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Delaney on witness list for former Congresswoman accused of fraud

April 25, 2017

UNF President John Delaney is on the witness list for Corrine Brown, a former Jacksonville Congresswoman facing 22 counts of corruption, tax evasion and fraud. Jury selection for Brown’s trial in federal...

Former VP-elect apologizes for emotional abuse

Former VP-elect apologizes for emotional abuse

April 10, 2017

  Former Vice President-elect Tajmaus Johnson, who was disqualified for emotionally abusing President Isabella Genta when he shouted “f--- you” and physically intimidated her, sent Spinnaker...

Bored over break? We have some suggestions.

Help! I’m stuck on campus for Spring Break

March 20, 2017

By James Donlon Your life is boring. Day in and day out you feel time slowly chipping away at you. Everyday feels like the same, worn out record, looping over and over again. Wake-up, go to school,...

UNF celebrated International Women’s Day with a unique twist on a fashion show

UNF celebrated International Women’s Day with a unique twist on a fashion show

March 13, 2017

By Alexandra Torres-Perez On March 8, it was International Women’s Day, and people from around the world celebrated it in different ways. Some women didn’t show up to work to make a point of what...

Photo by Mark Judson

EDITORIAL: Suck it up and vote — it’s not going to kill you

March 7, 2017

In case you’ve missed it, it’s election season: time to vote for new representatives in Student Government, including our next president and vice president. By taking five minutes on March 7 or 8,...

Photo by Lili Weinstein

UNF to host ASUN tournament game against JU

February 23, 2017

With a victory over Jacksonville University in part two of the River City Rumble on Feb. 23, Osprey men’s basketball secured a place as a host in the ASUN quarterfinals. UNF will face JU again on...

UPDATE: Issues resolved after UNF experiences network problems

UPDATE: Issues resolved after UNF experiences network problems

February 16, 2017

UPDATE — 2/16/17 @ 5:20 The network problems were resolved before 5 p.m., according to an update from Sharon Ashton. The UNF webpage, myWings, Blackboard and Canvas are now running. UNF's campus...

George Louissaint, Jr.

TIMELINE: The search for Louissaint

February 16, 2017

UNF student George Louissaint, Jr. went missing early on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 12. According to police, friends and family, he just vanished. Disappeared. Friends who last saw him say Louissaint...

EXCLUSIVE: Delaney talks missing students, and what comes next as search continues

EXCLUSIVE: Delaney talks missing students, and what comes next as search continues

February 15, 2017

As police continue looking for missing student George Lousissaint, Jr., Spinnaker spoke with UNF President John Delaney about the search, the family, and the support from the campus community. Though...

An officer entered the woods on Tuesday to search for Louissaint. Photo by Pierce Turner

‘Needle in a haystack’: Search for missing UNF student comes up short on third day

February 14, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig9EjeyvVJg Video by Brooks Baptiste UNFPD and JSO canvassed 13 square miles of woods surrounding The Flats Tuesday for more than eight hours in the search for missing...

UNF President John Delaney was awarded President Emeritus status by the Board of Trustees

President Delaney speaks out about missing student

February 14, 2017

UNF President John Delaney issued a statement Tuesday afternoon about missing UNF student George Louissaint Jr. “The UNF community is hopeful that the missing UNF student will be found soon...We appreciate...

George and his girlfriend. Photo from Facebook

UNFPD still searching for missing student

February 13, 2017

The UNF student who went missing early Sunday morning is still missing, according to UNFPD, and as time passes officers are growing more concerned. George Louissaint, Jr. is a resident of the District...

George Louissaint, Jr.

Police searching for missing UNF student

February 12, 2017

Police are searching for missing 20-year-old UNF student George Louissaint Jr., according to a campus alert sent out Feb. 12 just before noon. Louissaint was last seen around 2 a.m. Feb. 12 at the...

Delaney addresses UNF community after Trump’s immigration ban

Delaney addresses UNF community after Trump’s immigration ban

January 30, 2017

In a statement released Monday evening, UNF President John Delaney took a moment to “affirm our unwavering support for students, faculty and staff from other countries and of all faiths.” President...

