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Is four years realistic?

How many years does it take to get a degree? Ask UAA’s marketing department, and they’ll tell you to stay on track and get it done in four. That’s what all of the advertisements across campus and on the Seawolf Shuttles say. That’s what I was expecting when I graduated from high school and looked […]

Edible flowers in bloom

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

Food wagon from the high seas

When in 2010 Janet DiPiero began searching for a food wagon to call her own, she didn’t plan on selling Sicilian food out of a miniature pirate ship. After finding Alaska didn’t have anything that suited her fancy, DiPiero scoured Craigslist in several Lower 48 states where she had family. In Merced, California, local character […]

Poetry Parley connects Alaska poetry community

Some poems are meant to be read, like Emily Dickinson’s others are meant to be performed, like Gil Scott Heron’s. At the Poetry Parley, a gathering of poets from all around Alaska, any poem is fair game. “Six years ago, a group of people gathered together because Out North AK had some space, and I […]



On July 19 don’t get tongue tied trying to talk on a date — go enjoy Grouplove, the band that sings the hit “Tongue Tied.” Grouplove will be performing in the Humpy’s Big Spawn concert series that kicked off with Youngblood Hawke and Capital Cities last month. Grouplove formed in 2009 as a group of […]

Flag atop Mt. Baldy on Independence Day when the new route was opened. Photo by Kelly Ireland.

Mt. Baldy revegetation project and new route

Many hikers in Eagle River, and probably Anchorage too, know that Mt. Baldy in Eagle River has some serious erosion occurring on its bald rocky face — or at least the bald rocky face it has become with years of overuse, improper planning and poor erosion prevention. Recently, however, a trail revegetation project has diverted […]

Denali Alaskan ATMs on the way out

After selecting another competitor on a contract put up for bid, Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union will be withdrawing five ATMs from UAA’s main campus as of July 1. The contract, which called for  nine machines, including three in the newly built Alaska Airlines Center, has been awarded to Alaska ATM Service. According to the […]

UAA employee salary info to be included in state records database

The salaries of public employees are a matter of public record — but that doesn’t always mean these records are accessible to the average person. Juneau’s public radio and television station, KTOO, is spearheading an effort to create a searchable database containing the records of a variety of state agencies, including the sprawling University of […]


Kincaid’s Car Mountain

Think back to a time before protected areas within population centers were all the rage, and you’ll understand how hundreds, if not thousands, of junked automobiles ended up stuck between a park and a wildlife refuge in Anchorage proper. It’s not immediately apparent that the 444-foot bluff below Kincaid Park’s motocross track is actually a […]

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Employment and Everything After

So my never-ending quest to find employment has finally ended, and my status as a mangy, unemployed hobo has finally been revoked. Well I mean, I’m still living on a couch and “mangy” is probably the most apt word for whatever my beard is doing these days, but at least someone is paying me real […]


UAA backstage at Road to Vans Warped Tour

Sound engineers run about with sound equipment as roadies carry instruments on and off the stage. Band members, local and big-time alike, mingle with fans with all-access and VIP passes while waiting for their time to go on stage. Warped Tour itself is quite the experience, but there’s nothing quite like being backstage at the […]

UAA to celebrate Juneteenth

This year will mark Anchorage’s 19th annual city celebration of Juneteenth. It will be held the weekend of June 20-22 at various locations including the VFW Post 10252, Mountain View Boy’s and Girl’s club and 1st CME Church. However UAA Student Activities, in partnership with Student Life and Leadership and the Multicultural Center, will kick […]

Funny River Fire

Hot Topic: Funny River Fire

HOT TOPIC: What effects do you think the Funny River Wildfire has in store for Alaska? Name: Lyle Moore-Krol Majors: Biology and German “I don’t think it’s reached any danger for humans, but it’s decimated the wildlife on the peninsula.”   Name: Cody Bates Majors: Marketing and Economics “Maybe it’ll raise awareness for wildfires. That’d […]


Yellowcard Q&A with violinist Sean Mackin

Yellowcard a pop punk/alternative band that’s been around for 17 years and began playing together purely for the opportunity to play the Vans Warped Tour is coming to Alaska for the Road to Vans Warped Tour. They will be continuing onto the Vans Warped Tour this summer in the tour’s 20th year. Yellowcard violinist Sean […]

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