March 20, 2017 Alexis Abbott
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UAA's Alysha Devine guards Simon Fraser's Ellen Kett during UAA's second round in the NCAA West Region Championship. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

Ranking No. 1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and entering the West Region Championships with the No. 1 seed, Alaska Anchorage’s women’s basketball team had all the confidence they needed to leap over their first opponent in the tournament quarterfinals.

Little did they know, every team in the WRC bracket brought their best game to the Alaska Airlines Center, hungry to earn the championship and advance to the Elite Eight.

Friday, March 11 vs. Hawaii Pacific

The UAA women’s basketball team was put to the test in the NCAA Div. II Championship quarterfinals.

UAA, ranked No. 1 (30-1), survived an intense first-round matchup between No. 8 seed Hawaii Pacific (21-7), in a 63-56 victory.

“I’m proud of our ladies for surviving and advancing. I’m most proud of the way they fought back,” head coach Ryan McCarthy said.

The win made 30 total victories for the Seawolves against fellow D-II opponents.

The game got off to a slow start, beginning with a 20-15 lead by Hawaii Pacific after the first quarter. UAA trailed behind until a sudden improvement in play by senior forward Autummn Williams, who dropped a 3-pointer just in time for the Seawolves to walk out leading 27-26 at halftime.

The third quarter was when the game began to be in UAA’s favor, while the energy began shifting from the Sharks to the Seawolves. Although it was a low-scoring matchup, both teams brought high-level intensity to the court.

The Seawolves made a 43-30 lead after three-quarters of aggressive play.

Williams racked up a team-high of 23 points, with senior guard Tara Thompson not far behind with 15.

Thompson began the fourth quarter sinking four 3-point shots to change the game for both the Seawolves and the spectators.

It was clear that both teams were hungry to get the win, but by the end of the fourth quarter, it was Alaska Anchorage that fought harder.

The Seawolves advanced to the semifinals against No. 5 seed Simon Fraser (25-7).

Saturday, March 12 vs. Simon Fraser

After a brutal 40 minutes, the UAA women’s basketball team suffered a massive upset in the West Regional Championship semifinals. The Seawolves ended their 26-game winning streak to Simon Fraser (27-7) with a final score of 70-80.

This loss was UAA’s first all season to a Div. II team, wrapping up the record-breaking season 30-2. The Seawolves beat the Simon Fraser Clan twice before the WRC second round.

The tough matchup began with a tight score, ending the first quarter with UAA up 17-16. The Seawolves brought the momentum they needed to get ahead and by half-time they led 35-27.

After the halftime break, the game started to take a left shift, while the lady Seawolves only managed to bulk up seven points in the third quarter — the Clan racked up a whopping 27 points.

Autummn Williams made a noticeable appearance in the last quarter, leading the team once again with 18 points, most of which were made from jumpers in the fourth.

Junior forward Shelby Cloninger was not far behind, contributing 16 points to the Seawolves’ score. Sophomore Hannah Wandersee also made a lasting impression with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Kiki Robertson led the team in steals in her last game as a Seawolf and is now the GNAC’s single season steals record holder, with 109 steals. Robertson ends her career as the GNAC’s all-time career leader in assists, steals and games started, after starting her 128th game at UAA.

As the clock counted down in the last few minutes of the matchup, the desperation that both teams had felt began to show. Shooting free-throws every minute and intentional fouling contributed to an intense wrap-up of the Seawolves’ final game.

Outshot, but not outplayed, nationally-ranked UAA ended their record-breaking season with blood, sweat and a lot of tears.

March 20, 2017 Brenda Craig
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Students are encouraged to seek an advocate for STAR if they are in need. STAR is located on the first floor of Rasmusen Hall. Photo credit: Young Kim

Standing Together Against Rape advocates are the newest addition to Rasmuson Hall. Located in room 118 within the Student Health and Counseling Center open to students, faculty and staff, STAR is a confidential community-based resource to contact with any questions about power-based violence, such as sexual assault and abuse, dating violence, sexual harassment, improper conduct and more. They provide various crisis intervention support services along with long-term support for victims of sexual assault.

“STAR is a community-based social service agency that does not have the same requirements for reporting to University officials as many resources on campus mandate,” Keeley Olson, program director at STAR, said. “If an adult over the age of 18 wants to discuss any dynamic related to these issues, they will find a safe, confidential, outlet through STAR. STAR can provide resources, both on and off campus, and options of which many may be unaware.”

At the end of 2016, STAR entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the university about the type of services they can provide and was invited to have an office at UAA by Chancellor Tom Case.

“STAR has been open to providing services on campus for some time, but, as with any service, there has to be a readiness on the part of the University. Nationally, there has been a lot of recent focus on campus sexual assault, thanks in large part to the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase the understanding and effectiveness of Title IX,” Olson said. “Along with that heightened awareness, the President’s ‘Dear Colleague’ letter and Title IX compliance investigations, more and more colleges and universities are recognizing they can partner with community-based services to provide more options for their students, faculty and staff. As a result, the University of Alaska Anchorage reached out to STAR in 2016 to begin the process of bringing its services to campus.”

On campus, STAR advocates will be rotating weekly with various backgrounds and connections to multidisciplinary associates to help anyone without discrimination.

“They come from human services, social work, criminal justice and other educational and career backgrounds. They enjoy close relationships with STAR’s multidisciplinary partners, such as Forensic Nursing Services of Providence, the Anchorage Police Department and the Department of Law,” Olson said. “STAR Advocates recognize that power-based violence does not discriminate. People of all ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual preferences and socio-economic backgrounds may need assistance. Students, faculty and staff will find STAR welcoming of all forms of diversity and eager to help.”

Although STAR provides many services outside of campus, having a STAR advocate on campus will provide a direct resource. There are various systems of support that will be provided by STAR, such as helping organize a report or having a professional to talk to about concerns.

“STAR can provide confidential individual support and resource referral, reporting options on and off campus, safety planning, referrals to Title IX officers, support through the process of reporting, assistance with obtaining protective orders, criminal and civil legal advocacy, access to survivor support groups, individual trauma counseling and can be a sounding board for those concerned about a friend or family member they suspect is dealing with an issue related to power-based violence or oppression,” Olson said.

Laura Hill, direct services manager at STAR and one of the advocates that will be rotating on campus, believes this will help students, faculty and staff feel comfortable talking to an advocate and get the support they need.

“I hope that having an advocate on campus will help bring awareness to the high rate of sexual assault and domestic violence our state faces,” Hill said. “It isn’t something that people often talk about, which can make it even harder for someone to reach out for help when needed, but by having an advocate on-campus in a location that students are familiar with may make it easier for them to reach out for support when it’s needed, especially if the student walks or takes the bus. They don’t have to go out of their way to talk to someone; they can drop by after classes or schedule an appointment around a time that works for them.”

STAR not only provides a support system but also helps those looking how to be supportive to their friends and family. There are also ways students, faculty and staff can be involved with STAR through volunteering.

“We know that the incidence of sexual violence is extremely high in Anchorage and in our State, we can each help to change this. Most of us know someone who experiences or has experienced sexual violence or misconduct and we can be a good friend by learning how to be supportive of those in need,” Bridget Dooley, Title IX coordinator at UAA, said. “I would challenge everyone on campus to stop by STAR’s campus office and speak with the advocate about how to help or invite them to come to your group and speak about how to be a supportive friend. One more thing, STAR has volunteer opportunities, ask the advocate about ways you can help.”

The STAR office encourages anyone to come and talk to an advocate whether or not they need support services.

“You don’t have to be a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence to stop by our office either. If a student just wants to drop in to learn more about resources, come in to get information on how they can help a friend, ask questions or find out about volunteer or internship opportunities we’d be happy to talk to them anytime,” Hill said.

The STAR office is located in Rasmuson Hall, room 118. The office is currently open and ready to provide support to students, faculty and staff. If there is not an advocate in the office, STAR has a 24-hour crisis line at (907) 276-7278 or 1 (800) 478-8999 to make an appointment or, if urgent, have an advocate dispatched to the office to meet them immediately.

March 20, 2017 Brenda Craig

One stereotype that comes with being a college student is the partying and binge drinking. Every four years, there is a Core Alcohol and Drug Survey conducted on campus to assess the perceptions and use of alcohol and other drugs by UAA students.

In 2014, the survey was sent electronically to 3,800 students, which was completed by 454 UAA students who were required to be over the age of 18 and enrolled with three credits or more. They found that 85 percent of students believe that the average student uses alcohol once a week or more, while only 56 percent of students consumed on average one or more drinks per week.

The UAA Core Alcohol and Drug Survey was conducted by the Office of Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office and co-sponsored by Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol. UAA has used the Core Survey in previous years with the most recent one in 2014.

“It’s a positive social norming campaign, we did it this way so people can see even though most people think UAA students are getting wasted, actually we have a pretty healthy student body and this is the actual percentage and perceptions can be deceiving,” Amanda Kookesh, UAA’s Alcohol, Drug and Wellness Educator, said. “I think being in college and being a college student that you’re expected to maybe party and partake in binge drinking, I think that’s kind of the norm coming in whereas really you’re not, but we’re hoping that perception does not influence them.”

Whitney Brown, the assessment and strategic projects director at the Office of Student Affairs, had a huge role in conducting the survey from survey assessment standpoint of the methodology, administering the survey, data analysis and sharing the findings and results.

“We have pretty concise methodology, so we administered the survey to a representative sample of students, they needed to be 18 years or older to participate, so we filtered out anyone under 18 years old and they needed to be taking three credits on the anchorage campus during fall of 2014 when we administered the survey,” Brown said. “We administered to a wide net to ensure that the response rate that we get is able to be generalized to the population, so we had 454 students respond to the survey and then that was conducted over a three week period of time in November of 2014.”

To properly handle the data received by students, it was important to have several people evaluate the data.

“The way we do survey analysis is we bring in multiple people to analyze the data to ensure we have diverse perspectives as we’re looking at the data and remain unbiased when analyzing the data and also for data clarity to see if this makes sense, if we should further analyze additional aspects, stuff like that,” Brown said.

Not only was there a survey conducted on alcohol, but the use of tobacco and marijuana. In the tobacco findings, 67 percent of students believed their peers were using tobacco once a week or more. However, it was found that only 13 percent of students were partaking in tobacco use once a week or more. In the marijuana survey, 62 percent of students believed their peers used marijuana once a week or more, whereas only eight percent were. With these findings, time makes a difference in the results and the planning of exposing the facts.

