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What is cryptocurrency?

What is cryptocurrency?

May 10, 2018

Cryptocurrency is the future! So says those twins who sued Mark Zuckerberg, your uncle who retired at 48 from selling “products,” and the Best Buy employee who doesn’t know how to restart a laptop. In...

Isle of Dogs: a little ruff around the edges

‘Isle of Dogs’: a little “ruff” around the edges

April 17, 2018

Wes Anderson’s latest production of symmetrically synergized puppets is both whimsical and slightly unnerving, as much of the light-hearted moments are paired with an abundance of extremely dark dialogue. The...

Ready Player One: an Oasis of nostalgia

‘Ready Player One’: an Oasis of nostalgia

March 29, 2018

There’s something both magical and cringe worthy about seeing The Iron Giant and a Gundam battle Mechagodzilla. It’s outrageous and nonsensical, but also just beautiful enough to illicit nostalgia...

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A Fin-tastic speech coming with a Porpoise to UNF

March 27, 2018

Abigale Stone, primary caretaker of Winter, the rescued dolphin featured in the film “Dolphin Tale,” will speak at UNF as part of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series April 17. Winter was...

Finding a late night bite

Finding a late night bite

March 19, 2018

Late night cravings are often unavoidable. Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter and need some study fuel, have a case of the munchies or are just looking for more than stale potato chips past 10 p.m.,...

Outtakes can be a great option when you dont ave time for the cafe. Photo by Ben Cross

What’s open during Spring Break

March 15, 2018

If you’re stuck at UNF over spring break, I feel bad for you, son: you’ve got 99 problems and campus closures is definitely one. Here’s what's open and what’s shuttered during the gnarliest week...

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs gun control bill

March 9, 2018

Rick Scott has approved the gun law bill drafted in response to the mass shooting committed at Marjory Douglas Stoneman high school last month. The bill, previously approved by the Florida Legislature...

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Tour the art you’ve never noticed

March 6, 2018

There’s something enchanting about delving into the details of a place you’ve passed by hundreds of times. The Art in the Library tours at the Carpenter Library enable students to pause and reflect...

UNF Basketball Watch Party at Buffalo Wild Wings

UNF Basketball Watch Party at Buffalo Wild Wings

February 27, 2018

For those dedicated UNF Men’s basketball fans that simply can’t make the trip down to Fort Myers Thursday to watch the ASUN Conference Semifinals, there’s a local watch party to attend if you...

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How can OP win back the faith of UNF students?

February 27, 2018

The Homecoming comedy show featuring Ron Funches and Marlon Wayans was one of the best I’ve ever been to. But, I happen to be part of an exclusive club of Ospreys that actually attended the premiere...

The Bacon Love #9. Photo by Logan Ansteatt.

Grub Burger Bar Review: There’s a grease overload in my stomach

February 23, 2018

It’s grueling to justify a $9 burger. Everything needs to perfectly align during your dining experience to make that higher than usual entry point worth it. Unfortunately for the Grub Burger Bar, the...

Shadow of the Colossus PS4 review: Colossal eye candy

‘Shadow of the Colossus’ PS4 review: Colossal eye candy

February 19, 2018

From the moment the opening cinematic began, "Shadow of the Colossus’" visual splendor had me enchanted. This remake of the 2005 instant-classic PlayStation 2 title pushes current-gen hardware to its...

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UNF professor and former Korean broadcaster speaks on an unified Korea

February 16, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics has the world’s attention. Not only do the athletes draw a crowd, but the unprecedented political implications of a unified Korean team have political analysts and citizens...

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What’s happening to the softball field?

February 11, 2018

If you’ve endured the walk to campus from Lot 18 this semester, you’ve probably noticed the construction work being done to the softball field. So, what is being done and how much is it costing? The...

Super Bowl 52 Recap: Eagles soared, Patriots choked

Super Bowl 52 Recap: Eagles soared, Patriots choked

February 5, 2018

The Patriots lost! That’s enough of a recap for most NFL fans, but for the sake of those who weren’t simply watching to see Tom Brady hold his head in his hands again here’s how the big game progressed,...

