Black History Month has been a topic of great debate as this year’s celebrations quickly approach. Individuals appear to be of two minds when it comes to the celebration of Black History Month. Some say that Black history accounts for way too much of American history to be confined to just one month, while others […]
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“Negro History Week” was conceived in 1926, and within the past eight generations, this single week has grown to a month-long international celebration, focusing on Africans throughout the diaspora. Somehow, all of the progressive ideas stalled out in the 1970s, and many communities are still drinking the same Kool-Aid, still telling and doing the same […]
Each and every year for seven days straight, we listen to speakers, read passages and watch films about the life and efforts of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We are reminded of the civil rights movement, nonviolent protest and King’s dream for a better society. In many respects, his dream and model for action has been realized for our society, but what about on the individual level? How can his life’s teachings be applied to conflicts in our personal and daily lives? What does nonviolence mean when you want peace to carry on and fulfill your dream?
You planned ahead, registered early, and have the perfect schedule for the next semester. You get through finals, relax during the break and have less than a week before the new semester begins. Then it comes without warning, that email that every student dreads: class canceled.
Last year a group of balloters from the Alaska Needs a Raise (ANR) campaign sought to get a minimum wage increase onto the ballot. In late June 2013 they received the okay to go ahead from Alaska Lt. Gov. Meade Treadwell, permitting them to collect the required 31,169 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
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Have you ever thought about the Board that sets the amount of money you get every year as a Dividend? Please check the website Alaska Permanent Fund Board Confirmation Committee. Why should APFB that is currently only a gubernatorial appointment be confirmed by Alaska Legislature? There are those who will tell you that confirmation will politicize the board.
Some have asked us why we’re doing this. Why are we in support of a smoke-free UAA? All of us on the UAA Smoke-Free Task Force have been affected by smoking. We’ve watched family and friends struggle to quit. Some of us have watched loved ones die. It is because of them we’re doing this.
UAA is a vibrant and diverse campus that people of all races, creeds, belief systems and, yes, habits call home. A blanket ban on smokers will undermine the policy of inclusiveness the university has put so much emphasis on.
It feels like yesterday that fall classes started. And yet here we are, already past midterms, and many of us are close to choosing classes for the spring semester. Those who are lucky enough to be graduating this fall no longer have to feel the stress of carefully selecting classes to ensure a timely graduation. But for those that have time left, they will soon feel the pressure of figuring out their destiny for the upcoming semester.
Midst the talk of Ordinance 37, Peter Goldberg, chairman of the state Republican Party, made a comment to Anchorage Assemblyman Bill Starr stating that he didn’t think Anchorage police and fire jobs are dangerous. The comment started a Facebook frenzy.