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Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter

Ethan Leckie is in his second year with Spinnaker, this being his first as Opinion Reporter. He is a second-year student at UNF pursuing a journalism major and an international studies minor. Ethan has been involved in journalism since high school, where he was his paper’s lone columnist.
Outside of Spinnaker, Ethan is involved with the Hicks Honors College and the UNF Rugby Club. He hopes that you come out to see some games. If you see him, stop by and say hello - he loves talking about his pieces with people.
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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson, left, speaks to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris OMeara)

OPINION: Florida’s eyes are on you, Jags

January 20, 2023

Well, hasn’t this been quite the playoffs? It only seems fitting that one of the craziest NFL seasons in my recent memory has had an equally unpredictable postseason to match. However, for us Floridians,...

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OPINION: Groans from the crowd as DeSantis continues culture war

January 9, 2023

A new year brings many new things. Sometimes, however, we get a chance to witness continuity from the previous year. In our case, Gov. Ron DeSantis’s political theater has been renewed for another season...

FILE - Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. Kanye West was escorted out of the California headquarters of athletic shoemaker Skechers Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 after he showed up unannounced. Skechers says West, also known as Ye, also engaged in unauthorized filming at its corporate headquarters in Manhattan Beach and was escorted out by two executives. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

OPINION: Does canceling really work?

December 2, 2022

Unless your name is Patrick Star, you’ve probably heard of “canceling.” You know, where someone does some kind of reprehensible act, and then the public shows their disapproval by ostracizing them?...

OPINION: Life isn’t fun sometimes and that’s okay

OPINION: Life isn’t fun sometimes and that’s okay

November 18, 2022

As Thanksgiving break approaches, I’ve been getting the feeling that pretty much everyone on this campus needs a chance to catch their breath (especially after course registration).  Let’s face...

Nathaniel Rodefer and Joshua Murry being sworn in by Chief Justice Travis Ford on April 15, 2022.

OPINION: Student Government is for the students, let’s take advantage

November 3, 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...

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OPINION: Qdoba is a breath of fresh air for on-campus dining options

October 17, 2022

Finally. UNF has answered (at least some) of our many, many prayers: we now have a different on-campus dining option in Qdoba.  I’ll be honest- seeing the empty space Slice occupied day in and day...

empty shelves

OPINION: Put the cart down, panic buying is no good

October 4, 2022

Now that Hurricane Ian has passed Florida, it’s time to assess the damages. Thankfully, my home back in Orlando suffered only minor damage. Although my family’s home lost power, it was only for one...

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OPINION: Parking is bad, who would’ve thought?

September 26, 2022

There are three constants at UNF: The Starbucks line will be long, the cold weather won’t come until November and parking will be impossible to find. I didn’t take any polls before writing this piece,...

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OPINION: Country music doesn’t hide from life

September 20, 2022

It’s no secret: Generation Z — as a whole — does not like country music. Hip-hop was the top genre among respondents to a Ypulse 2021 survey. In fact, country didn’t even crack the top three genres.  This...

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Candidates with experience, Unity Party ticket poised to take uncontested election

March 4, 2022

With the upcoming election, the Unity Party announced Nathaniel Rodefer and Joshua Murry as their Student Government (SG) presidential ticket, with Rodefer for Student Body President and Murry for Vice...

The cast of Hamlet receives applause from the audience after their performance at MOCA Jacksonville.

A closer look at UNF Shakespeare’s Hamlet

January 21, 2022

For the last week, UNF Shakespeare has been performing Hamlet to audiences in MOCA Jacksonville and UNF’s Lazarra Theater, respectively. Their production is unique in that students were integral in every...

Photo courtesy of Rylan Monge.

UNF’s ‘Right Ice Machine’ demystified

October 8, 2021

Lurking in the back of the Osprey Café, there sits a machine— an ice machine. Uttering its name will make even the longest-tenured students tremble in fear. From Aug. to early Oct., it would dispense...

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