Author: TNL Staff

April 6, 2015 TNL Staff

Lance Ahern What is your party affiliation of any? “None.” How many years of political experience do you have? “I’ve been in service at city and state government for about ten years.” What goals would you have if you become mayor? “Primary goal economic development, secondly I would like to improve public safety, and simplify…

August 5, 2014 TNL Staff

The newest arena in town – the Alaska Airlines Center – is opening! A state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, the Alaska Airlines Center will be a game changer for the University of Alaska Anchorage and a great asset to the community. The UAA Department of Athletics, along with various other groups, will host a 10-day-long Grand Opening…

August 5, 2014 TNL Staff

ANCHORAGE – The University of Alaska Anchorage has unveiled the pairings for the 2014 GCI Great Alaska Shootout, with seven games slated for national television on CBS Sports Network. This year’s Shootout is scheduled for Nov. 25-29 at the Alaska Airlines Center, starting with women’s first-round action on Tuesday night and concluding with the men’s championship on…

August 5, 2014 TNL Staff

Crow Pass is an event produced by the University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Association and Millers Booster Club. The race is about 24 miles along the Crow Pass Trail and starts just north of Girdwood and ends at the Eagle River Nature Center. There is a total gradient of 5,959 feet and a peak elevation…

August 5, 2014 TNL Staff

Album: Artist: Release date: Rating: “In The Lonely Hour” Sam Smith May 26, 2014 4/5 There are certain voices in music that are immediately recognizable. These voices are unique without being annoying or laughable. One can hear them playing on a stereo across the street or in the aisle at a grocery store and simply…

August 5, 2014 TNL Staff

UA President Pat Gamble has some ideas for us to bear in mind: Take your college education seriously … it is the major portal to the rest of your life. Forget high school. This is the real world and it needs your undivided attention. Your high school lifestyle is over … let it go right…

July 22, 2014 TNL Staff

Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

Release: July 16, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nine Alaska Anchorage student-athletes were recognized Wednesday as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference its 2013-14 Faculty Athletic Representative Scholar-Athlete Awards.

To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must have maintained a 3.85 or better grade-point average through two or more years of athletic competition at a GNAC university. Of the 14 perfect 4.00 GPAs among this year’s recipients, the Seawolves produced five – Teancum Stafford (Men’s Basketball, Sr., Psychology), Marie-Sophie Boggasch (Gymnastics, So., Aviation Technology), Sarah Freistone(Cross Country, So., undeclared), Sarah Johnson (Volleyball, So., Spanish); and Simone Penker (Gymnastics, So., Biological Sciences).

UAA’s other honorees were women’s skier Anna Berecz (3.87, Jr., Psychology & German), men’s skier Brandon Brewster (3.86, Jr., Finance), and women’s runners Bryn Haebe (3.85, Nursing & Nutrition) and Christi Schmitz(3.88, Sr., Nursing & Spanish).


2013-14 GNAC FAR Scholar-Athletes


**Brandon Brewster (Skiing, Finance, Jr., 3.86, Anchorage, AK)

*Teancum Stafford (Basketball, Psychology, Jr., 4.00, Auburn, WA)

*Anna Berecz (Skiing, Psychology and German, Jr., 3.87, Budapest, Hungary)
*Marie-Sophie Boggasch (Gymnastics, Aviation Technology, So., 4.00, Schwarzenbach am Wald, Germany)
*Sarah Freistone (Cross country, Undeclared, So., 4.00, Anchorage, AK)
**Bryn Haebe (Track and Field & Cross Country, Jr., Nursing and Nutrition, 3.85, Evergreen, CO)
*Sarah Johnson (Volleyball, Spanish, So., 4.00, Anchorage, AK)
*Simone Penker (Gymnastics, Biological Sciences, So., 4.00, Maria Saal, Austria)
**Christi Schmitz (Track and Field & Cross Country, Nursing and Spanish, Sr., 3.88, North Pole, AK)


*Repeat selections


July 22, 2014 TNL Staff

Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

Release: July 18, 2014

Men's BasketballANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball head coach Rusty Osborne has announced his team’s schedule for the 2014-15 season, including 19 home games at the brand-new Alaska Airlines Center.

The Seawolves, on the heels of nine straight winning campaigns, begin with the annual Green & Gold game on Oct. 18 and an Alumni exhibition on Nov. 1.

