APD does not help in undercover bar slings

It’s been nearly a month since Anchorage police began searching bars for people who were a bit too drunk, aka the “drunk plus.” Through Alaska statue 04.16.040 Access of Drunken Persons to Licensed Premises, police enter bars in plainclothes and identify those they believe are intoxicated, eventually charging them with drunkenness on a licensed premise.

Make your opinion heard: Don’t just complain about issues, vote

USUAA realized their election broke a record for the number of ballots they received after the April 8 and April 9 ballots were tallied. Unofficially, 1,101 ballots were counted, beating the previous record of 1,054, according to an e-mail from Sarah Roberson, chair of the Election Board.

An open letter to the Alaska State Legislature

Opinion Editor Caleb Berry asks Alaska's legislators to accept and pass the UA Board of Regents proposed budget of $341 million.

Foreign or not, hockey coach should stay

UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb announced Jan. 26 that the search for a men's hockey coach has concluded. This might come as a surprise to many, considering the Seawolves already have a hockey coach in Dave Shyiak, who has served since June 2005. He's the same coach who last season produced 10 student-athletes on the WCHA all-academic team, and this season has lead the Division I Seawolves to a Nye Frontier Classic win and victories over national powers Wisconsin and Colorado College, while also recapturing the Governor's Cup from rival UAF.

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...

Final Four appearance adds to Seawolf sports legacy

UAA women's basketball has proven yet again that they are the pride of an increasingly successful Seawolf athletic program. The Seawolves enjoyed the top spot in the region for much of the portion and the number one spot in the nation for three weeks by the successor to first place in the GNAC, Seattle Pacific.

Web ushers in new era for politics

Alaska residents have seen few, if any, television commercials endorsed by the 2008 presidential candidates. However, logging on to popular social networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook shows that the candidates and their teams of Internet geeks have the campaigns plastered everywhere.

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.

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.

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.

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...

UAA students have no excuse not to vote in November

The Nov. 4 general election of 2008 might be one of the most historic elections in America with the first black man on the Democrat ticket to be nominated for president and the first woman to be nominated to a Republican ticket for vice president. But the general elections also hold important races for Alaskan political positions in the US Senate and House of Representatives.

With Obama in office, here’s hoping for more civil liberties

Under the Bush administration the phrase "illegal wiretapping" became a part of the American vernacular. Some Americans accepted this disgraceful act as a justifi able bi-product of Homeland Security, America's war against those nasty little terrorists while others proclaimed it to be a step toward full-blown fascism.

If we can’t keep our stuff safe on campus, where can we?

Part of going green depends on students taking it upon themselves to reduce the carbon footprint that they produce, which usually seems to entail driving less and biking more. But every school year, it gets harder and harder to see the incentive of that. Especially when a student brings his or her bike to school just for it to get stolen.

Organic, Alaska-only milk is a future for Mat Maid

When the Alaska creamery board announced that they had shut down the Matanuska Maid dairy plant, mixed feelings came from Alaskans when Governor Sarah Palin dismissed the agricultural board and announced new members days later. This led to new faces in the creamery board and a reversal of the decision.

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.

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.

Moral ambiguity explains why we won’t intervene on another’s behalf

The Penn State investigation has led most to question not only how someone could commit such acts, but also how other people could fail...

Display may offend, but principles still apply

Like last semester, when the student group "Right to Life" held a display outside of Cuddy quad, The Northern Light newsroom dealt with numerous calls condemning the action of the group. Emotions ran high on both sides, and even the chancellor was compelled to send out a mass e-mail informing students that the group's action fell into First Amendment territory, and that they had the right to stage the demonstration.

Persecuted for faith: Christians in Egypt

It is a tragedy when human rights are violated. Targeted violence against a group of people is never acceptable. It is a sad reality...

Proposals to decrease Native dropout rate fall flat

A new debate hit campus this month: How can UAA stop 60 percent of a student population from dropping out in their freshman year? Alaska Natives, who took 4,244 credit hours or 8 percent of the credits at the university last spring according to Office of Planning, Research and Assessment, are dropping like flies.

Strong voter turnout leaves room for alternatives

There are two positive outcomes from the 2008 presidential primary. Presidential candidates are slowly taking more notice of Alaska, and better yet, Alaska residents are getting more involved with politics. As a result, Super Tuesday set a record in Alaska for the caucus turnout but revealed flaws in the caucus setup.

Talking about sustainability pointless without cleaning up our own act first

Spring is here, according to our calendars. Trees are budding, flowers beginning to bloom, young men's fancies lightly turning to thoughts of love - the whole nine yards. At least, that's probably the story further south where spring really does start on March 21; here, if we're lucky, we get temperatures edging into the 40s and enough sun to turn mounds of dirty snow into gritty mud, plus standing water where the ground is still too frozen to absorb any of it.

Next chancellor needs to push for more infrastructure

With the opening of the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building opening at the beginning of the current academic year playing the role of her crowning...

Express UAA’s needs to new UA president

A changing of the guard has taken place at the University of Alaska. As has been reported on extensively since former-President Mark Hamilton announced...

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.

Graduation brings new leadership at paper

As another round of graduates prepare to leave UAA and move out into the working world, some may be shocked to find that having a degree doesn't signify much in itself. It says that someone can read and remember basic information. It says that someone can stick to a goal for years and see it to completion.

Senate filibusters need to be abolished

By Caleb Berry cberry@thenorthernlight.org In the practice of creating political spectacles there is no technique more spectacular or theatrical than the filibuster. The mere threat by...

Prescription Drug Importation Is Dangerous for Alaskans

It's rare that Republicans and Democrats see eye-to- eye on healthcare reform. And yet, in early September, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Bernie Sanders...

UAA Confessions page is not a counseling service

Recently, a Facebook page entitled “UAA Confessions” appeared on the TNL Facebook wall asking us to “like” them. We did.