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Can COVID patients organs be donated?

Can COVID patients’ organs be donated?

December 1, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Over 100,000 men, women, and children remain on the transplant waiting list as of this year, and during this pandemic, the delay may be longer. According to the U.S. Government...

The history of Black Friday

The history of Black Friday

November 27, 2020

Black Friday is known for its kooky product deals, rampaging customers, and protracted lines— all within the day after Thanksgiving or even that same evening. This social holiday has a more in-depth...

Puerto Rico votes for statehood; will it be our 51st state?

Puerto Rico votes for statehood; will it be our 51st state?

November 13, 2020

The people of Puerto Rico voted in favor of statehood, but there is more to be done than filling in the bubble. Just over 50% of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood for the 2020 referendum, making...

How celebrity endorsements affect elections

How celebrity endorsements affect elections

November 6, 2020

As the election results are still underway, with mail-in votes still being counted, researchers are curious about whether celebrity endorsements have a role to play in the narrow turn out. This presidential...

Dealing with the upcoming flu season among COVID-19

Dealing with the upcoming flu season among COVID-19

November 4, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With flu season around the corner and a pandemic surrounding us, college students may question how to prepare for the upcoming months. Influenza viruses, commonly known as the flu,...

Free flu shots on UNF campus

Free flu shots on UNF campus

November 3, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - University of North Florida students can get free flu shots on campus tomorrow at J. Brooks Brown Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The UNF Health Services is partnering with Publix to...

The O.C.: Why businesses can deny cash

The O.C.: Why businesses can deny cash

November 2, 2020

This past weekend, a friend and I went to a museum with spacious gardens and gorgeous architecture. Yet when I went to pay at the ticket stand, I couldn’t pay because they don’t accept cash. I won’t...

No gym is no excuse: Negative health effects caused by no physical activity

No gym is no excuse: Negative health effects caused by no physical activity

October 26, 2020

With self-quarantining still in effect, lack of any activity could cause additional negative health effects, such as diabetes and mental stress. Health officials are concerned that most Americans are...

The O.C.: Types of budgeting

The O.C.: Types of budgeting

October 26, 2020

You get a budget! You get a budget! Everyone gets a budget! Last time we talked about the four steps to achieving your financial goals, and step two talked about budgeting.  This week, we will...

UNF celebrates Interfaith Week: Religious and Nonreligious United for Social Change

UNF celebrates Interfaith Week: ‘Religious and Nonreligious United for Social Change’

October 26, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This week kicks off the start of Interfaith Week at the University of North Florida, where students and faculty of various religions band together to learn and engage with one another...

Floridas first snow park posts preseason tickets

Florida’s first snow park posts preseason tickets

October 20, 2020

Now Florida beaches and theme parks aren’t the only attractions because the Sunshine State’s first snow park, Snowcat Ridge, posted its preseason tickets.  “We’re gonna be able to bring snow...

“Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)

Can rom-coms affect relationships?

October 16, 2020

Everyone has seen the cliche tropes of boy meets girl, the hired date to a wedding, the inappropriate bet from the friends, the exaggerated makeover, the guy finally escapes the friend zone, love rekindles...

The School of Computing opened a new computer lab on Aug. 30. Photo by Lili Weinstein

National security agency grants $500k grant to UNF School of Computing

October 15, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The National Security Agency (NSA) selects the University of North Florida’s School of Computing to receive a $500,000 grant to revamp training programs for military personnel and...

Dr. Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman to go to space.

Hispanic Heritage Month highlight: Dr. Ellen Ochoa

October 14, 2020

When Apollo 11 first landed on the moon in 1969, the entire U.S. nation witnessed history, including an eleven-year-old girl who grew up to be the first Hispanic woman to fly into space: Dr. Ellen Ochoa. Born...

Indigenous people embrace their culture by denouncing Columbus Day

Indigenous people embrace their culture by denouncing Columbus Day

October 12, 2020

Indigenous people across the nation are geared up in festive attire to celebrate their Native American and other ethnic heritage in continual protest of Columbus Day. More states are dubbing the second...

