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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of North Florida journalism students bound to cover One Spark Berlin got some help from local media to help cover travel expenses.

The help came in the way of singing a rap song and shaving a beard that has been on Ron Littlepage's face for more than twenty years.

The Times-Union columnist joined in the fundraiser with someone donating $1,500 when the beard went off.

"Different, naked, it will grow back," was Littlepage's response after being asked how it felt to be beardless after so many years.

The journalism students are closing in on raising $9,000 to cover travel expenses to Berlin next month for the international version of One Spark that has its origins in Jacksonville.

"Its obviously not a city been too," said Jomariz Rodriguez who is excited about making the trip to Berlin to follow up on the reporting they did in Jacksonville this spring.

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