What I’m thankful for

Working at UAA since 1986 has been an amazing experience. Most of our students weren’t even born when I started here. I’m thankful for UAA, what its achieved, and what it has in its future.

Younger generatioin should be listening carefully to Social Security debate too

Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends, Rachel, once lamented after receiving her very first paycheck, “Who’s FICA?  Why’s he getting all of my money?”  Rachel...

Truth is truth

In response to the article entitled “One question. One answer.” I agree with some of the statements you made, yet others I had trouble...

Recycling finds its voice here

People are writing letters to us and the Northern Light loves it. Good and bad responses. Critical of us or in praise of us,...

Students cut short by UAA athletics again

With the recent release of the prioritization report plans for an expanded Seawolf Hockey area in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex has been announced....

What a utopia

OPINION: "If every man, woman and child in this country would regulate his and her conduct to the teachings of the scriptures, America could be the most successful, functional and happy society the world has ever known."

Letter to the Editor

Group projects teach valuable lessons The writer of the column "Group projects are a waste of students' time" (Feb. 13) should spend less time dwelling on offensive and unfounded stereotypes (teenagers who only want to meet women, elders who can't work a computer) and instead invite a real discussion on the pros and cons of group work.

NDAA not as bad as media portrays

For the past several weeks, one of the most trending topics on Twitter was the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. While casually perusing my Twitter feed, I noticed several panicked tweets discussing how Obama acquiesced to military brass and authorized the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial.

Say “no” to the blow

I will not give a man a blowjob. Whew. That’s over with. I said it. It’s taken me six and a half years to feel comfortable saying that aloud.

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...

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...

Anchorage’s homeless need community’s help

It's Homelessness Awareness Week, and the only thing that appears to have changed from years past is that the problem has gotten worse. There are now an estimated 3,474 homeless people in Alaska. Since 2004, the number of chronically homeless people throughout Alaska has increased from 4 percent to 11 percent.

{Your Perspective}

USUAA student government Widespread voter apathy will once again be reflected by the results of the student government elections. It is always heart-warming to watch...

Martin, Zimmerman and the media machine

The racist shot the drug dealer. If mass media is to be taken at its word, George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin assume different roles each day in the revolving door of a story being broadcast on every news outlet available for the past month.

Sarah Palin: A fading stain on Alaska’s reputation

By Eli Johnson Our former governor, Sarah Palin, is finally heading into the night.  Her social career is beginning to tone down, and it is...

FAFSA offers free money for students

The government wants to give you free money. Well, in most cases they do. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is designed to help relieve the financial burden of college expenses people face and nearly every college attendee can apply for it.

Time to stand behind our president _” hook, line and sinker

"People of America," said President George W. Bush at a press conference today, "our nation faces a threat of terror like we've never seen...

Affirmative action is institutional racism

Perhaps one of the strangest positions taken by the liberal establishment in America is the support for various affirmative action programs. Their mantra has traditionally...

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.

Get to know your diction

That was an interesting little article on buying used cars. What caught my attention though, was the word “jipped” at the end of the...

R.E.S.P.E.C.T _” Find Out What It Means To Me

Last week, I introduced my stand on the issue of “man” and let readers know what to expect from me in the future. Now,...

Part 4 of 4: Increasing taxes on the rich

Part 3/4: Gross inequity hurts GDP Part 2/4: Making the case for the wealthy Over the last month, I’ve tried to convince readers that increasing taxes...

New dining provider not fulfilling expectations

At the end of last year, UAA eagerly anticipated revived dining on campus. Aramark was out and replacing it was NANA Management Services, a combination of co-owners NANA Regional Corp Inc., a Native corporation, and Sodexho, the largest food-service provider in the country.

Obama’s tight campaign hard to beat

Basically, if Republicans think it’s in the bag, they need to think again. The economic numbers may only be slightly improving, but so is...

Consider the kids before yourself.

Hello ladies. I hope that you had a pleasing Valentine's Day. This week, we are back on reinventing ourselves, so I am discussing a...

Readying for registration

It feels like yesterday that fall classes started. And yet here we are, already past midterms, and many of us are close to choosing classes for the spring semester. Those who are lucky enough to be graduating this fall no longer have to feel the stress of carefully selecting classes to ensure a timely graduation. But for those that have time left, they will soon feel the pressure of figuring out their destiny for the upcoming semester.

Family: gotta love them

Hello ladies and gentlemen. This week we are going to talk about unconditional love and our family members. We don't love unconditionally. It is...

Senate employs political theater as unemployment remains at 9.1%

Last week Republicans and Democrats fought over who would get to vote on a bill that wouldn’t matter. For their part, Republicans wanted a vote...

TOE-TO-TOE: GUNS ON CAMPUS

Bearing arms is an AK state right By Calvin Henry The hysteria raised by the firearms debate makes logically arguing the subject a very challenging and...

Battling homesickness for adventure

It’s the little things that make my eyes water and my stomach clench. Sweat beads on the brow of my lip at 10 a.m. The...