“The campaign started off with alcohol so we wanted to make sure that came out before spring break, that ran for two weeks, and starting Monday [March 20], tobacco will run for two weeks and then the last piece will be marijuana and that will go with 4/20,” Kookesh said.

Over time trends and fads are likely to take place. This is the reason why the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey takes place every four years. Within these findings, there were other positive trends found in the data.

“There are some highlights in the data that I just think were interesting for me as I was analyzing them particularly when we look at trends over time, that’s why we do it every four years, to see what changes there are amongst our demographic. Two that stood out to me were driving under the influence of alcohol and that has significantly decreased from 20 percent in 2010 reporting to 13 percent in 2014 reporting that they’ve driven under the influence,” Brown said. “That’s a really positive change, and then also the increase in social non-acceptance of smoking tobacco, and that there is a significant decrease in regular use from 24 percent regularly use in 2010, to only 15 percent regular use of tobacco in 2014.”

It is unknown if the high rate of alcoholism in Alaska is what influenced students to believe that their peers were drinking more than they actually were. The survey is important because of the high rate of alcoholism to see what the perceptions were and the reality.

A lot of the time when there are surveys conducted like the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey many people don’t believe the results or they are exposed in a way that seems unbelievable. It was important to expose these findings in a way to encourage the positive environment at UAA.

The result of the survey baffles some students because of how often they witness their peers out drinking at the bars or on social media.

“I find the results shocking because when I go downtown I see a majority of the students that go to UAA in the bars or Snapchats of friends that go to UAA drinking,” Jordan McGee, radiology tech major, said. “I am proud to be a part of a school that is working hard towards their academic goals instead of spending their time drinking.”

Since studies at UAA have shown that only 56 percent of students drink at least once or more a week, some students find it comforting to know that their peers don’t follow the average stereotype.

“If the statistics hold true, it is very comforting to know that not everyone immediately turns to alcohol for recreational use or as a coping mechanism,” Annalisa Haywood, medical lab science major, said. “It’s good to see that many college students are breaking the stereotype of consuming alcohol on a regular basis, although I do believe that the true statistic should be a little higher than 56 percent.”

As of now, there is a recovery group on campus specific for college students, which takes place every Thursday from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Eugene Short Hall. This is going on throughout this semester and is hoping to continue through the summer and fall depending on availability of student staff.

The UAA Core Alcohol and Drug Survey can be found on the UAA website under the Dean of Students reports. The next survey will take place in 2018 to research the current use of alcohol and drugs.

March 20, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy
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Seniors Kiki Robertson and Autummn Williams became 2016-17 standouts for the Seawolves women's basketball team. Both players were honored with NCAA Division II All-Regional honors. Photo credit: UAA Athletics

With an outstanding and record breaking season, the Seawolves women’s basketball finished off the season unexpectedly in the NCAA West Region Championships that they had the privilege of hosting at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The Seawolves not only clinched the regular season and Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship title but also remained at No. 2 in the national division 2 rankings for the entire season and held the No. 1 seed in the west region up until their final championship game against Simon Fraser on March 11.

In the West Region Championships, the Seawolves first defeated No. 7 Hawaii Pacific at 63-56. However, head coach Ryan McCarthy knew the Seawolves could have played a lot better.

“I think we played with a lot more composure, but [that night] definitely wasn’t our best shooting night,” McCarthy said.

Large contributions were made by senior forward Autummn Williams and sophomore guard Tara Thompson, who had 23 and 15 points, respectively. In addition, senior guard Kiki Robertson made 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

UAA’s second game of the tournament, against No. 4 Simon Fraser, gave other Seawolves a chance to shine. Junior forward Shelby Cloninger came through with 14 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Hannah Wandersee managed a career-high five blocks, but neither effort was enough. The Seawolves’ season was ended with a final score of 80-70 against SFU.

The team and head coach McCarthy knew this was a possibility from the very beginning.

“One game and you’re done, there is no series like the big leagues. One bad game or one slip up and [you could have] it slip through your fingers,” McCarthy said. “I’m disappointed in certain areas, but I am most proud of how they fought back.”

Overall the team ended with an undefeated conference record at 20-0 and an overall record of 30-2. With the impressive overall season, many individuals were recognized after the devastating early end.

Williams and Robertson were recognized for their outstanding performances throughout the season, which earned each of them NCAA Division II All-Regional honors. The duo proved to everyone to exceed expectations.

“It was always good to keep going and prove everyone wrong,” Robertson said.

Williams earned the honor of being named to first team by averaging 21.3 points per game, making her the sixth highest scorer in all of Division II. In addition, Williams also earned the title of GNAC Newcomer of the Year and GNAC Tournament MVP.

Williams also broke the Seawolves’ single-season scoring record by accumulating 682 points. With the many records and honors that Williams earned, she now advances to the national ballot for NCAA Division II All-American honors.

The second UAA standout, Robertson, earned her title to the NCAA Division II Second Team All-West Region and GNAC Defensive Player of the Year by securing four different UAA and GNAC all-time high records. Robertson managed 700 assists, 382 steals, 128 started games and 116 victories.

Robertson was a valuable player on and off the court, not only pulling in many records and honors but also being an exceptional individual and teammate.

“We looked at last years team and it doesn’t really mean much to us anymore, we were trying to start new traditions and legacies for us and our younger teammates,” Robertson said.

With the commencement of the 2016-2017 basketball season, the UAA women’s team will lose three of their most valuable players, in addition to Williams and Robertson, senior forward Alysha Devine will also no longer be on the team.

Devine has made a substantial impact on the success of the women’s basketball team over the past four years, including being on the GNAC All-Academic team every year, while also previously being named as the honorable mention All-GNAC and MVP of NCAA West Region Championships. Devine also served as the team co-captain for three of her four years.

Although the Seawolves lost their chance to continue onto the Elite Eight, Simon Fraser doesn’t get the opportunity either, after being beaten in the final round. California Baptist University defeated Western Washington for the West Region title and will compete in the Elite Eight on March 21-24.

March 20, 2017 Brenda Craig

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Figure skating is filled with beautiful techniques, the graceful gliding across the ice and the countless spin moves captivates its audience. The beauty of figure skating performances makes many forget about the difficulties of executing each trick to get a perfect landing on ice. It’s refreshing to see the figure skaters at Dimond Mall when taking a break from shopping. Along with those figure skaters, is Jennassy Regal, early childhood education major, flowing across the ice doing a variation of spins on her skates.

Regal started figure skating at the age of seven after being inspired by her family friend at the Dimond Mall who was taking beginner ice skating lessons.

“Her mom encouraged me to try it because she knew I never skated, so I tried it and I ended up loving it,” Regal said. “I thought it was so much fun and I wanted to keep doing it, so that same day when I got home I asked my mom if I could start taking lessons. She said yes and signed me up that next week.”

In Alaska, Regal participated in competitions until the age of 16 and traveled two to three times a year for figure skating competitions and skate camps. After participating in competitions over the years, Regal decided that competition skating was not for her.

“As much I loved skating, learning new skills and traveling, I absolutely hated competing. It wasn’t my thing,” Regal said. “I don’t know if it’s because I started competing at a very young age, and I trained a lot in elementary and middle school. [However], I found it very stressful and after doing it [for] so many years, I got burned out of competitions, but I still participated in skating shows sometimes just for fun.”

Like most team activities, there is a lot of bonding time with teammates, which is Regal’s favorite thing about ice skating.

“My favorite thing about figure skating was the traveling with the skating team. Even though we spend most of our time skating, we made time for team dinners, sleepovers and doing touristy things,” Regal said.

Although Regal hardly participates in figure skating competitions, she still makes time to skate a few times a week and is teaching skate lessons at Ben Boeke in their Learn to Skate Program.

“Every Saturday during the Learn to Skate weeks, I would teach usually beginners and some experienced skaters,” Regal said. “I taught them the basics such as falling down and getting up, then marching and after that, gliding. My favorite was the toddler class. It was definitely a lot of work, but I had so much fun teaching them.”

Currently, Regal is working on getting insured so she can start teaching private skate lessons. Teaching children is something Regal is passionate about, not only in skating. In the future, she wants to become a special education teacher.

March 20, 2017 Cheyenne Mathews

On March 6, UAA Students United hosted From the Front Lines. Featuring Israeli Defense Forces Major Abdallah at the event. Abdallah, whose full name has not been released for security reasons, is a Druze Combat and Elite Combat soldier who searches for terror tunnels.

Maria Lilly, president of UAA’s Students United, said the event aligned with Students United’s Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian human rights mission. Lilly worked with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, or CAMERA, to bring Abdallah to UAA.

“[CAMERA has] an on-campus program that sponsors speakers from Israel to come to the United States and speak…” Lilly said. “The goal there is to advocate for Israel and bring attention to the plight of Palestinians in the Middle East because a lot of what we hear in the media is not accurate. A lot of it is biased. It is a very complicated situation… [and] part of our goal is just to bring that to campus, some perspective and to build a community where Christians, Jews, Muslims and even people who aren’t of a particular faith can come together and brainstorm about an issue that’s close to a lot of people and that’s probably one of the most complicated conflicts of our time.”

Abdallah’s lecture was question oriented and members of the community, as well as, UAA students, asked questions about politics between Israel and the United States, terrorism, media reporting on Israel and the West Bank settlements. When asked about media reporting of Israel, Major Abdallah said part of why he does these talks is to give his perspective of what is going on in Israel.

“I don’t really follow the media in the states, [so I don’t] really know what they report…,” Major Abdallah said. “As I said before, meeting with people I can tell the story from my eyes. Sometimes they [are] reporting… We spoke about the [terrorist] tunnels here and that’s not the reality on the ground.”

Abdallah is a Druze which is a small religious sect in the Middle East, Israel in particular, that integrated into the army after Druze leadership decided to be a part of Israel, Abdallah said.

The majority of his question and answer period discussed his role as an engineering combat officer and battalion commander who has destroyed 19 terrorist tunnels. Abdallah’s first language is a Druze dialect, but he also speaks Arabic, Hebrew and, as of three years ago, he learned English in order to talk more about the way he sees the two-state solution reported in the United States.

Eric Tauriainen attended the event and asked Abdallah about the political relationship between the United States and Israel.

“My brother served in the military here, and I think it’s interesting to hear what’s going on. I’m not sure exactly what our media is telling us,” Tauriainen said. “I wanted to find out first hand what this [man] can tell us and what he can’t.”

Students United has hosted several other speakers on campus in the past, including Holocaust survivor Irving Roth, photojournalist Gil Cohen-Magen and Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat Ishmael Khaldi.

