Nita Mauigoa


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Journalism and Public Comm.

About Nita:

Aloha! I am the Features editor here at the Northern Light. I come from the sultry sands of Hawaii and I was raised in ice-ridden Anchorage. I have heaps of family and friends in town that I grew up with. There is always a function or party and I am never bored. I am a senior pursuing my BA in Journalism/Communications with a minor in Business Administration. I have not declared which path to take after graduation as I live day by day. My favorite piece I've written was for True North magazine, skimming the subject of contemporary versus traditional Polynesian tattoo. I am like a restless nomad always moving and traveling. My favorite excursions include Boston, New York, Florida and several Pacific Islands. If you see me off campus, I am never alone.

Stories By Nita Mauigoa

Edible flowers in bloom

Ever see a flower beautiful enough to…eat? For the curious, UAA horticulture/landscaping supervisor Catherine Shenk skimmed the subject of edible flowers. She named some varieties that can grow in Alaska and shared tips from a gardener’s perspective. Shenk used common names for the flowers for the purpose of the article. However, she stressed the importance […]

Domestic Violence: NO MORE

I fell down the stairs. I am just clumsy. She didn’t mean it. But he loves me. Do these “reasons” sound familiar when a friend or loved one shows up with a black eye or a bruised arm? The Justice Center and the UAA chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, will […]

Warming cold case files

Flames consumed the hot Louisiana morning in 1964. The owner of a shoe repair shop, Frank Morris awoke to find his shop ablaze and a shotgun aimed at him. ““Get back, nigger!”” the man wielding the gun yelled. Within seconds Morris, who was in the shop, became engulfed in flames. His cries echoed. Morris died and no one was charged for his murder.

Hank Klibanoff, co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Race Beat,” about news coverage during the civil rights era, will speak on campus at 7 p.m. March 20.

Aloha from Hawai’i: Places to see in O’ahu

Spring fever is rampant and many students are ready to jump on that plane and escape to bask in the sultry island heat of Hawai’i. Here are some tips offered by kama’aina (locals from the islands) from around campus on some treasures to check out on O’ahu — the main island destination where 10 million […]

Who runs the Rondy carnival?

Jacqueline Leavitt, owner of Golden Wheel Amusements, remembers being a little girl in early Alaska in 1967, playing by a tiny cotton candy wagon. The hot, sugary scent permeated the air as her mother operated only a handful of rides.

“It was my playground,” Leavitt recalls as someone who has spent her entire life in the family carnival business.

Golden Wheel Amusements is a family owned and operated carnival business that has been the sole provider for Alaska fairs and carnivals, including the Fur Rendezvous, since 1967.

10 things I hate about you, and Valentines Day too

Jevante Mcalister, a biological sciences student, vividly remembers the day he got his heart broken for the first time. The anticipation led up to that fateful Valentine’s Day. All the hard work and preparation he put into his gift for his crush was going to culminate into something beautiful. “I made my crush a Valentine’s […]

Craigslist: Strictly Platonic

Some folks just want friends — no sex, no romance — just pure, unadulterated, platonic fun. However, not everyone is a socialite. Craigslist Anchorage takes a break from the conventional personal ads and offers a “strictly platonic” section, where strangers age 18 and over can solicit friendships. Upon reading the posts, they run the gamut […]

Sneak peek at new Natural Pantry

Hippies and snobs. Those are the kinds of people shopping for organic, natural or specialty foods, right?

“Wrong!” said Natural Pantry owner Vikki Solberg, as she laughed and poked at the common misconception.
The Natural Pantry, Anchorage’s largest, full-fledged organic grocery store, is moving.

“The answer is simple. We’ve rented for 37 years. We wanted to own our place, so no more leasing,”

Seawolf alumnus fresh on culinary scene

Various news outlets across Anchorage have painted their headlines with rave reviews about the Downtown Grill, a restaurant hot on the scene.

“Oh my gosh, those are good — yummy!” Maria Downey, an anchor for KTUU said in a quote about DT Grill’s beignets.

Riza Brown, Anchorage Daily News correspondent, dubbed the restaurant as “Southern flair, excellent fare.”

Religion on campus

The pathway to religious enlightenment is like a Dr. Seuss Limerick: One could find it here, one could find it there, one could find it anywhere — even at UAA.

Religion isn’t for everyone, but for students looking for a dose of soul food on campus, there are options through registered religious clubs and organizations.

Nurturing a stressed mind

For students seeking to nurture their over-processed brains, there are easily accessible places in town to “escape from it all” in a healthy manner — at least for an hour.

The Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage Therapy/Oriental Healing Arts Center offers free community tai chi and meditation classes Saturdays and Sundays from 9-10 a.m.

Keeping it Alaskan: Fair reminds locals of home-grown goodness

With all the hubbub of new franchises and chains breezing in from the Lower 48, it’s easy to get swept up in the frenzy. But when the dust settles, there still exists the homegrown goodness that makes Alaska unique.

Who is the ‘real’ Spirit the Seawolf mascot?

Perhaps it’s his alluring pine green complexion or his brawny body and broad shoulders. Or maybe it’s his stylish green and gold jersey or his walloping white fangs.

Whatever it may be, Spirit the Seawolf seems to have that animal magnetism crowds go wild for.

Who is Spirit’s real identity, if any?

Vigil for Typhoon Haiyan victims raises awareness

Vivid pictures of toddlers soaked knee-deep in muddy water next to piles of wood — remnants of what was once their home — flash a glimpse of how Typhoon Haiyan left the Philippines.

UAA’s Alaskero Partnership Organizers, or APO, held a vigil in honor of those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Student Union Den last Friday, where community members gathered.

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