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Jack of all trades: UNF holds the latest career for octogenarian working as a maintenance mechanic

August 12, 2014

Dale Baker comes into the lobby of the lockshop, a folder of old pictures in hand. He introduces himself and jumps to say he’s not sure why I want to interview him. I tell him everyone has a story....

Spinnaker’s guide to UNF clubs

August 7, 2014

At first glance, it may not seem like UNF is the epitome of an active campus life, but UNF actually has over 200 clubs. Clubs vary from a shared love for a hobby to a deep concern for the community. For...

More than meets the eye: behind the scenes with team manager Freesman

March 25, 2014

[nicevideo link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TcjC_8rjqM"] Zack Freesman sits under the basket. His fingers are laced, feet spread apart, leaning forward. His eyes follow the ball intently....

Ghostwriting class aims to do the unrealistic

March 13, 2014

Senior English major Hurley Winkler remembers Professor Mark Ari pulling her aside after her Advanced Fiction workshop to invite her to be part of a class he said no one had ever done before. “‘I...

Coffee shop conversations lead to crowdfunding event

March 13, 2014

One Spark Festival takes over downtown Jacksonville “In a city that is nearly crippled by meetings and talking about meetings, and conducting studies on a series of meetings, these guys had a few...

Does anybody care that there hasn’t been an SG election this year?

March 11, 2014

Once again, there weren't Student Government elections held this year. Elections were supposed to take place the week of March 3, but an election requires candidates, competition, and interest - all of...

Club Profile: FSA connects on Filipino time

March 11, 2014

Anna Santiago is called to the front to be auctioned off. She is wearing a black leather jacket, snowman fleece pajama pants, and high heels. She takes off her leather jacket as she walks to the front...

Wear a Turban Day shows it’s always better together

February 27, 2014

Ashok Bazaz and Sukhbir Singh have never cut their hair in their lives. They are Sikhs and believe hair, including facial and head hair should never be removed.  The turban keeps their hair in place...

It’s model, not plus-size model

February 25, 2014

One word comes to mind when looking at a picture of supermodel Robyn Lawley walking up the beach in a printed bikini: hot -- no, wait, two words: ridiculously hot. This is one of many swimsuit-clad...

Wake Up: Foods that give you energy

February 24, 2014

For all of you (rare yet existent) who stand against coffee and energy drinks, I have a solution for you. Energy can in fact be found in things that are not sold at Starbucks, found in vending machines...

Student Profile: Maddie Miller

February 18, 2014

Maddie Miller Psychology Freshman Q: Has college been worth it? A: Yes, I feel like it definitely has. You can meet a lot of people here and explore your different interests so I’m really happy...

Homecoming 2014 events: An ’80s rock spin

February 17, 2014

Homecoming Week is in full swing. Check out these calendar listings for the upcoming events. Monday, Feb. 17: Mr. and Ms. UNF 7:00 p.m. at the Lazzara Performance Hall Watch students compete...

Get off your couch and go to MOCA: free to students

February 12, 2014

[nicevideo link=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMgpjxLtBUQ] The Facts: What: Downtown Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art Cost: Free to UNF students with an ID. Date: Tuesday, Wednesday,...

UNF Foundation official says making money trumps other social concerns

February 7, 2014

From recycling bins to new water bottle filling stations, UNF has all the makings of a “green” campus. But when it comes to investments, all bets are off. The UNF Foundation is a nonprofit organization...

Sleep debt can cost students a lot

February 6, 2014

What researchers call “sleep debt” is proven to decrease your memory and learning ability. The infamous all-nighter: intended to help you make a better grade on tomorrow’s exam by skipping out...

Where’s the Men’s Center?

February 5, 2014

Why is there no Men’s Center on UNF’s campus? Sheila Spivey, director of the Women’s Center, said more women than men have asked her this question. In the event a male approaches Spivey about...

Drink up: coffee is better for you than you think

February 5, 2014

Four-hundred billion: this is the number of coffee cups brewed, poured and consumed every year according to Medical News Today. With coffee being a prominent part of our lives, it’s about time to get...

Trendy foods

January 14, 2014

Eating can make you one of the cool kids on the playground now. Food is becoming confusing. Food used to be just food, but now it has been split up into categories: junk food, healthy food, fast...

“Hanging Out” on Tinder

November 8, 2013

The pilot announced it was now safe to turn our electronic devices back on. I stood up from my aisle seat to grab my bag from the overhead compartment. I noticed a girl a few aisles ahead of me turn her...

Textbook trends shifting, tuition and fees could be affected

November 2, 2013

Nobody likes buying textbooks. They’re big, sometimes heavy, usually not fun to read and, most importantly, expensive. Some students buy their books at the UNF Bookstore, others buy online and some don’t...

Social media etiquette

October 21, 2013

The ultimate example of a love-hate relationship is our relationship with social media. I admit, social media can be addicting. Like most of us, I’ve used outlets of social media to find out which...