The regular season starts at home against future league foe Concordia (Ore.) with games Nov. 7-8, followed by an important early road trip against West Region opponents Sonoma State and Chico State in California, Nov. 14-15.

The GCI Great Alaska Shootout returns for its 37th edition Nov. 26-29, with UAA challenging Div. I Pacific live nationally on CBS Sports Network in the first round. Other visitors for the tournament include Missouri State, Colorado State, Rice, Mercer, Washington State and UC Santa Barbara.

Four home games dot the December schedule, including critical West Region clashes with BYU-Hawaii and Humboldt State in the annual UAA Jamboree, Dec. 12-13.

After an early start to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference slate with road games Dec. 4 (at Saint Martin’s) and Dec. 6 (at Western Oregon), the Seawolves make their GNAC home debuts at the Alaska Airlines Center with a New Year’s Day showdown against Simon Fraser and a Jan. 3 game against Western Washington.

The rest of the GNAC home slate includes Jan. 22 vs. Central Washington, Jan. 24 vs. Northwest Nazarene, Feb. 7 vs. Alaska Fairbanks, Feb. 12 vs. Montana State Billings, Feb. 14 vs. Seattle Pacific, Feb. 26 vs. Western Oregon, and Feb. 28 vs Saint Martin’s.
The fifth annual GNAC Championships move this year to the MSU Billings campus, Mar. 4-7, with the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships set for Mar. 13-16 at a to-be-determined campus host site.

For season ticket information, contact the UAA Athletics Box Office at 907-786-1562 or[email protected].


July 22, 2014 TNL Staff

Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

Release: July 16, 2014

Women's BasketballANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball head coach Ryan McCarthy announced his team’s schedule for the 2014-15 season – the Seawolves’ first in the brand-new Alaska Airlines Center – on Tuesday.

UAA, coming off an 19-9 campaign and an NCAA Tournament berth, opens Nov. 5 with an exhibition game at NCAA Div. I foe Utah.

The Seawolves host their home openers with regular-season contests against Holy Names and Chaminade in the GNAC/Pac West Conference Challenge, Nov. 14-15, followed by a pair of inter-region matchups against Christian Brothers (Tenn.), Nov. 20-21.

UAA will take the Alaska Airlines Center court for its annual GCI Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 25-26, facing Yale in the first round and either Long Beach State or Boise State the next day.

December brings and early start to Great Northwest Athletic Conference play when UAA travels south for league games at defending champion Montana State Billings (Dec. 4) and longtime rival Seattle Pacific (Dec. 6). Five more home games dot the schedule for that month as the Seawolves face McKendree (Ill.) on Dec. 13-14, Texas A&M Kingsville and Pacific (Ore.) in the UAA Hoops Classic, Dec. 19-20, and West Region opponent Hawaii Pacific on Dec. 21.
The GNAC slate resumes with a New Year’s Day tilt against Northwest Nazarene and a Jan. 3 battle against Central Washington at the Alaska Airlines Center. Mid-January brings a key three-game homestand against Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 17), Western Washington (Jan. 22) and Simon Fraser (Jan. 24), and February features home clashes with Saint Martin’s (Feb. 5), Western Oregon (Feb. 7), Seattle Pacific (Feb. 26) and MSU Billings (Feb. 28).

The fifth annual GNAC Championships move this year to the MSU Billings campus, Mar. 4-7, with the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships set for Mar. 13-16 at a to-be-determined campus host site.

For season ticket information, contact the UAA Athletics Box Office at 907-786-1562 or[email protected].

July 22, 2014 TNL Staff

House of Bread – $4.75 for a cup, $6.25 for a bowl, $8.25 for bread bowl House of Bread’s delicious clam chowder will have you saying, “Mmm, mmm, good.” This clam chowder comes with your choice of any of their fresh homemade bread as well. The soup is very creamy with a good ratio of…

July 8, 2014 TNL Staff

Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

Release: 6-27-2014


The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team has landed a Div. I transfer of a different sort as head coach Rusty Osborne announced Friday that former Utah multi-sport prep star Travis Parrish has signed a scholarship agreement with the Seawolves.

Parrish, a 6-3, 220-pounder from Bountiful, Utah, spent his first two collegiate campaigns as a football player at Div. I Utah State, including a redshirt season 2012. Transitioning to the court, Parrish brings three years of eligibility and the ability to play multiple positions.

