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Student orientation fees increased at AOC meeting

September 24, 2014

Additional orientation fees and overnight orientation programs dominated discussion at the Auxiliary Oversight Committee on Sept. 10. Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services Albert Colom...

UNF Market Day features a burrito eating contest

September 17, 2014

UPDATE -- 9/17/14 at 2:27 p.m.  Twenty students chowed down in a burrito eating contest sponsored by Moe’s Southwest Grill today at UNF’s Market Day. Vicki Asbury, general manager at the...

Man on the street: first week thoughts on parking, books, smoking initiative, and WOW

August 29, 2014

Man on the Street is a weekly segment where reporter Brandon Thigpen goes out to find out what students really think about a variety of issues. Produced by the Spinnaker’s videography team, each new...

Spinnaker FM radio and other funding approved in AOC meeting

August 18, 2014

Auxiliary Oversight Committee officials walked into the President’s Conference Room on Aug. 13 with rain-soaked shirts to discuss and approve funding requests from the auxiliary budget. Out of...

New head of enrollment services wants smarter students

July 30, 2014

UNF has a new head of enrollment services. His name is Albert N. Colom, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, and his first goal is to increase the academic profiles of incoming freshman. “It’s...

Man on the street: student experience at UNF

July 17, 2014

Man on the Street is a weekly segment where reporter Brandon Thigpen goes out to find out what students really think about a variety of issues. Produced by the Spinnaker’s videography team, it is published...

B&A approves printing and Jaguar ticket exchange requests

July 17, 2014

Student Government’s Free Printing Campaign special request was approved by the Budget and Allocations Committee on July 14, which included an amendment for transportation to Jaguars football games....

Man on the street: how many UNF sports games have you been to?

July 10, 2014

Man on the Street is a weekly segment where reporter Brandon Thigpen goes out to find out what students really think about a variety of issues. Produced by the Spinnaker’s videography team, it is published...

Osprey Crossings shuttle stop approved and two Senate positions appointed

July 9, 2014

Bills on changes to the club funding process and an additional shuttle stop by Osprey Crossings passed unanimously at the Senate meeting July 7. John Solar, political science senior, and True Rains,...

Man on the street: which would you rather have?

July 3, 2014

Man on the Street is a weekly segment where reporter Brandon Thigpen goes out to find out what students really think about a variety of issues. Produced by the Spinnaker’s videography team, it is published...

GOC approves new Senate appointment application process

July 2, 2014

  The Government Oversight Committee (GOC) unanimously approved the following changes to the Senate Appointment Application at the meeting Monday. Appointees must collect 30 student signatures,...

Newly established GOC holds first meeting and revises Senate Appointment Application

June 30, 2014

On June 25, the Government Oversight Committee (GOC) held its first meeting since its formation by new legislation earlier this month. GOC chairwoman Katherine Savage said this meeting was necessary...

SG proposes to eliminate seats, simplifies elections process

June 24, 2014

  Grad student senate seats may be eliminated, Government Oversight Committee created at Senate meeting June 9 A bill passed in the Senate Chambers on Monday night that alter the current...

Long sleeves and bug spray: Flies are on the rise this season

June 23, 2014

[nicevideo link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=071JK7HkkbY"] There are predators in the Sawmill Slough Preserve whose desire for blood makes their eyes roll back and mouth drool. These predators,...

Man on the street: where’s the ideal place to study?

June 19, 2014

Man on the Street is a weekly segment where reporter Brandon Thigpen goes out to find out what students really think about a variety of issues. Produced by the Spinnaker’s videography team, it is published...

Yes, there are fish in those lakes

June 17, 2014

[nicevideo link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=791qslw51IQ"] During the school year, I would wake up early just to make a cast into Candy Cane Lake. If I had time between classes, I would hike over...

Man on the street: where do you eat on campus?

June 12, 2014

Man on the Street is a weekly segment where reporter Brandon Thigpen goes out to find out what students really think about a variety of issues. Produced by the Spinnaker’s videography team, it is published...

Man on the street: let’s talk statues and student fees

June 5, 2014

Man on the Street is a weekly segment where reporter Brandon Thigpen goes out to find out what students really think about a variety of issues. Produced by the Spinnaker's videography team, it is published...

Elle Baker flies through 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field East Preliminary

June 2, 2014

Elle Baker, the only Osprey competing at the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field East Preliminary, finished her season at home Friday night at Hodges Stadium. “Everyone here has a good time,”...

Trustees estimate new budget to meet decline of full-time enrollment

May 29, 2014

The UNF Board of Trustees met in the Talon Room on May 22 to discuss the approved budget for UNF which has $157,175,018 in Educational and General (E&G) allocation for the 2014-2015 fiscal year....

Track & Field NCAA Championship East Preliminary hosted by UNF

May 27, 2014

1,900 athletes from across the eastern half of the U.S. will converge at Hodges Stadium to vie for a shot at the national championship. The NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championship East...

SG B&A committee refuses to vote on Spinnaker Radio fund request for required LPFM broadcast equipment

May 27, 2014

[nicevideo link= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5s8rNlR6KQ"] Spinnaker Radio requested $38,978.43 from Student Government to fund the construction of a low power FM (LPFM) radio station that could...

