaker, president of the Interfraternity Council. Theta Chi worked throughout...

Evacuated students and parents look on while waiting for officals to call an all clear.Michael Herrera

Student union fire alarm caused by cafeteria construction

July 28, 2015

UPDATE - 7/28/2015 at 4:03 p.m. Rachel Szymanski, police communications officer for UNFPD, confirmed the alarm was related to construction inside the Student Union and that no one was injured. A...

Photo by Robert Curtis

Parking changes next week, students advised to certain parking lots

July 24, 2015

UNF will host the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships as well as UNF Summer 2015 Commencement next week, which will impact parking from July 27 through Aug. 2. According...

Graphic by Rachelle Keller

Police Beat: Burglary, staff meeting dispute, stolen flower pots

July 24, 2015

The following is according to University of North Florida Police reports. Student’s backpack found, realizes other items are missing A UNF student reported a burglary to UNFPD on June 2 after...

A picture of Leone from his Celebration of Life Service at St. Josephs Catholic Church.Photo by Alex Wilson

Jersey Mike’s to hold fundraiser for John Leone

May 28, 2015

Jersey Mike’s Subs in Tinseltown is holding a fundraiser between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on May 29 in honor of UNF student and previous employee John C. Leone. Leone, an accounting major, was also...

United Party candidates sworn in

United Party candidates sworn in

May 5, 2015

A small crowd of friends, family, students and Student Government (SG) members looked on as SG officials swore in Shomari Gloster and Hailey Guerra on May 1 as president and vice president, respectively. Both...

Oxymoronic: fire in the Aquatic Center

Oxymoronic: fire in the Aquatic Center

March 17, 2015

[doptg id="148"] Gallery photos by Alex Wilson UPDATE - 3/25/15 at 1:18 p.m. While the cause of the fire in the Aquatic Center on March 17 is still unknown there is very little damage to the building,...

BOT takes spring break to review self-conducted audits

BOT takes spring break to review
self-conducted audits

March 17, 2015

While most students were sleeping, tanning or traveling, UNF’s Board of Trustees was busy over Spring Break as they reviewed a number of items including several self-conducted audits. Chair Hugh...

 Police respond to the attempted carjacking on the Northside of Jacksonville. Photo

Something jumped up and bit me: Deputy Police Chief shoots carjacker in the buttocks

March 17, 2015

UNFPD Deputy Police Chief Charles “Bill” Strudel shot a suspect three times in the butt during a botched carjacking attempt at 10:45 p.m. on March 16, according to a phone interview with Police...

Photo by Morgan Purvis

#SWOOPlife: Ospreys get in gear with March Madness Spirit Week

March 11, 2015

UNF’s Campus Life will be hosting a March Madness Spirit Week in celebration of the men’s basketball team making their way to the first round of the 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament. March Madness...

Jim Gaffigan has comedy specials available on Netflix and will come to UNF Jan. 19.Photo courtesy Facebook

Comedian Jim Gaffigan to perform at UNF

January 12, 2015

Osprey Productions (OP) announced on Facebook that Jim Gaffigan will be performing live at the UNF Arena on Feb. 22. According to OP’s Facebook Page, the event will be free for UNF students who...

CNN Legal Analyst Mark O’Mara on race and justice

October 8, 2014

Mark O’Mara sat at the conference table with an air of carelessness. Dressed in a crisp sport coat and flanked by two equally well-­dressed men, his eyes gleamed with confidence and his mouth curled...

Pride and prejudice: breaking down LGBT discrimination

September 29, 2014

No, you can’t work here. No, you can’t live here. No, that isn’t for sale. At least not for you, not for them. This is what individuals face in a culture of discrimination. “Kick them all out!” “Homosexuality...

Sigma Chi charged with providing alcohol to minors

July 3, 2014

This report will be updated as new information becomes available. [nicevideo link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBACX97mCyY"] UPDATE - 6/23/14 at 1:15 p.m.  President Delaney met with the...

Archaeology students dig up a little of the past at Big Talbot Island

June 11, 2014

[nicevideo link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iYhVSEDOF4"] Although it’s not necessarily common knowledge, every summer students have a chance to participate in an archaeological dig off campus....

UNF crisis response teams prepared for on-campus shootings

June 2, 2014

The recent mass shooting at University of California, Santa Barbara may leave some students concerned with the safety of their own school. UNF students, however, can rest easier knowing that their...

Nothin’ but static: SG tunes out Spinnaker broadcast equipment request

May 27, 2014

#127999229 / gettyimages.com Thanks to Student Government inaction, UNF is set to stay without a radio station for the indefinite future and remain in the Dark Ages. Photo courtesy Facebook.[/caption] The...

Ceramics artwork stolen from alumnus on campus

May 22, 2014

Several pieces of ceramic artwork were stolen near the Fine Arts Center. Rajiv Maraj, a Fine Arts student who graduated this Spring, had left 15 ceramic pieces outside behind the Fine Arts Center near...