“He is a huge addition. Coming in as a sophomore, Travis will add not only talent, but class balance to our program,” said Osborne, who begins his 11th season at the Seawolf helm in 2014-15. “He is a strong, high-level athlete, having played linebacker at Utah State. In high school, he was not only all-state in basketball and football, but ran the 400 meters in under 50 seconds. He is big and strong enough to battle taller opponents, but also has the basketball skills and savvy to play in the backcourt, including some point guard. He is a winner, whose passion and competitiveness will be fun for our fans to watch and should help raise the competitiveness of his teammates.”
As a high senior at Bountiful High School in 2008-09, Parrish averaged 10.9 points per game and led the Braves to the Class 4A state semifinals for the second straight season. As a junior, he helped BHS within one basket of the state title. On the gridiron, he was the 2008 Region 5 Defensive MVP, registering 68 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions in 11 games.

Between high school and college, Parrish served a two-year Mormon Mission in Malaysia from 2009-11.

“Despite not playing competitively since his senior season, we expect Travis to make a smooth transition back to basketball,” Osborne noted. “He has worked hard the last six months to get ready for fall practice, and I am confident he will be ready to contribute at a high level in November. We look forward to coaching him the next three years.”

Parrish becomes the sixth newcomer to join UAA’s 2014 recruiting class, along with fellow transfers Derrick Fain (G, 6-4/175, Dallas, Texas/Forney HS/The Master’s Coll.) and Dom Hunter (G, 6-0/180, Tacoma, Wash./Decatur HS/Eastern Arizona Coll.) and incoming freshmen Sjur Berg (F, 6-7/225, Nesoddtangen, Norway), Damien Fulp (G, 6-1/160, Palmer/Colony HS) and Brian Pearson (F, 6-9/225, Elko, Nev.).

July 8, 2014 TNL Staff

Ice Cream Social – July 10 3-4 p.m. at the UAA/APU Consortium Library

Ice cream is free for UAA students (with valid ID for spring or summer semesters), $1 for UAA staff/faculty, and $2 for the general public.


Early Bird Parking Permit Sale – last day August 1 – Buy your annual parking permit at a discounted price during Parking Services’ Early Bird Special. This sale lasts until Aug. 1. Visit or visit Parking Services (located below the UAA Campus Bookstore) to purchase your permit.

Bear Paw Festival – July 9 – July 13 in downtown Eagle River

With the theme “Caution! Bears Working!” the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce presents the 2014 Bear Paw Festival. Events include Friday’s Teddy Bear Picnic, the 5-K Bear Paw Classic, parade and Slippery Salmon Olympics on Saturday and the I Did A Duck Race on Sunday.

June 24, 2014 TNL Staff

ANCHORAGE — Head coach Matt Thomas finalized his 2014-15 Alaska Anchorage incoming class Wednesday with the addition of Anthony Conti, giving UAA eight rookies for the 35th year of Seawolf hockey.

Conti, a local of Vancouver, B.C., joins the Green and Gold after splitting time with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles and Penticton Vees. He combined for 16-27 — 43 totals during the 2013-14 season in 55 games played. Conti also led the Eagles in the playoffs with seven points in six games.

A year before, the 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound forward dressed for Vancouver Northwest of the BCMML, where he helped the Giants to the team crown as one of the league’s top scorers with 18-30 — 48 totals in 35 games.

“Anthony is going to be someone that is simply going to get better and better each day he is at UAA,” said assistant coach Josh Ciocco. “He will come into our program at just 18 years old and already has NHL size. Not only is he big, but he’s got sneaky good hockey sense and is absolutely fearless.”

Conti joins classmates Austin Azurdia, Tad Kozun, Matt Anholt, Tanner Johnson, Jarrett Brown, Olivier Mantha and Jared D’Amico.

The Seawolves commence the 2014-15 slate Oct. 4 with an exhibition game against Western Ontario, before hosting Maine and Wisconsin for the annual Kendall Hockey Classic at the Sullivan Arena, Oct. 10-11.

Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

Release: 6/18/2014

April 29, 2014 TNL Staff

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information ANCHORAGE – Now a 12-time All-American and four-time national champion, senior Micah Chelimo became just the third student-athlete in 30 years to repeat as the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Bill MacKay Athlete of the Year when he received the award at Seawolves’ 30th annual end-of-year banquet at Lucy Cuddy Hall on Friday night….

