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Letter from the Editor: Joining the call to #SaveStudentNewsrooms

April 25, 2018

By the end of the Spring 2018 semester, The Louisville Cardinal will no longer receive funding from the University of Louisville. This means the Louisville student media center will have to operate...

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UNF computer science students bring their idea to life at One Spark

April 6, 2018

Ever been to a career fair or symposium and felt empty afterward, like there was no way to connect? UNF computer science senior Adrian Santos and his team have the solution. sosympo.com — A website...

Osprey Productions announces Desiigner as an Oz Fest headliner

Osprey Productions announces Desiigner as an Oz Fest headliner

March 26, 2018

Panda... panda... panda. Desiigner will be a performer at Oz Fest, according to a Facebook post from Osprey Productions. This years Oz Fest music festival is scheduled for April 13. The post hints...

Jacksonville-area students stage national walkout to protest gun violence

Jacksonville-area students stage national walkout to protest gun violence

March 14, 2018

Walking out of class to protest gun violence-- That’s how students across the nation honored the one month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting Wednesday morning. The...

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LIVE @ 11 | Gov. Rick Scott discusses ‘action plan’ to keep Florida students safe

February 23, 2018

CLICK LINK TO WATCH LIVE @ 11: https://thefloridachannel.org/ Florida Governor Rick Scott is scheduled to announce a "major action plan" to keep Florida students safe following the shooting in...

Students hold signs at a lie-in demonstration supporting gun control reform in Washington, D.C. February 18, 2018. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Parkland students rally for gun law reform in Tallahassee Wednesday

February 21, 2018

Change the state’s gun laws -- that’s the message students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are hoping to send to Florida lawmakers. Hundreds traveled by bus from Parkland to Tallahassee...

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Nelson leads over Scott in Florida Senate Race, UNF poll shows

February 7, 2018

Sen. Bill Nelson is beginning to take the lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a new UNF poll shows. Overall, it showed Nelson leading Scott 48-42 percent in a poll surveying 429 likely Florida voters. Both...

UNFPD police cars. Photo by Lili Weinstein

UNF braces for protest, SB Lanes of Kernan Closed

November 20, 2017

The University of North Florida braces for protests and counter protest outside of Alumni Hall Monday morning, where suspended UNF white nationalist student Ken Parker’s discipline hearing is taking...

Ken Parker

Facebook comments lead to at least one class being cancelled

November 14, 2017

  Despite President Delaney’s request for students and faculty to remain calm, at least one professor cancelled class in response to a perceived threat from Ken Parker’s social media...

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FSU bans Greek Life indefinitely; A look into UNF’s Pi Kappa Phi hazing history

November 6, 2017

Following the death of a Pi Kappa Phi pledge and a Phi Delta Theta member allegedly trafficking cocaine, Florida State University’s President John Thrasher suspended all fraternities and sororities...

No punishment for creators of racist BLM video

No punishment for creators of racist BLM video

November 4, 2017

The students who were a part of the racist Snapchat video mocking a Black Lives Matter rally Oct. 11 will face no consequences, according to a report from The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity...

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Protests rage as white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at UF

October 19, 2017

Tensions were high in Gainesville on Thursday as Richard Spencer, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, spoke at the University of Florida. Hundreds of people gathered on UF’s campus, with the...

Morse issues statement on viral video: Notice the spelling

Morse issues statement on viral video: “Notice the spelling”

October 12, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx5eL3XxWZM&feature=youtu.be Zack Morse spoke with Spinnaker and gave this statement concerning a racist video posted to Snapchat Wednesday: “The situation in...

Zack Morse. Photo by Joseph Simons.

UNF student behind racist video identified as Zack Morse

October 12, 2017

Spinnaker confirmed that the Snapchat account which posted the racially controversial video belongs to University of North Florida student Zack Morse. The ROTC on campus also confirmed he is a member...

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VIDEO: Students react online to racist video involving possible UNF students

October 12, 2017

https://youtu.be/eYDE75S4W7U The university is investigating the identities of three possible UNF students that posted a racist video to Snapchat Wednesday. The video shows three possible UNF students,...

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Racially disturbing video allegedly features UNF student

October 11, 2017

UPDATE (9:45 p.m.) - The university has made an official statement, acknowledging they have started looking into the video. A racially disturbing video of who some say is a UNF student is making...

Student Body President Samantha Mims.

