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Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture Breakdown

Jessica May and Carly Kramer November 4, 2018

Attorney General The Attorney General is the leader of the Florida Department of Legal Affairs. They are responsible for citizen protection, prosecution, development of legal opinion and being a representative...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

UNF College Democrats host Election Night watch party

Carly Kramer August 28, 2018

UNF College Democrats rang in election day with a watch party at the UNF Boathouse on Aug. 28. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMTU36mqOUU[/embedyt] It was announced at 9:17 p.m. that Andrew...

Andrew Gillum answers questions from the press after the Town Hall Forum.

Andrew Gillum wins primary election as Democratic governor candidate

Carly Kramer August 28, 2018

Andrew Gillum has won the primary election as Democratic candidate for Florida governor after a close race with Gwen Graham. He will run against the Republican candidate, Ron DeSantis, this November. Gillum...

The UNF Counseling Center.

UNF Counseling Center accredited by International Association of Counseling Services

Carly Kramer, Video Director August 25, 2018

The UNF Counseling Center announced Friday, Aug. 24 via their Facebook page that the International Association of Counseling Services Board of Accreditation approved their application for full-accreditation. “It...

Most of UNFs nature trails have reopened after Hurricane Irma.

[Video] Red Maple Boardwalk reopens after two years

Chelsea Foster and Carly Kramer August 22, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E22HhMwP48[/embedyt] UNF’s Red Maple Boardwalk reopened on Tuesday, Aug. 21. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the two-year long construction...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

A breakdown of the Democratic primary ballot

Carly Kramer August 16, 2018

Looking to vote Democrat in the 2018 primary elections? Below are descriptions of the party platforms for the Democratic candidates. Governor and Lt. Governor The Governor serves as the Chief...

Democratic hopefuls thank the audience for their time.

A one-on-one take with Democrats top five candidates

Jessica May, Carly Kramer, Alan Vargas, and Hannah Lee August 10, 2018

On the evening of Aug. 9, five Democratic candidates came together at Jacksonville University to talk about policies and what makes them unique in order to poll as the majority candidate in the upcoming...

Construction of iFLY at the St. Johns Town Center.

Indoor skydiving coming to the St. Johns Town Center

Carly Kramer, Video Director August 8, 2018

An iFLY skydiving location is in the works to open in Jacksonville, according to Indoor Skydiving Source. First-time flyers will participate in a training session before skydiving. Indoor skydiving...

Woman on the Street

Woman on the Street: Where do ospreys stream their music from?

Carly Kramer and Hunter Horstman August 7, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efXIH_VjBfc Video by Hunter Horstman. — For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

Top Golf

Topgolf “College Nights” come to Jacksonville

Carly Kramer, Video Director August 6, 2018

Topgolf is offering discounts for college students starting Wednesday, August 8. Every Wednesday, students get unlimited game play from 8 to 11 p.m. for $15, according to the Topgolf Jacksonville Facebook...

Photo by Lili Weinstein 

A look at College Optical at UNF

Carly Kramer July 31, 2018

Nestled between Chick-Fil-A and UPS are UNF’s on-campus eye professionals. College Optical Express opened its doors in the summer of 2016 and has served the UNF community and beyond ever since. Spinnaker...

The High Ground // Photo courtesy of Honor Photography

UNF student to perform in Warped Tour

Carly Kramer July 20, 2018

One day, you’re jamming with your friends. Another, you’re performing on the same tour that big names like Sum 41 and blink-182 have headlined. This is the reality for one UNF student who plays in...

UNF ASIA hosts Tanabata Night

UNF ASIA hosts Tanabata Night

Carly Kramer July 19, 2018

https://youtu.be/eDnuE7bgxgA UNF Asian Students in Alliance (A.S.I.A.) hosted their own Tanabata Festival to wish for good fortune in the upcoming fall semester. Tanabata is held yearly in Japan, so...

