Effects of oil price slumps

Alaskan oilfield employees are shaking in their boots, and not just because of the recent earthquake. In February of 2009 oil prices began to drop at a historical rate. Almost every year since, Alaska...

Electronic smoke aids offer unproven alternate to regular ciggarette smoking

Tobacco has helped fuel the American economy since colonial times, yet it kills nearly six million people annually, according to the World Health Organization. “No smoking” signs plague the same social venues where cigarette smoke...

Surplus division: big impact, little recognition

After the Virginia Tech tragedy in 2007, UAA took safety measures to replace all windowless doors. What many students may not have noticed was the vast amount of planning that went on in the...

UAA students launch rental site for outdoor gear exchange

For those looking to grab affordable outdoor equipment in a non-sketchy manner, pay attention to this website. GearSpoke, an online rental service scheduled for electronic life in mid-February, allows renters to upload pictures of equipment and gear for potential buyers to comb through. Users have the opportunity to interact with the renters, establishing a sense of connection and trust before any exchanging is undergone.

Local Alaska playwright champions new work

Dawson Moore is everywhere in Alaska theater. Now living in Valdez, the award-winning playwright and UAA graduate organizes the popular Alaska Overnighters theater series and heads Prince William Sound Community College's associate degree in...

New features turn students on to Myspace.com

Myspace.com.com, the free online community that is popping up in conversation and computer screens everywhere, may have some practical uses after all. Though used mostly to find old friends and make new ones, Myspace.com can...

USDA regulations define ‘organic’

Organic foods, sequestered by their high prices and fancy little USDA stickers, snuggle up in their own little corner of the produce aisle. According to the USDA, which created national standards for organic food in...

Clubin’ on campus- A place to think

Questions of existentialism in a post-modern age plague many college students at the University of Alaska Anchorage. There is a solution amidst absolute chaos: the philosophy club. Recently undergoing an organizational phase, the philosophy club...

Landscaping crew makes UAA all shiny and green

UAA puts a lot of effort into aesthetics, made most evident around campus courtesy of the Landscaping and Maintenance Department. As opposed to having a single grounds crew, the department instated two separate groups, horticulture and...

Student explores different world, finds many similarities

DAMASCUS, Syria—When the taxi driver set my bags on the curb and drove off, I looked around and said to myself, “Oh girl, what have you gotten yourself into now?” I was alone and...

Beautiful salon is big city chic for trendy types

Several goods and services are not available in Alaska. For many people, this is an inconvenience but one UAA student saw it as an opportunity. Eleodia Boniface is on the verge of completing...

Anime Club expands this year’s Senshi-Con with more events, guest

Billed as Alaska's first anime convention, the third Senshi-Con will be coming to the UAA Student Union Feb. 24. The convention is put together by volunteers from the UAA Anime Club, which includes non-student members. Rhyss Vivian, club member in charge of the financial side of Senshi-Con, said that although last year's convention had a few staff and time management problems, the events at the con turned out "pretty well.

ORW: (Halfway) up the mountain

I’m an outdoor guy. I’ve often been of the belief that I previously reincarnated from a mountain goat. Much of my pleasure in life is derived from climbing up the side of a cliff or running full-tilt down a rocky mountain trail or swan diving into a lake. I’m no stranger to bounding across boulder-strewn landscapes, bellowing: “The hiiiiiills are aliiive, with the sound of muuuuuusiiiic!!” like an athletic Julie Andrews with dude parts. Don’t ask why this happens; it’s just inspiration in the moment.

USUAA advocates in Juneau for grants, health sciences

Legislators in Juneau routinely determine UAA's future. Student delegates left Friday to take the future into their own hands. Four delegates represented UAA in Juneau. The delegates, Karl Wing, Zach Liszka, Seth Holtshouser and Lea Merritt, are all student government senators.

Campus Media Chronicles

All of the paid positions at the Whalesong student newspaper in Juneau, which includes the editor, production manager and advertising manager jobs, are filled. Staff writers at the paper, about three to four students...

Natural flavors vs artificial flavors

Don't you feel that you need to major in chemistry to shop at the grocery store nowadays? Most of the products there have a long ingredient list, and half of the words are almost...

My final outdoor class (for now)

Friday marked the last field day of my backcountry ski course with one final trip to Sunburst, in Turnagain Pass, in hopes of a final spring run before the long summer wait.  We weren’t...

A tee-rific night for alumni

Along with networking and club-bonding, 9 in the Spine is a fundraiser for Alumni Relations, with net proceeds supporting the UAA Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund. The fund has grown substantially since its initial amount of $25 in 1985.

UAA sends breast-cancer awareness message

Young 20-somethings, men and women alike, usually think themselves invincible. We can consume gallons of caffeine in a day, dine on fast food for all three meals and take a shuttle from their car...

Guru Kate: How do I know if I have acid reflux?

The digestive system is truly magnificent. It is self con­taining, self regulating, and ensures that all nutrients get to where they need to go. In a perfect world, it is like a city’s traffic system. This intricate system enthralls gastroentero­lists with the true majesty that is the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine.

RED ZONE: Not so blurred lines

  A college campus at the beginning of fall is an influx of new ideas, new people and new beginnings. In college, drugs and alcohol become more prevalent and many will engage in sexual activity....

From Oma’s kitchen to The Last Frontier

Located in Mountain View, West Berlin is serving delicious German and Bavarian fare that could rival what your Oma "(grandmother" in German) used to make. On a street with an abundance of restaurants from...

To walk or not to walk

For UAA students, that is the question

Keeping clean in Cairo

University of Alaska Anchorage journalism student, Linda Hardyman, is spending a year abroad in Egypt . Each week, the Northern Light prints her first-hand account of her experiences in the Middle East . This...

Student Spotlight: The life of a Truman Scholar

  Cheyenne Mathews is a member of the UAA Seawolf Debate team. Jacob Shercliffe’s first job was in high school bagging groceries at Carrs; the summer after that he was a pizza boy at Papa Johns....

Meet the Seawolf – Matthew Sargent

Senior Cadet Colonel Matthew Sargent serendipitously landed in the Air Force ROTC after a series of fortunate events. Scoring well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test in high school, the Army...

Hickel leaves legacy of advocating for Alaska

  Wally Hickel, 90, two-time Alaska governor and controversial secretary of the Interior under President Richard Nixon, was laid to rest May 18 with his coffin standing up in his grave and facing Washington D.C....

Three, three-ingredient slow cooker recipes

Easy to make and prepare, enjoy these simple dishes — both savory and sweet.

{Getting to know}

Official Title: Term assistant professor of philosophy How long have you been at UAA? This is my second year. What have you taught at UAA? Introduction to philosophy, history of philosophy I, ethics, eastern philosophy and...

Volunteers gather to aid feet

During the harsh Alaskan winter freezes, a group of 10-15 men and women come together every month to do the selfless job of soothing the feet of Anchorage's neediest. In an act that's reminiscent of biblical stories, one woman took it upon herself to organize volunteers to seasonally wash the un-pampered, neglected feet of Anchorage's homeless.