Mims given ultimatum: Step down or face impeachment

October 10, 2017

Face impeachment or remove yourself voluntarily; Those were the two choices Attorney general Jaclyn Glosson gave Student Government President Samantha Mims Oct. 5. Glosson called Mims “inattentive”...

Cole Poppell. Photo from Student Government website

Student Body Vice President Cole Poppell resigns to pursue “new opportunities”

September 28, 2017

In email sent to university officials Thursday, Cole Poppell resigned from his position as the Student Government Vice President. His last day of work will be Oct. 6. Poppell has worked for Student...

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UPDATE Irma Aftermath: Classes cancelled through Wednesday

September 11, 2017

***Update: Residential students who took shelter at Osprey Fountains and off-campus can return to their dorms as of 7 p.m. Monday evening. UNF Housing and Residence life also asked students to be careful,...

UNF during Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Tiffany Salameh

Irma brings increased risk of tornadoes and wind damage for Jacksonville, Shelters open

September 9, 2017

Jacksonville is at an increased risk for tornadoes starting Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Extensive tree and structural damage is expected throughout Duval County. The biggest...

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Jacksonville under Hurricane Warning as Hurricane Irma approaches

September 9, 2017

The 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center puts Jacksonville under a Hurricane Warning. The track continues to shift west, with Irma going up through the west coast of Florida directly...

The 5 p.m. update shows the storm shifting West. National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Irma predicted to weaken as it shifts West towards Jacksonville

September 7, 2017

The 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center shows an official change in the track of Hurricane Irma, shifting West over Jacksonville as a Category 1. Irma is predicted to maintain strength...

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Curry and Scott suggest Zones A and B start evacuating: ‘This is not another Matthew’

September 7, 2017

Mayor Lenny Curry and Florida Governor Rick Scott addressed Jacksonville residents Thursday about the looming Hurricane Irma. Tropical storm force winds are expected in Jacksonville by 8 a.m. Sunday....

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Mayor Curry declares State of Emergency for Duval County; Advises Zones A & B to evacuate

September 6, 2017

Mayor Lenny Curry declared a State of Emergency will be in effect in Duval County at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Curry urges Jacksonville residents that are in Zone A or B that are able to leave today should...

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UPDATE: Hurricane Irma shifts East; No closures announced for UNF

September 6, 2017

***Update: 9/6 2:17 p.m. The 2 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center puts Jacksonville in the projected path of Hurricane Irma. The First Coast should feel the effects of the storm midday...

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Bond set for UNF student who shot a firearm at Osprey Cove

September 2, 2017

Video by Lee Giat UNF student and track athlete Cameron James Daniel made his first appearance in court Saturday morning. He remains charged with aggravated assault, shooting in a building,...

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UNF students react to on campus shooting

September 1, 2017

A UNF student fired a gun at the Osprey Cove dorm on Sept. 1. The student was identified as 18-year-old Cameron James Daniel. Students residing at the Osprey Cove dorm are currently still in the building....

A shot was fired inside The Cove dorm, Building V this morning. Phot by Colin McCann

Update: UNF student who shot a firearm at Osprey Cove identified

September 1, 2017

***Update: 9/2/17 11:32 p.m. The student who shot the firearm was identified as 18-year-old Cameron James Daniel, according to the inmate report. He was charged with three felonies: aggravated...

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UNF Student Body President on Charlottesville: “We will not stand for this kind of hate”

August 13, 2017

Over fifty Student Body Presidents from across the nation have signed a statement in solidarity with the students of the University of Virginia including UNF's Samantha Mims. The signatures come after...

Heavy rains are expected through the night. Photo courtesy National Weather Service

Duval County under tornado watch; Severe T-Storms expected

May 24, 2017

https://youtu.be/_1M4aGPVwj4 Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are under severe thunderstorm warnings all day Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Due to the severe weather,...

Phantoms become quite common, but vary in powers.

Welcome to Talos-1: Prey offers gamers 16 hours of gameplay

May 15, 2017

Even though Prey is supposed to be a remake of the original Prey that came out in 2006, they have nothing in common except that they both take place in space and have aliens. Despite this, Prey (developed...

Slideshow: Ozzies Carnival of the Peculiar lights up campus

Slideshow: Ozzie’s Carnival of the Peculiar lights up campus

April 3, 2017

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How to dress warm with your Florida clothes

March 15, 2017

It’s March, Spring Break is next week and it’s almost time to break out the swimwear. You wake up and check the weather and it’s 40 degrees outside. No you’re not still dreaming and no your phone...

