News Briefs

Chancellor apologizes on university’s behalf

The university is asking students, staff and faculty to forget a report it issued naming a student in an investigation of an alleged crime.

“I respectfully request that the UAA campus disregard recent publicity about the citation,” said Chancellor Fran Ulmer in a prepared statement Oct. 4.

University Relations issued a University Police report naming the student who allegedly made false reports about a robbery along the university trail system. A court verdict had not been given at the time the university release was issued.

Ulmer said the release may have caused unnecessary damage to the student’s reputation and noted the university’s support of this student.

The Northern Light ran information from the release in the Oct. 2 issue, including the released name.

The university has changed its practices when naming students allegedly involved in criminal activity and investigations. Student names will no longer be included in reports without the student’s permission.

Exceptions to the new rule will be made when students face felony charges, or in cases where “there is a danger and a need to warn the community.”

City library lit for breast cancer awareness

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Anchorage is turning pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month to help raise awareness of the importance of early detection. The Loussac Library, where students can check books out by using their UAA Consortium Library card, is lighting its fountain pink this month as part of the awareness campaign kickoff.

In Alaska, more than 300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 60 Alaskans die of breast cancer each year. Contact www.breastcancerfocus.org for more information.

Flu prevention offered on campus

The Student Health Center is selling flu shots for $15 in Rasmuson Hall Room 116. Until supplies are exhausted, shots are available on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:15 to 4 p.m.

Safety tops city’s new budget proposal

Mayor Mark Begich submitted the 2008-09 biennial budgets to the assembly recently.

The proposed 2008 general government operating budget totals $429.2 million. Revenues totaling $442.8 million support it.

In a formally issued statement, Begich said 36 percent of the overall budget goes for public safety, and the most noteworthy investment is $1.25 million to hire 20 additional police officers for the coming year.

A $13.5 million property tax credit is proposed for 2008 and 2009, according to the municipality. The Anchorage Assembly is requested to approve a $64 million bond proposition in 2008, with 71 percent for roads and transportation improvements.

Public hearings on the operating budget are scheduled for Oct. 23 and Nov. 6. Final action by the assembly is scheduled Nov. 13.

Governor appoints UAA student to council

Appointments that included a current UAA student, a former UAA intern and a former UAA student to Gov. Sarah Palin’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education were released this month.

The council is a planning and coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services and other state departments. It operates as the state disability and special education planning council under federal law, and 60 percent of the members must have disabilities or be parents of people with disabilities.

Ric Nelson, a UAA business management major, was appointed to a seat representing primary consumers of disability or special education services. He has served as an advocate for Hope Community Resources, and serves as president of a group working for greater inclusion of disabled citizens into society.

Debbie Kitelinger, a former intern for the UAA Center for Human Development’s Partners in Policy Making program, was appointed to a seat representing secondary consumers. She worked as an intern and served on the council’s Early Intervention Committee. Kitelinger, of North Pole, has eight children, including a son with cerebral palsy.

Julie Broyles, who received her master’s degree in special education from UAA, was appointed to a seat representing special education teachers. Broyles is a special education teacher with the Anchorage School District. She and her husband have a son with Down syndrome.

Professor preserves language with music

A CD with the only known recordings of of Dena’ina songs and speech was recently released with help from UAA adjunct professor Craig Coray.

“Dnaghelt’ana Qut’ana K’eli Ahdelyax – They Sing the Songs of Many Peoples,” written by Coray, is recorded by his father and with the aid of linguist James Kari and Native elders.

The songs on the recording include translations. The CD includes a text with photographs, annotations, transcripts and maps. It is intended to revive the language, song and dance traditions. The text is only being distributed in Dena’ina communities.