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Spinnaker Does Shaky Knees: May 14th, 2017

May 15, 2017

Sunday was the end of our Shaky Knees adventure, but absolutely a day that all festival goers will never forget. The fest ended with sensational performances all day from bands like Third Eye Blind, The...

Photo by Mark Judson

UPDATE: Parking permit sales unavailable

July 25, 2016

As of noon Monday, the Parking Services office has confirmed the online permit purchasing system is down until further notice. The website says it's due to a “database error”. Spinnaker spoke to Parking...

Connection Fest hangs out in Metropolitan Park

Connection Fest hangs out in Metropolitan Park

July 25, 2016

Local alternative station X102.9 hosted the Connection Fest on Saturday down by the river at Metropolitan Park. They even had Wu Tang. screams internally Some quite different sounds headlined this riverside...

Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 16th.  Photo by Camille Shaw

Record Store Day: The Ultimate Guide

April 15, 2016

Vinyl-lovers rejoice, the tenth-annual Record Store Day is spinning this Saturday at record stores around the globe, and a couple places right in Jacksonville. The Record Store Day holiday has come...

Ducky the goose didnt make it at the vets office. He later died of internal bleeding.  photo by Rachel Cazares.

Student makes big efforts to save injured goose

April 15, 2016

  You may have seen him the other day, on Yik Yak or Snapchat, whatever, holding a goose by the Fountains. He was on his way to the gym, when he noticed an injured goose on the Fountains boardwalk....

Thai green curry. Photo by Mark Judson

How to grocery shop without mom’s help

April 5, 2016

Keeping food in the pantry can be a challenge for a college student on a budget. The fast-food runs seem cheap but they start to add up, and there’s no reason to spend money on bad food. Cooking your...

There was a lot of confetti and smoke to make the Arena look like a party.  Photo by Rachel Cazares.

In review: Steve Aoki comes to campus for OP spring concert

April 3, 2016

I don't listen to EDM. Never been to a show, don't know what to wear to them, all that jazz. I listen to a lot of punk music. So, you can imagine I felt like I was going to be a little out of place...

Exposed: What are Wellness Center classes like?

Exposed: What are Wellness Center classes like?

April 2, 2016

The Student Wellness Complex, recognized as a Top 10 building at the American Institute of Architects Florida Convention, houses a state-of-the-art fitness complex alongside a series of classes guaranteed...

Freshman Fynn Timm won the 300m steeplechase for the Ospreys this weekend.

Photo by Emily Woodbury

Track and field starts outdoor season hot

March 30, 2016

The racing Ospreys had an impressive showing during the first outdoor meet of the year on Friday at the UNF Spring Break Invitational at Hodges Stadium, with multiple runners posting very quick, beginning-of-the-season...

EXCLUSIVE: How to make a Steve Aoki cake, straight from Steve Aokis people

EXCLUSIVE: How to make a Steve Aoki cake, straight from Steve Aoki’s people

March 9, 2016

If you’ve never been to a Steve Aoki show before, OP’s Spring Concert is the time to pop your "Cake Face" cherry. We’ve got ahold of Aoki’s contract rider between him and the school, and his requests...

Most Anticipated Album Releases for Spring

Most Anticipated Album Releases for Spring

March 3, 2016

As we await Drake's new album, View From the 6, plenty of other great albums are rearing their heads this spring to hold us over. (See the full schedule below.) For all the old souls out there, the great...

Freshman Logan Poteet cranks out a 4:14 one mile at the indoor conference championships, taking first.

Photo taken by Hope Schneider.

UNF Track and Field dominates indoor conference championships

February 29, 2016

The men’s and women’s track and field team traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina last weekend to compete in the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships, and left with more than a few...

Bale takes on the heavy task of portraying the perfect Batman.  Photo courtesy Creative Commons.

Christian Bale’s Best and Worst Roles

February 15, 2016

Since Christian Bale has been pretty active in films lately, with The Big Short in December 2015 and Knight of Cups coming up on Mar. 4, let's talk about his best and worst movies. He's been around in...

Even though the book title is a surprise, the genre is on the wrapping paper so you and your cutie can pick out a romance novel if you want. #TommyGBlindDate   Photo courtesy Thomas G. Carpenter Library.

How to make Valentine’s Day special when you’re broke

February 12, 2016

College students with a Valentine are usually rare enough, since there isn’t much time outside of solo sweatpant-study-nights to go looking, but a student with a Valentine and some money to spend on...