UNF clarinet choir to perform in Belgium

UNF clarinet choir to perform in Belgium

Carly Kramer, Video Director July 1, 2018

https://youtu.be/FN8NG2pl-3Y UNF’s clarinet choir will embark on a trip to Ostend, Belgium to perform at an international conference called ClarinetFest. The choir has been preparing for months under...

Photo courtesy of Kally Malcom

UNF professor showcases photography in Virginia solo exhibit

Carly Kramer, Video Director June 30, 2018

https://youtu.be/oOIXa3F3jLI Associate Professor of Photography Kally Malcom’s work has been showcased all across the country, as well as the world. Next, her upcoming exhibit will be on display in...

Courtesy of Social Media Day JAX.

Social Media Day JAX 2018 to be held at UNF

Carly Kramer June 28, 2018

The second-annual Social Media Day JAX will be held this weekend at the Herbert University Center. This two-day conference will feature a panel of social media experts from Jacksonville and beyond....

Pride Month 2018: Why River City Pride is in October

Pride Month 2018: Why River City Pride is in October

Carly Kramer June 20, 2018

Like numerous cities around the country, Jacksonville celebrates its LGBT community with a pride festival. However, River City Pride is held annually in October instead of June, and one can't help...

Photo courtesy of the Green Eyeshade Awards.

Spinnaker staff members win Green Eyeshade awards

Carly Kramer June 16, 2018

Two staff members from the Spinnaker have qualified as award winners for the 68th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, a competition that recognizes excellence in journalism. Photo Editor Lili Weinstein...

Response to a torn Safe Space sticker. Photo by Carly Kramer.

LGBT Resource center offers replacement “Safe Space” stickers following recent unauthorized removals

Carly Kramer June 7, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIDlK9KcYVc[/embedyt] Designated “Safe Spaces” on campus exist for students and faculty as locations of understanding and acceptance. However, the LGBT...

Entry to the LGBT Resource Center. Photo by Tiffany Butler.

LGBT Resource Center’s take on Supreme Court’s decision of Colorado baker

Carly Kramer, Video Director June 4, 2018

On Monday, June 4 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Colorado baker Jack Phillips can refuse to bake a customized cake for a same-sex wedding. The ruling was made as a result of certain religious restrictions...

UNF Student, Jesse Martinez, was arrested on April 9.

Jesse Martinez pleads not guilty at arraignment hearing

Carly Kramer, Video Director May 30, 2018

UNF student, Jesse Martinez, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment trial on Wednesday, May 30. Martinez was arrested on April 9 for threatening to leak another student’s nude photos online if sexual...

UNF-MSERF works with new TESCAN technology

UNF-MSERF works with new TESCAN technology

Carly Kramer May 24, 2018

UNF’s Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility has partnered with TESCAN, a Czech Republic company that manufactures electron and light microscopes. According to the University, MSERF...

The Alumni Association hosted a send off to celebrate President John Delaneys term at UNF.

UNF alumni host farewell celebration for President Delaney

Carly Kramer, Video Director May 18, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnz2n0w3_Ek[/embedyt] With John Delaney’s time as President of UNF drawing to a close, the Alumni Association wanted to show their gratitude. UNF Alumni new...

The Osprey Race Team competed at the FSAE competition in Michigan. Photo courtesy of Thomas Strickland.

The Osprey Racing team takes Formula SAE Michigan

Carly Kramer May 17, 2018

The UNF Osprey Racing team participated in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) competition in Brooklyn, Michigan from Wednesday, May 9 to Saturday, May 12. This annual competition is held...

Arctic Monkeys new album, Tranquility Hotel & Casino

One giant leap: “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” shows new maturity for the Arctic Monkeys

Carly Kramer May 11, 2018

This English rock band wrote the songs of my youth and made middle-school-me feel like an absolute badass. Their music is known for late-night drives and that leather-jacket-wearing “grunge” phase...

Photo by Carly Kramer

From the Pros: how to get hired

Carly Kramer May 7, 2018

There are many factors that go into getting a job. How qualified are you? How prepared are you for the interview? What is the hiring professional looking for? Trying to meet all the criteria can be...