April 29, 2014 TNL Staff

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information ANCHORAGE – Sophomore Stefany Bryan was named the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team’s 2014 MVP on Thursday night as the Seawolves celebrated with their year-end banquet at Lone Star Steakhouse. Bryan was an NCAA Div. I West Regional Championships all-around qualifier and earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors in the all-around and on uneven…

April 29, 2014 TNL Staff

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information


Seawolf Volleyball Camp

University of Alaska Anchorage head coach Chris Green will host the annual UAA Volleyball Coaching Clinic, set for May 16-17 at West High School. Along with longtime Pepperdine associate head coach Tim Jensen, Green and his staff will provide classroom and on-court instruction, including a demonstration practice sessions and more. Please RSVP to Nicky Rose ([email protected]) by May 14.


Seawolf Hockey Camp

University of Alaska Anchorage head coach Matt Thomas will host a hockey camp, July 7-11 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Age groups 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13 as well as an elite and goalie camp will be offered. For more information and to register, please contact Steve Thompson at [email protected]


UAA Basketball Skills Camp

The UAA Skills Camp offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage is a great chance for basketball players to enhance their overall basketball abilities.  The camp will focus on developing the campers offensive and defensive capabilities.  Focus areas will be shooting technique, ball handling, defensive positioning & movements, and scoring moves.  Campers will learn new drills and techniques from current college players and coaches which can be used for continued improvement year around!  Most importantly the camp will be a high energy active way for kids to have fun while improving their basketball skills. Camp to be held June 23-26. Contact Alex Carlson at 907-317-8248 or [email protected].


Kendall Jump Shot Basketball Camp

University of Alaska Anchorage head men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne heads up the annual Kendall Jump Shot Basketball Camp each summer at Sullivan Arena. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 16, and features a Combo Camp as well as an Elite Camp. There are two week-long sessions to choose from. The camp features instruction from Coach Osborne, UAA Assistant Coach Cameron Turner, plus other Seawolf coaches and players, area high school coaches and guests. More information is available by calling the Sullivan Arena at 279-0618 or visiting


April 29, 2014 TNL Staff

Compiled by Travis Dowling Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

The 2013-14 Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team earned a 19-9 record and qualified for the program’s seventh NCAA Tournament in the past eight seasons, while tying for third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 12-6 league mark. The Seawolves led the nation with 14.3 steals per game and paced the GNAC in seven categories, including scoring offense with 79.6 points per game. Big victories included a double-OT win over Div. I UC Riverside, season sweeps of Seattle Pacific and Alaska Fairbanks, and home wins over fellow NCAA qualifiers Saint Leo, Western Washington, MSU Billings and Simon Fraser. Individually, Senior, Forward Kylie Burns and Freshman, Point Guard, Kiki Robertson both earned All-GNAC 2nd Team honors.

The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team earned the program’s ninth straight winning season, posting a 17-13 overall record in 2013-14. The
Seawolves broke 25 school records and 14 Great Northwest Athletic Conference records, while leading the nation in best assist-turnover ratio and fewest turnovers per game. Individually, Junior, Guard, Travis Thompson was a First Team All-GNAC selection, while Junior, Guard/Forward, Teancum Stafford earned Second Team Academic All-America honors.

The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team concluded the 2014 season with their 34th all-time showing at the NCAA Championships, where they furnished five All-America honors and finished eighth as a team. The Seawolves who were led by Seniors Lukas Ebner and Niko Harmanen, with two All-America awards apiece. Ebner was also named RMISA’s Nordic MVP and was a RMISA First-Team honoree. Picking up RMISA First-Team honors on the women’s side was Marine Dusser. Combined, the Seawolves furnished 33 individual top-10 performances this season and finished a season-high fourth at the Utah Invite in January.

Alaska Anchorage’s historic hockey season came to an end when the nationally ranked Ferris State Bulldogs edged the Seawolves in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five Semifinal at the Van Andel Arena. The Seawolves concluded the slate with an 18-16-4 record – the program’s best since joining the WCHA – and their first winning season since 1992-93. UAA says goodbye to five seniors that guided the team to its successful campaign – Matt Bailey, Rob Gunderson, Chris Kamal, Jordan Kwas and Quinn Sproule.

