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,...

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:...

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...

February 2018 from Student Body President Alec Burris

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

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: 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...

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.

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...

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.
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...

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.

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?”

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.”

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.

Reply: “Islamic Violence Justifies Islamophobia

This letter is in response to Daniel McDonald’s column “Islamic Violence Justifies Islamophobia,” in the Northern Light’s March 22 issue. It’s articles like this that exacerbate existing tensions between Muslims and the Western world. There are three claims made in the article.

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.

PETA doesn’t harm; they save

PETA doesn't harm; they save In response to your opinion piece "Animal rights activist group exposes murderous hypocrisy" (3/31/09), it was disappointing to read Mr. Boyer's inflammatory and misleading article about the dog and cat overpopulation crisis. There are many companies and front groups that profit directly from the exploitation of animals and attempt to discredit PETA because we hurt their bottom line.

Slippery walkways and bruises on campus

It’s January and the campus is an icy, slippery mess. On my first day back at school, my husband dropped me off at the walkway leading to the Beatrice McDonald Hall by West Campus Drive.

McDonald “less than enthusiastic” about truth

Letter to the Editor by Al-Hajj Frederick H Minshall: On June 17, 2011 Daniel McDonald boasted of the “great enthusiasm” with which he would “dismantle” Brett Frazer’s arguments objecting to McDonald’s bigoted proclamations toward my faith and those who follow it.

Letter To The Editor

In both the Sept. 8 and Sept. 20 issues of The Northern Light, the paper has run an Op-Ed by “TNL Staff” displaying an...

Consumer Freedom’s donor list destroys credibility in PETA fight

Consumer Freedom, the group that ?"compiled" the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services data against PETA, a pro-animal rights non-profit, is an arm of a front group whose largest sponsors include the slaughterhouse and restaurant industries.

Letter to the Editor: Greek Life

My aunt always told me, “If you see a person driving off a bridge to stay out of the way. You do not want to turn a suicide into a homicide.” Well, this article is not about a car crash but on Greek Life on campus.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Women’s History Month coverage

Many important issues were raised in the Women’s History Month edition of The Northern Light, nearly all of which were either only vaguely touched on yet overshadowed by inconsequential nonsense or entirely redirected in a way harmful to women everywhere. There are numerous examples of this in nearly every article, but I will confine this letter to what I think are the most important.

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor, The University of Alaska Anchorage student body consists of over 20,000 students. Undergraduate and graduates are broken into the following ethnic categories: 60 percent...

Letters to the Editor

USUAA's motives, credibility in question As someone who studies both political science and journalism, I'm always frustrated at the lack of cooperation between the government and the fourth branch of government. I'm disappointed to find this trend true of the UAA student government and The Northern Light.

Letter to the Editor

Frustration found at Alaskan gas stations Please tell me why Alaska is paying the highest price for gasoline at the pumps. Watching the CNN newsbroadcast late Saturday night, it was disclosed that gas prices have dropped significantly in the lower 48 and yet very little change has occurred in Alaska.

Reply: “Abortion clash at heart of shutdown debate”

Federal Funds for Preventative Health Services In response to the April 12th opinion piece, “Abortion clash at heart of shutdown debate,” VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood would like to correct some factual errors. While the media surrounding the federal budget debates centered on abortion, the fact is that the federal funding in question is what allows Planned Parenthood to provide high-quality, low-cost, preventative health care to women, men, and teens.

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...