Visionary writing borders on new genre

The wolf must have come from the south. The New Mexico ranchland had been cleaned of wolves, but she was killing cattle and had to be caught. Young Billy Parham traps the wolf but...

Drink eight cups a day

When you think about nutrition what comes to mind? Most people think of vitamins, minerals and protein, calcium and iron, and not eating too much fat. Although it doesn't necessarily contribute to the nutritional value...

Are you experienced?

“For every one... has a cave or a den of his own, which refracts and discolours the light of nature, owing either to his own proper and peculiar nature, or to his education and...

Disgusting dinner habits

Dear SAIG, I am a very nice young man who believes in treating my dates well. When we venture out for dinner I take my companion to the nicer eating establishments in Anchorage such as...

Radio company denies censoring

Mark Murphy knows the biz. He's been in radio for more than 10 years as a program director for KGOT and he's now director of programming for Clear Channel Radio's six-station Anchorage operation, including...

Banned books: A must read for Americans

Low lighting and wine sipping greeted Anchorage locals who attended Cyrano's Bookstore and Off Center Playhouse on Monday, Sept. 24 for readings from some of the most frequently challenged works of literature in America. Volunteers...

Meet the Provost: James Chapman, Ph. D

The desk of University of Alaska Anchorage Provost James Chapman faces the impressive and protecting Chugach Mountains. Scattered about his office are personal guardians: a gargoyle statue, a leprechaun and a statue of Apollo,...

Soldiers dying to go home

"Hitler had been sure his young men would outfight the young Americans. He was certain that the spoiled sons of democracy couldn't stand up to the solid sons of dictatorship.” This is a story of...

No talking in class

The third floor hall in the College of Arts and Sciences Building is quiet on Thursday evenings. If speaking is necessary it is whispered. Students kneel on round pillows, face the wall and remain...

For a healthy semester

“The misdirected, confused and wasted energy of everyday human life is, without a doubt, the most tragic and amusing scene in all nature.” | -Black Elk Medicine Man You have been working hard, studying diligently, paying...

From boys to men to gentlemen

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious...

Oxfam Alaska brings new spirit of activism to UAA

In these days of uncertainty and national crisis, students all over America are looking for ways they can help. Fortunately, the University of Alaska Anchorage now provides a way. A new club, Oxfam Alaska, dedicated...

Part two of “The First Year”

Hello freshmen. This is the first week of the rest of your lives, or maybe just the next four years. You will be experiencing all kinds of new things. Hence the reason for the...

Can I get some fries with that shake?

Burger Cache may seem like a typical burger joint, but this establishment has a unique niche: Each time you dine you have a chance to win a thousand bucks. Sweet deal, especially if you're...

Basketball Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Slo-Mo! By Rick Reilly Professional athletes are known for their pension to live the good life. They are also known for the their ability to be prima-donnas and bad boys. In his book Slo-Mo! Rick...

Journey into the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Ninety years after the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is still a moonscape of ash and volcanic rock, without a tree or a shrub. The valley,...

Isolated on the high plains

In our fast-paced, increasingly suburban world it is a comfort to open a book on a rainy day that explores the unhurried life of rural America. A kind of world where doors remain unlocked,...

The Ultimate Plus-Size Modeling Guide

'The Ultimate Plus-Size Modeling Guide,' written by Catherine Schuller, is a collection of everything learned during her career as a professional model. This book is a good read for anyone wanting to enter the modeling...

Sunshine and blues

Kincaid Park may not be the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado but there isn't a better place in the Anchorage Bowl to hear the blues. Sunshine was the highlight of the fourth annual Blues on...

Small climb with big rewards

Connecting with nature in Alaska is as easy as looking at skyscrapers in New York City, because mountains are everywhere and if you drive a couple minutes out of Anchorage you will run across...

‘Freedom’ brings history alive

A relative once described William Safire as “the smartest guy alive.” Upon reading just the first few chapters of his novel “Freedom,” one would find that description difficult to dispute. Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winning...

Civil Rights Heroine

Congratulations to the top three winners of the Elizabeth Peratrovich Essay contest; Susan Pierce won first place, Grace Anderson, second place and Julie Holt, third place. The Northern Light is happy to share and...

Mentorship Program

Ann Carr spends one hour a week playing games with 9-year old, Miguel. Carr, a journalism and public relations student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, did not even know Miguel until a year...

Don’t park it wherever you please

Polina Borisova has been yelled at, screamed at, called names, and has even had people try to run her over with their cars. Borisova is one of the 12 Call Team officers who issue parking...

Dental Program eager to perform spring cleanings

Let's face it – lots of people dread dental exams. A visit to UAA's Dental Programs Clinic, however, is more like going to a friendly spa. The clinic's dental hygienists are degree-seeking students. Before they...

UAA massage school helps community heal, relax

For some, the thought of going to a business with “massage” on the sign and stripping naked conjures up ideas of places like the Minnesota Chateaux. Such misconceptions, however, have grown less common, and...

Arctic Spring break, part II

When I left you last week, my truck had broken down en route to Prudhoe Bay and was towed to a Fairbanks GMC dealership. Tired, blurry-eyed and shivering in the snot-freezing cold, I waited outside...

April Fool’s Day

Now that most UAA students have recovered (I hope) from sunburns and hangovers suffered during our spring break, we have to watch out for April Fool's Day. Luckily, it falls on a Sunday this...

‘Dancer in the Dark’

It is a shame Bjork will never do another movie after having done "Dancer in the Dark." She has a tremendous talent in acting as well as a genius in her music, unlike some...

Anxiety Disorders_”Beyond Stress and Worry

Like everyone else, you probably feel anxious from time to time—before exams, at the beginning of a new relationship, or as you prepare for a speech. Anxiety is a natural part of life. But...