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Student President Faces Impeachment

The USUAA Rules Committee held an impeachment hearing last week to oust Student Body President Drew Lemish. Charges include lack of attendance at assembly meetings, inappropriate behavior at assembly meetings, taking vacations without proper notifications and not responding to communications from other assembly members, students, staff and faculty regarding official USUAA business. Lemish was unable […]

Students vote to move forward with a smoke free campus

Students voted last week to move forward with a proposal that would make the University of Alaska Anchorage a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. The referendum passed the preliminary election results by earning 719 votes in support of the initiative, and 628 votes against the initiative. This means, 51.6 percent of students who voted supported a […]

Joe Miller visits campus

Last week, United States congressional candidate Joe Miller attended an event at UAA to discuss his campaign platform. The event was hosted in collaboration with UAA’s Political Science Association, College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty. If elected, Miller said he would address three main issues during his term: the surveillance state, national debt and […]

Board of Regents passes two considerable motions

Late last week the 11-member University of Alaska Board of Regents met in Kodiak to work through a lengthy agenda, and two of the motions passed are sure to make waves at all three universities in the UA system. One motion calls for a common academic calendar for all university campuses, including common daily schedules, […]

Alaska, No. 1 for brain injuries

According to the Alaska Brain Injury Network, or ABIN, Alaska ranks No. 1 in the nation for recorded brain injuries but lacks proper treatment or rehabilitation services for those affected. Many Alaskans experiencing brain injuries go without proper diagnosis and treatment or are transported out of state for rehabilitation. “Traumatic brain injury is one of […]

Elections predictable, mostly

Even procrastinators can be civically active, and polling stations around Anchorage remained open until 8 p.m. on municipal election night to accommodate last-minute votes. “If they don’t know, I’ll inform them what we’re voting on and why it’s important,” Anchorage resident Georgia Farnsworth explained as she staked out the Z.J. Loussac Library polling station last […]

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No More campaign gains momentum

More than 100 communities across Alaska participated in the Choose Respect march on March 27 to combat domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. The Choose Respect campaign began in 2009 when Gov. Sean Parnell pledged that Alaska would take every step necessary to address the serious problem of domestic violence and sexual assault in […]

Cardinal addresses three pastoral challenges facing Pope Francis

This week, the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, visited Alaska. Dolan spoke to parishioners at Our Lady of Guadeloupe Parish about the three pastoral challenges facing Pope Francis: marriage, restoring the credibility of the Roman Catholic Church, and the relationship between the church and culture. Dolan explained that marriage was not only the […]

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SB-176 amended, moves to committee

State Senate Bill 176, which would if passed, allow students with concealed carry licenses to bring concealed weapons on campus, including the residence halls, has been amended and moved to committee. The first draft of the bill allowed for open carry, which student advocates say was not their original intent. The Senate Judiciary Committee amended […]

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UAA vs. Yale debates

“The best debates are not the ones that conclude discussions, but begin them,” director of Seawolf Debate Steve Johnson said in closing following the vigorous British Parliamentary debate held in a packed East High Auditorium on March 20. The motion of the evening read, “No public funds should go to support competitive athletics in public […]

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UAA plans to build new pedestrian bridge

Plans are underway to construct a new pedestrian bridge at UAA. The bridge will connect the second floor of the Health Sciences Building on the south side of Providence Drive to the third floor of the Engineering and Industry Building on the north side of Providence Drive. The bridge will act as a gateway to the University-Medical District and will ensure safety for students, staff, faculty and visitors to cross Providence Drive.

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Debate over marijuana reform hazy

“Doobie or Not Doobie?: That is the Marijuana Question,” was one of the playful titles suggested to assistant professor Jason Brandeis of the UAA Justice Center for an upcoming public discussion at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on March 5.

The problem for Brandeis, who acted as moderator, was that “marijuana legalization is a serious subject and a serious public policy issue,” and though many may find pot-related puns irresistible, the event ended up simply being titled “Time to Legalize?…

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University experiencing budget deficit

Governor Parnell announced in February that the state’s unrestricted general funds are expected to see a decline from $6.9 billion to $4.5 billion due to the reduction in oil revenues. This is a 35 percent reduction in state operating costs, and these numbers have caused a deficit of about $2 billion.

U.S. assistant surgeon general visits UAA Fresh Air kickoff

Members of UAA’s Smoke Free Task Force hosted an event on Feb 24, to kick of their campus-wide Fresh Air Challenge. The Fresh Air Challenge is a region-wide effort to encourage all college campuses in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Washington to become smoke- or tobacco-free.

The event opened with performances from the Underground Dance Company and UAA’s Glee Club.

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