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In case of hurricane: UNF prepared for Irma

In case of hurricane: UNF prepared for Irma

September 5, 2017

Jacksonville isn’t a hurricane hot spot, but it does receive occasional conditions from nearby larger hurricanes — such as Hurricane Frances in 2004. Hurricane Dora’s landfall in 1964 is the...

Spinnaker does Shaky Knees: Saturday, May 13th recap

Spinnaker does Shaky Knees: Saturday, May 13th recap

May 14, 2017

The Spinnaker Team took on Shaky Knees for the second day. We were not disappointed. Cloud Nothings As an enthusiastic Cloud Nothings fan, I was adamant to make sure the first time I saw them...

Shaky Knees Music Festival preview

Shaky Knees Music Festival preview

May 12, 2017

  Shaky Knees is having its fifth annual music festival in Atlanta from May 12-14. The Spinnaker Media team will be there documenting all the action.   Friday, May 12th: Headliners...

Photo courtesy Jesse Raymer

The declassified music festival survival guide

May 11, 2017

Music festivals are an experience. There are festivals like Bonnaroo or Okeechobee Fest where you camp and don’t shower for three days, and there are ones like Shaky Knees or Rolling Loud where you...

Photo by Spinnaker Media

A very long list of Summer A business hours

May 10, 2017

Summer A runs from Wednesday, May 10, through Tuesday, June 20. Here’s a comprehensive list of the hours for the businesses and services on campus.   Student Wellness Complex: Monday...

Update: One dead and multiple injured in University of Texas stabbing

Update: One dead and multiple injured in University of Texas stabbing

May 1, 2017

UPDATE 5/1/17 @ 5:15 p.m. Police have identified the suspect,  21-year-old student Kendrex J. White, and have taken him into custody. A stabbing left one dead and two with "potentially serious injuries"...

Photo by Nick Blank

Mims found in violation again, one complaint dismissed in post-election fallout

April 3, 2017

The Red Party, handling the dismissal of Vice President-elect Tajmaus Johnson, dealt with two new complaints Friday, though the outcome was not as severe. On a Facebook post the Red Party claimed...

An officer entered the woods on Tuesday to search for Louissaint. Photo by Pierce Turner

‘Needle in a haystack’: Search for missing UNF student comes up short on third day

February 14, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig9EjeyvVJg Video by Brooks Baptiste UNFPD and JSO canvassed 13 square miles of woods surrounding The Flats Tuesday for more than eight hours in the search for missing...

Frank Brown Photo by Michelle Grisham

UNF maintenance worker recalls heroics during frantic hostage situation

February 6, 2017

Nicholas Humphrey never sought money when he drew a handgun on the customers and staff at the Edgewood Community First Credit Union. He ordered the 13 hostages to line up behind a booth and wait until...

Photo courtesy of IMDB

The Spinnaker’s top movies of the year (other than Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight, which I didn’t see)

January 3, 2017

  Deadpool Ryan Reynolds could be in a thousand more movies as terrible as Green Lantern or Definitely, Maybe, and it still wouldn’t ruin the goodwill built from making Deadpool. Reynolds and...

Photo by Rachel Cazares

UNF considering border collies to herd geese away from campus

December 3, 2016

The next time you see Canada geese roaming UNF might be the last, in the core of campus at least. Citing a “health hazard,” UNF is considering moving geese away from the center of campus with a...

Photo by Nick Blank

UNF alum creates sound art piece with changing meaning

November 22, 2016

You’ve probably seen the 70 or so walkie-talkies dangling outside the UNF Gallery of Art. UNF alum Erik DeLuca started building the piece Monday, Nov. 14, by taping walkies-talkies to the ceiling. The...

Delaney

Delaney: ‘We won’t tolerate intimidation or threats’

November 14, 2016

UNF President John Delaney said students should report racial incidents and tolerate opposing viewpoints in an email sent to all students in light of an alleged increase of verbal assaults and discrimination...

 Graphic by Ben Cross

The Week Ahead: November 14 – November 19

November 14, 2016

Heads up! Men’s basketball is back, several fun fall events as well as free food throughout the week. Monday, Nov. 14 Men’s Basketball season kick-off! What: Cheer on the Ospreys at their first...

