Play nice at local music events

Close-mindedness rears its ugly head far too often at local music shows. I’ve seen it frequently: the new-age mistress mocking the punk; the metalhead...

Letters to the Editor

Statewide system in need of major change As a UAA alumnus, I have never been so disgusted with the UA statewide system ("Maimon leaves UAA for Governors State University," Feb. 20). They need to get a grip and realize that UAA is a growing university that deserves the resources and funding to grow and blossom.

Say “no” to the blow

I will not give a man a blowjob. Whew. That’s over with. I said it. It’s taken me six and a half years to feel comfortable saying that aloud.

Reefer Madness

It is hilariously funny that the legislature is considering wasting our tax money trying to recriminalize marijuana at a time that Canada and Great...

And now, a world from our sponsors

After a tense period of negotiations, official spokesperson announced today that the Jell-O Corporation has attained exclusive sponsorship rights to the planet earth. "We believe...

Students shouldn’t pay for mismanagement

Money makes the world go 'round. We know this. So when it came time to up the ante for on-campus parking, we knew the...

Letter to the Editor: Thank athletes for taking a knee

To the Editor: This letter is to commend the athletes who take a knee during the national anthem.  They are rising above the sewage of...

Moving on: A team effort

It was August of 2013 and I received a copy of the Freshmen Edition of The Northern Light newspaper at my home address in...

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{Your Perspective}

Unbearable review of Orso OK, so Mikey doesn't like it! Orso's fabulous d?cor does not fit to everyone's tastes, but those walls are...

The state of The Northern Light

It’s amazing how fast a year can pass. Last August, I sat at this desk for the first time as the editor of The Northern...

Mike McQuillan’s response

Part of my job is to be thick-skinned, and I consider these three letters to be fan mail. I appreciate readers who...

Just give us some truth

Just scrap everything. Crumple up what you’ve got so far, throw it in the wastepaper basket and start over. If you’re the producers of “Batman...

Qaddafi’s death shines light on Obama’s foreign policy

After last week’s news of Libyan Dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi’s death, people struggled to find meaning in Colonel’s demise.  Besides the question of what comes...

What we do and what it takes

This week I will answer the questions I get asked the most. I'll start with my favorite one. Is the University Police Department a...

Letter To The Editor

In both the Sept. 8 and Sept. 20 issues of The Northern Light, the paper has run an Op-Ed by “TNL Staff” displaying an...

One question. One answer.

I wish people would stop trying to be good Christians. How many times have you heard this: "I'm trying to be a good Christian, so I'm...

Journalistic standards apply to entire business

Even though the student body didn't care enough about The Northern Light to support the media fee restructure last month, some students have had...

Student body president endorses two candidates

Trevor Fulton and Megan Smith are dedicated student leaders and I would encourage you to show your support for them this week by voting...

August 2017 Message from Student Body President Alec Burris

Dear Seawolves, There is no better indication that the fall semester has begun at UAA than the thousand-fold increase in students in the Student Union...

‘Not enough money’ is a poor excuse for tuition hikes

The tuition increase proposed for the University of Alaska system is unwarranted. While most people can understand and appreciate the fact that the proposed...

Bad girls ruin good boys

Hello ladies. Recently, I heard a woman say, “There aren't any good men left. They are either taken, or gay.” Well that's not entirely...

Voice of the students still subject to University procedures

The campus newspaper operates with student fees, ad revenue and with the blessings of UAA, which provides office space. When everything is running smoothly the paper is written during the week, produced over the weekend, printed on Monday, and distributed on Tuesday.

Making the most of useless gifts

It's that time of the year when normally rational people drag dead trees into their homes and decorate them with ornaments, tinsel...

USUAA works hard, but not nearly hard enough to deserve student...

Arguably, for the first time in recent history, USUAA put on a dance that was worth attending. The homecoming dance that was held on Oct. 3 was undoubtedly a success. The event was a sell out - with students lined up outside the Alaska Native Heritage Center, waiting to get into the dance the USUAA was responsible for hosting.

Balancing our industry and our animals

These days mankind seems to lose sight of the future and only think of ways to make a quick buck. Instead of that limited approach, we should be focusing on the longevity of our planet and how we’re going to keep our grandchildren fed.

Student government representatives don’t represent

If you've spent any time at all on campus the last several weeks, you've probably noticed the abundance of campaigning posters for USUAA president covering bulletin boards, all of them promising something - better leadership, an improved parking situation, lower tuition or just a change in general.

With more civility and public input, government could be more efficient

People do not expect their governing bodies to be models of efficiency, but the people do expect government to get things done. Unfortunately, things are...

Green Fee: It’s your money, spend it

Our voice was heard. The student body collectively decided to add $3 to student fees for those taking three or more credit hours in the November 2011 general election at UAA.

Technology not the cause of job loss

Technology took our jobs! That is, according to Douglas Rushkoff, who declared in his article Are Jobs Obsolete? featured on CNN that, “New technologies...