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UNF President John Delaney sits down with Spinnaker Radio to talk about his legacy as president.

Letter from a Former Editor: Why you should care about #SaveStudentNewsrooms

April 25, 2018

Student journalism, or journalism as I like to call it, is the single most-important student-operated entity on a campus. Of course, this is easily true for a communications or journalism student, since...

Beau Beech. Photo by Connor Spielmaker

[Photo] Where are they now? A look at UNF stars in the pros

January 15, 2017

Beau Beech. Photo by Connor Spielmaker

The empty chair

The empty chair

April 13, 2016

Note from the writer: This piece was originally published in the last issue of Spinnaker Magazine. Since that time, another student lost their life. Joey Kawchak, a Junior Psychology major, lost his...

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Student killed after being hit by train

April 7, 2016

UNF student Joey Kawchak was killed Wednesday April 6 when he was hit by a train in Hilliard, Florida. According to Undersheriff George Lueders of the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, a north-bound CSX...

A JFRD fireman peers into the vehicle that caused the accident, according to witnesses.  Photo by Connor Spielmaker

VIDEO: Two-car rollover shuts down Alumni Drive; drivers transported to hospital

March 29, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUEXxTqyRpY Update: Alumni Drive was fully reopened later on Tuesday evening. Spinnaker is working to obtain reports from the accident to bring you more information.  According...

Dallas Moore goes airborne in an attempt at the basket  Photo by Connor Spielmaker

[Photo] Osprey’s season ends after opening round defeat

March 15, 2016

Dallas Moore goes airborne in an attempt at the basket Photo by Connor Spielmaker

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$1.25 million settlement reached between UNF and former basketball coach

March 11, 2016

University of North Florida (UNF) President John Delaney announced March 11 that a settlement had been reached in a dispute between former Head Women's Basketball Coach Mary Tappmeyer, whose contract...

Klines mugshot  courtesy St. Johns County Sheriffs Office

Freshman arrested for role in armed St. Augustine home invasion

March 8, 2016

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJSO) took freshman Jacob Kline into custody on charges of home invasion with a firearm, according to a police report. The charge is a first-degree felony, and...

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Wildfire near UNF 100% contained

March 6, 2016

65 acres were torched near 295 just South of the UNF campus today, but the fire was brought under control without any damage to homes. Smoke could be seen for miles, and there was increased police presence...

Whats that sound? Victory?  Photo by Connor Spielmaker

[Photo] So you’re saying there’s still a chance?

March 4, 2016

What's that sound? Victory? Photo by Connor Spielmaker

County and UNF officials warn of flu

County and UNF officials warn of flu

March 4, 2016

Student Health Services (SHS) is asking students who might be sick to stay home. County health officials are asking Student Health Services to put out a message to the university community regarding...

Dallas Moore is the first Osprey to be named A-Sun Player of the Year.

Photo by Connor Spielmaker

[Photo] Ospreys bring home multiple awards

March 3, 2016

Dallas Moore is the first Osprey to be named A-Sun Player of the Year. Photo by Connor Spielmaker

Beech played five games in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
 Photo by Connor Spielmaker.

[Photo] A-Sun Semifinal Preview: Ospreys v. Eagles

March 2, 2016

Beech played five games in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Photo by Connor Spielmaker.

 Photo by Connor Speilmaker.

[Photo] Men’s basketball advance to the semifinals

March 2, 2016

Photo by Connor Speilmaker.

 Photo courtesy McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill Connect experiencing technical difficulties

February 28, 2016

UPDATE (12:20 a.m.): No official word from McGraw Hill, but some users are able to access their assignments and courses. UPDATE (11:43 p.m.): A representative reached via phone said they "haven't...



February 25, 2016

If you don't already have a ticket for tonight's game, you would probably show up disappointed. Tickets for the University of North Florida's men's basketball team match at Jacksonville University (JU)...

Erdelyi, left, with her friend Chelsey Cain.  Photo courtesy Chelsey Cain

UNF senior killed in head-on collision

February 14, 2016

Laura Erdelyi, a Senior Public Relations student, was killed in a car accident Sunday morning.  According to Erdelyi's LinkedIn, she was slated to graduate in December of 2016 and also worked as a...

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Chipotle is offering free burritos

February 8, 2016

You read that right. According to Chipotle's website, texting "raincheck" to 888-222 will land you a free burrito. The website reads "If we messed up your lunch plans today, follow the steps and we'll...

