Anime club organizes first campus convention

Anime is becoming more popular than ever in America. Movies like "Howl's Moving Castle" are getting nominated for Oscars. Deluxe cable channels like Showtime are putting anime shows like "Peacemaker" into their lineup. Manga...

Go steep for cheap with the web’s best gear deals

It’s no lie that Alaskans, residents and students alike, adore the outdoors: they choose to make their playground the Last Frontier.  Steep and Cheap, a Web site based out of Salt Lake City’s backcountry.com,...

Kappa Sigma fraternity is the latest addition to Greek Life

After four long years, Kappa Sigma fraternity is finally being noticed by the University of Alaska Anchorage as an addition to the Greek Council. School doesn’t always have to be all work and no play;...

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...

Guru Kate: How are calories in food measured?

In the past 100 years, the primary method of measuring calories has not changed course. The Atwater method uses classical knowledge about how food is metabolized via fats, protein and carbohydrates.

“World School” exhibit and film aims to inspire travel and education

Backpacks and a suitcase bulging with books. That's all Alaska filmmaker, Mary Katzke and her son, Corin Katzke took when they sold everything and left Anchorage on a one-way trip to Ireland in 2010. They continued to travel across three continents with no set itinerary for what was then Corin’s entire fifth grade school year. Photographs from the Katzkes’ year-long adventure will be shown during the “World School” exhibit at Hugi Lewis Studios beginning this Friday, Sept 6, 5 p.m. Showings will continue throughout the month. The accompanying “World school” documentary film will screen at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m.

A word on nostalgia

George recently put his Permanent Fund Dividend into building himself a new PC to ring in the next generation of gaming. He’s confident it’s a fair bit more powerful than the new consoles coming out about a month from now. He’s prepared for the future. But if his recent gaming habits have anything to say, he’s still pretty stuck in the past.

Klax’s plea: An open letter to Amy Demboski

By Klax Zlubzecon Translated by George Hyde   So the mayoral race happened here in Anchorage. An issue so important, we published in-depth interviews with almost every candidate at the last minute. That was TNL's bad. We...

Safety, Education and Community Wellness with Mayor Ethan Berkowitz

UAA hosts a Mayoral Forum in the Student Union Den

Gen-X alternative to the single life

With masked contestants and embarrassing moments, University of Alaska Anchorage students enjoyed their single lives in a night of laughter and fun when the Department of Residence Life put on the student game-show Singled...

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...

Anchorage gets some Big Apple attitude

Anchorage is fast becoming a northwestern metropolis and its restaurants are finally starting to catch up. Marty’s New York Bagel Deli is setting a new standard for Anchorage restaurants with its snappy décor, inexpensive...

Avalanche expert discusses disasters and safety

Seven men outside of Eureka Lodge headed up a gully on their snow machines in a long line. The ridges were wind loaded; the gully, steep. A one-foot-thick crack started near the top of...

Geocaching: A sport with no out of bounds

Adventurous. Exciting. Fulfilling. Time-flying. These are all words to describe the fast-growing sport of Geocaching . For those who are unfamiliar with the term, Geocaching is an outdoor adventure that involves getting a set of coordinates, using GPS to travel to those coordinates, and then searching around the area to find a cache that someone has hidden there. It is a great way to get outdoors and it is even more fun to partake in with friends and family.

Debate team highlights curiosity, questions and answers

The dark, frozen months that kick off the spring semester create a challenging environment for students to become engaged in classes. University clubs and activities offer an invigorating new social scene that can help students survive until spring. The UAA debate team held the start of their third annual Cabin Fever Debates last week.

Courting overseas: International dating review

The rules of attraction differ from region to region. Varying methods of capture and subsequent peculiar dating habits exist all over the world. While I was studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, for instance, I went on a date with a young, attractive and impressively wealthy real estate agent.

SOPA/PIPA protests delay votes

This past week a phenomenon hit the internet, as many websites blacked out content or even went completely black in protest of two bills now under consideration: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Guru Kate: Recycled human waste burgers?

“People are making poop into food!” I called B.S. on this urban legend at first, until I looked into it. There is both truth and some falseness to it. It is true that there...

How to do better in classes

One of the first things you will notice about college is that it can be really hard. The Northern Light Presents these tips for doing better in classes. Ask Questions Don’t understand something said in class,...

Caucuses, candidates, and cola

Klax at the Caucuses!

Watch your step

Navigating the streets of Cairo is a thrill-seeker's paradise. The rules of the road, as we know them, have been discarded, and it looks like anything goes. Lines on the pavement are for decoration...

Seeing history through the mind’s eye

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 week Hardyman...

‘Serenity’ picks up where Fox’s ‘Firefly’ left off

In 2001, a television show called "Firefly" debuted on Fox. Even though it was an amazing piece of science fiction storytelling, the show only lasted 11 of 15 episodes before being canceled. Those 11...

Crime-busting enthusiasts get their fix with CSI Alaska series

There are three versions of "CSI" and more similar crime dramas on TV than can be counted on two hands. High-profile crime stories dominate the cable news and popular appetite for stories about grisly...

Pay-to-park meters to increase parking options

Starting Sept. 18, visitors and students without parking permits may find bringing their vehicles to campus an easier task. With the addition of automated payment stations in many of the large parking lots, any person...

Crawford Delivers Agenda to UAA

After 30 minutes with Harry Crawford his political agenda was clear: Jobs. Crawford is running as the Democratic nominee for Alaska’s only U.S. House of Representatives seat. He hosted a barbecue in the Den of...

Making strides toward breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and some great strides are being made against the disease through local events. Making Strides is a walk on Oct. 6 to raise money and awareness for the...

Steam’s living room, uh, ‘thing’

Last week was a pretty mixed one for George. On one hand, there were Valve’s immense, incoming announcements regarding their new plan for PC gaming in the living room, all leading up to Senshi-Con during the weekend. And now that Valve has made their plans for Steam in the living room clear, both he and I concluded with the general response, “...Huh.”

Why was ‘The Interview’ so successful?

By Klax Zlubzecon Translated by George Hyde I've seen the world! I've been to the concrete jungles of Manhattan, the actual jungles of Brazil, the beauty of Europe, the wonders of Asia, the overblown hype of...

Online book rentals offer cheap alternative for spendy texts

Kaitlin Johnson The Northern Light Samantha Emerson spent almost 600 dollars on textbooks this semester at the UAA Bookstore. “It was pretty stiff,” the freshmen political science student said. Many UAA students spend over one hundred dollars for...