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Carter Mudgett

Carter Mudgett, Editor in Chief

Carter Mudgett has been with Spinnaker for five semesters and is currently serving his fourth consecutive semester as Editor in Chief. He is a third-year journalism student at the University of North Florida, minoring in creative writing, with bylines in the Jacksonville Business Journal.  In his free time, he enjoys reading books, writing and playing video games.

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Pentatonix performed for a packed Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.

Through the eyes of a photographer: December and January

February 1, 2023

A month into the new year, check out Spinnaker's gallery of photos from Dec. 2022 and Jan. 2023! ___ For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments...

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Pushing “the philosophy of Western Civilization” in Florida education, DeSantis pledges to defund all DEI initiatives in state universities

January 31, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference Tuesday morning that diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at state universities will be completely defunded.  DeSantis’s legislative...

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[Photo] New additions to campus botanical gardens look to connect UNF Students with nature

January 31, 2023

Small purple flowers surround the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Peace Plaza Garden.

A protester holds a Stop Death By Cops sign with names of black people killed by police written on it

“No more bloodshed. No more pain,” UNF SDS student protester tells crowd at Jacksonville rally

January 29, 2023

Dozens of Jacksonville citizens joined the ranks of protesters in cities across America as they rallied in front of the Duval County Courthouse on Sunday, calling for police reform and accountability.  The...

A collage that Rosenbloom created in 2022 from submitted photos with variations of one recurring message: “We remember.” (Photo courtesy of Sam Rosenbloom)

The world honors Holocaust victims today. “Never forget,” UNF student says

January 27, 2023

“A burnt sacrifice offered whole to God.”  Translated from its Greek origin, that’s the definition of “Holocaust.” From when it began in 1941 until it ended in 1945, approximately six million...

Spinnaker alum places for Hearst journalism award

Spinnaker alum places for Hearst journalism award

January 26, 2023

Lauren Fox, Spinnaker’s former police reporter and managing editor, placed among the top 20 winners of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s explanatory reporting competition, according to results...

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Less than 1% of state-supplied budget put toward CRT, DEI initiatives, UNF reports

January 26, 2023

The University of North Florida reported that over $3 million of funding is put toward critical race theory and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, according to records released to Spinnaker.  Complying...

UNF to propose housing rental rate increase at February BOT meeting, first increase in 8 years

UNF to propose housing rental rate increase at February BOT meeting, first increase in 8 years

January 23, 2023

[Updated Jan. 26, 2023 to change date of Board of Trustees meeting. The BOT will meet on Feb. 27, 2023 not Jan. 27, 2023. Spinnaker apologizes for the mistake.] The University of North Florida (UNF)...

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Florida universities pivot again to supply DeSantis with records of gender-affirming care

January 18, 2023

[This story was updated at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, to include a statement from the University of North Florida, received by Spinnaker Thursday morning.] Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has...

Letter from the Editor: Spinnaker releases 2023 digital magazine

Letter from the Editor: Spinnaker releases 2023 digital magazine

January 18, 2023

Right around this time last year, I wrote how I sat down — pen and paper in hand — “hell-bent” on writing the perfect Letter from the Editor. Now, that idea has been flipped on its head, and I...

Speaker Paul Renner was sworn in with colleagues on Nov. 22, 2022. Photo courtesy of the Florida House of Representatives photo album.

Florida House of Representatives demands DEI-related documents from state institutions

January 13, 2023

All Florida universities and colleges have been asked to provide documents that relate to diversity, equity and inclusion to “assess the costs and benefits of the DEI offices and programs within the...

This statue is the Jewish version of the well-known LOVE statue in Philadelphia. This version is written in Hebrew and situated inside the Tabacinic Campus.

[Photo] Fighting hate and antisemitsm, Holocaust museum travels to UNF next week

January 13, 2023

This statue is the Jewish version of the well-known LOVE statue in Philadelphia. This version is written in Hebrew and situated inside the Tabacinic Campus.

A screenshot of the opening page to the 2022-2025 faculty contract between the faculty union and the University of North Florida Board of Trustees. Copy of the contract courtesy of UFF-UNF.