 Photo by Jennifer Mello

Editorial: Why we do what we do

February 4, 2016

My name is Connor Spielmaker, and I’m the Managing Editor of the UNF Spinnaker. This is a role I take very seriously, with an organization that takes itself very seriously. How come? We’re just a...

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

UNF blew a fuse

February 2, 2016

At around 9 a.m. most buildings in the core of campus lost power, save for emergency lighting. Power was restored by 11 a.m. and officials were doing building-by-building checks to ensure the power had...

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Florida schools targeted for “evacuation squad” hoaxes

January 29, 2016

The University Crisis Management team released a special edition of the Osprey Update this evening warning students and the university community at large of a potential bomb hoax. According to the bulletin,...

Air Traffic Control recording captures pilots last transmissions; preliminary report released in fatal crash

Air Traffic Control recording captures pilot’s last transmissions; preliminary report released in fatal crash

January 14, 2016

A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) details the events that led to the plane crash on Dec. 17, 2015 which resulted in the death of UNF Freshman Maitland Harvey. According...

UNF student dies in plane crash

UNF student dies in plane crash

December 18, 2015

  This story has been updated: Air Traffic Control recording captures pilot's last transmissions; preliminary report released in fatal crash   UNF freshman Maitland Jane Harvey, a sister...

UNF Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matthew Driscoll was seen at The Flats early this morning with UNFPD officers.
Photo courtesy resident of The Flats

Gunshot, punch result in two arrests: one a UNF track athlete

March 7, 2015

Gallery photos courtesy of resident at The Flats [doptg id="143"] UPDATED -- 3/10/2015 at 11:33 a.m. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, UNF student Darius VanBlount was released from...

 Photo by Connor Spielmaker

Opinion: Conceal-carry not as irresponsible as it may seem

March 5, 2015

Feel that? Didn't think so. Because I didn't shoot you. In today’s cultural landscape, any time the word “gun” comes up, it seems to have a negative connotation. It doesn’t have to be like...

Letter to the editor: Get involved and find your community

May 22, 2014

This essay originally appeared in the March issue of Spinnaker Magazine. It is reprinted here with permission of the author. Last month, I read Katie’s message on seeking out the solutions to your...

Florida State Trooper says he took Spinnakers

Florida State Trooper says he took Spinnakers

July 24, 2013

One of the men seen taking a stack of Spinnaker newspapers in surveillance video is a State Trooper, The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles confirmed on Friday. Surveillance...

Update: Thousands of Spinnakers Stolen, State Attorney Says Case Won’t be Prosecuted

July 18, 2013

  UPDATE: In a meeting between Spinnaker Media Advisor John Timpe, University Police Lt. Mike Gwines, and Director of County and Juvenile Court Julie Taylor, the State Attorney laid out why she determined...

Photo Gallery: 3OH!3, Breathe Carolina top fall OP concert

October 30, 2012

3OH!3, Breathe Carolina, Samuel Sanders and The Downtown Fiction performed a free show for students at the Coxwell Amphitheater Oct. 26. Osprey Productions held the event. Photos by Connor Spielmaker  

Photo Gallery: ESPN’s Sara Walsh lectures at UNF

October 30, 2012

Osprey Productions brought Sara Walsh, a host of ESPN's "SportsCenter" and a UNF alumna, to campus Oct. 22. Photos by Connor Spielmaker. Check out a story the Spinnaker wrote about Walsh in 2011.

Spinnaker Zipline

October 22, 2012

Watch as the Spinnaker zips through the new Osprey Challenge Course which opened Aug. 20. The Zipline is just one of the many programs that is offered on this ropes course. More information can...

Photo Gallery: Take Back the Night

October 17, 2012

Connor Spielmaker brings you photos from Oct. 16's Take Back the Night march and candle-light vigil hosted by the UNF Women's Center and Alpha Chi Omega. Students of both genders came together to march...

Photo Gallery: Mudfest 2012

September 10, 2012

UNF Residents participate at Mudfest outside Osprey Fountains September 7. Photos of the event taken by Conner Spielmaker. Read the featured article here.

Photo Gallery: 3LAU and Twenty One Pilots perform at the Coxwell Ampitheater

August 30, 2012

3LAU and Twenty One Pilots performed at the Student Uniom August 25. Osprey TV anchor Connor Spielmaker took photos of the event.

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