The Alaska Anchorage volleyball team earned its fourth NCAA Tournament bid in the past five seasons and extended the program record with its sixth straight winning season, finishing 21-10 overall in 2013. The Seawolves went 15-3 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to place runner-up by just one match, while marking their fifth consecutive winning record and top-4 league finish. UAA also set program records with its 9-0 GNAC road record and 9-0 in the league campaign. Individually, Sophmore, Outside Hitter, Katelynn Zanders earned AVCA 2nd Team All-America and unanimous All-GNAC honors, while Sophmore, Right Side, Julia Mackey was also an all-league performer. The Seawolves also did well in the major GNAC awards, earning the co-Coach of the Year (Chris Green), Newcomer of the Year (Quinn Barker) and Freshman of the Year (Erin Braun).

The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s cross country teams concluded the 2013 season with their sixth straight combined appearance at the NCAAs in November. The women’s team came away with a program-best fourth-place result in their eighth all-time NCAA showing, while the men’s team took seventh in their 10th all-time participation. Prior to the NCAA championship, the women’s team were undefeated, winning the NCAA Div. II West Region Championships and claiming their fifth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, while taking first in three regular season meets. The Seawolves also took the GNAC title on the men’s side, while winning all three regular season meets and finishing second at West Regional. The Seawolves were led individually by the West Region and the GNAC Runner of the Year, Susan Tanui, Senior, who defended her region title, head coach Michael Friess also came away with West Region and GNAC Female Coach of the Year honors, combined, UAA furnished five All-Americans, seven All-West Region performers and six GNAC All-Conference awards.

April 8, 2014 TNL Staff

Long ago in the dark ages of last fall, I wrote an article about how the major news networks covered the situation in Syria, and it devolved into a rant pretty quickly. I thought that would be enough. But apparently, it’s not.

So let’s talk about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, shall we?

Before I begin, know that I mean no disrespect to anyone who was aboard this plane when whatever happened to it happened to it. I, like any sensible slug, am deeply saddened by the losses of the many lives on board the plane, and I wish for a speedy recovery of the plane so that the families can rest knowing how their loved ones passed. For them, I am incredibly sorry.

But let’s put those condolences into perspective. Major news networks (especially CNN) have carelessly thrown all of that into disregard to madly speculate what happened. There have been claims of terrorism, black holes and even the Bermuda Triangle being involved. Somehow.

First off, as an experienced alien slug, let me tell you about black holes for a sec.

For the armada, we have a black hole cannon that we only use in a last resort. You shoot it at a planet or star, and then there’s no more planet or star. Even the tiniest black hole would completely annihilate the entire Earth. Assuming it was a black hole is inanely stupid beyond belief.

You were probably thinking of wormholes. Wormholes transfer objects (often prisoners, in our case) to other far-flung parts of space. Even then, though, that’s still pretty inane.

And terrorism? The Bermuda Triangle? You may as well blame the Illuminati or suggest that the plane is in Area 51.

Long story short, CNN and the others botched the story. On CNN, coverage of the flight has consumed three weeks full of news that went unreported. So let’s look at BBC and see what other things happened in the world aside from the flight.

Hm … ooo, here! “The Colbert Report” almost got canceled over a racist tweet. That’s pretty juicy.

Oh, here. There was another shooting at Fort Hood. Viewers probably want to know more about that.

Turkey lifted the country’s ban on Twitter. That could lead to a lot of discussion about Internet censorship and suppression of free speech, especially in countries like China or Syria where dissent is still suppressed.

You could have spent all of those weeks discussing topics related to those. But no. You needed to discuss the missing flight. You needed to talk about how a black hole supposedly sucked the plane into oblivion somehow without bringing the entire planet with it. I’m sorry, I still can’t get over that inaccuracy! Black holes are dangerous, man!

After a while of thinking, George surmised that this was a problem with the format and not the network itself. If there’s a news program rolling 24 hours a day, that means that you have to find news to report, and that’s not always easy.

But I have a couple problems with that argument. First of all, the format’s not going away, it’s making too much money. Second of all, as we’ve seen, there’s been plenty of stories in that flight period, and while they touched on them, they immediately went back to speculation.

He has a point, though. The format of 24/7 news programming is pretty inherently flawed. This is a constructive column, however, and there has to be a solution that will alleviate this somewhat.

In my last news-bashing article, I suggested that networks admit up-front that news is still coming in and that they know nothing. I think that much is obvious in this situation, though. So how else can we fix this?

Well, as we mentioned, there’s plenty of news, and I don’t know of anyone who actually watches these networks 24/7 — except insomniacs or the writers for “The Daily Show”. Why not use that speculation time to instead report the news again for those who are just joining in? I know they do that already to an extent, but think of how many viewers would like to see some actual news instead of mad conspiracy theories, even if it is on repeat.