Osprey Racing Team set to appear in ‘Auto-Italia’ magazine

Osprey Racing Team set to appear in ‘Auto-Italia’ magazine

Carly Kramer May 2, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A18aWfboCXw[/embedyt] Video by Carly Kramer UNF’s Osprey Racing Team will be featured in Auto-Italia, an England-based publication that showcases Italian...

John Mulaney’s ‘Kid Gorgeous’ tour comes to Jacksonville

John Mulaney’s ‘Kid Gorgeous’ tour comes to Jacksonville

Carly Kramer April 30, 2018

It was during my freshman year of high school that a friend of mine showed me a comedy sketch where a man reminisces about playing Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?” on a diner jukebox 21 times....

Courtesy UNF Athletics.

Score free giveaways at upcoming sports games

Carly Kramer April 24, 2018

Upcoming baseball and softball games will offer you the chance to receive free UNF merchandise, according to the official athletics website. On Friday, April 27 the UNF Baseball team will take on...

India, a golden retriever and labrador mix, is being raised by Kelly Gates, UNF professor, and her husband. 
Photo by Morgan Purvis

Finals week is ruff, why not paws your stress?

Carly Kramer April 23, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEWn7TMnGis[/embedyt] Finals week can take a toll on students, and that’s why therapy and service dogs in training have returned to the Thomas G. Carpenter...

Winter and Abigail Stone. Photo courtesy UNF PR

Behind the scenes of ‘Dolphin Tale’: Winter the dolphin’s trainer speaks at UNF

Carly Kramer April 18, 2018

https://youtu.be/LA0zRCOAgl8 Video by Carly Kramer In the winter of 2005, a two-month-old dolphin was found ashore entangled in a crab trap in Clearwater, Florida. Six years later, she became a movie...

Staying on Target: Archery 101 Workshop

Staying on Target: Archery 101 Workshop

Carly Kramer April 16, 2018

If you didn’t already know, you can participate in a pretty unique activity at Eco Adventure. During an Archery 101 workshop, students spent some time in the great outdoors to test their skills with...

Girls working together to build a marshmallow catapult.

Shoot for the stars and maybe Mars: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Cori Santucci and Carly Kramer April 15, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqyxjr4oZE0[/embedyt] Young girls around Jacksonville were inspired to pursue their dreams at the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event, hosted by the UNF...

Iron Clad Tattoos. Photo from Facebook.

Where to get a cheap tattoo on Friday the 13th

Carly Kramer April 11, 2018

There’s no better way to commemorate the spookiest type of Friday than to undergo some good old body modifications. Getting tattoos on Friday the 13th is a tradition among millennials who want ink...

William Blake

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Student Workshops

Carly Kramer April 2, 2018

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Writing Center is hosting various workshops where you can channel your creativity. These workshops will all be occurring in Bldg. 4, the Skinner-Jones Hall North,...

CDC and Student Health Services reports second strain of the Flu

CDC and Student Health Services reports second strain of the Flu

Carly Kramer March 31, 2018

Just when you thought it was over, reports of a second strain of the flu are among us. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this “Flu Virus B” is being reported more frequently...

Live Coverage of Szymanski’s confirmation

Carly Kramer March 28, 2018

After months of consideration, David Szymanski will be confirmed as University of North Florida’s next president by the Florida Board of Governors Thursday. While all this is happening, 117 Blue...

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

Hand-picked beach reads

Carly Kramer March 20, 2018

No spring break plans? No problem! Give yourself a mini staycation with a trip to the beach and a New York Times bestseller in hand. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien Genre: Historical...

Bee-ing Proactive: UNF philosophy professor saves bees

Bee-ing Proactive: UNF philosophy professor saves bees

Carly Kramer March 18, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZEOZYJTSiQ[/embedyt] Video by Carly Kramer. When she’s not grading papers on the theory of existentialism, UNF Philosophy teacher Meghan Orman can be...