March 20, 2017 Sarah Tangog
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Buying a shamrock at a participating Kaladi Brother's location can help the MDA help those in need as well as further research. Photo credit: Young Kim

It’s been a common belief that muscular dystrophy has no cure. However, because of emerging technology, this may no longer be the case. A device called CRISPR is becoming more popular and may be the answer to curing not only neuromuscular diseases but also many genetic disorders.

Muscular dystrophy is the degeneration of muscles. It often prevents patients from walking, moving and using voluntary muscles. Eventually, certain muscular dystrophies may affect vital organs, such as the heart and the vocal cords.

Though there are nine different types of muscular dystrophy, most are linked to disorders in the DNA.

“They’re mutations in normally occurring genes,” Wayne Johnson, a family care administration assistant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association office, said. “CRISPR can be used to ‘fix’ that.”

CRISPR itself is a bacterial immune system and acts as a pair of genetic scissors.

“It is a system of RNA molecules and Endonuclease proteins that recognize viral DNA/RNA and destroy it,” James Wilson, biology major, said.

With CRISPR, scientists can either insert or remove a section of DNA, thereby, changing the way that gene operates. With muscular dystrophy, the gene — or lack thereof — that causes the disease will be the target gene to cure.

“The CRISPR machinery would be delivered via injection with viral particles to penetrate cells,” Wilson said.

The hope is that this therapy will “fix” the damaged DNA and spread onward to other cells.

CRISPR is a scientific discovery, and all scientific discoveries come with an ethical limitation. Though scientists and doctors should be wary of how they use this new technology. Overall, CRISPR is a beneficial treatment and may be the key to curing degenerative muscular diseases once and for all.

March 20, 2017 Sarah Tangog

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Too often we find ourselves caught in the whirlpool of life and revert to our fantasies. There are plenty of geeky universes out there to keep audiences entertained and fans on their toes. Hiding in our fantasy worlds seem like a simple escape, but sometimes we get caught up in the ins and outs of other worlds that we forget to address our own.

“Imaginary Worlds” recognizes that and strives to bridge the disconnect between reality and fiction. Hosted by Erin Molinsky, “Imaginary Worlds” is a podcast that focuses on why we choose to believe our fictional universes more than our own.

The podcast launched its first episode, “Origin Stories,” in 2014. Since then, Molinsky has brought in writers, directors and fellow die-hard fans to discuss, indulge and answer questions about universes we think we already know. Addressed within the episodes are stories similar to the Star Wars universe, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and even J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.”

“Imaginary Worlds” releases episodes bi-weekly and leaves listeners craving more. Each episode is laced with the origins of the universe, the complexities of conflict and the questions that fans all ask. Molinsky himself is a relatable narrator and isn’t afraid to display his obsessions and interests to the audience.

Fans of fiction and fantasy will easily relate to how big of an impact these universes make on our lives and, more importantly, listeners will see how vital the juxtaposition between real and imaginary really is.

March 20, 2017 Alexis Abbott

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The Anchorage Municipal Assembly set an ordinance to require health care practitioners and facilities, upon request, to provide an estimate of anticipated health care charges. The vote to pass the law was 9-1.

The ordinance advises medical providers to give patients a price estimate for health related services within 10 business days upon their request. The measure does not apply to emergency services.

An estimate of reasonably anticipated charges will include a brief description of procedures and services, standardized billing codes, facility fees and individualized charges.

Also included is a notice to consult with the patient’s insurer, letting them know they may contact his or her health insurer for additional information regarding cost responsibilities.

Assembly member Forrest Dunbar hopes that the new law will allow Alaskans to seek out better value and more accurately build their family budgets.

“I understand that healthcare billing is complicated and that varying insurance and individualized care means every case is different. Still, I think it is reasonable and necessary for healthcare providers to provide estimates of what they are going to charge their patients, even if those estimates aren’t always exact,” Dunbar said. “Without some frame of reference, it becomes impossible for patients to compare prices or even do their own family budgeting.”

Assembly vice chair Dick Traini also participated in the vote of the recent healthcare transparency ordinance.

“Everything you buy, you know the price of… You should be able to buy your medical care with a price up front. I think it will be successful when people realize that they have a choice, and they’ll start asking for their cost estimates,” Traini said.

Gabriel Garcia, professor of public health at UAA, supports the ordinance that requires medical providers to give cost estimates before working on patients. Garcia believes that this new law has a lot of benefits for the people of Anchorage.

“Markets cannot function efficiently without meaningful pricing information. An increasing number of people today are becoming more curious about the price of their health care, and they are beginning to understand that more expensive care does not necessarily translate to better outcomes. Healthcare prices vary significantly between providers for the same services,” Garcia said. “Knowing the cost of medical care can empower healthcare consumers and potentially lead to reducing health care costs.”

Failure to timely provide an estimate will result in a daily fine of $100 until the estimate is provided to the prospective patient. The total fine may not exceed $1,000.

The ordinance was passed and approved on Feb. 28 and will be effective 60 days after on May 28.

March 20, 2017 Jacob Holley-Kline

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Making something as straightforward as “The Red Turtle” is no easy task. Making something so simple and as incredible as “The Red Turtle” is even harder. Although, somehow it meets the challenge. It’s about a nameless man who, set adrift by a storm, washes up on an island’s shore. He gets his bearings and starts to explore, gathering resources for food and shelter. Once he’s settled in, he makes three rafts, all of which are destroyed by what he finds out to be a red turtle. That red turtle comes on shore one day, and the man makes a choice that has, to put it lightly, unpredictable consequences.

I assure you, those consequences aren’t what you think they are. This movie has a fascinating tension to it because, without dialogue or explanation at all, it’s hard to know what’s going to happen. Some moments are more transparent, but all of them are tearjerkers. “The Red Turtle” is one of those animations that’s beautiful enough to make viewers tear up on sight.

That’s thanks to the animation and music equally. Studio Ghibli co-produced, so the visual sensibility is familiar. It’s soft and warm, even in the roughest moments. However, when coupled with director Michael Dudok de Wit’s style it looks like the perfect marriage between Japanese ink wash painting and Chinese watercolor. Animation like that calls for quietude, and “The Red Turtle” has that in spades.

Without spoiling too much, more characters show up eventually. Even then, there’s no dialogue. The most moving moments in here, especially the drawing-in-the-sand scene, are built on silence. At points, it feels like “The Red Turtle” taps into the kind of communication we knew as children but have forgotten. In those days, everything was big, and everything was fascinating.

The stunning landscapes will have viewers feeling just that way: eager to hunt the frame for every minute color shift. The characters themselves are so organic on the island that differentiating them, narratively speaking, is impossible. With its magical realist edge, the man and his companions are drawn even closer to the land. Above that, however, “The Red Turtle” is an exercise in setting. Through subtle framing and parallax, the island’s dominance of its inhabitants is clear. De Wit is careful to assert that dominance in every small and large way he can.

There’s a timely discussion here about our place in nature and how we find meaning in it. Going that deep, though, doesn’t feel quite right. The movie’s magic comes from its matter-of-factness. It’s a compact tale where everything viewers see on screen happens. The story finds meaning for its own sake: the images and what they mean are one in the same. Analyzing that is dangerous because its meaning isn’t in the interpretation, it’s in the feeling.

The music, on the other hand, adds a lot but threatens to overstate the point. Everything about the movie is so quiet that fluffing it up with a swelling score sometimes feels like a disservice. When it works, though, it really works. When it’s comfortable being as simple as the movie, the whole feels transcendent. In those moments, getting lost in “The Red Turtle” is easy, and finding your way back feels like a disappointment.

March 20, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy
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Sophia Hyderally performing her first place routine. Photo credit: Skip Hickey

After a relatively quick and generally successful regular season, the Seawolves’ gymnastic team took on the last meet for the majority of the women. UAA has only been in competition since Jan. 11 but has managed to compete in nine different meets in the eight-week period.

With many individual and team records and accomplishments, the Seawolves aimed to reach their season-high score of 192.700, a large improvement from their season-low of 188.950. In addition, many individuals were set on their goals of improving season personal records.

UAA had returners such as 2016-17 season standouts Madeline Arbuckle, Kendra Daniels and Kallie Randolph made appearances at the meet to work on personal scores. In addition, many freshmen joined them in the meet, and senior Nicole Larkin wanted to make the meet worth it for them.

“For the freshmen who didn’t really know [what to expect], we hoped to bring in some energy and competition in to the meet for them,” Larkin said.

A part of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, UAA competed in the league championships on March 18 in San Jose, California. The Seawolves entered the meet with a regional qualifying score of 190.635 while they had an average team score of 190.133, which is good for the No. 6 seed. However, with only six teams in the conference championships, the Seawolves and head coach Paul Stoklos knew they were starting off at the back of the pack.

“We knew we were going in last, and our goal [was] to move up in the lineup. It would take the meet of our lives and some critical errors from the other teams,” Stoklos said.

The standout performance of the meet on UAA’s side stands with a first place tie in beam for freshman Sophia Hyderally. The Alabama local was able to secure the school-record in the event with a 9.925. This also increased her personal record in the event from her previous one of 9.825.

Hyderally’s individual MPSF title became the first one in UAA history to ever be earned on beam, as well as being the ninth one in any event.

The second high individual scorer on the Seawolves side was Randolph in floor. She tied for 16th with a 9.725.

The only all-arounder on the Seawolves’ side was Arbuckle. The Winnipeg local finished with a total score of 36.850, with top scores in bars (9.6) and floor (9.475).

In addition, the Seawolves managed to surpass their former team high score of 48.650 in beam to a 48.950. Top scorers that contributed to the new record included Hyderally (9.825), Daniels (9.675), Randolph (9.650), sophomore Kaylin Mancari (9.650) and Larkin (9.625).

“The team really stepped up and we had the high score of the season… we were able to get some good quality training time in and some rest [beforehand],” Stoklos said.

Overall, the Seawolves finished off the meet at No. 6, with no change from their entry seed of No. 6. However, the team isn’t entirely disappointed.

“We wanted to focus on our attitudes and energy and focus on ourselves rather than focusing on the outcome,” Larkin said.

No individuals from the team are expected to qualify for the NCAA West Regional Championships, therefore officially ending the 2017 gymnastics season for the Seawolves.

March 20, 2017 Victoria Petersen

Spice up your life with this homemade hot sauce recipe. Made to be flavorful, but also pack heat, this hot sauce is easy and simple to make.

