FBI monitors colleges
The FBI announced the new National Security Higher Education Advisory Board Sept. 15. The board is supposed to better protect intellectual U.S. property by increasing communication between the college community and FBI, while protecting the information college campuses produce. The board will assist the FBI in understanding the cultural side of education and to create a medium the FBI can use to identify potential international security risks.
“Much of the intellectual property that exists in the United States is produced on college campuses,” said FBI spokesman Bill Carter, who also said other countries may try to steal the information.
The board chair will be Pennsylvania State University president Graham Spanier, after it is finalized later this year. PSU spokesman Tysen Kendig said the board’s impact on students is projected to be minimal, though an increase in research regarding national defense and security could occur.
Idea Bank takes over
The 290 responses to the chancellor’s Bureaucracy Busters campaign have been tallied and organized into categories of concern expressed by the UAA community. In a statement issued by Chancellor Elaine P. Maimon, processes in Student and Academic Affairs, financing and housing have been streamlined to make UAA more efficient. The Advising and Testing Center’s new open-door policy, quicker admission and registration for non-degree seeking students, elimination of the $5 fee for dropping class, more shuttle shelters and future improvements to the Main Apartment Complex are all changes made in response to the campaign. Maimon said the campaign’s success has spawned its evolution into the UAA Idea Bank, a permanent quality-improvement program. Students can submit ideas online or in on-campus suggestion boxes.
Bus fare increases
The Municipality of Anchorage People Mover bus system is increasing its fare rates, effective Oct. 1, 2005. Tom Wilson, director of public transportation, said the fare increase is the result of higher fuel prices. The increases were approved by the Anchorage Assembly Sept. 27 in response to the increased cost per gallon of fuel, from $1.48 per gallon to $2.38. Wilson said if gas prices drop, changing the fares may be considered. Adult one-way cash fares, which allow riders to follow an entire route, increased from $1.50 to $1.75. Bus tokens for adults increased from $27 for a 20-token roll to $35. Adult day-passes went up from $3 to $4. The UAA/APU U-Pass system still lets members of the UAA and APU communities ride the People Mover system free.
Tanaina raises money
UAA’s Tanaina Child Development Center held its annual fundraiser Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union. Tanaina provides early childhood childcare to UAA students, staff and the Anchorage community on the UAA campus. For a $25 donation, donors enjoyed dancing, door prizes, a children’s art auction and barbecue, as well as music by one of Tanaina’s own graduates, Amanda Kerr. Kerr is an award-winning fiddler majoring in education at UAA. Kerr’s father, Jim Kerr, also performed music and juggling at the fund-raiser.
UA gets constitution
The Creating Alaska project is donating an original copy of Alaska’s constitution to the University of Alaska Oct. 3. At a reception in the University of Alaska Museum of the North on the UAF campus at 2.30 p.m., delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, Peter L. Reader’s copy of the constitution will be donated as part of the university’s commemoration of the constitution’s 50th anniversary. Reader was the only delegate who actively opposed statehood in 1955, when 55 delegates from Alaska met in Fairbanks for the state’s constitutional convention. UAF’s Rasmuson Library archives will store the constitution.