{News in Brief}

License to park

UAA Parking Services has begun selling parking permits for the 2005/2006 academic year. All on-campus drivers (students, faculty and staff) are required to display their permit in order to use the parking lots. Beginning Sept. 6, Parking Services will start fining $15 for cars without permits. The funds raised through the sale of permits funds programs like the Seawolf Shuttle, Parking Call-Team, PeopleMover U-Pass program and on-campus lot maintenance and repair. Green (valid after 4 p.m.) and yellow (valid all hours) parking permits can be purchased online at www.thepermitstore.com with a credit card or by being charged to a Wolflink student account. Platinum permits for the parking garage will go on sale Aug. 15 in the Parking Services office (Student Union, Room 113). Only 150 platinum permits will be available for student purchase. Permits can also be purchased through a payroll deduction. Payroll deduction forms are available from most UAA office managers and departmental administrative assistants or from Parking Services. For more information call UAA Parking Services at 786-1119.

UAA grad runs Green for NYC mayor

UAA graduate Theo Chino is a Green Party candidate running for mayor of New York City. Chino majored in management information systems at UAA, and in 2004 he worked with the Alaska Public Interest Research Group to advocate on behalf of Alaska Natives against oil companies. Chino also studied international relations in Mexico City and currently works for Time Warner Cable as a computer engineer on the Road Runner high-speed network. Chino also worked on the Nader for president campaign during the 2004 elections and established the Alaska Web site for the campaign. Chino is running against Anthony Gronowicz, the other Green Party candidate. Chino’s campaign focuses on issues like campaign reform, improving the environment, improving parks and bike paths, improving public transportation and providing universal health care and affordable housing.

Russian university reps visit UAA

At the invitation of Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, three representatives of southern Russia’s Samara State University will visit UAA Aug. 16. Five members of the university’s International Board of Trustees from the lower 48 states will also visit and conduct the university’s annual board meeting. The board members and representatives will also attend a three-day workshop at UAA. According to the American Russian Center’s Aug. 2 press release, the workshop will focus on developing Russian-American relations through programs like joint research and grant projects, joint degree programs as well as student and faculty exchange programs. ARC has had 12 years of success in working with their Russian counterparts. UAA was chosen as the host university because it demonstrated university cooperation with the community and use of grant funding to support research.

Wieners welcome

The Union of Students at UAA is planning to host a wiener roast on the first day of classes, Aug. 29. The event, entitled “Welcome Back Wieners,” will be held outside the Campus Bookstore from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Senators Jonathan Wilcox and Luke Thomas have designed T-shirts sporting the USUAA logo and the inscription “Be safe! Use condiments on your wiener!” on the back. T-shirts will be given out at the roast, which is open to all students.