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More restaurants make in-person dining available as state reopens

More restaurants make in-person dining available as state reopens

May 20, 2020

On May 15, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida restaurants, along with libraries, museums and retail stores, may serve customers at 50% capacity starting May 18.  Before this announcement,...

Graduates displaying their customized caps.

Graduating Seniors: Photo gallery

May 1, 2020

Senior pictures are a tradition during your senior year. That is, until a pandemic comes around and messes with everyday life. To congratulate the seniors graduating during this time, UNF reached out to...

How are music professors adjusting to COVID-19?

How are music professors adjusting to COVID-19?

April 30, 2020

Life got hectic for some students when classes switched to an online format due to the pandemic, but it wasn’t just the students who were affected.  Professors all had to learn new technicalities...

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How to return your rental books in the midst of COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Amongst all of the other questions pondering students' minds during COVID-19, how to return their books is one of them. The UNF Bookstore recently released information that could help ease this issue.  The...

Opinion: People are still on the roads?

Opinion: People are still on the roads?

April 14, 2020

The Safer at Home Order closed all non-essential businesses in Jacksonville on Friday, April 3. The order stressed that people try their hardest to stay home, unless going out was absolutely necessary....

Times are changing and so are store hours: Hours of Operation during the pandemic

Times are changing and so are store hours: Hours of Operation during the pandemic

April 10, 2020

New regulations and closures are taking place almost every week. Since the Safer at Home Order was put in place in Jacksonville, here’s a list of some local business, grocery stores, and food-chains...


UNF donates pandemic supplies to Baptist Health

April 6, 2020

Hospitals around the world have made reports of being low on protective gear during this pandemic. UNF staff decided to lend a helping hand by donating personal protective equipment (PPE), to Baptist Health...

The UNF Counseling Center.

How to stay calm during the pandemic

March 26, 2020

With COVID-19 coverage taking over the internet and swarming the lives of many, it’s important to know how to remain as cool, calm and collected as possible.  The Counseling Center Director, Dr....

Malcolm Turnbull cancels his visit to UNF

Malcolm Turnbull cancels his visit to UNF

March 12, 2020

Former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Distinguished Speakers Board have announced that they are postponing his visit to the U.S. until fall 2020.  Turnbull was scheduled to...

Love Yourself Fashion Show: Photo Gallery

Love Yourself Fashion Show: Photo Gallery

February 28, 2020

Yesterday evening, at 5:30 p.m., the Osprey Plaza hosted a fashion show with a twist that made you want to give yourself a hug. When the event, curated by UNF student Karli Friedman began, singer and...

Photo of a yoga class

Five ways Yoga can be beneficial

January 28, 2020

Yoga is used to calm the mind, stretch in the morning and even for overall fitness. Yoga, however, has many other benefits that aren't as common. 1. Yoga can improve your mood: Some yoga poses,...

New year, new resolutions: Healthy tips

New year, new resolutions: Healthy tips

January 17, 2020

As usual, a new year means new goals, new beginnings and lifestyle changes. Resolutions can be a fun way to kick-start any changes you feel need to take place in the upcoming year. While most of them...

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Tis’ the season to donate some blood

December 2, 2019

OneBlood is hosting a mobile blood drive in the Osprey Plaza today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you're interested in donating, head down to the Student Union and climb aboard the Big Red Bus®, it's free!...

graphic by Lianna Norman

Beat the cold: At home remedies for stuffy noses and sore throats

November 20, 2019

The winter season is upon us, and we all know what that means: The common cold. As college students, medical bills can be expensive, and we don't always have the time for an hour-long doctors visit...

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Tips to relieve your exam stress

November 8, 2019

Finals are right around the corner, and that means stress, lack of sleep and too much coffee are right there with them. For many Ospreys, finals are almost unbearable at times. Luckily, there are some...

Jacksonville Film Festival returns

Jacksonville Film Festival returns

October 29, 2019

San Marco Theatre is hosting the Jacksonville Film Festival on Nov. 15-17. The festival is celebrating Jacksonville's popular film history. "First Hollywood" will be the theme of the festival. Apparently,...

The debate on Floridas minimum wage

The debate on Florida’s minimum wage

October 23, 2019

For those who want Florida's minimum wage to be raised, your lucky day might take place next year. The Florida $15 Minimum Wage Initiative could possibly make its way onto ballots Nov. 3, 2020, according...

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Table tennis tournament: Ceramics Guild vs. Sculptors’ Guild

October 7, 2019

Come watch the Ceramics and Sculptors' Guilds battle each other in a table tennis tournament this Thursday, Oct. 10. You can find the tournament in the Game Room at the Student Union at 6 p.m. The tournaments...

Halloween Horror Nights Stranger Things themed haunted houses review

Halloween Horror Night’s “Stranger Things” themed haunted houses review

October 2, 2019

Universal Studios gave the Halloween Horror Nights attendees a chance to travel to Hawkins, Indiana two years in a row. The "Stranger Things" haunted houses were one of the main attractions both years....

