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Profesor Dominik Guess in Germany. Photo courtesy Dominik Guess

UNF Psychology Professor Reveals How Patient Certain Cultures are

Tristan Reyes April 21, 2018

UNF Psychology professor, Dominik Guess, conducted a study regarding patience in everyday life.  The study revealed the cultural differences between people from France, Germany and Romania, when they...

The four giant monsters in the movie. Warner Bros.

Movies to see in April

Tristan Reyes April 11, 2018

Truth or Dare 4/13 Truth or Dare seems to be a film where people get permanent Snap Chat filters on their faces, then die horrifically. A group of college students play truth or dare with someone...

The 2018-2019 SG Legislative Cabinet gets sworn in.

New SG Legislative Cabinet officers elected in last senate meeting

Tristan Reyes April 6, 2018

The last senate meeting of the semester was held on April 6 at the Senate Chambers, where the Legislative Cabinet Nominees were sworn in. Senate President Nina Lee started the last meeting by giving...

Elected president, vice president, senators sworn in at Senate meeting

Elected president, vice president, senators sworn in at Senate meeting

Tristan Reyes March 31, 2018

On March 30th, 2018, the confirmations of the elected senators and Student Body President Jenna DuPilka and Vice President Maria Bermudez were sworn in at UNF’s Senate Chambers. Before the Student...

UNF Game Room.

Players break their limits at the ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ tournament

Tristan Reyes March 31, 2018

The Esports Club and the UNF Game Room hosted a Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament on Thursday. The prizes included a Funko Pop figure, an exclusive poster, a mug, trading cards, and a small crystal...

Tomb Raider is a shadow of an adaptation

‘Tomb Raider’ is a shadow of an adaptation

Tristan Reyes March 18, 2018

Tomb Raider is a long-running video game franchise that went through a reboot in recent years. In the first film adaption, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Angelina Jolie portrays the unstoppable gun-wielding...

Dr. Cara Tasher, Director of Choral Studies. Photo by Tristan Reyes

UNF School of Music’s hosts ‘Seeking Refuge’ benefit concert

Tristan Reyes March 15, 2018

The UNF School of Music and Choral Department will be hosting a free benefit concert called “Seeking Refuge” that will not only raise money for refugee charities but the ensemble itself will be...

Board of Governors approved David Szymanski as the next president of UNF.  Photo courtesy of University of North Florida

Potential contract decided for UNF President-elect David Szymanski

Tristan Reyes and Hannah Lee March 8, 2018

Correction 03/09 @ 11:20 a.m.: The contract is for four-years, not five.We take corrections seriously and apologize for this error. The UNF Board of Trustees met on March 6 to discuss President-elect...

Warner Bros.

Movies to watch in March

Tristan Reyes March 8, 2018

This March, several movies are coming out for Ospreys to enjoy during Spring Break! A Wrinkle in Time March 9 A Wrinkle in Time is a film based on the book with the same name by Madeleine L’Engle....

October 1, 1999 Inauguration of Anne  Hopkins. UNF Presidents l-r: Curtis McCray, Anne Hopkins, Adam Herbert, Thomas Carpenter

History of UNF presidents

Tristan Reyes March 8, 2018

David Szymanski is officially UNF’s president elect, setting him up to take the mantle as the sixth president of the university. But what about the other five? What did they bring to UNF in their time...

Esports club promises to put UNF on the map for gamers

Esports club promises to put UNF on the map for gamers

Tristan Reyes February 12, 2018

An Esports club is on its way to UNF, promising a competitive campus gaming experience. Graduate student and president of the new club Luis Puesan talked about why UNF gamers should be excited. He...


Games to buy for February 2018

Tristan Reyes February 1, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus (Feb. 6) PlayStation 4 Shadow of the Colossus is a complete remake of one of the most legendary Playstation games of all time. Wander and his horse, Agro, travel through the...

Eco-Adventure hosting ski/snowboarding trip

Eco-Adventure hosting ski/snowboarding trip

Tristan Reyes January 31, 2018

The Recreation and Wellness Center’s Eco-Adventure is hosting a four-day trip to North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain from Feb. 22-25. They will take 20 students to ski and snowboard over 125 acres...

Students gathered in the Game Room to play Rocket League.

A Fantastic Rocket League Tournament Ended with a Blast

Tristan Reyes January 27, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDW-TGfpd5o[/embedyt]   Cars playing soccer? It might be a weird concept for a game, but it's extremely entertaining and frustrating. Students got to...

