Category: Commencement Issue

December 8, 2014 George Hyde

For Caitlin Cheely, a UAA alumna who earned her major in Russian last year, the weeks following graduation were a difficult and uncertain time.

“Life after college can be equally exciting and frightening,” Cheely said.

After graduation, students can be unsure of where to go or what to do. Thankfully, though, there are people at UAA who can help with the ordeal, including Danica Bryant, who is the workforce and career development coordinator at the UAA Career Services Center, or CSC.
“Graduates should be utilizing our free resources before they even graduate by doing internships and attending job fairs during their senior year,” Bryant said. “Since no one can turn back time, we still offer the same resources to recent graduates and alumni that we offer current students.”

The CSC allows students to meet one-on-one with staff to have their resumes examined and critiqued. The CSC can also test interview skills to help students get used to the process of getting a job after graduation.
In addition, the CSC offers free professional attire and access to several job databases both within and outside of UAA’s networks. This makes finding a job after college a much easier prospect.

These resources are extremely important, and they can make the difference between being a desirable job candidate and being off-putting towards a prospective employer. UAA’s CSC exists for a reason, and it’s useful to use them while you can.

Getting a job immediately after graduation, though, isn’t the only option. In fact, Cheely also advocates traveling.
“Employment may not be your first concern after graduation, and that is okay,” Cheely said. “As long as you have the resources necessary to plan an extended trip, it makes sense to travel after you graduate when you have very few obligations keeping you tied to a specific place.”

Graduate school is yet another option for graduates as well. For some, it’s a straight continuation of their collegiate careers. For others, it’s a long-term goal put off by a lack of finances.

For students like Cheely, a combination of the last two options is valid.
“Seeing as my graduate school of choice was not in Alaska, I made the decision to move out of state,” Cheely said. “I do not have connections to the community where my graduate school of choice is, so I want to be more self-sufficient before I move in that direction.”

In cases like her’s, it’s crucial to adjust to life in the community surrounding the graduate school, especially if it’s out of state. The feeling of being a stranger in a strange land is something that collegiate life should be training people for, but just in case, it’s sometimes ideal to take a slower pace.
In the end, though, it’s important to focus on what you want to achieve in life. No matter what happens after graduation, it’s important to stick to what you love and do what your degree has trained you for, at your own pace.
“The most important thing is that you make a consistent effort to pursue whatever goals you set for yourself,” Cheely said. “You will not always be able to travel in a straight line from point A to point B; you might need to make some stops along the way. Always try to make the most of those bumps in the road.”

December 8, 2014 Samantha Davenport

Duke Kahumoku is representing UAA’s class of 2014 as the fall commencement speaker.

Kahumoku is graduating this semester with a political science degree while tackling 19 credits. On top of the full time classwork, he manages a family — with a wife, two children and one on the way.

Kahumoku spoke about the challenges of taking on such a unique role of commencement speaker. He said he hopes to express his feelings to the audience as well as his peers.

“I want to be able to articulate experiences and challenges that we’ve gone through in the last however many years and then provide some sort of knowledge or wisdom on what to do in the future,” Kahumoku said.

To be selected, Kahumoku had to submit a narrative essay about why he deserved to be commencement speaker. His submission also included three letters of recommendation, two from faculty and one from staff, and then several letters of recommendation from UAA students.

One letter of recommendation was written by Kimberly Pace, Kahumoku’s mentor. Pace began teaching at UAA in the History Department in 1998. She has taught full time in the Political Science Department since 2003. In 2005, she became the director of the Women’s Studies Department and is the faculty director of Model United Nations.

When asked to describe her experiences with Kahumoku, Pace talked about her first impression of Duke.

“I saw it when I first met him. He would go above and beyond,” Pace said. “If I asked him to do something he would do that and help others. Even in that first year I saw leadership potential. He is so generous and brilliant in a way that he doesn’t know. He is incredibly humble and has the generosity of spirit. He is strong academically and very driven. It has been great to watch the progress from when I first met him to now.”

Pace mentioned that Kahumoku was very reluctant to apply for commencement speaker. When asked why, Kahumoku responded with his original inspiration.

“The entire reason I applied for commencement speaker is sort of a long story,” he said. “I’m Native Hawaiian and Polynesian. Last semester I was studying in the library and met another Polynesian girl. She asked me how far along I was in school and I said that I was graduating in the fall and she was very interested. She had a lot of questions for me. I settled on the fact that there was this other Polynesian girl that was new and excited about college; she was still integrating into college life, study habits, and she had a lot of questions. I guess that conversation I had with that girl inspired me to want to help others and show them that you can overcome all of the challenges thrown at you.”

Multicultural Center Director E. Andre Thorn worked alongside Kahumoku and was another contributor to his letters of recommendation.

