Need for a new Student Union

Dawn Dooley, associate dean of students, brought awareness to the USUAA meeting on Oct. 11 the need for a new Student Union building. She emphasized that the Student Union is the gateway to the institution, so establishing the need for a new building that meets professional standards is critical.

Filipino American history comes to life at UAA

Dr. Connie Mariano will be visiting UAA on October 14. A woman familiar with firsts and breaking barriers, Mariano has been a heroine to the Filipino population of America.

School, library bonds fail; roads, tax cap pass

Prop 1, a $69.88 million bond to renovate Service High School and extend sewer lines to Eagle River High School, failed by over 10 percent. Prop 2 was another bond measure for school renovation that failed, worth $27.48 million. The Parks and Recreation bond, Prop 4, which would spend $1.

‘Ordinary Wolves’ author starts tour at UAA

“Ordinary Wolves” is no ordinary story and Seth Kantner is no ordinary author. In his debut novel, Kantner sheds light on life...

Water cut off to some west campus buildings

Water was shut off to the west end of campus May 25, to fix a leaking pipe in the parking lot next to Rasmuson Hall. The leak was discovered May 24, due to water found seeping to the surface at 11:30 a.m., after rain dried from the rest of the pavement. "It happened overnight, basically," Chris Mizelle, interim director for facilities maintenance operations, said.

Elementary students visit UAA

  One after the next, yellow buses appeared before the Public Services Building at UAA. Students from different elementary schools poured out...

UAA launches “Amazing Stories” branding campaign

This week is launch week for UAA’s three-year effort to officially brand itself as an integral facet to the Anchorage community.

News Briefs

Oil companies give $7 million to UA BP and ConocoPhillips announced a donation of $7 million to UA President Mark Hamilton at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. BP and ConocoPhillips have donated $29.5 million of charter-agreement gifts since 2000.

New communities to shake up dorm life

Students returning to on-campus housing after summer vacation will find a bit of a change to their residence halls. Residence Life plans to change how...

Students will decide Concert Board fee increase

In the upcoming student elections, Concert Board will ask students to support a fee increase. Since its inception in 1993, the Concert Board fee has...

UA Statewide Briefs

College starts early for Kenai students KENAI - Almost 150 high school seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School are jumping at the advantages of JumpStart. The borough-subsidized program is providing students with a waiver that cuts the costs of college credits from $128 to $35.

Faculty Senate takes steps towards reinstatement of ESL program

The UAA Faculty Senate is supporting a motion to revive the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the university. The senate made...

Grief, suicide in Native communities get a closer look

Multi-generational grief and trauma remain prevalent in today's Alaska Native population. This was made clear last November in the UAA Alaska Native Specifi c Grief public discussion, led by Corky Cantil of Orca Consulting. "Because of the nature of various types of grief that Alaska Natives deal with. there are often times when that grief will remain unidentifi ed," Cantil said, who is of the Tshimshian from Southeast Alaska.

Students wait for seats in general education requirement classes

UAA enrollment numbers are up 2 percent from last year, and the university is experiencing positive growth in each of the colleges. However, these statistics are misleading. While more students are attending UAA, the number of credits being taken collectively throughout the university's community has stayed the same, Vice Chancellor Linda Lazelle said.

UAA student out of jail

A University of Alaska Anchorage student was released from jail last week, having served time for a domestic violence warrant, but may have to...

Five most dangerous roads

Fender benders occur on Providence Drive more often than anywhere else on campus, police reports show. Road and parking lot closures on the east side of campus have added to motor-vehicle collisions on Providence Drive. Alyssa Barnes, a sophomore majoring in theatre, said she rear-ended a compact car with her Chevrolet pickup truck on Providence Drive at the Seawolf Drive intersection during evening rush hour on Oct.

UAF starts laying off people amid budget woes

A reduction in state funding combined with rising fixed costs will force layoffs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university said about 40 positions...

Student Health and Counseling Center seeks to provide care, services to students

Students taking at least six credits are eligible for Student Health and Counseling Center services

Spring schedule can prevent registration woes later

Since Oct. 29, UAOnline has had the spring 2012 semester schedule available for viewing, a full two weeks before the first day of registration. This is to allow students to view the schedule and be able to plan out what they need or want to take for the following semester. Advisers of all departments recommend students take advantage of the preview to prepare their schedules ahead of time.

USUAA bill attempts to end required meal plans

Some members of USUAA have introduced legislation attempting to force the Resident Hall Housing Department to give students living in residence halls the option to refuse a meal plan. University officials say the requirement is not going away, and that its absence would only drive meal prices up. Senator Esdras Jean unveiled “Bogus Meal Plan 12-05” on September 8.

“Chat with the Chancellor” offers students chance to have voices heard

Last Thursday, USUAA hosted “Chat with the Chancellor,” an event that allowed students to directly ask questions to UAA Chancellor Tom Case and other faculty. The event was created as a way for students to gather firsthand information from the University.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released

The Dean of Students Office published UAA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report on Sept. 27. The 76-page report includes information on the security...

Climate change in the Iditarod

Iditarod Sled Dog Race restart moved to Fairbanks

War of words

Alaska’s two leading U.S. Senate candidates met in a televised debate Oct. 26. hoping to win votes in a race that promises to be...

Military high alert closes classes

Audrey Foster missed all three of her classes Tuesday through Thursday last week. Her education was interrupted while the Anchorage community struggles to deal...

UA Statewide Briefs

New book puts Alaska climate in focus On average, Barrow residents see snow in their community 136 days of the year, while downtown Juneau experiences 86 inches of precipitation annually. During the summer months, the Tanana Valley is one of Alaska's hot spots, averaging 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.

UAA prepares for shootings, natural disasters

A contract allowing UAA to prepare for the worst by hiring an emergency preparedness coordinator was issued recently. It's a unique role in the University of Alaska's statewide system.

Anthropology department to host trip to Mérida, Mexico, encouraging students to apply.

Looking for a sense of adventure? Interested in various cultures? Want to experience the trip of a lifetime while earning course credits? The Anthropology department...

Housing safety checks causes students to cry foul

A place called home.  A place one believes is only for themselves and those invited in. But if one’s private area or belongings were...

Top oil and gas producers work with state of Alaska for liquid natural gas...

History was made last week when the state of Alaska, along with Alaska’s top oil and gas developers, signed a commercial agreement to move forward with the development of Alaska’s natural gas. This historical move will have all of the major developers working together on a singular project for the first time.