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Einstein Bros. Bagels was the second most popular dining option following Chipotle Mexican Grill according to an Osprey Voice survey.

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Einstein Bros. Bagels fits right in at UNF’s Student Union

September 15, 2015

Watch Video by Michael HerreraEinstein Bros. Bagels at UNF’s Student Union held its grand opening on Sept. 15, and it is the real deal. Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance Vince...

Student Body President steps down after three months in office

Student Body President steps down after three months in office

July 28, 2015

UPDATE - 7/28/2015 at 6:44 p.m. Hailey Guerra, sworn in as the new student body president this afternoon, said she thought the now-former President Shomari Gloster was joking about stepping down. “It...

Parking changes: permit-based entrances and fewer Blue spots in Arena garage

Parking changes: permit-based entrances and fewer Blue spots in Arena garage

January 6, 2015

With the first three floors reserved for Housing A and the fourth for Blue permits, students parking in the new garage, which officially opened Jan.5, will have to choose an entrance depending on...

UNF sent out a crime alert about a burglary at their most recently acquired housing, the Flats.Photo by Blake Middleton

Suspect in The Flats wakes sleeping student

December 28, 2014

There was a series of burglaries at The Flats on Kernan on Dec. 27, according to a crime alert UNF emailed campus-wide later the same morning. UNFPD and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) responded...

Professor Paul Mason chosen as acting dean for Coggin College

Professor Paul Mason chosen as acting dean for Coggin College

December 5, 2014

UNF announced on Dec. 5 that Paul Mason, professor of economics, took the position of acting dean of Coggin College of Business while the university searches for a permanent dean. The provost for Academic...

Turner cites same statute in third complaint against Ramirez, she responds

November 17, 2014

On Nov. 14 and after business hours, Student Body President Joseph Turner issued a third noncompliance notice to Senate President Kaitlin Ramirez. He copied the entire legislative branch and all senators,...

Unofficial SG election results released

October 31, 2014

Student Government (SG) released the unofficial results of this fall's election. Voting poll stations were open Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m, and online from 9 a.m. Oct. 28 to 7 p.m. Oct....

Thrilling Dead postponed after downpour

October 30, 2014

UPDATE - 11/1/14 at 1:34 p.m. Osprey Productions confirmed the rescheduled 'Thrilling Dead' will be on Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. Osprey Production's 'Thrilling Dead' event was postponed tonight, Oct. 30,...

Rick Scott is coming to campus

October 29, 2014

This Halloween, News 104.5 WOKV is bringing ‘Stand Up For America,' featuring Rick Scott, Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade, to campus and providing a special discount for UNF students. Mike Dorwart,...

News in brief: UNF has more Chinese culture and new UNFPD chief, human rights, haunted house

October 29, 2014

Human Rights Ordinance panel discussion Discussion panel on whether Jacksonville needs a Human Rights Ordinance. Who: Moderated by President John Delaney, with six panelists including Atlantic Beach...

Students choose their senators, vote on referendums

October 28, 2014

Today marks the first day of a contested Student Government (SG) election in two years, the last one being in Fall 2012. On Oct. 28 and 29, UNF students can vote from the 10 Independent and 17 Red...

Sixth annual leadership summit focuses on emotional intelligence

October 24, 2014

UNF’s Taylor Leadership Institute (TLI) hosted their sixth annual summit on Oct. 24, with two keynote speakers and a panel to discuss different aspects of a person’s inner emotional core. According...

UNF student deals with NYC Ebola scare

October 24, 2014

With a confirmed case of Ebola in the United States’ most densely populated city, a UNF student is getting a close-up look at the aftermath of the diagnosis. Craig Spencer, physician who returned...

Student Government funds UNF Cru and Command+N Graphic Design Club

October 21, 2014

With eight voting members present of the nine Budget and Allocations Committee (BAC) senators, the Oct. 20 meeting was called to vote on two funding requests. Student Government Treasurer Morgan...

Second accusation, same statute

October 20, 2014

UPDATE - 10/20/14 at 4:17 p.m. There has been no judicial complaint filed against Ramirez, meaning no hearing has been scheduled to address Turner's second accusation. SG representatives said they...

Student Body President apologizes for racial slur ‘hiccup’

October 17, 2014

Student Body President Joseph Turner could be heard saying the word “n-----” while encouraging senators to explore the Nature Trails as he addressed the entire Senate from behind the podium at...