“We pride ourselves as an institution about amazing stories, and Duke is a phenomenal one!” Thorn said. “When we see students walking in the halls with these incredible stories harboring inside of them we don’t always take the opportunity to ask them. When we do we get richness like that. The shelf-life of Duke’s career is exponential and isn’t going to expire anytime soon. His bright future is full of accomplishments.”

UAA Fall Commencement will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

May 1, 2013 Heather Hamilton

Don’t stop.
When seniors walk across the commencement stage and enter what professors and administrators call the “real world,” the things they had to do to graduate will fall to the wayside. Most won’t read 100 pages a night to keep up in their English classes. Most writers won’t write stories with difficult prompts. Most artists won’t challenge themselves with art techniques that don’t initially interest them. Most performers may not learn excruciatingly tedious pieces just for the sake of learning something new.
We seniors will be free, and we’ll let all the challenges we’ve had to endure for our education drop off us like they’re burdens rather than learning tools.
That’s a mistake. Because if we let ourselves go, we’ll forget.
I took biology my senior year of high school, and the only thing I can remember is the stench of formaldehyde and baby pig innards. And how long a pig’s long intestine is. And how freshmen scream when your teacher allows you to parade pig innards through the classroom next door for giggles.
But I digress. The point is that I don’t remember anything of relevance from that class six years later because I don’t use it every day.
I also took two years of French in high school, and then our program was cut. When I came to UAA, they refused to waive my language requirement. I failed to test out because I hadn’t studied it in two years and couldn’t remember anything. When I eventually took the class though, it all came bak after the first week. It was bliss! I coasted for the entire first semester because it covered everything I learned in high school, and the knowledge was still locked away in my head.
I love the French language, but it’s been another few years since I’ve studied it. Now if someone spoke French to me, I’d just stare at them and blink like an idiot. I let it happen again. But I’m confident that, because I love it so much, because I care, I could get it back just as easily as I did the first time.
A very wise man once told me that no new knowledge is wasted. So, my fellow peers, those things that it took to sharpen your mind and help earn you that degree? Don’t stop doing them. Creativity never dies, but skill does rot away when it goes unused.
Learn a piece by Mozart, even if you hate his compositions. Pull three writing prompts out of a hat and work them into a short story on a day off. Do you hate using watercolors? Practice it anyway. You never know when you’ll need these skills for that career you’ve been fighting all these years to be qualified for. Maybe a thing that was a past chore will turn into a joy, now that you’re doing it on your own terms instead of under the whip of a professor.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to bone up on my French.
Félicitations, classe de 2013!

May 1, 2013 Editorial

Sometimes it is hard to look into the future optimistically. There is always going to be something along the path has not gone the way you had planned. There is always going to be some hope that burns inside you but slowly fades away as you realize that it may not be as attainable as hoped.

May 1, 2013 Thomas McIntyre

The Bill MacKay Athlete of the Year award is given to the UAA student-athlete who simply plays his or her sport at a different level. Excellent, great and dumb nasty are all descriptors the MacKay winner should represent. This year’s field of nominees includes competitors from the full array of Seawolf sports.
The final nine are: Micah Chelimo (men’s cross country and indoor/outdoor track & field), Susan Tanui (women’s cross country and indoor/outdoor track & field), Marine Dusser (women’s skiing), Lukas Ebner (men’s skiing), Alysa Horn (women’s basketball), Kyle Fossman (men’s basketball), Kimya Jafroudi (volleyball), Emily Peterson (gymnastics) and Blake Tatchell (hockey).
I have no say in who winds up with the trophy, but that won’t silence me. If the world were just and my opinion was taken into account, this is the ballot I would have turned in:
Third place: Blake Tatchell
Tatchell’s season statistics are amplified when you consider he was a true freshman. The left-handed forward was the first rookie in the last ten years to lead the Seawolves in scoring. His 25 points included a team-high 16 assists and nine goals.
Honestly, the MacKay award shouldn’t go to Tatchell. Sometimes sportswriters like to throw a name on their ballot that doesn’t have a real shot, but deserves some recognition — that’s what I’m doing here.
Dave Shyiak said before the season that there were freshman on the team who would play right away and have instant impacts. Tatchell did just that: he played every game and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and MVP.
Runner-up: Kyle Fossman
Fossman was the lead dog in a scary UAA backcourt. His deep stroke helped spread the floor and make the offense run. Behind the sharp-eyed shooting of the Alaska native, the Seawolves finished third in a stacked GNAC.
Fossman averaged 14.8 points over the course of the season, but it’s the way he got his points that made him such a threat. He not only led the team in made three-pointers, he also led them in three-point shooting percentage. His 45 percent clip from beyond the arc is a ridiculous feat.
The efficient play didn’t go unnoticed, as Fossman was a First Team All-GNAC selection. He picked up the team’s MVP award as well.
And no, my view on Fossman wasn’t swayed by the fact that he wears the same number as Jerry Stackhouse (42).
Winner: Micah Chelimo
Chelimo’s case for the MacKay award is comparable to Adrian Peterson’s case for the 2012 NFL MVP. You start talking yourself into other athletes deserving the trophy over him, and then you come back to his body of work and realize this isn’t a contest.
The senior distance runner from Kenya has won three straight NCAA Division II National titles. The champ collected his titles in both outdoor and indoor track & field, and cross country. It doesn’t matter the surface or environment, Chelimo is going to finish first.
There isn’t enough page space to break down all of Chelimo’s accomplishments. Aside from his individual records and trophies, he also played a vital role in leading the men’s cross country team to its highest finish ever at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. The pack took home a third place podium spot.
For whatever it’s worth — which should be much more — Micah Chelimo is my 2013 Bill MacKay Athlete of the Year.
The actual winner of the award was announced April 26 at the athlete-of-the-year banquet at Lucy Cuddy Hall. Not surpisingly, Micah Chelimo received the hardware. I’d like to send out a big congratulations to him.

