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Avoiding sexual assault while partying safely

When most sexual assaults on campuses involve alcohol and when so many students party, partying can become a very dangerous place for college students and especially freshmen, but there are still ways to be safer and smarter about both to prevent becoming a victim or offender of sexual abuse or assault.


Howlapalooza: A day of music and food

The Anchorage arts community is bustling with talent. Musicians, visual artists and acrobats alike have made their name in the community. Now, with the help of UAA Student Activities and local marketing firm Spawn Ideas, this local talent will have a big venue to perform for UAA students and the Anchorage community alike with “Howlapalooza.”


Student government president and vice president platforms and priorities

USUAA President Stacey Lucason and Vice President Jolaine Polak won out the student government election with 455 votes, leaving competitors Johnnie E. Templeton and Ashleigh Gaines a distant second with 344 votes.

As a part of their platform, Lucason and Polak want to make campus worth staying on after class. Working with Student Union Operations Coordinator Dana Sample, Lucason and Polak have coordinated to make both the Student Union Advisory Board and the Student Union Gallery more active.

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AK Airlines Center debut concert: Alabama Shakes

Get ready for the blues and southern rock group Alabama Shakes, performing live at the Alaska Airlines Center as part of a series of grand opening celebrations. The Alabama Shakes will take the stage Sept. 13 at the newly finished Alaska Airlines Center. The concert opens with The Whipsaws at 7:30 p.m.

The Alabama Shakes consist of members Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg, Steve Johnson and Ben Tanner. Brittany Howard’s smooth yet rough and raspy voice gives the group’s music a true blues rock sound.


Is the Bookstore charging too much?

Textbooks are the great hidden fee of college. Not many grasp how truly expensive they are until they have to buy or rent them. But why are they so expensive? Some blame publishers, and many others blame bookstores. And now, with the advent of Amazon, it’s becoming easier and easier to blame the latter for exorbitant textbook prices.

“(Amazon) is just generally much cheaper, despite even the shipping costs to Alaska,” said Matthew Parker, a student at UAA’s main campus.

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Prioritization reports go public

UAA released its final reports for the massive review process known as prioritization Aug. 13. The project, with many hours of faculty and staff input, examined and ranked the 313 academic programs and 178 support functions at UAA’s main campus to make the university “a stronger, more nimble and responsive university in the face of dwindling resources.”

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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 […]

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