A Pacific Island tradition livens up commencement season

Alaska livens up graduation ceremonies with Hawaiian garments. Leis, often associated with Hawaiian culture, are wreaths of flowers worn around a person's neck. In the Pacific Islands and Polynesian cultures, leis symbolize love and celebration....

Discounted, non-alcoholic student activities to bring holiday cheer

Kick-off winter break and help fight Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, with these non-alcoholic activities located around Anchorage at discounted student prices. Off-Campus: Alaska Escape Rooms Inc. Alaska Escape Rooms, nationally ranked as one of the top...

Project Mary’s Rose: The kid from Texas who fell in love with Anchorage

Texans claim that everything’s bigger in Texas, and that has sparked somewhat of a friendly (or not so friendly) rivalry between Texans and Alaskans over state pride. This is not the case for 20-year-old UAA...

Managing finals stress with the help of a few apps

Help take away some of the stresses of finals with a few mobile apps that feature different types of stress management, from meditation to homework planners and coloring. Organization:    School Planner School Planner is a homework management...

UAA | University Art Analysis — Lion calls UAA Geology Rock Garden home

While walking around campus, students may encounter a large Ice Age lion, but don’t be alarmed by the 26,000-pound sculpture.  “American Lion,” a giant limestone statue of an extinct species of lion, was sculpted by...

UAA | University Art Analysis – ‘Inflorescence’ is mirror magic

“Inflorescence,” a mirrored sculpture, has called the front of the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building home for the past two years. Heath Satow unveiled the sculpture at a ribbon cutting ceremony in June of 2017.  Satow,...

Zombology 101 explores a deeper meaning of monsters

Zombology 101 offers a unique combination of reading, role-playing and live-action to teach students the deeper meaning behind the pop culture phenomenon of the undead. The course was offered this fall for the first time...

AHAINA award recipient pays it forward with funds

Normally, scholarships assist college students in paying for credit hours, books and supplies. However, UAA senior and legal studies major Amanda Magnusen gave hers back. “Because I am a student who is fortunate enough to...

New police chief trades Texan spurs for Alaskan icecleats

The start of the 2019 fall semester brought not only new students to the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, but a new university police chief as well. In 2018, former Police Chief Brad Munn retired...

Wear and scare: UAA students share costume ideas and spooky lore

Halloween is right around the corner and some UAA students are preparing for the festivities in a variety of ways. Many students plan to dress up for the holiday. Gina Hayes, a journalism major, has...

Haunted Halloween Fun Night to be filled with fright and delight

Students and their families, as well as members of the Anchorage community, can partake in a variety of Halloween-themed events at UAA’s Haunted Halloween Fun Night on Oct. 26. The event, hosted by UAA’s...

International Archaeology Day to involve students in exploration of the past

International Archaeology Day, or IAD, will present humanity's past through family-inclusive activities. The UAA Anthropology Club will be hosting a mask-making table at this year’s event. Archaeology is one of the four subfields of anthropology...

UAA senior Emily Wood takes the lead on Club Council

University of Alaska Anchorage senior Emily Wood may be new to this year’s Club Council board, but she is a veteran of the position. Elections for a new chair and vice-chair of the Club Council...

The final UAA Bookstore special event discusses the legacy of Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on Oct. 2, 1869. Hugh Gunner Deery III, a term philosophy instructor at UAA, will discuss Gandhi’s relevance to modern civil disobedience on the 150th anniversary of the activist’s...

As awareness about dangers of e-cigarette and vape usage rise, UAA smoking ban prohibits...

Thus far, Alaska is one of four states that have no reported cases of injury or death due to electronic cigarettes or vape usage, according to the Center for Disease Control. The leaders of...

UAA celebrated Hispanic Heritage Week with food, poetry and a little dance

Hispanic Heritage Week was celebrated at the University of Alaska Anchorage with traditional cuisine, a Colombian dance performance and slam poetry.  The events were hosted by UAA’s Student Activities and Commuter Programs. The week took...

Word of Mouth: UAA’s new food truck scene boasts Texas-style barbecue and Filipino favorites

When we list places with great food truck scenes, we think East Los Angeles, Portland and New York. Enter: University of Alaska Anchorage, the newest addition to the list. Starting this fall, Seawolf Dining introduced the...

Club Profile: Alaska Pagans’ Thing

Halloween is fast approaching and old stories of ghosts and spirits inevitably leap into one’s mind. Samhain, a pagan holiday observed in the fall, is the 2,000-year-old Celtic precursor to Halloween, according to Wake Forest...

UAA | University Art Analysis – A history of art devoured

A mysterious poster of a mythical cannibal within the UAA/APU Archives and Special Collections leaves more questions than answers. Baba Yaga is a mythical ogre woman from Russian folk tales. She lived in a forest...

UAA draws the line between friendship and harassment

An extroverted freshman at UAA determined to make new friends on campus has been accused in multiple cases of harassment. Andrew Yerger is a history major. He wanders the area between his dorm to the...

UAA community prepares to adapt to plastic bag ban

As of Sept. 15, the Municipality of Anchorage’s plastic bag ban is in effect. All businesses in Anchorage must comply with this ban. Reusable bags are the advised alternative to plastic bags, according to the...

UAA | University Art Analysis – Multimedia artworks by Sheila Wyne to be dedicated...

UAA’s Engineering and Industry Building has new art already making a buzz before its dedication. “Ingenerare” is a wall-mounted, found object artwork located on the second floor of the EIB next to the ExPRESS cafe....

Seawolves of all skill levels run in a pack at the Spirit Run

The Spirit Run is a UAA Weeks of Welcome tradition. Faculty, students, staff, alumni and the general public attend to participate in a community-based 5K. The run begins and ends under a bright arch...

UAA | University Art Analysis – Sculptures by Oppenheim cause violent pushback

“I did a piece in Alaska called 'Image Intervention,' which is like a house that is hit by an earthquake,” Dennis Oppenheim said in an interview with the Archives of American Art. “Image Intervention” is...

Apps keep Seawolves connected to campus life

Being a part of the Seawolf pack can be made easy through the use of two UAA sponsored apps.  While some apps can help students to keep track of assignments, schedule appointments or to explore...

Meet the TNL staff

Caleigh Jensen Executive Editor I joined the staff at The Northern Light in October of 2017 as a freshman. During my time here, I’ve held the positions of Staff Reporter, Assistant A&E Editor, Copy Editor and...

There are many resources for financing education

Uncertainty due to budget cuts will impact the University of Alaska Anchorage and its students throughout the upcoming fall semester and beyond, especially those who receive financial aid. Gov. Mike Dunleavy originally proposed a cut...

Meet Aurora’s family: The Chronicles of Yarnia

Regular readers of The Northern Light are familiar with Aurora Boreowlis, the small green owl mascot of the paper. Thanks to The Chronicles of Yarnia, Aurora has made the leap from a two-dimensional drawing...

UAA | University Art Analysis – A hare’s breadth from the bus

Among the new and returning faces to the UAA campus this fall is a not-so-furry hare. This giant bunny measures 5 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Five pieces of bolted together aluminum with...