Stories By Letter to the Editor

Guns on Campus: Let’s Aim for the Right Target

Recently chided by a well-meaning citizen for not arguing against SB176 (I had, in fact, declared clearly to the Senate Judiciary Committee that, as written then and now, the University of Alaska Board of Regents would not support the bill, but no matter), I asked myself: “Argue against what?”

Confirmation by AK Legislature of AK PFD Board

Have you ever thought about the Board that sets the amount of money you get every year as a Dividend? Please check the website Alaska Permanent Fund Board Confirmation Committee. Why should APFB that is currently only a gubernatorial appointment be confirmed by Alaska Legislature? There are those who will tell you that confirmation will politicize the board.

Tobacco has no place on any campus

In general, I do agree that UAA, as well as all colleges and universities, should become tobacco-free campus-wide. This tobacco ban should also include electronic cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco.

Why UAA should go smoke-free

Some have asked us why we’re doing this. Why are we in support of a smoke-free UAA? All of us on the UAA Smoke-Free Task Force have been affected by smoking. We’ve watched family and friends struggle to quit. Some of us have watched loved ones die. It is because of them we’re doing this.

Smoke-free UAA is a terrible idea

I don’t smoke. Why would I? My grandmother died from lung cancer while living in Palmer with my parents and I. She exposed me to direct secondhand smoke almost daily.

We the people: An apology to our Founding Fathers

Dear Founding Fathers,
In 1776, shockwaves were felt around the world when you declared independence for the United States. Holding steadfast in your belief that all men are created equal and have certain unalienable rights, you issued a challenge that a king would not be the supreme authority of this land.

Why UAA? Why now?

I was in the homestretch of completing high school. I was filled with a mix of excitement for the future and stress over having to make big life decisions — decisions like what to do next.
My more grounded parents wanted me to plan for college, evaluate options and discuss choices. During those talks I never — not even once — considered the University of Alaska Anchorage as a destination. My head was telling me, “I need to get out.”

Thoughts on financial aid

The following are my opinions on financial aid. First-year college students should not be eligible for financial aid, only those with a sophomore standing or higher and a B average or higher.

Letter to the Editor

As I start my senior year at UAA this fall, I reflect on how much I have grown as an individual and as a student. I also ponder on the increase of transgender individuals I have met on the UAA campus.

Comment from the community

Hi!
From May 2004-June 2009, I was the admin for Student Media here at UAA and just wanted to pass on how much I’ve enjoyed the both content and layout of the paper this past academic year.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I would like to commend student body President-elect Andrew Lessig, Student Ombudsman Seth Weaver and their fellow students Stephen Warta and Kenneth Kroeker for taking the initiative to visit our state’s capital to meet with myself and other legislators during the most recent legislative session. They proved to be strong, informed advocates for […]

Sex Column Depicts women as objects

I came across a copy of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Northern Light Newspaper at a coffee house downtown.  I decided to take it home to see what the local University had to offer.  I was shocked and appalled when I came across an article titled “Discovering the magic of male ‘pleasure points’” in the […]

Letter to the Editor: Recreation Program

Hello, my name is Allyson Christine Pagan Rodriguez, and I’m a third-year college student at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. Last semester I had the opportunity to visit Alaska as part of a national student exchange program, choosing UAA as my host campus.

Letter to the Editor: Health care for students

A concerned local Anchorage resident sent TNL a letter to the editor to discuss Governor Sean Parnell’s decision to stop students from continuing on their parent’s health insurance after they turn 24.

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