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,...
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...
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:...
I hate to say it, but I feel compelled to say it anyway. Bigotry, racism, hatred, and many other “isms” are alive in the...
Resolution #18-06: Regarding the Alaska Performance Scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Alumni embarrassed by 'condom/porn star' edition I graduated from UAA in May of 2003 and had no problem claiming the Anchorage campus as my alma mater. That is until last week. I heard of the controversial condom/porn star edition of The Northern Light and became extremely embarrassed, not only for personally having an article published in TNL, but for merely being an alum at a school that would distribute and allow such trash to be displayed.
Dear UAA community, I’d like to make very clear my strong support of UAA’s military students. Having spent many years in the military, I have...
What about a medical school in Alaska? It is in our best interest to have excellent medical education and teaching hospitals where we live.
Voter not swayed by Palin's nomination Last Friday, the choice for the 2008 Presidential election became more difficult for many Alaskans with the introduction of Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. I suspect that this news may have swayed some people in their nomination, but I would not consider myself among them.
Redundant headline in previous issue First, let me establish my credentials. I am currently and have been for several semesters an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Communication. I teach JPC A201 Reporting and Writing News. One of the books that we use as a text in the course is the Associated Press Stylebook.
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