Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

RED ZONE: Hello, my name is not ‘slut’!

In a perfect world, rape and sexual assault victims would not be associated with terms like “slut” and “whore” and “asking for it.” But then again, in a perfect world, rape would not be a problem we would be facing on a daily basis. The situation has gotten so bad that one in every four […]

Pat Gamble

Advice from UA President Pat Gamble

UA President Pat Gamble has some ideas for us to bear in mind: Take your college education seriously … it is the major portal to the rest of your life. Forget high school. This is the real world and it needs your undivided attention. Your high school lifestyle is over … let it go right […]


Developments in the Gaza Crisis

Earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry was involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, prior to their collapse. Amid increasing tensions, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri was quoted saying “the gates of hell will open” if Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wages a war on Gaza. Indeed, Gaza has attempted to unleash hell on Israel. […]

South Lot sprawl

Complaining about the parking situation at UAA is, well, low hanging fruit — but something has been hanging over my head about the state of asphalt in the UAA South Parking Lot. The construction site for the new engineering building is swallowing up the South Parking Lot with chain link fence that seems to inch […]

Is four years realistic?

How many years does it take to get a degree? Ask UAA’s marketing department, and they’ll tell you to stay on track and get it done in four. That’s what all of the advertisements across campus and on the Seawolf Shuttles say. That’s what I was expecting when I graduated from high school and looked […]

Funny River Fire

Hot Topic: Funny River Fire

HOT TOPIC: What effects do you think the Funny River Wildfire has in store for Alaska? Name: Lyle Moore-Krol Majors: Biology and German “I don’t think it’s reached any danger for humans, but it’s decimated the wildlife on the peninsula.”   Name: Cody Bates Majors: Marketing and Economics “Maybe it’ll raise awareness for wildfires. That’d […]


A fond farewell

Congratulations! Well done! Whether this is your first year, your last, or somewhere in between; you made it!  The year is over and the long awaited break has gloriously arrived at last. I, like most other students, have sighed in relief and anxiously await whatever new adventures come with this summer. It wasn’t an easy […]

‘That is why you fail’

It is many arduous weeks into Luke’s training with Yoda on the swamp planet of Dagobah. As Luke continues his training, his concentration is lost when his X-Wing sinks deeper into the swamp. Luke is distraught — he’ll never get off this planet now! “So certain are you,” Yoda says. He tries to convince Luke […]


A New Hope

What an interesting year it’s been! It’s been stressful and crazy, wonderful and terrible all at the same time, and then some. But with all the different adjectives we could use to describe the year, we can all definitely say one thing: we are all glad its over! The end of a school year is […]

The last hurrah before the end

I’m a master of procrastination. I’ve somehow justified not cleaning my room for the past two weeks by the fact that I’m moving out soon anyway, and all of my coursework is routinely delegated to Future-Me as a matter of convenience. I actually sat down to write this column and somehow accidentally created a quasi-inspirational […]

It’s Like Ground Hogs Day: USUAA Election reflective of misinformed objectives

The spring USUAA elections are the political Mecca of the UAA community. Every year, USUAA presidential hopefuls rove around campus spewing inspirational language to secure votes and support for their campaign. Beware, because the things we want to see changed already have a bureaucratic process in place. On April 8 and 9, UAA students will […]

Looking Ahead to Summer

Some weeks are created better than others. Sometimes life decides to run at you, screaming and flailing like a bad Jackie Chan impersonator and junk-punches you into oblivion. It’s been one of those weeks when enough has gone wrong that I just had to laugh when a passing car hit a puddle and soaked me […]

Calvin Henry


Bearing arms is an AK state right By Calvin Henry The hysteria raised by the firearms debate makes logically arguing the subject a very challenging and elusive task. It is hard to find factual data regarding how many people are killed every year due to firearms. Finding such data is heavily biased, depending on who […]


Guns on Campus: Let’s Aim for the Right Target

Recently chided by a well-meaning citizen for not arguing against SB176 (I had, in fact, declared clearly to the Senate Judiciary Committee that, as written then and now, the University of Alaska Board of Regents would not support the bill, but no matter), I asked myself: “Argue against what?”

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