Crime alert recalled

September 16, 2013

A woman reported being robbed to the University Police Department on Sept. 14 then admitted she made up the story later that day. William “Bill” Strudel, UPD interim chief, was awoken at 4 a.m....

Having children is an expectation, not a decision

September 14, 2013

We seem to have a set of questions associated with each age group. During college, we’re asked about boyfriends and girlfriends. As we start settling down with full-time jobs, we are asked about...

Inhaling the unknown

September 13, 2013

Traditional cigarettes have some competition. Sales of electronic cigarettes are expected to surpass $1 billion this year, according to CNN. For those that don’t know, electronic cigarettes...

Alcohol nutrition

September 11, 2013

You may begin to notice nutrition labels on alcoholic drinks -- well, only if the manufacturer wants them there, and they may not be there for long. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau...

Living To Work

September 9, 2013

In 1980, a UNF student could work four hours a week — at minimum wage — to cover a year’s tuition. A UNF student doing the same today would need to work seventeen hours a week. The American tradition...

Lyme Disease Bites — Not just in the Northeast

September 5, 2013

  Three years ago, while studying Lyme disease at UNF, Dr. Kerry Clark received complaints from a resident in northern Georgia. The resident was concerned the thriving number of ticks in...

“Sustained” —Atlantic Beach Police internal affairs investigation offers insight into UNF hiring decision

September 4, 2013

At an Atlantic Beach crosswalk March 31, 2010, Ashley Stump pressed the button, the walk light turned on and she started pedaling her bicycle across Fairway Villas Lane. She said it was then an Atlantic...

Our beliefs on privacy are hypocritical

July 18, 2013

The convenience of the Internet came with a cost -- the disintegration of privacy. Edward Snowden faces espionage charges for exposing anti-terrorism programs run by the National Security Agency that...

Monsanto dubbed “Most Evil Corporation of the Year”

June 24, 2013

Monsanto promises ethical behavior, honesty and respect. They aren’t fooling anyone.  Respondents on a NaturalNews survey titles Monsanto “The Most Evil Corporation of the Year.” Monsanto is...

Final exams: a waste of time?

June 22, 2013

It's Starbucks’ busiest week, there’s barely a place left to sit in the library and every student seems to be tearing his or her hair out. It’s final exam week. Final exams are supposedly way...

Fat taxes: a failure of a solution to obesity

June 16, 2013

Lawmakers think they’ve found the solution to the obesity epidemic: A fat tax. Fat taxes tax certain foods considered “junky.” As of 2009-’10, almost 70 percent of Americans over the age of...

Bright Futures requirement to submit FAFSA changed

May 30, 2013

In high school Ms. Porubski, told Grechen Fields there was a way to get “free money” for college. The way was FAFSA. But this “free money” did not come at a small cost. Fields spent about...

Greek members hope to find a place to call home

April 18, 2013

Currently, the UNF Greek community lives a nomadic life, typically holding the chapter meetings that bring them together in classrooms, banquet halls and other places they can fit on campus. But that could...

Boost your metabolism and immune system for finals week

April 18, 2013

Metabolism: We know it as the secret weapon that helps us burn calories. Get inspired, because we can help it burn even more calories just by the foods we eat — no hours on the treadmill required...

Are protein supplements doing more harm than good?

April 10, 2013

Protein has always had a positive image in the public eye. We all know it as the lovely nutrient that helps us grow strong. But here in America, we like things in excess. Americans consume twice...

How to make every trip to Starbucks a healthier one

April 5, 2013

There are 87,000 ways to make a drink at Starbucks, according to the Business Insider. This number of possible combinations makes the goal of ordering something not absolutely terrible for you seem...

Getting rid of gluten: the healthier choice, or just a fad?

March 13, 2013

Humans have been growing wheat for nearly 4,500 years. After all these years, there has recently been mutiny against wheat-based foods. This begs the question: why? Perhaps you’ve heard of...

No Meat March: Try eating something green

March 6, 2013

While for many students this may be just another month of the school year to trudge through, for others it’s a challenge in the form of No Meat March. No Meat March is an annual event hosted by...

Common myths cracked about your fruits and vegetables

February 26, 2013

It wouldn’t be a far-off statement to say that fruits and vegetables are the universally known, healthy food groups. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends making half your plate fruits...

Are Artificial Sweeteners Making Us Fat?

February 20, 2013

Maybe. We use artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, Equal and Sweet'N’ Low because common belief is that no calories means no extra pounds. However, things aren’t always that cut and...

Frozen yogurt versus ice cream: are we fooling ourselves?

February 14, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. “No one eats ice cream anymore. There are more frozen yogurt places down the street than I can even count. It’s delicious — there are so many options for...

Got five minutes? Your stomach does

February 6, 2013

The alarm clock goes off.Is it morning already? It seems like you’ve barely slept. You have a full day of classes ahead of you, but the snooze button beckons another push. Five more minutes of sleep...

