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OPINION: UNF early voting site underperforms, but is important nonetheless

November 11, 2018

With midterm elections over (excluding the recount), the Duval County Supervisor of Elections has released voting data and statistics, including the number of voters that used each voting site. Among those...

OPINION: Midterm elections Blue trickle, red sea

OPINION: Midterm elections Blue trickle, red sea

November 8, 2018

Once again, we were promised a blue wave. And once again, the Democrats got the results we’ve all come to expect: disappointment. Yes, the Democrats now control the House, barely, but in the run-up to...

Thousands of migrants are heading towards the U.S. border. Courtesy Associated Press YouTube.

OPINION: The migrant caravan myths are the real danger

November 7, 2018

In actual, material reality, the “Migrant Caravan” is a non-issue. A couple thousand of desperate, mistreated human beings have embarked on a dangerous journey north, some with the goal of seeking...

Photo courtesy of MOCA Jacksonville.

OPINION: The Unjust Firing of Mauricio Gonzalez

November 5, 2018

On Aug. 13, 2018, Mauricio Gonzalez, the Vice President of Student and International Affairs, was suddenly fired by President David Szymanski. This firing comes after 18 years of service to the university...

Activists gather outside of the Duval County Courthouse in response to the recent death of transgender community members.

OPINION: The Trump administration’s latest attack on transgender Americans

October 28, 2018

On October 30, 2016, Donald Trump was photographed holding a rainbow flag at a campaign rally—the flag, handed to him by a supporter, was upside-down and had “LGBTs for Trump” scribbled on it with...

A voter registration form.

OPINION: Voter suppression: The Republican electoral strategy

October 24, 2018

Of all the values that the United States claims to represent, freedom is the one most strongly marketed. America is the land of the free and famously intervenes in order to bring “freedom and democracy”...

OPINION: Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s rising fascist demagogue

OPINION: Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s rising fascist demagogue

October 23, 2018

In our increasingly volatile political climate, accusations of fascism tend to be thrown about without any support for the claim. When a particular candidate is accused of fascism, many people tend to...

Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist presumed dead after entering a Saudi Arabia embassy in Turkey. Image Courtesy flicker.com/photos/pomed/

OPINION: Murdered journalist exposes American media’s failure to cover Saudi Arabia’s crimes

October 17, 2018

There is a lot of ground to cover for the contemporary journalist. The defining value of modern news agencies is essentially that “everyone must know everything all the time,” and the amount of newsworthy...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

OPINION: Civility is Dead, Hallelujah!

October 14, 2018

From the beginning of the 2016 election up to this current moment, there has been a loss of civility in political discourse. Gone are the days of reasoned debate, bipartisanship and commitment to country...

OPINION: Jason Van Dyke verdict brings new hope to battle over police brutality

OPINION: Jason Van Dyke verdict brings new hope to battle over police brutality

October 7, 2018

I didn’t think Jason Van Dyke would be held accountable for the murder of Laquan McDonald. It seems very few did. Case after case, from the killings of Michael Brown Jr., Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and...

UNFs Student Union will likely be effected by the test.  Photo by Alexis Molinaro

OPINION: The Nanny University

October 2, 2018

Universities hold the unique position of being the first place many young adults live away from their families. UNF is no different and, while the university has a reputation as a commuter school, there...

OPINION: Elon Musk and the myth of meritocracy

OPINION: Elon Musk and the myth of meritocracy

October 1, 2018

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has not had a very good year. Despite having a raving fan base who defends him at every turn, Musk’s public reputation has tanked due to a variety...

Recently appointed Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

OPINION: Kavanaugh’s confirmation process is more evidence that the Supreme Court is undemocratic

September 23, 2018

*Correction: 1:15 p.m. An earlier version of this opinion piece said that there were 535 representatives. There are only 100 senators in the Senate. The United States has spent most of its existence...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

OPINION: The American cultural necropolis

September 20, 2018

As the second decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the American culture industry seems to have either given up or just stopped producing anything new. It seemed in some way inevitable that...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

OPINION: Climate science ban jeopardizes lives in North Carolina

September 14, 2018

As Hurricane Florence begins to batter North Carolina, previous laws passed in North Carolina outlawing climate science could cost lives. Hurricane Florence is currently predicted to bring historic...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

OPINION: Friday afternoon and nowhere to go

September 9, 2018

As much as Friday nights are deemed as the “time to go out,” even the most social people sometimes find their Fridays less exciting than usual. Every so often, Friday rolls around and no one wants...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

OPINION: How Not to Protest

September 7, 2018

Protest, mass action and rebellion have been a part of the American political conscience since the nation’s tumultuous beginning. From historical actions such as turn of the century labor actions, the...

Graphic by Sam Chaney

OPINION: Andrew Gillum should be the Democrats’ new moderate

September 2, 2018

Even with the rise of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries and a renewed interest in social democratic policies, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Democratic gubernatorial...

Sign stating Break the silence stop the violence.

OPINION: Coping with tragedy next door

August 30, 2018

After yet another weekend of violence that left both a popular game bar and a high school football game shot up, Jacksonville once again becomes the site of national tragedy. National media, focusing their...

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OPINION: The UNF Globe’s Misquote Shows the Importance of the Humanities

August 25, 2018

If you’ve walked around campus, then you are most likely familiar with the globe statue that sits near the social sciences building. The globe stands in the center of a fairly well-trafficked system...

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OPINION: The Confucius Institute: The latest casualty of American xenophobia and hypocrisy

August 24, 2018

As a US-China trade war begins to take shape due to President Trump’s tariffs on a multitude of Chinese goods, American universities are beginning to suffer due to a new xenophobic red scare targeting...

Papa Johns in the John A. Delaney Student Union.

OPINION: Papa Gone; Papa John’s removal is more than just combating bigotry, it’s business

August 7, 2018

UNF President David Szymanski surprised many on Aug. 1 when he declared in a message to students that the campus Papa John’s would be closing its doors due to the racist comments of its now ousted founder,...

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