3 things to know about the new UNF faculty contract

January 13, 2023

A new contract has been approved for faculty at the University of North Florida (UNF) but the document, which spans a hefty 254 pages, is just as complex as it is long.  This contract is an agreement...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the crowd after being sworn in to begin his second term during an inauguration ceremony outside the Old Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

DeSantis shakes up public universities, ramps up his war on ‘woke’

January 4, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis has required all public Florida institutions to assemble a list reporting their use of state resources for any programs and courses related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and...

The words Police Beat are written in red and white, surrounded by a white square outline. In the background, a University of North Florida Police Department cruiser is tinted blue.

Police Beat: Firearm discharged inside UNF dorm room

December 19, 2022

A firearm was accidentally discharged at the University of North Florida Osprey Fountains dorms on Monday afternoon and, after UPD responded, a student has been arrested.  The student said, “he was...

From room expansions to film labs; everything new coming in Lassiter Hall renovation

December 9, 2022

Big changes await University of North Florida students when Lassiter Hall reopens—slated for the spring 2023 semester—to students after years of planning and contracting. The main inhabitants of the...

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Florida Board of Governors member Kent Stermon found dead

December 9, 2022

Kent Stermon, a Florida Board of Governors (BOG) member and local businessman, has died at 50 years old. Appointed to the BOG in 2019 by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, his term was set to end in 2026. Multiple...

The trees in Plaza de la Constitucion, a park in downtown St. Augustine, are adorned with lights during the annual Night of Lights in this Dec. 2021 photo.

[Photo] It’s officially cuffing season, celebrate the holiday season with some date ideas!

December 2, 2022

The trees in Plaza de la Constitucion, a park in downtown St. Augustine, are adorned with lights during the annual Night of Lights in this Dec. 2021 photo.

Syril Karn (left, Kyle Soller) and Cassian Andor (right, Diego Luna) in Andor. (Courtesy of Lucasfilm)

Review: Booting the flashy heroes, ‘Andor’ turns the spotlight on ordinary people

November 28, 2022

When you hear Star Wars, what do you think of? Classic blue and red lightsaber duels, the ever-evil Empire and good-looking Jedi are probably some of the first things that come to mind. Toss all that aside...

Photo courtesy of University of North Florida.

UNF rolls out plans for a dedicated graduate commencement ceremony, administrator says

November 28, 2022

It’s the end of the semester and the year is near, which also means that graduation is seemingly an arm's reach away. In years past, graduate school students at the University of North Florida would...

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Faculty, staff to receive $1,000 bonus and extra day off for Thanksgiving, UNF president says

November 18, 2022

Headed into the week of Thanksgiving, University of North Florida President Moez Limayem announced an additional day off and a one-time payment for eligible employees in an email on Friday.  The university...

Employees at the San Jose Starbucks location in Jacksonville participated in walk-outs on Thursday that coincided with the company’s Red Cup Day, kicking off the holiday season.

‘Red Cup Rebellion’: Starbucks employees walkout in Jacksonville

November 17, 2022

Starbucks employees with Starbucks Workers United—a workers union—went on strike on Thursday at two store locations in Jacksonville, joining thousands of other workers across the country on one of...

Joe Palmer and his book “A Mariner’s Tale” (Graphic by Spinnaker)

“Follow your dreams, don’t stop”: Spinnaker alum lands movie deal

November 14, 2022

It’s been nearly four decades since Joe Palmer was on the University of North Florida’s campus. Now, Palmer is an award-winning reporter, Spinnaker alumni, Navy veteran and author who recently landed...

 An excavator and police truck were called out to remove the tree. Photo by Nathan Turoff

UNF crews begin cleanup after Tropical Storm Nicole

November 10, 2022

The University of North Florida Physical Facilities and police department crews were already on campus cleaning up after Tropical Storm Nicole passed over Jacksonville Thursday morning.  While appearing...

Storm surge watches and warnings in effect as of the 10 a.m. advisory (National Hurricane Center)

‘Strong winds’ and ‘dangerous storm surge’: Tropical Storm Nicole weakens after overnight landfall

November 10, 2022

Making landfall on Florida’s east coast overnight as a Category 1 hurricane, Nicole weakened back to a tropical storm but strong winds, dangerous storm surge and heavy rains continue over a large area,...

Forecast cone for Tropical Storm Nicole. (National Hurricane Center)

UNF cancels classes Thursday in preparation for Tropical Storm Nicole

November 9, 2022

The University of North Florida is canceling all classes, including online classes, on Thursday for the expected impacts of Tropical Storm Nicole, the school announced this morning. All events are also...

