Siwa Oasis: Dry climate is soaked in culture

CAIRO, Egypt—I’ve reached a new low in my life – 17 meters below sea level to be exact. I’d traveled more than 900 kilometers (558 miles) from Cairo to the Siwa Oasis in Egypt’s...

First male dietetics intern tours rural Alaska

From a Delaware dish dog to a Seattle sous-chef, Philip Palmer’s culinary career has led him to become UAA’s first male dietetics intern in the program’s 10-year history. The internship prepares students to become...

{Getting to know}

Official Title and Full Name:  William S. Jamison, term instructor of philosophy How long have you been teaching? I have been at UAA since spring ‘95, but also taught for two years in graduate school. How...

Small steps lead to unforgettable adventure (Part 1)

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

The do’s and don’t of inking your bod

Tattoos are undoubtedly cool and getting cooler every day. Once considered unsavory and associated with convicts and bikers, tattoos are now widely acknowledged as a viable art form and a stylish means of self-expression....

Skin seminar irons out wrinkles about acne and aging

Zits, pimples, acne, whiteheads, blackheads: these have long been a frustrating and embarrassing fact of life for teenagers and many adults. On the other end of this spectrum are wrinkles, the unmistakable mark of...

Hot talk

Ellen Cole likes to talk about sex. A lot. And it’s a good thing, too. She’s the only nationally licensed sex therapist in the whole state of Alaska. A psychology professor at...

Love on the line

Keeping romance alive in a long-distance relationship is no easy task. Rose Helens-Hart, a junior journalism student at UAA, learned this when her boyfriend sent her chocolates from Hawaii. “The chocolates melted when they...

Anchorage welcomes Ron Jeremy and box store porn

Anchorage celebrated Groundhog Day Feb. 2. Two days later, Anchorage celebrated Hedgehog Day – as in Ron “The Hedgehog” Jeremy. The well-known adult film star, who gets his nickname because of his...

People party at annual duct tape dance to benefit local charities

Jody Jaros made her evening gown for the Feb. 4 celebration. She considered putting snaps on it but opted for cutting it open and taping it shut. Dressed in a silver Cleopatra ensemble, complete...

Student takes chilly plunge for cancer research

Dave Doorenbos was wearing duct-taped butterfly wings as he jumped into the frigid waters of Resurrection Bay in Seward. The water temperature was a relatively warm 39.6 degrees compared to last year’s temperature of...

A taste of politics

Rachel Cramer, a junior English student at UAA, thought she’d spend the semester shuffling paper in the state capitol. “I thought coming into this that I’d be answering the phone, making copies, making coffee,” Cramer...

Apartment searching 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 week Hardyman...

{Getting to know}

How long have you been teaching? Seven years. How have you changed your style since you started teaching? It is always a work in progress. I take student comments to heart and try to adjust...

Poets express themselves for civil rights

A diverse group of poets and performers came together Jan. 19 in UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium for the Civil Rights, Social and Economic Justice Performing Arts and Original Poetry Contest. There were 11 finalists,...

Professor travels globe, finds home in Alaska

Whayne Dillehay considers his greatest achievement during the past 30 years the opportunity to work with journalists from other countries. “I have learned much more about what journalism is from my colleagues in less-developed countries...

Renter’s rights

Moving out of the dorms or from your parents’ place can give you freedom; just pay your rent and life is good. But what can you do when the landlord won’t fix the leaky...

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...

Getting to class on time

Summer Engler was so tired she couldn’t smile; but her exhaustion wasn’t from running the Susitna 100. Twelve months ago she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and lupus. Last January started like any...

Dining hall delicacies

Dorm food can be the curse of any college student. But changes could be on the horizon for the Creekside Eatery at UAA housing, initiated by the new head chef, Luke Gilligan. Brought in...

{Getting to know}

How long have you been teaching? I started teaching as an adjunct in 1978 with the newly formed Seattle City College soon after leaving active military service. I taught a variety of courses for both...

Adventuring without a guidebook on the Nile Delta

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...

Going Greek: Professor and students take the original stage

Thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, a man named Thespis took a bold step into the future. During a traditional religious chant, Thespis stepped out of the choir of monks and began acting...

Students evaluate their instructors online

Don Mohr, a professor of history, was surprised when he found out students were evaluating his performance via the World Wide Web. Mohr is known for his evaluation day performance, when he...

Soup’s on!

UAA was filling hearts as well as empty stomachs Dec. 1 as University Advancement dished out homemade soup to raise money for charitable organizations across the city. Each year, the university teams up with...

Follow what he says, not what he does

UAA students got a super-sized edition of one of the most popular documentary films to hit America Nov. 17. They got not only the movie “Super Size Me” but also the man who...

{Getting to know}

How long have you been teaching? I taught in graduate school from 1979 to 1985, for a semester at the University of Hawaii in 1990, and have been teaching at UAA since 1994. How have...

Egypt sect of Christianity prides itself on discipline

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...

Snow Goose: English pub with Alaska flair

A typical English-style pub is a laid back place where wooden stools and bar tables are scattered on a concrete floor, and pictures of various stout beers and ales cover every inch of space...

{Getting to know}

Northern Light: How long have you been teaching? Mariano Gonzales: Full time since ’88, part time since ’80. NL: How have you changed your style since you started teaching? MG: I have much more experience...