Photo by Nick Blank

UNF’s Veterans speak on student-veteran experience

November 11, 2016

On Thursday, I stopped by the Military Veteran’s Resource Center, which provides assistance to help those who exchange the military for civilian life. The bookshelf is packed with autobiographies, strategies...

Writers with UNF connection on display at Jax by Jax writing festival

Writers with UNF connection on display at Jax by Jax writing festival

November 11, 2016

In it’s 3rd year, River City writers read from their own work and talk everything writing at the Jax by Jax Literary festival. Organized by author and UNF alum Tim Gilmore, the literary festival has...

VIDEO: Dump Trump rally gives students a chance to share their opinions

VIDEO: Dump Trump rally gives students a chance to share their opinions

November 2, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jmbexu56JM Video by Jack Drain Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized the Dump Trump rally with about 30 students supporting all four candidates coming out...

Jarod Miller. Photo courtesy of JSO

Man who shot UNF student pleads guilty, gets 40 years in prison

October 28, 2016

A man charged with killing a UNF student in a home invasion will serve a minimum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed burglary. Jarod Miller broke into his ex-girlfriend’s...

Graphic by Kyle Crompton

No replacement for canceled Ludacris concert

October 25, 2016

The fall concert is canceled indefinitely. Osprey Productions announced Friday that the headliner, Ludacris, would be unable to perform Nov. 4. It’s now too late into the semester to reschedule with...

Graphic by Kyle Crompton

Luda called off; No word yet on replacement

October 21, 2016

Osprey Productions announced that rapper Ludacris will not be able to perform at the Coxwell Amphitheater on Nov. 4, according to a Twitter post. Hello Ospreys, unfortunately Ludacris is unable to...

Ludacris headlining Osprey Productions fall concert

Ludacris headlining Osprey Productions fall concert

October 14, 2016

Get out the way, Ludacris is the headliner for Osprey Productions Fall concert Nov. 4. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. for students with an active Osprey1Card. Tickets cost $25...

Graphic by Kyle Crompton

Another Presidential debate primer/drinking game

October 9, 2016

Editor's Note: This story is satire, and the views expressed in this story are solely the author's. Spinnaker Media does not in any way condone irresponsible drinking, and does not recommend consuming...

Hurricane Matthew & UNF: the aftermath

Hurricane Matthew & UNF: the aftermath

October 8, 2016

It's now safe for UNF students to return to campus and classes are set to continue as planned starting Monday, but the University is still covered in debris that fell during Hurricane Matthew. UNF officials...

Photo by Jordan Bebout

UNF students allowed to return to dorms

October 8, 2016

Students who were evacuated to The Fountains Oct. 6 are allowed to return to their residence halls, a Hurricane Matthew update posted to myWings said. Four shuttles will take the approximately 270 residents...

Image courtesy National Hurricane Center

Matthew now category 4; More evacuations ordered

October 6, 2016

  Hurricane Matthew is now officially a category 4 hurricane, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.  Matthew will be brushing the first coast on Friday afternoon...

Updated track of Matthew posted at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Graphic Courtesy National Hurricane Center

Governor and mayor address concerns as Florida braces for Matthew

October 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew‘s trajectory up the Florida coast is “moving westward” and closer to Jacksonville. It’s expected to strengthen to a category 4 hurricane by Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott...

Man on the street: Students react to Hurricane Matthew

Man on the street: Students react to Hurricane Matthew

October 5, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SsMvttZQz8 Video by Brittany Moore Spinnaker spoke with students about what they're doing to prepare for Hurricane Matthew. Some are heading home while others are not...

Photo by Jack Drain

Eight cases of hand, foot and mouth disease confirmed on campus

October 4, 2016

The number of student hand, foot and mouth disease cases rose from the three reported last week to eight, UNF health officials said. “When we identified four in one day, that was just out of the ordinary,”...

First openly gay NBA player Jason Collins stops by UNF

First openly gay NBA player Jason Collins stops by UNF

September 30, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YksHR89r6RM Former NBA player Jason Collins — the first openly gay athlete to play in a major American sports league — stood on the lip of the Green Sept. 29 to implore...

Brooks College of Health.Photo by Alexis Molinaro

Hand, foot and mouth disease reported on campus

September 29, 2016

Hand, foot and mouth disease has trickled onto UNF’s campus. The reported cases have been enough to cause university health practitioners to take notice, especially after the 15 reported cases at Florida...