Photo courtesy Ponte Vedra Valley

UNF student dies at 24

January 5, 2017

Accalia Hope Sullivan, a 24-year-old graduate student studying athletic administration, died Jan. 2.  “Accalia dominated in every aspect of her life,” reads an obituary on the funeral home website....

The Border Collies would herd geese away from the center of campus and resolve some health hazards associated with the birds. Photo courtesy Goose Masters.

UNF moves forward with Border Collies as goose control

January 3, 2017

UNF has already launched its plan to move geese away from the core of campus using Border Collies. The university was expected to review feedback from students, faculty and staff and make a decision...

Spinnakers most viewed stories of 2016

Spinnaker’s most viewed stories of 2016

December 30, 2016

As the year comes to a close, Spinnaker took a look at everything that happened this year. Here are the top ten most viewed stories on unfspinnaker.com from 2016.   BREAKING: Freshman housing...

Photo by Joseph Basco

Computer error announces refunds students won’t receive

December 22, 2016

Approximately 100 students were informed they would be receiving financial aid refunds because of a computer error this week. Anissa Agne, Director of Financial Aid, stated UNF officials were running...

A new program joins the ASUN Conference

A new program joins the ASUN Conference

December 18, 2016

The ASUN conference will have a ninth member with the North Alabama Lions joining in 2018-2019. The Lions are currently a Division II program that has had success in postseason with seven Division II national...

The geese sometimes make it hard for students to enjoy campus amenities, like the green. Photo by Nick Blank

Students react to proposal to control geese with dogs

December 16, 2016

University officials are deliberating over a plan to move UNF’s Canadian Geese away from the core of campus with Border Collies, which depends on the response from students, faculty and staff. Vice...

Frank Brown Photo courtesy News4Jax

UNF custodial worker played “key role” in release of hostages

December 2, 2016

A UNF custodial worker was integral in resolving the hostage situation at a northwest Jacksonville credit union Dec. 1, according to an Osprey Update Dec. 2. Frank Brown, a senior custodial worker...

Knife attack at Ohio State leaves 11 hospitalized, attacker dead

Knife attack at Ohio State leaves 11 hospitalized, attacker dead

November 28, 2016

What was originally called an “active shooter situation” at Ohio State University on the morning of Nov. 28 has since been confirmed as a knife attack. An OSU student crashed his car into pedestrians...

Larenzo Quincy Askew Photo courtesy Thomas van Schoor

Student bites officer while allegedly on acid, police say

November 21, 2016

A freshman possibly on acid bit through a UNF police officer’s bulletproof vest to her skin, according to UNFPD. Three officers were dispatched to the Osprey Cove U building on Thursday, Nov. 19,...

UPDATE: Man who groped student banned from campus, police say

UPDATE: Man who groped student banned from campus, police say

November 10, 2016

UPDATE — 11/14/16 @ 5:16 p.m.   UNFPD located and identified the suspect accused of groping a residential student who responded to a Craigslist ad asking for a babysitter. An update to the original...

Clinton concedes, tells young voters to keep fighting for what’s right

Clinton concedes, tells young voters to keep fighting for what’s right

November 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump just before noon Nov. 9. Her speech encouraged young voters and women to continue to fight for what is right, and encouraged all...

A minute-by-minute look back at election night

A minute-by-minute look back at election night

November 9, 2016

News outlets began announcing that Donald Trump won the presidency early this morning, around 2:30 a.m. For those who went to sleep at a reasonable hour last night and missed the excitement, here’s a...

Sophomores Alexis Kmieck and Albaro Barrios got in line at 1 a.m. so they could be the first ones in. Photo by Tiffany Butler

Students waiting in line respond to Obama on campus

November 3, 2016

Students and Jacksonville community members have been lined up in anticipation for the rally lead by President Barack Obama all day, and the line now wraps all the way from the Arena to Eco Road. The...

Students wait to be let into the UNF Arena. Photo by Jack Drain

Arena entry pushed back to 12:30; Field House set up for overflow

November 3, 2016

A representative from the Clinton campaign told Spinnaker the public won't be allowed into the Arena until 12:30 p.m. for President Barack Obama's speech. Originally, people were supposed to be let...

Students wait to be let into the UNF Arena. Photo by Jack Drain

Obama speech pushed back

November 3, 2016

A recent email from the Clinton campaign estimates that President Barack Obama will be speaking at 2:55 p.m. Originally, Obama was set to speak at 1:30 p.m. That time has been pushed back about an hour...

