A lesson in ethics

Chances are we have all said something we wish would have never come out of our mouths. It happens to all of us. But...

Occupy an idea

It’s painful to think the revolution of Generation Y will be remembered as a joke. It hurts to think that we will be remembered as jobless, homeless vagabonds who started the Occupy Wall Street movement a year ago Sept. 17.

Inside MAC: more intoxication problems than other UAA housing

A week rarely goes by without multiple reports of alcohol-related incidents appearing in the "Police Scanner" of The Northern Light. Students being rowdy, getting alcohol poisoning or being escorted to hospitals has become a horrible and reprehensible epidemic in Main Apartment Complex housing.

New Seawolf mascot should have received student input

Athletic mascots represent not only a university sponsored sports team but also the students of the school they play for. In order to accurately represent the athletic team, the mascot should have some connection to the student body as well. The new design for the Seawolf mascot, Spirit, was unveiled at the 2008 Kendall Hockey Classic with mixed feelings.

Team’s loss aside, Wild is off to a lousy start

The Alaska Wild played its first game last week. By the time they play their second game April 21, they will have their third coach in team history. Not exactly a sign of stability. Coach Keith Evans was hired in late January to be the coach of the Alaska Wild after it replaced Haywood Hill, who the team originally desired to be the head coach but never got around to actually hiring.

Peace should be the most important goal

Although the United States is one of Israel’s largest allies, it seems many American’s have an extremely vague idea of what took place Sept. 23. However, this event was a life changing experience for Israeli-American Mati BeKoach and Palestinian-American Dana Balboul.

Occupy Wall Street needs to capitalize on the moment with specific action

It’s the Tea Party with fewer wrinkles. Yes, that’s how you might characterize the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement spreading across the country. Undoubtedly, the two groups share similarities.

Solution to Alaska’s doctor shortage is UAA

Sen. Lisa Murkowski began the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Feb. 21 by addressing mail she's received over the past year from patients, especially those on Medicare, who say they have made 80 to 100 calls unsuccessfully trying to find a doctor.

Do you feel safe on campus?

Written by, Ashley Snyder, Executive Editor Tulsi Patil, Managing Editor In the wake of the assaults in the past few weeks at UAA, there is a growing...

The never-ending story of graduation

Dear departing seniors, as the semester draws to a close, so does the year — congratulations, you have done it! For many of you, the last few years have been the most different and difficult from anything you have ever known.

Green Fee: It’s your money, spend it

Our voice was heard. The student body collectively decided to add $3 to student fees for those taking three or more credit hours in the November 2011 general election at UAA.

Letter From The Editor: Women’s History Month

Welcome to The Northern Light’s Women’s History Month special edition. This is not the “feminist” or “angry girl” edition. The purpose of this week’s newspaper is to shine light on topics frequently ignored by mainstream society.

Setting personal goals is the key to success

It’s happened to everyone. On the first day of class, backpacks are full of clean notebook paper, a half-dozen pens, and a multicolor tipped highlighter....

Cyclists shouldn’t blame cars, need to be alert

Even though gas prices maybe slowly coming down, the still higher than average price is forcing more people to find alternate modes of transportation. For the active type, hopping on a bike is one of the more efficient (and wallet friendly) forms of transportation.

UPD and other safety advocates make University a safer place

Safety is, or at least should be, a high priority for everyone, and UAA students are not and should not be an exception. UAA does...

‘Not enough money’ is a poor excuse for tuition hikes

The tuition increase proposed for the University of Alaska system is unwarranted. While most people can understand and appreciate the fact that the proposed...

Increase in nationwide campus violence hits home

It's hard to miss the white banner that reads, "Safety is Everybody's Business," while walking into the Student Union next to the Bookstore. However, most students glance away from its message and ignore the issue at hand: Campus violence continues to increase across the country and at our own university.

Vote in favor of the equal media fee split

As you all know, or should know, each student pays a hefty amount of student fees every semester. If you look closely at your bill,...

Taking more than a five minute break

Everyone already knows how important it is to take a five-minute break while studying and working. These mini-breaks increase productivity and brain power. But what about a semester long break?...

Crime statistics offer uneasy answers

Living in a state with the highest rate of sexual assaults per capita, it is reassuring to know that only one of the 257 rapes reported in Anchorage in 2007 occurred at UAA. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act require that every university that participate in federal student aid programs must disclose information about crime on their campuses.

The controversial, non-existent holiday tree

In recent weeks, we’ve been going down the line of states to see which will dare to call their amply decorated and brightly lit spruce trees Christmas trees or holiday trees. In Rhode Island, it’s a holiday tree, though calling it so cause much grief for Gov. Chafee.

Tuition rises every year, students foot the bill

A bachelor’s degree is generally viewed as a four-year degree, although it seems as though that view is a little bit outdated since many...

Prioritizing your future

Sometimes it is hard to look into the future optimistically. There is always going to be something along the path has not gone the way you had planned. There is always going to be some hope that burns inside you but slowly fades away as you realize that it may not be as attainable as hoped.

Group projects are a waste of students’ time

As the semester grinds along, thoughts of many students turn to upcoming midterms, reports and other projects that inevitably punctuate the spring months. The greatest fear among many students is that one of them will become a group project, which is probably the thing most-hated by students since cafeteria food.

Hanging in there at the end of a semester

The snow and slippery ice on the streets is becoming a permanent fixture around town. Next, turkey will be in our bellies, and holiday decorations will be carefully strung through trees and lining sidewalks.

A responsibility to the UAA community

It comes up every semester: Student organizations and UAA administrations are sometimes surprised and even upset to discover The Northern Light's mission does not include promoting the agenda of any UAA department or organization. It is an independent organization, over which they have no authority or influence.

Student apathy hinders campus progress

For what may very well have been the first time ever, student leaders are making serious efforts to work together for the benefit of...

Repealing the big oil giveaway is a smart move for Alaskans

There is not a lack of interest in Alaska’s oil supply. So the old adage, “If you build it, they will come,” is not...

Short library hours a nusance

Students live busy lives, and there's no way around it. Students have to manage their lives around work, class and family schedules to make sure that they get all of their work done. For many who utilize the library, having broad, accessible times is a necessity in order to get their work done.

Departure highlights systemwide problems

We all knew it was coming. But now that Chancellor Elaine Maimon has officially announced her resignation at UAA to accept a position as president of Governors State University in Illinois, the questions linger. When Maimon announced her resignation, she said it was in part because she wanted to work at a school where she could have an impact on the policies in effect.