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The Osprey Spirit

students doing the swoop together

Swoop

Gators might chomp and the 'Noles might chop, but we swoop. Every new student Osprey is taught the official UNF cheer - a wing swooping motion - at Orientation (and some even learn when they come for a campus tour) so that they can perform the move at all athletic events, official gatherings, walking through airports or whenever the mood strikes. As part of the orientation program "New to the Nest," new employees are taught how to swoop by a member of the Admissions Swoop Squad.

basketball players surrounding their coach

River City Rumble

The all-sport, all-year athletic rivalry against the Jacksonville University Dolphins started in 2005. The two Division I teams battle for the SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel, which is awarded to the school with the most victories over the other during a school year. Each year, the teams square off 22 times in 14 sports. The current standing for the life of the battle is UNF 4, JU 4 and the teams have tied twice. By the way, no one knows why the trophy is called the Old Wooden Barrel. It was just created to help develop the rivalry between the two institutions.

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Lip Sync

Lip Sync is an annual Student Government sponsored can't miss event for students during Homecoming each year. Nearly every club and organization on campus is represented in this karaoke-on-steroids competition. Some years are themed - '80s music, anyone? - and some are not - but all are great fun with outrageous costumes, colossal props and some pretty amazing dance routines. Winners proudly claim and display their titles as a badge of honor until the next year.

blue and gray Wednesday kids

Blue and Gray Wednesday

Adopted in 2011, the campus community is asked to wear the school colors each Wednesday to show their Osprey pride. In 2012, it became an official initiative of Student Government and Alumni Services made it one of the 52 things every student should do before he or she graduates.