Flowers planted in front of the arena. Photo by Tiffany Salameh

Getting ready for Obama: Prep, parking, and more

November 2, 2016

With President Barack Obama less than 24 hours away from stepping on UNF soil, Spinnaker checked in with UNF Vice President of Public Relations Sharon Ashton to see how the university is preparing for...

Students can expect several closures around campus during President Obamas visit. Photo by Morgan Purvis

Lot 18 closed for Obama’s visit; Ticket doesn’t guarantee entry to rally

November 1, 2016

Students who drive to campus may be kicked out of their usual parking spot in preparation for President Barack Obama’s visit to campus. According to an email from UNF President John Delaney, Lot...

Green Arrow. Courtesy of Flickr

Next on Netflix

October 17, 2016

Go ahead, postpone whatever less important thing you were going to do. We’ll wait.  Most shows on this list are incredibly popular. Some are recent phenomenons, a few are a little older. Some of them...

Photo by Nick Blank

No classes, but campus open on limited schedule

October 10, 2016

Although classes Monday are cancelled, many campus facilities are open, including the library, Student Health Services, some food venues and the shuttles. “We hope to have all operations back to...

Matthew expected to strengthen to Category 4

Matthew expected to strengthen to Category 4

October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew is expected to approach Jacksonville late tonight, potentially as a Category 4hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. While it is currently a Category 3 hurricane,...

Graphic by Randall Johnson

Clown sighted on campus

October 5, 2016

UPDATE 10/21/16 @ 1:26 p.m. Two calls were made to UNFPD on Oct. 16 and 17 over possible clown sightings. Call logs indicate a caller near Building 45 saw a clown walking across the Green at around...

Jecorian McCray Photo courtesy JSO.

New details arise in case of killed UNF employee

October 3, 2016

The man accused of orchestrating a UNF employee’s murder from a jail cell will be continuing his trial for the burglary he was originally accused of. Jecorian McCray, 23, was arrested for a burglary...

Graphic by Ben Cross

Elections Commissioner suggests SG members not wear red; Senator accused of stealing campaign materials

September 28, 2016

UPDATE — 9/28/16 @ 3:57 p.m. The complaint filed against Sabrina Sorrentino was found to have no merit, according to an email from SG Director of Public Relations Alejandro Nieto. Nieto also stated...

Photo courtesy of St. Johns County Sherriffs Office

Student admits to sexual exploitation of a 4-year-old, deputies say

September 26, 2016

Neal D. Buckles, the UNF freshman accused of possessing and sending child pornography, also admitted to sexually exploiting a 4-year-old to investigators, records from St. John’s County officials state. According...

Neal Buckles. Image courtesy Facebook

Student arrested for child pornography

September 22, 2016

A UNF student will make his first appearance in court Friday morning on child pornography charges. Neal D. Buckles is currently in jail, unable to bond out after being arrested Thursday afternoon. The...

Dara Kusiv. Photo by Darrah Shea Photography

Former student found guilty after 2013 crash killed another student

September 22, 2016

A former UNF student was found guilty as charged of driving under the influence-manslaughter, and two counts of driving under the influence with injury Tuesday, after the death of another student in a...

Photo by Randall Johnson

Students dance during A Night in Hispaniola

September 15, 2016

  With the rain pouring outside on a Tuesday evening, students gathered in the Student Union for one common goal: to learn some dances. The Latin American Student Organization partnered with Raysine...

Image courtesy the National Hurricane Center

TS Julia develops over Jax; Wednesday classes will continue as scheduled

September 13, 2016

What looked like just a bunch of rain has developed into a tropical storm, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center. There is currently no word as to whether or not classes will be...

Graphic courtesy the National Hurricane Center.

Classes canceled for Friday, late Thursday; Storm now hurricane

September 1, 2016

UPDATE -- 9/1/16 @ 4:00 p.m. Hermine has strengthened to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to make landfall around midnight...

UNF will announce if classes are cancelled Wednesday morning.

UNF preparing for Tropical Depression 9

August 31, 2016

UPDATE -- 4/1 4:00 p.m. Classes after 3 p.m. on Thursday are cancelled and all classes on Friday are cancelled. Classes are scheduled as usual for now, according to a special edition of the Osprey...

