Category: Letter from the Editor

April 28, 2016 Kelly Ireland

It was August of 2013 and I received a copy of the Freshmen Edition of The Northern Light newspaper at my home address in Eagle River. Skimming the paper, I saw an ad for the position of Arts and Entertainment Editor and immediately applied. Three years later, a promotion to Executive Editor, and many memories…

February 18, 2015 Kelly Ireland

With the recent release of the prioritization report plans for an expanded Seawolf Hockey area in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex has been announced. The current plans will account for the loss of about 15% of the student recreation areas. When does the cutting of student facilities end?

With the building of the Alaska Airlines Center students were promised a workout facility and really only got a cardio room out of the deal. Students were optimistic though that the space at least added something but, then the workout facilities at the Gorsuch Commons were taken out, further reducing the space available to students to work out. And now to top it all off the Wells Fargo Sports Complex workout facility for students is being cut short again by UAA athletics.

And for what? New locker rooms, a players’ lounge (with a kitchen, fireplace and bar), a training facility, a multipurpose room, a coaches’ locker room and hydrotherapy room. And for who? Not for the students that’s for sure. It’s all for the Seawolf hockey program.

The question remains who does UAA administration really care about, the students who are breaking the bank to try to get a higher education or their precious athletic program? That’s not to say that athletics aren’t important, but UAA needs to put a higher value on ALL student needs, not just the needs of the athletic program.

January 14, 2014 Ashley Snyder

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.

October 29, 2013 Ashley Snyder

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.

Just this past Monday, the schedule for all spring 2014 classes was available for viewing on UAOnline. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look, sooner than later is best. Whether you are a senior with priority registration or an undeclared freshman, every student should still have a good idea of what classes he or she need to register for. So many people fall into a very deep hole when they wait until the last minute — not only to look at what classes they need to take, but also to even register in general.

Even if you are not a fan of the “Finish in 4” campaign, don’t you still want to finish in a reasonable amount of time? College life is fun for the first few years, but after a while, all you want to do is be done and over with it.

Senioritis hits before you even become a senior. So why make it worse by neglecting to schedule your classes out?

You could end up as a senior with only one class left to take, but that class isn’t offered in that semester. Then you would be stuck here for another semester to finish one class. Some students who do that don’t want to stick around for one class and end up dropping out of college — pretty much throwing away what they have worked for. While all of this may seem dramatic, it is true and can be seen every semester.

So make a plan, look online, check out the classes and figure out what you want to take — and more importantly, what you need to take. To help you out, here are the registration opening dates.

November 8 – Admitted graduate students
November 11 – Admitted seniors (90+ credits)
November 12 – Admitted juniors ( 60-89 credits)
November 13 – Admitted sophomores (30-59 credits
November 14 – Admitted freshman (0-29 credits)
November 25 – Open registration