UNF President John Delaney was awarded President Emeritus status by the Board of Trustees

Delaney addresses campus concerns about immigration

March 10, 2017

In a message sent out to students and staff Friday, UNF President John Delaney addressed concerns expressed by the campus community regarding potential changes in national immigration policies. Delaney...

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Candlelit vigil to be held for George Louissaint Jr.

February 20, 2017

A candlelit vigil in remembrance of UNF student George Louissaint Jr. will be held Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in Osprey Plaza at the Student Union. The event info for the vigil reads, "As a member of...

The flyers being handed out to residents of The Flats and surrounding neighborhoods. Photo by Tiffany Salameh

Police asking for surveillance video, visible search in its final stages

February 15, 2017

https://youtu.be/ovDbS3n-FFw UPDATE 2/15/17 @ 12:42 p.m. The search was called off due to inclimate weather shortly after noon today. The search will continue tomorrow. On Wednesday, the extensive...

Photos: Homecoming 2017

Photos: Homecoming 2017

February 13, 2017

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Catholic Ospreys march for life in D.C.

Catholic Ospreys march for life in D.C.

February 13, 2017

UNF students Mikaela Benedict, Elizabeth Bendis, Michael Augustine, Joshua Nagales traveled to D.C. by bus with the Diocese of St. Augustine to participate in the March for Life Jan. 27. Benedict,...

Update: Crash cleared, entrance to arena garage now open

Update: Crash cleared, entrance to arena garage now open

January 26, 2017

https://youtu.be/gyvAbDcXfOU Video by Tiffany Salameh **Update: 1:19 p.m. Police and emergency vehicles have cleared the area and the arena garage is now open to incoming traffic. A crash involving...

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Generation Obama: Saying farewell to my first real president

January 20, 2017

It’s November 5, 2008. I’m 13 years old and my dad is driving me to school. It’s a foggy morning, there’s heavy traffic and the radio is on. “Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United...

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UNFPD: Man arrested for groping student

January 19, 2017

(Updated 12:00 pm Jan. 19, to correct potentially confusing wording.) UNFPD arrested the man who allegedly inappropriately touched a student in November outside of the library, according to an Osprey...

A map of the Southside area shows who was affected by the power outages. Map courtesy JEA.

Update: Power restored at UNF

January 12, 2017

UPDATE 1/12/17 @ 11:03 a.m. — As of 11:01 a.m., power was restored to campus and campus operations are back to normal. At about 9:40 a.m. UNF started to lose power around campus. Places like Parking...

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How to shop for that special someone this holiday season

December 14, 2016

The holidays — arguably the most awkward time period for start-up couples. There’s the question of what gift to get, how much should you spend and then the crippling realization that Christmas is...

10 memes that will get you through finals week

10 memes that will get you through finals week

December 6, 2016

Finals week means your freedom is around the corner. Get through those last papers, projects or exams and into the holiday spirit and more importantly into your bed. Time spent crying and looking at...

Shooter contained on Ohio State campus: 10 injured, one critical

Shooter contained on Ohio State campus: 10 injured, one critical

November 28, 2016

***UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. - A spokesman for Ohio State University says that 10 are injured and one is in critical condition following the campus attack in a press conference. According to the Associated...

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Your “I Voted” sticker can get you more than you think

November 8, 2016

In case you still needed a little incentive to vote, some businesses around town are giving out free food or drinks just for voting. The only thing required is an “I Voted” sticker. Krispy Kreme:...

Victorias Secret PINK bus visits UNF campus

Victoria’s Secret PINK bus visits UNF campus

October 31, 2016

https://youtu.be/qBn9MjAzheM Video by Diane Colley Campus was a little pinker than usual Friday morning as the Victoria's Secret PINK bus payed UNF a visit. Ospreys got the opportunity to do a little...

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Change of plans: Monday Classes cancelled

October 9, 2016

UNF has changed it's plans and Monday classes are cancelled. "While the campus is ready, people who attend classes and work here may not be," the alert stated. President John Delaney apologized for...

Graphic by Kyle Crompton

Classes canceled after 3 p.m. today; On campus plan

October 5, 2016

Classes and all other student activities at UNF are cancelled after 3 p.m. Wednesday and all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, according to an email sent out to students and staff. Hurricane conditions...