Update: no punitive action taken against Senate President Kaitlin Ramirez

October 8, 2014

UPDATE – 10/9/14 at 12:01 p.m. No punitive action was taken against Senate President Kaitlin Ramirez at the Oct. 9 hearing. Chief Justice Daniel Powers said the court decided to strongly advise...

Former UNF professor and chair of the Communication Department passes away

October 3, 2014

Dr. David Henry Goff, professor and chair of the Communication Department at UNF until he retired last year, passed away on Sept. 30 at the age of 66. Goff came to UNF in 2007. Before that, he taught...

Wanted sex offender arrested in Ohio

September 25, 2014

UPDATE -- 9/25/14 at 4:21 p.m. Sex offender seen on campus now in custody in Ohio. Joseph Cecil Jordan, wanted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for pleasuring himself at a yoga studio, who was witnessed...

Armed robbery and kidnapping on campus

September 24, 2014

The following information is according to University of North Florida Police Department reports, received by the Spinnaker on Sept. 24. UPDATE – 7/23/15 at 4:14 p.m. According to Duval County...

UNF Police Department has M16s

September 15, 2014

The UNF Police Department has 11 M16 assault rifles they received through the US Department of Defense Excess Property Program (DoD 1033), which allows any law enforcement agency to order military-grade...

Free printing limited to one lab, SG fails to fully inform

September 10, 2014

Kari Hermida was counting on her 25 free prints when she rushed to print her assignment before class, but didn’t know it’s not free at the library anymore. Hermida, a senior social studies education...

Jaguar fans take over Student Union

September 9, 2014

Student Government hosted a Jaguar ticket sale at the Student Union Sept. 9 to provide discounted tickets for UNF students. With a valid UNF ID, a student can buy individual tickets for $30 or season...

Assistant director of Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life steps down

April 7, 2014

[nicevideo link= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyUo-IUAMN4"] Assistant Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL) Laura Worrell announced last Friday that she is stepping down from...

Skate park closing without attendant

April 1, 2014

July 1 will mark the first day the skate park closes and the first day of the fiscal year. That day is when the budget Student Government (SG) passed, which cut funding for a skate park attendant,...

SG election cancelled; not enough students wanted to run

March 4, 2014

No one can vote for representation in UNF’s Student Government this year. Not enough people ran, so an election will not be held. Of the 20 general senate seats available, only 19 will be filled....

Evacuated for a toaster oven

March 3, 2014

Blaring alarms signaled that it was time to evacuate the Student Union at 11:45 a.m. UNFPD sent a patrol officer as students and staff were evacuated and waited for the alarms to stop. The...

How Student Government is splitting this year’s $4 million

February 3, 2014

This year's Activity and Service (A&S) fee budget is marked by one significant difference - funding from A&S fees and  Student Life and Service (SL&S) fees was switched around. The...

Student fee budget presentations set

November 26, 2013

The Student Fee Assessment Committee met Nov. 26 to set a schedule for budget presentations on student fees. On Jan. 16, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center will present On Jan....

Pi Kappa Phi facing Student Conduct charges

November 21, 2013

For the fifth time since Spring 2011, the same fraternity on campus is facing disciplinary charges. Pi Kappa Phi’s Zeta Zeta chapter had a closed Student Conduct meeting Nov. 21. Spinnaker requested...

Water main broken and fixed

October 1, 2013

A campus-wide message was sent out Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. to inform students that a water main broke next to Skinner Hall (building four) and the water would be off for several buildings. The email said...

Bright Futures celebration

September 10, 2013

Ozzie the Osprey was dancing around the Student Union on Sept. 9 because the Florida Lottery and UNF’s Special Events coordinators co-hosted an event to celebrate and promote Bright Futures. Kelly...

Police Beat Sep. 9

September 9, 2013

Compiled by Joseph S. R. Cook Sept. 1 - Information Report: Videotaping Without Consent (Osprey Crossings) A UPD Officer was dispatched to an investigation at the Osprey Fountains. He spoke to...

Police Beat Sept. 6

September 7, 2013

Compiled by Joseph Cook, contributing reporter Aug. 30 - Theft (Bldg. 45) A student reported some personal items stolen, six days after the theft occurred. The theft occurred while the student sat...

