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Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor

A Pad Thai enthusiast, NASCAR follower, and Jon Bois fanboy, Ethan Leckie is a third-year journalism major at the University of North Florida, minoring in international studies. He first began his involvement with Spinnaker as a volunteer reporter in the fall of 2021 and currently holds the position of Opinions Editor. Ethan has always had a passion for writing and hopes to work for a newspaper one day. He enjoys watching YouTube, cooking, and visiting restaurants in his free time. If you see him on campus, ask him about his pieces- he loves to talk about them!

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Check it or Chuck it: Fresh-Mex & Co., a margarita mecca

Check it or Chuck it: Fresh-Mex & Co., a margarita mecca

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor April 12, 2024

This article expresses the views of its author(s), separate from those of this publication. Readers are encouraged to comment or submit a Letter to the Editor to share their opinions. To submit a Letter...

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OPINION: Student apathy strikes again in SG elections

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor April 3, 2024
The spring 2024 Student Government elections have come and gone, and I’m not entirely sure if we’re better off because of them.
Check it or Chuck it: Mayday sticks the sweet landing

Check it or Chuck it: Mayday sticks the sweet landing

Ethan Leckie, Opinons Editor March 7, 2024
Good day, everyone. This is your captain speaking. On behalf of Spinnaker, I am pleased to welcome you aboard Flight Number Five with service to Mayday Ice Cream in St. Johns Town Center.
With summer-long renovations in the works, the Hicks Honors College, which is typically found in Building 10, has been moved to a new location until the renovations are completed. (Christian Ayer/Spinnaker)

OPINION: How UNF can rebuild the upperclassmen Honors community

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor February 29, 2024
Before I begin, I have to drop some Ethan lore: I have been a part of the University of North Florida’s Hicks Honors College since my freshman year.
OPINION: Self-imposed sobriety isn’t too bad

OPINION: Self-imposed sobriety isn’t too bad

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor February 14, 2024
To paraphrase a book I’ve never read, it is a truth universally acknowledged that alcohol can be bad for you. From liver damage and high blood pressure to regrettable actions and memory loss, we’ve all become aware of the adverse effects of one too many. With holiday indulgences firmly behind us, a break was in order.
The spread, in all its glory. (Ethan Leckie)

BDubs BOGO Boneless Thursdays: Great deal, spotty service

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor February 8, 2024
Hey everybody, welcome back to another edition of Check It or Chuck It. Today, we’re going to do a quick 180. Instead of covering a one-of-a-kind restaurant, we’re switching gears to an establishment that’s one-of-many: Buffalo Wild Wings. In particular, their now-famous bargain, BOGO Boneless Thursdays.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has been touted as a potential running mate for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

OPINION: Conservatives want to reshape education in their own image, and they’re winning

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor January 16, 2024

This article expresses the views of its author(s), separate from those of this publication. Readers are encouraged to comment or submit a Letter to the Editor to share their opinions. To submit a Letter...

This beefy beacon has guided many customers to gastric nirvana for nearly 60 years. (Ethan Leckie)

Check It or Chuck It: Meet Beefy King, an Orlando institution

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor January 10, 2024
Hey, y’all. I hope all is well and that winter break was good for you. To ring in the new year with another review, here are my two cents on an Orlando staple I visited during the break: Beefy King.
Back view of Xavier Perkins

OPINION: The CFP is just the BCS with a fresh coat of paint

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor December 8, 2023
After almost two decades of the Bowl Championship Series, the postseason for Division I FBS college football would be organized into a four-team playoff system. This system, simply known as the College Football Playoff (CFP), was created to put an end to the BCS’ antiquated, convoluted rankings system. In theory, a 13-member committee will select the best four teams each year for a chance to play for the National Championship.
The Osprey Cafe, often called the dining hall, is situated on the southern part of UNF’s campus, close to the dorms. (Photo courtesy of the UNF dining website)

OPINION: Meal periods just don’t make sense for meal swipes

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor December 4, 2023
I was aware of a harsh reality during my first year at UNF.
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OPINION: Guys, six tickets are actually a lot of tickets

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor November 10, 2023
Parents and students come out of the woodwork yearly to complain about the graduation ceremony. Having been at UNF for three years, this has become as much of a tradition as the graduation itself. No matter the circumstances, the masses unify to voice this one grievance year after year.
All entrees at JaxSpice are served family style, so be sure to bring your friends and family, or be prepared for leftovers.

JaxSpice: Big flavor, bigger prices

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor November 8, 2023
Don’t worry, y’all- I’m back! I’ve had plenty of time to prepare my palate (and wallet) for a place I’ve been particularly excited about—JaxSpice.
Faculty members filled the seats behind the Board of Trustees for their Monday morning meeting.

