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.

Letter to the Editor – Re: Military Article

Dear UAA community, I’d like to make very clear my strong support of UAA’s military students. Having spent many years in the military, I have...

Embrace change by getting involved in campus

Change is good. It takes place on every college campus from year to year. New students replace departed graduates. Buildings are added and existing ones...

Just give us some truth

Just scrap everything. Crumple up what you’ve got so far, throw it in the wastepaper basket and start over. If you’re the producers of “Batman...

AK follows national trend with minimum wage increase proposals

Last year a group of balloters from the Alaska Needs a Raise (ANR) campaign sought to get a minimum wage increase onto the ballot. In late June 2013 they received the okay to go ahead from Alaska Lt. Gov. Meade Treadwell, permitting them to collect the required 31,169 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

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...

Law enforcement officials lack accountability

When one reads cases like the shooting in Miami Beach and the soldiers in Afghanistan who killed civilians, it can often be more interesting to observe the reactions of those who should have taken responsibility rather than what happens to those who committed the crimes, especially in law enforcement.

Ignoring massacres doesn’t prevent future violence

When hearing the news that a deranged shooter killed five innocent people at Northern Illinois University, people can react many different ways. Sadness. Anger. Fear. Some, though, might respond with a "So what? Another school shooting doesn't really affect me.

A Californian’s take on an Alaska adventure

By Daniel Valladao Special to the Northern Light I was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. For the geographically challenged, that is just south of...

The US should withhold aid from Pakistan

By Caleb Berry Opinion Editor There are times where I wish that the White House would block twitter from its Wi-Fi service. I have never observed...

We the people: An apology to our Founding Fathers

Dear Founding Fathers, In 1776, shockwaves were felt around the world when you declared independence for the United States. Holding steadfast in your belief that all men are created equal and have certain unalienable rights, you issued a challenge that a king would not be the supreme authority of this land.

Higher learning shouldn’t be about bottom line

In June, the Alaska State Legislature announced the University of Alaska budget for the fiscal year 2004. The increase was so slight that even...

Bad move: Court ruling threatens freedom of college media

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Thomas Jefferson The winds of change blowing out of...

Cars driving force behind Alaska worship

As the price of gas continues to rise, many UAA students begin to consider the importance of owning a vehicle. The question is, how...

Connections Run Rampant at UAA

There are positives of being a part of a small college community. The University of Alaska Anchorage could possibly illustrate a rough template of...

Real Alaskans don’t want to commute

Okay, a show of hands. How many people come to Alaska so they can commute? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Frye? Anyone? Now let’s have a show...

{Your Perspective}

Haunted Halloween Fun Night thank you As the chair of UAA Club Council's 13th annual Haunted Halloween Fun Night, which took place Saturday 27 October,...

Ask a stupid question…

People often ask me, “Has writing a column for the Northern Light changed your life in any way?” They ask me this question all the...

{Letters to the editor}

After soccer, UAA could add football It is nice to see that UAA is proposing new athletic programs ("Soccer team proposal submitted to board of...

RED ZONE: Hello, my name is not ‘slut’!

In a perfect world, rape and sexual assault victims would not be associated with terms like “slut” and “whore” and “asking for it.” But...

Racial prereqs shouldn’t count in academics

"Applicant must be a minority student (Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, black, Hispanic, etc.). Preference will be given to Alaska Native students. Preference will...

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ propagates inequality

Our nation’s military has fought bravely since anyone can remember, but issues have recently surfaced that suggest some of our servicemen are more worried...

Sunshine in government maintains accountability

In a government for the people and by the people, one would think secrets from the people wouldn't be common. But they are. For example, when The Northern Light showed up uninvited to a low-key UAA Board of Advisors Feb. 23 meeting in which UA President Mark Hamilton was to discuss interim chancellor candidates, our reporters were met with apprehension.

Reply: “Abortion clash at heart of shutdown debate”

Federal Funds for Preventative Health Services In response to the April 12th opinion piece, “Abortion clash at heart of shutdown debate,” VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood would like to correct some factual errors. While the media surrounding the federal budget debates centered on abortion, the fact is that the federal funding in question is what allows Planned Parenthood to provide high-quality, low-cost, preventative health care to women, men, and teens.