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...

School savvy apps for new UAA students

A variety of mobile applications are available to UAA students, and can provide quick access to important information while students are mobile. The apps are free to current UAA students and can help them...

Student health 101

“College is all about learning, and learning to take care of yourself is essential,” Brittany Kupec, alcohol, drug and wellness educator with the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center, said. Health can affect academic performance, and...

Bread, lizards and dogs: The transition to Spirit

Evolution is a concept commonly taught in science class, but evolving from human to wolf seems more science fiction than science fact. UAA’s mascot and logo, Spirit the Seawolf, experienced this journey over the...

Seawolves scuttle: Getting around campus

Getting from class to class on time is something everyone, freshmen and seniors alike, struggle with. Experienced students and staff have found solutions to this recurring roadblock. Falon Harkins is the UAA Parking Services associate...

UAA Greek life is a great life

When one thinks about Greek Life, images of popular movies often come to mind with frat boys and cliques of mean girls. That is not always the case, however, especially at UAA. Keon O’Brien, the...

Find Freshman zen

Starting the first year of college can be exciting. However, with all of the excitement and possibilities comes potential stress as well. Beginning college itself is stressful. There is all of the paperwork, finding out...

College perks include discounts

Being a freshman has its share of stress and responsibilities. One of these is money. Finances can be tight for a beginning college student. Fortunately, there are numerous discounts students can take advantage of. Students...

UAA | University Art Analysis – The lasting legacy of the Kimura family

Nearly every student at UAA has been impacted by the Kimura family. The Kimura Gallery is located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building. The gallery was named in part for Isamu “Sam”...

Anchorage’s 42nd PrideFest in 42 Pictures

Not a cloud in the sky was present but rainbows could be seen everywhere. People waved rainbow flags, rainbow clothes and had faces painted in rainbow colors. Queen’s “I Want to Break Free” blasted...

Plaque-to-plaque coverage

Many people stroll through the vibrant gardens and winding trails at UAA during the peak of summer. A perceptive passerby may detect plaques spread across campus. Imperceptible at a glance but engraved in the...

‘Changing the World’ one fire at a time

“From the pyramids to the space shuttles, to the buildings we use every day, the science of engineering changes the world,” Patrick Garley, the artist behind UAA’s newest sculpture, in an interview with The...

Learning Commons: more than a tutoring hub

“People if students came to us, they must be deficient in some way,” Learning Commons director Cameron Nay said. “That mindset is changing.” Located in the Sally Monserud Hall, what was first known as...

UAA | University Art Analysis – Meet ‘Archibald’ the mechanical moose

A foreign species of moose has made his home on the UAA campus, and the happiness he spreads is invasive. Bonnie Nygard has filled many roles in her time at UAA. Currently, Nygard is...

Seawolves gear up for the summer

There is a hidden treasure trove of rentable, outdoor gear nestled to the left of the Student Union Information Desk. A red kayak greets any student who walks through the Student Union. Venture further...

UAA | University Art Analysis – ‘Serac’: An engineered complexity

“I think art pieces like this liven up the campus and make it feel more welcoming and alive,” incoming freshman Miles Morgan said. “Serac” is a hanging sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Larry Kirkland. Kirkland’s...

UAA groups collaborate to offer safety resources

“ trying to create a safe campus, and one where we look out for each other,” family health practitioner Betty Bang said. The Dating Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for Change, or DVSA, regularly...

Howl Days: Mandatory integration renovation

“How we onboard students sets them up for success,” executive director of Student Outreach and Transition Theresa Lyons said. Rapidly changing this year, Howl Days has been the UAA orientation since 2001. It includes sessions...

Summer volunteer opportunities

Summer has finally arrived here in Anchorage. With extended day hours and warmer weather, many want to make the most of outdoor activities. Monika Fleming, the president of The Outdoor Recreation Club at UAA, suggests...

Wellness Breaks: tools for change

“I wanted to break down all the barriers that keep people from wanting to improve or maintain their health and wellness,” employee wellness practicum coordinator Kyra McKay said. On May 7 at 1 p.m., UAA...

Remade: repurpose for a purpose

The sound of relaxing music fills the room as customers find unique treasures and enjoy home-cooked meals at Gathering AK Cafe. Piles of old and new treasures combined fill Anchorage Remade, where clothing, antiques,...

UAA International-food club emerging

Inspired by a potluck with different flavors from around the world, Hanaa Omar and Cheryl Williams began the Universal Flavors Club about a month ago. “ de-mystify food. It’s not strange and exotic, it’s...

UAA | University Art Analysis – From every angle: Tetradigm

The $26,000 sculpture in the UAA/APU Consortium Library parking lot appears to change at different viewpoints. Tetradigm is constructed out of scrap pipes from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. It is a 26-foot tall sculpture comprised...