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Senior Beau Beech. Photo by Christian Ayers

Beech signs contract with Nets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 12, 2016

***Update: President John Delaney released a statement to UNF students and staff concerning the shooting in Orlando. Read it below: The Shooting A gunman killed at least 50 people early Sunday morning,...

Campus alert system test

Campus alert system test

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

June 6, 2016

The UNF Crisis Management Team has cancelled Monday classes after 4:20 p.m., according to a Special Edition Osprey Update. Tropical Storm Colin has begun to bring tropical storm-force winds and rain to...

Jarod Miller Photo courtesy Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office

Update: The trial of Jarod Miller

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. Miller waived his right to a speedy trial December...

Photo by Camille Shaw

Drug sting on campus leads to student arrest

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

May 24, 2016

The University of North Florida (UNF) is ditching Blackboard for a new online, educational platform called Canvas. Spinnaker spent the last several weeks doing a trial run of the site to see how it stacks...

Photo by Robert Curtis

Virtual Parking is coming to campus

May 23, 2016

A measure to implement virtual parking decals has been approved by the University of North Florida. The program will be gradually rolled out over the next two years, with the first phase beginning in...

Photo by Cassidy Alexander

UNF a top school for the LGBT community

May 10, 2016

The University of North Florida was named one of the nation’s top-50 LGBT-friendly universities by College Choice. UNF offers gender-inclusive housing, gender-neutral bathrooms, several courses on...

Photo by Camille Shaw

Man involved in student death wanted by JSO

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

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

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

April 30, 2016

https://youtu.be/j-0Ron3SUkg Video by Brittany Moore Standing ovations and applause are typically reserved during graduation ceremonies — distractions from the other names being called. One name broke...

The homepage for a class in Canvas. Photo by Mark Judson, courtesy of Canvas.

UNF says good-bye to Blackboard

April 26, 2016

University of North Florida is switching from using Blackboard as its online services tool and moving to Canvas. Canvas advertises itself as “an educational revolution”, according to its website....

Photo by Mark Judson

Hacked? Hundreds of Spinnaker stories missing

April 21, 2016

Spinnaker reported to UNF Police Department (UNFPD) on Wednesday over 250 stories from its website were missing. Managing Editor Connor Spielmaker said he was notified of the disappearance of several...

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Blackboard down on last day of classes

April 19, 2016

  UPDATE:  Students first started having trouble with Blackboard yesterday around 12:30pm. “My teacher had to postpone our exam so I’m pretty upset,” Jordan Rae, Graphic Design Junior...

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

April 19, 2016

Say goodbye to back-in parking if the university approves a virtual parking decal system to replace current physical decals. The measure, if passed, will require students and faculty to register their...


Delaney to stay at UNF

April 14, 2016

University of North Florida President John Delaney will not be running for U.S. Congress. Delaney initially expressed interest in the U.S. Representative seat after current Rep. Ander Crenshaw announced...

 Graphic by Cassidy Alexander

Looking at domestic violence off-campus

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

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

March 30, 2016

Summer is close and finals are closer, but exams aren't the only thing needing your attention. The academic calendar is easy to overlook when your focus is elsewhere, but these important dates can greatly...


New faces to the Board of Trustees

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

March 8, 2016

https://youtu.be/ZzvpKm3dS2E The Osprey nest has become a little emptier. Health Science Junior Allison Bushey was killed in a car accident in the early morning hours of March 6. According to the...

Osprey Productions. Courtesy of Facebook

Steve Aoki announced as spring concert headline artist

March 7, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAwSQq44O_U Steve Aoki, featuring Watch the Duck will be the artists for this year’s Spring Concert hosted by Osprey Productions. Current UNF students receive free admission...

SG polling location. Photo by Mark Judson

SG Elections in full swing

March 1, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3bH480PtWc&feature=youtu.be Video by Mark Judson UNF Student Government elections are being held Tuesday and Wednesday. The ballot features a proposed amendment to...

Photo by Joseph Basco

UNF faces money woes

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. The 2016-17 budget has left UNF with “more...

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

February 19, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yc1xZLDRv8 Video by Mark Judson UNF Student Government (SG) passed a bill on Feb. 8 showing support for Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri's version of an expanded...

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

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. Before we decide...

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Pre-trial date set for student that drove through 7-11

February 10, 2016

https://unfspinnaker.com/student-crashes-through-7-11-said-store-was-of-satan Joshuah Stanley, arrested Jan. 11 after driving his vehicle through a 7-11 “of Satan," pled not guilty on two misdemeanor...

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

January 28, 2016

Video has been edited for time and contains the primary interaction between the Officer and Wilson. Before the clip starts, you see Wilson being brought to the scene, and after the clip ends, the officer...

 Photo by Connor Spielmaker

Campus-Carry bill shot down in Senate

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. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Miguel Diaz de...

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