*Halloween special* Top three TV conspiracy theories

*Halloween special* Top three TV conspiracy theories

September 26, 2019

We all have our favorite childhood TV shows -- the ones that made us feel all warm and fuzzy in our pajamas on Saturday mornings, the ones that made us laugh out loud. Maybe thinking back on them elicits...

A concert.

The Growlers review

September 23, 2019

The Growlers performed for the Sing Out Loud Festival in St. Augustine on Sunday, September 22. Right behind the amphitheater on the "Backyard" stage. My friends and I were able to attend, plus it was...

The battle of the ITs

The battle of the “ITs”

September 11, 2019

After rewatching the original "IT", released in 1990, I brought it upon myself to see the latest, "IT Chapter Two". Of course after seeing two "IT" movies in less than 24 hours, I need to analyze and...

Reserved parking in the Arena Garage

Reserved parking in the Arena Garage

September 9, 2019

Make sure you plan ahead for the 50 blue lot parking spaces that will be reserved on Wednesday, September 11. Parking Services sent out an alert warning students that the third floor of Garage 38 would...

Text that says Tracking Dorian over an arial picture of a hurricane

Tracking Dorian: Dorms reopening and classes resuming

September 4, 2019

Around 5 p.m. this evening, UNF sent out an alert regarding the UNF campus reopening. Dorms will be reopening tonight at 7 p.m, but the rest of the campus will be closed through Thursday, Sept. 5. All...

Text that says Tracking Dorian over an arial picture of a hurricane

Tracking Dorian: Hurricane strengthens to a Category 2

August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into a Category 2. "Hurricane hunters discovered a remarkable drop in the central pressure of Dorian on Thursday -- an indication that rapid intensification may take...

Tips to make the Grey Lot lifestyle a little bit easier

Tips to make the Grey Lot lifestyle a little bit easier

August 27, 2019

Grey Lot parking can make a student ready for a nap before they even make it to their first class. Luckily, there are some tips that can help make the hike a smidge easier. Show up early: I know...


*Spoiler-free* “Euphoria” review

August 26, 2019

With Zendaya Coleman going from dancing on Disney's "Shake It Up" to dancing at drunken high school parties in "Euphoria," there's no doubt that the show received quite some hype. This show had the...

Courtesy Confucius Institute

A deeper dive into Confucius Institutes: What happened? Why?

August 22, 2019

Last year, UNF sent out a mandatory notice warning students that our Confucius Institute would be closing, as you may have read on our website. UNF wasn't alone in this decision, though. Over the past...

Freebies On Campus

Freebies On Campus

August 19, 2019

College students love anything that's free, trust me, I know. Here's a list that was compiled to help you find the free goodies you're looking for here on campus:   Women's Center- Aunt Flo...

Distress and anxiety associated with media and mass shootings

Distress and anxiety associated with media and mass shootings

August 16, 2019

There's no debate as to whether victims of mass shootings suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and other issues; but can viewers of the media coverage on them suffer too? When you turn...

​Regal Cinemas held an advanced 3D screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass on May 24, 2016. Photo by Bernadyn Nettles

Watch an unlimited amount of movies with Regal Cinema’s new movie plan

August 15, 2019

With Regal Cinema's new unlimited movie plan, you can now see as many movies as you want, whenever you want, for as little as $18 a month. The new plan, Regal Unlimited, gets you a ten percent discount...

A closer look into Agent Orange: the war tactic that causes cancer

A closer look into Agent Orange: the war tactic that causes cancer

August 8, 2019

Agent Orange is a herbicide that was used during the Vietnam War to clear out vegetation, as stated in the article announcing the Agent Orange Town Hall event. Unfortunately, this herbicide had health...

*Spoiler free* Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Review

*Spoiler free* “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” Review

July 30, 2019

As many people know, Quentin Tarantino is pretty popular for his eccentric yet twisted film style. So when  I heard that Tarantino had written and directed "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood," it was a given...

Dietary restrictions? Where to eat when theres nowhere to eat

Dietary restrictions? Where to eat when there’s nowhere to eat

July 29, 2019

If you're vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant or on any type of diet with food restrictions, you've probably spent quite a bit of time looking for places to eat here in Jacksonville. Diets...

Agent Orange Town Hall at UNFs Military and Resource Center

Agent Orange Town Hall at UNF’s Military and Resource Center

July 25, 2019

UNF's Military and Resource Center is partnering with Community Hospice Veterans Partnership of Community Hospice & Palliative Care to host an "Agent Orange Town Hall" on August 7. The Town Hall...

UNF is getting a new Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services

UNF is getting a new Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services

July 22, 2019

Dr. Terrence Curran is going to be the new Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services at UNF, beginning on September 9. Curran has been the associate provost for Enrollment Management at Western...

