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All content by Justin Chandler Porter

Talk Derby to me

June 18, 2013

The Jacksonville RollerGirls, known for their brutal athleticism and flat-track venues, visited the UNF Arena June 8 for a double-header, including a battle of the sexes against the nation’s #4 male...

Professor emeritus honored for communication contributions

June 9, 2013

The Spinnaker turned 35 this year, and those who helped pioneer the paper’s legacy will not be soon forgotten. UNF’s first professor emeritus and vanguard of student journalism, William James...

Jax Jazz Festival in full swing

May 24, 2013

Two UNF alumni and local jazz enthusiasts, Lisa Kelly and J.B. Scott, will be hosting the ‘Round Midnight Jazz Jam’ sessions at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with the Kelly Scott Quintet at the...

Saving tons of Waste: Technology transforms trash collection on campus

February 20, 2013

UNF is literally saving tons in natural resources and money thanks to its technologically streamlined recycling process, according to Robert McCracken, manager of the Physical Facilities department. McCracken...

Donors, philanthropists give old buildings new names

December 3, 2012

Naming and renaming buildings has become a popular trend on campus, with seven of UNF’s buildings being given new, official names in recent semesters. There are multiple reasons for these name...

Osprey Challenge Course busier than it looks

November 26, 2012

Students are noticing the UNF Osprey Challenge Course, on any given day, looks more like an abandoned tree fort than a rigorous high-altitude event. Although it sits idle throughout most of the...

Fast food campus: Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s bill takes the next step

October 24, 2012

Two powerhouse food franchises are doing all they can to secure a location on UNF’s campus, said UNF Student Body President Carlo Fassi. The funding for a food venue overhaul has been approved, and...

Senate approves more than half of SG special request budget to fund initiatives

October 2, 2012

Much of the $150,000 allocated to Student Government for special requests has already been spent, said Student Body Treasurer William Namen. Namen said between funding the Fassi-Naughton administration’s...

4 false police reports in past calendar year reap steep consequences

September 25, 2012

CLARIFICATION | Oct. 5 @ 11:17 a.m. | UPD Chief John Dean declined to comment because Lt. Tammy Oliver had already spoken to the Spinnaker regarding the situation and provided all relevant information. CORRECTION...

Students express mixed views over new shuttle route system

September 11, 2012

The big changes in the Osprey Connector shuttle routes from Summer B to the first day of fall left confused students to find their own route to and from class. UNF had north and south routes for...

Update: Muggy Florida drives bugs indoors

September 4, 2012

Read the original story here. Florida’s torrential rains and high humidity brings with it mosquitos, spiders and various species of invaders that student residents can expect crawling into their...

Former IBM engineer, now professor for 13 years sees electrical future for engineering students

September 3, 2012

A highly competitive field and a hard market await students graduating the UNF College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. But the CCEC has Dr. Gerald Merckel, an associate dean and professor...

A Preview Walkthrough of the New Wellness Center

August 15, 2012

The new Student Wellness Complex, located at the north end of the loop next to the Arena and the Aquatic Center, Opens August 17, and is free to currently-enrolled UNF Students and Full-time Faculty...

Video Tour: new dining hall set for grand opening on Friday, soft launch this Monday

August 10, 2012

Korey Konapasek, Chartwells' director of operations at UNF, gives the Spinnaker a tour of the new dining hall. Watch the video above to find out what they'll be dishing out starting this Friday, Aug....

Nature bugs Flats residents

July 18, 2012

Students and residents living in the Flats at Kernan have been complaining about the living conditions of the complex, citing bug infestations as the major problem. The Flats, just a short bus ride...

UNF investigates Housing data breach

July 6, 2012

A recent database breach, discovered June 18 by UNF’s Information Technology department, involved sensitive student information and has affected more than 23,000 students. The unlawful access involved...

Osprey Challenge Course to open in fall

July 5, 2012

UNF’s High Adventure Ropes Course is coming to students this fall in the pristine UNF Wildlife Sanctuary. Dubbed the Osprey Challenge Course, this team-building exercise features low-element events...

NCAA Day 2: Women’s pole vaulting, men’s hammer throw take center stage

May 25, 2012

The second day of the NCAA’s Division 1 East Preliminary Round began Friday, May 25, at UNF’s Hodges Stadium, with college fans from all over the country coming to support their athletes. An...

Men ‘Walk a Mile’ in women’s shoes

April 18, 2012

By: Justin Chandler Porter, Staff Reporter Campus men are taking feminine steps to raise awareness of sexual assault and honor the victims of sexual violence. The UNF Women’s Center and the...

Mayor Brown holds series of Student Workshops Workshops to help potential Florida college students apply

April 6, 2012

By: Justin C. Porter, Contributing Writer Mayor Alvin Brown announced Feb. 29 a series of upcoming workshops designed to help students apply to colleges and complete the Free Application for Federal...

Jacksonville rock ‘n’ roll outfit deems itself Fit for Rivals

March 7, 2012

By: Justin Chandler Porter, Contributing Writer   Fit for Rivals is a four-piece rock ‘n’ roll group from Jacksonville that prides itself on a straight-forward, raw style and independent...

Duval Court Judge to speak at UNF

March 7, 2012

By: Justin Chandler Porter, Contributing Writer   Duval County Court Judge Angela M. Cox will be speaking at UNF’s Student Union Ballroom March 7. Cox was appointed in 2005 by Governor...

Bill that silences universities’ voices reaches compromise

March 1, 2012

By: Justin Chandler Porter, Contributing Writer   Florida House Bill 931, legislation that could have diminished the voice of university students’ interests in Tallahassee, came to a compromise...

University Controller Floyd Hurst passes away

February 22, 2012

By: Justin Chandler Porter, Contributing Writer   Floyd Hurst, 66, passed away Feb. 16 at his home in Ormond Beach, Fla. with his family by his side.   Hurst, who served as the University...

Dean’s List letters no longer mailed to some UNF students

February 19, 2012

By: Justin Chandler Porter, Contributing Writer   Some UNF students are reporting they have not received their Dean’s List letters for the fall 2011 semester.   Until recently,...

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