May 1, 2013 Heather Hamilton

Years of learning, hours of waiting, minutes in line,seconds of congratulations, one placeholder document — and finally, weeks later, your degree.

Now, what exactly do you do with it?

May 1, 2013 Heather Hamilton

Graduation parties are places for family, friends, food and fun. It’s also a place for beer and cocktails because most grads are over 21. One cocktail to stay away from is The Graduate from There are other variations of the recipe, but steer clear from this particular variation at all costs. To make this cocktail, pour one shot of Disaronno or other amaretto liqueur, one…

May 1, 2013 J. Almendarez

Every year, Student Life and Leadership selects a commencement speaker from the graduating class. Representing the class of 2013 is justice major Kelsey Waldorf, whose speech focuses on continuing the quest for success and personal accomplishments well after graduation.

TNL sits down with Kelsey and talks about her current goals, advice for future students, and more.

May 1, 2013 George Hyde

There are tons of things that come to mind when Alaskans think of summer: sunlight, hiking, fishing — and of course, gigantic summer blockbusters.
Almost everyone has been stoked for the big movies of the summer, and while it’ll be hard to top last year’s “The Avengers,” it’s worth remaining hopeful.
Here are five films to definitely keep an eye on as the summer begins.

“Man of Steel”
A reboot of the “Superman” mythos, this film comes from Zack Snyder, who is known for directing such films as “300,” “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch.”
Whether or not Snyder is the right director for the job very much depends on who you ask.
Some say he’d make a great new superhero film, while some would rather see him keep to his niche of highly stylized action.
However the film will turn out, it will be a very unique take on the story of Kal-El and his journey to and on the planet Earth.
Those interested to see Snyder’s unique angle on the “Superman” legend should definitely take a look.

“This is the End”
The latest film from the crew behind “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express” and “The Watch,” “This is the End” follows fictionalized versions of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco and others as they try to survive the apocalypse and its aftermath.
Those who enjoyed the crew’s previous efforts will probably find a lot of things to like out of these actors as they try desperately to cling to life.
Expect a lot of crude jokes and surprise cameos.

“After Earth”
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, “After Earth” follows two men (played by Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith) as they crash land on Earth a millenium after it was last abandoned by humanity. Viewers who were scarred by Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” catastrophe may want to consider giving “After Earth” a chance.
It looks to evoke works as varied as “Titan A.E.” and even “The Pursuit of Happiness,” all with a shade or two of Pandora from “Avatar.”
And that’s not even mentioning the cerebral plot that is Shyamalan’s trademark style from films like “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.”

“Pacific Rim”
“Pacific Rim” is Guillermo Del Toro’s self-proclaimed love letter to Japanese-style monster movies, telling the charmingly ridiculous story of giant robots fighting off giant monsters who have mysteriously risen from beneath the ocean.
The trailer tells of interdimensional portals and kung fu and other dumb cliches, but that just adds to the goofy charm that makes “Pacific Rim” so appealing.
It features several actors and actresses from both America and Japan, including Ellen McLain as a lovable artificial intelligence, a casting move that caused many a squee in the theaters showing the trailers.

Robert Schwentke, who directed the underrated secret agent gem “RED,” brings us “R.I.P.D.,” standing for “Rest in Peace Department.” Starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, the film depicts the department as a ghost and demon hunting agency, similar to a cross between “Ghostbusters” and “Men in Black.”
It’s up to two undead agents to unravel a conspiracy that could spell the end for the world for the living.
It’s nice to see a fresh, comedic take on the gothic horror-action genre.
Just imagining what “RED” would be like if the characters were demon slayers instead of agents is simultaneously hilarious and awesome.
Those who want a more humorous approach to this usually dark genre should get a kick out of this flick.

May 1, 2013 Kate Lindsley

Media has been buzzing in the past year about America’s “sitting disease.” These articles cite studies that claim our society stays seated for far too long, and this is to blame for America’s national health decline and increasing obesity rates.

