Last Tuesday morning it seemed the enthusiastic crowds gathered in the Washington Mall had extended all the way to Anchorage. Nearly 1,000 people politely, and with big smiles, filed into the Wendy Williamson Auditorium to watch the live telecast of President Barack H.
Starting this week, a new voice over alert system will be put in place to notify students and staff of an emergency on campus. All active CISCO IP phones will now be equipped with Burbee, a computer server system that will alert individuals by sending a voice message out over the phone speaker, University Police Chief Dale Pittman said.
If UAA students think they have paid their semester fee in full, they might want to check again. A billing error has left many student accounts with a $5 charge even if the rest of their account has been paid, due to a mistake in not charging the increased Concert Board fee.
A week before the presidential inauguration, an e-mail endorsed by both Barack and Michelle Obama hit the inbox of millions of Americans. Titled "Renew America," the email called on everyone to step up to volunteerism on Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and in King's honor declare the day a National Day of Service.
What seems to be a genuine effort to assist those in need may just be a thinly veiled bureaucracy. The Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services is currently doing a big push to promote the human papillomavirus vaccination for young girls. DHHS is offering the vaccination Girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 26 are recommended to vaccinate themselves against HPV.
Last week Governor Sarah Palin announced that the State of Alaska fi led a notice of intent to sue over the federal government's decision to list the Cook Inlet beluga whales as endangered. The governor's announcement caused many scientists and wildlife protection groups to quickly criticize her decision.
Most people in South Central Alaska have known the circus to be an annual state fair event stock with ringmaster, elephants, horses, candy, and a big striped tent, but it's not the only circus in town. The space at the state fair for Circus Borealis, recently sold to Motocross, and local circus entertainment has fallen upon a motley group of underground performers, working in some way to keep an aspect of the circus art and lifestyle alive.
With most of the world's countries in or on the brink of war, it may seem like any chance of world peace has been put on the back burner. One man, however, is being highly sought-after by both the media and the public for his message of peace. It is the same message his father and his father's father have been teaching for nearly a century.
Relief from schoolwork came early this semester when unexpectedly warm weather forced UAA officials to close school for two days in a row last week due to poor road conditions. UPD Chief Dale Pittman said that despite few classes in session, school was reopened on Friday, with the road conditions considerably better than the day before.
For one Alaskan, the month of January is not just the start of a new year, but the beginning of new possibilities. UAA student Stephanie Jeffers, a 23-year-old theater major, is the state's 50th Miss Alaska, and in the last week of the month, she will be in Las Vegas for the 78th annual Miss America Pageant.
The past holiday season proved to be a cold and dense one, however, one man with a mission didn't falter. With help from his community and donations from across the city, he sought to feed those who were hungry. Many children were fed despite tight funds due to the economic drudge.
A new bill looking to be sent before the legislature this year hopes to improve the lives of Alaska's Foster Care youth. Sen. Les Gara, alumnus of the state's foster care system is currently working with Sen. Betty Davis to create a comprehensive foster care bill.
For many students, their years spent in college are about trying new ideas and new identities and sometimes this entails illegal activities such as smoking marijuana. This entails risk and consequences. For students residing on campus, the risk is escalated - it can mean expulsion.
UAA Campus Closure: The Anchorage, Eagle River, Elmendorf and Fort Richardson campuses are closed Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 due to icy road conditions. Students, faculty and staff will not need to travel to campus for work or classes today. The Anchorage School District has also closed for the day.
UAA remains closed today, for the second day in a row, due poor road conditions caused by unseasonably warm weather. It is currently unknown if campus facilities will be reopen tomorrow. Despite main roads in Anchorage being mostly clear today, much of UAA's perimeter roads and parking lots are still hazardous according to University Police Chief Dale Pittman.
Panel nixes Palin pay increase A state commission has reversed it recommendation to grant a pay raise to Gov. Sarah Palin, but the panel is still pushing for a $15,000 average raise for state legislators. The State Offi cers Compensation Commission had earlier recommended salary increases for Palin, top state department heads and lawmakers.
Prop 8 protests rage on In Sacramento, Calif., the largest crowd yet gathered at the State Capitol for the fi fth day in a row protesting the recent rulings of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 has brought together over 5,000 activists who have gathered in front of the Capitol to protest the rulings and to voice their anger for the ruling.
Every January, as 20 senators and 40 House Representatives return to session in Juneau, approximately 20 college students are right at their heels. Colleges and universities around the state send several student members every year to meet with legislators and lobbyists to voice their concerns about various issues.
Proposed new sports arena gets a correction In November, TNL reported that a $65 million proposal for a new sports arena at UAA was included in the Board of Regents' proposed capital budget. It was sent on to Gov. Sarah Palin and is awaiting her approval before it is sent to the legislature.
Despite the dire state of the U.S. economy, gun stores around the nation have been reporting record sales since Barack Obama won the bid for for the presidency. Many attribute the massive increase of gun sales to the National Rifl e Association. During the presidential campaign, the NRA started a multimillion-dollar advertising binge that entailed television ads and mass mailings.
In an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, leaders from all over the world, including one from Alaska, gathered to discuss different strategies. Kate Troll, executive director of Alaska Conservation Alliance, was invited to attend the Global Climate Summit in California last November.
This year's Fall Enrollment Report is out, and numbers show that despite the fact that there are more men than women in Anchorage, women are making up about 60 percent of UAA's student body. This is on par with the rest of the nation, where across the board there are more women than men enrolling in and graduating from secondary education.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a problem all over the nation, but the incidence of FAS in Alaska is 30 percent higher than the national average. According to a survey released in 2002, conducted by the Center for Disease Control, the state of Alaska had approximately 45 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder births per 30,284 live births between 1995 and 1997.
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.
The UAA campus could soon be considered a safer place at night. That is if three students have their wish granted. Resident Life student employees Brittany Richards, Robert Tran and Brionne Elkins are the motor behind the motion to do just that. According to Elkins, the three of them had started brainstorming about what could make campus housing more secure after noticing the trend of break-ins in the parking lots around campus.
Just off West International Airport Road is a small recently leased office with more than a dozen empty desks inside and an air of secrecy all around it. This is the home of what will soon become the central hub for the 2010 census headcount. Within the month, every desk at the Anchorage Census Office will be full and 2,000 to 3,000 employees will be responsible for getting as accurate a count of Alaskans and their specifics as possible.
A week after the presidential elections, students might have noticed ballot boxes and polling stations around the UAA Campus. Unbeknownst to many, four students were running for USUAA Student Government positions. "There were two senators running. and there were two students for Concert Board," said USUAA president Karl Wing.
The Well's Fargo Sports Complex hosts numerous sporting events, but as UAA grows, many are finding it too small to house events, training and recreation comfortably. The complex was built more than 30 years ago and was not designed to accommodate Division I and Division II athletics, let alone the number of students and alumni that make use of the facilities.
There is no secret about it, the economy is in a tailspin. In the month of October, the nation hit a sobering new record of 10.1 million people without work. The national unemployment rate is at a 14-year high of 6.5 percent. And in Alaska that amount is just a little higher at 6.
Last November, unbeknownst to most Russians, approximately 70 American students and expatriots gathered in a small American-run bar to celebrate the curious tradition of Thanksgiving dinner and football. Everyone showed up eager to find a morsel of holiday familiarity.