The Cloverfield Paradox: give me a dimension where this doesnt exist

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’: give me a dimension where this doesn’t exist

February 5, 2018

Film plots can sometimes be so predictable that not only does the story suffer, but the pacing nosedives as well. "The Cloverfield Paradox" serves as the prime example of this catastrophe, and the only...

What to Expect for Super Bowl 52

What to Expect for Super Bowl 52

February 4, 2018

While many of us are still licking our wounds after the Jaguars loss in the AFC Championship two weeks ago, we have to be honest with ourselves and admit we’ll be watching the Super Bowl regardless....

Taco Bell Nacho Fries: more than meets the eye

Taco Bell Nacho Fries: more than meets the eye

January 31, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qBJEAEnL7M[/embedyt] Video by Carly Kramer. There’s something quintessentially peculiar about Taco Bell making fries. A fast-food restaurant best known...

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Club Con is exactly what UNF needs

January 31, 2018

Few things are more essential to having a complete and fulfilling college experience than being involved in something bigger than yourself. Freshman year and beyond, having a solid group of people with...

Season recap and look ahead for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Season recap and look ahead for the Jacksonville Jaguars

January 23, 2018

There’s a deep and stinging pain that accompanies a loss like the Jaguars suffered Sunday. It’s the pain of a season defined by a miraculous turn-around few NFL teams have been able to replicate....

The Mini Bar: Dough-not miss this place

The Mini Bar: Dough-not miss this place

January 19, 2018

It is exceptionally difficult to make a bad-tasting doughnut. It is even more difficult to craft a doughnut that not only exceeds the standards, but dispels your preconceptions of what the dessert can...

Five things to do if the Jaguars lose today

Five things to do if the Jaguars lose today

January 14, 2018

We all know the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to pull out a dominant victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers today. But, it’s always best to plan for the worst-case scenario, regardless of how unlikely...

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Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events around UNF

January 9, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Day brings a three-day weekend early in the semester. For those looking to celebrate the holiday or simply avoid a lazy day at home, here are some events in and around UNF for students...

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Who to Root for in the National Championship?

January 8, 2018

While the University of North Florida’s football team remains undefeated since the school’s opening, they won’t be playing in tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship. So, between...

Jacksonville playoff reaction: pride in Sacksonville

Jacksonville playoff reaction: pride in Sacksonville

January 8, 2018

Few games can carry such a lackluster stat line and mean as much to a fan base as yesterday’s Jacksonville Jaguars game. With only one touchdown and two field goals scored, it wasn’t an exhilarating...

Police Beat: A crash, a phone, and a parking decal

Police Beat: A crash, a phone, and a parking decal

February 3, 2017

  Golf cart crash A campus maintenance employee was driving a golf cart when he collided with a parked campus owned truck. The police report states a complainant informed UNFPD that the maintenance...

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Man accused of killing UNF employee tried to escape from jail, police say

January 31, 2017

The man accused of coordinating the murder of a UNF employee from his jail cell has been charged with attempted escape from jail and criminal mischief, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Court...

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Man arrested for masturbating at UNF brags on social media

January 29, 2017

The man accused of exposing himself to two UNF students on Jan. 8 made several lewd facebook posts detailing his masturbation habits and sex life in the days following his alleged indecent interactions....

Police Beat: tough security, missing phones and toilet drama

Police Beat: tough security, missing phones and toilet drama

January 14, 2017

A Push to Graduate A UNF student told UNFPD that she was pushed in the chest by a Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC) security officer at the UNF Arena during a graduation ceremony on Dec. 9. The...

Top 10 Police Beats of 2016

Top 10 Police Beats of 2016

January 12, 2017

Another year has come and gone, and with it we leave behind a backlog of UNF police beats. We saw vandalism in the dorms, garages and on vehicles. There were car crashes and perverts, but what UNF seemed...

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Where to watch the Golden Globes winners on the cheap

January 10, 2017

The Golden Globes showcased and awarded some fantastic films and television shows over the weekend. Here’s how you can legally watch the winners for the cheapest price. Best Picture, Drama: Moonlight...

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Our favorite games of 2016

January 2, 2017

As another rotation around the sun comes to a close, gamers reflect on the year that was. We saw remakes and reboots, new franchises and final chapters, and plenty of game delays. Regardless of what you...

