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Former UNF Professor tests positive and shares experience with COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Retired UNF journalism professor Dr. Paula Horvath was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the end of March. Despite living with several risk factors associated with the disease, Dr. Horvath described her symptoms...

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COVID-19 can be deadly, no matter your age

March 27, 2020

Not everyone is taking social distancing seriously. Warnings about the dangers of COVID-19 highlighted the particular deadliness the disease has over the elderly, infants, and immunocompromised. Unfortunately,...

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The history of pandemics

March 24, 2020

COVID-19, the virus formerly known as 2019-nCoV, has been identified by several monikers since it’s outbreak at the end of 2019. Global scale pandemics historically manifest at least once every century,...

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UNF faculty, Board of Trustees reach salary agreement and discuss coronavirus

March 13, 2020

UFF-UNF and UNF's Board of Trustees met once again on March 13 to discuss wage increases for the 2019-2020 school year. UNF faculty formally proposed a 6% retroactive salary increase to the BOT, to which...

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Disney and Universal theme parks close down over COVID-19 pandemic concerns

March 13, 2020

Walt Disney World and Universal Studios theme parks plan to close for the rest of March due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld are continuing normal operations...

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UF urges professors to prepare to move classes online ahead of coronavirus

March 11, 2020

According to a post by the University of Florida’s student news outlet the Alligator, University of Florida Provost Joe Glover suggested to UF professors that they begin moving all face-to-face classes...

Universities begin to temporarily suspend classes due to coronavirus, UNF yet to announce any suspensions

Universities begin to temporarily suspend classes due to coronavirus, UNF yet to announce any suspensions

March 10, 2020

Schools and universities across the United States have started suspending classes on campus as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. At least a dozen major universities, including Harvard and...

Food trucks parked in covered bays. Photo credit Christian Ayers.

Ever wondered where food trucks go to sleep?

March 9, 2020

[Full disclaimer: The reporter for this story, Christian Ayers, works part time for a local food truck. The truck is not featured in any images or referenced in the article.] It takes a lot to run a...

UNF looks to improve campus security

UNF looks to improve campus security

March 4, 2020

Campus security and personal safety are high priority needs for both students and university officials. At UNF, crime and other unfortunate incidents happen almost every day, but while most of these events...

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UNF faculty still at odds with BOT over raises

February 24, 2020

The United Faculty of Florida’s UNF representatives have yet to agree with the Board of Trustees (BOT) on pay raises for the 2019-2020 school year after another bargaining session on Feb. 21.  The...

Jacksonville’s History With Lynching

February 18, 2020

150 armed, masked men took two black men -- Bowman Cook and John Morine -- from a county jail against their will and without any resistance from law enforcement, on Sept. 8, 1919. The mob took the two...

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Coronavirus update: Death toll over 900; UNF cancels study abroad programs to China

February 10, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak that emerged from Wuhan, China has killed over 900 as of Feb. 9, surpassing the death tolls of both SARS (774) and MERS (858). With over 40,000 confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus...

Rev. Webb demonstrates the love chain with attendees. Photo credit Christian Ayers.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon features leader of children’s movement

February 7, 2020

UNF's University Center hosted the 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 5. The luncheon featured Reverend Gwendolyn Cook Webb, a prominent voice of the civil rights movement...

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Coronavirus update: Student Health Services Interim Director speaks on UNF response to coronavirus

January 27, 2020

A seafood market in Wuhan, China is the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that has infected thousands. So far, a few cases of the outbreak, currently known as 2019-nCoV, spread to other Asian countries:...

UFF-UNF continues negotiations into the new year

UFF-UNF continues negotiations into the new year

January 22, 2020

The United Faculty of Florida (UFF) continues to negotiate salary increases for UNF faculty after another bargaining session for their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on Jan. 8. The Jan. 8 meeting...

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DeSantis announces Florida Prepaid refunds and reduced prices

January 20, 2020

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced refunds and a price drop for the Florida Prepaid College program on Monday during a press conference at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Downtown campus....

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., poses for a selfie with an attendee after speaking at a campaign event at the home of Polk County Democratic Chair Sean Bagniewski, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Booker said a looming impeachment trial and other pressing issues in Washington could deal a “big, big blow” to his Democratic presidential campaign by keeping him away from Iowa in the final weeks before the Feb. 3 caucuses. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senator Cory Booker ends his bid for the presidency

January 13, 2020

U.S. Senator Cory Booker suspended his campaign for Democratic Presidential nominee in an open letter on Jan. 13. The Senator from New Jersey dropped out less than two weeks after fellow Democrat Julian...