It is more than plausible to infer prolonged periods of inactivity can lead to increased weight and decreased energy. Many people solve this problem by buying a gym membership, and committing to make it most days of the week.

Hitting the gym for six to seven hours a week is certainly commendable. It fits within the government’s recommendations for exercise and helps burn calories.

However, if you can’t afford or make time for a gym membership, keeping an active lifestyle has been touted by recent studies to be more effective at staving off the grim reaper.

Here are some tips ranging from the mild to the most ambitious:
• Park a half-mile away from your office. Walking this extra mile can burn nearly 100 calories for most people.

• Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Make this a habit wherever you are so it becomes an everyday occurrence.

• Keep your lunch in your car. You’ll have to walk to get it at lunch and benefit from the stroll. If you go out for lunch, pick an eatery within walking distance and bring a friend.

• Ask if your company has an onsite gym or a offsite gym membership discount. Many corporate offices have deals that may not be well advertised.

• When you need to take a break from work, instead of checking the news (or Facebook), walk up and down a few flights of stairs. The increased heart rate and blood flow can get rid of the “2:30 feeling” without any energy drinks.

• Start an inter-office sports league. Choosing a low-impact sport is most likely to get everyone involved, like badminton, and having coworkers to support you in your active choices can help sustain motivation.

• Walk or bike to work.

• Build a standing desk and install a backwards-facing treadmill. Constantly walk at a slow pace while you work. Try not to distract any coworkers with your buff calves.

Even after all of these tips, you still may say to yourself that there is simply no time during the workday to add in exercise. If this is the case, try implementing a small change here and there. The easiest tip to incorporate is to take the stairs whenever and wherever you can. If in the first few times you feel embarrassingly out of breath, don’t worry about other people seeing you. Everyone has been there, and they’ll commend your wise choice.

May 1, 2013 Evan Dodd

We made it. Somehow, through all the exams, windstorms and false springs, we made it. It wasn’t easy, and I’ll be the first to admit that I probably have some major damage from a lack of sleep, but we made it.
I seem to have a bit of academic amnesia when it comes to the end of each semester, where I mysteriously forget about the mountain of stress that stands between me and summer. Even though I’ve done the unprepared-for-finals dance a few times now, I still get surprised by the sheer amount of work it takes to be a college student. Given that I’m typing this while huddled in the remains of a blankets fort surrounded by discarded homework and study guides, it’s not hard to see that the stress is a bit overwhelming.
But for some of us, the end of the semester is more than just a two-week period of stressful finals. Some of us are expected to participate in something called “real life” where you’re forced to pay all of your bills on time and none of the jobs come with an attached syllabus. Those people have the great misfortune of being unceremoniously thrust into the real world, with expectations to start careers and act like adults.
I’ll be staying right here where I have running water, a non-leaky roof and my roommate’s Netflix account. Believe me, I’m sure the real world is great and all, but I’m going to take a rain check for the next couple years or so.
All of you graduates will have the chance to change the world in your given professions. As doctors, bankers and policy makers, you will make the choices that will affect our communities for years to come. Honestly, the scene at commencement will look like it was ripped straight out of Dr. Suess’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” complete with people who seem to be speaking a made-up language about the future.
And for those of you who majored in English, theater or anything else that isn’t engineering or science, don’t worry. You’re more than welcome to come back and try again. Believe me, I’m staying in here where it’s safe for as long as humanly possible. Otherwise I might actually have to find out what an economist does. In this case, ignorance is bliss.
There may come a day when I have to venture out into the real world, learn to tie more than one knot with the cheap neckties I buy at Target and fool some poor employer into hiring me — but today is not that day.
If the graduating class of 2013 can be thought of as Lewis and Clark, then I’m Clark’s lazy friend who let someone else map the west before I finally decided to head out. It’s a trade-off. Clark’s friend certainly didn’t make it into any history books, but he also didn’t get cholera and die on his way out of the door.
So for those of you moving on from college, moving to a new place of maturity and adulthood, I have only one thing to say: Good luck. Seriously, I’m counting on all of you to go out and start your careers so you can make it look easy for me. My future plan for success is dependent on one of you becoming incredibly wealthy so you can hire me as soon as I graduate.
And for those of us who will be sticking around, haunting the halls of UAA for another couple of years, well, at least we have another couple years before we have to pretend to be adults. Believe me, we’re getting the better deal here.
So whether this week is the end of your college career, a wake-up call to change your major, or even the first time you’ve shown up to class all semester, finish strong with finals and show me that life is easier than I’m expecting.
I’m counting on you guys. Go out and show the world that it isn’t that hard to be a functioning adult. Don’t worry, we’re right behind you.

May 1, 2013 Thomas McIntyre

The search to replace Dave Shyiak is in full effect. The first two candidates have officially wrapped up their public forums. Like athletic director Steve Cobb has stated before, the influence these events have on the upcoming decision is up in the air.

