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...

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...

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...

Avalanche Awareness

Contrary to popular thought, experienced backcountry enthusiasts are most often candidates to become avalanche victims at 75 percent, according to the National Snow and Ice Date Center.            Program director for the Alaska Outdoor Education...

360’s made easy

Spring is here early this season, which brings us soft, snow perfect for throwing down some spins whether your backcountry or resort bound. This time of year the sun is out longer, the snow...

New cook in Cuddy serves it up with a smile

Do not be alarmed if Mike Aughtry slips a little barbecue sauce alongside your french fries. Just accept the gesture and realize that he only does it for people he really likes. “It helps the...

How’s your sex life?

While many students agree that UAA offers a multitude of services to help students, most don't know that in the Business Education Building, they can also find advice on being a good lover. “Sexuality affects...

Florida Spring Break cements military group’s bond

Many of the 35 college students in the Air Force ROTC could tell you in one word why they joined the program: opportunities. One opportunity for the University of Alaska Anchorage's ROTC group knocked...

An Arctic Spring Break

In the vast barren white of the arctic plain winds blew snow across the seemingly endless gravel road that pointed north to Prudhoe Bay. Visibility was close to a quarter-mile and 18-wheelers appeared without...

Protect yourself from date rape drugs

Date and campus rape has become more prevalent. College women have had to learn to be more wary and protect themselves. Recently, a new danger has been added into the mix: colorless, tasteless, odorless drugs...

Frequently asked questions about the Student Health Center

1. What is the Student Health Center and who can use it? The Student Health Center is an outpatient facility that opened during the fall semester of 1991 as the result of a student initiative...

Late-starting classes still available

Looking for a late-starting class? If you need to change your schedule in an effort to finish well this semester, you still have some options if you act quickly. The University of Alaska Anchorage offers...

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...

Winter biking conditions ideal

For many this might come as a surprise, but conditions on the roads and trails right now are ideal for biking. Factor in the unseasonably warm temperatures, and a winter bike ride can be a...

Controversial bishop advocates sex, questions Christianity

When a bishop makes public appearances to talk about sex, one might sense conflict. Bishop Jack Spong, best-selling author and retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, visited Anchorage last week...

UAA public relations student takes on the Special Olympics

Public relations major Stacy Schubert has a lot to be happy about these days, in fact you could say she's feeling pretty “special.” As public relations assistant to the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter...

University of Alaska Fairbanks Sunstar

The three-year-old University of Alaska Faribanks (UAF) newspaper "The Sun Star" doesn't have a staffing problem. It has a budget problem. “We have a hard time maintaining a large staff because of our limited...

Spring Break Web sites

1. When people say "Spring Break," they mean Panama City Beach, Florida. Located on the Florida panhandle, Panama City has over 27 miles of dazzlingly-white beaches on the Florida Gulf Coast. It's natural beauty,...

The Media Chronicles: The Gamecock

What Brock Vergakis loves about working at a student newspaper would make just about any student jealous.              He said he's had a chance to “impact the university, meet famous actors and musicians, cover hurricanes,...