Protests are great, but learning and adaptation will be even more...

When I first moved up to Alaska in the summer of 2005, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I felt falsely prepared, having already visited every other state in the union, but that sense of security fell apart quicker than Sarah Palin's poll numbers. Never far from my mind will be one of my first "Alaskan" memories, seeing a pick-up truck in the parking lot of Carrs on Minnesota with a bumper sticker that read: "Vote Confederate.

The good book is a good read, no matter who you...

Everyone should read the Bible. Now before anyone goes running to his laptop to compose a scathing letter to the editor about the religious propaganda...

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.

The ‘Latrine Dean’ declares mission to grade restrooms on ‘A.P.T.-itude’ scale

By John Budnik Folks, I come to you in an instance where the pen is mightier than the sword. I come to you to with...

What should the burden of proof be on campus sexual misconduct...

OPINION: Title IX and university investigations should be held to the same standard as other criminal investigations at the state and federal levels.

Old enough to fight for country, old enough to have a...

How many people reading this have ever had an illegal drink before they were 21 years old? How many have seen themselves or a friend...

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...

Grammys showcase best and worst of music industry

If Simon of "American Idol" had command of the microphone during this year's Grammy Awards, he would have ripped some of the performers a...

‘Yes’ on 5 is a safe and necessary vote

The editorial this week discusses One Anchorage’s Proposition 5, equal rights for gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, which will take place on the April 3 municipal ballot, and why the general population should vote in favor of it.

Perry’s comments toward scientists unfair, dishonest

I generally don’t take politics personally. Sure, I’ve been called an “America-hating” liberal, a “socialist,” a “Constitution-hater,” and a host of other nonsensical and platitudinous insults. Usually, I recognize these attacks for what they are – a logical fallacy known as “argumentum ad hominem.”

Homecoming this year a big disappointment

By the Northern Light Staff   We have noticed a dearth of school spirit at UAA. Maybe the fact that our rival is 400 miles away has...

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Save the albino squirrels

My name is Dustin Ballard and I am president of the Albino Squirrel Preservation Society at the University of Texas. Our goal is to...

Face Off: Ballot Measure 1

Ballot Measure 1 is a no-brainer By Robert Hockema Corporate dollars and misinformation have hijacked the debate on the Stand for Salmon initiative. By now, you've probably seen...

Obama and Romney: capitalism’s race downward

The presidential election is heating up, and the candidates are putting forward their best solutions to our country’s economic woes, complete with fake smiles...

Toe 2 Toe

Teresa Combs: Keep guns off campus, away from those with erratic behavior. Kyra Sherwood: Guns on campus only safe with proper precautions in place.

The never-ending story of graduation

Dear departing seniors, as the semester draws to a close, so does the year — congratulations, you have done it! For many of you, the last few years have been the most different and difficult from anything you have ever known.

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.

What if our society had the same attitude toward suicide that...

Recently, Planned Parenthood dropped the phrase “pro-choice” from its vocabulary but made their commitment to that philosophy clear with a new PR campaign, “You’re not in her shoes.” It’s designed to convince people on the fence about abortion that any attempt to dissuade one is insensitive at best and judgmental at worst because one does not know what a woman may be experiencing.

Life on the other side: Excavating your social life

It"s not easy going out and tearing up the city in search of a social life. You can learn so much in college and...

TOE TO TOE: Should the U.S. tighten restrictions on firearms? NO

“Common sense” gun control measures can be unconstitutional, restricting the rights of licensed gun owners

Incentives, not investments

The Federal Government’s recently failed bet on the future success of solar panel start-up Solyndra wasted roughly half a billion dollars of taxpayer money....

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...

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...

Bursting into the university bubble

The University of Alaska Anchorage breathes a fresh, crisp air of peace despite the explosive headlines of activity in Afghanistan. Students walking to and...

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...

Just because some do, doesn’t mean all do

This is in response to Rich Stromberg’s “Even rock stars go to school,” published in the March 15 issue of the Northern Light. Perhaps some...

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.

Tobacco has no place on any campus

In general, I do agree that UAA, as well as all colleges and universities, should become tobacco-free campus-wide. This tobacco ban should also include electronic cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco.

Palin rewrites history, blames ‘got ya’ media

It’s always something in this country. If it isn’t Michele Bachmann playing Mad Libs with “American values,” then it’s Sarah Palinplaying Cranium with American history- and doing it poorly. Last week, Palin was visiting the Old North Church in Boston while she was on her tour around America. She says the purpose of her tour is to raise awareness about the rich history that this country has.