As of Jan. 1 UAA will no longer grant credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for Western Civilization I and II, and United States History I and II. Western Civilization I and II and either United States History I or II are general education requirements for all Bachelor of Arts degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in the university system.
Stories By Evan Erickson
USUAA and Alaska state legislators persevered through a handsome ice storm to sit down for lunch Friday afternoon in the Student Union Den. All but two guests were able to attend the event, which was cut short by campus closures.
It touches a nerve to consider that every year a certain number of students at institutions of higher education take their own lives. Success and failure are well defined for the average college student and it may be convenient to chalk up desperation to the latter.
Faculty and administration are working to iron out the kinks in the juggernaut that is prioritization. Many details of the massive assessment of programs and services at UAA are still undecided, but several decisions have been reached following motions passed by the faculty Senate.
As Alaskan oil reserves dwindle, belts will require tightening and the state will take a close look at budgets. The University of Alaska is young, and just as a malnourished child may suffer effects into adulthood, the university may suffer in the long-term if it doesn’t find the best use of an inevitable decrease in funding.
In spring 2012 the Northern Light mourned the loss after seven years of the UAA Housing & Recreation Activities program in an editorial chastising the university’s budgetary reasoning.
Now a group of students and faculty is hoping to bring back outdoor opportunities — not only to students who live on campus but to everyone at UAA. This time around the money would come from a student fee.
Last Thursday the Alaska Supreme Court traveled to Barrow to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit brought against the State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The plaintiffs are asking the courts to rule that the atmosphere is a public trust resource as a way of compelling the state of Alaska to regulate its carbon emissions.
Students and members of the community packed the Barrow High School auditorium to observe the judicial process as part of Alaska’s Supreme Court LIVE program.
Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust and Eagle River attorney Brad De Noble represent the six young plaintiffs.
In 1966, the late UC Berkeley folklorist Alan Dundes coined the term “latrinalia” to refer to restroom graffiti in his book “Here I Sit — A Study of American Latrinalia.” Dundes posited strange theories on the psychological motivations behind latrinalia, including male pregnancy envy and an infantile desire to artistically smear feces.
On Friday morning roughly 200 people ambled around the muddy construction site just south of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, where the partial steel skeleton of UAA’s new Engineering and Industry Building can be found. There was a tent full of scones and a barrel of umbrellas, but the rain never came. Eleven gold shovels were propped in a mound of dirt for the groundbreaking ceremony that was to take place.
“No ice, no weather, no waiting!” University Police Department officer Paul Honeman shouts while directing traffic on UAA Drive on an overcast September afternoon.
Sandwiched between the many different fees listed on a student’s account summary is a $3 charge called the Green Fee. The money began accumulating in spring 2013. About $36,000 is generated each semester. Students can tap this fund if they come up with ideas about how to make UAA a greener campus.
Former UAA students Mallory Givens and Kent Spiers came up with the concept in 2010 while working in the UAA Office of Sustainability. USUAA student government soon after began writing legislation to bring the concept to a vote.
Most college students don’t know it can take up to 25 years to pay back student loans, but it takes less than one year to go into default on those payments. To be in default with federal loans means the payer is at least 270 days behind on payments.
Out North Contemporary Art House officially shut down July 29 from fiscal complications. Among the last of its shows was “We Can’t Eat Gold.” The film — which screened July 19, 26 and 27 at the east Anchorage theater — spotlights Alaska Natives struggling to defend the world’s largest salmon runs from the perceived negative […]