Ingredients:

1 jalapeno pepper

4 serrano peppers

1 tablespoon of salt

1 cup of vinegar

Directions:

1. In a sealable container, add diced peppers, salt and vinegar.

2. Seal the container and put in a cool dry play for four days to age.

3. After four days, remove ingredients and place in a blender or food processor and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

4. Place back in container or in a new container to store.

March 5, 2017 Brenda Craig
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Arielle Neithercoat performs an FS boardslide at a terrain park in Alaska. Photo credit: Arielle Neithercoat

Once winter hits, many can’t wait to hit the slopes on their skis or snowboard. Freeriding down the mountain can give a feeling unlike any other, but for Arielle Neithercoat, biology major, locking into a rail on her snowboard gives her the ultimate bliss. Neithercoat has been snowboarding for 18 years and around the age of 12 she gained the courage to hit her first box at Hilltop Ski Area and has been hooked ever since.

“I just love how it makes me feel, I love that I don’t have to think about anything else when I’m snowboarding and when I get on a feature and lock in and it feels amazing,” Neithercoat said.

After carving down the mountain repetitively, Neithercoat grew bored with the idea of snowboarding the same lines, which influenced her to experiment.

“At some point, I guess I just got bored of groomers and wanted to try something more,” Neithercoat said. “I’m not sure really, maybe I was just trying to scare the crap out of my parents. My mom still hates the idea of me throwing myself at metal objects.”

Although Neithercoat has jibbed many terrain parks and street spots, she appreciates originality when it comes to snowboard features and tricks.

“Favorite obstacle? I’m a simple girl really, there’s nothing like a nice long mellow down bar to get me all giddy,” Neithercoat said. “Favorite trick hands down will always be a solid between the feet front board. I will do those all day, every day on every hit in the park, and be happy as a clam.”

Neithercoat’s love for snowboarding is not the only thing that has grown over the years, but her love for the people it has exposed her to. While gaining meaningful relationships, snowboarding has also been a stress reliever.

“I love the people it’s [snowboarding] introduced me to over the years, I’ve met a lot of really interesting people, and made some top notch friends,” Neithercoat said. “I met my boyfriend of seven and a half years from snowboarding at hilltop when we were tweens. I love the direction it took me in life, I think it helped me gain confidence, and it’s a good outlet for stress because when I’m snowboarding, that’s all I’m thinking about.”

Hitting the terrain park can be nerve-racking, Neithercoat encourages girls wanting to experiment with snowboard obstacles to go for it and embrace and learn from falling.

“For girls wanting to learn to jib, you have to just be prepared to fall and fall a lot, it’s inevitable. You’re not going to get good unless you just keep on getting back up. Learning to jib is scary as hell, I know, it still scares me, but it’s totally worth it,” Neithercoat said.”

Besides work, school and snowboarding, Neithercoat is working on exciting research that will allow her to present her findings and travel in the near future.

“I do bat research here at UAA, so I go out in the summer and catch bats and we take data on them. I left some data loggers over in the Copper River area and I just picked those up and right now I’m doing the data analysis on them,” Neithercoat said. “I head to Madagascar in a couple months to work on lemur research in the jungle over there.”

Neithercoat is looking forward to her trip to Madagascar doing lemur research, which is similar to her plans after college.

“I plan on being a primatologist and living in the jungle with lemurs once I’m finally done with school. In the meantime, I’m probably just going to keep on snowboarding, and see where it goes,” Neithercoat said.

Like many snowboarders, Neithercoat plans on snowboarding until her body gives out. Look out for any snowboard video parts and research conducted on bats by Neithercoat in the near future.

March 5, 2017 Brenda Craig
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Provided by the Alaska Workplace Breastfeeding Support Project, the first lactation pod in the state is an alternative to bathrooms for mothers who would like to nurse in private. Photo credit: Young Kim

UAA has announced the first lactation pod in Alaska open to any mother that is nursing. The lactation pod is located downstairs in the Student Union, easily accessible due to its centralized location. This pod was provided by the Alaska Workplace Breastfeeding Support Project, which is a grant through the State of Alaska under the section of Women’s Children’s Family Health.

Corrie Whitmore, assistant professor of health sciences, lead the team that wrote the application for the grant.

“The goal of the Alaska Workplace Breastfeeding Support program was to just help Alaska employers in the workplace improve their accommodations for lactation, so for moms who are breastfeeding or pumping especially for their children,” Whitmore said.

According to the Affordable Care Act amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards, employers are required to provide breaks to employees to express breast milk for her child for one year after the birth of the child. This also requires employers to provide a place other than a bathroom that is private from coworkers and the public for mothers to nurse during the workday. Not only does UAA have a large number of employees, but also students and the general public that spend their majority of time on campus.

“One of the things that I think made our application strong was that UAA is an employer that has many employees, but we also have students who are parents that need a place to breastfeed and pump and this is a space that is open to the community so it also provides that option for our community members who find themselves here to participate in an event, take a class, or here for sports, so it’s a good option that will get a lot of use here,” Whitmore said.

In the past, the Professional Studies Building had two lactation rooms available for use. However, they are now being turned into a new pharmacy. There are other places on campus besides the lactation pod where individuals can go for breastfeeding needs.

“The other place people can pump on campus is in the study rooms in the library, so they are private rooms and they’ll give you tape and a piece of paper to put on the window in the door, so that’s one option,” Whitmore said.

The lactation pod has been stirring up excitement in the UAA community. Some students believe this is another step in creating an accepting presence on campus.

“I think it’ll be very beneficial just for the general population because, it just sets a presence that we’re a welcoming and diverse in general, not just for different ethnicities and orientations, but also for gender equality and I think it’s great,” Sarah Johnson, bachelor’s degree in human services and pursing an occupational endorsement certificate in children’s behavioral and health, said.

Without a lactation pod, many mothers resort to using a restroom to pump or feed their child, which not only limits their space but is also unsanitary.

“Personally, I don’t want to eat in the bathroom, so I don’t want to pump or feed my son there, but I also don’t want to use the bathroom in a way that limits other people’s ability to use the bathroom and inconveniences other people. When there’s something like this [lactation pod] it’s not inconveniencing other people,” Whitmore said.

Breastfeeding has become more acceptable in public, but nonetheless, pumping takes more effort, space and resources.

“I’ve fed my kid everywhere, there’s actually less stigma around that than there used to be and one of the ways we normalize breastfeeding is by treating breastfeeding like it’s normal,” Whitmore said. “It’s just hard to do that with pumping because pumping is something that you need an electrical outlet, a table and a place to sit. So you need more specific things.”

Not only is the lactation pod the first at UAA, but in the state of Alaska. Hopefully, in the near future this will open opportunities to provide more lactation pods around the state.

“The Student Union is a central location for campus, open 99 hours each week, easy for students, faculty, staff and guests to access,” Annie Route, Student Life and Leadership director, said. “[I am] so happy women will have a clean, private space to pump or breastfeed and not have to use a bathroom stall. It was no fun doing that when I was a young UAA mom. Thanks to Dr. Corrie Whitmore and the staff of UAA Facilities for their dedication to bringing the pod to our campus community.”

On March 24, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate Alaska’s first lactation pod at 2:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Union which is open to employees, students and campus visitors. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Bruce Shultz, and other campus leaders will be showing their support by attending the ribbon cutting. Also, the state will be giving away 50 onesies with an “Eat Local” design for mothers and babies who attend. Stop by the Student Union and check out the new exciting edition to UAA.

March 5, 2017 Brenda Craig
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Anchorage residents sprawl out on the floors at Williwaw for their Yoga and Beer event. The yoga class, hosted by AIR Anchorage Aerial Fitness is free, with discounted beer, bloody Mary's and mimosas. Photo credit: Leandra Murray

For the next eight weeks, Williwaw will be hosting Yoga and Beer every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. This event is a joint effort between MIX 103.1, AIR Anchorage Aerial Fitness and Williwaw along with many other local sponsors. There is a free yoga lesson instructed by AIR Anchorage Aerial Fitness along with discounted beer, and for those non-beer drinkers, there is a bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

Monica Gomez, Yoga and Beer event lead, works for radio stations KWHL 106.5, MIX 103.1 and KFOD. She is responsible for putting together the Yoga and Beer event, which has had a positive turnout. Gomez was inspired for the idea when she was in San Francisco and has been pushing for this event for nine months.

“I kept telling Williwaw that we should do Yoga and Beer, then they bought it and the turnout has been amazing,” Gomez said. “It goes on for eight weeks, we had over 62 people the first week, male and female. It’s just getting bigger each week.”

The yoga lesson starts at 3 p.m. but many people are showing up earlier to enjoy a drink and mingle before the lesson.

“Basically you get there from 2 through 3 [p.m.], setting up your mat and mingling, putting your name in for a drawing that we have, you can get some healthy snacks, but it’s been filling up so much that people are coming in early to save their spot, and then yoga starts at 3,” Gomez said.

Not only is there free yoga every Saturday, but a chance to win a raffle at the end of the eight weeks.

“The more weeks you come the more chances you’ll win and at the end of the eight weeks we’re giving out a whole year of beauty from Escape Salon and Spa and we’re also giving out a whole year of yoga from AIR Anchorage Aerial fitness,” Gomez said.

Leandra Murray, Anchorage resident, has attended all the Yoga and Beer events and plans on keeping that streak.

“My experience at Williwaw’s Yoga and Beer has been such a fun experience, it’s a great way to kick off my Saturday and it’s something I look forward to each week,” Murray said. “It’s a nice way to get your sweat on and let loose.”

For those who have always wanted to attend a yoga class, this is a great way to check out the friendly environment.

“The best thing about it is that it’s a free class, so if you’ve never done yoga before either it’s a good way see it and no one is better than anyone and that’s what makes it fun,” Gomez said. “It’s a healthy loving atmosphere, I just encourage anyone to come and try it and I’m just so happy I put this whole thing together for anchorage and I just love seeing our anchorage community come together.”

The Yoga and Beer event has been picking up each week and even if things get a bit cramped, more people are encouraged to attend.

“I recommend these classes to everyone, they are so fun and what is a better way to start your weekend than burning some calories, meeting new people and did I say bloody Mary bar? Can’t top that for a Saturday afternoon,” Murray said.

Yoga and beer is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and subtly meet new people. Especially for those new to town or just looking for something to get out of the house, this can be a great people meeting opportunity.

“People like me that’s new in town and hate the idea of going to a bar because of anxiety, I like beer and fitness and I like to meet new people,” Kyle Dickerson, Anchorage resident, said. “In my opinion, it was the best event I’ve gone to here. For a guy, it can be tough going into a yoga room and seeing you’re the only guy there, this event guarantees that more than one guy will show up.”

