Keldon Irwin

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I am a psychology major at UAA with the eventual goal of acquiring a Ph.D in psychology or becoming a psychiatrist. I should graduate with a B.S. in psychology in '16. While I do have a passion for news and a particular passion for writing, I do not see a career for myself with news in the future - so I do this for fun and extra spending money. I am a liiiiiitle bit of a music nut and my record collection most definitely shows that. I moved to Alaska from California in December '11 and fell in love with it here. Being born here in '94 and leaving as early as '95, I've always wanted to come back. UAA is an extreme step up from the community college that I previously attended and I am very content here.

Stories By Keldon Irwin

A farewell to educators

Every few years UAA says farewell to decent staff and faculty who have dedicated numerous years of service the the university. The Northern Light sat down with three professors, Robin Crittenden, Robert Crosman, and red bradley, to see what they will leave behind and what their aspirations for the future are.

Student Government invites new officials

At the April 26 USUAA student government meeting, president Alejandra Buitrago swore in president elect Andrew Lessig. Lessig then swore in vice president elect Drew Lemish. Lessig and Lemish swore in two new senators, chemistry major John Paoletti and Jackie Odena.

Bree Villar, UAA student and health education coordinator with the American Lung Association joined fellow student Valeria Delgado and Gabriel Garcia, assistant professor of public health, to speak to USUAA about the current smoking standards on campus and potential future amendments.

Tanaina future dependent upon UAA

The Tanaina Childhood Development Center has been a part of the UAA com­munity since 1979.

Tanaina board president Charlie Tyr­rell said Tanaina is a non-profit organiza­tion that functions entirely independently from UAA, excluding the university sub­sidizing their rent, electricity, water and a few other services.

Smoke free campus in two years?

At the Feb. 21 and 22 Board of Regents meeting, more than 10 people testified on behalf of making UAA a smoke-free campus. Pre-med student Shana Kim also spoke in favor of making UAA a smoke-free campus.

The students’ goal, informally presented by Gabriel Garcia, assistant professor of public health, is to get 1,000 signatures per semester until the campus is smoke-free. Garcia said he will not stop his efforts until UAA is entirely smoke-free.

USUAA endorses media budget, E. Bunny gives candy in Student Union

The UAA Media Board, The Northern Light and KRUA 88.1 FM shared their budget for the 2014 fiscal year with the Union of Students at the University of Alaska meeting March 29. USUAA unanimously endorsed all proposed budgets.

Police say students were never at risk from alleged assaulters

The University Police Department issued an email and automated phone message Emergency Alert Update March 28 stating, “A felony assault occurred today off-campus. It is possible that one or both of the suspects involved may be coming to the UAA campus. The suspects were last seen in a dark blue or purple colored jeep … both suspects were armed with handguns.”

Fiery testimonies bear hazy results

PUBLIC TESTIMONY POTENTIAL SMOKE FREE UAA During the Feb. 21 and 22 Board of Regents meetings, more than 10 people testified on behalf of making UAA a smoke-free campus. Shana Kim, pre-med student at UAA said she spoke in favor of making UAA the first smoke-free campus in Alaska. However, Dana Diehl, disparities coordinator with […]

UAA launches “Amazing Stories” branding campaign

This week is launch week for UAA’s three-year effort to officially brand itself as an integral facet to the Anchorage community.

Career fair, Green Fee Board on USUAA docket

Students looking for work have the opportunity to meet with at least 19 employers hiring people for summer, part- time and full-time jobs.

Stephanie Whaley, internship and experiential learning coordinator at the University Center, said a career fair is scheduled to take place Feb. 14 and invited students and college graduates seeking employment to attend.

Mayor Dan Sullivan addresses campus and social issues at Q&A

Students eager with questions enjoyed a complimentary continental breakfast as Mayor Dan Sullivan took his seat beside USUAA Senator Andrew Lessig in the Student Union upstairs lounge Feb. 6.

Max Bullock, business management sophomore, opened the Q&A session with a public safety inquiry.

USUAA vice president’s social media comments questioned

Katelyn Jones, anthropology major, emailed an opinion piece to The Northern Light Jan. 31 regarding the conduct of a student government leader on Facebook.

Andrew McConnell, vice president of USUAA, made statements Jan. 28 on USUAA Senator Kate Chaitoff’s status about Dan Savage’s upcoming performance.

Mayor Dan Sullivan to speak at Morning with the Mayor Q&A session

Mayor Dan Sullivan will be speaking at the Morning with the Mayor event in the Student Union Wednesday Feb. 6. The event runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sullivan will attend from roughly 11:30-12:30 p.m. to answer questions from students.

Telephone-based emergency alert system falters during accident

Calcium carbide, which was accidently combined with water, can be harmful if inhaled.

The calcium carbonide spill also posed a potential explosion and flash fire risk, according to Haz Mat One Captain Kevin Wallace.

USUAA and Toys for Tots brings holiday smiles

In collaboration with the Union of Students of University of Alaska Anchorage and the potential fraternity TKE, the department of Student and Academic Affairs have started their first Toys for Tots toy drive at UAA.

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