Police Beat: stolen, scribbled, and scorched

Police Beat: stolen, scribbled, and scorched

December 15, 2016

Tree Lighting UNFPD extinguished a fire on campus on Dec. 8. According to the report, an officer was on patrol around 3 a.m. on Dec. 8 when he noticed a fire in the wooded area across from Lot #11....

How to help out over the holidays

How to help out over the holidays

December 2, 2016

It’s officially the season of giving. As you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift for family and friends, it’s important to remember those who are in greater need than us this holiday season. Volunteer...

Police Beat: Missing wheels

Police Beat: Missing wheels

November 29, 2016

Stolen skateboard UNFPD met with a student in reference to a stolen skateboard on Nov. 21. According to the police report, the victim stated he left his skateboard at the Osprey Cafe on Nov. 18. When...

Cheap games guide: Xbox One

Cheap games guide: Xbox One

November 28, 2016

Welcome to our cheap games guide where we’ll break down the best video games for the best price. Today we’ll be focusing on Microsoft Xbox One console. This is part three of five. Gaming, much like...

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Guide to avoiding awkward Thanksgiving conversations

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is home to fantastic food, estranged cousins and the most awkward conversations of the year.  How’s college going? Who did you vote for? Have you stopped drinking since the first day...

UNFPD gets new gear from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

UNFPD gets new gear from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

November 19, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxPIWjpWcZM Video by Jack Drain Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation gave UNFPD a $41,991 grant to pay for a new police cruiser and six automated external defibrillator...

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Cheap games guide: Nintendo 3DS

November 17, 2016

Welcome to our cheap games guide where we’ll break down the best video games for the best price. Today we’ll be focusing on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld console. This is part one of five. Gaming, much...

Police Beat: Sprayed, shattered and slashed

Police Beat: Sprayed, shattered and slashed

November 16, 2016

Graffiti while you go UNFPD responded to reports of graffiti inside a restroom in Building 3. According to the police report, the graffiti had been made sometime between the morning of Oct. 28 and...

Birds of Play Episode 13: God Bless The U.S.A

Birds of Play Episode 13: God Bless The U.S.A

November 15, 2016

https://youtu.be/zQZjVRH9Vxw This week on Birds of Play, our cast and crew filmed a special Veteran’s Day episode just for you. Discussions included: BlizzCon 2016 brought some new reveals and updates...

Write-in votes offer humor and fuel hatred among voters

Write-in votes offer humor and fuel hatred among voters

November 10, 2016

  As the votes were rolling in for the 2016 presidential election, rumors about write-in votes sparked hilarity and anger among those on social media. https://twitter.com/David_Leavitt/status/796239651296215041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw   https://twitter.com/JayJazzi/status/796210414170345472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/TheAnonnMessage/status/796217813555937281?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/jkdforthree/status/796364099395391489 https://twitter.com/PresHarambe2016/status/796380631022391296   Although...

Students subdued at library election party

Students subdued at library election party

November 9, 2016

University of North Florida students attending the Thomas G. Carpenter library’s election watch party were visibly anxious as election results rolled in. As Florida’s vote continued to flip back...

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Call of Duty 2016: A failed future and a nostalgic past

November 5, 2016

As an annual franchise, Call of Duty developers and Activision must do more every year to satiate the appetites of their fans and shareholders. The result this year is two games: one is a brand new adventure...

Birds of Play Episode 11: Halloween Hijinks

Birds of Play Episode 11: Halloween Hijinks

October 31, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ8OF3OoDtY&feature=youtu.be This week on Birds of Play, our hosts talk about the spookiest of video game topics: union strikes. How will the industry be affected by...

Police Beat: take it all

Police Beat: take it all

October 27, 2016

Stolen Parking Pass UNFPD met with a student who had her parking pass stolen on Oct. 24. The police report states the victim parked her vehicle in Lot 38 on Oct. 20. When she returned the following...

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Latest UNF poll shows Clinton and Rubio leading; “yes” on Amendment 2

October 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton holds the lead in the latest poll of likely voters by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory (PORL) at UNF. The poll shows Clinton as ahead in both a four-way and head-to-head race scenario. The...