Look out for updates on the Williwaw Facebook page for further details on upcoming Yoga and Beer events. Make sure to go early to secure a spot, grab a drink and mingle with the community. Remember to bring your own mat.

March 5, 2017 Cheyenne Mathews
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Yunzhe "Karen" Liu, Weiyang "Cynthia" Diao, Jiyu "Tracy" Wang and Tracy Kalytiak pose for a group photo. Kalytiak interviewed the Chinese professors, who visited UAA from Jilin University of Finance, for the Green and Gold News. Photo credit: Tracy Kalytiak

If you’ve ever read the Green and Gold News, you know that UAA has some very talented professors, students and departments. What you wouldn’t know, is that the faces behind the Green and Gold also have their own incredible stories.

Kristin DeSmith, assistant vice chancellor for University Relations, is the team leader. DeSmith describes Green and Gold as the library for all of University Relation’s stories.

“The website is basically where we house all of the stories, regardless of which platform we use to send them,” DeSmith said. “One week we may produce three stories. One might go in the Alumni electronic newsletter, one might be our syndicated story that we send out to media, one may our social media story, and one may be a front page story. Those are specific places they’d be placed but they are all housed on Green and Gold.”

Some recent Green and Gold articles include stories about UAA Greek Life, profiles on international students and features about UAA construction management winning a national competition.

“[Green and Gold] is driven by amazing stories, whereas newspapers are driven, not necessarily by showcasing the amazing things that are happening, but [by] what stories they think the public wants to read,” DeSmith said. “We try to balance both of those.”

Joey Besl and Tracy Kalytiak are two of the writers behind Green and Gold, but outside of writing, both run. Besl is an intermittent marathoner, and Kalytiak likes to hike and run long distance. According to her colleagues, you can find her running up the Bodenburg Butte near Palmer multiple times a day.

Besl is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but he moved to Alaska three years ago for his current position. Before coming to Alaska, Besl was employed with the study abroad program, Semester at Sea, where he was able to write stories about the program while traveling from Florida to California the long way.

Kalytiak currently lives in Palmer. She moved to Alaska in 1997 and has worked at UAA for over three years. She’s written for publications like Alaska Magazine, Detroit News and Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Out of all the stories she’s written for University Relations, her piece called, “UAA DNP alumna: ‘Vivitrol’s the path to an opioid-free life…it gets you clean’” was her favorite.

Kalytiak had first heard about Vivitrol, the drug, on a hike with a friend whose daughter is a heroin addict. The Vivitrol article showcased a UAA student who was doing research on the effect Vivitrol had on heroin addicts who were taking it while in jail versus being treated after they were released.

“That was really exciting to write about because it’s so relevant, especially now with opioid addiction being such a huge problem for Alaska,” Kalytiak said. “It’s great to see UAA doing things like this, so relevant, not up on a hill somewhere, really out in the community.”

Another important member of the University Relations team is Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Kirstin Olmstead. Originally from a fruit and vegetable farm in Michigan, Olmstead moved to Alaska five years ago and has been part of DeSmith’s team for about six months. Olmstead said she likes the impact UAA students and faculty have on the greater community, and that one of her favorite projects was getting Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar Linda Chamberlain on Alaska News Nightly to talk about her work on childhood trauma and healing. Both DeSmith and Olmstead said the mission of the stories they produce, is to convince prospective to enroll at UAA.

“We have quite a few students who will inquire about coming here through the private messaging set up on Facebook,” Olmstead said. “That is part of the goal behind the stories, to help students envision themselves here.”

DeSmith added that stories her team writes are read by numerous different audiences and that those stories have prompted people to volunteer or donate money based on what they’ve read.

“One of the things that makes me really proud, is that I get to do what I love every day. I have an M.F.A. in creative writing, I lead a creative team here, and I get to use my experience every day. I love to be able to see how it impacts our community,” DeSmith said. “You make a difference in this place, and you make a difference with an M.F.A. in creative writing, where most places would not think that.”

Amazing stories are being written every day at UAA, and some amazing people are writing those stories.

March 5, 2017 Sarah Tangog

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Spring break marks the lull moment in the hectic semester, and for many, it means vacation time. However, those staying in Anchorage can have a vacation of their own. There are quite a few new events kick-starting this month and will still be available even long after the break has ended.

Thursdays mark Anchorage’s weekly boxing fights at the Egan Center. Each night features seven fights in an arena setting. All ages are more than welcome to attend, though children must be supervised by parents or guardians. Admission starts at $17 for general seating and $36.25 for ringside seats.

“You can purchase tickets at the Sullivan Arena, or here at the Egan Center when doors open at 6:30,” Leesha Smith, from the Egan Center, said.

The actual fights start at 7:30 p.m. The fighting season opens March 9 and ends March 30.

Also happening on Thursdays are the Anchorage Distillery tours. Tours start at 6 p.m. at the Anchorage Distillery. Admission is free, though restricted to persons age 21 and above.

“We grind everything on site,” Jacindra Franks from the Anchorage Distillery, said. An official tasting takes place before and after the tour. The tours run from March 9 to Dec 28.

Friday evenings welcome Friday Night at the Boulder. From 7-9 p.m., participants can come inside the Alaska Rock Gym and hang out on the second floor. Anyone and everyone is welcome.

“It’s a fairly casual event,” Elliot Stutzer from the Alaska Rock Gym said. Participants can ask Rock Gym employees for climbing advice, mingle with other climbers, or ignore everyone altogether and just climb. Though there is no fee for instruction, an $18 day-pass is required for entry. Children under the age of 14 must have adult supervision. Friday Night at the Boulder runs from March 10 to Oct. 20.

Though a trip away from home can bring an exciting break, trying something new can bring the same fun. This spring break, Anchorage definitely has a few new adventures to bring to the table.

March 5, 2017 Max Jungreis

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The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA’s college radio station.

Local:

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is asking the commander-in-chief to get behind a $45 billion Alaska gas pipeline megaproject as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to spend $1 trillion on the nation’s infrastructure. The request was parceled together in a letter with several other requests, including requests for federal tax exemptions, reduced federal oversight and billions in federal loan guarantees. All of which would remove roadblocks and help speed the project along. If approved, the Alaska LNG project would sell reserves of North Slope gas to Asian utilities. The letter was dated to Feb. 7. As of Friday, the administration had not responded to the letter.

National:

A New York Times investigation has uncovered a secretive cyber-operation by the U.S. government that for years derailed North Korea’s missile program. Three years ago, amid growing concerns about the DPRK’s intercontinental missiles, President Barack Obama ordered the Pentagon to increase cyber and electronic efforts to sabotage test launches. Not long after, North Korea’s missiles began flying in the wrong direction, falling into the sea and exploding in midair. Those who support these measures describe them as the cutting edge of antimissile defenses, crediting them with delaying North Korea’s ability to launch nuclear weapons at American cities by several years. Others are skeptical, crediting the failed missile tests to shoddy manufacturing and incompetence. After extensive research, including interviews with several officials from the current and previous administrations, the New York Times concluded that the United States still does not have adequate technology to defend itself from North Korean nuclear and missile programs. They are enough of a danger that Barack Obama, as he left office, warned Trump that they would be the greatest problem of his presidency.

Global:

On Sunday, ten of thousands gathered in Paris for a rally to support Francois Fillon. As recently as last week, he was the frontrunner in France’s presidential election. Now, a scandal has thrown the election wide open, potentially spelling the end of the European Union. In January, judicial investigators decide to investigate the former prime minister on the potential misuse of public funds after a newspaper revealed he had employed his own family for decades at a cost of hundreds of thousands of euros. It does not appear that his family members did any work. The scandal has left Fillon’s party, the center-right Republicans, without a solid candidate. Polls now indicate the race will ultimately be decided between liberal Emmanuel Macron and populist Marine Le Pen. Of particular concern to observers is Le Pen, leader of the National Front, a party with roots in neo-Nazism. Although now cleansed of fascistic imagery, the NF still espouses shutting down mosques identified as radical, banning Muslim items of dress and almost entirely stopping immigration into France. Perhaps most impactfully, Le Pen wishes to hold a referendum on whether France should remain in the EU. If France were to leave, it would combine with the recent loss of Britain to spell the end of the union.

March 5, 2017 Victoria Petersen

As the oldest libation in the world, mead is a sweet and delicious form of alcohol that’s fairly easy to make yourself.

Also known as honey wine, mead is simply fermented honey, water and yeast. Add flavors to your mead like oranges, vanilla, cinnamon or anything your heart desires. Once fruit has been added to the mead, it is known as a melomel.

All of the equipment needed for this can be found in town at Arctic Brewing Supply, or online.

This recipe fills about two growlers. If you don’t have a growler, you can get one at the brewing supply, from any brewery in town or from Fred Meyer.

You will need two rubber stoppers and two plastic airlocks to go on your growler. These are cheap and can be bought at Arctic Brewing Supply. You’ll also need a thermometer, funnel, brewing sanitizer and a stock pot.

Ingredients:

1/2 a gallon non-chlorinated water

2-3 pounds of honey — Arctic Brewing Supply has a few different kinds of honey on tap

Berries or fruit of any kind, fresh or frozen, about a cup

One orange

A handful of raisins

One package of champagne yeast (found at Arctic Brewing Supply)

Directions:

1. Follow the instructions on the brewing sanitizer (I used one step) and use it to disinfect everything that you will be using, including your funnel, pot, jugs, airlocks, rubber stoppers and stir spoon. This makes sure that bacteria won’t contaminate your mead while it’s fermenting.

2. In your pot, heat the water until it gets warm but is not boiling. Once the water is warm, add the honey and stir it in until it dissolves. Take off heat.

3. Take your flavorings and put them into your growlers.

4. Carefully pour the honey water mixture into the growlers using a funnel. You’ll want to leave at least five inches of head space.

5. Once the mixture is in the growler, cap it and shake it up for several minutes.

6. Now you have what is called “must.” This is the mead mixture before the yeast is added. Once your must is shaken and ready, you’ll want to make sure the temperature of it is under 90 degrees. Anything over this will kill the yeast.

7. Once the must is at an appropriate temperature, you can add the yeast. Distribute the packet evenly between the two growlers and shake them for several minutes to combine the yeast.

8. Put a little bit of water into the airlock and stick into the rubber stopper. Then stick the rubber stopper into the mouth of the growler until sealed. The airlock allows gasses from fermentation to escape.

