Letter from the Chancellor: A response to the listening session

From the moment I learned that the programs for initial licensure within the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Education did not meet accreditation...

Everyone Deserves a Home

From graduate student Mariah Seater, Young Alaskans for Anti-Poverty Initiatives (YAAPI). Thousands of low-income working families in Alaska struggle because of our affordable housing...

Teaching, learning and listening: An open letter to the Chancellor of UAA

Many of us have been there. You are one night or even mere seconds away from a presentation you know people are expecting. But...

Letter to the Editor: UAA is for education, not athletics

People attend UAA for education, not athletics.  The senselessness of competitive sports is responsible for so many broken dreams, broken bodies, broken lives. Yet...

Letter to the Editor: PTAB should reconsider

Dear Public Transit Advisory Board,   Over the last several months, the city of Anchorage has seen many changes to daily life. One such change is...

Faculty Senate Represents UAA Mission and Values

From Scott Downing, Associate Professor of English The UAA Faculty Senate Executive Board appreciates the opportunity to address the op-ed article “UAA Faculty Senate Needs...
Wells Fargo Pool

A case for the WFSC swimming pool

I urge the UAA administration to maintain the swimming pool in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. There are too few pools in a city...
The new DSS location

Letter to the Editor: The new and improved home of Disability Support Services

From Kim Bustillos UAA Disability Support Services is moving!  But not far. In fact, DSS is staying in the same building: the Rasmuson Hall. The exciting...

Letter To The Editor: 1 in 8 is too many

From graduate student Mariah Seater, Young Alaskans for Anti-Poverty Initiatives. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...

No complaints

By Keon Hee Jang Keon Hee Jang is a civil engineering student at UAA and a Resource Assistant at the Student Union Info Desk. Students can’t complain...

Accessible Wayfinding and Campus Navigation System comes to UAA

By Katherine Irwin Katherine Irwin is a senior at UAA, majoring in Journalism & Public Communications with a minor in art. Irwin also works at the...

Autocrats before Theocrats: The Case for Supporting Bashar al-Assad

By Ben Edwards When the Arab Spring kicked off in 2010, President Obama was caught off guard. What followed was a haphazard scramble of inconsistent...

Letter to the Editor: Why We Are Voting “No” on Proposition 1

By Ben Edwards and Suzanne Snyder Many arguments have been presented as to why Prop 1 should be rejected, but there is one important argument missing:...

February 2018 from Student Body President Alec Burris

Resolution #18-06: Regarding the Alaska Performance Scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant

The concept of race is cultural, not scientific

The concept of race — that physical features determine intelligence, ability, character — does not exist in science.  The mapping of human DNA shows that there...

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...

Letter to the Editor: ‘Diversity is an institutional responsibility’

I hate to say it, but I feel compelled to say it anyway.  Bigotry, racism, hatred, and many other “isms” are alive in the...

Letter to the Editor: ‘DREAMers deserve the same opportunities as me’

My brother and I didn’t choose to become Alaskans. He legally emigrated with my parents from the Philippines before he turned five years old,...

Guns on Campus: Let’s Aim for the Right Target

Recently chided by a well-meaning citizen for not arguing against SB176 (I had, in fact, declared clearly to the Senate Judiciary Committee that, as written then and now, the University of Alaska Board of Regents would not support the bill, but no matter), I asked myself: “Argue against what?”

What I’m thankful for

Working at UAA since 1986 has been an amazing experience. Most of our students weren’t even born when I started here. I’m thankful for UAA, what its achieved, and what it has in its future.

Confirmation by AK Legislature of AK PFD Board

Have you ever thought about the Board that sets the amount of money you get every year as a Dividend? Please check the website Alaska Permanent Fund Board Confirmation Committee. Why should APFB that is currently only a gubernatorial appointment be confirmed by Alaska Legislature? There are those who will tell you that confirmation will politicize the board.

Tobacco has no place on any campus

In general, I do agree that UAA, as well as all colleges and universities, should become tobacco-free campus-wide. This tobacco ban should also include electronic cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco.

Why UAA should go smoke-free

Some have asked us why we’re doing this. Why are we in support of a smoke-free UAA? All of us on the UAA Smoke-Free Task Force have been affected by smoking. We’ve watched family and friends struggle to quit. Some of us have watched loved ones die. It is because of them we’re doing this.

Smoke-free UAA is a terrible idea

I don’t smoke. Why would I? My grandmother died from lung cancer while living in Palmer with my parents and I. She exposed me to direct secondhand smoke almost daily.

We the people: An apology to our Founding Fathers

Dear Founding Fathers, In 1776, shockwaves were felt around the world when you declared independence for the United States. Holding steadfast in your belief that all men are created equal and have certain unalienable rights, you issued a challenge that a king would not be the supreme authority of this land.

Why UAA? Why now?

I was in the homestretch of completing high school. I was filled with a mix of excitement for the future and stress over having to make big life decisions — decisions like what to do next. My more grounded parents wanted me to plan for college, evaluate options and discuss choices. During those talks I never — not even once — considered the University of Alaska Anchorage as a destination. My head was telling me, “I need to get out.”

Thoughts on financial aid

The following are my opinions on financial aid. First-year college students should not be eligible for financial aid, only those with a sophomore standing or higher and a B average or higher.

Letter to the Editor

As I start my senior year at UAA this fall, I reflect on how much I have grown as an individual and as a student. I also ponder on the increase of transgender individuals I have met on the UAA campus.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I would like to commend student body President-elect Andrew Lessig, Student Ombudsman Seth Weaver and their fellow students Stephen Warta and Kenneth Kroeker...

Letter to the Editor: Support House Bill 43 for medical education in Alaska

What about a medical school in Alaska? It is in our best interest to have excellent medical education and teaching hospitals where we live.