Biological Sciences Building ranks ninth most environmentally friendly university building in the world

May 21, 2014

UNF’s Biological Sciences Building ranks no. 2 in the U.S. and no. 9 in the world for “The 50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings” list according to www.bestmastersdegrees.com. Assistant...

Remembering Abraham ‘Abe’ Noel

May 19, 2014

“Abe fit the mold perfectly. He was a class act,” said Jeff Pigg, director of track and field.  “We [UNF Track and Field] try to build a culture of clean living, hardworking kids who strive to do...

Will Hicks the omelette guy is a bright spot in the Osprey Cafe

April 17, 2014

He’s armed with a blue apron, an arsenal of frying pans, and an assortment of fresh meats, veggies, and cheese. Faced with a dozen hungry students in pajamas, he asks: “Would you like regular eggs...

How to get the job

April 8, 2014

It’s your first job interview as a college student. Your potential employer asks you to take a seat in the lobby and gestures to an arrangement of chairs with a coffee table. You’re shaking and...

UNFPD prepared for marijuana at Wiz Khalifa concert

April 4, 2014

Lt. Mike Gwynes, UNFPD, said he’s heard the possibility of marijuana at the Wiz Khalifa concert tonight at the UNF Arena. Gwynes, who is charge of setting up security for the concert, said there...

Osprey Cafe evacuated for gas leak

April 1, 2014

UNFPD evacuated students and employees from Osprey Cafe at about 10 p.m. the night of March 31. Sgt. Shawn Faulkner, UNFPD, said there was a gas leak. Employees were escorted to the parking lot...

Club CHIC uses fashion to spread body image awareness

March 31, 2014

  Pumping club music, dim lights, women in black dresses scurrying across the room to help guests find seats. Smiling and giggling students, faculty, and parents take their seats surrounding a...

SG committee passes yearly budget with some changes

February 12, 2014

A new student club funding committee and process was approved by Senate the same night it passed the Activity and Service fee budget for next year. The 2014-2015 Budget was presented and passed at the...

Half of Travel Request index allocated to three requests

February 3, 2014

Budget and Allocations Committee - Jan. 3 The B&A Committee began the meeting with $10,000 in the Travel Request index after depleting it in January. Legislation passed in January to transfer $10,000...

Fassi announces Red Party Chair resignation

January 28, 2014

Fassi announced his formal resignation of the Red Party Chair in the Student Government Senate meeting Jan. 27.* He said, “I won’t be running for re-election.  The party’s leadership is [Joseph]...

Senate meeting results in VP appointment

January 28, 2014

Jan. 27 -- Senate Vice-Presidential Appointment Chief of Staff Tony Stevens, Advertising and Marketing Senior, was appointed Student Government Vice-President in a 30-1 vote in the Senate. Stevens was...

Special Request fund supplements Travel Request fund, and more

January 14, 2014

Budget and Allocations Committee Meeting Travel Request Approved Group - Upsilon Phi Delta, the honor society for healthcare administration students. Requested amount - $1,170.70 Purpose - Send four...

Jan. 6 Senate brief

January 7, 2014

Attorney General steps down Attorney General Paige Lehman formally announced that she would be stepping down from her position this semester to pursue a position with the United Nations in New York. ...

Student Government holds back-to-back meetings

December 9, 2013

Travel Requests Approved Haileigh Baier requested $500 to travel to Kansas City, MO for Feb. 7-9 to attend the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference.  She said attending the...

Student Advocacy Committee meeting Nov. 25

November 26, 2013

The Student Advocacy Committee meeting approved a new Osprey Voice survey to be given to students from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 26-27. “The goal is to poll students on student government initiatives,”...

Budget & Allocations Nov. 22

November 22, 2013

“This meeting is called to meet procedural requirements,” said Collin Waychoff, Budget and Allocations Chairman, despite no new travel requests to hear. Nov. 25 At 4:30 p.m., The Student Advocacy...

Budget & Allocations meeting cancelled

November 18, 2013

The Budget and Allocations meeting for Nov. 15 was cancelled because there were no new travel requests. There was no formal announcement of the cancellation.  The UNF Events Calendar still showed the...

Budget & Allocations Oct. 1

November 3, 2013

Travel Request Approved Active Minds at UNF made a request of $969.77 to send two students to the Active Minds National Conference in Washington D.C. for Nov. 14-17.  The conference will connect the...

Who votes for what

October 31, 2013

Recent voting on a referendum could change which students can vote for what. “This would be a direct change to the Constitution, and the Senate can’t pass it alone, so we need the student’s...

B&A chair signs false

October 15, 2013

Two students running for senate submitted false attendance records for a Budget & Allocations meeting they were required to attend. Fransua Estrada, then Budget & Allocations Chairman, signed Aaron...

Senate highlights Oct. 11

October 11, 2013

Travel Requests Passed The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers made a travel request of $2,465 to attend a conference in Indianapolis, IN. for Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The travel request was heard in Senate...

Exposed metal cuts student

September 13, 2013

On Sept. 12, Forrest Gillette, who was playing ultimate frisbee on the green, lacerated his foot on an exposed metal grate and tracked blood around campus. Gillette, a resident of Osprey Hall, was...

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