Vice President Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka Photo by Nick Blank

End of first-year housing requirement looks to benefit students, as UNF officials eye housing expansion

September 27, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsLJo4-Np6Y Video by Nick Blank and Jack Drain After four years of the mandatory housing requirement, UNF officials decided it was time for students to choose where they...

Photo courtesy of St. Johns County Sherriffs Office

UNF student charged with child pornography released from jail

September 23, 2016

UNF student Neal Buckles was released from jail Friday morning according to St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO) inmate records, after posting bond for two counts of child pornography possession...

Photo by Cassidy Alexander

How to follow the election like someone who still cares

September 22, 2016

As the maelstrom of election season collides with an increasingly apathetic populace, I think we can all agree it’s far more important to impress your friends in high-end coffee shops or through passive...

Author visits UNF to discuss new book exploring effects of pastor’s sex abuse

Author visits UNF to discuss new book exploring effects of pastor’s sex abuse

September 22, 2016

https://youtu.be/v_NPCgyIJbE In many ways Rev. Bob Gray was an architect. Gray turned Jacksonville's Trinity Baptist Church into financial power. He sculpted a strict fundamentalist message, and gave...

Graphic by Ben Cross

Emergency senate meeting produces 11 new senators

September 20, 2016

*Correction 9/22: A previous version of this article did not include fall senate seat Derrick Clark. We regret the error. An emergency Student Government (SG) senate meeting convened on Monday, taking...

Healthy Campus week hopes to get Ospreys more focused on their overall health and wellness. Photo courtesy of UNF Healthy Osprey

“Healthy Campus Week” hopes to get Ospreys up and moving

September 19, 2016

UNF Health Promotion hopes Ospreys get some pep in their step for “Healthy Campus Week,” with 17 health-oriented activities scheduled on campus from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23. “The overall goal of...

 Graphic by Ben Cross

The Week Ahead: Sept. 19 – Sept. 25

September 19, 2016

UPDATE 9/19/16 @ 3:01 — An original version of this story said that Monday Trivia at the Boathouse would be followed by a performance by UNF's Jazz ensemble. That was added to the UNF calendar in error...

 Graphic by Ben Cross

The Week Ahead: Sept. 12-Sept. 18

September 12, 2016

  Monday Sept. 12 Bystander Intervention Launch Party When: 5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m Where: Student Union, Building 58W The Women’s Center presents a film produced by UNF students raising awareness...

Where were you on 9/11: students, professors and staff remember

Where were you on 9/11: students, professors and staff remember

September 11, 2016

My 9/11 story is similar to most children at the time: I was in first grade and my teacher interrupted class to turn on the TV. I lived near a military base, meaning the school was locked down for a...

 Graphic by Ben Cross

The Week Ahead: Sept. 5 – Sept. 11

September 5, 2016

Monday Sept. 5 It’s Labor Day! Don’t. Do. Anything.   Tuesday Sep. 6 Opening Reception for UNF Wood-Fired Ceramics Invitational When: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Where: Student Union, Building 58E,...

A group of friends enjoy their time on the beach in the 1950s. You could do that to, or you could spend your time doing something else from our list. Photo courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

50 ways to get through Labor Day

September 5, 2016

Labor Day is a useless holiday. It was established because of worker’s rights or something. It’s been a hundred years: who cares? It means you can get trashed live as an upstanding citizen for one...

Rain call: Why the Rodney Atkins concert wasnt moved or rescheduled

Rain call: Why the Rodney Atkins concert wasn’t moved or rescheduled

September 3, 2016

Over a thousand students turned up for the “Welcome to the Nest” festival last week eager to watch Rodney Atkins perform, until hazardous weather conditions stepped in. “Everything had indicated...

Panhellenic Recruitment Kick-Off event canceled

Panhellenic Recruitment Kick-Off event canceled

September 1, 2016

With a tropical storm headed for Florida and almost four hundred Potential New Members (PNMs) signed up, kick-off events for Panhellenic Recruitment have been canceled. The Panhellenic Recruitment Kick-Off...