And before you mention that CNN and others have websites, speculation pieces clog those sites just about as much as they do the TV, so this suggestion works both online and on the air.

Alright, rant over. I’ll see if I can write about something a little more lighthearted next time. Until then…



April 8, 2014 TNL Staff

The spring USUAA elections are the political Mecca of the UAA community. Every year, USUAA presidential hopefuls rove around campus spewing inspirational language to secure votes and support for their campaign. Beware, because the things we want to see changed already have a bureaucratic process in place.

On April 8 and 9, UAA students will have the power to elect their peers into positions that influence their collegiate experience. With the ongoing process of prioritization, fee increases and the evolving UAA brand, it is vital that student representatives understand their roles. There is a bigger picture, and our issues are a mere puzzle piece.

The 1999 movie “Election,” starring Reese Witherspoon, is a pungent example of student government antics at its best. Witherspoon’s character, Tracy Flick, is whimsical and power-driven while struggling to garner the support of her classmates.

In a sense, this race has featured a lot of Tracy Flicks — students making promises while not knowing or having the resources to deliver. The propaganda and charades of the film correlate seamlessly with our current USUAA administrative candidates.

The platforms are unprogressive and dated. Zeroing in on what their predecessors did not complete is irrelevant. But how a candidate plans to progress and integrate his or her agenda into your tenure is. That is what a forward thinking leader does.

Transparency is a simple fix. USUAA meetings are advertised but not in an interactive way. USUAA, through the assistance of their adviser and administrative assistant, always has a presence during New Student Orientations, Campus Kick-Off and general resource fairs. So any candidate feeling that there is not enough outreach is sorely mistaken. The real issue is that the student leaders tasked with manning these booths are at times nowhere to be found. That is not to say that there isn’t an handful of active senators and club leaders that do not productively extend their time, though.

I don’t drive, but I am aware of the maze-like parking situation. Everyone is.

Parking is not a new issue on the UAA campus. As more and more buildings are being erected, there is an urgent need for garages. Student leaders meet with state legislators and usually work to secure the funding necessary for the completion of these projects on annual advocacy trips. Increasing student fees is another way to garner support for new projects. Subsequently, if you are looking for the secret cove of endless parking spaces anytime soon, you are out luck.

There is a lack of understanding of what the USUAA administration is tasked with doing. UAA students need to scrutinize any leader seeking to begin projects they cannot dictate or complete in a year’s time. The primary thing anyone you elect to USUAA can control is advocating to state legislators for more university system fiscal support.

For once, it would be nice to have a candidate who does not focus on what USUAA hasn’t done but what they are in the process of doing. Every time a student leader graduates, a legacy is left behind. The way to build traditions is through sustaining and evolving past leaders’ works. By starting over each year, student government loses traction on issues that matter most to the student body. This includes tuition increases.

Sometimes these elections remind me of HBO’s “The Wire.” At every corner there is a prospective student representative pedal-pushing some agenda. Would you take drugs from a stranger on the corner? I hope you would not. Remain skeptical and reluctant. Do not contribute to an environment that erases accountability.

UAA is a small community. It is easy to put personal bonds first.

I challenge students to put expectations before friendships. What you should be seeking is an advocate, not a soapbox entrepreneur.

April 1, 2014 TNL Staff

UAA’s Concert Board hosted nationally acclaimed folksinger Sam Beam, the artist of Iron & Wine, on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 P.M. at the Egan Center. Many of his albums have made it on the Billboard top 200 charts including “The Shepherd’s Dog” peaking at 24,”Kiss Each Other Clean,” which peaked out at no. 2…

April 1, 2014 TNL Staff

Anchorage observes the 1964 Earthquake’s 50th anniversary.

At exactly 5:36 p.m. the museum’s proceedings had come to a pause, and the host speaker asked the crowd for four minutes of silence — the length of the earthquake, in honor of those impacted by it. Footage of Anchorage on the day of the earthquake played for attendees over a projector while they reflected, a visual trip to a place and time that lives on through us today.
Those who filled the Anchorage Museum’s Auditorium last Thursday joined many others across the state and throughout the world in remembering the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Residents and community leaders from some of Alaska’s hardest-hit communities by the earthquake and resulting tsunami took to the podium to share their experiences.
Appearing in a pre-recorded video, Sen. Lisa Murkowski aptly captured the tone of the commemoration’s first half.