9. You’ll want to keep your growlers in a dark place with a consistent temperature. A closet would work well. Within the first 12-24 hours you will start to see the yeast do its job and the mead will be bubbly.

10. After about six weeks of fermenting the mead is ready to be bottled or aged. Mead, like wine, can be aged. If you’re ready to drink your mead, it’s wise to bottle a little bit of it and store for a longer period of time to see how aging affects it.

March 5, 2017 Sarah Tangog

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There’s been much debate about whether or not the Confederate flag should be banned within the public setting. The argument stands that though it is perceived as an offensive symbol, Americans are granted the First Amendment rights and should be able to express their opinions however they want.

Earlier this semester, a picture was posted of several high school students from Chugiak High School holding a Confederate flag in the hallway of the school. This event has escalated a controversy about whether or not students have the right to express debatable beliefs and display controversial opinions in public — specifically in a school.

“It’s not a mystery what the Confederacy was about, or what it stood for,” Ian Hartman, a UAA history professor, said. “The Confederacy committed treason against the United States, fought a war against the United States government.”

The Confederate flag represents a strong symbol, it should be noted that students have the right to believe whatever they want to believe. The problem only occurs when other students are affected or intimidated by it.

Michael Votava, director of Student Conduct and Ethical Development, explains what would happen should a similar situation happen at UAA. The University’s mission statement and core values would be assessed.

“One core value is academic freedom and diversity. When you think of academic freedom, you think of the ability to present different ideas, and when you think of diversity you think of creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and included in the conversation,” Votava said.

Though students are encouraged to create their own opinions and stand up for their own beliefs, a safe learning environment is the University’s priority.

“If there were an incident on campus involving some symbol, was it done in a way that was disruptive?” Votava said. “We would have to really weigh the freedom of the individual to express themselves to how it would impact the members of our community.”

Overall, UAA’s stance on the matter is firm. Personal declarations of any symbol are okay so long as it poses no threat to fellow students. As soon as others feel threatened or unsafe in the environment, appropriate actions would have to be taken.

Fortunately, UAA doesn’t seem to have this problem.

“We don’t seem to have many incidents occur on campus that involve symbols that could be perceived by others as offensive. That doesn’t occur often on this campus,” Votava said. “It has always been one of my theories that UAA is one of the most diverse communities that I’ve ever lived in.”

Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. Everyone deserves to make up their own mind, but it should be noted that everyone deserves respect as well. Controversial symbols are controversial. Beliefs will differ about them and bias will certainly be apparent.

The bottom line is that UAA is a community that realizes their students are different and unique. It’s up to the students to build that bridge of respect between each other and, despite differing opinions, keep that bridge strong.

March 5, 2017 Jacob Holley-Kline

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There’s no way around it, the 3-D CG action flick “Gantz: O” is nuts, just like the manga it’s based on.

“Gantz,” the movie is a fearless work of imagination, chock full of beautifully rendered creatures and brutal violence. Unlike the manga it’s based on, “Gantz: O” is limited by the medium. A movie can only fit in so many set pieces and monsters, so the movie opts instead for a few memorable sequences over a hodgepodge of smaller ones.

There are enough terrifying monsters in here to change that, but director Yasushi Kawamura wisely uses them as a backdrop for the real big bad. Even then, a problem arises: how do you explain all these monsters? Thankfully, everyone in the movie wonders the same thing. The most asked question is, ‘What’s going on?’ and it has a beautifully simple answer: There are monsters from outer space running around wreaking havoc. Even then, the sheer number of them can get overwhelming.

Ending this chaos, though, has a not-so-simple answer. Our heroes, called gamers, are recently deceased people forced by an autonomous 8-Ball to kill those monsters in a set amount of time for points. Once someone reaches 100 points, they can either return to their life or resurrect a dead teammate. The movie follows Masura (Daisuke Ono) after he’s murdered on his little brother’s birthday. He wakes up in a small room (“Gantz: O’s” version of a loading screen) with the model Reika (Saori Hayami), the old man Suzuki (Shuichi Ikeda) and the young hothead Nishi (Tomohiro Kaku). As their name implies, they’re usually sent to Tokyo to fight, but this time, they’re sent to Osaka. There, they face a threat unlike any before, Nurarihyon, a monster in the skin of a small old man.

If that premise sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is. Most of the violence is over-the-top enough to not feel alienating, but there are some genuinely unsettling moments. The line between those kinds of violence is thin, and the movie walks it well, exploiting death as much as it explores it. Blood here is measured in gallons, and bodies are counted by the thousands. When something happens in “Gantz: O,” it’s big by design. Even smaller character moments, however weak they might be, operate on a massive scale.

“Gantz: O” is more like a video game than a movie, except the people and monsters are very real. It’s not explained clearly how the gamers operate in the real world. They’re essentially zombies with “Crysis” suits and energy-powered weaponry who can take a serious beating. Its main problem is that it builds a fascinating world and doesn’t explore it nearly enough, certainly not as much as the eponymous Manga series. For an adapted franchise like this, that’s not a bad problem to have.

March 5, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy
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Suki Wiggs prepares to make a basket during the March 4 game against No. 3 Western Oregon. The No. 2 Seawolves' future in the NCAA tournament is up in the air, as of publication. Photo credit: Paul Dunn

The UAA men’s basketball team narrowed in on the end of their 2016-17 season at the GNAC Championships in Lacey, Washington. The season leading up to the tournament had proven to be successful, but it wasn’t enough to push them past No. 3 Western Oregon.

The Seawolves have officially been in season since late November, in that time playing a total of 29 games, 20 being conference games, but only losing eight games overall. This put them at a solid position in the conference at No. 2 overall, with a 72.4 percent win rate. In addition, the Seawolves have won every single home game that has taken place at the Alaska Airlines Center, totaling 16 games.

Although the Seawolves came into the GNAC Championships with a solid base to take on Western Oregon, the outcome was debatable from the beginning. The teams have only played each other twice before in the regular season, each winning one game a piece.

Being close rivals back to back ranks in the conference and in the West Region, the March 4 game only proved their competition even more, sending the teams into triple overtime.

As it’s expected, head coach Rusty Osborne and the team had to make some adjustments and specific preparations coming into the game.

“We have improved over the last week and a half… we’ve had a few slip ups along the way but we were able to identify things and make small changes and [I think we] benefited from it,” Osborne said.

The first half led neither team to the lead, although the Seawolves sparked the first 5 points quickly by senior forward Connor Devine and senior guard Diante Mitchell, the Wolves initially trailed behind until both teams battled back and forth for the lead.

Although both teams battled for the lead, they both also made many offensive errors, letting the game be a primarily defensive battle.

By the end of the first half, only four Seawolves had managed to get points in, all being seniors, including Devine, Mitchell, senior guard Spencer Svejcar and senior guard Suki Wiggs. UAA only trailed behind by 2 points, at 25-27.

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Connor Devine seeks an opening to get past Western Oregon's defense on March 4. Devine played 45 total minutes in the game, which lasted into triple overtime. Photo credit: Paul Dunn

Throughout the season, the team struggled with the changes that had been put into place, but senior forward Corey Hammell noticed the positive changes occurring during this game.

“We’re playing better together, it took a while for us to get to know each other and learn to play together, but we’ve made the adjustment and we [were] really clicking,” Hammell said.

The second half again proved to be a defensive battle. The offensive sides of both teams ended with many errors and again only had the same four Seawolves score for the remainder of the half.

The Wolves started off with an increasing lead, but only at most being 8 points ahead. With only two minutes left in the game, the Seawolves led 54-53 until Mitchell extended that lead at 13 seconds left to 55-53.

With almost no time remaining, it looked as if the Seawolves were going to pull through with the win. However, with two seconds left Western Oregon’s Evan Garrison got in a last second layup only to leave the teams at 55-55.

This put them teams in the first two overtime periods that resulted in nothing significant, the first overtime period ended at 62-62 and the second overtime period ended at 72-72.

To finish off the games, the Seawolves and Wolves battled it out for the third and final overtime period of the game.

Wiggs came in strong with the first four free throws of the period.

Quickly things began to look positive for the Seawolves, however, not even a minute later WOU took off. With only two minutes left in the game, the Wolves held a 7 point lead. The Seawolves tried to catch up but unsuccessfully.

Western Oregon finished off the third overtime period with a 7 point lead, leaving the Seawolves with a loss at 84-91.

Although the team was disappointed with the outcome, Osborne reflected that the future isn’t set and stone yet.

“It’s one of those things that if you win you keep playing, if you don’t then we don’t really know, we’re right on the cusp of eighth [place],” he said.

The Seawolf men’s NCAA playoff future was announced along with tournament brackets on Sunday night after publication of this edition.

March 5, 2017 Madison Mcenaney
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Ives Viray takes the floor during practice with crew members at Express Studio. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

Express Studio is currently Anchorage’s primary break-dancing studio, located downtown on fourth Ave. The studio opened its doors for the first time last month and has been working to bring in new students since. Ives Viray and Jermine Bulaong are the two owners of Express Studio, and they have a very clear vision of what they want the studio to become.

“We want to attract people who really want to learn about breaking, people that are eager about the sport. As long as they have that drive, we will teach them,” Viray said.

To help bring people into the studio, Viray and Bulaong have begun to host monthly events that they call Room 100. Anchorage’s best breakers battle each other, showcasing their talents. The best breaker wins money and a trophy. Each month’s winner must defend their title at the following battle, and attempts to stay the winner of Room 100. The second round will happen on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Express Studio.

“Room 100 kind of looks like a big dance party, we had a lot of fun with the first event last month. Around 30 people came and watched the whole thing go down, so we hope that this month we get even more people to come out,” Viray said.

The break-dancing scene in Anchorage is small, and people like Viray and Bulaong are working to help make people interested in the sport. They started a crew, with members of all ages and skill levels who are passionate about hip hop. When open classes aren’t going on, they practice at Express Studio, improving on their breaking skills as well.

“This crew is brand new and we are still trying to work out some things, but every single member cares a lot about breaking and feels passionate about it. We all love working with each other and helping each other improve too, so I think we’re gonna do some cool things in the coming months,” Viray said.

Express Studio has open doors for anyone who is interested in break-dancing themselves, or even for people who just want to watch. Room 100 is one of the ways to find out about the talent at Express Studio, and the owners hope to hold even more events similar to that in the future as the studio grows.

March 5, 2017 Alexis Abbott
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With the imminent end of the Alaska Aces, the Sullivan Arena must look towards other resources to fill seats and create revenue. Photo credit: Young Kim

The Alaska Aces ownership recently announced that this season will be the final one. This results in a major scheduling issue for the Sullivan Arena, as the Aces have contributed to nearly half of the arena’s revenue since the semi-professional team originated in 1989.