 Graphic by Alice Maule

Spin This: The Second Edition

February 5, 2016

Spin This is Spinnaker’s weekly new music playlist, designed to discuss who we think are the top bands in the genre lately. Each writer has their own taste, and we hope you can relate to one of us...

 Graphic by Alice Maule

Spin This: Spring Concert Guide 2016 Edition

January 30, 2016

Spin This is Spinnaker’s weekly new music playlist, designed to discuss who we think are the top bands in the genre lately. Each writer has their own taste, and we hope you can relate to one of us...

 Graphic by Alice Maule

Spin This: Playlists of the best Punk, Hip-Hop, and Rap of 2015

January 22, 2016

Spin This is Spinnaker’s weekly new music playlist, designed to discuss who we think are the top bands in the genre lately. Each writer has their own taste, and we hope you can relate to one of us...

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‘A River Speaks’ gives life to nature

January 14, 2016

“In silence A river speaks Through artists Who sit by her shore and listen Or paddle quiet into her heart” -Jim Draper In their kayak, the world quiets down. They breathe easier, deeper than...

Getting up close and personal at The Big Ticket

Getting up close and personal at The Big Ticket

December 8, 2015

Check out the full video interviews with Lola Rising, Robert Delong, and MUTEMATH by clicking on the band names in the article. Before the music even started at the Big Ticket on Sunday, I thought we...

Gallery: Spinnaker stops by The Big Ticket

Gallery: Spinnaker stops by The Big Ticket

December 7, 2015

In case you missed it, UNF Spinnaker was at the Big Ticket on Sunday! We will be posting full event coverage throughout the week, complete with video, exclusive interviews with Glass Animals, MUTEMATH,...

Eman Abdulhalim and Nick Abram have the second exhibit by a current UNF student in the Lufrano Gallery ever, the last being in 2011. Photo by Rachel Cazares

Students express heritage through ceramics in “Community: Different Together”

December 4, 2015

Video by Rachel Cazares and Michael HerreraTwo ceramics students got the spotlight on Dec. 1, when their senior art show was featured in the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery in a reception showcasing...

Photo by Rachel Cazares

6 things to dread about going home for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

Home-cooked meals are nice. Being around loved ones is nice – for a time. You’d think a holiday meant primarily for eating would be any college student’s dream, since many of us haven’t had a...

Wrapping turban.  Photo courtesy of @uofnorthflorida on Instagram

Sikh Society of NE Florida host Wear A Turban Day

November 19, 2015

Campus was crawling with students sporting turbans on Nov. 18, courtesy of the Sikh Society of Northeast Florida and their effort to familiarize society with far-east culture. Wear A Turban Day at the...

The members of Teen Divorce, besides Saunders, all quit in the same week for various reasons. Through persistence and diligence, Be is recorded and ready to be put out. Photo by Rachel Cazares

Teen Divorce talk shoegaze, chicken dinner, and new EP “Be”

November 13, 2015

At the moment, Teen Divorce is a one-man-band with a brand new EP, a tight grip on the origins of shoegaze, and a solid understanding of the woes of being in a developing local band. The man behind...

The torn jacket from a multicultural fraternity (Sigma Beta Rho) was found hung by a tree near the Green this morning. Photo by Blake Allen

UPDATE: Torn multicultural fraternity jacket hung on tree near Green

November 12, 2015

  UPDATE - 11/12/15 at 3:38 p.m. Chief Frank Mackesy provides information on how UNFPD will proceed with their investigation of the incident involving Sigma Beta Rho fraternity. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yac7ZDehJNE] The...

Photo by Riley Labaw

On the Couch: Winter Wave

October 21, 2015

Video by Michael Herrera and John Crone "On the Couch" is a (roughly) bi-weekly interview segment at Spinnaker Radio with local and visiting music artists. Produced by the combined forces of Radio,...

Shack Maui recently gave away free empanadas to customers who posted their orders on Instagram. 

Image courtesy Instagram

Student-run eatery Shack Maui provides a late-night stop for hungry Ospreys

October 14, 2015

Fast food will sometimes satisfy that late-night craving for a good meal, but the new Shack Maui restaurant, opened by UNF student Mauricio Valderruten offers one of the only fresh-cooked meals you can...

