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RED ZONE: LGBT Community at Risk

Sexual assault and harassment are major issues for young Americans in today’s culture. Some people already know this, but what most people don’t know is the identity of those disproportionately targeted by this harassment — the LGBT community. The acronym LGBTQA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual identities, though the acronym is […]

An ode to my fallen car

Once upon a time there was a baby-faced, poorly dressed high school boy who got his first car, and it was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. It was a black-ish plastic Kia that gave off the distinct impression that it had been assembled in a hurry out of whatever parts happened to be […]

Sleep and the collegiate brain

In the year 2013, an alien brain slug from one of the galaxy’s most feared empires crash-landed on Earth and assumed control of a lowly reporter at this newspaper. These are his stories. A new semester is starting, and regular readers of this column know what that means: sleep issues! Hooray! George is currently typing […]

Quick and easy Chicken yakisoba

Ingredients Packet of Top ramen noodles Chicken broth Desired veggies: personally I like the boxes you microwave that already have some kind of sauce/seasoning, but any kind will work Chicken Directions: The first week of classes while exciting can leave one feeling exhausted and hungry yet unwilling to put in the effort to cook an […]

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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.

Orange Rhymes With

Moving pains of a starting semester

A well-meaning column rife with clunky metaphors and horrible advice, Orange Rhymes With is the go-to place to break the monotony of classes and laugh at someone else’s misfortune.


Good reasons to join clubs

“It gives you something to do, something different from classes,” says Chris Johnson, a member of UAA’s Anime Club. “It gets you around campus and into events that you normally wouldn’t get into.”


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.

Campus Kick-Off

Why clubs are important

Where do you see yourself after you get your degree? You’ve probably been asked this many, many times, but humor me for a minute. Really think about this. You want to be in a highly respected position, right? I know you do. If you’re anything like me, you want to have a fruitful career in […]


Guilt-free beverages for students on the go

Coming into college, one of the first warnings given is to beware of the “freshman 15.” The term refers to the amount of weight students are said to gain during the first year of college. Personally, it was the “freshman-15-plus-some” — but it was not until mid-junior year that it finally dawned on me, the […]

Choosing a major, less pressure than expected

Freshman year of college is a clear, definitive moment when one decides to leave an old life behind to better his- or herself through education. But it can also be a stressful, confusing and downright scary step with the many decisions that fall onto an individual. Questions pertaining to major selection top the list of […]

Seawolf Slug

Here we go again.

By Klax Zlubzecon Translated by George Hyde   Here I am, sitting on George’s head as he types my thoughts. It’s 1:42 in the morning, and neither he nor I can sleep. I’m feeling this odd sense of deja vu. This was how my last beginning-of-the-semester article started, wasn’t it? Oh, I’m sorry. Most of […]

Orange Rhymes With

Filling the Freezer

There exists a foolproof loophole in the standard of journalistic integrity that this column generally tries to live up to; fishing stories. The beauty of a fishing story is that everyone wants to believe it so badly, that not only will spectators ignore the various inconsistencies, but will even go as far as to heckle […]


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 […]

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