Guest Criminology Professor discusses police force through research

Guest Criminology Professor discusses police force through research

Carly Kramer March 9, 2018

 John Andrew Hansen, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University, visited UNF’s National Criminal Justice Honor Society chapter on Thursday. The visit was...

A little girl in her NASA outfit watches Nicole Stott on stage

The spaceship doesn’t care if you’re a boy or a girl: a NASA astronaut visits UNF

Carly Kramer March 8, 2018

“I wish we didn’t have to do events like this.” This is how Alexandra Schönning, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, opened the Women in STEM Conference at the Herbert University Center. What...

Photo courtesy of Florida Student Financial Aid.

Bill to change Bright Futures and Florida Universities passed to Gov. Rick Scott

Carly Kramer March 6, 2018

Bright Futures, the Florida scholarship program that rewards incoming college students for academic achievement, is currently undergoing some changes. According to Miami Herald, the House and Senate are...

Venet and her students constructed the marching machine from scratch.

When the Machine Comes Marching In: Percussion students submit to break an official world record

Reggie Jolly and Carly Kramer February 27, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snjo6VaC-Ow[/embedyt] Remember in elementary school when we looked through those giant books of world records? Pretty soon, the University of North Florida might...

UNFs hardest classes based on pass rates

UNF’s hardest classes based on pass rates

Carly Kramer December 18, 2017

Have you ever wondered which courses give students the most trouble? Below is a list of the classes with the lowest pass rate from the last three semesters. Heat Transfer can obviously be a difficult course,...

World AIDS day booth at Market Days

World AIDS day booth at Market Days

Carly Kramer November 29, 2017

The UNF LGBT Resource Center partnered with Health Promotions during Market Days to spread awareness for World AIDS Day. The LGBT Resource Center has a booth set up to answer questions. There are also...

Art and Politics exhibit at Lufrano Gallery reflects political turmoil

‘Art and Politics’ exhibit at Lufrano Gallery reflects political turmoil

Carly Kramer November 21, 2017

The UNF Department of Art and Design presented its newest work in Art and Politics, an exhibit at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. Professor Sheila Goloborotko decided to bring this theme to...

Black Friday Preview: Deals on college student essentials

Black Friday Preview: Deals on college student essentials

Carly Kramer November 21, 2017

Black Friday: a shopper’s favorite day. If you enjoy fighting (sometimes literally) the crowds to snag those early holiday deals, we’ve got you covered! Here is a list of what local stores are...

The incident occurred in the Thomas G. Carpenter parking lot.  Photo by Keri Weiland

Thanksgiving hours on campus

Carly Kramer November 21, 2017

Due to Thanksgiving, spots on campus will have adjusted hours of operation. These updates are courtesy of UNF ECommunications.   Dining Services Osprey Cafe: Open Wednesday, Nov. 22...

Laugh Out Comedy Show: Side-splitting entertainment

Laugh Out Comedy Show: Side-splitting entertainment

Carly Kramer November 6, 2017

The UNF LGBT Resource Center hosted a side-splitting event known as Laugh Out on Saturday. The comedy show at the Student Union featured BeBe Deluxe and Sampson McCormick, two comics in the LGBT Community. Jacksonville...


Stranger Things 2: Just as iconic as the first

Carly Kramer October 30, 2017

If you didn’t spend your Halloweekend out on the town, you were probably binge watching the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things. The hit Netflix series released its second season Oct. 27, and viewers...

Graphic by Rachel Cazares

#MeToo shows sexual assault and harassment victims that they aren’t alone

Carly Kramer October 23, 2017

The empowering hashtag "MeToo" has recently taken the internet by storm. Victims and allies are striving to break the silence of sexual assault and harassment by sharing their stories on social media.  By...

Students lit candles. Photo by Jesse Martinez

Students help “Take Back the Night” to bring awareness to domestic violence

Carly Kramer October 6, 2017

https://youtu.be/DDT6XSte_HI Alpha Chi Omega teamed up with the Women’s Center to bring an international tradition to UNF, while bringing awareness to domestic violence on Oct. 4. Through their efforts,...

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