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Vending machine thefts sweep town

A rash of vending machine thefts have swept across Anchorage recently. There have been several vending machine break-ins across the city, including two on campus at the University Center and the Beatrice McDonald Hall. The University Police Department asks if anyone sees people acting suspiciously around any vending machine, especially during evening and nighttime classes, they should be reported to UPD immediately. Call 786-1120 for more information.


Armed male threatens UAF custodian

An unidentified man pulled a firearm on a University of Alaska Fairbanks custodian after he refused to let the man into a building on campus. The incident occurred around 2 a.m. on Feb. 14 when the custodian would not open a door to a campus building, after which the suspect pulled out a handgun and used it to hit the window. The custodian contacted campus police and the situation is being investigated.


Regents meet in Juneau

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The University of Alaska Board of Regents met Feb. 16 and 17 to discuss upcoming issues. Topics included new academic degrees and certificates, such as a new bachelor’s degree in engineering at UAA, a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at UAF and certificates in radiology technology and drafting technology at UAS. The board also considered a $1 million increase for the University of Alaska Museum of the North project, which would bring the project total to $42 million.


Colleges make health insurance mandatory

congratulations from UPD to UAA graduates

The Associated Press reported that many public universities are now requiring students to carry health insurance before allowing them to attend classes. The change saves the uninsured from huge bills, the article states. Recent research shows 10 to 30 percent of students don’t have insurance and many are still covered under parental policies. The AP reported universities that have made the change include the University of Connecticut, Ohio State University and 10 schools within the University of California system.