Students get say in how they read

For the first time, the Consortium Library is conducting a LibQual survey to learn what students want and expect of library services. First tested at Texas A&M, LibQUAL is a nationally accredited survey created by the Association of Research Libraries. The survey will include students, faculty and staff at both the UAA and APU campuses.

Empty Spaces: New parking lacks cars

Within walking distance of UAA, there can be found 160 empty parking spaces. Last week the university opened up the Piper Parking Lot just across 36th Street on Piper Street. The new parking lot is located on what is now being called "South Campus." This is where construction has just begun on the new Health Services building, slated to open next year.

Senator a felon in D.C., hero in Alaska

After a 35-day trial and a conviction of seven felony accounts, Senator Ted Stevens returned to Anchorage optimistic. Approximately 300 supporters greeted the senator in the Pen Air hanger at the Ted Stevens International Airport, chanting, "We love you, Uncle Ted.

News Briefs

A last push to deregulate The Bush administration is working hard to enact a wide array of federal regulations before a new administration takes over in January and while Congress is not in session to veto. The regulations would weaken government rules that currently protect consumers and the environment.

Staewide Briefs

New ethics complaint filed against Palin With Troopergate barely behind her, Governor Sarah Palin faces yet another abuse of power charge. The complaint alleges that Palin used her official position as governor for personal gain, violating a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

Nationwide Briefs

Pipeline Burst at Prudhoe Two BP well pads producing 5,000 barrels of oil per day were forced to shut down last week, when a pressurized gas pipeline blew apart. Investigators found that corrosion had attacked the outside surface of the above-ground pipe at the point where insulation jackets were missing.

UAA endowment fund troubled by frozen investments

Ongoing turbulence in the stock market is affecting how much money the University of Alaska system will receive from its endowment fund, according to fund managers. Jim Lynch, assistant vice president for finance at the UA Foundation - which manages and invests the endowment fund - told The Northern Light that the steady drop in the stock market is taking a bite out of the fund's $250 million value.

Hooper Bay students adjust to city life

Imagine waking up with no real concern for what time it is, no alarm blaring from across the room, no rush to find keys or get to campus in time to find parking. For many of the students who run across campus several times a day, consuming multiple cups of coffee or cans of energy drinks along the way, such a concept is inconceivable.

Military students find education challenges come with deployment

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wage on, members of the military who are also enrolled at UAA may find more complications with their coursework than the average student. Deployment can certainly be a big hindrance. UAA's Military Programs is one way in which military students can find out what they need to do in order to continue their college education during deployment.

Age, Gender, Politics: New Bethel mayor tackles all

The women's liberation movement (WLM) that shook up the Lower 48 during the 1960s had little impact on the state of Alaska. Yet somehow, women have been smashing Alaska's glass ceiling in such numbers that it would seem the WLM started here. Powerful positions of corporations and state are filling up with women, in a state where they are still the minority.

Nationwide Briefs

A Uranium Rush strikes the Grand Canyon Due to a renewed interest in nuclear power, uranium claims surrounding the Grand Canyon have skyrocketed. According to the Department of the Interior, uranium claims are now over 1,000 - just five year ago there were ten.

UA Statewide Briefs

Beluga's get another chance When the federal government placed the beluga whale on the endangered species list last week, it spurred criticism from both sides of the aisle. "This endangered listing could result in hugely expensive new requirements to Anchorage's wastewater treatment, which the EPA has long determined do not affect belugas," Mark Begich, Anchorage mayor, said in a written statement.

UAA Hosts Alaska’s Statehood Celebration

There's nothing like getting ahead of yourself for the holiday season. UAA understands the pressure that accompanies the winter celebrations, so to ease the stress for students and faculty alike, they declared last week "Alaska Week" - the celebration of Alaska's 50 years of statehood.

Rape is high in Alaska, but low at UAA

With the state of Alaska holding the rank of having the highest incidents of rape per capita in the nation, it would make sense that at UAA, the largest university in the UA system, the issue of sexual assault is of great concern on campus. According to this year's annual safety report, only one sexual assault on the UAA campus was reported.

Flailing markets prompt student’s fear for future aid

The constant stream of bad news that has come from Wall Street and Washington over the past few months has many students worried about how the economic crisis will affect them. Ted Malone, director of student financial aid at UAA, said he has had many students calling, asking if their loans are still there.

What did they mean?

