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November 2, 2010 EDITOR IN CHIEF Andrew Sheeler fystar@uaf.edu (907) 474-5078

LAYOUT EDITOR Heather Bryant hmbryant@alaska.edu COPY EDITOR Rebecca Coleman rycoleman@alaska.edu

The Sun Star Volume XXX Number 10 November 2, 2010 The Sun Star’s mission is to provide a voice for the UAF campus and be a written record where news, people’s opinions, and events (whether extraordinary or ordinary) are expressed honestly and fairly. EDITORIAL OFFICES 101G Wood Center P.O. Box 756640 Fairbanks, AK 99775 Tel: (907) 474-6039 Ads Dept: (907) 474-7540 Calendar: (907) 474-6043 Fax: (907) 474-5508

CALENDAR EDITOR Tara Callear sunstarcalendar@gmail.com (907) 474-6043 MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Jeremy Smith jeremy@gpfault.org DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Jeremia Schrock jlschrock@alaska.edu ASSISTANT DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Daniel Thoman AD MANAGER Alex Kinn fyads@uaf.edu (907) 474-7540 ADVISOR Lynne Snifka REPORTERS Jeremia Schrock Jamie Hazlett Amber Sandlin Ben Deering Daniel Thoman Elika Roohi Kelsey Gobroski COLUMNISTS Jamie Hazlett Jeremy Smith PHOTOGRAPHERS Dillon Ball Nina Schwinghammer April Massey JR Ancheta Allan Spangler Shannon Baarlaer

Ansel Adams’ famous work “Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake.” Photo illustration by Heather Bryant / Sun Star.

INTERN Stephanie Martin www.uafsunstar.com

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This Week’s Highlights

News Briefs CampusLife The Spice must flow (and it will carry you to the ER); University Women’s Association gets bazaar; Building bridges on the Alcan; Eric Mazur plays tricks on your mind.

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UAF helps bullied students know that IT GETS BETTER and photos from Saturday’s Halloween bash.

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News Sports

Experience “McKinley” from the Wood Center; Cronin discusses the paradoxes of leadership while we help you solve them.

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Nanooks bowl over Bowling Green and Cody gets his gun!

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Calendar Perspectives Editorial A&E Voting for dummies, dummy.

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Webcomics FTW and how you can hit the road from your own couch.

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Guilty by reason of sanity.

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Tobacco may (or may not) be hazardous for your health.

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Compiled by Stephanie Martin Sun Star Intern

News Briefs A ‘trip’ to the E.R.

One-of-a-kind Wood Center sale

The Alcan’s unsung heroes

The ‘eyes’ have it

Synthetic marijuana, known as Spice or K2, and a caffeinated alcoholic beverage called Four Loko are in the headlines locally and abroad for dangerous effects on consumers. Spice is a dried herbal blend marketed since 2006. People are now smoking the substance for a high similar to marijuana. The substance is not regulated and “what’s in the package may vary,” UAF police investigator Stephen Goetz said. Users have suffered hallucinations, severe agitation, dangerously high heart rates and blood pressure, even heart attack and seizure. Caffeinated alcoholic beverages have grown in popularity in recent years. Four Loko, one such drink, contains 12 percent alcohol along with caffeine, taurine, and guarana. This amount of alcohol is equal to four beers according to an Associated Press report. Dr. Betty Aldrich at the Health Center says the caffeine in the beverages could combat drowsiness from intoxication. Misjudgment of intoxication could then occur. Nine students at Central Washington University were hospitalized with one student near death after consuming the beverage.

The University Women’s Association (UWA) 42nd annual holiday bazaar is Nov. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wood Center. Crafters sell handmade items each year at the bazaar. The money collected from vendors for space at the event goes to the UWA scholarship fund, said Kayt Sunwood, director of the Women’s Center. The fund provides scholarships for women. From mittens to Alaska artwork, numerous items will be sold. “It’s a chance to see what you otherwise wouldn’t get to see,” Sunwood said. Prices for the items will vary from inexpensive to costly. Those selling at the event do not have businesses elsewhere. Aside from raising money for the scholarship fund, the event provides craftspeople with an opportunity to sell their items. It is also community building, Sunwood said. Music will be performed at the bazaar. Admission is free and student volunteers are needed. Interested students should stop by the Women’s Center in Eielson for more information.

Bishop Dave Thomas spoke Oct. 27 at the university to raise awareness of the African American Army engineers who built the Alcan Highway during World War II. Thomas gave a lecture on the men’s accomplishments and showed a video about the creation of the highway. The soldiers labored under segregation and temperatures as low as 79 below with inferior tools and supplies. Yet, the 95th Engineering Unit finished a bridge over the Sikanni Chief River in 72 hours. This feat and construction of the highway brought the soldiers respect and ultimately integration in the Army. Thomas believes “the time is now to recognize the accomplishments of these men.” Thomas and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) hope to construct monuments in Delta Junction and at the Sikanni Chief Bridge. The NJOF is working to pass legislation making Juneteenth and Oct. 28 National Days of Observance. Oct. 28 would honor the African American engineers who built the Alcan Highway. Additional information can be found at www.juneteenthalaskaalcan.com

Eric Mazur, professor of physics and applied physics at Harvard University, gave a public lecture Oct. 28 in one half of the Pearl Berry Boyd Lecture Hall. The lecture titled “How the mind tricks us: visualizations and visual illusions” provided listeners with explanation on the physiology and cognitive issues of sight. Mazur then explained how knowledge of vision and cognitive issues is useful in learning. A slide show explained in detail how the human eye works. Then the audience saw examples of optical illusions created by how the brain processes visual information. The final part of the lecture showed ways science text can be improved. Mazur said textbooks can improve by reducing distractions and accounting for how the brain processes visuals. Mazur is an internationally recognized scientist and researcher. He supervises one of the largest research groups in the Harvard Physics Department. Part of Mazur’s efforts goes to education research and finding verifiable ways to improve scientific education.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 10:19 p.m. Officers visited Bartlett Hall following up on activity that involved Alaska State Troopers Oct. 22. After opening the door, the smell of marijuana came from the room. The resident had a small amount of marijuana in his left pant pocket. The marijuana was confiscated. Officers searched the room and found nothing.

