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Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox, Managing Editor

Lauren Fox is a communication major at the University of North Florida, focusing on journalism. Lauren has years of international work experience, working jobs in countries such as Australia, New Caledonia, Vietnam and Morocco. She aspires to use her writing skills to raise awareness about global issues. Lauren also works as a freelance surf photographer and enjoys contending with the sea in her quest for the perfect photo.

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Singing for his church initially inspired Karim to learn English and continue performing (Photo courtesy of Karim Zabaneh)

“Keep on pushing:” A UNF student and his voice

December 15, 2022

It started with wet pants. A terrified six-year-old in Egypt, tasked with singing a four-minute song in his non-native language, wet his pants before giving a performance that would earn him his first...

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Police Beat: Email phishing scams

October 7, 2022

“There is a need for an urgent replacement for a Personal assistant (Virtual),” said a Sept. 15 email from a University of North Florida (UNF) professor… or at least, an email appearing to be from...

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UNF disables access to university accounts without Duo app

October 4, 2022

Ospreys without Duo, the multi-factor authentication app, won’t be able to log into their MyWings account, the University of North Florida (UNF) Information Technology Services (ITS) announced Tuesday...

Coastal Watches/Warnings and Forecast Cone for Storm Center as of 1 p.m. Thursday

Free Wi-Fi hotspots available amidst power outages, some UNF services to resume after Ian

September 29, 2022

Comcast announced yesterday that its public Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are open to everyone in Florida — even people who are not subscribers — in the wake of over 2.6 million Florida homes being without...

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Banned Books Week is about fighting censorship, UNF librarian says

September 19, 2022

Are you a rule breaker? Have you ever wanted to be? Well, the University of North Florida Library might be the place to go to fulfill that rebel desire (and don't worry- you won't even get in trouble for...

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SG president, vice-president reprimanded in July for limiting access to Lend-A-Wing pantry, records reveal

September 16, 2022

Student Body President Nathaniel Rodefer and Vice-President Joshua Murry faced repercussions in July for unapproved operation changes made to Lend-A-Wing — the University of North Florida’s food pantry...

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The power of podcasts

September 15, 2022

A news story can be a funny thing. Depending on the medium, an anchor may use a 30-second segment to read out the very basics of a multi-faceted, exceedingly complex issue before moving on to the next....

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Police Beat: Suspicious driver arrested with loaded weapon on Alumni Drive

September 6, 2022

Driving around campus around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a vehicle full of University of North Florida (UNF) students noticed a vehicle with its headlights turned off, allegedly following them as they drove. Contacting...

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Police Beat: Alleged Instagram extortion

August 30, 2022

Threats were made to a University of North Florida student over Instagram direct messages on Monday, threatening to kill the student if they did not send them $500, according to a University Police Department...

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UNF Student Union evacuated after microwave fire

August 24, 2022

The Student Union evacuated around 11 a.m. Wednesday in the midst of the Week of Welcome Market Day event after a fire alarm went off.  “It was a small microwave fire that caused the alarm in the...

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UNF music professor on the “language of jazz”

August 23, 2022

When Lynne Arriale was 25, she had an "epiphany." "I was walking down the street in Milwaukee when I was finishing up my Master's degree requirements, and I had a passing thought, and that thought was,...

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UNF poll shows strong opposition for funding of new Jags stadium, voters split on property tax increase

August 17, 2022

A new poll of likely primary voters in Duval County released Wednesday by the University of North Florida (UNF) Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) showed a split among party lines regarding a proposed...

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COVID-19 is still here; UNF plan will rely on “honor system,” SHS Director explains

August 9, 2022

The University of North Florida's (UNF) plan to combat COVID-19 will remain remarkably similar to the previous term. With an average of 8,689 reported cases in Florida last week, according to the New York...

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Online programs offer education, regardless of location

August 4, 2022

Imagine earning a college degree without commuting to campus, getting dressed for class or even leaving your bed. For many students, this may not sound too far-fetched after living through a pandemic,...

UNF Interim President Pamella Pam Chally poses for a photograph

UNF’s Interim President ends her role, Dr. Limayem’s term begins

July 27, 2022

The University of North Florida’s (UNF) Interim President, Dr. Pamela Chally, concludes her time leading the university this week, and Dr. Moez Limayem will begin his term as UNF’s president Monday,...

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Two Spinnaker writers become award-winning journalists

July 26, 2022

The University of North Florida Spinnaker’s Editor-in-Chief, Carter Mudgett, and Sports Editor, Riley Platt, are among the winners of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2022 Green Eyeshade...