UNF during Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Tiffany Salameh

“Devastating” storm approaches; Students voice concerns

October 5, 2016

UPDATE 10/5/16 @ 10:02 — As of 10 a.m. today, the UNF Crisis Management Team announced classes and campus activities will be canceled after 3 p.m. today through Oct. 8. As Matthew inches closer...

UNF will announce if classes are cancelled Wednesday morning.

UNF to announce if classes will be cancelled tomorrow

October 4, 2016

The UNF Crisis Management team will announce whether classes will be cancelled before noon Wednesday. An email sent out to students, faculty and staff, said President John Delaney and the UNF Crisis...

Latest track shows Matthew coming closer to the coast. Graphic courtesy National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew shifts west toward Florida coast; Classes still not cancelled

October 4, 2016

The latest track of Hurricane Matthew shows the category-4 storm shifting west, towards Jacksonville. Governor Rick Scott has already advised the state to start evacuating, however, classes are currently...

Evacuation Routes for Duval County. Graphic Courtesy FloridaDisasters.org

Governor Rick Scott advises to start evacuating

October 4, 2016

Governor Rick Scott addressed the state in a press conference concerning the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The key message to Floridians was this: Start evacuating. “Don’t take a chance. Leave...

Black Lives Matter met on the Green for an organized protest Wednesday.

Photo by Brittany Moore

Black Lives Matter rally at UNF met with protest

September 29, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qohxt_sR8d8 Video by Jack Drain “Black lives matter” rang through campus Wednesday afternoon as students chanted and cheered on the Green to protest police brutality....

UNF during Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Tiffany Salameh

Gallery: Hermine’s effect on campus

September 2, 2016

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Back to a Tropical Storm: Hermine weakens

Back to a Tropical Storm: Hermine weakens

September 2, 2016

https://youtu.be/Ck4Ni6EiEp4 Hurricane Hermine is back to Tropical Storm Hermine after making landfall 20 miles SE of Tallahassee around 2 a.m. this morning and reaching wind gusts of 80 mph, according...

Students react to Hermine: Im actually really excited

Students react to Hermine: “I’m actually really excited”

September 1, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSxh-gbPJuc *Editors Note: This video was shot before Hermine strengthened into a hurricane. The sky is filled with a haze of indistinguishable clouds while students...

Laugh Out Loud comedy show cancelled due to hurricane

Laugh Out Loud comedy show cancelled due to hurricane

September 1, 2016

Unfortunately, students won't be LOL-ing tomorrow night as the Laugh Out Loud comedy show has been cancelled in wake of Hurricane Hermine. This is the second event on campus that is cancelled because...

UNF is now a championship qualifier in VS Pinks Campus Showdown competition

UNF is now a championship qualifier in VS Pink’s Campus Showdown competition

August 30, 2016

UNF is in the final four in Victoria Secret's PINK Campus Showdown competition after surviving the "Snap Spirit" round. The final competition round begins Thursday at noon and involves Instagram....

UNF currently in second place in VS PINK Campus Showdown

UNF currently in second place in VS PINK Campus Showdown

August 29, 2016

Correction: A previous version os this article stated that UNF trails the University of Texas, which has over 51,000 students. UNF actually trails the University of Texas, San Antonio, which has over...

Am I using Blackboard or Canvas?

Am I using Blackboard or Canvas?

August 22, 2016

Are you confused on whether you should be using Blackboard or Canvas this semester? Turns out, the answer depends on your professors. In March, it was announced that the University of North Florida...

 Photo courtesy of Andrea Mestdagh

Lot 7 closed for maintenance; Skinner-Jones Hall to be under construction until Spring 2018

August 18, 2016

Lot 7, the parking lot wedged between the engineering building and a shuttle stop, will be closed for maintenance for over a year, as Skinner-Jones Hall is under construction. Skinner-Jones Hall is...

Outtakes can be a great option when you dont ave time for the cafe. Photo by Ben Cross

Where to eat on campus

August 15, 2016

Meal plans can get tedious but there’s more to them than just the Osprey Cafe. If you use your dining dollars conservatively, you can buy fancy meals for yourself all semester long. The key is balance. Here...

Going to the gym is a big part of being an Osprey. Photo by Jenn Mello

UNF Gym Life: What you should know

August 12, 2016

Correction: A print version of this story stated that students get a free pass into the gym using their N# once a month. The story has since been updated to reflect that students get a free pass into...

 Photo by Mark Judson

How to make the most of your break

August 9, 2016

With less than two weeks left until fall semester begins, we’ve reached the point in the summer where, besides working, we often find ourselves with nothing to do. If you can cope with cheating on Netflix,...