Inside the huddle: Powerballers

Inside the huddle: Powerballers

January 13, 2016

  In this week's Inside the Huddle, the sports writers discuss what they would do with all that lottery money, who will make it to Super Bowl 50 and they’ll decide what they’d do with the...

Video Game Review: Fallout 4 is a chronic thrill for hardcore and casual gamers

Video Game Review: Fallout 4 is a chronic thrill for hardcore and casual gamers

December 10, 2015

It’s October 23, 2077. You and your spouse start your morning as usual in suburban Boston. Your robot butler has your coffee ready as he tends to your newborn son. Before you know it, the nuclear apocalypse...

The Warrior defense proved insurmountable, blocking 7 Osprey shots and snatching 13 steals. Photo by Ashley Saldana

UNF women’s basketball fall 72-60 to Webber International

November 19, 2015

UNF women’s basketball (1-2) lost 72-60 to the Webber International Warriors in an early game at UNF Arena Nov. 19. Both teams started off cold from the field, but the Warrior defense kept the Ospreys...

Junior Morgan Van Alstine sets to serve. Photo by Ashley Saldana.

UNF volleyball brings out the brooms, sweep Spartans in season-finale

November 14, 2015

  Osprey volleyball ended the regular season with a decisive 3-0 victory over USC Upstate on Nov. 14 at UNF Arena. UNF hopes to take the momentum from the sweep into the Atlantic Sun Conference...

UNF to institute Honors College

UNF to institute Honors College

October 15, 2015

UNF President John Delaney announced the addition of the Hicks Honors College in a press conference held at UNF’s Student Union Oct. 15. UNF will become the sixth university in Florida to implement...

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Now Playing: ‘Ted 2’ is a lazy, overstuffed MacFarlane comedy

September 23, 2015

Writer and director Seth MacFarlane’s titular talking teddy bear, the incredibly crass Ted, manages to squeeze out a few laughs in Ted 2, despite the director’s recycled jokes and aging formulaic...

Cadet Cpl. Adam Young, criminal justice sophomore, lays down a rose beneath the United States flag. 

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Ceremony held by UNF Army ROTC to commemorate Sept. 11

September 11, 2015

At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York. At 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2015, the UNF Army ROTC Osprey Guard held a rose-laying...

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UPDATE: Tropical Storm Erika dissipates, state of emergency still in effect.

August 27, 2015

UPDATE - 8/29/15 at 2:42 p.m. Tropical Storm Erika has weakened and all watches and warnings related to the system were discontinued as of 9:30 a.m. on Aug 29, according to the National Weather Service. The...

Santavicca holding one of the sensors that is able to be connected to standard equipment. 

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The tiny frontier: nanoscience at UNF

August 25, 2015

Video shot and edited by Michael Herrera A $500,000 nanotechnology research grant was awarded to UNF Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Daniel Santavicca in a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute...

Andrew Swenson was last seen on Aug. 1 at the Mad Decent Block Party in Ft. Lauderdale. 
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Swenson died in hospital, toxicology results pending

August 3, 2015

UPDATE - 8/07/15 at 5:23 p.m. Ft. Lauderdale Police (FLPD) and Fire Rescue (FLFR) officers responded to a disoriented male on NW 7th Ave in Ft. Lauderdale. Officers found Swenson alive near the...

Senate passes $60,500 special request again

Senate passes $60,500 special request again

July 27, 2015

Video shot and edited by Michael Herrera Student Government's (SG) Budget and Allocations Committee (BAC) and Senate approved a $60,500 special request during emergency meetings July 27, after a procedural...

Dana Baker, attorney general, explaining the circumstances of the bills violation.Photo by Michael Herrera

Judicial review finds lobbyist bill in violation of SG Constitution

July 22, 2015

Video shot and edited by Michael Herrera Two weeks after Senate passed a $60,500 bill for a lobbyist contract and SG travel, President Shomari Gloster and Senate President Chase Baker submitted the...

USAC members Austin Daniels (left) and Christopher Jordan (right) review a bill for approval.Photo by Christian Ayers

Committees pass $148,770 in special requests, three appointments for Senate approval

July 13, 2015

Video shot and edited by Michael Herrera UPDATE – 7/16/15 at 4:57 p.m. Elections Commissioner Brad Johnson proposed new elections and campaigning rules. Johnson said he wants students to be more...