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Discounted Jaguars season tickets coming to Student Union

July 25, 2022

The upcoming Fall semester may mean the start of more classes, but it also means a new season of football is right around the corner. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Student Government partnered up to bring...

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Update: License plate of stolen vehicle swapped for faculty member’s tag

July 21, 2022

A University of North Florida (UNF) faculty member contacted the University Police Department (UPD) on July 13 after receiving several parking tickets on UNF property over two days, suspecting their license...

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Stolen vehicle, loaded weapon leads to arrest at UNF

July 18, 2022

A reported stolen vehicle was found on the second floor of Parking Garage 44 last Thursday afternoon, leading to the arrest of 26-year-old Malik Billings on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession...

FILE - A woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2019. For myriad reasons, both political and philosophical, data privacy laws in the U.S. have lagged far behind those adopted in Europe in 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Digital security of period-tracking apps in question, UNF professor explains

July 15, 2022

The future legality of abortion in the United States has created countless discussions, and questions have arisen over how law enforcement could catch women seeking abortions regardless of the law.  Period...

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A breakdown of UNF’s seventh president’s contract

July 11, 2022

Dr. Moez Limayem signed his contract with the University of North Florida (UNF) Board of Trustees (BOT) on June 30, which will go into effect on August 1, making him the seventh president of UNF. Spinnaker...

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Roe v. Wade was overturned, now what?

July 8, 2022

The right to an abortion is no longer protected by the federal government, but if you live in Florida, you might not immediately notice any significant changes. Does the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade...

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‘Just swim’: UNF swimmer brings home silver

July 1, 2022

Morgan Ray, 19, has brought home a silver medal in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke after representing Team USA in the 2022 Para Swimming World Championships on June 17 in Portugal. The University...

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Abortion no longer a constitutional right, Jacksonville protests planned

June 24, 2022

Roe v. Wade was overturned in a 6-3 Supreme Court decision Friday morning, nearly 50 years after the case set the precedent that abortions were protected by the Constitution. With the case overturned,...

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UNF Surf Team returns from California as 4th in nation with a national champion

June 22, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) has a new national champion. Upcoming junior, Blake Speir, placed first among college men's shortboarders in the 2022 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA)...

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Pride and pandering: Are companies supporting equality or good PR?

June 20, 2022

Pride Month in June celebrates equality and justice for the LGBTQ+ community, creating opportunities for corporations to market off the rainbow-themed festivities. While pandering to the queer community...

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Creative Father’s Day gifts you can actually afford

June 13, 2022

Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. June 19 is Father's Day this year, and the deadline to find the right gift for your father figure is approaching. "I've given up now. I'll cook him something maybe,"...

A protestor holds a sign during “The People’s Abortion Rally” for abortion rights in front of the Duval County Courthouse

Abortion in America through the ages, explained by UNF professors

May 31, 2022

Abortion has been a controversial topic throughout the lives of most college students, with politics playing a prominent role in the controversy. This was not always the case. To understand why Republicans...

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Teammates to business partners: former UNF tennis players found MyPro app

May 24, 2022

"We came up with the idea during COVID, like, when we were in quarantine we started building it out," said Sahil Deshmukh, the co-founder of the new app, MyPro. "It literally started on a piece of paper." Both...

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Former UNF student sentenced in case of girlfriend’s 2017 death

May 20, 2022

A former University of North Florida student was sentenced to one year in jail Thursday for killing his girlfriend in 2017 and lying to authorities, claiming she committed suicide, according to the Duval...

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Ways to save for next semester and beyond

May 19, 2022

Students are investors. From Pre-K to university, the time spent in the classroom is an investment in a student’s future. Investing in education starts early in life, but young people may be less prepared...

Recapping the meet-and-greets: What you need to know

Recapping the meet-and-greets: What you need to know

May 7, 2022

The candidates for the University of North Florida’s presidential search have been narrowed down to four men: David Blackwell, David Brennen, Moez Limayem and Marc Miller. The university’s seventh...

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Osprey and entrepreneur: a UNF alum’s journey through the crypto world

May 3, 2022

In 2016, VJ Ibones, a graduate of the University of North Florida (UNF), had never heard of Bitcoin. Six years later, he is a founding creator of the cryptocurrency index protocol, Polylastic.  “I...

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Police Beat: The hunt for missing AirPods

May 2, 2022

Upon leaving class last Monday, a student noticed their AirPods were missing from their pocket at the start of a class in Building 42, read a University Police Department (UPD) report.  The student...