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Battlefield 1: One step back, several leaps forward

October 23, 2016

The year is 2016. The first-person shooter genre has become a series of copy and paste games featuring 3D movement systems, laser guns and an overused futuristic setting. Players are fatigued from lack...

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Recap: The final debate

October 20, 2016

What was arguably the most tame presidential debate this election cycle also happened to be the last between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. With less than three weeks until election day, the candidates...

Police Beat: Get Wrecked

Police Beat: Get Wrecked

October 19, 2016

  Golf Cart Crash A traffic crash occurred between a golf cart and a parked car on Oct. 11. The police report states the driver and a witness were attempting to locate the witness’ car. The...

Police Beat: Damage and a threat

Police Beat: Damage and a threat

October 13, 2016

Tree damage UNFPD responded to a damaged vehicle at the Flats on Oct. 8. According to the police report, the victim parked her vehicle on Oct. 6 and returned to find her car damaged by a tree blown...

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UNF student almost victim of IRS scam

October 12, 2016

A UNF student received a threatening phone call from someone posing as a government agent. According to the police report, around noon Sept. 8 the victim answered a call from a man with a heavy Indian...

Police Beat: slashed, stolen and forged

Police Beat: slashed, stolen and forged

October 1, 2016

Cashing In A UNF Bookstore employee used a customer’s Osprey 1 card to make purchases for himself. The police report states that an officer arrived at the bookstore on Sept. 27 in relation to a...

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UNF employee killed so he couldn’t testify in trial, JSO says

September 23, 2016

Four arrested in shooting death of UNF employee UNF employee Jonathan “Joe” Brenton was killed so he couldn’t testify in a two-year-old burglary case, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s...

Police Beat: Petty thefts and a weed bust

Police Beat: Petty thefts and a weed bust

September 23, 2016

Stolen Socks   A pair of socks were stolen from the UNF bookstore on Sept. 8. The police report states UNFPD was approached about the theft around noon on Sept. 9. According to the report, the suspect...

Police handcuffed a man who witnesses say yelled at a student in the library and screamed about ISIS. Photo by Will Weber

Man handcuffed, taken to hospital after outbursts about ISIS in library

September 21, 2016

https://twitter.com/UNFspinnaker/status/778669971287203840 A man was put in handcuffs and taken to the hospital after multiple witnesses say he screamed about ISIS and yelled at a female student on the...

Clinton Campaign outreach triple-axles to UNF

Clinton Campaign outreach triple-axles to UNF

September 15, 2016

Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan visited UNF on behalf of the Clinton campaign Wednesday, Sept. 14. Her visit was part of a campaign through Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Gainesville to highlight...

Police beats: Stolen stuff, a broken door and harassing phone calls

Police beats: Stolen stuff, a broken door and harassing phone calls

September 12, 2016

Stolen Bike   A man locked up his bike and returned to find only his front tire. The police report states an officer met with the victim around 11 a.m. Sept. 3, who said his bike had been stolen...

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Bears Can’t Drift!? is pawsibly the best karting game on PS4

September 10, 2016

Bears Can’t Drift!? is a nostalgia trip taking considerable inspiration from Crash Team Racing, Sony and Naughty Dog’s attempt at a Mario Kart clone back in 1999. If you ask me, the tracks and drifting...

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Ozzie Tryouts: A new Ozzie coming soon

September 6, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2njRVM8f_Y A small gray room marked the audition space where five hopefuls put their mascotting skills to the test in order to become the next beloved symbol of UNF sports:...

No Man’s Sky: A Journey Worth Discovering

No Man’s Sky: A Journey Worth Discovering

August 31, 2016

When No Man’s Sky was revealed in 2013, the small development team at Hello Games peaked the interest of an entire industry. The prospect of a team fewer than 20 creating a literal universe-- home to...

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Students indulge in candy and gaming at the Chocolate Games

August 27, 2016

If you offer free food, they will come. That’s the mantra to follow when planning a Week of Welcome event, and it’s certainly part of what made the African American Student Union’s Chocolate Games...

Police Beat: Phone threats, vandalism and burglaries

Police Beat: Phone threats, vandalism and burglaries

August 24, 2016

Phone Threats UNFPD investigated a series of threatening phone calls on Aug. 17 at Alumni Hall. According to the police report, at around 8 a.m. a campus employee received six phone calls from a...

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