Limayem smiling, wearing a blue suit

‘A meaningful milestone’: Limayem marks 100 days as UNF’s seventh president

November 8, 2022

“I recognize the deep responsibility that I have, and I am so grateful to each of you for walking with me on this journey,” University of North Florida President Dr. Moez Limayem wrote in a university-wide...

Forecast Cone for Subtropical Storm Nicole on Tuesday (National Hurricane Center)

Nicole strengthens to Tropical Storm, UNF is “closely monitoring”

November 8, 2022

Tropical Storm Nicole, strengthening from a subtropical storm, is being closely monitored by the University of North Florida Crisis Management Team, according to an alert sent out Tuesday morning.  “At...

Forecast Cone for Subtropical Storm Nicole as of 11 a.m. Monday (National Hurricane Center)

Subtropical Storm Nicole headed for Florida: What to expect

November 7, 2022

Subtropical Storm Nicole has been spotted! Forming in the Atlantic Ocean, Nicole is forecast to approach the northwestern Bahamas on Tuesday and approach Florida’s east coast by Wednesday night, the...

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Early voting pizza party event organized by UNF professor made it easy to vote

November 4, 2022

“I know that when I was an undergrad, I lived on campus and I didn’t have the means to get to a voting location,” Mikayla Beaudrie, a University of North Florida English professor and organizer of...

“They can’t take away our identity or our culture”: UNF, city leaders speak out against antisemitic messages in Jacksonville

“They can’t take away our identity or our culture”: UNF, city leaders speak out against antisemitic messages in Jacksonville

November 4, 2022

University of North Florida President Moez Limayem, the Jewish Student Union and other leaders condemned antisemitic messages that were displayed in the city last weekend, including a projected message...

The words Police Beat are written in red and white, surrounded by a white square outline. In the background, a University of North Florida Police Department cruiser is tinted blue.

Police Beat: Stolen patties

November 3, 2022

Burger patties were stolen right off the grill at Ozzie’s early Wednesday morning, according to a University of North Florida Police Department (UPD) report.  At 12:50 a.m., the night manager of...

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SG silent about no opportunity for public questions and lack of candidate attendance at debate

November 2, 2022

[Updated Nov. 4: A previous version of this article mistakenly reported that Student Government would begin their Spring 2023 semester with 18 senators total. A total of 19 senators are running in the...

Students stand behind yellow caution tape

“No fire at all”: Student accidentally breaks sprinkler head in UNF dorm, UPD chief says

November 1, 2022

University of North Florida Police Department Chief Mackesy wrote to Spinnaker Tuesday night that a student “accidentally broke a sprinkler head” in Osprey Cove — an on-campus residence hall —...

United Faculty of Florida faculty union at the University of North Florida.

Faculty union and UNF BOT tentatively agree on new contract, pending vote

November 1, 2022

The University of North Florida faculty union — United Faculty of Florida (UFF) — and Board of Trustees (BOT) tentatively agreed upon a contract last that, if ratified and approved, will give faculty...

Phones capture DeSantis and Luke Bryan on stage

Country artist Luke Bryan brings tour to Jacksonville, DeSantis makes special appearance

October 29, 2022

Country music superstar Luke Bryan brought his Raised Up Right Tour to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena Friday night with opening acts Mitchell Tenpenny and Riley Green.  Bryan opened the show...

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Spinnaker wins third for CMA Pinnacle Award with magazine

October 28, 2022

Spinnaker won third place for the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Award for Feature Magazine of the Year Thursday night.  Released in Spring 2022, the magazine was the 50th Anniversary Edition...

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Voting in Duval County this election? Here’s what you need to know

October 27, 2022

Election day is just around the corner, happening on Nov. 8 this year, and early vote ballots have already started rolling in from across the state as Floridians weigh in on who they want in office. Here’s...

This combination of photos shows Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Sept. 12, 2022, in Miami, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

DeSantis leads Crist in race for governor, new UNF poll shows

October 26, 2022

Incumbent Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a double-digit lead against his Republican-turned-Democrat opponent, Charlie Crist, in a new poll released Wednesday by the University of North Florida Public...

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SG’s election is uncontested, what does that mean?

October 25, 2022

For the past three semesters, University of North Florida Student Government (SG) elections — one presidential and two senate elections — have been labeled as “uncontested,” but what does that...

