Drumbeats and headdresses: Unangax dance group connects descendants to their culture

After the World War II evacuation and internment of the Aleutian Islands, many Unangax peoples — Aleutian peoples with roots in Alaska prior to Russian occupation — found themselves in a strange new territory...

Orange Rhymes With: The beginning of the end

The end is near-ish. At least that’s what the Internet, my conspiracy theorist friend and that homeless guy on the bus are all telling me.

Cooking In College: Tropical Chicken Parmigiana, a sweet twist on an Italian classic

It started as a humble dish in southern Italy, a succulent combination of eggplant, cheese and tomato. It travelled the world via the seven seas and landed in Australia sometime in the 1960s. Australians, of...

CWLA Graduate program sponsors free reading series

Princesses in tall towers, battles of good versus evil and monsters hiding in closets; all are images from an imaginative child as his or her parents read stories at night before bed. As we get older, we are read to less and less, and it is assumed that by the age of 10 or 11 that we can read our own stories. The Creative Writing and Literary Arts MFA Program is hosting their fourth annual Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series.

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University reaches out to rural students The first year of the Native Early Transition program at UAA was implemented the week before classes. The program is a collaboration between Hannah Kostiew, a UAA student and...

Working through complexity

Biology presentations cover variety of topics presented for students, experts and novices

Get off the couch!

Post-Thanksgiving concerts and dance parties, DIY Night, Quidditch and more.

Science student takes break to be Miss Alaska

Stephanie Wonchala, a 20-year-old natural science major at UAA, was crowned Miss Alaska 2006 in June. Wonchala didn't always have what it takes to be perfect. "There was a time in Stephanie's life when she wore...

Shakespeare-ing things up

ENGL A424, a class fittingly named "Shakespeare" looks at the famous writer's work and how his content and philosophy can be applied to today's day and age."He's arguably the greatest English poet. I think...

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...

Biking is viable transportation in winter

Despite constant sunshine, winter is here.  UAA students are once again at the point of waking up for school in darkness, only to find themselves going home from class in darkness.  Drivers take extra...

Seawolves super fan still loyal after 36 years of attendance

When Anchorage resident, Thomas (Tom) Pitzke scheduled a neck surgery procedure with the nurse in his surgeon's office, he had one pressing concern: “Will I miss a Seawolves basketball game?”

University singers give solemn performance

By Aubrey Campbell The Northern Light   The organ in the Arts Building was silent and the recital hall stage empty of artists. Three red chairs and four brass wells of timpani drums waited for the musicians...

John Strohmeyer, civic journalist in pursuit of steel, oil and fish

Behind the dozens of history-stocked shelves in the Alaska Room at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Consortium Library, some people may not know that a living testament of history is seemingly hiding in the...

A spring break stay-cation: What to do in Anchorage over the week-long break

Spring break marks the lull moment in the hectic semester, and for many, it means vacation time. However, those staying in Anchorage can have a vacation of their own. There are quite a few...

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.

Lecture illuminates film noir shadows

There are many cliches associated with film noir, from rain-drenched metropolises to tough-as-nails private eyes. "It's one term everyone's heard, but it's not so evident what it really means," said Bob Amundson, a professor at...

Tanaina future dependent upon UAA

The Tanaina Childhood Development Center has been a part of the UAA com­munity since 1979. Tanaina board president Charlie Tyr­rell said Tanaina is a non-profit organiza­tion that functions entirely independently from UAA, excluding the university sub­sidizing their rent, electricity, water and a few other services.

Women far from home

In case you thought that UAA women’s basketball team was all homegrown talent, think again. “Everything is different here, from people to basketball. Even the electrical outlets and bathrooms,” said senior basketball player Hanna Johansson of Sweden. This is a sentiment that has been echoed by all five of the international women on the UAA basketball team.

An interactive blend of health care and fitness

UAA's "Exercise is Medicine" club helps to incorporate physical activity into the prevention and treatment of healthcare concerns.

Political correctness gone too far

The biggest question seems to be whether or not PC is necessary, or if it is going too far

Get off the couch!

Sports, markets, music and more

Critters haunt Campus Center

Witches, action heroes and lots of monkeys haunted the University of Alaska Anchorage Campus Center last Saturday.The 13th annual Haunted Halloween Fun Night was a hit. The event included a haunted house, various games...

Thanksgiving feast on campus Nov. 23

USUAA invites both students and the Anchorage community to attend

No-bakes: A classic oven-free snack

We all like cookies. At least, I hope we all do. Anyway, if you somehow have an irrational fear of ovens and bakeries but no fear of stovetops, have I got just the treat for you! Aptly named “no-bake” cookies, they’re well known but rarely seen, for some odd reason.

Cooking in college: Shepherd’s Pie

Let me just say, this culinary experience was a disaster before I even got to the kitchen, so I‘ll start at the beginning.

@ your library: The Yoko Ono of poetry

Ted Hughes is perhaps best known for being the husband of Sylvia Plath. He’s sort of the Yoko Ono of the poetry world. For 35 years after Plath’s suicide, Hughes said nothing of the...

Guru Kate: Where does gray hair come from?

Midterms! Well, the stress that they produce anyway. This stress leads to oxidative stress, the primary cause of graying hair. Hair without oxidative stress or artificial dyes is colored by concentrations of melanin, the pigmented compound in your skin that protects it from UV light. The type and amount of melanin determines if you have blond, red or brown hair.

National Student Exchange Program Full of Opportunity

The economic mudslide of 2008 shot a lot of college dreams in the foot.  Students who had fantasies of traveling to exotic locales to pursue their education had their dreams thwarted when the stock...

Revived club offers public relations help to student organizations

A core of fresh young disciples is on a crusade to bring the power of public relations campaigns to UAA. In the process, they're learning the art of resurrecting the dead. The UAA chapter of the national Public Relations Student Society of America already has a few Anchorage non-profits on its client roster, and its members are eager to add student organizations to the list.