The O.C.: 4 steps to achieving your financial goals

The O.C.: 4 steps to achieving your financial goals

October 12, 2020

We hope you brought your discipline because this is going to be tough. To get into the Army, a cadet must take a course called land navigation. It is a military discipline of tracking through unknown...

$4.4 Million grant given to UNF College of Education to prepare future PK-2 Educators

$4.4 Million grant given to UNF College of Education to prepare future PK-2 Educators

October 8, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The University of North Florida’s College of Education receives a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train teachers for the future of learning, according...

Hispanic Heritage Month highlight: Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez

Hispanic Heritage Month highlight: Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez

October 7, 2020

As a kid, Chi Chi Rodriguez used a guava tree branch for a golf club—never knowing the pursuit for golf would later make him the first Puerto Rican professional golfer inducted into the World Golf Hall...

Regal Cinema closes all of its doors

Regal Cinema closes all of its doors

October 5, 2020

One of the largest cinema companies is temporarily closing all 663 U.S. and U.K. movie theaters after August’s sluggish reopening. British company Cineworld Group PLC, owner of Regal Entertainment...

Photo by Justin Nedrow.

UNF’s Community First reopens after renovations and yearns to improve financial literacy

October 5, 2020

Featured image by Justin Nedrow. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Community First Credit Union on the University of North Florida’s campus is now open for continual business after completing renovations,...

Welcome to the Osprey Capital -- Spinnakers financial advice column

Welcome to the Osprey Capital — Spinnaker’s financial advice column

October 5, 2020

This is the money column, The O.C.-- not the show, The O.C. Both great forms of content, though.    Being a college student and strapped for cash seems quite habitual. You’re a young...

Hispanic Heritage Month highlight: Joseph Marion Hernández

Hispanic Heritage Month highlight: Joseph Marion Hernández

September 30, 2020

Featured image by Spinnaker Creative Team. Joseph Marion Hernández was the first Hispanic-American to be elected to Congress on this day in 1822 -- almost 50 years before Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first...

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo, shows the logo for social media giant Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New Yorks Times Square. With just two months left until the U.S. presidential election, Facebook says it is taking additional steps to encourage voting, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “civil unrest.” The company said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, it will restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about COVID-19 and voting. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Beware — social media is affecting your vote

September 25, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Social media is influencing users’ styles, outlooks and their voting decisions. Political analyzers, creators and professors are concerned that social media targets voters to...

Graphic by Jill Responte

Hispanic Heritage Month Highlight: Maria Mestre de los Dolores Andreu

September 24, 2020

St. Augustine is one of the oldest cities in the United States and is a treasure trove of Spanish history. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Spinnaker is honoring the first Hispanic and female...

Jobs you can find on campus

Jobs you can find on campus

September 15, 2020

With the combination of a global pandemic and University of North Florida’s health safety measures, students are wondering what options they have for employment. UNF drafted their fall semester reopening...

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Spoiler-free “Tenet” review

September 4, 2020

Forget all that the Marvel Cinematic Universe taught you about time travel because Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” lives in “a Twilight world.”  Hollywood’s rising star John David Washington...

Where’s Moe’s?

Where’s Moe’s?

September 4, 2020

If you were a student or faculty member last semester, you probably expected to hear a joyous “Welcome to Moe’s!” this semester at the Student Union where Slice Pizzeria once was. At the beginning...

Get your Zooming right: five rules to abide by for video meetings

Get your “Zooming” right: five rules to abide by for video meetings

August 28, 2020

Schools and workplaces scrambled to develop a plan to go remote back at the start of the pandemic, making Zoom a household name. While most of the country connected via video chat, user interactions...

Artwork(ers) United to host art exhibit in Lot 18

Artwork(ers) United to host art exhibit in Lot 18

August 25, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville artist collaboration is hosting a live-streamed national art exhibit at the University of North Florida. The Creatives designed a “projection and sound event”...

AMC celebrates their birthday with 15 cent tickets

AMC celebrates their birthday with 15 cent tickets

August 18, 2020

American Multi-Cinema (AMC) is offering 15 cent movie tickets in celebration of their 100th birthday.  The popular movie theater chain released a statement Thursday stating the reopening of their doors...

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