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SG Senator Debate happening Tuesday amid uncontested election

October 24, 2022

The UNF Student Government’s 2022 Fall Senator election is officially uncontested and while candidates are scheduled to debate Tuesday, the 19 students running for a seat in Senate will be elected without...

Kenzie sings

Kenzie’s Place wins UNF’s 2022 Battle of the Bands

October 20, 2022

Five groups took the stage at the J.B. Coxwell Amphitheater Thursday night to compete in the University of North Florida’s 2022 Battle of the Bands, but just one walked away the winner: Kenzie's Place.  The...

The words Police Beat are written in red and white, surrounded by a white square outline. In the background, a University of North Florida Police Department cruiser is tinted blue.

Police Beat: N-word found written in dust on UNF freshman’s car

October 20, 2022

A University of North Florida freshman found the n-word, “gay” and multiple genitalia handwritten in dust and dirt on their car on Tuesday, according to a police report.  The student told UPD that...

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Phishing is “organized crime,” UNF chief information officer says

October 20, 2022

Anyone who’s checked their school email in the past few weeks may have noticed a flurry of emails from the University of North Florida (UNF) about cybersecurity and, more specifically, phishing. But...

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Fall Break is left up to faculty and students, UNF says

October 14, 2022

Traditionally, Fall Break is two days in October when the campus is closed and classes are canceled but this year, UNF is letting professors decide whether they want to hold classes on those days — making...

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“We are here to make a difference in the lives of the students we serve,” VP Murry tells senators

October 10, 2022

“We are here to make a difference in the lives of the students we serve,” University of North Florida Student Government Vice President Joshua Murry told senators during their regular Senate meeting...

an overflowing recycling bin

Yes, UNF recycles … sort of

October 6, 2022

‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ — a simple three-word phrase — has been drilled into Americans’ heads practically since birth, but the widely-known third pillar of sustainability efforts isn’t as...

Colonel Crackers, a giant goldfish floating in the lake outside the library, on its side by shore

Colonel Crackers down!: UNF begins cleanup after Hurricane Ian

September 30, 2022

While the damage doesn’t compare to its southern counterparts, the University of North Florida did not escape from Hurricane Ian unscathed.  Spinnaker walked around campus the evening Hurricane Ian...

Coastal Watches/Warnings and Forecast Cone for Storm Center as of 1 p.m. Thursday

Free Wi-Fi hotspots available amidst power outages, some UNF services to resume after Ian

September 29, 2022

Comcast announced yesterday that its public Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are open to everyone in Florida — even people who are not subscribers — in the wake of over 2.6 million Florida homes being without...

As Floridians rush to prepare for Hurricane Ian, this Shell gas station by the University of North Florida was already out of gas by Wednesday.

Category 4 Hurricane Ian brings ‘catastrophic’ storm surge, winds to Florida

September 28, 2022

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a Cat. 4 Wednesday afternoon, bringing maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour — two miles shy of a Cat 5. — and sending a flurry of alerts across the...

The Clubhouse (glass doors on right) and Osprey Cove (brick building on the left). (Photo courtesy of UNF)

“Anticipate possible utility outages,” UNF releases new information to residents

September 27, 2022

Students are encouraged to find secure housing off campus as Hurricane Ian draws closer to Florida but the University of North Florida said they will be keeping campus housing open, according to a resident-wide...

A view of Candy Cane lake from the bridge connecting university dorms with the pathway to the Dining Hall. (Photo courtesy of UNF)

All UNF dining locations will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dining Services says

September 27, 2022

The University of North Florida Dining Services has announced that they will be providing pre-packaged meals in the Osprey Café on Wednesday for students. The meals will be available around 4 p.m., according...

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UNF shuts down campus, all classes canceled ahead of Hurricane Ian’s arrival

September 27, 2022

The University of North Florida has canceled all university operations — including classes, online classes and events — from Wednesday to Saturday with plans to resume by Sunday as Ian becomes a Category...

The forecast cone for Hurricane Ian as of Monday.

Hurricane Ian grows stronger as Floridians prepare

September 26, 2022

Officially becoming a hurricane on Monday, Ian is expected to gain strength as it reaches the Gulf and hits Florida later this week as the University of North Florida continues to monitor the storm. As...

The NOAA forecast cone for Tropical Storm Ian as of 11 a.m. Saturday.