Rodney Atkins to headline Welcome to the Nest Festival

Rodney Atkins to headline Welcome to the Nest Festival

August 8, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R9GrGheMRw Make sure to pack your boots for move-in day because Rodney Atkins will be headlining this year’s Welcome to the Nest Festival, free with an active Osprey...

Signature creations from Cold Stone. Photo courtesy Cold Stone Creamery.

The Scoop: Best Ice Cream Shops in Jacksonville

July 27, 2016

Ice cream is the perfect treat to keep cool and bear the dog days of summer. Fortunately, Jacksonville is home to a handful of great ice cream shops that are worth the trip. Stop by one of these spots...

Freshmen Sydney, Rachael, Bailey, and Morgan enjoying the Clubhouse pool.  Photo by Lilli Weinstein

Photo Gallery: Popcorn, candy and sun at Clubhouse Carnival

July 8, 2016

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Blood Drive happening on campus

June 16, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkOaYFG6Cd4 Video by Brittany Moore  UNF students are joining the nation in donating blood in response to the attack on Orlando's Pulse night club. The Big Red Bus will...

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Candle-lit vigil held at UNF to honor Orlando shooting victims

June 15, 2016

Video by Will Weber and Brittany Moore  What began as a night of fun at a popular Orlando gay night club ended in horror, leaving the world as well as the UNF community in emotional shambles. The...

The Big Red Bus will be on campus June 16 from noon to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy One Blood

Blood Drive coming to campus Thursday

June 13, 2016

UNF's Department of Health Promotions partnered with One Blood to bring The Big Red Bus to campus. In light of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub this weekend, when a gunman claimed the lives...

Jacksonville men among victims in Orlando shooting

Jacksonville men among victims in Orlando shooting

June 13, 2016

A former Jacksonville University football player was injured and a Jacksonville man is dead following the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub where 50 people were killed. According to the City of...

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Governor Rick Scott declares state of emergency; classes will continue as scheduled

June 6, 2016

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 34 Florida counties including Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns. UNF students should stay prepared with food, water and radio access...

Tropical storm warning in effect for Duval County

June 6, 2016

A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for Duval County as Tropical Storm Colin approaches Jacksonville. Right now, high winds and heavy rain is all that is expected late Monday and early Tuesday...

Tanner works on a piece in the ceramics studio on campus.
Photo by Tiffany Salameh

Tracey Tanner: Ceramics student with big plans

March 31, 2016

Tracey Tanner is a junior ceramics major at UNF and is originally from St. Petersburg. Through the loss of her mother and an interest in pottery, she has been motivated to pursue a degree in fine arts...

A letter from the future Student Government President, Caleb Grantham

A letter from the future Student Government President, Caleb Grantham

March 31, 2016

Caleb Grantham, a sophomore, has been involved with SG as a senator, Senate President Pro-Tempore, Chief of Staff and Vice President. Now, he’s going to be the next President. Since there was no election...

 Graphic by Kaitlyn Sinardi.

BREAKING: Steve Aoki concert moved to UNF Arena due to weather concerns

March 31, 2016

The Steve Aoki concert will now be held at the UNF Arena rather than the Coxwell Amphitheater tomorrow night at 8 p.m due to potential inclement weather conditions. Osprey Productions released an announcement...

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First 2,500 students get in free to Thursday’s game against FGCU

March 2, 2016

The first 2,500 students to arrive at the men's basketball game against Florida Gulf Coast University tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. will get in free, according to a tweet from Coach Driscoll. Because the game...


President Delaney addresses the investigation of the Sigma Beta Rho jacket again

November 18, 2015

The official follow-up statement from President Delaney posted to the University of North Florida's official Facebook page. Photo courtesy Facebook. UNF President John Delaney made a second official...

Ryan Key, Sean Mackin and Josh Portman of Yellowcard mid-set Photo by Tiffany Salameh

Return to “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard comes back to Jax

October 15, 2015

Fair warning: if you live in Jacksonville and you don’t know who Yellowcard is, don’t let the locals know. Yellowcard came together in 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida, and if you listen closely, there’s...

Dating, Devotion and Death: a mock trial

November 4, 2014

A Mozart requiem played as students shuffled by an open casket at a funeral in the Andrew A. Robinson Theater last night. In the casket lay a victim of domestic violence, fictitious UNF student Michael...

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