There is no safe exposure amount to smoke. This is the message UAA’s Smoke-Free Task Force hopes to communicate. The task force was formed in response to a challenge made by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for all college campuses to go smoke and tobacco free by 2016.
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In spring 2012 the Northern Light mourned the loss after seven years of the UAA Housing & Recreation Activities program in an editorial chastising the university’s budgetary reasoning.
Now a group of students and faculty is hoping to bring back outdoor opportunities — not only to students who live on campus but to everyone at UAA. This time around the money would come from a student fee.
Last Thursday the Alaska Supreme Court traveled to Barrow to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit brought against the State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The plaintiffs are asking the courts to rule that the atmosphere is a public trust resource as a way of compelling the state of Alaska to regulate its carbon emissions.
Students and members of the community packed the Barrow High School auditorium to observe the judicial process as part of Alaska’s Supreme Court LIVE program.
Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust and Eagle River attorney Brad De Noble represent the six young plaintiffs.
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“It’s about leadership and collaboration. We must focus on the students and listen to the students, even when they burst our bubble. When we think that we have it nailed, and then talk to a group of students, and they say, ‘No, that’s not where we are at. That was 10 years ago,’ we must listen,” said University of Alaska President Pat Gamble at last week’s Board of Regents meeting in Juneau.
Gamble is referring to the University of Alaska system’s Strategic Directive Initiative, or SDI.
“SDI is about collaboration,” he says. “Collaboration means incentive.”
It was a new semester when Sarah, an engineering student, began her transition from a man into a woman.
“In the first week, there was a lot of stares and confusion. I was the guy named Sarah,” Sarah said.
With the exception of one student, she said, her classmates accepted her transition. That was three years ago. Sarah, who is now a confident woman, still recalls that first stage when adjustments were fragile.
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Keep checking back as we keep you up to date as to all of the happenings with the Board of Regents meeting taking place right now in Juneau Alaska.
On the Strategic Direction Initiative:
“It’s about leadership and collaboration. We must focus on the students, and listen to the students. Even when they burst our bubble. When we think that we have it nailed, and then talk to a group of students, and they say, “no, that’s not where we are at, that was ten years ago.” We must listen,” UA President Pat Gamble.
Keith Hackett was officially introduced as the new athletic director at a press conference Friday afternoon. He used the event to share his vision for UAA athletics and to address some lingering questions. Hackett’s plan for the department is a three-headed monster.
The first step is ensuring they are always in alignment with the educational mission of the university. He wants to stress the “student” aspect of being a student-athlete.
UAA’s Student Union held an Outdoor Safety Fair last week as part of Safety Awareness Month to promote outdoor safety to students.
As summer fever filled the air, students were itching to leave town and play. Among the mix was a group of students anxious to travel abroad and dive straight into volunteer work.
Joseph Lurtsema, who is a double major in Natural Sciences and Business, founded the UAA Volunteers Around the World chapter last year. VAW’s mission is to provide medical treatment and health education to less fortunate communities around the world.