Tropical Depression Nine could hit UNF

Tropical Depression Nine could hit UNF

August 29, 2016

Tropical Depression Nine may be heading this way, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to wash over the northeast part of Florida Thursday evening. According to a Facebook...

Students attended the Welcome to College Luau to learn whats going on around campus. Photo by Lili Weinstein

How to get involved on campus

August 24, 2016

Entering college is an entirely foreign experience for most freshmen thanks to new social structures, an increased independence and demanding classes. While it might seem overwhelming, the first...

Graphic by Ben Cross

Complaints filed in October election

August 24, 2016

Judicial complaints were filed on the first day of school against two members of SG for violating elections guidelines. Sabrina Sorrentino, SG Elections Commissioner, filed complaints against Senator...

photo courtesy sam herb

Student musician Samuel Herb to open for Rodney Atkins on campus

August 16, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfs8AP66ALY Samuel Herb is an aspiring country music writer, with an affinity for bow ties, who also happens to be a senior studying journalism. His budding country music...

Photo by Mark Judson

Procrastinators beware: Parking permits expire today

August 15, 2016

Students who are driving on campus during intercession, watch out. Parking decals from the 2015-2016 school year expire today, Aug. 15. UNF Parking Services will start writing citations for expired decals...

UNF professors to speak at TEDx event

UNF professors to speak at TEDx event

August 5, 2016

In October, two UNF professors will be speakers at a Jacksonville TEDx event. Among the 12 recently announced speakers are Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology and graduate program director,...

Supporters wait for Donald Trump to speak at the Jacksonville Landing. Photo by Kristen Smith

Trump coming to town again

August 3, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be hosting a campaign rally in Jacksonville today, Wednesday Aug. 3. The rally will take place at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena at 300...

UNF professor Beth Nabi interviews a fan as part of the U2 Tattoo Project. Photo courtesy Chris LeClere

UNF professor studying U2 tattoos to display work at gallery

August 2, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keoqUn_FfKQ Beth Nabi, professor of graphic design and digital media, has been working with visual anthropologist Chris LeClere to catalogue U2 tattoos across the world....

Pokemon Go Tournament — in photos

Pokemon Go Tournament — in photos

August 1, 2016

The Pokemon Go Tournament on July 29, organized by the UNF School of Computing, drew thousands to campus to take advantage of our numerous Pokestops, gyms and Pokemon waiting to be caught. Spinnaker was...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up where the Deathly Hallows left off. Photo by Cassidy Alexander

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Inferior, sloppy and disappointing

July 31, 2016

  The anticipation has been building around "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" for weeks. Today, the book (actually, a screenplay) centered around Harry’s middle son Albus years after the infamous...

The parking spaces noted above will be inaccessible until Sept. 16. Graphic by Cassidy Alexander

Lot 53 is getting a facelift; will be partially inaccessible

July 29, 2016

Lot 53 will be under construction starting Monday, Aug. 1. Half of the lot will be inaccessible to park in, but the other half will remain open. Starting at 7 a.m., the west/main entrance to the parking...

The accident at JTB has reported injuries, according to JTB. Photo by Tiffany Salameh

UPDATE: Crash at JTB did not involve UNF students

July 26, 2016

https://youtu.be/LfjafnxcL0o UPDATE — 7/26/16 @ 10:25 The crash at eastbound JTB and Kernan Boulevard did not involve UNF students, according to officials at the scene. Additionally, officials said...

‘I’d make a lousy superhero’: Student does good deed

‘I’d make a lousy superhero’: Student does good deed

June 9, 2016

Video by Cassidy Alexander Al Huffman was heading to the gym for a workout, thinking about things other than the boundaries between right and wrong, when he was stopped by a wad of cash laying in a...

Sometimes, students are faced with tough decisions. But some safety nets in place may help them make the right choice.
Photo by Madison Davell.

To do the right thing

June 1, 2016

When doing the right thing isn’t easy, state laws and school policies protect students from lasting ramifications if they seek medical help for drug and alcohol abuse. When his girlfriend started...

