Choice of cover photo was disappointing I would like to preface this by saying that in no way am I trying to dog the boys' basketball team or all the hard work that they put in. On the front page of the Nov. 27 issue there is a huge picture with a caption above it that says, "Men's Seawolf team struggles, takes last in Shootout.
A concerned local Anchorage resident sent TNL a letter to the editor to discuss Governor Sean Parnell's decision to stop students from continuing on their parent's health insurance after they turn 24.
Abortion protest meant to inform, not inflame I feel compelled to address concerns and feelings of those opposed to the Genocide Awareness Project. First of all, Students for Life is not against anyone; we in no way want to hurt women that have had abortions or anyone involved in the act in any capacity.
TNL needs to take off the kid gloves The Northern Light has lost its gonads. The Seawolf Chide section has chided and prided Facilities and IT Services respectively for two weeks. Look, if you people are going to take time out to tell someone they suck, then say it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:...
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...
I hate to say it, but I feel compelled to say it anyway. Bigotry, racism, hatred, and many other “isms” are alive in the...
Artistically edited cover photo displeases Your cover image (Feb. 5) strikes me enough to pause and take time out to comment on an edited image. It is obvious that the standard color correction, brightness and CMYK conversion has been done, but on top of that somewhere along the line your newspaper decided to paint on the image.
What about a medical school in Alaska? It is in our best interest to have excellent medical education and teaching hospitals where we live.
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.
In just three years a remarkable and inspiring effort has taken root at UAA. Known as the TAPESTRY program, this effort brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities, academic professionals and community volunteers to assist with addressing the unique challenges faced by college students with intellectual disabilities.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
Professors need to use Blackboard better I would like to comment on the use of Blackboard by professors. Some professors use Blackboard quite effectively. A good example is the Anatomy and Physiology lab, coordinated by Allison Butler, where assignments and announcements are posted on Blackboard in addition to timely posting of grades.
Group projects teach valuable lessons The writer of the column "Group projects are a waste of students' time" (Feb. 13) should spend less time dwelling on offensive and unfounded stereotypes (teenagers who only want to meet women, elders who can't work a computer) and instead invite a real discussion on the pros and cons of group work.
Cowardly columnist should respect troops fighting war Sam Dunham's opinion piece calling our soldiers "little more than mercenaries" says more about who he is than anything about our troops serving in harm's way ("Selfless heroes are often little more than mercenaries," Jan.
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,...
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.
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.
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...
Former Mayor Begich left us with a $17 million budget deficit. He departed to D.C. smelling like a rose, leaving our city in the hole. Furthermore, he was well aware of this deliberate shortage. To our detriment, liberal candidates for mayor Matt Claman and Sheila Selkregg voted to approve this atrocious budget insufficiency.
Hey, could you get someone who hates Linkin Park more to write this review ("'Minutes to Midnight' - New album's different sound unlikely to bring in new fans," June)? It's not nearly negative enough.
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.