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Senior Beau Beech. Photo by Christian Ayers

Beech signs contract with Nets

Mark Judson July 25, 2016

Beau Beech is inching closer to an NBA roster, signing a one-year, partially-guaranteed contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.     Beech, who put up 8.8 points per game during his three...

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Commentary: 8 Things we learned watching the condiment table at the Republican National Convention

Mark Judson July 19, 2016

Monday night, two college newspaper editors more than 300 miles apart watched Republicans put mustard and relish on their hotdogs and thought the same thing — “this is educational.” For two hours,...

Harris attempts a jump at the East Prelims
 Photo by Morgan Purvis

Bobby Harris Olympic update

Mark Judson July 10, 2016

Bobby Harris, a sophomore at UNF, was eliminated from U.S. Olympic trials Sunday evening. In the final round of men's high jump trials, Harris failed on three attempts to make the first jump of 2.16 meters....

Beech finished his career as the second-leading scorer in UNF history.

  Photo by Connor Spielmaker

Beech debuts in NBA Summer League

Mark Judson July 10, 2016

Beau Beech came out strong in his NBA Summer League debut on Saturday night, helping the Brooklyn Nets take down the Cleveland Cavaliers 79-73. Beech played 18 minutes and scored ten points, shooting...

Harris reached 2.09m before failing to achieve the 2.13m jump.   Photo by Morgan Purvis

One step away from Rio

Mark Judson July 9, 2016

Bobby Harris, a UNF sophomore, edged his way into the final round of Olympic qualifying Friday night in Eugene, OR. Harris was one of 26 athletes competing in the men's high jump competition, and placed...

Fourth on First: Independence Day tips for Jax Beach

Fourth on First: Independence Day tips for Jax Beach

Mark Judson July 1, 2016

A Jacksonville bucket list of where to go on the Fourth of July isn’t complete without a trip to the beach. There’s something about mixing bikes, beaches, fireworks and friends that seems perfectly...

Photo by Luiza Motta

UNF candle light vigil for victims in Orlando

Mark Judson June 13, 2016

The UNF LGBT Resource Center will be hosting a candle light vigil Tuesday evening for the victims of the Orlando shooting. The event will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Peace Plaza, near the...

At Least 50 Killed in Orlando Terror Attack

At Least 50 Killed in Orlando Terror Attack

Mark Judson June 12, 2016
A gunman killed at least 50 people early Sunday morning, injuring more, at a gay nightclub in the Orlando area.
Campus alert system test

Campus alert system test

Mark Judson June 10, 2016

The campus public address system will be tested Friday at 2:45 p.m. The system, which is located in each building on campus, will play a message indicating "this is a test." The message will be played...

Classes cancelled in wake of Tropical Storm Colin

Classes cancelled in wake of Tropical Storm Colin

Mark Judson June 6, 2016
The UNF Crisis Management Team has cancelled Monday classes after 4:20 p.m., according to a Special Edition Osprey Update.
Jarod Miller Photo courtesy Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office

Update: The trial of Jarod Miller

Mark Judson May 31, 2016
Jarod Miller, who is accused of murdering UNF student Nic Hare in August, remains in legal limbo nearly eight months after the case against him began.
Photo by Camille Shaw

Drug sting on campus leads to student arrest

Mark Judson May 27, 2016

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a UNF student with four second-degree felonies after selling drugs to an undercover officer. The student, Michael V. Mullen, a sophomore biology...

Blackboards replacement put to test

Blackboard’s replacement put to test

Mark Judson May 24, 2016
The University of North Florida (UNF) is ditching Blackboard for a new online, educational platform called Canvas.
Photo by Robert Curtis

Virtual Parking is coming to campus

Mark Judson May 23, 2016
A measure to implement virtual parking decals has been approved by the University of North Florida.
Photo by Cassidy Alexander

UNF a top school for the LGBT community

Mark Judson May 10, 2016
The University of North Florida was named one of the nation’s top-50 LGBT-friendly universities by College Choice.
Photo by Camille Shaw

Man involved in student death wanted by JSO

Mark Judson May 4, 2016

The man involved in a crash that killed UNF student Laura Erdelyi in February, is wanted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for involvement in a Westside murder occurring on April 27. Keith Dion...

UPDATE: UNF students charged with false imprisonment contact Spinnaker

UPDATE: UNF students charged with false imprisonment contact Spinnaker

Mark Judson May 3, 2016

UPDATE 5/3: Matthew I. Khosrozadeh, a UNF student arrested for false imprisonment, called the Spinnaker office May 3 to ask for the removal of the article detailing his charges. Khosrozadeh claimed the...