Sullivan Arena hosts a minimum of 38 Aces games per season, which leaves many future dates that will need to be rented.

The folding of the Aces was a decision developed over recent years due to the fact that Anchorage “can no longer generate the kind of revenue necessary to sustain a professional hockey team,” Terry Parks, a managing partner of the Aces, said in a recent press release.

Without a professional sports team to fill the seats of the arena, management of the Sullivan will have to find other teams, concerts or events to book dates.

Sullivan Arena is an SMG-managed facility and is owned by the Municipality of Anchorage. SMG also manages venues such as the Dena’ina and Egan Civic and Convention Centers.

Joe Wooden, general manager of SMG, was not available for comment.

Chris Lawrence, a student assistant in the UAA Department of Athletics, has been a lifetime Aces fan. Lawrence, like many other fans, was heartbroken when he first heard the news that the team was ceasing operations.

Lawrence started going to Aces games back in 2002 with his dad and has been a season ticket holder since 2004.

“The one advantage I can think of is having more open dates for concerts or other events that may have conflicted with weekend Aces games in the past. However, there are a lot of venues that the Sullivan Arena has to compete with in town to entice performers to use the facility. It is a shame the arena recently renovated the seats, speakers, scoreboard, boards and plexiglass and seeing the Aces leave so soon afterward,” Lawrence said.

Like Lawrence, many loyal fans will be looking for other ways to spend their winter nights. Despite the unfortunate outcome of the Alaska Aces, this could offer a great opportunity for UAA hockey.

“Attendance for [UAA hockey] has dwindled over the years as well. However, potentially you could see Aces fans go to UAA games to fill their hockey fix. You’ll likely see more people attending UAA games and if they are more successful on the ice, I feel additional people will possibly grow to support their local team as they did the Aces. This will likely take time, but this is one of the few silver linings from the Aces folding,” Lawrence said.

The Aces ceasing operations will be a major financial obstacle for SMG and the Sullivan Arena, but management remains hopeful that new developments will eventually take place in their facility.

March 5, 2017 Victoria Petersen

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A Title IX compliance review put forth by the U.S. Department of Education found the University of Alaska to be responsible for several Title IX violations including unclear procedures for filing complaints, investigations of several sexual assault complaints that were not completed or never even initiated, improper record-keeping and insufficient training of Title IX personnel prior to the 2016-17 school year.

“As a student first, I was greatly dismayed when I read the cases identified by the compliance review. While these may not be representative of every incident, there is no margin for error for a university in ensuring student safety, and the cases therein showed clear and too-frequent failure at multiple levels of the university,” Sam Erickson, USUAA president, said. “As a student government official, I have been aware of the ongoing compliance review since 2015, and while the difference between a review and an investigation may seem minor, in this case it is important.”

Erickson also noted that the responsibility to provide safety for others rests on the shoulders of not just those in leadership roles.

“As emphasized by the Voluntary Resolution Agreement that the system entered into absent any threat of sanction, I do believe that UA is committed to addressing this problem. However, that is no excuse for past failure, and it means that our job — as students, and your elected representatives — is to keep up the pressure, and to always remind the university that a safe educational environment is a right for all.”

The 32-page report that summarizes the results of the three-year review was posted on UAA’s website on Feb. 23.

For the 2013-14 academic year, UAA’s average case processing time was 97 days with the longest case taking 403 days. Case processing times did improve at the university level in the 2014-2015 school year.

UA President Jim Johnsen signed a voluntary resolution on Feb. 17 stating the universities Title IX procedures will be improved.

“While I commemorate the work that President Johnson is doing, it is important to recognize that the UA System has a lot of work to do when it comes to campus safety and sexual assault prevention. While I do believe that reopening these cases is essential, it is also incredibly disheartening that these cases have not been previously dealt with,” Moira Pyhala, a political science student at UAA and member of UAA’s Generation Action club, said.

The agreement focused on 12 areas of improvement, including the reopening of 23 sexual assault cases identified in the compliance report for having been mishandled.

“While it is unfortunate that the re-opening of these cases came only after pressure from the federal government, I am pleased to see the university taking another look at these cases. The mistrust as a result of widespread mishandling of sexual assault cases all across the US creates major mistrust between students and their universities; UAA taking steps to demonstrate their dedication to protecting students is a move towards rebuilding that trust. In the future, I hope that Jim Johnson —as well as future administrations — ensure that cases are dealt with properly in the first place,” Robert Hockema, a political science student at UAA, a member of the Generation Action club at UAA and a former employee of UAA Residence Life, said.

UA has already been implementing improvements in Title IX offices including an amnesty policy that seeks to protect students who report sexual assaults in cases involving drugs or alcohol, increased staffing and access to more information and training.

“I do believe that there are several other actions that the University of Alaska could implement in order to ensure the safety of their students, including making sexual assault prevention courses such as the “Bystander Intervention” training that the Student Health and Counseling Center puts on mandatory for students who live on campus, along with installing cameras in all of the UA campus parking lots,” Pyhala said.

Much of the work done to bring sexual assault and sex education awareness has been promoted through student-led clubs and organizations on campus.

“It is my hope that the university continues to support the work of groups who are working on this issues such as Generation Action-Students for Reproductive Justice, DVSA Coalition, Student Health and Counseling Center, and USUAA,” Pyhala said. “I would like to point out that most of the efforts to bring sexual assault prevention to light has been carried out by student-led groups. It should be known that as long as these issues exist, the students at UAA will still push for justice and that our voices should be heard when it comes to creating these policies.”

UA will continue to be monitored as new procedures are implemented and improvements are made. As per the agreement the university will be required to submit progress reports. If terms of the agreement are not met the agency may initiate administrative or legal enforcement.

March 5, 2017 Alexis Abbott

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The Trump administration recently announced a plan to change the current transgender bathroom policies, which would reverse federal guidelines that require public schools in America to allow students to use the restroom that matched their gender identity.

If the change is implemented, it will be up to individual states and school districts to enforce bathroom policies for transgender students.

Newly-elected Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, issued a statement acknowledging the responsibility for the U.S. Department of Education to protect all students’ rights.

“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities and families can find – and in many cases have found – solutions that protect all students,” DeVos said in a Title IX statement.

The Anchorage School District released revised administrative guidelines concerning transgender and nonconforming students and employees.

The purpose of the guidelines is to foster a welcoming learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Heather Marron, ASD spokesperson, said in an email that schools in the Anchorage area will remain accepting of all student’s identities.

“The Anchorage School District remains a safe and welcoming place for all students. ASD has transgender accommodation administrative guidelines in place and has for some time. These guidelines will not change. ASD embraces all students and remains committed to providing a safe, productive learning environment,” Marron said.

LGBT students will remain protected by ASD and under Title IX — the law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities.

Sarah Hyland, a former UAA student and transgender woman, shared the importance of protecting the transgender community, especially those that are school-aged.

“The entire argument to deny transpeople access to the bathroom demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of what is involved in transitioning, and that it isn’t about transpeople using the bathroom, it’s about transpeople existing in public spaces,” Hyland said. “There are transpeople that avoid drinking fluids so they don’t have to use the public restroom or some that hold it so long they develop health issues like urinary tract infections. Imagine trying to plan your day around bathroom usage.”

Hyland stressed that the current political climate makes life more dangerous for transpeople, as she has frequently witnessed people being degraded for being different.

“How do we expect people to react when we tell them they aren’t worth protecting? That is the message we send when protections are denied or rolled back. We are all human beings and deserve the same rights,” Hyland said.

MoHagani Magnetek, a former TNL employee and transgender woman, advocates for the protection and equality of members of the transgender community who desire the right to be able to use the restroom without incident.

“I feel contrite for the young people across the nation who must go to school under hostile conditions. Shaming and ridicule are the least of concerns when children also have to face the very real possibility of physical violence. Transgender students are often easy targets for the misogynistic, sexist and violently prone members of our society,” Magnetek said. “Forcing our young people to utilize a gender specified restroom that they do not identify with is putting them at risk for harassment, sexual assault and murder. As an adult, I have accepted the risk of being in an unfriendly place, but for the young transgender children it is a more difficult challenge to confront.”

Hyland and Magnetek agree that the discrimination against transpeople is inhumane and that the presidential administration and public need to be better aware of who these people actually are.

Anchorage residents should not be fearful of inequality, as ASD is in full support of welcoming the transgender community and offering equal lavatory rights.

March 5, 2017 Cheyenne Mathews

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“I flunked out of college and have an Ivy League Ph.D.,” David Bowie said. No, not the English singer-songwriter, but David Bowie, pronounced Boo-ee, one of the associate professors in the English department. Bowie, wearing his signature bow tie, has lived the majority of his life sharing his name with the more famous David Bowie.

“My parents swear that they had no idea who he was,” Bowie said. “I went to a semi-rural southern high school, and sharing the name of a bisexual glam rock star was not really comfortable. I promised myself, the moment I turned 18, I was changing my name, but for all that starting college was academically an issue. I discovered that socially, my name was an asset. I stopped signing my name with my middle initial. I was like, ‘I’m going to own this.'”

For Bowie, college was academically an issue because the expectations were different than what he had learned in high school. In high school, Bowie was a self-described smart slacker type. It took getting kicked out of Carnegie Mellon for having below a 1.75 GPA for two consecutive semesters as a freshman for Bowie to realize he needed to change.

“Sometimes, you just have to get woken up,” Bowie said. “Flunking out of college, this was something that I had never experienced anything like that before. All of a sudden, I realized I actually had to work at it.”

After flunking out of college, Bowie attended Prince George’s Community College and earned his associate’s degree before applying to college at University of Maryland College Park. There, he found his future academic calling, but by accident.

Without realizing the future impact it would have, Bowie became a part of the linguistics department, solely because he wanted to be in one of the smaller departments. At University of Maryland College Park, he enrolled in several linguistics classes. At this point in his college career, Bowie had learned that reading the beginning of his textbooks was an effective strategy for succeeding in new classes. One of the textbooks introduced linguistics with the idea that language is fluid, and that idea resonated with Bowie.

“[The textbook said] the only place that the English language exists, is in the brains of its speakers,” Bowie said. “We’ve all basically come to an unspoken agreement that this is how we speak English… English is bigger than we tend to think. I grew up border Southern, I grew up being told all my life that I was talking wrong, and it kind of annoyed me. No, this is the way I talk, and so I was fascinated. There are actually people out there who think about language the same way I do.”

