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.
USUAA wants to help concerned student Dear Mr. Jay Johnson (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 9), USUAA Student Government thanks you for expressing your concerns. Just to let you know, student government passed a new version of our standing rules two weeks ago and finalized an amendment to it last week.
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.
USUAA needs to rearrange its priorities USUAA, our "student government," recently passed standing rules that govern the conduct of their meetings. Included in those rules is verbiage that heavily governs personal behavior: "Be respectful in actions, body language and attire, and written and verbal forms of communication . No sexually provocative activities, dress, or comments.
Cars turn into predators and pedestrians into prey Be prepared to put a shark fin on the top of your car while playing the theme of "Jaws" with the windows down. You will be one of many circling rows of parked cars lying in wait for that one student with keys in hand heading for his or her car.
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.
In response to your article "Organic, Alaska-only milk is the future for Mat Maid" (July 2007), I was disappointed that the author ignored the many health risks and cruelty to animals involved with the dairy industry, including organic milk.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Preventing pregnancy is cheapest option Birth control prices on college campuses have increased upwards of 100 percent due to the pharmaceutical industry's response to actions undertaken by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("Birth control prices soar on college campuses," April 3).
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.
Roberson III has what it takes to lead Of all the candidates running for USUAA (student government) president, John Roberson III is the most qualified. John has demonstrated over the past two years as a senator that he truly cares about the students at UAA.
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.
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.
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.
Writer lacks compassion, perspective I was about to consign Sam Dunham's column on service members to the recycle bin with a shrug and a wry smile, when I saw the tears come to my daughter's eyes ("Selfless heroes are often little more than mercenaries," Jan.
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.