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All content by Joseph Basco

Editorial: Ain’t no Sunshine in this school

July 18, 2012

UNF’s Board of Trustees has a lot of power. The 13 members, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott and the State University System of Florida Board of Governors, is responsible for a number of tasks including...

Editorial: Like a zombie, the Spinnaker refuses to die

June 15, 2012

“You only live twice - or so it seems - one life for yourself and one for your dreams.” -Nancy Sinatra Welcome back, regular readers of the Spinnaker. We missed you grabbing issues out of the blue...

UNF Brooks College of Health School of Nursing investigating cheating scandal

April 20, 2012

By Matt Head, Josh Whitson and Joseph Basco The UNF Brooks College of Health’s School of Nursing are investigating a cheating scandal regarding a test. The Spinnaker confirmed the incident...

A UNF criminal justice student learns MMA for discipline, not fame

April 18, 2012

There are two roads a martial artist can take: a hard path toward discipline or an easy life of aggressive bravado. One UNF student, Matt Archangel, chooses theformer. “We don’t train each...

UNF Foundation begins transparency of its endowment fund

April 8, 2012

By: Joseph Basco, News Editor The UNF Foundation, a nonprofit that handles funds donated to the university, will begin to make its endowment investments more transparent to the public, said UNF...

No Meat March Experience: Week 4

April 6, 2012

By: Joseph Basco, News Editor I am growing tired of this experience, literally. As the days go by, I feel lifeless and lethargic. There are only so many vegetarian options at eateries. This No Meat...

UNF anthropology professor, students seek old Spanish mission in Georgia excavation

April 4, 2012

By: Joseph Basco, News Editor Archaeologists from UNF and Georgia teamed up to seek a 400-year old Spanish mission in Neptune Park in St. Simon’s Island, Ga., March 14-16. UNF anthropology professor...

BOG Budget and Finance Committee rejects UNF’s Academic Enhancement Fee

March 22, 2012

Presidents from universities across the state proposed fees for their respective institutions for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year during the Florida Board of Governors Budget and Finance Committee meeting...

No Meat March Experience

March 20, 2012

No Meat March Experience Weeks 2 and 3 Joseph Basco, News Editor I began week two without breakfast. I contemplated the limited selection of vegetarian choices at Outtakes in Osprey Plaza. The enticing-sounding...

"No Meat March" Experience Week 1

March 20, 2012

The No Meat March Experience   Joseph Basco, News Editor Chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain said it best during an episode of his travel show No Reservations. He said vegetarianism is...

SG spring election candidates talk first day turnout

March 7, 2012

By: Joseph Basco, News Editor   UNF students at the library and Osprey Plaza voted for the next student body president and vice president March 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students lined...

Moderate Green Party hopes to win the spring election by communicating with students

March 1, 2012

By: Joseph Basco, News Editor   The Moderate Green Party, with John Fails and Philip Sabado as its respective presidential and vice presidential candidates, is campaigning on a primary platform...

The Moderate Green Party announces candidacy for Student Body President

February 22, 2012

By: Joseph Basco, News Editor   Student Government Red Party student body presidential candidate Carlo Fassi will not be the only one running for the position this spring.   UNF...

UNF receives $10,000 scholarship check from the FDOT

February 8, 2012

The Florida Department of Transportation presented UNF with a $10,000 scholarship check Feb. 2 in a small meeting room at the FDOT Jacksonville Urban Office. The American Association of State Highway...

UNF SG Committee approves Activity and Service Fee budget

February 3, 2012

By: Joseph Basco & Greg Parlier, News Editor & Editor In Chief   The SG Budget Allocations Committee met for approximately six hours Feb. 3 to approve the budget funded by the Activity...

John King Q&A

February 2, 2012

John King, host of the nightly CNN news show, “John King, USA,” was one of the TV personalities present at UNF the week of the on-campus Republican debate. After the conclusion of his Jan. 25 newscast,...

How security from other colleges handled a GOP debate

January 26, 2012

From the candidates’ arrivals to the protesters at the Green, UPD will be busy Jan. 26 providing security for the GOP debate. UPD Chief John Dean said his department will borrow resources from the...