May 1, 2013 Keon McMillan

For the first half of our year-end profiles, I got the chance to interview middle distance runner Alfred Kangogo who became the second Seawolf ever to post three straight All-America honors in the same event (1,500 meters)

In what was probably the most interesting interview I’ve ever participated in, I chatted with senior distance runner Katie Krehlik who had an all-conference showing at the GNAC Championships, and prior to UAA, she was a four-time letter winner in both cross-country and track & field.

May 1, 2013 Thomas McIntyre

It’s been another quality year in the UAA sports world. To wrap up the 2012-13 season, here’s a list of the top five achievements from the athletes in green and gold. The picks are presented in no particular order.

May 1, 2013 Keldon Irwin

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.

May 1, 2013 Editorial

Everyone already knows how important it is to take a five-minute break while studying and working.

These mini-breaks increase productivity and brain power. But what about a semester long break? Or a year-long hiatus? Even the thought of taking a break from college strikes fear in the heart of people.

Everyone has heard that waiting to go to college or taking a break from college will reduce one’s chances of completing a degree in higher education. But there’s no recent research to suggest that.

While a 2010 report from Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the non-college attendees have an immediate 33.4 percent unemployment rate, there are no long-term statistics about how many of these people later attend universities and earn a degree in higher education. So to say that at one point in a young person’s life they’ll be unemployed is a feeble argument against taking a break from school, especially when unemployment rates for graduates is the highest it’s been in generations and is generally accompanied with a mountain of debt.

Online search results turned up plenty of good reasons people have taken a break from college. These instances include money troubles, being unsure about one’s major, taking time to volunteer or intern fulltime in a career field and being in the midst of a distracting personal crisis. That’s not to say that there aren’t real risks to taking a break from college. But when it comes to a graduate possibly earning a degree in something they have no interest in or having to drop classes mid-semester, taking a break from college actually sounds like a good choice.

It certainly beats the alternatives of a lifetime of unfulfilling jobs and endless payments to loan collectors. And don’t worry about feeling out of the education loop. Remember, everyone has their own timeline for their life and nobody’s is exactly the same.

May 1, 2013 Jacob Holley-Kline

Summer is a time to get lost in the wilderness. Take a hike up Flattop or a trip down to Seward. Somebody’s ideal summer could be made up of late nights with friends, lakeside bonfires, and Bob Dylan covers strummed until sunrise. But maybe you’re not that kind of person. Maybe you’re the kind of person who would rather save the world, unravel the darkest mysteries, and guide roving packs of Martians to freedom. If you’re that person, here are five worlds you can delve into this summer.

The Last of Us: June 14, 2013
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony
Platform: PlayStation 3The Last of Us
The post-apocalyptic genre has been rung dry both in movies and games. But Naughty Dog, creators of Jak and Daxter and the Uncharted series, plans to change that. “The Last of Us” is a survival horror/action-adventure title that takes place 20 years after a mysterious fungus has killed and transformed millions of people. The game puts protagonists Joel and Ellie up against infected creatures and murderous survivors. Like Elizabeth in “BioShock: Infinite,” Ellie helps Joel through these encounters, she even knocks enemies out with bricks and bottles. The enemies will catch players at their weakest moments, and do whatever it takes to kill them. This “Balance of Power” system promises to make encounters frantic and desperate.


Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs: Q2 2013
Developer: thechineseroom
Publisher: Frictional Games
Platform: PC, Mac, LinuxA Machine for Pigs Alternate
In the wake of a ruinous expedition to Mexico, a man named Mandus is stricken with fever. He falls into a coma and dreams of a dark machine. When he awakens, an unseen engine roars in the distance. Developed by thechineseroom, makers of the ethereal PC title, “Dear Esther,” comes the spiritual successor to “Amnesia: The Dark Descent,” “Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.” “A Machine for Pigs” is a survival horror title where the player’s are perpetually unarmed, and their only option is to run and hide from danger. If the trailer is any indication, the pulse-pounding horror of “Amnesia: The Dark Descent” is in good form here.


Remember Me: June 4, 2013
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Remember Me
The year is 2084, and the setting is the police state of Paris. Each citizen’s every move is monitored, and everyone has a node in the back of their head with which they can share and transfer memories to other people. Players take control of an amnesiac “memory hunter” named Nilin. Nilin wakes up in the grimiest slum of Neo-Paris with no memory of how she got there. The player must find out why Nilin’s memory was erased and how to restore it. Using the innovative “memory remixing” technique, Nilin can invade her enemies’ memories and “remix” them to make those enemies friends — or something more sinister.