The Week Ahead: July 13

The Week Ahead: July 13

July 13, 2015

Monday, July 13 Student Government’s Senate committees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Committee meetings begin with the Government Oversight Committee (GOC), followed by the Budget and Allocations Committee...

Retired Florida National Guard Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa, courtesy Florida Guard Online

Former major general joins UNF Board of Trustees

July 10, 2015

Retired Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett will replace Bruce Taylor on UNF’s Board of Trustees (BOT). Governor Rick Scott announced Maj. Gen. Burnett’s appointment on July 2. Burnett has held other...

From left to right: BAC members listens to Andrea Schuck’s funding request presentation.

BAC Chair advises to table special requests, committee grants three travel requests at July 6 meeting

July 8, 2015

Two Budget and Allocations Committee (BAC) members approved three student conference travel requests, totaling $3,050, during an emergency BAC meeting July 6. Dance Marathon, Student Nutrition and...

The Foundation Board unanimously approved three initiatives at their June 25 meeting.Photo by Lydia Moneir

UNF Foundation Board approves initiatives, new members

July 4, 2015

The UNF Foundation Board approved three initiatives and the addition of four new members during its last meeting of FY 2014-15 on June 25. The board approved all three initiatives unanimously. The...

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Suspect identified, considered person of interest in sexual battery investigation

June 30, 2015

UPDATE – 7/4/15 at 4:45 p.m. UNFPD’s Chief Frank Mackesy told Spinnaker the suspect referred to in a June 29 Clery Act safety alert is considered a person of interest (POI) in the sexual battery...

Ed Dendor, Jack Leone, Emily Leone, and Elizabeth Leone with the memorial Jesus statue. Photo courtesy TISIRI.org

Leone honored with reef habitat

June 29, 2015

John Leone’s family built a memorial reef on June 12 for the deceased UNF student. The artificial reef was built by Think It, Sink It, Reef It (TISIRI), and it features a statue of Jesus as the centerpiece. Jack,...

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Little One: The perilous journey of Stuart Maddox

June 9, 2015

Video by Michael Herrera UNF wrestling alumnus Stuart Maddox, 2015 NCWA (235 lbs.) National Champion, knows what it feels like to be overlooked. Maddox lost every wrestling match during his freshman...

Behind the beauty: UNFs flowers hide interesting quirks

Behind the beauty: UNF’s flowers hide interesting quirks

June 3, 2015

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UNF/FSCJ Connect program delayed to Fall 2016

May 27, 2015

UNF and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) announced the launch of the Connect transfer assistance program through a press release on May 6. College applicants can register for Connect, but...

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UNF committee plans to increase student awareness of Title IX

May 20, 2015

UNF’s Title IX committee members discussed current and future initiatives to improve overall university awareness of Title IX compliance on May 20. Title IX, a part of the United States Education...

Senate committees appoint executive cabinet members, approve requests

Senate committees appoint executive cabinet members, approve requests

May 19, 2015

The Budget and Allocations (B&A) committee and Government Oversight Committee (GOC) passed several motions for senate approval, including the addition of five SG positions at the senate committee...

Donnie Dewees looks up after striking the ball.Photo by Camille Shaw

Ospreys win 3-2 against Bethune-Cookman

April 8, 2015

UNF baseball (24-11, 4-2 A-Sun) earned a win in a 3-2 defensive bout against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (13-23, 11-4 MEAC) on April 7. Sophomore Bryan Baker (3-2) earned the ‘W’ for UNF, with...

Google among 90+ employers to participate in UNF Career Fair

Google among 90+ employers to participate in UNF Career Fair

March 26, 2015

UNF’s Career Services invites all students to attend its Osprey Career Fair on March 27 at the Herbert University Center. Ninety-six employers are scheduled to attend, including the U.S. Department...

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UNF’s ITS to host cyber security symposium

March 26, 2015

UNF’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department will discuss web safety and the state of the Internet at its Cyber Security Symposium on March 30. Cyber security is the primary focal point...


UNF hires replacement for ITS Associate VP & CIO position

March 12, 2015

UNF’s Administration and Finance department announced it will soon replace Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Lance Taylor. Newly hired Reginald Brinson will take over Taylor’s...

The Auxiliary Oversight Committee met in J. J. Daniel Hall to discuss
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Student housing rent increases, 17 music course fees proposed to AOC

February 25, 2015

The Auxiliary Oversight Committee (AOC) heard several proposals during its meeting on Feb. 11. Increased campus housing rates and a cancelled extra lab fee were among the four presented budget topics...

