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.

Think before you act

Hello ladies. There are many single mothers on the planet. Some have had spouses die, or are dealing with divorce. Others are victims of...

Spring brings sun to warm up North land

I owe our readers an apology. It was my fault that it snowed last week. I saw those packets of seeds for sale at...

Rabble-rousers needed: Apply at UAA

There's a puzzling photo on display at the UAA History Wall on the third floor of the Consortium Library. It's part of a collage...

Corruption charges were national spectacle but lack lasting affect

Just when I think the curtain has fallen for the “Corrupt Bastard’s Club,” it appears the final act has only just begun for the...

Death tax harmful to a dying economy

The estate tax (also known as the death tax) is possibly the most devastating form of taxation ever created. It is for this reason...

Subsidized loans for gradate school help economy

Students at UAA are all too familiar with the rising cost of college education. Protests on campus last year demonstrated that many students were not pleased with the Board of Regent’s proposed tuition hikes. I suspect that proposed tuition hikes in the future will be met with a similar response.

UPD: the truth on the good guys protecting UAA

It’s common knowledge, deserved or not, that police officers in general have a bad rap. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree, with every...

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.

Consumer confidence is key to flagging economy

Ask not what the economy can do for you, but what you can do for the economy. That seems to be the consensus among those...

{Letters to the Editor}

Proud to be a tree hugger Addressed to UA System President Mark Hamilton As UAA students, we were dismayed by your reference to environmental advocacy organizations...

Multiculturalism has failed

Multiculturalism as a defensible concept seems to be standing on its last few legs. Recently, both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister...

The Olympics: international cooperation at its finest

For the past week, the world’s attention has been centered upon the 2012 Summer Olympics, a culmination of four years of dedicated training by...

The new ‘F’ word

With this op-ed piece Michelle B. Loscher begins an exploration of how faith and education interact in the UAA community. Occasionally guest writers will...

A great university must act like a great university

In regards to the editorial “All style, no substance” in the Feb. 15 issue of the Northern Light, one wonders where on this confused...

A refreshing Nobel Peace Prize Winner

After the Norwegian Nobel Committee embarrassed themselves last year by granting their most prestigious award to an admittedly undeserving U.S. President, it would seem...

Republicans, not Obama carry debt ceiling burden

In 1948, President Harry S Truman nicknamed the 80th United States Congress the “Do-Nothing Congress.” After controlling both houses of Congress for almost the entirety of the early 20th century, Democrats lost both the House and the Senate midway through Truman’s first term.

Dormant for a year, the Students for Life are back

One may not expect such open-minded answers from the president of Students for Life. O’Neil, the recently appointed president of Students for Life, said “My interest...

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.

First presidential debate shows lots of fuzzy logic

Oct. 3 marked the first presidential debate between standing President Barack Obama, Democrat, and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Covered topics included the economy, health care, and the role of government.

The vicious voice

Students seeking to become better writers should do one thing. Read. Read books, magazines and newspapers. Read fiction and non-fiction, news, sports and entertainment....

Fans have responsibilities too

Apparently Seawolf hockey fans have taken a lesson in judgment from former captain Lee Green when it comes to what constitutes appropriate behavior. Last week...

It’s not Greek to us: The ad should come down

Greek organizations, including those on the UAA campus, have publicly acknowledged that they are in a constant fight against stereotypes. Movies portray fraternity houses...

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...

American citizens need to take back their government

Well, in the 11th hour, congress passed a bill designed to take from the middle class and give to the wealthy. It has proven,...

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.

A world of ideas

“The world is my idea: this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it...

Sign me up for Religion 101

With this column Michelle B. Loscher explores how faith and education interact at UAA. Occasionally guest writers will use this space to do the...

Welcome to college, cash or credit?

Remember how the first day of school used to be? Seeing friends you hadn't played with during the summer. Hoping your teacher didn't turn out...

{Traditionally Speaking}

Speaking from the Shady Acres Senior Care Center today, Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton announced the resounding success of an astonishing new bipartisan...