Did you know?

Geologists today commonly use the Moment Magnitude Scale to measure the size of earthquakes accurately. Improvements in seismometer technology were made after the 1964 quake which made recording low-frequencies possible. This is partly why the 1964 quake’s initial rating of 8.6 (Richter Scale) was changed to 9.2 (MMS); the figure we use today.

“It’s hard to find a silver lining, but if there is one, it’s that we came together,” Murkowski said.
While powerfully devastating, the Great Quake also left behind signs of its existence that are open to interpretation. A flood-line exists in Valdez that marks the tsunamis deadly reach. A dock in Prince William Sound was rendered useless without sufficient water or land beneath it. Look left at the gas station just before Girdwood and one can see bleach-white trees jutting forth from the flats.
The most noticeable evidence of the earthquake that we can see today is that of the ground sinking. Take the trees for an example.
“High tide is a completely different thing for next few hundred years because it takes a long time for the land to start rising back up,” said Jennifer Witter, who is an assistant professor of geological sciences with UAA. “Girdwood had to be relocated, Portage had to be relocated because they were suddenly in the tide zone.”
When the 9.2 magnitude quake hit, part of the Girdwood costal area dropped below sea level, letting saltwater in which killed the trees and left them in a state of driftwood limbo. They rise as the land rises over time, creating a ‘ghost forest’.
“In many ways, what we know about these giant mega-thrust earthquakes today is understood in the shadow of what was learned from the 1964 earthquake,” U.S. Geological Survey geologist Peter Haeussler explained to the crowd at the Anchorage Museum on Thursday. “As a result of what was learned from 1964, some geologists that had been working in the Pacific Northwest had visited Alaska and were like, oh, ghost forests, we’ve got these down here too.”
After seeing the similarities in the trees, geologists reasoned that costal Oregon and Washington likely faced the same tsunami hazards as Alaska. This was a critical moment of discovery, as the last 1964-like earthquake near the Oregon-Washington border happened around the year 1700.
After the 1964 quake, science changed. New geological techniques were developed, and plate tectonic theory was more broadly substantiated. The relationship between earthquakes and tsunamis was made more explicit than ever before, which lead to an increase in the sophistication of tsunami warning centers across the world. The language of earthquakes was forever changed.
As Haeussler continued his lecture for the diverse, attentive museum crowd, one brief moment stood out amongst the rest.
“This gets to the place of this earthquake in the history of plate tectonic theory,” Haeussler said, referring to 1964. “And they may sound like ethereal words, and I was actually surprised to hear Lisa Murkowski use the term ‘plate tectonics’ out there in her speech today. Good to hear a politician with a vocabulary,” he said jokingly.
The crowd laughed.


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April 17, 2013 TNL Staff

Amid final exams, projects and anticipation the warm, bright days of summer, graduation might seem far away — especially changing majors or taking a semester off can delay how soon one can get their degree making the wait seem even longer.

April 9, 2013 TNL Staff

Forcible rape rates in Anchorage are the highest they’ve been in 30 years.

The name of the crime itself presents a problem.

It implies there is such a thing as non-forcible rape. That’s incorrect. The only other category of rape is stat­utory rape.

If you didn’t know any of that, we can’t say we blame you.

When the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report initially released that information, it was hidden behind a head­line in the Anchorage Daily News story commending the city for a decreasing crime rate.

To be fair, reporter Casey Grove addresses the issue immediately in her story. But on the other hand, she also does not call out Police Chief Mark Mew for the insult­ing sexual assault prevention tips he mentions are post­ed on the police department website.

Some of the ridiculous tips offered include locking doors and windows, ensuring vehicles are gassed up, walking confidently at a steady pace and wearing cloth­ing that allows for free movement.

Other tips are outright insulting.

“You may be able to turn the attacker off with bizarre behavior such as throwing up, acting crazy or picking your nose,” the website states.

Surely, people are grateful for the unprecedented advice.

But this is not an editorial meant to slam the Anchor­age Police Department. Not at all! Because a quick online search shows that many universities and cities offer the same advice, with no evidence that it works.

This city’s general “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” attitude toward rape is not adequate.

April is Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. People who do not speak out against these issues are saying volumes. They’re saying it’s okay by them for these crimes to continue.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (quote attributed to Edmund Burke [1729-1797],

April 3, 2013 TNL Staff

It has been five weeks since the introduction of the “Amazing Stories” campaign. The hype built up immensely through a week of festivities and promises of flashy commercials, great stories and a new chapter in UAA’s history.