Deadpool: June 25, 2013
Developer: High Moon Studious
Publisher: Activision
Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Deadpool Alternate
The sarcastic and fourth wall-breaking comic book character Deadpool is finally lending his antihero charm and mental instability to a video game. Developed by High Moon Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed “Transformers: War for Cybertron,” little is known about the character’s first solo outing. What is evident is that the game is not at a lack of guns, swords and decapitations — something Deadpool fans have been seeking for a long time.


Pikmin 3: August 4, 2013
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: WiiUPikmin 3 Alternate
Back in 2001, a little strategy game called “Pikmin” rocked the critical world. It was praised for its creativity and challenging yet accessible puzzle elements. “Pikmin 2” was released in 2004, and now “Pikmin 3” is slated for release this August. In “Pikmin 3,” players control three different leaders of a roving pack of up to 100 Pikmin, alien creatures who sprout out of the ground. With the help of the player-controlled leaders, the Pikmin can build and destroy bridges and barriers, and attack enemies throughout the world. While the story is unclear, the gameplay nuances of other “Pikmin” installments are improved upon here.

May 1, 2013 Vicente Capala

So you’ve decided you want to cut ties with everyone in Anchorage when you move out of state for post-graduate adventures. Or maybe you just haven’t had luck in the last four years or so and can’t figure out what to do next with your love life. For those who are afraid of becoming a cat lady (or cat lord), never fear: The end of college does not mean the end of being able to meet new people.

Fresh college graduates seeking relationships are hit with a harsh reality in the real world. Dating options are no longer supported by the college social life. Face it, the game will be harder, but it’s not impossible to play.

In college, you were guaranteed an environment which practically dropped new friends and a booming social life into the palm of your hand. You could meet people around your age with similar interests, all without ever having to leave campus.

When you take your steps away from college, your ties to these events and opportunities might go away, but be sure to keep your actual ties with the friends you’ve made in the last 4-plus years — regardless of whether you think any of them could be “the one.”

Once the opportune party calls and the study sessions disappear, it’s time to grab life by the horns and direct it in a way that best suits you. If you move out to another city, search out social events. Plant yourself in the culture of this new city. You may find yourself at a local theater, becoming a regular at a coffee shop or taking walks at a park every Sunday.

Whatever it is, it will work its magic for you. You just have to be patient and take action. Never be stagnant.

Also consider joining an interest group. Interest groups are casual local clubs for specific hobbies and activities. Start with making a few friends at the new job you have, saying hello to the other regulars at the coffee shop or smiling at the other person you see at the park every Sunday. Once these new connections have been made, it won’t be long until you find yourself being invited to social gatherings. And once you find yourself in these social gatherings, flirtation will just be a moment away.

Don’t dumb yourself down to seem more appealing in your new environment. Instead, commit yourself to keep meeting new people. Go to local events. Visit the bar and have a drink or two. You might meet someone worth spending a lifetime with or reignite an old flame.

May 1, 2013 Nita Mauigoa

Three spring 2013 graduates prove that it really does “take a village” when it comes to success.

Together they are part of the framework for a young and flourishing local organization, the Polynesian Community Center, are graduating together, and all happen to be “aiga” — the Samoan word for “family.” Miriama Aumavae, Daniel Pulu and Rozanne Misa, armed with their crisp diplomas, all say they are proud Seawolves who have attained success through UAA.

May 1, 2013 Nita Mauigoa

UAA graduation time is painted with green and gold spirit and the purple Hawaiian orchid lei. With a sizable population of Pacific Islanders in Alaska, the lei tradition has tapped into mainstream tradition. People of varied backgrounds give the lei as a gift for any occasion.

May 1, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

As the graduating class of 2013 gears up for graduation day and all of its celebratory grandeur, TNL went behind the scenes to find out what graduates are up to after the ceremony.

And according to most, bigger is not better.

“My party will be small, probably around 20 people, mostly close friends and family,” English major Shanna Allen said.
“We are going to kick back, enjoy each other and have a barbecue,” she said.

High school grad parties are all about celebrating that you made it.

Graduates made it through the required four years of suffering and are now free to run his or her own life.

For many, with the passing of high school comes the passing of birthday number 18 — and the achievement of adulthood, at least by legal standards.

High school grad parties are often loud, festive and full of congratulatory cards — usually from relatives, parents and teachers, often containing well-wishes and money to fund one’s next big adventure.

But college is a different story. Many students travel away from home to pursue higher education.

Because of this, a graduation celebration is quite important.

It is a nice commemoration of one’s journey for graduates and loved ones, even if it is small.

“I have family coming up to see me walk. This is a nice chance for all of us to get together,” Allen said. “Even if money was no object, I would do something small or just take my family on a vacation.”

The consensus among the graduating class is in favor of smaller grad parties, and for most it is not necessarily a financial decision.
English major Elizabeth Carmichael said graduating from a university is a moment of pride and relief, and the after party is a happy and comfortable reflection of that.

“I think that it’s important to have a celebration to remember this. It’s an important day,” Carmichael said.