UPD Chief Retiring

September 5, 2013

Chief of the University Police Department, John Dean, gave an informal verbal comment that he was retiring*. Sharon Ashton, Vice President of Public Relations, said that Chief Dean met with his superior,...

Student Union birthday celebration

September 4, 2013

Many students may be surprised to learn the Student Union was built only four years ago. Current SU staff celebrated the building’s birthday Sept. 4 in one of its ballrooms. Before the Student Union...

“Tonight We Govern Egypt” – In the streets of Cairo

July 6, 2013

Lydia Moneir, daily news editor, shares her thoughts and experiences as an Egyptian facing a second revolution. A few weeks before the demonstrations, I pulled into a gas station - there was no gas....

Candlelight vigil held in memory of Myriam Lahcen

April 16, 2013

Candles and flowers were passed out to everyone who attended Myriam Lahcen’s memorial vigil on April 15. Myriam Lahcen was a Moroccan exchange student who died March 16 in a car crash in Mexico...

Car crash on campus

April 1, 2013

On March 28, two vehicles were involved in a crash - a red Mitsubishi and a silver Mercedes SUV. Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers at the scene told the Spinnaker that Red was headed towards campus...

Spring Break crash leaves one student dead

March 25, 2013

UNF student Myriam Lahcen was killed in a car crash on March 16 while on Spring Break with friends in Cancun, Mexico. Sarah Gutierrez Restrepo and Richard Apunte, both UNF students were in the car...

Police Beat – March 12

March 12, 2013

March 4 Theft (Lot 46) – UPD investigated the theft of a student’s parking pass. The student told officers that he had forgotten to lock his car and his parking pass had been stolen from his rearview...

Fine Arts Center garage temporarily closed

March 11, 2013

Garage 44, known as the Fine Arts garage, will be partly closed March 13 & 14. March 13 - the second, third and fourth floors will be cordoned off at Midnight. The floors will reopen at 9 p.m....

Skate park reopens

March 11, 2013

The skate park, closed since before Christmas for safety, was reopened March 11. After five years of rain and skating, the protective coat on UNF skate park ramps called SkateLite was cracking. This posed...

VP of Institutional Advance interim position filled

March 7, 2013

John Delaney appointed Ann McCullen to be the Interim Vice President of Institutional Affairs and the Interim Executive Director of the UNF Foundation, temporarily filling Pierre Allaire’s old position...

Police Beat March 6

March 7, 2013

Compiled by Carter Roush, Contributing reporter March 4 Theft (Lot 46) - UPD investigated the theft of a student’s parking pass. The student told officers  that he had forgotten to lock his car and...

Cyclist hit on UNF crosswalk

February 19, 2013

On Feb. 12 the weather was mild, with passing clouds and visibility clear for 10 miles. That was when a cyclist was hit on the crosswalk in front of Garage 44. The car was driving north out of the...

Foot groper reported in library

February 5, 2013

A young woman’s feet were tickled in the library on Tuesday night. Alyssa Heim, a UNF community health sophomore, called UPD an hour and a half after realizing that the young man who touched her...

Buckle up or get a ticket

January 14, 2013

Many have speculated that police departments tend to issue the most tickets at the end of the month simply to meet quotas. UNF Student Robert Picard conducted a study to find out if this was happening...

UNF student killed in New Year’s crash

January 9, 2013

On New Year’s day*, Florida Highway Patrol responded to a car crash that left UNF Student Dara Kusiv dead and three of her friends injured. At approximately 12:50 a.m., the silver Dodge truck veered...

UNF criminology professor charged with assault

December 2, 2012

A UNF professor was arrested early last Thursday morning, after having reportedly thrown a woman against a wall, according to the police report. Professor of criminology Daniel Patrick Pontzer, 37,...

Updates from Nov. 19 budget, allocations, Senate meetings

November 26, 2012

Special request transfer approved A request for $75,000 to be transferred from the fund balance into special requests passed with unanimous consent. This is the second transfer of funds into special...

FSA wants Florida to aim higher

November 18, 2012

A man in Fruit Cove signs away $300 million. Two months later, UNF’s tuition increased by 13 percent. Gov. Rick Scott cut those $300 million from state higher education in Florida this year. After...