OPINION: UFF-UNF put the pressure on UNF to act; another W for the union

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor October 16, 2023
Well, I guess it’s finally over… for now. Two weeks ago, the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) and the University of North Florida reached an agreement on new procedures concerning post-tenure review. These updated policies will ensure that faculty aren’t ranked against each other and undergo a simple review process, as well as receive financial benefits for participating in post-tenure review. In addition, faculty who meet expectations during their annual evaluations will not be at risk of losing their jobs or receiving low marks during the review process.
The Luffy Meal is a feast fit for the king of the pirates.

Check it or Chuck it: Koushinryou brings Japanese spice to Jacksonville

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor October 8, 2023
Konnichiwa! Welcome to the first of many more articles for my new food review column, Check It Or Chuck It. I recently visited Koushinryou - Curry and Sando, a Japanese curry house serving up authentic katsu and curry dishes. Located off Beach Blvd, Koushinryou is close enough for students to grab a post-class lunch or unwind after a long study session.
OPINION: UFF-UNF fights the good fight. Good professors should keep their jobs.

OPINION: UFF-UNF fights the good fight. Good professors should keep their jobs.

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor September 17, 2023
2023 has proven to be the year of the worker. Even with union memberships at historic lows in virtually every industry, there have still been over 250 work stoppages this year. From actors to auto workers, laborers nationwide have again taken up the struggle against corporate tyranny. This age-old fight has now reached our humble university.
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OPINION: The Interfaith Space’s removal is a step backwards for SG

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor August 18, 2023
Now that I’m back in the full swing of things post-summer, I want to take some time to share my thoughts on the recent removal of the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Space. Back in March, the student-body presidential ticket of President John Grosso and Vice President Emily Sullivan ran uncontested, succeeding the previous Rodefer-Murray administration. After their election, the new Grosso-Sullivan administration listed two goals: to improve SG’s relationship with other UNF organizations and to address the university’s high transfer rates.
Ryan Graves, Americans for Safe Aerospace Executive Director, from left, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Maj. David Grusch, and U.S. Navy (Ret.) Cmdr. David Fravor, are sworn in during a House Oversight and Accountability subcommittee hearing on UFOs, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

OPINION: Aliens? In this economy?

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor August 7, 2023

Hey everybody, I’m back. I’ve had a good summer because ChatGPT hasn’t taken my job (yet). Now, let’s dive into something that I found interesting over the break. So, we’ve all heard about...

students talk and debate with preachers on the edge of the green holding large signs with often profane messages on them

OPINION: There may be a solution to the “preachers on the Green” after all

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor May 1, 2023

After witnessing the return of the infamous proselytizers for an entire year, UNF finally has taken a stand. Sort of. “Generally, outdoor areas of our campus that are accessible to the public are...

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OPINION: TikTok bans reveal double standards between U.S., Chinese companies

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor April 14, 2023

Ladies and gentlemen, I have good news: we have gone through an entire week without clock app, and the campus has not devolved into anarchy. Now watch as I accidentally jinx us all. Last Wednesday,...

Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his legal team in a Manhattan court, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in New York. Trump is appearing in court on charges related to falsifying business records in a hush money investigation, the first president ever to be charged with a crime. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

OPINION: Trump indictment could mark the beginning of the end

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor April 6, 2023

Ladies and gentlemen, we got him… maybe. The former United States president Donald J. Trump was in New York City for his arraignment on Tuesday, where acting New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan...

Limayem smiling, wearing a blue suit

OPINION: Limayem is in an impossible position

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor March 23, 2023

[This article was corrected on Thursday, March 23, 2023, to reflect that the UNF Board of Trustees has not made a statement regarding proposals by the Florida legislature and DeSantis administration.] I...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Ron DeSantis)

OPINION: The “war on woke” has reached a tipping point. It’s time to fight back

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor March 2, 2023

Four years ago, surrounded by administrators from colleges and universities across the state, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on them to adopt a “free speech resolution” similar to the University...


OPINION: A free press is important for schools, too

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor February 24, 2023

In my time as a student journalist, I’ve learned that there is tremendous value in having a free student press. One of the core tenets of journalism is to hold people and institutions accountable.  The...


The Singles’ Guide to Valentine’s Day

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor February 14, 2023

Kings, Queens, and Regals In-Between, February 14th is upon us. For some, the day might be spent with their one and only, happily frolicking together and filling our feeds with their whereabouts (or...

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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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?

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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...

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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Editor 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...

Rows of cars in Lot 18

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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Opinions Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Volunteer Reporter 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

Ethan Leckie, Volunteer Reporter 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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