The GOP Debate Primer

January 18, 2012

By: Joseph Basco & Maggi Seppi, News Editor and Assistant News Editor   Jan. 26 will be a monumental day for UNF, as cable news channel CNN will host a GOP presidential debate at the Lazzara...

SOPA only favors the rich, does not stop piracy

January 17, 2012

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), has Internet users shaking in their desk chairs, but it has media conglomerates seeing dollar bills coming their way. The bill, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.)...

Update: UPD finishes internal investigation after UNF student files complaint

January 17, 2012

UPD completed an internal investigation Nov. 30, 2011 that looked into formal complaints finance senior Muhammad Williams and his brother Matthew filed. Williams and his brother Matthew complained...

Police Beat, Jan. 11

January 17, 2012

Jan. 5 Sick Person (University Center) – A UPD sergeant assisted Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Engine Unit 50 in responding to a person needing rescue. The person was waiting with a group of...

Best of Police Beat Fall 2011

December 1, 2011

Aug. 24 Battery (Osprey Landing) – A student and friend left a dorm room and ran into the friend’s girlfriend – the suspect – in the hallway. The suspect was upset and muttered obscenities at the...

Police Beat Nov. 30

November 30, 2011

Check out the Best of Police Beat of Fall 2011 LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, has offered The Spinnaker...

News in Briefs Nov. 30

November 30, 2011

Spring 2012 election dates and times set Students will be able to vote for Student Government officials, including student body president and vice president, in the spring 2012 election from 9 a.m....

State, Nation, World

November 16, 2011

State – Florida executes man by lethal injection Oba Chandler, 65, was executed by lethal injection in Florida Nov. 15 for the murders of Joan Rogers, 36, and her two teenage daughters in 1989. Chandler...

Police Beat November 9th – 14th

November 16, 2011

Nov. 9 Bicycle Theft (Osprey Fountains) – The victim said she left her bicycle near a fence by the pool Nov. 8. The victim did not lock her bicycle to the fence. The next morning, she went outside and...

Marijuana legalization sentiment reaches an all-time high

November 16, 2011

  Cannabis sativa, most commonly known as marijuana, is federally recognized as an illicit narcotic and prohibited from use. However, that isn’t stopping it from gaining more mainstream approval...

The Spinnaker Guide to Black Friday

November 16, 2011

  The day is Thanksgiving. The time is 11:50 p.m. You’re wearing jeans, a short sleeved shirt and flip-flops, appropriate attire for a November night in North Florida. In your pockets are...

Experts debate the problems and solutions of alcohol abuse

November 9, 2011

Alcohol abuse is a significant detriment to many a party-going college students’ health, but experts argue the high drinking age is part of the problem, not the solution. 72 percent of U.S. adults...

Police Beat Nov. 9

November 9, 2011

Oct. 31 Snack Food Theft (Osprey Cove) – A UPD officer was conducting a property check of Building V, where the officer observed damage to the glass of a vending machine in the laundry room. The glass...

News in Brief

November 2, 2011

By Dargan Thompson The parking advisory council voted Oct. 28 to merge parking permits for the first floor garage and designated spots into one permit for faculty and staff. Matthew Yost, vice chair...

Intoxicated UNF students go to a rehabilitation center for detoxification

November 2, 2011

One UNF student went somewhere else By Joseph Basco In the event that a student becomes intoxicated with alcohol or drugs, UPD is instructed by Student Affairs to deliver the student to Gateway...

Police Beat Oct. 25th – Oct. 30th

November 2, 2011

Oct. 25 Bicycle Theft (Osprey Cove) – The victim said he secured his bicycle in the courtyard next to Building U Oct. 23 at noon. When he returned Oct. 25 at 8 a.m., his bicycle and lock were gone. The...

News in Brief Nov. 2

November 2, 2011

Parking council creates a new faculty and staff permit The parking advisory council voted Oct. 28 to merge parking permits for the first floor garage and designated spots into one permit for faculty...

Building new homes for unfortunate bats

October 26, 2011

As a result of both deforestation and accommodations for the ever-growing human population, bats living around UNF have nowhere to go. Some have decided to inhabit UNF buildings, and their toxic excrement,...