Unemployment down, Jobs after graduation up

February 1, 2013

UNF graduates will see increased job opportunities in the Northeast Florida region for the upcoming year. With more jobs in the area, unemployment rates have improved decreasing from 9.5 percent...

Choose the healthier options when driving through

January 30, 2013

Don't worry, I assure you this is not yet another article telling you you’ll get fat by just stepping into McDonalds. Let’s look at the fact: we’re college students. Conserving time, energy, and...

Spinnaker’s Guide to the Flu

January 29, 2013

This flu season, UNF students have a high risk of developing a highly contagious virus that could potentially impact GPAs for the spring semester. The number of outpatient visits for reported flu-like...

Freshman 15 ring a bell?

January 24, 2013

Eighty-four percent of college students said they drank within the last year, according to a survey administered by the Century Council, an organization striving to reduce drunk driving and underage drinking...

Shuttles to don UNF branding

November 16, 2012

The new UNF shuttles are being branded after being blank for nearly two months. Melinda Gallup, UNF contract administrator for its shuttle system, said the process of applying branding started over...

No Lot 14 shuttle stop zeroes out CDRC field trips

November 16, 2012

In previous years, the UNF Child Development Research Center used the Lot 14 shuttle lots for extra programming. But when the shuttle system changed at the beginning of fall, that stop disappeared...

Road to Asia event showcases Asian culture

November 9, 2012

Through means of dances, songs and instruments, the Road to Asia event Thursday showcased the culture of Asia. The UNF Asia club hosted the second annual Road to Asia, in conjunction with the Intercultural...

UNF to limit student withdrawals fall 2013

November 6, 2012

UNF is implementing a policy in fall 2013 that will limit the number of withdrawals students can make throughout their undergraduate careers to six, said Megan Keuhner, UNF’s registrar. All students...

UNF hosts civil discourse on public prayer

October 31, 2012

UNF held “A Community Conversation on Public Prayer: Beyond Talking Points” Tuesday at the University Center, an event aimed toward encouraging people to converse about the topic of public prayer...

Blue lift blocks sidewalk in front of J. Brooks Brown Hall

October 30, 2012

A blue lift near J. Brooks Brown Hall leading to Peace Plaza blocked the sidewalk for students today. Stephen Fagan, the assistant director of UNF Physical Facilities, said the lift has been traveling...

Binder responds to national attention, criticism for presidential poll methodology

October 30, 2012

A recent poll conducted in UNF’s polling lab indicating President Obama ahead by four percentage points received national attention, as well as criticism. Michael Binder, a UNF political science...

Unofficial fall election results: Red Party wins 19 Senate seats, Yellow Party lands 1

October 25, 2012

With more than 3,400 votes cast, the Red Party swept the Senate elections Oct. 23-24, taking 19 seats, according to the unofficial election results announced today in the Senate Chambers. The Yellow...

UNF Reads featured author visits campus

October 24, 2012

  UNF Reads hosted a lecture Tuesday featuring the author of “Outcasts United,” this year’s required reading for incoming UNF freshman. The event, sponsored by UNF Academic Affairs,...

UNF hosts fourth annual Take Back the Night event, observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 17, 2012

UNF’s Women’s Center and Alphi Chi Omega women’s fraternity hosted the fourth annual Take Back the Night March and candlelight vigil Tuesday to help unite the community in raising awareness about...

UNF poll indicates Obama’s slight Florida lead

October 11, 2012

Results of a poll conducted by approximately 180 UNF students with the university's Public Opinion Research Laboratory Oct. 1-9 indicate a slender lead for President Obama in Florida: 49 percent to 45...

English professor’s ‘Bad Night’s Sleep’ takes home Shamus Award

October 9, 2012

CORRECTION | Oct. 9 @ 8:43 p.m. | Due to an editor's error, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated Dr. Michael Wiley's previous recognition by the Private Eye Writers of America. The...

Two staircase entrances, exits locked in Student Union East Building

September 28, 2012

Two doors leading to two sets of staircases in the back of Student Government in the Student Union East Building have been locked for safety concerns. These staircases are open on first and second...

JTA could offer 25 percent discount to UNF students

September 20, 2012

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and UNF are collaborating in an effort to extend to students and staff a money-saving way to use public transportation. UNF disseminated a survey...

Potential on-campus Chick-fil-A sparks online petition

September 12, 2012

Student outrage at the possibility of a Chick-fil-A on campus sizzles on with an online petition to block the fast food restaurant from replacing Sbarro in Alumni Square. Gerald Joseph, the former...

Students gather to construct a Wall of Remembrance

September 5, 2012

More than 20 students gathered on the Osprey Lawn Tuesday to construct a wall to encourage students to voice their opinions about peace. Students can contribute to the wall, which will be dedicated...

‘Voice Your Vote’ campaign visits UNF

August 30, 2012

The ‘Voice Your Vote’ campaign, a college convention tour, visited UNF Tuesday, with the goal of inspiring young voters to become active members of the political community. A panel of three,...

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