Gov. DeSantis issues state of emergency as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens

September 24, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has expanded a state of emergency to the entirety of Florida as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens in the Caribbean Sea on Saturday.  Quickly strengthening from Tropical Depression Nine,...

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[Photo] UNF SG Senate passes two fiscal bills, welcomes two additional members to their branches

September 23, 2022

The University of North Florida Student Government Senate met for their biweekly meeting on Friday.

UPDs new Ford Explorers circa 2016.

UNF student finds antisemitic symbol on dorm door

September 23, 2022

[Story updated at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 25 to remove the hyphen between anti and Semitic in the headline. Story updated at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 23 to correct a factual error about when the student's...

The current NOAA depression forecast cone for Tropical Depression 9.

Tropical Depression 9 forms, will approach Florida “at or near major hurricane strength”

September 23, 2022

Forming in the Caribbean Sea early Friday morning, Tropical Depression Nine is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it heads toward Florida, NOAA reported.  Originally detected by the National...

students talk and debate with preachers on the edge of the green holding large signs with often profane messages on them

[Photo] Students raise concerns for their safety on campus in discussion on campus preachers

September 22, 2022

Preachers brought signs during the first week of the semester, holding them on the outskirts of the Green right next to where students walked by.

The first page of the judicial decision explaining who the case is about

SG president, vice-president reprimanded in July for limiting access to Lend-A-Wing pantry, records reveal

September 16, 2022

Student Body President Nathaniel Rodefer and Vice-President Joshua Murry faced repercussions in July for unapproved operation changes made to Lend-A-Wing — the University of North Florida’s food pantry...

Outline of the UNF logo as the net for a ping pong table

UNF ranked among top universities by U.S. News

September 12, 2022

The University of North Florida was No. 263 amongst all national universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Colleges rankings released Sunday — its fourth consecutive year on the list....

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‘Always be accessible’: Moez Limayem marks one month as UNF president

September 2, 2022

Taking on the role of the University of North Florida (UNF)’s seventh president in stride, Moez Limayem has checked off his first month, spending the time talking to Jacksonville businesses and connecting...

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Expect UNF Wi-Fi interruptions, outages over Labor weekend

September 2, 2022

The University of North Florida will be doing maintenance on its Wi-Fi network over the weekend, affecting the campus community’s ability to connect.  Students, faculty and staff should expect “extended...

UNF is hosting a series of events during the Fall semester to discuss the Red Zone.

Red Zone panel happening now, watch live

August 31, 2022

The University of North Florida is hosting a panel event Wednesday night in the Student Union to discuss the Red Zone. The Red Zone is a time of statistically heightened instances of sexual assault...

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Updated: Confusion surrounding status of UNF Wi-Fi

August 31, 2022

Connection to the University of North Florida Wi-Fi has been resolved by ITS and "all systems are operational" as of Wednesday evening. This is a breaking news update, the original article continues...

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JEA lifts boil water advisory

August 28, 2022

[Updated 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 28, to adjust language for discrepancies between two versions of JEA's press release.] Two days after detecting E. coli in a water sample on Friday, JEA has lifted...

JEA issued a Boil Water Advisory for affected areas, highlighted in blue, around the Oakridge Water Treatment Plant where E. coli was detected in a water sample on Friday.

JEA issues boil water advisory for UNF and parts of Jacksonville

August 26, 2022

JEA issued a Boil Water Advisory for the University of North Florida and other locations nearby Oakridge Water Treatment Plant after finding E. coli bacteria in a water sample on Friday. Traces of the...

Members of the University of North Florida LGBTQ Center table in the Student Union after the university was named one of the Best of the Best colleges for LGBTQ+ people on Wednesday.

UNF named “Best of the Best” college for LGBTQ+ students in the southeast

August 25, 2022

The University of North Florida was recognized as the “Best of the Best” college in the southeast for LGBTQ+ students on Wednesday by Campus Pride — an organization focused on creating safe and welcoming...

Students, faculty and staff stand between the Student Union East and West buildings after they were evacuated because of a small microwave fire.

UNF Student Union evacuated after microwave fire

August 24, 2022

The Student Union evacuated around 11 a.m. Wednesday in the midst of the Week of Welcome Market Day event after a fire alarm went off.  “It was a small microwave fire that caused the alarm in the...

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