Photo by Lili Weinstein

USMNT descends on Hodges RD

August 31, 2016

The U.S men's national team attempted to emulate sweltering Carribean conditions by practicing at Hodges stadium for its world cup qualifier against St. Vincent and Grenadines, a tiny pocket of islands...

 Graphic by Ben Cross

The Week Ahead: Aug. 29- Sep. 4

August 29, 2016

Monday Aug. 29 Monday Trivia at the Boathouse Where: The Boathouse When: 6:00 p.m. Students compete in a test of minds for prizes. I’ll take “I’m going to this” for $600, Alex.   Tuesday...

Rodney Atkins concert won’t be rescheduled

Rodney Atkins concert won’t be rescheduled

August 28, 2016

  Rodney Atkins will not be returning to UNF after his Saturday night concert was canceled due to lightning, according to a tweet from Osprey Productions. Though the fans had a good time, Atkins...

Rodney Atkins concert canceled due to lightning

Rodney Atkins concert canceled due to lightning

August 28, 2016

https://twitter.com/RodneyAtkins/status/769735469185716224 By all indication, Rodney Atkins was willing to play in the rain, but lightning prevented him. Prevalent thunder and lightning stopped Atkins...

What to know about Rodney Atkins

What to know about Rodney Atkins

August 27, 2016

If you’ve listened to country music in the last ten years you’ve probably heard of Rodney Atkins. If not, Spinnaker has you covered before Osprey Productions’ Welcome to the Nest Festival. Atkins...

The threat of weight gain freshman year may be over-exaggerated.Graphic by Ben Cross

Combating the supposed Freshman 15

August 25, 2016

https://youtu.be/3FpOCmth_F4 Subject to their first taste of freedom from high school and parental guidance, freshman students take on new responsibilities like the taxing balance of work, school and...

The ASUN Conference has suspended intercollegiate play until possibly April fifth at the earliest.

How to weave through ASUN uncertainty

August 25, 2016

UNF is anchored in college basketball mediocrity — and you can blame the conference. Envision the ASUN as an inescapable pit. At the bottom are good teams trapped in small-conference stagnation like...

 Graphic by Ben Cross

The Week Ahead: August 22-28

August 22, 2016

Welcome back Ospreys! The fall semester is underway and there is so much to do in your first week (or first week back). Be sure to check out the calendar of events and the Week of Welcome webpage for the...

 Photo by Mark Judson.

Jaguars season ticket sales a roaring success

July 25, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSWkc0aaIag Video by Brittany Moore and Travis Pridgen For three days, lines of students bought up Student Government’s (SG) discounted season tickets at the Osprey...

Dalls Burke speaking to the Senate about campus issues. Photo by Nick Blank

Student Government enacts 25 free prints again, set to send survey results to university officials

July 22, 2016

*Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the cost of 25 free prints per student is $36,600. The story has been updated to reflect the accurate amount of $33,600.  At the July 20 Senate...

Brooks College of Health. Photo by Lexi Suda

Strong opposition to Student Health Services move off-campus

July 19, 2016

Students voted largely in favor of keeping Student Health Services (SHS) on-campus, in a Student Government (SG) poll conducted last week. Of students polled, 1,176 (81%), said they “would like the...

Photo by Spinnaker Media

Is Student Health Services moving off-campus?

July 13, 2016

UNF may be moving Student Health Services (SHS) off campus so that they can begin accepting health insurance. The university issued an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) to healthcare providers regarding...

Beau Beech and Dallas Moore both finished with 31 points against LSU. Photo by Morgan Purvis

Beech struggles in second summer league game

July 12, 2016

https://twitter.com/OspreyMBB/status/752532461423386624 Former UNF Osprey Beau Beech struggled in his second NBA Summer League game to find the quality from his debut. In over fifteen minutes of playing...

Senate: SG to poll students on Student Health Services possible relocation

Senate: SG to poll students on Student Health Services possible relocation

July 8, 2016

SG to poll students over possible Student Health Services relocation Student government will conduct an Osprey Voice student survey on the potential outsourcing of  Student Health Services (SHS) off-campus. UNF...

Assistant coach Bruce Evans returning to UNF

Assistant coach Bruce Evans returning to UNF

July 6, 2016

Bruce Evans is coming back to the Osprey’s Men’s Basketball coaching staff after a four-year stint at Georgia Tech. He was an assistant under Head Coach Matthew Driscoll at UNF from 2009-2012. During...

