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All content by Dargan Thompson

“I’ve Been Fortunate”

June 4, 2013

Oupa Seane remembers first becoming aware of apartheid when he was about 3 years old. Seane had ventured into Johannesburg, South Africa, from his hometown in Soweto, a township about 30 miles south...

Crowdfunding event seeks to light a spark in Jacksonville

April 17, 2013

In the last few years, crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Rockethub have helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs fund their dreams by gathering donations from the general public. But...

Mock Rape Trial seeks to educate on difficult issues

April 11, 2013

Laughter is not something you generally expect to hear in a courtroom, even a fake courtroom, especially when the issue at hand is as serious as sexual assault. But there was plenty of good-natured laughter...

That’s the Ticket!

April 10, 2013

With music festivals cropping up all over the country this spring and summer, UNF is bringing one to our campus April 12. The event was originally set to be held in the Coxwell Amphitheater, but the location...

Dishcrawl comes to Jacksonville

March 26, 2013

It’s like a pub crawl, but with food. At least that’s how Dishcrawl describes itself. Attendees visit four restaurants in the same area of town in the span of about two hours and have a sampling...

New Sculpture adds color to Lot 18

March 12, 2013

If you park in Lot 18, you can’t miss the new addition to campus. “I think of it like a big exclamation point,” said Dr. Debra Murphy, chair of the Department of Art and Design. The towering...

Q&A with ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ winner Chad Michaels

March 10, 2013

Standing over six feet tall in heels, outfitted with makeup, a wig and sequined black bodysuit, Chad Michaels makes quite an impression. Unlike other drag queens, Michaels left her female stage...

Q&A with artist Michael Aurbach

March 6, 2013

It’s impossible to overlook Michael Aurbach’s work. Stepping inside the UNF Gallery, viewers are met with two huge metal sculptures. On the piece closer to the door, black urinals contrast with the...

Performer Jasmine Guy speaks at annual MLK Scholarship Luncheon

February 26, 2013

UNF’s Intercultural Center for Peace held its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon Feb. 26 in the University Center with performer Jasmine Guy as the keynote speaker. Images of...

Smartphone Dating: Is the key to your love life literally in the palm of your hand?

February 13, 2013

Editor's note: updated at 5:00 p.m. 2/14/13 with comments from Aleksandra Milicevic While couples celebrate Valentine’s Day, singles looking for a casual date may be surprised to find that their smartphone...

Jasmine Guy Q&A

February 8, 2013

You may know Jasmine Guy as Whitley Gilbert from the ‘80s sitcom A Different World, or as Sheila Bennet from The Vampire Diaries, or as Roxy Harvey from Dead Like Me. Guy certainly has a long...

Remembering Dara Kusiv

January 16, 2013

When Dara Kusiv was 16, in the summer of 2008, she spent 10 days volunteering with children in an orphanage in Haiti. Lynn Kusiv, Dara’s mother, said the trip really impacted Dara. “She talked...

Students gather for candlelight vigil honoring crash victim

January 14, 2013

Hundreds of students gathered silently in the Coxwell amphitheater Saturday night for a candlelight vigil honoring Dara Kusiv, who was killed in a car accident this new years day. The vigil was...

Anything but miserable

January 8, 2013

A classic novel made award-winning musical, Les Misérables has it all: a powerful story, interesting historical context and fantastic music. The musical, written by Alain Boublil and composed by Claude-Michel...

Photo Gallery: The Big Ticket

December 4, 2012

Thousands of people flocked to Met Park in downtown Jacksonville Sunday, Dec. 2 for The Big Ticket 2012.  The lineup for the day long music festival included Of Monsters and Men, Flogging Molly, Fun....

UNF engineering students head to Red Bull Flugtag competition

November 1, 2012

This weekend, a group of engineering students will take the machine they spent a month building and push it off a pier, hoping it will fly far before it crashes into the ocean. As crazy at that...

Electropop duo 3OH!3 to headline Osprey Productions concert

October 25, 2012

  If you’ve been to a club, dance party or just turned on the radio within the past few years, you’ve probably heard a song by 3OH!3. The duo of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte exploded...

The Spinnaker’s guide to Jacksonville’s haunted houses

October 25, 2012

By Dargan Thompson and Jason Howard, Features Editor and Staff Reporter With just a week left until Halloween, it’s your last chance to get your scare on. The Spinnaker visited three haunted houses...

The Last Bison Q&A

October 13, 2012

The Last Bison is a seven-piece indie folk band from Chesapeake, Va. Formed by lead singer Ben Hardesty, the group includes his father and sister along with some close family friends. The band released...

3LAU Q&A

August 22, 2012

3LAU, also known as Washington University in St. Louis student Justin Blau, is a producer and DJ. He started his career just over a year ago and has since gained the notice of music blogs and performed...

Twenty One Pilots Q&A

August 21, 2012

By Dargan Thompson, Features Editor Starting out as an independent local band in Columbus, Ohio, Twenty One Pilots soon gained a formidable fan base in the region. Following a few sold out hometown...

Former student body president to rock SuperFest

April 18, 2012

John Brandon remembers holding band rehearsals in abandoned UNF classrooms when he was a student in the late ‘90s. “We would rehearse there until security came and kicked us out, and we’d...

The Spinnaker guide to buying music

April 18, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor As the school year winds down, you may be looking for some fresh music to provide the soundtrack for your summer. Although it’s easy to illegally...

