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Former engineering dean sues UAA

Tien-Chien Jen, whose abrupt resignation in May as dean of the College of Engineering had some scratching their chins, has filed a civil suit against the university, claiming he was wrongfully terminated. The 17-page complaint filed in Anchorage Superior Court June 24 asserts that Jen was denied procedural due process after being called to a […]

State Fair concerts

KC & the Sunshine Band Straight from the ‘70s, the R&B/funk group KC and the Sunshine Band will appear at the Alaska State Fair. They will play at the Borealis Theatre on Aug. 21 for a groovy show. KC and the Sunshine Band is best known for the hits “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) […]


Developments in the Gaza Crisis

Earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry was involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, prior to their collapse. Amid increasing tensions, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri was quoted saying “the gates of hell will open” if Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wages a war on Gaza. Indeed, Gaza has attempted to unleash hell on Israel. […]

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World Cup comes to a close

A late goal scored by Mario Goetze was the only thing that separated Argentina and Germany in the 2014 World Cup final. Both teams had exited their groups and successfully navigated the elimination stage to make it to the final. Argentina, who had never been behind to a team the entire tournament found themselves down 1-0 […]

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Black bear with two cubs shot near Goose Lake

A black bear family that had since early June been a familiar sight around UAA will not be returning. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists on Thursday made the decision to euthanize the sow with two very young cubs that had become accustomed to life in the bustling U-Med district. According to KTVA, the […]


Making the last minutes of summer count

Summer is coming to a rapid finish, and the race to make every minute count continues. With this roundup of Alaska events and activities, even the most avid of couch potatoes can ensure that summer doesn’t have to end until the very last day. Free food on campus  Throughout the summer UAA has sponsored several […]


Students find volunteering valuable

Most students want to stand out and be seen as appealing candidates, whether applying for scholarships, graduate schools, internships or jobs. But the reality is that in order to stand out, students have to take the extra initiative to do things that they can put on their resumes. This can be accomplished through jobs, internships […]

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 Jeanette 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 William […]

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 […]

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