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,...

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.

UA nondiscrimination policy is obsolete

The University of Alaska’s nondiscrimination policy needs to be ushered into the 21st century. What will bring this policy up-to-date is the addition of LGBT...

Develop sustainable habits to last a lifetime

The garbage can is a place most people visit several times a day. If it talked, it could be a person's best friend, because it's probably visited more than human friends. Have you ever thought about ways to reduce trips to the garbage? Most people have talked about the importance of making our world more sustainable.

Old politics holds new generation hostage

There is this idea that America has somehow lost some of its magic. There is this idea out there, put out by both sides of...

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.

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...

Friends’ funerals should never trump birthday parties in frequency: Free STI testing on campus

A penis or tongue can fit into three holes commonly associated with the loss of virginity. If you’ve been putting or receiving a body part in any of those holes, you should take advantage of the free STI testing taking place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Student Health and Counseling Center in Room 116/120 of Rasmuson Hall.

Becoming a society member

You open up the mail and receive a letter that says “Congratulations! Your outstanding grades and/or achievements have opened up the opportunity to be...

It’s not just about being number 1 for women’s basketball

For the fi rst time ever in the history of UAA women's basketball the UAA women are the best NCAA Division II squad in the nation. It's not a small feat for a team that fi nished the seaon13-14 before current head coach Tim Moser took over as head coach in 2006.