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In the past year, The Northern Light has been through a lot of changes.
There were times when there was no executive or managing editor; times when writers had to put all hands on deck and design, take photos and draw graphics for the newspaper; and times when staffers were still working on the newspaper at 3 a.m.
October is the best month of the year. The trees turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange; pumpkin becomes a common ingredient used in coffee shops and restaurants; the mid-semester slump is tackled by students; and people herd themselves in costume shops looking for just the right costume to indulge in some childish (or […]
There are a lot of smells that could make a student living in on-campus housing not want to go home. A roommate’s funky culinary extravaganzas, incense that smells like a smoke shop and the overwhelming, wafting scent of a roomie’s cologne or perfume choice can be daunting for some. But there are two smells all […]
If you are a full-time student employed at UAA, you already know that students can’t work more than 20 hours in one week. That sentiment is understandable. Students working only 20 hours a week should, in theory, be better students because they have more time to study. But this is pre-recession thinking. A few years […]
The tuition increase proposed for the University of Alaska system is unwarranted. While most people can understand and appreciate the fact that the proposed 2 percent increase is the lowest in ten years, what can’t be understood is why the increase is necessary. Pat Gamble, University of Alaska President, is correct in saying that the […]
It’s the little things that make my eyes water and my stomach clench. Sweat beads on the brow of my lip at 10 a.m. The crunch of a flour tortilla as beans and homemade salsa gush into my mouth. Stetsons and ranchero boots galore. I miss gaudy turquoise jewelry on old women; seeing faded Selena […]
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. People’s shoes are clean, hair is done and breakfast has been eaten. This is the year assignments will be read before class, essays will be finished well in advance of […]
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, and when they do try we can’t help but snicker when they’re caught and punished. Because, let’s be honest, if we have to pay, then everyone else better bet themselves that […]
By this point in time, most people know that when someone e-mails or calls you on behalf of a Nigerian prince, he or she is either playing a bad practical joke, or it’s a scammer trying to get their hands on your hard-earned money. Unfortunately, some people are still falling for those things, as well […]
The Fourth of July — The very mention of the holiday conjures up images of the quintessential American dream: neighborhood barbeques set against a backdrop of sparkling fireworks, served up with a ice cold glass of freedom. Each year, Independence Day plays host to an outpouring of national pride as we come together to celebrate […]
Collard greens, barbecued chicken, peach cobbler — combine these soul foods and some blues or jazz music with a large group of people, and you’ve got a Juneteenth festival. For several years, UAA and Anchorage have hosted multiple Juneteenth celebrations the week of June 19, and after listening to live music and eating more food […]