Graphic by Mark Judson

Adjust your schedule for intersession on campus

Mark Judson May 2, 2016

Intersession — that transient time between semesters — is upon us. When there are no classes, campus is quiet and many departments or services are inactive or subdued while the students are away. Until...

Photo by Brittany Moore

Tears in eyes, diploma in hand: Mother accepts son’s degree

Mark Judson April 30, 2016
Standing ovations and applause are typically reserved during graduation ceremonies — distractions from the other names being called. One name broke the tradition during Friday’s commencement ceremony: Nicholas Hare.
The homepage for a class in Canvas. Photo by Mark Judson, courtesy of Canvas.

UNF says good-bye to Blackboard

Mark Judson April 26, 2016
University of North Florida is switching from using Blackboard as its online services tool and moving to Canvas.
Photo by Mark Judson

Hacked? Hundreds of Spinnaker stories missing

Mark Judson April 21, 2016
Spinnaker reported to UNF Police Department (UNFPD) on Wednesday over 250 stories from its website were missing.
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Blackboard down on last day of classes

Mark Judson April 19, 2016
In the final hours of the regular semester, blackboard is down for the count.
Photo by Mark Judson

Watch your rear: Parking proposal could put an end to backing in

Mark Judson April 19, 2016
Say goodbye to back-in parking if the university approves a virtual parking decal system to replace current physical decals.

Delaney to stay at UNF

Mark Judson April 14, 2016
University of North Florida President John Delaney will not be running for U.S. Congress.
 Graphic by Cassidy Alexander

Looking at domestic violence off-campus

Mark Judson April 6, 2016

According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Some in our community are, or will become, part of those...

Nicholas Hare, 34, Senior Civil Engineering Student. 
Photo courtesy Facebook

The story of Nicholas Hare and the events that led to the end of his life

Mark Judson April 5, 2016

Nicholas Hare and Lindsey Varner were dating for three months before Jarod Miller came to Varner’s home for the final time. According to officers of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Miller and...

Crunch Time: Important dates to remember for upcoming semesters

Crunch Time: Important dates to remember for upcoming semesters

Mark Judson March 30, 2016
Summer is close and finals are closer, but exams aren't the only thing needing your attention.

New faces to the Board of Trustees

Mark Judson March 25, 2016

Florida Governor Rick Scott has made three appointments to UNF’s Board of Trustees. The appointments include Wilfredo Gonzalez, the district director of the United States Small Business Administration;...

Two UNF students killed over the weekend

Two UNF students killed over the weekend

Mark Judson March 8, 2016
Allison Bushey and Elliot McArthur passed away un-relatedly over the weekend.
Osprey Productions. Courtesy of Facebook

Steve Aoki announced as spring concert headline artist

Mark Judson March 7, 2016
Steve Aoki, featuring Watch the Duck will be the artists for this year’s Spring Concert hosted by Osprey Productions.
SG polling location. Photo by Mark Judson

SG Elections in full swing

Mark Judson March 1, 2016
UNF Student Government elections are being held Tuesday and Wednesday. Here's what you'll be voting on.
Photo by Joseph Basco

UNF faces money woes

Mark Judson February 29, 2016
UNF President John Delaney discussed the university’s financial strains in a special edition of Osprey Update sent to faculty and staff Monday morning
Hazouri talks about Jacksonville keeping up with human rights  Photo by Mark Judson

“Ospreys don’t leave Ospreys behind;” SG backs revamped human rights in Jacksonville before ordinance pulled

Mark Judson February 19, 2016
Student Government passed a bill in support of Councilman Tommy Hazouri's initiative on LGBT rights, but the Councilman retracted his initiative from the city council's consideration.
Students have until Wednesday at 6 p.m. to vote for Student Government. Photo by Morgan Purvis

Don’t snooze on election deadlines: Register to vote before tomorrow

Mark Judson February 15, 2016
You might be able to tell from the flooding of campaign ads and that one relative posting way too many political stories on Facebook that election season is right around the corner.
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Pre-trial date set for student that drove through 7-11

Mark Judson February 10, 2016
Following up on the student that crashed into the North Kernan 7-11 in January.
Photo courtesy of SG website

Former SG Vice-President tells female student to “watch out”

Mark Judson January 28, 2016
A female student reported former Student Government Vice President and former Impact Party Campaign Manager Jordan Wilson threatened her on Jan. 20 while exiting an elevator in Osprey Fountains.
 Photo by Connor Spielmaker

Campus-Carry bill shot down in Senate

Mark Judson January 28, 2016
A proposed bill (SB 68) allowing concealed-carry guns on Florida college and university campuses has been effectively shot down in the state Senate.
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