October is the best month of the year. The trees turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange; pumpkin becomes a common ingredient used in coffee shops and restaurants; the mid-semester slump is tackled by students; and people herd themselves in costume shops looking for just the right costume to indulge in some childish (or […]
Stories By TNL Staff
In regard to Matt Brown’s letter to the editor, we appreciate the concern regarding the quality of our writing. We, too, worry about how to best perform our duties as writers and editors representing this university, In fact, we invite all concerned readers to contribute to making The Northern Light the best newspaper it can […]
It’s painful to think the revolution of Generation Y will be remembered as a joke. It hurts to think that we will be remembered as jobless, homeless vagabonds who started the Occupy Wall Street movement a year ago Sept. 17.
The announcement Tuesday of the first dividend payment below $1,000 in many years caused recipients to question the fairness of this amount.
Bill Hogan, interim dean of the College of Health, said that it seems small to him. He noted, however, that the dividend is figured at the average of five years of fund income and that this included some years of the economic downturn. He has no plans for the money. He usually puts it in savings or gives it to charity. However, he did not “pick, click, give” when he completed his application.
Before 6 a.m. the morning after the severe Sept. 4 storm, staff members from The Northern Light received a text message from a leader at the Student Activities office informing us that school was canceled. A TNL staff member posted the information on our Facebook page, and that was the most we could do to […]
If you are a full-time student employed at UAA, you already know that students can’t work more than 20 hours in one week. That sentiment is understandable. Students working only 20 hours a week should, in theory, be better students because they have more time to study. But this is pre-recession thinking. A few years […]
The tuition increase proposed for the University of Alaska system is unwarranted. While most people can understand and appreciate the fact that the proposed 2 percent increase is the lowest in ten years, what can’t be understood is why the increase is necessary. Pat Gamble, University of Alaska President, is correct in saying that the […]
It’s happened to everyone. On the first day of class, backpacks are full of clean notebook paper, a half-dozen pens, and a multicolor tipped highlighter. People’s shoes are clean, hair is done and breakfast has been eaten. This is the year assignments will be read before class, essays will be finished well in advance of […]
A lifetime of movies and television shows has created a false reality where, directly after high school, one packs their bags kisses their parents good-bye and goes to the dormitory of a far away prestigious university. The narrative usually progresses to tell either one of two stories. The first story is about the wild child […]
For the past week, the world’s attention has been centered upon the 2012 Summer Olympics, a culmination of four years of dedicated training by athletes and exhaustive planning by the International Olympic Committee. It’s the event everyone is talking about. Whether it’s for the spectacular opening ceremony or to see Michael Phelps become the most […]
by Megan Edge, Contributor In all his years as an Olympic athlete, we’ve seen it all from him. From medals to marijuana, it seems as though we have watched Michael Phelps grow up through the television from the comfort of sports bars and couches, and now it is time to say goodbye to the most […]
Taxes are like American baseball — even if you don’t it, you can’t exactly get away from it. That doesn’t stop people from trying, and when they do try we can’t help but snicker when they’re caught and punished. Because, let’s be honest, if we have to pay, then everyone else better bet themselves that […]
Don’t forget that the deadline to register to vote in the primary elections is coming up soon. The deadline for registration is July 29th and the elections will be held on August 28th. A quick and easy way to register is via the State of Alaska’s Online Voter Registration Application which can be found at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ot.php. Additional voter information as […]
By this point in time, most people know that when someone e-mails or calls you on behalf of a Nigerian prince, he or she is either playing a bad practical joke, or it’s a scammer trying to get their hands on your hard-earned money. Unfortunately, some people are still falling for those things, as well […]