The Commuter creates conflict from coincidence

‘The Commuter’ creates conflict from coincidence

Tristan Reyes January 16, 2018

When you think of Liam Neeson in a new action film you expect things like a decent plot, a protagonist who is secretly a badass, and a plot twist that throws you off. The Commuter has all of these elements,...

Photo by Samantha Chaney

New graduate major and changes to the calendar

Tristan Reyes January 12, 2018

In the Faculty Association Meeting on Jan. 11, two important items were discussed regarding the 2019-2020 University Matriculation Calendar and a new Graduate Degree Program. A Master of Science –Logistics...


Movies you should see this month

Tristan Reyes December 17, 2017

Look, we all know about the AAA films coming out this month. We got Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Disaster Artist. If you wanna see James Franco do the best Tommy Wiseau impression or Luke Skywalker...

Students line up outside the Student Union to get tickets to see Obama. Photo by Joslyn Simmons

How are time tickets designated?

Tristan Reyes November 28, 2017

Some of the students at UNF are wondering how exactly student registration tickets are handed out. University Registar and Director of Records and Registration, Chad Learch was able to talk to Spinnaker...

Bee the Border Collie | The Geese Strike Back

Bee the Border Collie | The Geese Strike Back

Tristan Reyes November 27, 2017

The geese are back. Or were they ever really gone? This question is a tricky one, due to the terms of Bee the Border Collie’s contract. The contract only allows the Goose Masters of Northeast...

Call of Duty WWII: Back to the past, looking to the future

Call of Duty WWII: Back to the past, looking to the future

Tristan Reyes November 7, 2017

Over the years, the Call of Duty franchise has been a huge success. Starting out in the World War II setting, making a huge change with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and eventually moving to the future...

Bethesda Softworks.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Tristan Reyes October 31, 2017

https://youtu.be/bkrwUzWeACg Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a bold, but somewhat lacking game about BJ Blazkowicz, our favorite Nazi killer since Wolfenstein 3D (1992). After the events of the...

Parking changes for the Jacksonville Armada FC

Parking changes for the Jacksonville Armada FC

Tristan Reyes October 18, 2017

Due to the Jacksonville Armada Football Club match on Oct. 18, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., lots 5 and 46 will be reserved. Lot 5 will be reserved for team members and media, while Lot 46 will be used...

The Presidential Search Committee discussing the updates on new candidates. Photo by Tristan Reyes

500 individuals recommended to be the next president of UNF

Tristan Reyes October 16, 2017

The Executive Search Firm discussed possible candidates with the Presidential Search Committee on Oct. 12. Kevin Hyde, head of the Presidential Search Committee, held a meeting to get an update from...

The winners and their prizes (From left to Right) Tereance Keller and his son, Charlie Nuzum and Matthew Smith. Photo by Tristan Reyes.

Game Room Tekken 7 Tournament was Hype

Tristan Reyes October 8, 2017

Jacksonville’s top players took the stage at the UNF Game Room’s Tekken 7 tournament on Thursday. The event was set up by UNF’s E-Sports Coordinator, Luis “Danxor” Puesan. Puesan also...

Photo by Ronnie Rodgers.

UNF recieves over $30 million from private support

Tristan Reyes October 4, 2017

The UNF Foundation had a record breaking year of giving, thanks to private support. The university received almost $31 million. Private support includes planned gifts, donations, pledges, and grants....

The Presidential Search Committee reviewing the draft for the presidential Position Announcement. Photo by Tristan Reyes

Presidential Search Committee reviews draft position announcement

Tristan Reyes September 23, 2017

The Presidential Search Committee reviewed the Draft Position Announcement in preparation to find UNF’s new President. According to the current draft, UNF wants a leader who is “innovative and...

Absolver: A Small, but Vibrant World

Absolver: A Small, but Vibrant World

Tristan Reyes September 14, 2017

Absolver was a highly anticipated game that got many people’s attention when it was announced in 2016. It’s a martial-arts role-playing game where you explore the open area of Adal and fight non-player...

The One Stop offices are located in Hicks Hall. Photo by Tiffany Salameh

One Stop on long wait times and possible solutions

Tristan Reyes August 22, 2017

As the fall semester comes, students come rushing in. They need records, financial aid, and transcripts sorted out before classes start. That’s where One Stop comes in. Students are able to visit...

UNF student creates virtual reality tool to study tumors

UNF student creates virtual reality tool to study tumors

Tristan Reyes and Alexandra Torres-Pérez August 16, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZzX9mwfV30 A few years ago, Jason Smith, an undergrad majoring in computing and information sciences, wanted to keep his head down. Then after looking at careers, he...