It has been four weeks since the hype died down.

February 26, 2013 TNL Staff

Our voice was heard.

The student body collectively decided to add $3 to student fees for those taking three or more credit hours in the November 2011 general election at UAA.

This is the first semester the university is collecting the fee.

But why would college students vote to pay more fees?

It can be inferred that a majority of voting students felt that green is good because the money is allocated for student-led sustainability projects,

But last year, recruiting efforts to bring students onto the USUAA-led board didn’t yield results until toward the end of the semester.

But now that USUAA has fulfilled their responsibility of staffing the board, it’s time for students to embrace a responsibility of their own and pitch sustainable ideas that can be implemented at the university.

The pitching process is simple and boils down to the project being practical, affordable and supported by a faculty member or other “expert.”

But to be honest, these projects are about more than personal achievements or making changes at UAA.

This is about Alaska, our home by birth or choice.

It’s the fishing holes, camping trips and wildlife encounters that define our culture.

Every time we flip on a light, gas up our vehicles or type a paper for a class, we are doing our small part to destroy the environment.

This is not to suggest that everyone should throw their cell phones into the ocean and succumb to a conservative Amish lifestyle.

But if we want Alaskan culture to be preserved for the next generation, we’ve got to start somewhere.

We’re already paying for the fee.

So use it.

February 6, 2013 TNL Staff

A penis or tongue can fit into three holes commonly associated with the loss of virginity.

If you’ve been putting or receiving a body part in any of those holes, you should take advantage of the free STI testing taking place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Student Health and Counseling Center in Room 116/120 of Rasmuson Hall.

We know we’re preaching to the choir here.

This generation of young and middle aged people has grown up hearing that unsafe sex kills.

That’s awfully lucky of us.

Because the generation before us grew up witnessing the reaper claim their friends.

Like most monumental times in history, however, you had to be there to believe it.

“A whole new generation has come of age since then, some of these kids shockingly cavalier about the dangers of unprotected sex. That era, when funerals were more common than birthdays on one’s social calendar, has, mercifully, become history,” wrote David Ansen, a former Newsweek reporter.

He essentially wrote about how HIV and AIDS destroyed people’s lives in the arts during a time when the diseses were considered an epidemic.

While Ansen is right about the decreased number of deaths from STIs and STDs over the years, he’s actually only partially correct.

While the number of deaths has gone down, the number of STD and STI diagnoses are slowly beginning to rise again.

Chlamydia reports rose 8 percent in 2011 to 1,412,791 cases, and gonorrhea rose 4 percent from in 2011 to 321,829 reported cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control website. The statistics are compiled annually.

Those are numbers meant to shock people — because, really, who can really imagine what a million people even looks like?

But it begs the question, is your partner one in a million? In this context, perhaps people would hope not.

And speaking on being one in a million, it is estimated by the CDC that there are 1.1 million people in the country living with HIV.

One in five of those people are unaware they’re infected.

Yes, it’s scary to sit in front of a stranger knowing that your life may be about to change forever.

But it’s better than not knowing.

January 22, 2013 TNL Staff

The government wants to give you free money. Well, in most cases they do.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is designed to help relieve the financial burden of college expenses people face and nearly every college attendee can apply for it.

There are some stipulations to qualify for the aid. Among other requirements are: demonstrating financial need, being a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and enrollment or accepted enrollment as a student in an eligible degree or certificate program.

But don’t sweat the details.

The Department of Education website states that financial aid is not determined solely on income, and factors such as GPA and age are not considered at all.

As a matter of fact, the government offers about $125 billion in financial aid yearly.

But the amount of aid available isn’t limitless. According to the website,, some federal student aid programs are available on a first come-first serve basis, so it pays to fill out the FAFSA early.

So don’t wait or let self-doubt stop you from applying for financial aid.

Applications began being accepted at the beginning of the year and will continue to be accepted for the 2013-2014 school year until June 30, 2014 at midnight.

For more information about the FAFSA, visit http:// or visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the University Mall at 3901 Old Seward Highway.

January 22, 2013 TNL Staff

In the past year, The Northern Light has been through a lot of changes.

There were times when there was no executive or managing editor; times when writers had to put all hands on deck and design, take photos and draw graphics for the newspaper; and times when staffers were still working on the newspaper at 3 a.m.