Bring it! is coming to Jacksonville

“Bring it!” is coming to Jacksonville

July 22, 2019

The Lifetime TV show "Bring it!" is bringing it to the stage July 26 at the Florida Theatre. "Bring it!" made its way to the screens in 2014. The show revolves around Coach Dianna 'Miss D' Williams...

Meet UNF’s first Deaf nursing student

July 11, 2019

Bethany Baker plans to improve accessibility to education, communication and preventative care in her community as the first Deaf nursing student here at UNF. Baker's parents found out she was Deaf...

Brooks College of Health

UNF will be launching a new Health Administration masters program online

July 3, 2019

The Department of Health Administration is launching a new online Executive Master of Health Administration program in August. The program will require 30-credit hours, which can be completed in as...

LGBTQ+ flags against blue sky.

MOSH pride celebration

June 26, 2019

The MOSH is partnering up with the UNF LGBT Resource Center on June 29 to celebrate pride month. BeBe Deluxe, JASMYN, River City Pride, Hamburger Mary's and more will also be partnering with the MOSH...

Classes are cancelled until Wed. due to Hurricane Irma

UNF is offering a new Masters Program

June 24, 2019

UNF will be launching a new Logistics Masters Program this August. The new program will be one of only two in Florida, according to the university. Applications for The Master of Science in Logistics...

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How the trade war between China and the U.S. could affect Chinese students

June 21, 2019

Chinese students using visas to attend U.S. colleges could be affected by the tariffs and retaliations made between Beijing and Washington D.C. Trade negotiations between China and the U.S. began wavering...


Kick off this summer with a UNF summer camp

June 17, 2019

If you're feeling bored, curious or if you're simply looking for something fun to do with your friends, UNF has you covered. This summer, UNF has multiple camps that you can attend that vary in content...

Some plants were damaged during Irma. Photo by Valeree Del Guidice

How switchgrass could potentially fuel cars in the future

June 15, 2019

UNF assistant biology professor Michael Aspinwall, is currently working to find a fuel alternative for the future by growing different types of switchgrass on the roof of the Biological Science's building....

Artifacts found during the dig.  Photo by Joslyn Simmons

Archaeology students find artifacts in Big Talbot Island

June 11, 2019

UNF students began digging for artifacts in Big Talbot Island in early May. The goal was to find evidence that an ancient Native American Village was once there. Professor Keith Ashley and some of his...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

Opinion: Movie remakes

June 9, 2019

Movie remakes have been on the rise in recent times. Live action “The Jungle Book”, “Aladdin” and the upcoming “Lion King” are just a few examples of recent films that have been brought back....

LGBTQ+ flags against blue sky.

Pride month events

June 6, 2019

The month of June was chosen to be Pride Month to pay homage to the Stonewall riots that took place at the end of June in 1969. Today, many pride events are held during the month of June to recognize and...

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“Ma” review

May 31, 2019

Over the past month, advertisements and previews of the movie "Ma" have been showing up on almost all forms of my social media. A "scary" movie with the queen herself, Octavia Spencer, playing the lead...

Photo by Morgan Purvis.

Is vaping really any better for you?

May 29, 2019

E-cigarettes have become commonly known and used in recent times. Most are advertised to be less harmful compared to your average tobacco-filled cigarettes, but is this really true? The advertisement...

The All-American burger was a must-try at a 50s diner.  Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

Hope you’re hungry…It’s National Burger Day

May 28, 2019

May 28 is National Burger day, here's a list of places participating in the holiday that you can join in celebration. BurgerFi: You can get a $5 cheeseburger today, through in-store purchase only. The...

Dickman teaches Jazz ensemble at UNF. Photo by Joslyn Simmons

Get your groove on at Jazz Fest

May 23, 2019

Jacksonville Jazz Festival is back this Memorial Day weekend. The festival kicks off tonight at 7 p.m with a piano competition. The events will continue over the weekend until Sunday, with UNF's very own...

Dillards breaks a guinness world record

Dillard’s breaks a guinness world record

May 20, 2019

Dillard's broke a Guinness World Record for the amount of people putting on sunscreen at the same time for "Skin Cancer Awareness Month" at 2 p.m Saturday in the St. Johns Town Center Every year in...

Surfer [The Bar]

“Drake and Josh” star Drake Bell is coming to Jacksonville Beach

May 15, 2019

Drake Bell from the series "Drake & Josh" is coming to Surfer The Bar in Jacksonville Beach  Thursday, June 20, at 8 p.m. Only this time, he won't be acting out our favorite lines from the hit T.V....

Graphic by Sam Chaney

How fried food affects your brain

May 14, 2019

We've all heard the term "brain food" before, but as students, it can mean more than we think. Food high in refined sugars are linked to stress, impaired brain function and depression, according to health.harvard.edu. College...

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