Mallory Schott shows off some of the crops grown at the Ogier Gardens. Picture courtesy of the UNF Ogier Gardens

Mallory Schott: Growing a community through a garden

Tristan Reyes July 1, 2017

    The Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens continues to flourish with the help of many volunteers since its inception in 2009. Mallory Schott, a UNF alum, earned a degree in nutrition...

Quick Game Reviews: The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile and Charlie Murder

Quick Game Reviews: The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile and Charlie Murder

Tristan Reyes June 1, 2017

  Two classic brawler-style games from the glory days of the Xbox Live Arcade have recently been ported to Steam for a decent price of about $10 each. Most fans probably never expected these...

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Review: It’s back and better than ever

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Review: It’s back and better than ever

Tristan Reyes April 17, 2017

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is an upgrade to its original title in 2011. Despite this, the game still looks and plays great on both consoles and on PC. The game takes place in in a futuristic sci-fi...

Photo by Lili Weinstein

Lufrano Gallery features works from incarcerated juveniles

Tristan Reyes April 10, 2017

Incarcerated student artists awaiting their trial had their works seen in the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery introduced a new installation Thursday, County Missives....

UNF Skate club.

Meet the Founder of the UNF Skate Club: Erik Saperstein

Tristan Reyes March 30, 2017

Q: What can you tell me that’s going on with the skate club so far? A: Not much. We kind of just started. Me and a few of my buddies had kind of our own little club, except it wasn’t official. Then...

Bryce Maxwell

Bryce Maxwell: Following a UNF alumnus after graduation

Tristan Reyes March 22, 2017

Bryce Maxwell is a UNF Alumni who is currently studying abroad in London for his Graduate in Education. He creates music along with his brother and his friend in their band Bygone Brethren — an acoustic...

Pick your own salad at the Ogier Garden

Pick your own salad at the Ogier Garden

Tristan Reyes March 6, 2017

Students were able to get a tour of The Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Garden Friday March 3, and participants could pick from the many vegetables and plants to make themselves a healthy salad. The...

Image courtesy of Osprey Productions

Homecoming Week Comedy Show one more hilarious success

Tristan Reyes February 22, 2017

UNF’s Homecoming Week ended Saturday night with the Homecoming 2017 Comedy show as Streeter Seidell, Alex Moffat and Judah Friedlander performed in the UNF Arena. The original headliner for the comedy...

Photo by Lili Weinstein

UNF’s English Hall renamed in honor of founding faculty member

Tristan Reyes February 13, 2017

At the 1972 Emeriti and Friends luncheon on Feb. 7, Building 8, formerly the English Hall, was dedicated as the Roy Lassiter Hall in honor of founding faculty member Roy Lassiter Jr. In 1970, Lassiter...

Kappa Sigma and Delta Gamma

Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Chi take first place at Lip Sync

Tristan Reyes February 9, 2017

All photos by Lili Weinstein  UNF hosts the Lip Sync event every year during Homecoming, and each time, it gets better and better. This year was no exception. Students and alumni quickly filled the...

Photo by Tristan Reyes

UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center Relocates

Tristan Reyes January 25, 2017

The UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center, formerly located in building 57, suite 2700 (Education & Human Services), will be moving to a new location at building 2, room 1100 (formerly career...

Students take advantage of the “PAWS Your Stress” event while others wait for a turn to pet and play with the service dogs in-training from Canine Companions. 
Photo by Michael Herrera

Library events for finals

Tristan Reyes December 1, 2016

Correction: A previous version of this article gave the wrong date of PAWS Your Stress. The article has been updated to reflect the correct day.  As finals are crawling near, the Carpenter Library...

UNF Vegetarian and Vegan Association getting the word out there

UNF Vegetarian and Vegan Association getting the word out there

Tristan Reyes October 31, 2016

Jaclyn Glosson is a junior psychology major who decided to become a vegetarian when she was a freshman in high school after watching the film “Food Inc.”  “The change for me wasn’t really hard...

Professor Profile: Radha Pyati

Professor Profile: Radha Pyati

Tristan Reyes October 24, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_Kw2yyqjn8   It was a warm afternoon when I went to speak with Professor Pyati. I ventured through the maze of the Science and Engineering building that was as complex...

Vulture on UNF. Photo by

Experts say UNF’s vultures on campus mean no harm

Tristan Reyes October 12, 2016

While Canadian geese continue to leisurely roam the UNF campus, students are bound to see a large wake of black vultures lingering as they walk from Lot 18 to class. You can see 20 to 30 plopped around...

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