Gathering feedback: This school is doing its duty

Knock, knock. "Mind if I come in for a sec?" "Whoa, hey, this stall is occupied!" "Oh, that's all right. I brought my own collapsible camp chair." "Err,...

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.

V-Day candy leaves bitter taste

People are saying that love is in the air, even though I only see snowflakes. Chocolates and candies in heart-shaped boxes line the aisles in...

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.

{Corrections}

In the July article "Anchorage go-go trend originates in martini bar," Ellen Arvold's name was misspelled. Also in that issue, the "Anchorage's sweet side" feature...

A serious name game

One of the biggest questions of the last 30 years was answered last week. The revelation came in a May 31 Vanity Fair article...

Short library hours a nusance

Students live busy lives, and there's no way around it. Students have to manage their lives around work, class and family schedules to make sure that they get all of their work done. For many who utilize the library, having broad, accessible times is a necessity in order to get their work done.

One-sided viewpoints highlighted by TNL columnist

This is a general reply to Daniel McDonald’s articles published in the Northern Light. It now seems pointless to discuss a single article as...

Road to natural natural gas line full of roadblocks

Last week the Anchorage Daily News published an article written by Bill Walker, a candidate for governor. The piece was centered around the idea...

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.

I almost hate church, part I

I almost hate church. Every Sunday morning I begrudgingly drag myself from my warm, comfortable bed, pretend I don’t smell enough to warrant a shower,...

International students enrich UAA

American universities are at serious risk of losing a valuable piece of their enrollment. After years of steady growth, international student applications are steadily...

New governor: go sell that natural gas

Alaska's petroleum-rich North Slope contains an approximate 35 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves, and an estimated 200 trillion cubic feet extra...

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.

The missing conservative in a flawed field

The search for an articulate and conservative nominee with little to no baggage has concluded and been found wanting. Republicans are left with their own version of the “lesser evil” vote in the primaries that begin in just over a month.

Fans should bring respect to the university

Excessive face paint and green and yellow wigs highlight rabid UAA sports fans. They bear cold weather and the uncomfortable dryness from caked-on body paint all in an effort to showcase their green and gold spirit. But the sports fans around the world also have a darker side.

Beware the commodification of Colin Kaepernick

Something that’s been missing from the debate about Nike’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of their 30th anniversary ad campaign is a...

{Your Perspective}

Unbearable review of Orso OK, so Mikey doesn't like it! Orso's fabulous d?cor does not fit to everyone's tastes, but those walls are...

Election Season is over, results are far from conclusive

Even though election season is over, the battle for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat has seemingly only just begun. After the Tuesday-night madness that is Election...

Student demands apology from Sen. Frank Murkowski

Last Friday, I was privileged enough to watch history occur. I am referring to the first entirely student sponsored gubernatorial debate in U.S. history....

Letter to the Editor: UAA is for education, not athletics

People attend UAA for education, not athletics.  The senselessness of competitive sports is responsible for so many broken dreams, broken bodies, broken lives. Yet...

Parking space grace

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

Sex: Christians need to converse before they condemn

So, I went to the Castle Megastore. You know, the former Pizza Hut turned porn store over on Sixth Avenue, across from Merrill Field? After that,...

{Your Perspective}

Letter from Ground Zero Editors note: This e-mail was received Thursday Sept. 13 from Jennifer Carr. Carr is a former UAA student and station manager...

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,...

Serial killers inhabit “The Inside” of our cultural psyche

What does a serial killer do? He kills. No. That’s incidental. What does a serial killer do? He practices ritual mutilation of his victims to titillate the...

Anchorage’s homeless blown off by public

As everybody already knows, every homeless person has a freshly pressed suit in their cart. At least, that is what the mayor of Anchorage, Dan Sullivan, seems to believe. However, homelessness in Alaska is not that simple.

Judge Corey is not to blame in Schneider case

The Vote No on Judge Corey campaign is a call to justice that all of us should sympathize with. Justin Schneider committed an act...

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...