President Joseph Turner is given a maximum of five business days to approve the budget once it reaches his desk. 
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SG President to assess Spinnaker funding friction

February 18, 2015

Student Government President Joseph Turner fielded questions during Student Government’s (SG) press conference on Feb. 13. The 2015-2016 Activity and Service fee budget needs Turner’s signature...

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Senate to discuss 2015-2016 budget changes on Feb. 9

February 7, 2015

The UNF Student Government (SG) Senate will meet Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. to review and finalize the proposed Activities and Service (A&S) fee budget changes. SG Treasurer Morgan Wolf previously...

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SG holds public forum to discuss budget changes

February 3, 2015

[doptg id="114"] Gallery photos by Christian Ayers Student Government is holding a public forum today, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Senate Chambers to discuss changes to the Activity and...

Turner not running for re-election

Turner not running for re-election

January 28, 2015

Student Body President Joseph Turner will not seek re-election over summer term, according to a Jan. 28 press release. According to his statement, Turner’s decision came after accepting an internship...

The Board of Trustees met on Jan. 20 to review metric data about student graduation and retention rates.
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Board of Trustees members contend performance-based funding

January 22, 2015

UNF’s Board of Trustees (BOT) met Jan. 20 to highlight the board’s financial decisions, including the discussion of the state policy on performance-based funding and its relation to UNF. The...

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AOC approves two budget increases

January 15, 2015

The Auxiliary Oversight Committee (AOC) approved two measures during its meeting Jan. 14, granting additional budget authority to the Student Union Administration and the OneJax Institute. The...

SG vice president resigns

SG vice president resigns

January 7, 2015

Student Government Vice President Tony Stevens resigned from his position Wednesday, Jan. 7, according to a Student Government press release. Citing personal time constraints, Stevens left his position...

Athletics fee to increase in 2015, counseling request denied

Athletics fee to increase in 2015, counseling request denied

December 3, 2014

  UNF students will pay an increased Athletics fee next fall despite lower enrollment at the university. Students who register for 12 credits’ worth of classes in Fall 2015 will pay $229.44...

Ramirez found in violation, responsibility of the issue

November 20, 2014

UPDATE - 11/20/14 at 5:11 p.m. In a nine-minute punitive action hearing, the Student Government (SG) Supreme Court's only reprimand was requiring Senate President Kaitlin Ramirez to submit a report...

UNF signs partnership with opaque Chinese institute

October 29, 2014

UNF signed an agreement with Hanban, a Chinese public institution, on Oct. 29 to offer courses at UNF on Chinese culture and language through a Confucius Institute. Aware of controversy surrounding...

Florida law allows UNF Foundation to keep records private

October 23, 2014

A wide receiver on the University of Central Florida football team died during practice six years ago. Today, his wrongful death has pushed a legislative debate about how Florida universities spend...

Defense attorney in Trayvon Martin case comes to UNF

October 3, 2014

UPDATE -- 10/2/14 at 7:07 p.m. Attorney and legal analyst Mark O'Mara lectured at UNF about race and justice on Thursday. O'Mara, the defense attorney for George Zimmerman, sat down with Spinnaker...

Ospreys beat Savannah State in a nailbiter

November 19, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UNF men’s basketball ended a 2-game skid after a tight 66-63 win against Savannah State Nov. 18. The victory pushed UNF to a 8-0 all time record against the Tigers  at UNF...

Free-throw frustration leads to Southern loss, 87-78

November 16, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UNF men's basketball made their home debut Saturday night against a winless Southern University, but a squandered comeback gave the Osprey home crowd a somber welcome. The Southern...

Osprey men’s soccer finds soul in its youth

November 4, 2013

At the end of each season in college athletics, fans wave goodbye to graduating seniors and welcome returning players to step up and lead their future respective teams. With few games left in 2013,...

ESPN’s Sara Walsh gives industry insight to communications students

September 20, 2013

SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh Skyped with UNF communications students in a class taught by Dr. Peter Casella Tuesday to offer advice, give a general outlook on her profession and share the story of...

ESPN anchor to Skype into UNF class

September 16, 2013

Former Osprey soccer player and UNF graduate turned SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh is making her way back to her alma mater Tuesday morning. Well, sort of. Walsh will speak to communications students...

Moon Jr. leaves UNF basketball, cites family ties

September 1, 2013

Head UNF basketball coach Driscoll replaces Moon Jr. with Perkins Following the departure of assistant coach Lee Moon Jr., UNF men’s basketball announced the hiring of coach for the same...