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False imprisonment charges against UNF student dropped

May 12, 2016

The charge of false imprisonment has been dropped against Clayton D. Cook, who was arrested April 26 with Matthew I. Khosrozadeh, according to public records found on the Duval County Clerk of Courts...

This residence off Kernan Blvd. where three UNF students live was burglarized early on April 25. Photo by Mark Judson

$15,000 burglary led to alleged false imprisonment incident

May 6, 2016

Three UNF students were burglarized April 25, resulting in the loss of approximately $15,000 in firearms, ammunition, jewelry, computers, cash and other belongings, according to an incident report from...

Screenshot of myWings homepage.

UPDATE: MyWings running again after unexpected error

May 2, 2016

UPDATE — 5/2/16 @ 12:50 p.m.  MyWings is back up and running. According to Help Desk Technician Nyjah Melius, the myWings server is currently housed at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After...

Holly Skinner pauses in her studies in France to take a photo. Skinner, a public relations student, is studying at the Audencia School of Management in Nantes, France until Spring 2016. 

Photo courtesy International Center

For International Center, keeping students safe while studying abroad always a priority

December 11, 2015

UNF students who go abroad can rest assured that they’re in good hands. Despite recent world events, UNF will not be re-evaluating their safety policies. Director of International Affairs Dr. Timothy...

Graphic by Cassidy Alexander

Admins vs. Professors: Why UNF has more professors than administrators

December 9, 2015

Video by Brittany MooreThis article originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Spinnaker Magazine, available now on campus.  When you walk into the university president’s office, the lights...

The adaptive toys were custom fit to the users, most toys have extensive modifications done to them. Photo by Michael Herrera

Engineering students develop hi-tech toy cars for kids with disabilities

December 8, 2015

Video by Michael HerreraCheers erupted in the Student Union on Friday, as children with disabilities learned to operate their newly adapted toy cars while community members and students watched on. In...

ISQs made simpler, shorter and easier for students

ISQs made simpler, shorter and easier for students

November 24, 2015

Video by Brittany MooreThe weather’s getting colder, the assignments are getting bigger and the students are getting more restless for the end of the semester — it must be time for ISQs. This semester’s...

Students sometimes snooze through class. But what is it costing them? 

Photo by Cassidy Alexander

The cost of cutting class: why your dollars go down the drain when you skip

November 23, 2015

Video by Brittany MooreThe student who’s skipping class is not easy to spot. Often, this is because the student is not on campus, enjoying a day elsewhere or even sleeping the day away. Sometimes,...

Brittany Gorelick works on a printmaking project in the Fine Arts Building. Printmaking classes are offered through the Art and Design Department. 

Photo by Cassidy Alexander

Art and design department seeks specialized accreditation

November 23, 2015

UNF’s art and design department is seeking prestigious, specialized accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and department head Dr. Debra Murphy is confident that...

Tom and Betty Petway Hall  Photo courtesy of UNF Digital Commons

ASL lends a helping hand at Starbucks

November 13, 2015

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guXMSd0fuq4]Video by Rebecca King, courtesy of ViralHog  A recent viral video showcasing a UNF student using American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with...

The Student Union is home to a number of free events for UNF Students. Photo by Alexis Molinaro.

Table tennis tournament calls for costumes

October 29, 2015

For those who missed out on the Student Union’s Ghastly Gourmet global food challenge, but still want to participate in some Halloween festivities, the Student Union will be hosting a table tennis...

Photo by Luiza Motta

Vegemite and pork brains: students try Ghastly Gourmet at Market Day

October 28, 2015

UNF Market Day got a little scary this Wednesday. In honor of Halloween, the Student Union hosted Ghastly Gourmet, an event that let students test their limits by eating food that to many would be, well,...

Supporters wait for Donald Trump to speak at the Jacksonville Landing. Photo by Kristen Smith

Trump rally brings large crowd to Jacksonville Landing

October 26, 2015

Video by Cole MurrayIn the morning, it was quiet. The sun was just starting to really shine, and the weather was cool. The water from the St. John’s River was churning just beyond the stage that...

Trump making a campaign stop in Jacksonville this Saturday

Trump making a campaign stop in Jacksonville this Saturday

October 21, 2015

Donald Trump, Republican front-runner in the 2016 presidential race, is having a campaign rally at the Jacksonville Landing this Saturday, Oct. 24, according to a campaign representative. According...