Former UNF Professor John Hutcheson passes away at age 71

Former UNF Professor John Hutcheson passes away at age 71

July 1, 2016

John Hutcheson, who died on Tuesday at age 71, taught printmaking at UNF for eight years. He printed at workshops around the world--New York, London, Singapore-- and mastered disciplines of printmaking...

Graphic by Ben Cross

Is student government equivalent to real government? A FAMU lawsuit sparks discussion

June 22, 2016

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that SG is responsible for spending student fees. It has since been corrected to reflect that SG can only allocate these fees.   When a Florida...

Courtesy of Student Government

SG Faces Hiring Difficulty and Analyzes Student Surveys

June 17, 2016

*Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated that Senator Beacham talked directly to SG President Grantham about the hiring bill. Beacham communicated to Grantham through the attorney general,...

Courtesy of Student Government

SG lobbyist saga comes to an end

June 16, 2016

UNF officials announced May 11, the Activity and Services (A&S) fee, the $4.4 million in student fees UNF allocates to Student Government (SG), would no longer be used to fund a student government...

Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded to the scene. 

Photo by Zoe Roland

Update: Campus fire causes $70,000 in damage

June 10, 2016

Update 6/10/16 — 3:10 p.m. Thursday night's fire at the UNF maintenance building caused $70,000 in damages according to a UPD report filed after the incident. A UPD officer was dispatched to the scene...

Ashley said digging at the Mayport site is an incredible learning opportunity for the students. Photo by Nick Blank

Archaeology students find wealth of knowledge in Native American trash piles

June 10, 2016

In the muggy Mayport woods lay a bounty of Native American artifacts from trash piles dating back to 1000 AD. You know the saying. Keith Ashley and his students cleaned and analyzed animal bones, shells...

Senate: University eyes Student Health Services relocation

Senate: University eyes Student Health Services relocation

June 9, 2016

Student Health Services may be moving off campus, Student Body President Caleb Grantham told senators Wednesday. Located in the Brooks College of Health, Student Health Services provides students with...

Tropical Depression 3s projected path and landfall. Graphic courtesy of the NHC.

Tropical system approaches Florida

June 5, 2016

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded a storm system near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to a tropical depression Sunday morning. The upgrade also brought tropical storm warnings for an area stretching...

Ndaba Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s grandson to speak at UNF in February

June 1, 2016

*Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the MLK Jr Scholarship Luncheon would be held on Feb. 23, 2017. The correct date is Feb. 21, 2017. Ndaba Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson,...

DePaul is one of the four delegates representing Floridas Fourth District.  Photo Courtesy of DePaul

UNF Adjunct Professor Represents LGBT Community as Florida’s First Transgender Delegate

May 31, 2016

Monica DePaul isn't afraid to criticize fellow Democrats, challenge the misconceptions about the transgender community or fight for better treatment of adjunct professors. She is a self-published author,...

Despite beating FGCU to start the tournament, the Ospreys season ended at the claws of the Eagles.

Photo  courtesy asunphotos.com

UNF’s season ends in 3-2 loss vs FGCU in ASUN semifinal

May 30, 2016

Corey Fehribach’s solo homer that clanged off the scoreboard in the top of the ninth was the winning run in FGCU’s 3-2 ASUN semifinal win, leaving the Ospreys still searching for their first ASUN...

Now Playing: X-Men: Apocalypse is a waste of time, talent and your money

Now Playing: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is a waste of time, talent and your money

May 28, 2016

This is the worst X-Men film ever made, and I say this with full knowledge of X-Men III and X-Men: Origins. The suits at 20th Century Fox came up with the most clichè-ridden Hindenburg of a plot, which...

Ospreys clip Lipscomb 1-0 in walk off fashion; slip in semifinal nail-biter vs Stetson 7-6

Ospreys clip Lipscomb 1-0 in walk off fashion; slip in semifinal nail-biter vs Stetson 7-6

May 28, 2016

The Ospreys split a pair of one-run Atlantic Sun tournament games in Nashville, though they’re far from finished. UNF baseball won their third round contest against Lipscomb 1-0, but hours later...

