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The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens celebrates 59 years of public admiration

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens celebrates 59 years of public admiration

November 13, 2020

From beautiful gardens to world-renowned art, Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum has been one of the city’s finest places to visit since 1961.  To celebrate the Cummer Museum’s 59th anniversary,...

Assassins Creed: Valhalla Review

“Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” Review

November 12, 2020

Sharpen your axe and set sail from the freezing lands of Norway to the rich soils of England in “Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.” Will the game give you the Viking experience destined for the Paradise...

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UNF hosts meeting discussing Indigenious Communities of Northeast Florida

November 10, 2020

Join UNF archaeologist Keith Ashley and historian Denise I. Bossy today as they discuss the indigenous communities of the Northeastern region of Florida and some of the myths surrounding the area. “Indigenous...

Jacksonville artist goes against the paint

Jacksonville artist goes against the paint

November 5, 2020

Local Jacksonville artist, Dev Kai, illustrates his passion of rebelling against African-American stereotypes into his art. With over 3,800 social media followers on his art instagram, Dev Kai’s artwork...

Review of Watch Dogs: Legion

Review of ‘Watch Dogs: Legion’

November 2, 2020

Gil Scott-Heron once said, “The revolution will not be televised.” In the world of “Watch Dogs: Legion.” he was correct—it’s getting streamed. Would “Watch Dogs: Legion” make you want to...

Understanding the barriers of diversity

Understanding the barriers of diversity

October 29, 2020

Political exorcism, privilege recognition, and divisive stereotypes were discussed Oct. 27 in UNF’s Zoom meeting on Race, Politics, and Religion.  Race, politics and religion are three components...

UNF LGBT Resource Center promotes awareness to issues in the transgender community

UNF LGBT Resource Center promotes awareness to issues in the transgender community

October 23, 2020

Have you ever had the fear of using a public restroom without discrimination? Have you ever had to prepare a safety plan for yourself in case your loved ones didn’t accept you? Have you ever had to experience...

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Embracing a heritage

October 15, 2020

From the contributions of religious influencers like Queen Catherine of Aragon, to serving in the U.S. Congress like Alexandria Ocacio-Cortez, hispanic figures have impacted civilizations across the world....

Review of FIFA 21

Review of ‘FIFA 21’

October 13, 2020

Is “FIFA 21” a sure shot goal or does it deserve a red card penalty? EA Game’s “FIFA 21” was released for Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on Oct. 9, 2020, as part of the “FIFA”...

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Why political ads use fear to engage voters

October 12, 2020

What do Donald Trump, Wes Craven, Joe Biden, and John Carpenter all have in common?  The answer: they each tell stories designed to scare audiences. What better month to scare Americans than October?  The...

Review of UFC 4

Review of “UFC 4”

October 7, 2020

From the windows to the walls, until the sweat drips off and fighters fall, “UFC 4” delivers gamers a fresh knuckle sandwich. But is it a knockout or will it be enough to tapout of the franchise for...

Communication instructors find difficulty in teaching classes amid pandemic

Communication instructors find difficulty in teaching classes amid pandemic

September 29, 2020

Resilient communications instructors are having to find new ways to continue teaching video production despite COVID guidelines restricting students’ access to the newly remodeled studio and computer...

“Madden NFL 21” review

“Madden NFL 21” review

September 29, 2020

EA Sports expands on its 32-year-old football franchise with the addition of the new “Park” mode, but is that enough to separate “Madden NFL 21” from its predecessors? “Madden NFL 21” is...

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“Mafia: Definitive Edition” review

September 28, 2020

Can you imagine if “Goodfellas,” “The Untouchables,” and “The Godfather” made a video game? “Mafia” takes the elements of any syndicate blockbuster and immerses players into a world of...

Local organization helps bring closure to unsolved cases

Local organization helps bring closure to unsolved cases

September 24, 2020

Imagine losing a loved one and not getting any answers. How would you feel if law enforcement decided to move on to another case? Project: Cold Case gives cases of unsolved murders and disappearances a...

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Cultural appropriation vs. appreciation: What’s the difference?

September 23, 2020

Are you still confused about the difference between appreciating a culture and cultural appropriation?  Just a glance at Instagram or Twitter, and you’ll soon realize you’re not alone.   UNF...

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Music classes getting back in tune post-COVID

September 18, 2020

Socially distanced bands and recorded homework assignments highlight some of the ways music students have had to adapt since the coronavirus outbreak. UNF music classes have transitioned to hybrid teaching...

UNF hosts a meeting on cultural appropriation

UNF hosts a meeting on cultural appropriation

September 14, 2020

The university will be hosting a Zoom meeting called Black is King: Appropriation or Appreciation. The meeting is set for Sept. 14 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. The invitation is open to all students via...

Review of “Captain Tsubasa: Rise of the New Champions”

Review of “Captain Tsubasa: Rise of the New Champions”

September 10, 2020

Soccer and anime fans have a winner on their hands with Tamsoft Corporation's latest game that features a heartfelt story, anime-style graphics, and easy-to-learn controls. “Captain Tsubasa: Rise...

UNF hosts Zoom meeting on feminism

UNF hosts Zoom meeting on feminism

September 3, 2020

UNF will be hosting an Zoom meeting where students can discuss the history of feminism. The meeting is set for September 4 at 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Participants will be discussing the contributions of...

Free flu shots offered to students with valid Osprey ID

Free flu shots offered to students with valid Osprey ID

September 2, 2020

UNF will be offering free flu shots for students with a valid student ID on September 3 and 4.  The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The flu shots will be provided at Building...

From five-fingered rings to five-inch nails: the progression of women in hip hop

From five-fingered rings to five-inch nails: the progression of women in hip hop

August 31, 2020

Women in modern day rap have become a major component to making hip hop the most popular genre since 2018. From its origins, hip hop has always been a male dominated sport and the women represented a certain...

Jacksonville producer pays homage to hip hop on 47th anniversary

Jacksonville producer pays homage to hip hop on 47th anniversary

August 25, 2020

Jacksonville producer, Young Drew, pays homage to hip hop on its 47th anniversary with his production of a documentary showcasing Jacksonville local hip hop talents.  Andrew Holness, aka Young Drew...

Journalism project gives students real-life experience

Journalism project gives students real-life experience

August 24, 2020

University of North Florida professor Patricia Booker is preparing students for the real world by honoring victims of unsolved murders and disappearances. Everyone has a story to tell, even those...

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