On-campus options: Go get your flu shot

On-campus options: Go get your flu shot

October 21, 2015

I just hold your arm like this, put it in, and it’s done!” I didn’t plan to get a flu shot when I went to interview Director of Student Health Services Doreen Perez about flu season, but I got...

Volunteers gather at the resource fair before the march through campus, ready to offer resources to anyone interested. 

Photo by Michael Herrera

Take Back the Night empowers survivors of domestic violence and abuse

October 7, 2015

Video by Kayla Cumner and Michael HerreraLaura Klimek walks to the stage. She goes swiftly while keeping her eyes to the ground, trying not to lose her nerve. She wears white, her hair pulled back...

Health Promotions kicks off Healthy Campus Week with Fresh block party

Health Promotions kicks off Healthy Campus Week with “Fresh” block party

October 1, 2015

Video by Brittany MooreIf you saw a dancing cigarette in the Student Union on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed. They were just celebrating the fact that UNF is now a smoke free campus at the So Fresh,...

Osprey LiNK, an organization dedicated to helping people in North Korea, brought this informational board to the showing of The Peoples Crisis- a documentary showing the problems refugees from the country face. Photo by Cassidy Alexander

Osprey LiNK schools students with The People’s Crisis documentary

September 28, 2015

On September 24, four students gathered in the Student Union auditorium to educate themselves on the extensive crisis in North Korea. The People’s Crisis is a documentary about the political oppression,...

Honors students host an event for local refugees to help them learn about American traditions like Thanksgiving. Each year the Honors Program works with refugees in numerous ways as part of a semester-long service project. 
Photo courtesy Dr. Leslie Kaplan, Honors Program

Refugee crisis hits close to home

September 28, 2015

“The land of opportunities.” That’s how Daniel Gebretekle -- a mechanical engineering senior -- sees the country he now lives in. Before receiving a plane ticket to the United States in 2011,...

Graphic by Rachel Rector

Unintentional injury is leading cause of death for college-aged students

September 17, 2015

Video by Cassidy Alexander and Michael HerreraThe leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 and 25-34 is unintentional injury, a category that includes things like motor vehicle accidents, drownings,...

The Taser Axon Flex body camera Photo by Michael Herrera

UNFPD implements body cameras, mixed feelings all around

September 17, 2015

Video by Michael Herrera and Cassidy Alexander  UNFPD began using body cameras on May 1 as part of a pilot program that will be reevaluated in about a year, according to UNF Police Chief Frank...

Patty Klocko is a recent UNF graduate who used GoFundMe to help raise money for a summer class. Klocko is one a many students across the country who are turning to crowdfunding to help pay for their education. 

Photo courtesy Patty Klocko

Students turn to crowdfunding to cover rising cost of college

September 15, 2015

  Video shot by Cassidy Alexander and Jack Drain Edited by Jack DrainWith the cost of education and the amount of student debt rising each year, students are finding new ways to pay for college....

Photo by Spinnaker Media

Opinion: Busting the ‘best years of our lives’ myth

September 10, 2015

We hear it from well-meaning family members, from movies and TV shows intending to portray college life and in response to any complaints we may have at this time in our life: “These are the best...

Opinion: Elected representatives taking advantage of students’ summertime absence

Opinion: Elected representatives taking advantage of students’ summertime absence

August 26, 2015

Summers at UNF are quiet. The days are hot and long, and there are few students on campus. Normally, it’s nice. Unfortunately, it seems that Student Government members have been taking advantage of...

Graphic by David Guerrero

Less preparation in high school leads to roadblocks in college

July 27, 2015

It’s not often I agree with something a panel of administrators decided on in a fancy conference room; however, I do agree with Florida’s college general education programs. They offer students...

A symbol for equality. Photo courtesy Facebook

Opinion: Florida poised to take another step for LGBT rights

May 4, 2015

A bill that has been floating around Florida’s Congress for years is gaining traction and support, particularly from the University of North Florida. The Competitive Workforce Act is a bill that...

Opinion: The future is now, and it’s kind of creepy

Opinion: The future is now, and it’s kind of creepy

May 1, 2015

When I was younger, I thought we would all be wearing metallic clothes instead of flannel from Goodwill. I thought teenagers would be zooming around on hover boards rather than long boards. I thought...