“It’s also very important to my parents. They have supported me through this whole thing. Honestly it’s more of a celebration for them than it even is for me. I’m relieved, and they are just so excited,” she said.

In fact, many students say the days of gigantic graduation celebrations are gone.

After their diploma is in hand they look forward to a relaxing celebration experience, including close friends and family, good food and a lot more sleep.

“When I graduate, I definitely want something small,” sophomore and pre-bachelor’s of fine arts student Rachel Coe said. “Just me, my close friends and family. Somewhere with a good atmosphere like the Glacier BrewHouse, just enjoying that moment.”

So there you have it.

Embrace the ones you love this graduation season because breaking the bank is so 2011.

And make no mistake, the graduating class of 2013 will be celebrating their accomplishments.

But they will be leaving the blowout, bank-account breaking parties to the high schoolers.

April 26, 2011 TNL Staff

  Top Books Alone, by Lisa Gardner Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1, by Mark Twain Decision Points, by George W. Bush Earth (The Book), by John Stewart and Others Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5), by Jeff Kinney Tick Tock,…

April 26, 2011 Shana Roberson

You’ve graduated college and found a job. Congratulations! Now prepare yourself for the realization that they didn’t teach you some really important stuff you’ll need to know the very first day of your new job. That’s right, if you’re lucky enough to have found a job then you’ll be lucky enough to have the opportunity…

April 26, 2011 Sean Talbot

Congratulations. You’ve graduated college. You’re free! Now what? Do you think you have to run to the nearest big American city after college in order to start paying off those loans? Sure, you’ve got some major debt to deal with, but other than that, you can go anywhere now, and be anything you like! If…

April 26, 2011 Heather Hamilton

Finals are over, you’ve walked at Commencement and you’re finally free to live life the way you want to! What should you, and other graduating seniors, do first? Read a book. Graduating seniors aren’t exactly going out into the “real world” unprepared, but most will still have burning questions that need to be answered eventually….

April 26, 2011 TNL Staff

“Bong hits 4 Jesus” lawyer joins UAA

By Ashley Snyder | 03 September 2010

Professor Brandeis has been a dedicated member of the school, volunteering his time to many of UAA’s activities. He has spoken on topics of legal interest, such as the “Gender Issues in Justice System Professions” presentation hosted last February. He also worked with UAA students in the Student Constitutional Convention commemorating the anniversary of Alaska’s Constitution.

These positive experiences with students here are what influenced him to pursue a career as a professor at UAA.

Enthusiastic about the new year, Professor Brandeis has many goals planned for his students.

“Sometimes there can be a big disconnect between what is taught in the classroom and what happens in the real world. I hope to be able to use my experience to prepare my students for the realities of working in the legal professions,” Brandeis said.

Gubernatorial debate cover topics from energy to Twilight
By Shana Roberson | 18 October 2010

The Northern Light considers the tense political climate Alaska is experiencing; a debate in which gubernatorial candidates announced their position on Team Edward vs. Team Jacob was oddly refreshing.

Youth Vote, a student led program sponsored by the League Of Women Voters Anchorage chapter, hosted a debate Monday at West Anchorage High School that included Democratic candidate Ethan Berkowitz, Libertarian candidate William Toien and Republican candidate Gov. Sean Parnell.

Toien and Berkowitz had not seen the movie, but Parnell said he had seen the movie and was Team Edward.  On a similar note the candidates listed their favorite movies.  Parnell’s was “Band of Brothers,” Berkowitz chose “Casablanca” and Toien listed “V for Vendetta” as his most favorite movie.

As the debate came to a close, the candidates were asked to put their vision for Alaska in one word, a fitting summary to a lively forum.  Berkowitz chose a self-reliant, Toien chose freedom and Parnell chose opportunity.


UAA lose heartbreaker in double overtime
By Taylor Hall | 14 November 2010

In what was by far the most exciting game featured in the whole 2010 Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic, the UAA Women’s basketball team fell short 79-73 in a double overtime thriller against Texas Woman’s University.

The Seawolves found themselves down four after the first half and have to play catch-up for the first time this season. UAA, who came out firing and hitting their first six three-point attempts in the second half, finally got their first lead seven minutes into the second half. The two teams traded baskets throughout the rest of regulation and would find themselves deadlocked at 61-61 to take the game into overtime.

Natalie Portman delivers a performance to remember
By Heather Hamilton | 08 December 2010

Ballet isn’t the most groundbreaking of subject matters, nor is it typically the most compelling, but the pristine and polished realm of the ballerina serves as an interesting playing field for the dark undertones of both the movie and the deep recesses of the human heart.

Portman is, in a word, phenomenal. From role to role she melds with her characters so completely that it is easy to forget her contributions to other movies. Portman has played roles such as Padme in the three newer “Star Wars” installments, Evey in “V for Vendetta” and Anne Boleyn in “The Other Boleyn Girl.” Each role is greatly different from the next, and yet she fits herself into each of them masterfully.