Guitarist Josh Ivey tests out his new distortion pedals he got out of trading with a friend. Photo by Rachel Cazares

Local band On Guard to release new album “Where Are You Now” at 1904 Music Hall

October 9, 2015

The boys of On Guard are ready to release their brand new album Where Are You Now this Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1904 Music Hall, featuring new members and a new sound. On Guard started up around three years...

Dave WhiteWolf, a flutist and historian, was a storyteller during the celebration. Students and others leaned in close to hear Native American tales.

Photo by Rachel Cazares

Intercultural Center for PEACE holds Native American celebration with food, music and stories

October 8, 2015

The Intercultural Center for PEACE (ICP) hosted a Native American Heritage celebration in the Osprey Plaza on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring traditional dance, food and storytelling. The...

A shuttle means students of-age can enjoy the beer garden portion of the event safely. Photo courtesy of Facebook

UNF provides shuttle to this month’s Oktoberfest Artwalk

October 2, 2015

This month’s Oktoberfest-themed Downtown Artwalk just got a lot more accessible for students. The Office of Campus Life is providing a shuttle to the third-annual Oktoberfest at Artwalk on Oct. 7...

Indie rock band Lydia stops in Jacksonville for a night of headbanging and crying

Indie rock band Lydia stops in Jacksonville for a night of headbanging and crying

September 25, 2015

Indie rock band Lydia rolled their Run Wild North American Tour through Jacksonville last night at 1904 Music Hall, with guests Turnover, Seahaven, and the Technicolors for a delightful night of headbanging...

The Game Room hosts numerous gaming tournaments throughout the year, from Mario Kart to Halo 5, coming in November.

Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Student Union game room hosts Super Smash Bros. 4 tournament

September 22, 2015

The most intense gamers at UNF will be battling their favorite childhood videogame characters to the death on Thursday at the Super Smash Brothers 4 tournament hosted by the Student Union Game Room. Master...

The gender inclusive housing, at the Osprey Fountains, provides a safe and welcoming home for UNF students.  Photo by Garrett Milanovich

UNF students find their niche in lifestyle-based housing option

September 16, 2015

This fall, UNF introduced a new gender nonconforming housing opportunity for students living on campus.  This, combined with a private off-campus faith-based housing community, offers a fresh take...

Big Sean to perform at UNF in October with Asher Roth opening

Big Sean to perform at UNF in October with Asher Roth opening

September 14, 2015

Osprey Productions (OP) announced Big Sean and Asher Roth for UNF’s fall concert on Oct. 8 at the Student Union Amphitheatre. The concert is free with an Osprey1Card, and general admission tickets...

Senior physics major Thomas Olejiczak with UNF’s helium liquefier. Photo by Jack Drain

UNF undergrads have rare access to helium liquefier

September 8, 2015

At the end of July, the Physics Department at UNF became one of the only universities in the nation to install a helium liquefier and make it available to undergraduate students. The $250,000 liquefier...

Graphic by Morgan Purvis

Spinnaker to hold magazine release party at the Boathouse

September 1, 2015

UPDATE - 9/8/15 at 7:50 p.m. View a gallery of photos taken at the party below. [doptg id="173"] -- Spinnaker Magazine is holding a magazine release party on Sept. 4 at the Boathouse from...

UNF Surf Team takes second at national competition

UNF Surf Team takes second at national competition

June 22, 2015

Last weekend, the UNF Surf Team placed second overall at the NSSA National Collegiate Surfing Championships in Dana Point, California, for a team all-time best placing at the national level. Although...

The UNF surf team. 

Photo courtesy Facebook

UNF surf team ready to rip into nationals in California

June 13, 2015

This weekend, the UNF Surf Team will be competing in the 2015 NSSA National Collegiate Surfing Championships at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California with hopes to become the first East Coast...

Findel-Hawkins knocked out of NCAA Singles Championship

Findel-Hawkins knocked out of NCAA Singles Championship

May 29, 2015

Jack Findel-Hawkins, the first Osprey to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, made it as far as the Round of 64 at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. Findel-Hawkins'...

UNF Surf Team blows competition out of the water

UNF Surf Team blows competition out of the water

April 18, 2015

The UNF Surf Team won overall in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) East Coast Championships for the first time in team history April 9-12 at New Smyrna Beach, Fla. This victory gives...

Record Store Day 2015: Where the needle will and won’t drop in Jacksonville

Record Store Day 2015: Where the needle will and won’t drop in Jacksonville

April 17, 2015

In 2008, Carrie Colliton and Michael Kurtz invited the world to Rasputin Music in San Francisco for Record Store Day -- a holiday the pair told Spinnaker they created in 2007 after noticing other music...

Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile will play Southeast Beast day one.
Photo courtesy Facebook

The underground unites for a two-day music festival this weekend

April 3, 2015

With head banging scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, sleeping in won’t be an option for those attending Southeast Beast II this weekend. SEB II, the follow up to For Your Friends (FYF)...

Hindered baby coral development leads biology professor and students to the Florida Keys

Hindered baby coral development leads biology professor and students to the Florida Keys

April 1, 2015

  Dr. Cliff Ross and a group of hand-picked biology students traveled to the Florida Keys last summer to conduct innovative research on coral reefs. Due to a myriad of problems and diseases...

UNF short filmmakers to compete internationally in Hollywood

UNF short filmmakers to compete internationally in Hollywood

March 10, 2015

Campus Movie Fest (CMF) filmmakers and show goers buzzed with excitement last night in the Lazzara Performance Hall where the top 16 student-made short films debuted and winners were announced. Winners...

Osprey Productions sticks to its word: Sublime with Rome plays in UNF Ballroom

Osprey Productions sticks to its word: Sublime with Rome plays in UNF Ballroom

March 7, 2015

Uncertainty combined with urgency could be seen Friday morning on the faces of OZ Music Fest staffers on the Hodges Stadium field when 10 a.m. came and no band hit the stage. Less than 30 tents...

Spinnaker asked Sublime with Rome’s singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez about the band’s upcoming show at UNF.
Photo courtesy Facebook.

Rome Ramirez is stoked for OZ Music Fest

March 4, 2015

Sublime with Rome will perform an hour-long set at OZ Music Fest this Friday, March 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on an outdoor stage in Hodges Stadium. OZ Music Fest attendees can expect to watch...

Lamps are a recurring theme in Boysin’s visual aesthetic.
 Photo by Tyler Van Voorthuijsen

Boysin leaves the light on: local indie rock band releases its first full-length album

February 20, 2015

A park bench on a snow-covered sidewalk may appear to be an appropriate place to sit in silent reverie as musical narratives written by Boysin accompany your lone course. Finding solace sitting on...

Album Review: Hyperview deviates from Title Fights usual style

Album Review: Hyperview deviates from Title Fight’s usual style

February 5, 2015

Giving Title Fight’s newest album, Hyperview, a spin on your turntable will be the calmest decision you will make all day. As soon as that needle hits the grooves, you’ll lose yourself in a state...

  “Florida’s Mountains” by Alexander Diaz is a collection of photographs he took that look like mountains, but under further inspection it is observed that they are piles of dirt at construction sites.   Photo by Morgan Purvis

Alexander Diaz turns dirt mounds into mountains with his photography exhibit “Florida’s Mountains”

January 26, 2015

Alexander Diaz premiered “Florida’s Mountains” on Jan. 22 in the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery and it will be on display until Mar. 20. Diaz is a St. Augustine based photographer and teaches...

Weekend Atlas performs at their album release show at Freebird Live on Saturday Jan. 17. 
Photo courtesy Justin Drain

Local band Weekend Atlas releases first full-length album

January 20, 2015

The Jacksonville-based indie folk rock band Weekend Atlas digitally released their first full-length album Jan. 20. The seven-member band -- including three UNF students -- hosted a record release...

Photo by Joseph Basco

UNF recognizes same-sex couples and announces annual scholarships

January 13, 2015

Same-sex married couples now recognized for tuition purposes Following the state of Florida’s new legalization of same-sex marriages, the University as of Jan. 13 recognizes same-sex married students...

The Tale of Princess Kaguya: an animated wonder about answering back with life

November 19, 2014

Moving away from home doesn’t get any more drastic than in Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” The film, directed and co-written by Isao Takahata, reverses the Hayao Miyazaki canon...

Students eat their way through Ghastly Gourmet contest

October 30, 2014

The second annual Ghastly Gourmet competition, a dauntingly disgusting food eating contest, was held at the Osprey Plaza during UNF Market Day Oct. 29.* “We have nine rounds and ten contestants....

UNF library staff hold pumpkin carving contest at Market Day

October 30, 2014

The Student Union was bustling with excitement over Halloween at UNF Market Day on Oct. 29 as students participated in a pumpkin carving contest hosted by the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.* The contest...

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