Opinion: One Spark has some fine-tuning to do

Opinion: One Spark has some fine-tuning to do

April 22, 2015

Everyone’s favorite crowdfunding festival has come and gone for the third year in a row. Although over 300,000 people attended One Spark this year, it’s important to note that the festival is still...

Photo courtesy of Dollar Photo Club

Opinion: Efforts to get students to graduation may be futile

April 13, 2015

In college, there is constant pressure to get students to graduate faster. Florida has laws about excess credit hours, which forces students to pay more if they are taking more classes than the state...

Graphic by Michael Salussolia

Opinion: FM radio station helps legitimize UNF

April 13, 2015

After years of work, effort and dedication on Spinnaker Radio staffers’ part, UNF is finally carving out a place in the airwaves to obtain yet another quintessentially “college” thing: its own...

Opinion: In defense of our generation

Opinion: In defense of our generation

April 7, 2015

Lazy. Selfish. Spoiled. Delusional. Greedy. These are hasty generalizations often used to describe the millennial generation. Born roughly between 1980 and 2000, these young adults, including college-aged...

New SG vice president resigns from Senate

New SG vice president resigns from Senate

April 3, 2015

Hailey Guerra, recently elected Student Government vice president for the 2015-2016 term, resigned from her current seat in the Senate. According to Cody Quattlebaum, who handles public relations...

According to Serwatka, UNF is tied with Florida State University for eighth place among the 11 universities ranked by the Board of Governors. 
Photo by Morgan Purvis

Board of Trustees expresses dissatisfaction with funding, audits

April 2, 2015

UNF’s board members discussed performance-based funding and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville’s operational audits at the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting April 1. UNF President...

In Florida, a bill is working its way through the House of Representatives that would make it illegal for someone to use a public restroom if the restroom is not specifically for their gender.
Graphic by Mike Salussolia

Opinion: UNF’s acceptance not reflected elsewhere

March 27, 2015

Recognizing LGBT rights has been on President John Delaney’s agenda since he came to UNF in 2003. The University of North Florida has established itself as a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Spring break just isn’t what is used to be.
Photo courtesy Twitter

Opinion: Spring break is a chance to catch your breath

March 22, 2015

My spring break was by all accounts uneventful. I made dinner for my family, watched Parks and Recreation with my dog and slept in every day. I didn’t have to work, I didn’t have to go to class...

Students celebrate by Swooping with Head Coach Matt Driscoll.

Opinion: March madness helps UNF realize its potential

March 16, 2015

Lately, it’s good to be an Osprey. Yesterday CBS announced the UNF men’s basketball team will face Robert Morris University in a play-in game in the NCAA tournament as part of the First Four. Last...

Graphic by Michael Salussolie

Opinion: Students are humans too, who deserve privacy

March 13, 2015

Students are people, too. They have rights. While these statements may seem obvious even, it bears repeating in light of recent events, specifically in light of the University of Oregon’s (UO) administration...


Opinion: Will more information cure student apathy?

March 7, 2015

Student apathy. The words have almost lost their meaning because they’re thrown around so much. We’ve had a string of semesters with no student government (SG) elections because of student apathy,...

Graphic by Emelie Pineda

Opinion: “Binge-culture” not bad, just new

March 6, 2015

So was the dress blue and black or white and gold? Sorry to bring it up again, and it doesn’t really matter what you saw or think you saw. What matters was the insane response online to the question:...

Photo by Camille Shaw

Opinion: Student media publish the truth, people get upset

February 26, 2015

Recently at Oklahoma University (OU), a big star threw a big fit and college media had to deal with the consequences. When Jack White scheduled a concert at OU, their student media organization...

Opinion: Feminism faux pas at the Oscars

Opinion: Feminism faux pas at the Oscars

February 25, 2015

Perhaps one of the most talked about moments of this year’s Oscars was Patricia Arquette’s speech after winning the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in Boyhood. She brought...

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Opinion: Sorry meninists, feminists beat you to the punch

February 23, 2015

Meninism. It kind of sounds like the scene in Finding Nemo where Nemo is trying to pronounce anemone, right? Or does it sound like something a little more sinister? It doesn’t quite roll off the...

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