Are you ready for some futbol? Women’s soccer set to kick off

August 19, 2013

After an eight win season last year, UNF women’s soccer was just one win away from competing in the Atlantic Sun championship game. The team lost that chance when it lost to the Mercer Bears in the...

Men’s tennis gets new head coach

July 16, 2013

Following one of the most successful seasons in UNF men’s tennis history, the Osprey athletic department said goodbye to the top man in charge of the Atlantic Sun’s regular season champs Monday. After...

Ospreys add to historic season, outlast Eagles

May 15, 2013

UNF baseball earned win 36 on the season, extending their new record win total since joining the A-Sun. A 5-2 win in its final non-conference game of the season at Georgia Southern Tuesday puts UNF...

Men’s golf Tallahassee bound for regionals

May 14, 2013

UNF men's golf team is slated to face top-tier competition in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional tournament May 16-18, as chosen by the selection committee May 6. The selection marks the Ospreys’ fourth...

UNF baseball wins one in series, clinch A-Sun Tourney berth

May 7, 2013

After dropping the first two games of their three game series against Stetson, UNF avoided the brooms in the final game. UNF delivered with a 3-0 win on Sunday in DeLand. The win solidified the Ospreys’...

Scrappy Ospreys earn 2-0 victory over FAMU

April 11, 2013

UNF baseball improved to 13-0 all time against the Florida A&M Rattlers with a 2-0 win Wednesday night at Harmon Stadium. UNF earned its second team shutout this season with the win, but were...

Men’s tennis seniors shine in 4-3 A-Sun Conference win

April 9, 2013

Senior Day was a success for UNF tennis, as both the men’s and women’s teams pulled off important conference wins over FGCU. Despite losing two players to injury, UNF men’s tennis still came out...

UNF men’s tennis has talent from all over the world

April 3, 2013

There are nine players on UNF men’s tennis team, and all nine are foreign born. The team currently features players from Canada, Brazil, Germany, Peru, Liechtenstein and Hungary. The diverse group,...

Ospreys tame Wildcats

April 2, 2013

UNF baseball earned a season series victory over Bethune-Cookman Tuesday in a 3-1 victory. UNF started the down a run early in the first inning, but sophomore Drew Weeks  and starting pitcher Evan Incenelli...

Men’s tennis catches fire and continues win streak over spring break

March 27, 2013

After pulling back-to-back 7-0 sweeps against the Mercer Bears and Kennesaw State Owls March 14 and 16 -- its fifth and sixth straight win -- UNF men’s tennis had three more games on the horizon during...

First round exit in A-sun tourney leads to March Sadness

March 13, 2013

In the 2012-13 preseason, UNF was ranked as one of the top teams in the A-Sun Conference, and was projected to finish fourth, but fell well short of those expectations. UNF finished with a 13-18...

Men’s basketball gets rolled by Northern Kentucky

February 28, 2013

UNF can’t make up its mind who it wants to be. Five days after beating USC Upstate by 24 points, UNF was on the opposite end of a 72-45 loss to Northern Kentucky. Riding a two-game win streak...

Ospreys sink Buccaneers, clinch A-Sun tourney berth

February 21, 2013

UNF will sleep well tonight after getting some payback against ETSU. Up by 12 at the half on Thurs. night, the Ospreys found themselves in the exact same situation the last time they faced the Buccaneers,...

Osprey baseball beats Bethune-Cookman in wild finish

February 20, 2013

Daytona Beach Fla -- With the score tied at 2 runs, Bethune-Cookman cracked under pressure in extra innings, giving UNF its third win on the young season by a score of 4-2 Tues. at Jackie Robinson...

UNF will look to flip the script against JU

February 13, 2013

After losing 77-68 to the Dolphins Jan. 18, UNF (10-16, 5-8 A-Sun) will be looking to exact revenge on JU (10-14, 7-6 A-Sun) at Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. The UNF and JU rivalry, aka...

Big losses bring big money to athletics

February 6, 2013

Speculation surrounding UNF’s potential football program has sparked debate about the financial feasibility of football at UNF. A solution may be found in defeat. The men’s and women’s...

Column: Jags try to save face by making a new one

February 6, 2013

The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to get as far away as possible from their dismal 2012-13 season. Changes in management and coaching staff were good starts, but the team went even further. Jags...

Ospreys can’t fly with Eagles

February 1, 2013

Jacksonville, Fla. -- UNF lost its fourth straight game after a 89-75 loss to the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles. The loss comes at home after the Ospreys returned from a 3-game road trip. The...

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