Patriotism with a dash of state pride

The Fourth of July — The very mention of the holiday conjures up images of the quintessential American dream: neighborhood barbeques set against a...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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....

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.

Media coverage causes jury system malfunction

Many cases throughout the U.S. history have caused shock and upset as jury members decide the fate of those standing accused of heinous crimes like kidnap, rape, and murder.

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.

Chelsea Manning: A lesson to the public

On July 12, 2007, two United States Army Apache helicopters opened fire on nine to eleven men in Baghdad, according to United States Central Command. After the dust settled, eight men lay dead.

Beat finals week stress on campus

Every year finals come, and every year everyone acts like a big surprise. But really, why? Generally we all know that the projects we have due have been due at this exact date since - well, the beginning of the semester. But still, the fact that students are students leads to the inevitable procrastination and final push to the finish to learn everything we should have learned over the last four months.

Looking out for and protecting against scams

By this point in time, most people know that when someone e-mails or calls you on behalf of a Nigerian prince, he or she...

Student loyalty remains close to home

The University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus is small compared to the UAA campus, but to say that it is not equipped to properly...

Old enough to fight for country, old enough to have a drink

How many people reading this have ever had an illegal drink before they were 21 years old? How many have seen themselves or a friend...

Non-discrimination policy should be updated

There has been a surge in debating the necessity of extending more rights to LGBT citizens. President Obama recently announced that he would be working towards extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. And locally in Anchorage, debate has increased over Assembly Ordinance 64 that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

What accredidation means to students

As many students don’t know, UAA is just finishing up a lengthy reaccreditation process. The process is important because if all of the colleges...

Where did the ‘amazing’ go and will it come back?

It has been five weeks since the introduction of the “Amazing Stories” campaign. The hype built up immensely through a week of festivities and promises of flashy commercials, great stories and a new chapter in UAA’s history. It has been four weeks since the hype died down.

Student senators need to remember who they serve

The point of an elected government is to have a singular individual appointed to represent the ideas and interests of a larger collective body. In recent months Alaskans have watched local politicians face charges of corruption and bribery. The individuals elected to serve the people forgot, and instead looked to serve themselves and not the interest of their constituents.

Thank you for making our education a little bit more affordable, Mr. Kennedy

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy may have made some mistakes, many of them coming back into the spotlight after his death. He was not perfect, but during his tenure in the US Senate, he strived for the perfection of government; perfection that it would seem was driven by his overwhelming desire to give the people a better tomorrow.

Smaller gender gap brings new view of feminism

Is a new feminism in existence now - one both men and women are embracing but may not notice? Though the old feminism movement to win rights for women is still in existence for some, many women and men are part of a new form of feminism, one that allows the past form to influence them but doesn't guide their lives.

Silence not a substitute for speaking out

Forcible rape rates in Anchorage are the highest they’ve been in 30 years. The name of the crime itself presents a problem. It implies there is such a thing as non-forcible rape. That’s incorrect. The only other category of rape is stat­utory rape. If you didn’t know any of that, we can’t say we blame you.

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,...