The astronomy behind Ophiuchus: The new sign
By Kate Lindsley | 18 January 2011

January 13, 2011. The day astrological signs were magically re-evaluated. I read many rumors floating around Facebook status updates about this. “If you’re born after 2009, it doesn’t apply to you”, or “How could I be a stupid Ophiuchus?”, or, my personal favorite, “My world has been rocked!” A nearly 3,000-year-old practice magically changed, at least to most Americans. Ophiuchus was introduced to the everyday astrologer.

The news revealed by a Minneapolis astronomer that shook the lives of astrology-followers nationwide has been known since 130 BCE when astronomer Hipparchus first noticed the precession. Dr. Puckett also revealed that Ophiuchus has been around since astrology’s beginnings, but was “ignored there on the Sun’s path”.

Shared governance policy not followed in Chancellor appointment
By Matt Caprioli | 08 February 2011

The faculty was unanimous in criticizing Gamble’s chancellor search.  The general consensus was that he started very late and ended abruptly early. Vice President Nalinaksha Bhattacharyya commented, “To use the language of science-fiction, it seemed to me a hyper-spatial jump”.

President of the Faculty Senate, John Petraitis said,

“I was under the impression we were a long way from the finish line.”

Petraitis served on the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee, which was a group of Alumni, Deans, Faculty, and community leaders, such as Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau. The committee was not in session long enough to produce a list of possible chancellors. Normally, faculty has more time and leverage to suggest possible chancellors or comment on a list of finalists.

USUAA President heaps praise onto UAF hockey team
By Alden Lee | 06 March 2011

The UAF Nanooks are the best collegiate hockey team in the state of Alaska–according to USUAA President Miles  Brookes and a proposed resolution from UAA’s student government.

On the 28th of February, President Brookes released an official resolution calling for the UAF Nanooks to be recognized as the best collegiate hockey team in the state of Alaska. The resolution followed the Nanooks’ claim of the 2011 Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup, in which UAA and UAF split the series and UAF took victory through the resulting shootout.

According to the official statement, the Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (ASUAF) President Nicole Carvajal and the Union of Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage (USUAA) President Miles Brookes placed a “friendly wager” on the outcome of the Governor’s Cup competition. As a result of the UAF win, President Brookes is now proposing that UAA offer public praise toward UAF’s “giant cup glory.”

Nursing students challenge image of Nurse
By Matt Caprioli | 12 April 2011

Suzette Blaser was rocking a crib with Lori, 4 months, while Lori’s fraternal twin, Alexander, bounced on the right knee of Jessica Wheelhouse. They had no obligation toward these babies, yet they took the time to care for them while fundraising in the PSB. Melissa Dawley, having counted the day’s total and already in scrubs, was about to leave for clinical practice at Providence Hospital.

Their charity work in Mombasa, Kenya will require $4,500 each. That covers airfare, transportation and lodging for 17 days. They will work in Port Reitz District Hospital, which specializes as a children’s hospital.

“The type of people I find inspiring are those who are willing to take risks in pursuit of making a difference.  So many nurses settle down in routines and although they care for their patients they become idle.  I enjoy working with and learning from nurses with a diverse background who have challenged the traditional role as a nurse.  I am very inspired to work with nurses who volunteer their time both here in Alaska and around the globe,” Dawley said.

April 26, 2011 Matt

TNL: Where is your favorite place to eat on campus? Fran Ulmer: If I had to choose one spot on campus, it would be the Lucy. TNL: Karaoke or bowling, and with Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra? F: That’s a tough one. I’d probably choose Karaoke, and it would be with Nat King Cole. …

April 26, 2011 Heather Hamilton

There are two types of college graduates walking out of UAA’s doors this semester; the ones that have well-off relatives, (or sugar daddies,) who love to throw money at them, and the much more common scrimp-and-savers. Graduation parties aren’t just for high school seniors getting in one last hurrah before entering college; college seniors deserve…

April 26, 2011 Megan Edge

Since this fall when the school year commenced, we have been subjected to some extremely annoying, and just plain stupid things from popular culture. Here are a few reminders, just in case you’ve forgotten.

1) Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” It has already had enough bad publicity for how horrible her voice is and how bad the lyrics to the song are, so I’m not going to put it down anymore. Just go watch it yourself, but keep in mind before you post the lyrics or video on your Facebook you may lose a friend or two.

April 26, 2011 Alden Lee

Moose attacks…

…Really aren’t that common at UAA.

Apart from a very serious and unfortunate occurrence over ten years ago where an elderly gentleman was trampled to death, the worst moose have done recently is half-heartedly chase people around. So says Detective Virginia Jaksha of the UPD.

“The moose around here are kinda lazy, unless you get right up in their faces,” Jaksha explained.

All they really want to do is eat. And get in front of your cars. They’re not looking for trouble.