Bowie became very invested in the subject, eventually applying and attending University of Pennsylvania for his Ph.D. He was hired straight out of graduate school to be an assistant professor at Brigham Young University for four years before moving to University of Central Florida for six years. In 2009, Bowie was hired as an assistant professor at UAA, and he’s been in Alaska ever since.

Sharing the name David Bowie with a famous singer-songwriter has presented some interesting situations for Bowie, but the oddest moment of all occurred at the Anchorage International Airport, right after the singer had died.

“You’ve not lived until you’ve come in on a really rough landing, come up, really late, the flight was delayed, the airport was deserted, you walk into a deserted airport terminal and you see on the CNN airport news thing, ‘BREAKING NEWS: Your name, dies,’” Bowie said. “That’ll make you pause for a second until you realize, whether you believe in an afterlife or not, you have to agree that whatever one’s conception of an afterlife would be, it is not the Delta terminal at Anchorage International Airport.”

As a student of both a community college and an Ivy League University, Bowie said he can be empathetic of his student’s struggles while also realizing that an F isn’t the end of the world.

“[My own experiences] makes it easier to not draw generalizations about the students themselves from what I see in class. Perhaps on the less comforting to students’ side, it also taught me, if you flunk a class, it’s not the end of the world. It’s painful. And can be expensive, but it’s not the end of the world as long as you pick yourself up and deal with it,” Bowie said.

For the future, Bowie wants to continue studying the role of an individual in a society at large, he looks forward to raising his four daughters and he hopes to one day have contributed research for an atlas of regional varieties of English in Alaska. He is specifically interested in seeing how regional varieties of indigenous languages and varieties of English in Alaska interact.

March 5, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy

The state of Alaska is not only considered an outsider due to it’s proximity to the United States, but also with its blatant lack of professional sports — a privilege that much of the Lower 48 takes pride in. Up until now, Alaskan sports fans have had the Alaska Aces to follow and create local support around, but as of mid-February the decision to terminate the future of the team has been announced as a shock to much of the state, sports fans or not.

The Alaska Aces, previously known as the Anchorage Aces prior to 2003, have been competing in the ECHL for the past 14 years and were a part of two other leagues before that. Established in 1989, the Aces have been proudly representing Alaska for a total of 28 years, including winning five regular season titles, eight division, four conference championships and three Kelly Cups.

The announcement to terminate the team was an unavoidable choice made by Aces officials due to economic reasons and a declining audience, but it still came as a shock to the public that leaves many unanswered questions.

Anchorage locals, such as former UAA student and avid Aces fan Jon Mobley, are very baffled by the decision, especially since the Aces are the one professional team the Alaskans have.

“I go [to] the games pretty regularly, probably at least twice a weekend when they play at home.. it was a surprise to me. There have been a lot of states that have lost their ECHL teams, but it doesn’t affect them as much because most states in the Lower 48 have basketball, football, baseball and NHL teams,” Mobley said.

The big question that remains is the future of the Sullivan Arena, considering the amount of lost revenue. In addition, the UAA hockey team could take a potential hit for this – positive and negative.

Officials such as the Aces Managing Partner Terry Parks explained that they looked into all possible scenarios to keep the team, but every possibility leads to even more problems. According to Parks, the Aces lost over $1 million in 2016, a substantial amount that would be extremely difficult to come back from especially with the prediction of similar losses in 2017.

For just this season, the Aces are down upwards of 2,000 spectators per game, as well as over $250,000 in ticket sales and $600,000 in sponsorships.

Aces owner Jerry Mackie explained that he is extremely saddened by the final decision and feels as if he’s losing a family member, but there was no other option.

Without the team, the Sullivan Arena may experience dire effects. The arena will obviously have a lot more openings for scheduling that can be filled in order to replace the lost revenue, but it is doubtful that all spots will be close to being filled.

UAA hockey will still rent out the venue, and so will special events such as concerts. However, the loss of the Aces is already creating a downward trend after the Great Alaska Shootout was moved from the Sullivan Arena to the Alaska Airlines Center in 2014.

However, even though Sullivan might see a negative outcome, the UAA hockey team might gain the Aces lost audience.

“It could potentially be a really great outcome for the UAA team; Aces fans could become bored of restless in the winter and possibly go to [UAA hockey] games to get their fix,” Mobley said.

Currently, the Aces are on a road trip competing out of state, but they will have their first home game back in Anchorage at the Sullivan Arena on March 15. Afterward, the team plays several more home and away games until their final home game on April 8.

February 27, 2017 Max Jungreis

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The Edge Update can be heard daily on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA’s college radio station.

Local:

On Friday, the state senate’s Republican-dominated majority proposed a bill to reduce the state’s deficit by reducing Permanent Fund dividends and limiting government spending. Senate Bill 70 would withdraw 5.25 percent of the Permanent Fund annually. The fund is currently worth $57 billion. Three-quarters of the withdrawn cash would pay for state services, while the rest would go towards dividends, which would be set at $1000 each for the first few years. After three years, the withdrawals would reduce to five percent. Projections by the Legislature’s budget analysts show the bill reducing the deficit from $3 billion to $900 million. SB 70 would also cap the state’s general fund level at $4.1 billion, allowing it only to grow with inflation. It remains to be seen whether this particular bill, one among a few tackling the state’s budget gap, will make it into law.

National:

Last Thursday, police officers in riot gear cleared out the Standing Rock protest camps, arresting the few stragglers who had refused to leave the day before. Authorities used bulldozers to raze the camp debris, much of it set ablaze by protesters the day prior. Some ran to Sacred Stone, the original campsite established 10 months in what was the largest environmental protest in history. The movement was sparked by the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8 billion, 1,170-mile project by energy company Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline would carry oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota to Illinois. Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline will be a safer means of transporting oil than truck or rail. Opponents said the project threatened sacred native lands and could contaminate water supplies from the Missouri river. The local Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of Native Americans from across the continent gathered in camps to try and block the construction of the pipeline. The protest also counted as one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in history.

Global:

On Sunday, Malaysia’s health minister announced that the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s leader had been killed by a dangerous nerve agent. The Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport has sparked a dramatic heightening of tensions between the two countries, not helped by the fact that assassination appears to have utilized a banned chemical weapon, VX nerve agent, in a crowded public place. Although North Korea’s government has steadfastly denied any involvement in the incident, the Malaysian government has requested that local North Korean diplomatic officials turn themselves over for questioning. The Malaysian government has stated that four North Koreans provided two women with the poison to carry out the attack. The four men then fled the country; the women were arrested. One of them, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, claims that she was believed she was being paid to pull a harmless prank.

February 27, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy
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Senior guard Kiki Robertson stays focused during an offensive play during Saturday, Feb. 25's win over Simon Frasier. Photo credit: Simon Fraiser Athletics

As the women’s basketball season is nearing the end, the team only seems to defy all odds and continues to break records. Before coming into the weekend, the women had already cliched a 21 game win streak, as well as remaining the reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference and West Regional No. 1 seeds. In addition, the women still hold their No. 2 position in the national division II rankings, only 31 points behind the No. 1 Ashland.

The Seawolves came into the weekend of Feb. 23-25 prepared to play the second two highest seeds in the conference, first, No. 2 Western Washington and No. 3 Simon Fraser.

Thursday, Feb. 23 vs. Western Washington

Being No. 2 in the conference, the team and head coach Ryan McCarthy knew it wouldn’t be an easy game.

“They’re a well coached team and they play very hard… We haven’t played them since the beginning of December, but we can diversify what we can and cannot do and change things up,” McCarthy said.

The Seawolves debuted the night against WWU with the first lead of the night, credited early on to senior guard Kiki Robertson and senior forward Autummn Williams.

By the end of the first quarter put the Seawolves ahead, but only by 3 points, something that the team wasn’t used to, usually obtaining a lead much larger. Slowly redeeming themselves, the Seawolves pooled their effort with eight of the women securing points.

By halftime, the Seawolves had a slightly larger lead at 32-23. Temporarily, they stayed within in a safe lead, enough to get them through the third quarter.

Junior forward Sierra Afoa and Williams came into the spotlight after halftime, managing a combined 10 points total to keep the team at a steady 10 point lead coming into the fourth quarter.

Quickly, the game started to go downhill for the Seawolves. With many offensive errors and not enough points, Western Washington managed to tie the game up, sending the teams into overtime.

Each team managed to score 10 points in the first overtime period, reluctantly sending the game into a second overtime, with Williams having scored 5 of those 10 points.

Second overtime again brought out Williams and sophomore guard Tara Thompson to score the majority of points, pushing the Seawolves past Western Washington at 75-72.

Overall, Williams put 31 points total into the game, helping lead the Seawolves to 22 straight wins.

Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Simon Fraser

In a change of scenery, the Seawolves moved from Bellingham, WA to Burnaby, BC to take on GNAC No. 3 Simon Fraser.

Although the team is ending up just as successful this season as they were last season, the seniors and Alysha Devine know that things have changed.

“Last year, we went in and we were basically just playing not to lose, but also not to win. This year it’s just a different mindset, we go in and we just want to get the win and keep this going,” Devine said.

With an unusual slow start, the Seawolves let Simon Fraser spike the first lead of the night early on. Quickly enough, Shelby Cloninger and Thompson stepped and pushed the lead out of Simon Fraser’s favor.

The Seawolves slowly paced their lead, but not enough to stay safe by the end of the first quarter, at only a 4 point lead, 15-11.

The second quarter only proved to set the Seawolves back even more. Even though seven of the Seawolves managed to get in at least one point, Simon Fraser was able to match them for almost all of them. Williams got in the last 2 points before halftime, leaving the Seawolves only at 38-33.

Coming into the second half, the Seawolves had a lot more pressure put on them, causing the lead to switch quickly and dramatically. Many offensive errors led the Seawolves to miss points that Simon Fraser was then getting.

Halfway through the third quarter, the Seawolves continued trailing behind at 54-59.

In a turnaround, the Seawolves managed to redeem themselves before time ran out. Freshman guard Kimijah King and Colinger jumpstarting the beginning of the fourth quarter and Williams finishing it off getting the Seawolves to 77-72.

This pushed the Seawolves to 23 straight wins and leaves with the GNAC Championships to play in next. Now that the final regular week is over, head coach McCarthy is happy with the results.

“We are healthy, we are good. For us, I just want to see what we do and how we react when we are hit with some diversity,” McCarthy said.

The women take off again to Lacey, WA for the GNAC Tournament semi-finals on Friday, March 3.