News Briefs

Chancellor fills two administrative positions

Chancellor Maimon has recently appointed Director of Facilities Maintenance Chris Turletes as interim associate vice chancellor of Facilities and Campus Services. Turletes will be involved with planning and construction activities and environmental health and safety/risk management. Chris Mizell, associate director of Facilities and Campus Services, will be taking over Turlete’s former position. Maimon also announced that Senior Human Resources Consultant Marva Waston has been appointed interim director of Diversity and Compliance. Turletes and Waston are set for a yearlong appointment, but the positions can be vacated earlier at the discretion of the vice chancellor.

Intramural debating tournament continues

The Cabin Fever Debates continued its third and fourth preliminary rounds on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Student Union Den. More than 80 student participants and audience members were present. Most of the students haven’t previously participated in a formal debate. The two motions for the debate were, “The longevity bonus should be reinstated for Alaska’s seniors” and “Barack Obama would be the best choice for the Democratic presidential candidate.” Debate topics from the first and second round ranged from spanking children to military officers publicly criticizing their superiors. The student debaters presented their motions before a panel of judges, which included members of the UAA Debate Team. The final preliminary round will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Student Union Den at 6 p.m. The top ranked teams will then move on to the final round on Tuesday, March 6. Members of the champion team will each receive a $1,000 award and the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Universities Debating Championships in Los Angeles from March 30 to April 1. These public debates are free and open to the public.

Seawolf Dining converts to trans-fat free oil

The UA Dining Services Department has announced it will covert its fryer oil to zero-grams trans-fat fryer oil in all of its dining locations on campus. The new fryer oil consists of non-hydrogenated corn and sunflower oil, which is becoming popular in making fried food without using trans-fat oil. This change comes in response to previous research Aramark has conducted, showing that consumers are concerned with levels of trans fat. According to a 2006 study by Aramark, 27 percent of adults feel strongly about their trans-fat intake in meals purchased away from home, which has increased in concern by 6 percent since 2005. The new fryer oil is now being used at many Aramark-managed locations across the U.S. Aramark provides food services to 500 colleges and universities, including UAA.

Project focuses on minority pregnancies

Anthropology major Kimberly Fleming had her research project approved for funding by the Diverse Voices Project. The funding is a part of the Chancellor’s Public Square Fund. Fleming’s studies have shown that more births are occurring among women from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Fleming will provide further research among mothers of various backgrounds who reside in Anchorage, in order to have an understanding of how pregnancy and birth expectations compare with the birthing experiences and services they receive in Anchorage. Anthropology professor Kerry Feldman will serve as her mentor.