Letter from the editor: A season of awareness

Managing Editor Kathryn DuFresne suggests readers check in with loved ones and be aware of available resources as the cold and dark of winter sets in

July 2017 message from USUAA President Alec Burris

While I can’t say that I have escaped getting sunburnt this summer, I can say that meaningful progress has been made to improve the...

Editorial: UAA fails to light dark paths

Being afraid of the dark is not a childhood fear — not in Alaska and not in any city.

Martin, Zimmerman and the media machine

The racist shot the drug dealer. If mass media is to be taken at its word, George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin assume different roles each day in the revolving door of a story being broadcast on every news outlet available for the past month.

‘Doing it for Duir’: What it means to be a leader

On April 6, 2013, likely the most wonderful person I've ever met was stabbed to death. He was a friend, a son, a brother...

Don’t cut the Alaska Performance Scholarhip

Dear Alaska State Legislators,Seven of my 16 staff are able to go to school because of the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Without it each of...

Apartheid Israel? Injustice for Palestine.

Editorial by Maria Lilly, [email protected] Students on campuses around the United States and around the world are finding themselves in the middle of a rhetorical struggle between...

Samantha Koenig: a tragic wake-up call

It seemed like a scene out of a movie: a pretty young woman working late, alone and probably without a care in the world — until out of nowhere a man takes her by gunpoint to an unknown location, probably never to be seen again.

Emotion tied to interpretation of history (corrected)

History is subjective.  Our university, like most, offers a history degree as part of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Many history professors would...

A lesson in ethics

Chances are we have all said something we wish would have never come out of our mouths. It happens to all of us. But...

New Seawolf mascot should have received student input

Athletic mascots represent not only a university sponsored sports team but also the students of the school they play for. In order to accurately represent the athletic team, the mascot should have some connection to the student body as well. The new design for the Seawolf mascot, Spirit, was unveiled at the 2008 Kendall Hockey Classic with mixed feelings.

UAA Confessions page is not a counseling service

Recently, a Facebook page entitled “UAA Confessions” appeared on the TNL Facebook wall asking us to “like” them. We did.

Elmore extension is a gift with glitches

Any UAA student who lives on the south side of Anchorage and commutes to or from school during rush hour has probably cursed the Tudor Road and Lake Otis Parkway intersection at least once (and let's not kid ourselves; we've all done it plenty of times). The Seward Highway is a better alternative only part of the time.

Inside MAC: more intoxication problems than other UAA housing

A week rarely goes by without multiple reports of alcohol-related incidents appearing in the "Police Scanner" of The Northern Light. Students being rowdy, getting alcohol poisoning or being escorted to hospitals has become a horrible and reprehensible epidemic in Main Apartment Complex housing.

The never-ending story of graduation

Dear departing seniors, as the semester draws to a close, so does the year — congratulations, you have done it! For many of you, the last few years have been the most different and difficult from anything you have ever known.

Patriotism with a dash of state pride

The Fourth of July — The very mention of the holiday conjures up images of the quintessential American dream: neighborhood barbeques set against a...

ABT ‘goofs’ its taxes, doesn’t get in trouble

Taxes are like American baseball — even if you don’t it, you can’t exactly get away from it. That doesn’t stop people from trying,...

Tanaina Child Development Center cut is a serious mistake

Universities across the country are aiming to create what UAA has already had for decades. Let’s not fall behind, but rather continue to lead. I...

Setting personal goals is the key to success

It’s happened to everyone. On the first day of class, backpacks are full of clean notebook paper, a half-dozen pens, and a multicolor tipped highlighter....

Team’s loss aside, Wild is off to a lousy start

The Alaska Wild played its first game last week. By the time they play their second game April 21, they will have their third coach in team history. Not exactly a sign of stability. Coach Keith Evans was hired in late January to be the coach of the Alaska Wild after it replaced Haywood Hill, who the team originally desired to be the head coach but never got around to actually hiring.

Occupy an idea

It’s painful to think the revolution of Generation Y will be remembered as a joke. It hurts to think that we will be remembered as jobless, homeless vagabonds who started the Occupy Wall Street movement a year ago Sept. 17.

Organic, Alaska-only milk is a future for Mat Maid

When the Alaska creamery board announced that they had shut down the Matanuska Maid dairy plant, mixed feelings came from Alaskans when Governor Sarah Palin dismissed the agricultural board and announced new members days later. This led to new faces in the creamery board and a reversal of the decision.

Anchorage Public Schools will suffer immensely in result of potential budget cuts

Editorial by Danielle Ackerman, [email protected] As a lifetime Alaskan who was educated only in public schools and married into a family full of educators, I feel an...

Student loyalty remains close to home

The University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus is small compared to the UAA campus, but to say that it is not equipped to properly...

With Obama in office, here’s hoping for more civil liberties

Under the Bush administration the phrase "illegal wiretapping" became a part of the American vernacular. Some Americans accepted this disgraceful act as a justifi able bi-product of Homeland Security, America's war against those nasty little terrorists while others proclaimed it to be a step toward full-blown fascism.

What accredidation means to students

As many students don’t know, UAA is just finishing up a lengthy reaccreditation process. The process is important because if all of the colleges...

A responsibility to the UAA community

It comes up every semester: Student organizations and UAA administrations are sometimes surprised and even upset to discover The Northern Light's mission does not include promoting the agenda of any UAA department or organization. It is an independent organization, over which they have no authority or influence.

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.

Student apathy hinders campus progress

For what may very well have been the first time ever, student leaders are making serious efforts to work together for the benefit of...

Develop sustainable habits to last a lifetime

The garbage can is a place most people visit several times a day. If it talked, it could be a person's best friend, because it's probably visited more than human friends. Have you ever thought about ways to reduce trips to the garbage? Most people have talked about the importance of making our world more sustainable.