UNF a cappella group woos anime convention attendees

October 26, 2011

Music is an essential, but ignored, part of the video game experience. Unless the game is called “Rock Band,” players have no need to stop and listen to the soundtrack while they conquer foes. Sound...

Housing rental rates for fall 2012 finalized

October 26, 2011

Higher housing rental rates for the fall 2012 school year have been approved by President Delaney October 12. Paul Riel, director of UNF Housing and Residence Life, said the increase in prices will...

Police Beat Oct. 26

October 26, 2011

Oct. 17 Mobile Phone Theft (Building 58E) – The victim said he went to the bathroom on the third floor of the Student Union East Building and left his phone on top of a toilet paper dispenser. Twenty...

Nation World Oct. 19

October 21, 2011

Nation – Nine-year-old daughter drives intoxicated father to store Shawn Weimer, 39, of Brownstown Township, Mich., is facing charges of second-degree child abuse after his daughter drove Weimer...

Police Beat Oct. 19

October 21, 2011

Oct. 10 Marijuana (Cove) – A complainant told a UPD officer he went inside his room and found a clear bag containing marijuana. He said the marijuana may have been left by his roommate. The marijuana...

Protesters occupy Hemming Plaza in Downtown Jacksonville

October 12, 2011

On a dark, rainy day in downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Plaza Oct. 8, hundreds of protesters gathered in support of Occupy Wall Street and its underlying mantra demanding that corporate involvement within...

Police Beat Oct. 12

October 12, 2011

Oct. 3 Marijuana (Cove) – An officer smelled marijuana from a room at Osprey Cove Building U and made contact with the two room residents. The officer entered the room and asked them about the lingering...

From pens to pixels: a look at UNF’s gaming culture

October 12, 2011

Students at UNF have a plethora of choices when it comes to embracing the culture of video games, an industry that rakes in billions of dollars annually according to market research company NPD Group,...

That’s not your deal, that’s not my deal or: We are the 51 percent

October 12, 2011

By Joe Basco “When you leave me, You take away everything. You take all my money. You take all my weed.” -Best Coast I have been at UNF for approximately five and a half years. Some of you have...

Police Beat Sept. 25th – Oct. 1

October 6, 2011

Compiled by Joseph Basco Sept. 25 Assault (Garage 38) – Upon arriving at the garage, the officer met with another UPD officer who stopped the subject’s vehicle, a 1991 Saturn, on the first level....

A pirate ship soars through the air

October 5, 2011

Imagine a human-powered pirate ship flying in the air rather than sailing in the Caribbean Sea. Now imagine 39 other creative crafts, such as a flying sombrero, a flying toilet and a giant stapler, all...

Osprey Productions cancels Pablo Francisco comedy show

September 23, 2011

By Joseph Basco, Staff Writer Osprey Productions canceled its comedy show featuring stand-up comedian Pablo Francisco Sept. 22 an hour before the show was scheduled to begin. Francisco’s flight...

Beers in the classroom

September 21, 2011

By Joseph Basco, Staff Writer Have you ever wanted to guzzle down an ice cold brew during class? If so, then “Craft Beer Brewing 101” has the hook up. Luciano Scremin, co-owner of the Jacksonville...

Art professor expands students’ photo perceptions

September 14, 2011

Paul Karabinis does not like being in front of a camera. Sometimes, he might not be behind a camera at all. “I become a drama queen in front of the camera,” Karabinis, a UNF photography...

Dance team auditions with high velocity

September 11, 2011

Anyone can dance -- but it takes patience, guts and intensity to step up to the professional level. For those willing to take the plunge, auditions for the UNF Velocity Dance Team start Sept. 10. Missy...

UNF education graduates’ students pass the FCAT

September 2, 2011

By: Joseph Basco UNF education degree graduates are likely to teach well, at least in regards to their students passing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. According to a recent report...

UNF grad brings burritos to San Marco community

April 8, 2009

San Marco is a trendy neighborhood known for its upscale boutiques and delicious eateries. And UNF graduate Alejandro Juarez, 30, plans to enhance the area further by opening a new restaurant there by...

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