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Police Beat: Bicycle trespasser

April 19, 2022

A 28-year-old bicyclist was arrested on April 8 after a University Police Department officer saw two bikers riding away from The Flats after dark and without lights, according to a police report.  The...

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Trio of sexual battery cases added to UNF student’s social media threat charge

April 18, 2022

Now facing an additional three charges of sexual battery, Mateo Borda Boyanovich will appear in court Tuesday morning for threats he allegedly made to shoot up the University of North Florida (UNF) Green,...

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Balancing dietary and religious restrictions in college

April 18, 2022

Students adhering to dietary restrictions for spiritual purposes or because of allergies must approach foods with caution as it’s essential for preserving their morals or even their lives.  On-campus...

The University of North Florida Surf Team holds their trophies at the East Coast Championship in New Smyrna Beach.

UNF Surf Team places among best collegiate surfers in America

April 8, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) Surf Team is now eight-time consecutive East Coast champions in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) league, preparing to compete in California for the...

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Police Beat: Man arrested after bike chase

March 29, 2022

A 28-year-old man was arrested outside Osprey Fountains early Tuesday morning after allegedly attempting to flee from police on a bike, according to a University of North Florida Police Department (UPD)...

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Police Beat: Suspicious people in scrubs

March 28, 2022

Unidentified women dressed in medical scrubs went door to door requesting student insurance and identification information in exchange for free COVID-19 rapid tests and a $10 gift card at the University...

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Police Beat: Serial bike thefts and extortion

March 23, 2022

Serial Bike Thefts In total, ten bikes and one skateboard have been stolen on the University of North Florida (UNF) campus this year.  46-year-old Linwood Benner was arrested on March 7 behind Osprey...

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How students can help Ukraine

March 23, 2022

As the Ukrainian military works to fend off Russian forces, displaced people and journalists need aid; University of North Florida (UNF) students can help. Spinnaker spoke with UNF Professor Dr. Nataliya...

Miles Dittmar smiles with some of his products outside UNF’s Library.

Introducing Miles Dittmar, student entrepreneur and CEO of the Beaten Path Co.

March 21, 2022

"I didn't even know what entrepreneur meant until, like, outside of high school," 23-year-old UNF advertising senior and entrepreneur Miles Dittmar said. Operating out of his living room in St. Augustine,...

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Police Beat: Fraud and a stop sign thief

March 8, 2022

Online Fraud Leads to Death Threats An online scammer threatened someone's life Wednesday morning, March 2, after the alleged scammer emailed nine checks totaling $5,000 to the victim, with instructions...

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New Bill could change Florida university presidential searches

March 4, 2022

Florida Senate Bill (SB) 520 is currently in review by the House and, if passed, could impact the future of collegiate presidential searches by keeping the list of applicants off public record until the...

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Understanding online privacy

March 3, 2022

On the internet, complete privacy is virtually impossible. Wi-Fi networks can determine a user’s approximate location and keep logs of the websites visited by users on the network, and websites use analytics...

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Police Beat: Peep vandalization, chalk messages and the scent of marijuana

February 28, 2022

Peeps and feces in a campus parked car A car on campus was vandalized with marshmallow Peeps Friday, according to a police report. The Peeps were found on the rear trunk lid of the car and wedged in a...

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Wrapping up Black History Month with the Black Excellence Expo

February 28, 2022

Black artists showcased their talent Friday night at the Black Excellence Expo, hosted by the University of North Florida Black Student Union.  The evening was a celebration of Black history and...

Mr. D (Joshua Benet) screams at the gods in anguish during the UNF Swoop Troupe’s performance of The Lightning Thief in Jacksonville, Florida, Friday, Feb. 11.

Gallery: The Lightning Thief

February 15, 2022

Check out some of the photos from the Swoop Troupe's performance of The Lightning Thief taken during rehearsal and during the performance! ___ For more information or news tips, or if you see...

Cast members for the Swoop Troupe production of the Lightning Thief after a run of the show.

Lightning in the theater: A first look at The Lightning Thief

February 10, 2022

The Lightning Thief, a coming-of-age adventure musical, premiers Friday night as the University of North Florida (UNF) Swoop Troupe brings the first book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series to...

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New year, New you: How to succeed in Spring 2022

January 31, 2022

As we kick out of bed and wake up into a new semester in a new year, it can be easy to get caught up in the same old routine. Wake up, log in to Zoom or go to class, eat something, go home, then contemplate...

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