News Briefs

Palin offers $500 million initiative for natural gas pipeline construction

Gov. Sarah Palin announced a bill that would require the state of Alaska to give the builder of a natural gas pipeline $500 million to start the project. The developer would need to match that amount in order to cover engineering and environmental research. Trillions of cubic feet of gas were discovered with oil on the North Slope, but the nonexistent pipeline has kept most of the gas unused. Palin plans to introduce the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act in the state Legislature on Friday. Marty Rutherford, the natural resources deputy commissioner, says that the state’s involvement will allow outside proponents know that Alaska is committed to being involved and sharing the risk of the project. Features of Palin’s bill include having to contract Alaskans for the project and giving Alaska five locations for the use of gas in state.

Flu shots available to students, faculty and community for $15

Lab tests the last couple of weeks show a rise in Alaska flu cases after months of very few reports of the illness. There has been plenty of coughing and sneezing in classes, evidence that the flu is spreading on campus. Registered nurse Betty Bang says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an increase of the flu in Anchorage residents. Flu symptoms include a high fever, body aches, sore throat and coughing. The Student Health Center has flu shots available to UAA students, faculty and the community for $15. The flu shot is only available for adults, and cannot be administered to anyone under the age of 18. Bang’s number one preventative measure for the flu is washing your hands. If you have any of the symptoms listed, drink plenty of fluids and take acetaminophen for body aches. If symptoms do not improve, Bang recommends seeing someone at the Health Center. The Student Health Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located downstairs in the Rasmuson Hall. To make an appointment or receive more information, call 786-4040.

Cabin Fever Debates reach final round with topic of the female body

The fifth preliminary round of the Cabin Fever Debates took place on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the Student Union Den. The debating tournament continued with the debate topic, “Government should prohibit the depiction of unrealistic female body images.” A panel of judges featured members of UAA’s Seawolf Debate Team, including four UAA alumni. Teams selected to compete were Seth Holtshouser and Woodruff Luputka; Jeremy Garner and John Spader; Chet Hand and Dezirae Martinez; and Caitlin Burr and Matti Iveson-Dupr?. The top ranked teams will participate in the final round on Tuesday, March 6. Each member of the champion team will 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. The public debates are free and open to the public.

General recognizes military program staff member for community service

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace presented a Joint Chiefs Coin to UAA Military Programs Administrative Assistant Matilda Wilson, for her service to the military community on Elmendorf Air Force Base. Pace is America’s highest-ranking military officer below the President. A Joint Chiefs Coin is typically presented to an active duty member, and it’s an honor for Wilson to be presented with the Coin as a spouse. Wilson is active in a number of programs for military spouses and dependants on base, including the position of a Readiness Assistance Volunteer who is on call for any of the military spouses and dependents. The volunteers are trained to familiarize themselves with everything on base instead of spouses depending on the squadrons. The UAA Military Programs offers 60 undergraduate courses per semester on base for military spouses and dependants.

Book of the Semester author T.C. Boyle to speak at Wendy Williamson

In recognition of the UAA/APU Book of the Semester program, T.C. Boyle – author of “Drop City,” “World’s End,” the UAA Book of the Semester “The Torilla Curtain – and more will visit UAA. Boyd’s work explores topics such as racism, identity theft, sexuality, the prolonged life and family drama. “The Tortilla Curtain” focuses on illegal immigration, specifically at the California border into Mexico. The story deals with poverty and desperation in a Mexican couple with hopes of living in America. The Book of the Semester program is designed to engage faculty and students in discussion about political, religious racial and cultural issues that are examined in the chosen books. The program is partially funded by the Ford Foundation and part of the Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues initiative. Boyle was born and raised in New York, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s and the Atlantic Monthly. Boyle will speak at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Tuesday, March 27, following a book signing. Free tickets are available at