Joe: Who's Joe? By slang definition Joe's an average guy. Joe Sixpack is a pejorative expression that implies a lower-class citizen. Joe the Plumber is a real person, but he's not really a plumber. Ayres: During the final hours of this election campaign, Dr.

News Briefs

Report finds governor abused power In a report released Friday by prosecutor Steve Branchflower, Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power by pushing for the firing of state trooper, Michael Wooten. Wooten is the ex-husband to Palin's sister. Subsequently, the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan was fired after several attempts to stonewall him into dismissing Wooten.

LGBT Alaskans still face discrimination says survey

Many of Alaska's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents still live in fear of discrimination, according to a recent report released by the American Civil Liberties Union. According to a survey the ACLU conducted, 28 percent of respondents said discrimination and lack of equal rights are the largest problems Alaska's LGBT community is facing right now.

American Russian Center set to close this December

After 15 years of serving UAA, the American Russian Center is slated to close its doors this December. ARC was started in 1993, the result of a federal grant created to befriend Russia and in essence acknowledge the end of the Cold War by promoting elements of democracy in an otherwise communist country.

New appointment to USUAA comes with hard questions

In what some are calling a controversial nomination, last Friday USUAA Student Government appointed freshman Brian Haerer, a criminal justice major, to the Senate in a 15-3 vote with one vote abstaining. Because of Haerer's upcoming pledge with the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon, many members of the assembly expressed concern that his relationship with the club was a conflict of interest.

SKELETON RACE: Adrenaline and ice

Former TNL editor and reporter, Michelle Bartleman Loscher has a relatively typicalresume: UAA Alumni; ex-track sprinter, rugby player, and gymnast; to date: Skeleton Racer...? What is Skeleton racing? Skeleton racing is a combination of breakneck speeds and intense turns, while lying flat on a toboggan-like sled cruising head-first down a track.

News Briefs

Solar design and homebuilding workshops target energy costs Upcoming workshops offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer ideas and techniques to help residents lower their home energy bills. Learn how to tap into the sun's energy at a solar design workshop offered Saturday by Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert.

Foster youths speak out, demand resources

On Oct. 30, approximately 25 people congregated on a cool sunny afternoon at the corner of 4th and Cordova. It looked like a political protest, but rather than supporting or putting down candidates, the attendees were holding signs and banners with slogans to promote visibility and instigate a social dialogue regarding foster youths in Alaska, a group of people underrepresented and often overlooked.

Abortion discussion comes to the table

For the second time in one year, UAA club Students for Life put on display their controversial images titled "Genocide Awareness Project". The images entailed large graphic pictures of what are meant to portray aborted fetuses, wars, and genocide. "We really want people to think seriously about the ramifications of abortion," SFL media director Gretchen Leaa said.

University sponsors forum of concerned young Alaskans

This past weekend, hundred of young people convened at the new Dena'ina Convention Center to discuss topics related to Alaska's past, present, and future and what role they will play. Approximately 400 young people took part in the video teleconference from locations across the state including: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Nome, Dillingham, Homer, and Kodiak.

Board of Regents approve tuition hike for 2010

It should come as no surprise to University of Alaska students that the board of regents approved an increase in tuition for the fall of 2010. Students can take comfort in the fact that the university system is still ranked ninth out of 15 Western states for tuition costs for four-year universities according to Saichi Oba, UA assistant vice president for students services and enrollment management.

Housing residents lead discussion on sex education

A group of students sat clustered in the cozy recreation room of East Hall Sept. 25 night, clad in pajamas and munching on caramel popcorn. Jokes and laughter filled the air as the documentary of the night began, but soon the room was eerily quiet as the movie played.

Presidential debate draws crowd

Room 101 in Rasmuson Hall was filled to the brim with students, faculty and visitors, all eagerly awaiting the presidential debate on Sept. 26. "I hope it will be an opportunity for discussion," said Steve Johnson, director of the UAA Debate team, who organized the viewing.

Hernandez becomes USUAA vice president

On Sept. 26, USUAA president Karl Wing announced Senator Michaela Hernandez as his selection for vice president. "I selected Michaela Hernandez because she is a member of the UAA debate team as well as many other student organizations including the residents hall association," Wing said.

News Briefs

UA Legislative Internship Program deadline nears The application deadline for the Alaska Universities Legislative Internship Program, beginning January 2009, is Thursday, October 2 at noon. For application packets and information, please contact the UAA Coordinator, Patrick Cunningham, School of Social Work, 106 Gordon Hartlieb Hall.