The artists have not left Anchorage

The MTS Gallery is closing its doors after five years of operation. The gallery was the stomping ground of many local artists. A spot where creative minds could mingle, contemplate both art and current issues, as well as entertain. In other words, it was a community fixture, and it is now being demolished. Located in one of Anchorage’s oldest neighborhoods, the Mountain View gallery’s closing party aptly titled “The Artists Have Left the Building,” showcased that the artistic space was capable of bringing people together. MTS Gallery was not unsuccessful.

Journalists for the busy modern students

Journalism should amplify the conversations that people are already having.  At The Northern Light, that’s what we try to do. Journalists often report on what...

Americans have forgotten what it is like to demand their freedom

On Thanksgiving morning 2004, I walked through Hallandale Beach, Florida, at two in the morning. The Dixie Highway was devoid of traffic, and the...

No love allowed in daycare facilities

Over the years childcare rules and regulations have changed immensely. Some for the better, and now some are for the worse. Research shows that children who...

Americans’ right to defend not a casual privilege

Arizona is considering legislation that would further loosen gun laws in favor of the Second Amendment. Among the provisions is one that is already in place at UAA: the right for students to have a gun on campus as long as it remains locked in their vehicle. While Arizona contemplates catching up to the great state of Alaska, the real question is: are they going far enough? Having guns in locked vehicles helps, but it does not go far enough in increasing student’s safety. Anyone opposed to the open interpretation of the Second Amendment has heard the following arguments before.

Before tragedy finds you, seize the day

In the wake of a tragedy, people sometimes stop to reflect on their lives and think about the things that they could have done...

Raising age of compulsory education is unhelpful

U.S. colleges are the best in the world because they treat their students with respect. To a greater degree than high school, college centers...

Abortion legislation gains momentum nation-wide

There are few issues more combustible than abortion.  Disagreements on fiscal policy or healthcare have entirely different consequences than do disagreements on abortion.  Abortion...

Revolution gets an image update in Northeastern Africa

At least once every generation something profound happens that changes the tide of history. And by profound I mean even those of us nose...

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...

Old politics holds new generation hostage

There is this idea that America has somehow lost some of its magic. There is this idea out there, put out by both sides of...

MLK day should be passed with reverence

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream: an end to discrimination and racial equality for all Americans. The prominent activist’s famous 17-minute speech was...

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...

Election Season is over, results are far from conclusive

Even though election season is over, the battle for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat has seemingly only just begun. After the Tuesday-night madness that is Election...

Attack campaigns not good for anyone

In the gubernatorial candidates’ final debate before the general election, Governor and Republican candidate Sean Parnell brought up a very good topic for discussion...

Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the press is a liberty all aspiring reporters stand behind. We—journalists—do not approve of any form of censorship that hampers the dissemination...

Vote in favor of the equal media fee split

As you all know, or should know, each student pays a hefty amount of student fees every semester. If you look closely at your bill,...

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...

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...

Students pay for the cost of the student newspaper through tution

Students walking through the halls pass stands containing copies of The Northern Light. It is not an uncommon sight. Many students do not bother...

UAA summer dining options needed

School has started and people have begun flooding back to campus. After summer when the Student Union tends to be a ghost town, it...

When dreams of a perfect semester fall short, plan to recover during finals

A lot can change over the course of a semester. In August, many students come into the school year with big plans about how...

Students should be involved on campus

UAA, and the rest of the University of Alaska campuses for that matter, are viewed in a negative light, which is unfair. A lot of...

Express UAA’s needs to new UA president

A changing of the guard has taken place at the University of Alaska. As has been reported on extensively since former-President Mark Hamilton announced...

Student body actually has a pulse, finally responding to Regents’ actions

After what has seemed like years of apathy, UAA students finally seem to care about something. Sure, there are always the few vocal students...

Restoring felons’ voting right questioned

Voting is a right, not a privilege; it is a privilege that can be suspended, or even revoked in the event that a person...

Gov. Parnell needs our support for the proposed performance scholarship

Governor Parnell’s proposed performance scholarship is in danger of being shot down by the Legislature. This is bad news for both Alaska’s youth as well...

Proposed bike plan needs our support

Both citizens and assembly members are pushing for a new bike plan to be instituted in Anchorage. This new bike plan could potentially introduce numerous...

New president needs to be sure to think like an academic for the good...

The search for a new president for the University of Alaska has come to an end. The Board of Regents have chosen Patrick Gamble to...