Guard Dallas Moore. Photo by Ashley Saldana

Staying put and soaring: Moore returning for senior season while Beech looks ahead

May 26, 2016

The bird hasn’t flown just yet. No Osprey has ever played in the NBA, and the dream must wait another year for Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Dallas Moore, who pulled his name from the 2016 NBA Draft. Moore,...

Photo by Camille Shaw

UNF catcher named semifinalist for best catcher award

May 23, 2016

  When the list of 103 players was whittled down to 15, senior Osprey catcher Keith Skinner’s name remained in contention for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the best catcher in the nation. Skinner...

Photo by Nick Blank

SG Committees: Travel requests approved for grappling, MSA and neuroscience student

May 19, 2016

The Budget & Allocations Committee, with four voting members, approved $5,081 in travel requests in the first committee meeting of the summer semester. The UNF Grappling Club was granted $818 to...

Album Review: Chance The Rapper’s evolution continues on a trippy, religious note

Album Review: Chance The Rapper’s evolution continues on a trippy, religious note

May 18, 2016

“Music is all we got,” slithers an autotuned Kanye West in the first song on Chance the Rapper’s most recent mixtape, Coloring Book. Ye’ introduced a climate where alternative rappers could branch...

Campus Optical is replacing CPR Cellphone Repair and will be available to students by the end of June. (Photo by Nick Blank)

Students can see clearly now: Optical store coming to campus

May 13, 2016

UNF students are about to see a shift in business in Alumni Square. You could call it a spectacle. National college eyeglasses chain Campus Optical will replace CPR Cell Phone Repair, which recently went...

The Student Senate Seal

Photo by Spinnaker Media

BREAKING: UNF to end SG lobbyist contract

May 11, 2016

*Correction: An earlier version of this story read that the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Mauricio Gonzales, decided that the student fees should not be spent on. It has also been corrected...

UNF in hot water with state over bond rating downgrade

UNF in hot water with state over bond rating downgrade

May 11, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2K3Kv3_IzM&feature=youtu.be Video courtesy The Florida Channel, video has been edited for time Florida Governor Rick Scott summoned UNF President John Delaney to...

Boston comedian Bill Burr is set to perform May 8th in Jacksonville at the Moran Theater, located in the Times-Union Center for the Performance Arts.

Just a regular guy: A conversation with comedian Bill Burr

May 5, 2016

Don’t bother letting comedian Bill Burr know that you’re offended. He won’t care. Burr, 47, is at the peak of his career and is at the point where he’s branching out beyond standup performances....

 Photo courtesy Rebecca Rodriguez

Student want their voices heard at Divest UNF protest

April 18, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCGA9SN88dk Video by Nick Blank About 25 student-activists supporting Divest UNF met at the Green under an overcast sky Thurs. April 14 to protest the UNF Foundation’s...

 Photo courtesy Rebecca Rodriguez

Final Spring Senate meeting: Divest UNF bill postponed; eight bills passed; senators sworn in

April 14, 2016

Senate President Chase Baker and Senator Katherine Thames decided to postpone Student Government’s declaration of support for Divest UNF because they felt the meeting’s agenda was too full. “We’ve...

Courtesy of Student Government

Senate President to table Divest UNF bill

April 11, 2016

The University and Student Affairs committee passed a bill (5-0-0) to the Senate supporting Divest UNF. The bill is advocating the UNF Foundation cease investment in the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies...

 Photo courtesy of Glehn Von Loh

UNF to honor veterans with park

March 30, 2016

UNF will construct a veterans’ park near the Student Union. The project has been in the works for several years and is estimated to cost $52,758. Student Government (SG) Senate recently passed a $20,000...

Your new Student-Body President has been confirmed

Your new Student-Body President has been confirmed

March 22, 2016

Correction: Due to reporter error, the vote count of the vacancy solution was incorrect and the Senator candidate process has been clarified. The Spinnaker holds accuracy in its highest regard, and...

Photo by Mark Judson

Spring 2016 election-validation shifted

March 22, 2016

The validation of the Spring 2016 election will occur one week earlier than anticipated because the election must be confirmed within ten business days. Election Commissioner Bradley Johnson altered...

Photo by Joseph Basco

UNF receives $11 million to complete Skinner-Jones Hall overhaul

March 21, 2016

https://youtu.be/xmVj4sAXjfw Video by Nick Blank  The remaining $11 million required for renovating buildings 3 and 4, or Skinner-Jones Hall, was included in the $82.3 billion Florida budget passed...