Building 57 dedicated to Betty, Tom Petway

November 14, 2012

Building 57, which sits adjacent to Student Union, has been known as the College of Education and Human Service, but as of Nov. 9, has another name. Petway Hall was dedicated to Betty and Tom Petway,...

Highlights from Nov. 5 Senate meeting: Elections, appointments committee chair appointed, new senators sworn in

November 6, 2012

Elections, appointments committee chair appointed Corey Amira, a UNF political science senior, beat out Kaitlin Ramirez for the elections and appointments committee chair with 22 to 21 votes. Andrew...

Parking pass thefts on the rise

November 5, 2012

After seven thefts of parking pass so far this term, some are questioning the reasoning behind having external parking passes this year. Because this year’s passes are external and easier to steal,...

Second day of polling shows smaller margin between major parties

October 24, 2012

After a second day of polling, the incumbent Red Party still leads the elections, but by slightly smaller margins, with 53.3 percent of votes going to the Red Party and 41.5 percent going to the...

Highlights from Oct. 22 Senate meeting: Premium parking passes to be limited next year, tailgate funding approved

October 23, 2012

Tailgate funding approved Senate passed a request for $13,750 with 37 approvals and no disapprovals. These funds will be used to pay for food and beverages for the first 250 students who attend...

Rededication ceremony welcomes Student Wellness Complex

October 18, 2012

A rededication of the UNF Student Wellness Complex was held outside its doors Oct. 17 where UNF alumni and current students gathered to see the ribbon cut. The event marked the complex as an official...

Fassi: Results matter for Red Party

October 16, 2012

The Red Party, last year’s majority winners of Student Government, is running once again this year. For the Red Party, results matter, said Carlo Fassi, the UNF student body president and Red...

Archaeology lab receives grant to conduct survey of former Fort Caroline

October 15, 2012

The UNF Archeology Lab received a $43,000 State of Florida Historic Preservation Grant to conduct a survey to locate artifacts of the lost French fort, Fort Caroline. Dr. Keith Ashley, UNF’s coordinator...

Highlights from Oct. 8 Senate meeting: Funding requests pass

October 8, 2012

CSM job reclassification passes The UNF Center for Student Media’s request for $16,119.24 went through, with 39 approvals. The funds are being used to support reclassification from assistant...

Senate pushes Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s forward

October 1, 2012

The Senate passed the amended dining renovations bill — which specifies that the renovations in Building 8 and the Student Union are for Chick-fil-A and Papa John’s, respectively — with 30 approvals...

Updates from Oct. 1 B&A meeting: Funding requests pass

October 1, 2012

CSM job reclassification moves forward The UNF Center for Student Media’s request for $16,119.24 went through, with 13 approvals. The funds are being used to support reclassification from assistant...

Fassi reintroduces vetoed dining renovations bill to reflect students’ opinions

October 1, 2012

Student Body President Carlo Fassi called a special Senate meeting for Oct. 1 to reintroduce the bill regarding Alumni Square and Student Union West Building dining-related renovations, to better reflect...

Highlights from Sept. 24 Senate meeting: Senate approves dining renovations; students speak out against Chick-fil-A

September 25, 2012

Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s to come to campus With 37 approvals and five disapprovals, the Senate approved the request for funding renovations of on-campus dining. The request was for $672,800. These...

Senate Allocations Meeting Highlights: Chick-fil-A, Intramurals and Wellness Center

September 18, 2012

Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s funding approved The committee passed a request for $672,800 to fund renovations in Building 8 and in the Student Union Building 58 West to accommodate for Chick-fil-A...

Updates from the Sept. 10 Senate meeting

September 11, 2012

Senate appoints two justices, senator and volunteer center director The Senate confirmed Kyle Larson, a UNF criminal justice freshman, as a justice with 37 approvals and one disapproval. It also confirmed...

UNF residents get dirty at Mudfest

September 7, 2012

Muddy students can be seen around the Osprey Fountains this week as Mudfest rages on. Mudfest takes place annually when the dirt pit next to the Osprey Fountains is filled with water and transforms...

Jaguar tickets sell out at UNF

August 27, 2012

Students filled the Student Union Aug. 23 to purchase tickets for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ eight regular season home games. Student Body Director of Athletics and Wellness Anthony Hendricks said...

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