Veterans react to end of Iraq, Afghan wars

April 8, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor As controversy continues to rage about U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, two UNF students who served in the U.S. Marine Corps share their experiences...

Alumna benefits from chem degree, supports STEM majors

April 8, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor As a chemistry student at UNF, Kami Carter focused on her studies and worked hard. Her hard work paid off. When Carter graduated in 2008 with a...

Students compete in UNF Mud Run

April 6, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor Eighty-six students got a messy workout Friday afternoon by participating in the UNF Mud Run. The event consisted of 19 different stations, including...

Spring brings out Wild UNF

April 6, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor As the semester winds down and spring transitions into summer, UNF students may notice an increasing amount of wildlife on campus, ranging from the...

It’s all Inside the Target Car

March 22, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor Inside the Target Car is a conglomeration of UNF and JU students who combined their musical knowledge with pop punk energy. The band compares its...

J.T. Townsend lays the foundation

March 22, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   In his senior year at Episcopal High School, J.T. Townsend made a tackle during a football game and found he could not get up. At first,...

So, What’s Your Story? Mysterious Pied Piper reveals his tale

March 20, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Sometimes, in the late afternoon, students walking back to their dorms hear a flute melody, beautiful and haunting, echoing off the overhang...

Piano man Billy Joel answers questions, plays a little music

March 2, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Excited Billy Joel fans crowded the Lazzara Performance Hall Feb. 27. No one knew quite what to expect from the event titled “questions and...

MTV’s ‘Made’ holds casting interviews on campus

March 2, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Several students sat nervously in the hallway of the Student Union Feb. 21-22, waiting to be called in to their casting interviews for MTV’s...

Haunted house tycoon stars on ‘Biz Kid$’

March 1, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Jordan Renda first had the idea for his business when he was 13 years old.   The idea came when Renda, now a UNF freshman, moved to Jacksonville...

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll shares story, advice with students

March 1, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll spoke at UNF Feb. 24 for the African American Student Union’s Black History Month Keynote.   The...

So, What’s Your Story? Student crowned King of Campus for the second year in a row

February 22, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Around 15 UNF students showed off their skating skills Saturday in Red Bull’s King of Campus competition at the UNF Skate Park.   The...

It’s a festival in a nest

February 11, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   It’s February again, which means Homecoming is right around the corner. Nest Fest 2012 will take place Feb. 10-18.   The Spirit...

So, what’s your story? Sbarro supervisor provides pearly-white service

February 11, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Sonji Harris greets everyone who comes into Sbarro with a big smile from behind the counter.   The supervisor of the campus Sbarro,...

New fee may add 5 percent increase to student academic bills

February 8, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Students may find a new fee added to their tuition this fall.   The Academic Enhancement Fee was approved Jan. 17 by the UNF Board...

Four Republican candidates battle it out at the UNF Fine Arts Center

February 2, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor     UNF found itself in the national spotlight Jan. 26 as the CNN-hosted GOP debate swept through campus. The debate was the last...

Step back, President Delaney

February 2, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor While most UNF students’ involvement in the debate was limited to gawking at the CNN buses on their way to class, a group of students in Presidential...

The GOP debate event recap

January 27, 2012

UNF found itself in the national spotlight Jan. 26 as the CNN GOP debate swept through campus.News trucks and hundreds of members of the media took over the Student Union. CNN filmed live from campus all...

Why voting matters

January 25, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Feature Editor Politics is one of those divisive issues you’re not supposed to discuss with friends. So naturally, I love talking about it. There are those who have...

Son of a Bad Man to release its first album

January 25, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor     The members of the Jacksonville-based band Son of a Bad Man are not looking for the kind of fame that most musicians crave. “We’re...

Though not directly involved, SG is excited for the GOP debate

January 25, 2012

By: Dargan Thompson, Assistant Features Editor   Although UNF student government played a role in getting the GOP debate on campus, they now have no direct involvement with the debate. When...

Surfer Blood and Gospel Music Q&A

January 12, 2012

Surfer Blood In just two years, Surfer Blood has come a long way from the days of self-recording and playing gigs in pizza parlors. Its single “Swim” made it onto Pitchfork’s top 100 tracks of...

Grade inflation on the rise at U.S. universities, not at UNF

November 30, 2011

By: Dargan Thompson, Staff Writer   In the midst of criticism of higher education, grade inflation has become a hot topic. Although studies show grades at many American universities have risen,...

Long Board, Short-Circuited

November 16, 2011

By Dargan Thompson, Staff Writer Justin Quintal compares surfing on his longboard to flying. The UNF business management and marketing senior said there are times when the nose of his board comes...

Gov. Scott requests financial information from state university presidents

November 9, 2011

By Dargan Thompson Florida Governor Rick Scott sent letters Oct. 13 to Florida’s 11 state universities requesting information about university graduates, programs and “measurable goals” in...

Senate approves new senators, sans general election

November 2, 2011

By Dargan Thompson The UNF Student Government Senate approved the internal election of 21 senators Oct. 24 for the 2011-12 year. Senator Billy Namen was appointed treasurer Oct. 31 by President Matthew...

Zip it up

September 21, 2011

Cutting down on plastic seems to be a way to decrease one’s carbon footprint. Of course, other modes of food transportation exist that don’t include plastic, but plastic’s cheap price and familiarity...

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