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,...

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...

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...

Students pay for the cost of the student newspaper through tution

Students walking through the halls pass stands containing copies of The Northern Light. It is not an uncommon sight. Many students do not bother...

UAA summer dining options needed

School has started and people have begun flooding back to campus. After summer when the Student Union tends to be a ghost town, it...

When dreams of a perfect semester fall short, plan to recover during finals

A lot can change over the course of a semester. In August, many students come into the school year with big plans about how...

Students should be involved on campus

UAA, and the rest of the University of Alaska campuses for that matter, are viewed in a negative light, which is unfair. A lot of...

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...

Student body actually has a pulse, finally responding to Regents’ actions

After what has seemed like years of apathy, UAA students finally seem to care about something. Sure, there are always the few vocal students...

Restoring felons’ voting right questioned

Voting is a right, not a privilege; it is a privilege that can be suspended, or even revoked in the event that a person...

Gov. Parnell needs our support for the proposed performance scholarship

Governor Parnell’s proposed performance scholarship is in danger of being shot down by the Legislature. This is bad news for both Alaska’s youth as well...

Proposed bike plan needs our support

Both citizens and assembly members are pushing for a new bike plan to be instituted in Anchorage. This new bike plan could potentially introduce numerous...

New president needs to be sure to think like an academic for the good...

The search for a new president for the University of Alaska has come to an end. The Board of Regents have chosen Patrick Gamble to...

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...

With more civility and public input, government could be more efficient

People do not expect their governing bodies to be models of efficiency, but the people do expect government to get things done. Unfortunately, things are...

Terrifying job market looms for grads

With graduation looming, students face the challenge of entering the real world, hoping to find success in their endeavors. Recently, the real world has...

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...

Partisan politics should be laid to rest

Partisan politics are tearing apart our country. The recent election of Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts is a prime example of this as is the...

Student loans should aid, not hinder

Financial aid is confusing. To start with there are nine overall steps to getting your financial aid. Of course, these are just general steps –...

Midterm frustrations multiplied by registration

Accompanying the stress that midterms inevitably causes students comes the stress of trying to form a game plan of classes for the next semester...

Highway fatalities can be prevented

In light of the recent and tragic accidents, especially those involving serious injuries and fatalities, it seems prudent to address the issue of dangerous...

Alaska’s offshore oil reserves meager

Oil and gas prices continue to run high, and dependence on foreign oil is sticking in the collective American craw. How humiliating, to not...

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...

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...

Parnell’s proposed scholarship program nothing but beneficial

When it comes to attending college, a student's worry is not only on their school and what they will do for work afterwards. A...

Energy advisory system requires independent participation to be effective

A new color-coded advisory system has recently been instituted in reference to the potential natural gas shortage and may very well become as common...

Presidential search committee needs to send representitive to UAS campus

In the search for a new University of Alaska President, there has been a great deal of emphasis put on how they are looking...

Burbee alert system works well, but there’s still room for improvement

As all probably know by now, there was an assault on campus on Sept. 2. It is a terrible thing to see happen, especially...

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.

Sullivan proves that it is time to pass the reins to the next generation

Each of the last few generations has played a vital part in determining equal rights for all citizens. Granted, it has been an agonizingly slow and arduous journey, but it is one that has made the world a better place to live - or has at least given it a nudge in the right direction.