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FSCJ students make more money than UNF students after graduating

FSCJ students make more money than UNF students after graduating

April 12, 2017

Correction: A previous version of this article stated FSCJ graduates earned $24,604 after graduation. The correct number for FSCJ graduates is $42,604. Graduates who leave with a bachelor’s degree...

Hicks Hall where One Stop student financial services is located. Photo courtesy of Chartwells

Your FAFSA info might have been hacked last year

April 11, 2017

Up to 100,000 people’s FAFSA information may have been breached last September, according to an article by CNN. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told CNN that hackers could have used someone’s personal...

From left to right: Christian Parrales, Shafer Tasso, Josh Cravey, Kyle Bailey

Palm Trees and Power Lines more than prepared to play at this year’s OZ Fest

April 6, 2017

https://youtu.be/9KA8QzdfcUo Palm Trees and Power Lines, a local pop-punk band, began like any relationship between teens in high school does: awkwardly. It all started when Josh Cravey, one of the band’s...

OZ Fest is this Friday and here’s what you need to know

OZ Fest is this Friday and here’s what you need to know

April 6, 2017

This year, students can expect an exciting lineup of artists playing at UNF’s Coxwell Amphitheater. If the music isn't for you, maybe the food trucks, airbrush tattoos and oxygen bar at the event are. Before...

Another unfortunate event: Matt & Kim replaced in spring concert

Another unfortunate event: Matt & Kim replaced in spring concert

April 4, 2017

Adding to the string of UNF music mishaps that started three years ago, Matt & Kim will not be performing at OZ Fest this Friday as planned. Osprey Productions learned last week that Kim Schifino,...

Punk-rock circus coming to UNF this Saturday

Punk-rock circus coming to UNF this Saturday

March 30, 2017

Fire breathing, sword swallowing, acrobatics--it’s all happening Saturday at Ozzie’s Carnival of the Peculiar at the Coxwell Amphitheater. “Every year, we always stick to the happy, upbeat event...

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Universities ask for more money for mental health resources

March 29, 2017

Today, the University of North Florida and 11 other public universities asked the state legislature to give additional funding to universities so they can hire more mental health counselors. An increase...

UNF’s Hidden Treasure: Rickey Calloway

UNF’s Hidden Treasure: Rickey Calloway

March 16, 2017

https://youtu.be/gXIt-7Hfclk If you’ve been to UNF, you’ve likely seen Rickey Calloway. Sometimes he’s pressure washing the sidewalks, sometimes he’s installing sprinklers, but no matter what...

OZ Fest: A Q&A with the person who makes it happen

OZ Fest: A Q&A with the person who makes it happen

March 15, 2017

This year’s OZ Fest comes packed with pop singers, indie sensations, carnival rides and even an oxygen bar. I sat down with Osprey Productions Director, Junine Castin, to learn the ins and outs of...

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How to get your ticket to OZ Fest

March 9, 2017

If you haven’t been watching the Osprey Productions Facebook page, you might not know about the new way to get your ticket to OZ Fest. Whereas in previous years you could simply pick up your ticket...

Delaney leaving behind legacy of improvements

Delaney leaving behind legacy of improvements

March 2, 2017

https://youtu.be/u-XIVHyyv0s Video by Marielisa Martinez   Although he expected it to end years ago, John Delaney’s run as UNF’s president is coming to an end in May 2018. “I didn’t expect...

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Oz Music Festival lineup announced

February 27, 2017

Osprey Productions is bringing five artists to the Coxwell Amphitheater stage in April. 18-year-old pop star Daya is known for her hit singles “Hide Away” and “Sit Still Look Pretty.” Born...

The Lego Batman Movie.  Photo courtesy of Google

Brick by Lego Brick, this movie slowly falls apart

February 16, 2017

Watching The Lego Batman Movie was like eating a cheese pizza with extra cheese: at first, it’s the most incredible thing you’ve ever experienced but as you continue, it becomes far less enjoyable....

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Prince music now streaming

February 15, 2017

Finally, finally, finally. My day has come. Ladies and gentlemen, Prince’s entire catalog is now available to stream for the first time ever and in celebration--and remembrance--I’m going to ask...

Where to get cheap roses, free hot wings and heart-shaped food on Valentine’s Day

Where to get cheap roses, free hot wings and heart-shaped food on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

62 percent of American adults celebrate Valentine’s Day, according to History.com. If you’re in the party that celebrates this holiday, chances are you know exactly what you’re doing, considering...

Romance is not a new concept.

The history of Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day stands as one of the most-hated and most-loved holidays. Falling on Feb. 14, couples grow excited as the prospect of a delicious and romantic dinner comes to fruition. For some, a dinner...

The little guy, safe at last. Photo courtesy Emily Tronti

Not all heroes wear capes: A hamster’s tale

February 8, 2017

A simple hamster adoption was plunged into disarray when one of ten hamsters went rogue in a student's car. Emily Tronti, a student at UNF, was on her way to meet with the new parent of one of the nine...

The (first) annual “Best Commercials of the Super Bowl” Awards Show

The (first) annual “Best Commercials of the Super Bowl” Awards Show

February 6, 2017

Welcome to Spinnaker’s annual Super Bowl award show where someone not interested in the Super Bowl (that’s me--Go Jags), pays more attention to the commercials than the actual game and then proceeds...

Split. Courtesy of trailers.apple.com

Split makes a hard split that I just couldn’t enjoy

February 2, 2017

After having a name that many moviegoers scoffed at, M. Night Shyamalan made a triumphant return to the big screen with 2015’s The Visit. While not his best, The Visit gave audiences a feeling not...

Racer twins Nick and Sky. Courtesy of Joanna Norris

How racer twins from UNF now compete in the big leagues

February 2, 2017

Just over a year ago, twin brothers Nick and Sky Squillace were building a race-car with their fellow Ospreys as part of the UNF Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Today, the brothers have returned...

A groundhog. (Not necessarily Punxatawney Phil.)

Six more weeks of winter, and a look back at why a groundhog tells us so

February 2, 2017

Every year, we divert our attention from our phone’s weather app or the meteorologist on tv to observe something a little more traditional: a groundhog. If you’re not aware, today is Groundhog’s...

Pete Davidson. Courtesy of Google

Another spring semester, another Homecoming

January 31, 2017

This year, students can expect an offering of events each day starting with Homecoming After Dark, a celebration complete with food, music and a bonfire. Beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., students...

Photo courtesy Osprey Productions

Comedians announced for Homecoming show

January 30, 2017

As part of UNF’s 2017 Homecoming, a comedy show is set to take place on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Recently announced by Osprey Productions, the theme of the comedy show is “As Seen on SNL.” Comedians...

Why La La Land is going to win Best Picture at the Oscars

Why La La Land is going to win Best Picture at the Oscars

January 29, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pdqf4P9MB8 If you’ve paid any attention to the realm of movies, and entertainment in general, you have heard of La La Land ad nauseum. If you’re legitimately feeling...

UNF student creates college transition program

UNF student creates college transition program

January 26, 2017

One year ago, Embedded Within wasn’t even an idea. Today, it’s a prominent weekly mentoring program that takes place at Terry Parker High School. Last year, Courtney Lynch noticed a poster stuck...

A controlled burn. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Controlled burn to begin Wednesday morning

January 23, 2017

This Wednesday, students should be cautious of potential smoke near the southwest corner of campus as a controlled burn is set to begin at 9 a.m. The controlled burn will take place over 15 acres of...

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