Club funding reform; revisions to policies and procedures

Club funding reform; revisions to policies and procedures

March 10, 2016

Club Funding Reform Bill The Senate voted unanimously to pass the Club Funding Reform Bill (OB-16S-2945). Club Alliance Director Zachary Mease said the old system wasn’t helping anyone. The previous...

Photo by Nick Blank

Marco Rubio visits the First Coast

March 7, 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio focused on winning the March 15 Florida primary, criticizing Democrats and praising Jacksonville’s military background in a Saturday stop on the First...

Photo by Mark Judson

Spring 2016 Election Results

March 4, 2016

An uncontested election did not deter students from voting for “The Baker Bill” (CR-16S-2926), an attempt to raise the minimum GPA for Student Government members from 2.25 to 2.5. A total of 888...

Calvin Jones enjoys the social aspect of attending games. Photo by Nick Blank

On Game Day: Finding the slice of student life

March 4, 2016

Though the UNF men’s basketball team earned a loss against Florida Gulf Coast University, the energy and support from the fans remained a key element that enhanced the game day experience. Rows upon...

Club Reform Bill sent to Senate

Club Reform Bill sent to Senate

March 2, 2016

Club Reform Bill The Club Funding Reform Bill (OB-16S-2945) passed unanimously in both the Budget and Allocations (B&A) and Constitution and Statutes (C&S) committees to send the bill to the...

2015 Oscar Previews: Leos lucky year

2015 Oscar Previews: Leo’s lucky year

February 27, 2016

I can devote my entire philosophy on the Oscars to a song-- “Award Tour” by A Tribe Called Quest. Not only is it a cheap gag to get me out of writing a proper lede, but the song is saying awards have...

Photo by Nick Blank

2016-17 A&S budget approved

February 25, 2016

Correction: Due to an editor's error, Senator Beaucham was misquoted in the original posting of the story. His quote has been corrected and clarified below. The Spinnaker takes accuracy and clarity very...

 Graphic by Alice Maule

Senate votes to raise GPA requirement; students to vote

February 24, 2016

The Baker Bill (CR-16S-2926), which would restrict eligibility for Student Government to only those students with a 2.5 GPA or above,  remains the only confirmed item on the spring election ballot. “There...

Courtesy of Student Government

BAC Approves New laptops for Elections; Travel Requests; Policy Changes; Meeting in Under a Minute

February 18, 2016

New Year, New Tech The Budget and Allocations committee (BAC) approved a $12,772 special request for 10 laptops. They will be designated for student use during the upcoming SG elections pending a...

Review: Hail, Caesar is a Coen Brother masterpiece

Review: Hail, Caesar is a Coen Brother masterpiece

February 11, 2016

Hail, Caesar is a movie the Coen Brothers were dying to make. Hail, Caesar borrows so many of the Coen Brothers’ favorite elements (Minnesota and the Jewish experience excluded). They like their comedies...

Senate sends HRO to City Council, Mayor; Referendum to raise SG GPA; End of proxy voting

Senate sends HRO to City Council, Mayor; Referendum to raise SG GPA; End of proxy voting

February 11, 2016

HRO The Senate voted 27-0-4 to endorse the expansion of Jacksonville's Human Rights Ordinance (JR-16S-2927: HRO). “People should be protected regardless of their gender identity, gender expression,...

 Graphic by Alice Maule

United Party unopposed in election; Presidency just about certain

February 8, 2016

The United Party’s Caleb Grantham is set to become Student Government (SG) President due to an uncontested candidacy, according to SG Election Commissioner Bradley Johnson. “There are twenty candidates...

Photo by Spinnaker Media

Committee approves budget in emergency meeting

February 5, 2016

The Budget and Allocations Committee approved the 2016-2017 budget by a vote of 5-0-1 in an emergency meeting Wednesday. The Senate will vote on the finalized budget Feb. 22. Now that Lend-A-Wing is...

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HRO support, budget delays, and SG minimum GPA is reset

February 3, 2016

  University & Student Affairs Student Government Senator Christopher Jordan proposed legislation (JR-16S-2927: HRO) to support the Jacksonville City Council’s upcoming vote to expand the...

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