UAA remains open despite volcanic eruption

UAA's campus remains open today, despite a volcanic eruption of Mt. Redoubt late Sunday night. After weeks of teasing, Redoubt began erupting at approximately 10:38 p.m. March 22. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, Mt. Redoubt continued having eruptions over the course of the night and the total height of the eruption cloud is estimated to be 50,000 ft. Ash plumes are drifting north-northeast into the Susitna Valley according to the National Weather Service, with ash fall reported in Skwentna and the Chuitna area. UPD evacuated late night students and staff from all buildings outside of housing at around 1:00 a.m. last night as a precaution. Today campus remains open, operational and business as usual as it is not expected that Anchorage will experience much ash fall. For those traveling, Alaska Airlines has canceled 16 flights in and out of Anchorage to Bethel, Dead Horse, Kodiak, Nome, Kotzebue and Barrow. Flight cancellations can be tracked at For up to date information on Mt. Redoubt follow the volcano on Twitter:

USUAA resolution against Prop 1 fails to reach assembly floor

A resolution did not make it out of UAA student government committees

Icicle gives for a second time

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Marijuana tax revenue reaches $4.5 million for state of Alaska

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Farewell Physics Professor: Greg Parrish

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Pebble Mine debate continues

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Gender gap widens

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Senate Bill 17 would ban synthetic Marijuana

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Alaska to vote on salmon habitat protection measure

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ITS adopts new SPAM filter

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Professor’s poem draws fiery conflict

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Athletics aids athletes in coverage of surgery costs

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Booze and books

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Registration holds now temporary

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The eye that watches over us

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