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? 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.”

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: 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.

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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: 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:...

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Campus shooting should remind us to really live The morning of April 16, I rolled out of bed around noon and watched TV before heading out to my philosophy class. At the same time, ambulances were rushing onto Virginia Tech's campus, going to the biggest school shooting in American history.

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Use a stick, not a carrot on corporations So our legislators are looking at tax incentives for corporations that retain and create jobs in the United States. They're using the wrong approach. How about using the stick instead of the carrot? In lieu of rewarding good corporate behavior, they should be taxing the bad behavior of those corporations that outsource jobs for the purpose of avoiding taxation.

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...

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...

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Statewide system in need of major change As a UAA alumnus, I have never been so disgusted with the UA statewide system ("Maimon leaves UAA for Governors State University," Feb. 20). They need to get a grip and realize that UAA is a growing university that deserves the resources and funding to grow and blossom.

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.

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Columnist's opinions are deeply flawed Because I graduated from UAA more than a year ago, it is rare that I come across a copy of The Northern Light to stay updated on UAA news. In the last month, I have had the opportunity to read The Northern Light twice, and both times I found myself scoffing at the opinions written by Jessica Sincich.

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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.

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.

Letter to the Editor

USUAA president apologizes for 'offensive platforms' used by assembly members In the April 1 issue of The Northern Light ("Learn where your candidates stand"), several members of the assembly who are running in the elections decided to be "edgy" and post what I consider to be offensive platforms.

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.

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...

Letter to the Editor: Recreation Program

Hello, my name is Allyson Christine Pagan Rodriguez, and I’m a third-year college student at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. Last semester I had the opportunity to visit Alaska as part of a national student exchange program, choosing UAA as my host campus.
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

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.

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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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Free speech or hate speech? Is my personal right to choose what I do with my body the same as the slaughter of 12 million living, breathing, Jewish, gypsy, deaf, blind, disabled, mentally ill, left-handed and any other non-Aryan human beings by an insecure hate-filled, fear-filled country? I do not think so.

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...

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Rise in birth control prices concerns student I am extremely disappointed and concerned that Congress has not acted to fix the issue of skyrocketing costs of birth control at college health clinics. College women across the country, including myself, have seen prices for our birth control soar from $15 a month to $40 a month.

Mayoral candidate hopes to include UAA in administration, offer bonuses for students

My name is Walt Monegan and I'm running for mayor. I'm also a UAA alumnus, have a campaign team that includes a UA Regent, a UA alumni chapter president, a UA graduate student and multiple other UA alumni. I am on a search committee for the new Justice Center Director and have been involved with the University for years.

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Cancelled Polynesian concert is suspicious For the last week I have been wondering if I should be offended about things that are happening at UAA. As a non-white student, I've known since a very early age that as someone who does not make up the majority, it is my job to make the "normals" feel okay about me.

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,...

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Treaty's meaning was distorted in column The United States is not a theocracy. It is not the Christian version of the Islamic State ruled by Sharia Law. But to say that Biblical principals of law and ethics were not involved in the founding of this nation would be silly; silly to the point of being stupid ("Should Alaska continue offering benefits to same-sex couples?" April 3).

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.