Driver pulls bat over argument, theft and more

April 3, 2014

Theft - March 26 (Thomas G. Carpenter Library) A student reported her wallet was swiped when she left it on top of her purse and stepped away to make copies. According to UNFPD, an unidentified suspect...

FSCJ student charged with Spring Break burglary

March 27, 2014

On March 25, UNFPD received a call about a suspicious person at the Osprey Crossings. On their arrival, the officers arrested the man, who they recognized as Isaiah P. Lewis, the suspect wanted for a Spring...

Reported hostage situation ends in mystery

March 26, 2014

A student called the Communications Department around 11:47 p.m. on March 25 and reported a man was taped to a chair with a pillow case over his head in the middle of the Osprey Landing court yard, according...

Driver arrested for marijuana possession, and more

March 26, 2014

Marijuana - March 13 (The Village) UNFPD dispatched an officer to the second floor of Bldg. A in the Villages after an RA was concerned that a student was smoking marijuana in his room. Upon arrival,...

Crashed car pulled from retention pond

March 18, 2014

A person crashed their car into the retention pond next to the Northbound I-295 on-ramp off of UNF Drive on March 17. FHP and UNFPD officers on scene said the victim was driving their vehicle when they...

Sleeping student’s hand used without permission

March 13, 2014

Two UNFPD officers met with a complainant March 10 in reference to a possible sexual battery. The victim told the officers that on March 7, she and a friend, the suspect, were watching a movie in the...

Golf cart stolen, fourth water fountain broken, and more

March 8, 2014

Injured person - Feb. 27 (Fine Arts Center) UNFPD dispatched an officer at 10:20 a.m to Building 45 for an injured person. The complainant, a student in the Art Department, sustained an injury...

Sex Column: Pubic Hair

March 5, 2014

A Hairy Double Standard by Atera Benasa, Sex Columnist During the first few months I hit puberty, I thought something was wrong with me. The first time I saw the female anatomy (other than my own,...

Three marijuana busts

March 4, 2014

Marijuana - Feb. 27 (Osprey Fountains, South Tower) The Fountain’s Resident Life Coordinator had UNFPD dispatched at 10:36 a.m. after smelling a strong odor of marijuana emanating from a suite, according...

Two students issued Notice To Appear, homeless man taken to Mayo

February 27, 2014

Feb. 22 (Osprey Fountains) UPD officers issued two young women a Notice To Appear late Saturday night after finding marijuana and paraphernalia in their possession. The officers responded when a RA...

Dorm Sex: ‘Do you wanna’ watch?

February 19, 2014

When you’re living in the dorms, sex can be inconvenient -- roommates, RAs, bothersome friends, small beds, and thin walls contribute to the problem. The most common issue comes from roommates....

Cellular disturbance: It pays to have the ringer on

February 11, 2014

It’s been a fun night, drinks have been had, and the two of you have safely gotten back to the apartment. Things are getting hot and heavy -- real hot and heavy. Ten minutes go by and then you both...

Introduction: Sex mythbusting

February 3, 2014

Men like to talk about sex. It’s a fact. We joke about it all day long, we think about it constantly and even dream about it at night. But, when it comes to serious conversation, not only is there...

Parking: It’s there, just not where you want it

November 7, 2013

A completely full parking lot produces a deep feeling of despair in the everyday person. No one fears a full parking lot more than a student -- especially a late student. Each semester, parking lots...

Osprey Racers turn Lot 18 into a racetrack

September 28, 2013

While most students were sleeping in or soaking up the sun, one group of students spent Labor Day working under the sun in Lot 18. They blocked the exits with vehicles and marked a course with orange...

Office of Governmental Affairs Created within Student Government

July 29, 2013

The final Senate meeting of the year convened July 22 and passed a piece of legislation creating not only a new staff position but a new department, as well. The Office of Governmental Affairs, now an...

State audit questions loan

April 17, 2013

The state of Florida audited UNF this March due to a loan and several accounting errors. State auditors noted significant deficiencies within UNF’s accounting books. Issues include an overstatement...

Student petition leads to questions about tenure

April 16, 2013

Student concern sparked a petition this March to have a UNF professor moved to tenure-track. “We just want to get as many signatures as we can,” said Phillip Wenturine, a UNF English senior....

Interim replacement for VP of Academic Affairs hired

March 26, 2013

Dr. Earle Traynham will temporarily hold office as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs while the university searches for a permanent replacement. According to a UNF Media Relations press...

Religion in America, presented by Ken Starr

March 7, 2013

Former Solicitor General Ken Starr spoke at UNF on Tuesday about religious freedom in America. His seminar “The Conflict over Religion in America” covered topics from the 9/11 attacks to current...

VP of Institutional Advancement accepts outside position

February 21, 2013

After 17 years, Pierre Allaire will step down from his position at UNF. Allaire has held office as vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the UNF Foundation since...

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