Compiled by Stephanie Martin Sun Star Intern Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1:13 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 15, 4:25 a.m.

A ski trail patron reported being chased and charged by a moose. The individual called while huddled next to a tree with the moose 30 yards away. If officers perceived the moose to be a threat, they were instructed to shoot. The animal was shot at 1:41 a.m.. UPD marked the corpse with flares and charity was contacted by Alaska State Troopers.

Police received a report of trash cans being banged around and thrown at vehicles outside of Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex. Upon investigation, police found someone throwing trashcans and their contents. The individual damaged no vehicles. He picked up the trash and received a verbal warning.

The African American army engineers who built the historic Alcan Highway during World War II and completed the Sikanni Chief River Bridge on October 28, 1942. Photo courtesy juneteenthalaskaalcan.com


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Campus Life

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It Gets Better: UA edition Daniel Thoman Sun Star Reporter In September, a string of gay youth suicides gained national attention. As a response, Dan Savage, sex columnist and editor of The Stranger newspaper in Seattle, started a campaign where various gay and straight celebrities recorded videos offering a promise to gay teens that “It Gets Better.” After hearing about the program, Kate Wattum, Statewide Web Information Coordinator, brought together a group of her gay friends that work at UAF to do a set of videos, revolving around their own stories and how things “got better.” Of the six people involved in the series,

all of them said that their own worst fears of losing their friends and family didn’t happen and that they were accepted. In a few cases, they only felt safe about coming out because they had a circle of supportive friends, among other reasons. Jerry Farnam, an OIT video support specialist, said that it had been “draining” to try to live a lie every day. One of the biggest issues facing gay teens is coming out to their parents. Although every story is different, the group of faculty and staff that participated in the video had relatively good coming out experiences. Joy Morrison, Director of the Office of Faculty Development, said that coming out was

made easier by being on a completely different continent than her parents. Assistant Vice Chancellor Pete Pinney was up in Alaska when he came out, far away from his parents in southern California. The consistent message was that the fears were always worse than the reality turned out to be, although several acknowledged the horror stories of kids being kicked out of their houses, or similar. Along with “It Gets Better,” the people behind the UA videos had some other advice, much of which they wished they could tell their younger selves. Pinney said that you “have to own your own space.” Jeanne Laurencelle, Production Planner of the Alaska

Satellite Facility (ASF) said to “be braver.” Kelly Gitter, Lead Video Support Specialist for OIT, said that someone should “realize it’s okay.” Morrison advised gay youth to “stop trying to be heterosexual.” Wattum said to “look around” because people will accept you. Farnam said that when he accepted who he was, he was much happier. All of the members agreed that it was important to have a strong support group when coming out, but Farnam also mentioned that many people feel very alone when the time comes. Even with that fact, everyone cited a strong group of friends as one of the things that helped them through the rough patches.


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Halloween Frights and Delights

Jestella Johnson dispenses treats to Kaci Griffen and her daughter, Lexi, at Bartlett Hall during the Halloween Festivities on campus, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. JR Ancheta/ Sun Star.

Shaun Nesheim prepares to dispense candy to trick-ortreaters in Bartlett Hall during the Halloween Festivities Saturday Oct. 30, 2010. JR Ancheta/ Sun Star.

UAF employee Teal Rogers paints a pumpkin on the face of “Super Woman” Donata Angel, age 6, during the Halloween Carnival in the Wood Center on Saturday Oct. 29, 2010. Nina Schwinghammer/ Sun Star.

William Braley and his grandmother Barbara fish for treats with the assistance of Joe Alloway dressed as “Captain America”. The event was part of the Halloween Carnival in the Wood Center on Saturday Oct. 29, 2010. Nina Schwinghammer / Sun Star.


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The Thomas Cronin affair What makes a great leader? “I’m not very comfortable with the term ‘great’ in this context--it’s really a value judgment, one that suggests that someone’s actions are good, and different people will interpret it differently. “ - Brian Kassof, Assistant Professor of History

“Patience, vision, having good ideas, good communication skills, good people skills, collaborative skills, analytical skills, logic, strategy skills, and patience. And more patience!” - Sine Anahita, Chair of Sociology

“ I don’t think there are formal educational requirements that one must complete in order to lead. It helps to be of at least average intelligence, to be able to communicate effectively, and to understand well those whom you want to lead.” - Gerald McBeath, Professor of Political Science.

“Understanding how other people feel. The biggest thing is wanting to help people and make things better. [Also], you have to be eloquent to be a good leader.”

Elika Roohi Sun Star Reporter Historian and author Thomas Cronin gave a lecture at UAF Oct. 25 that was titled “The Paradoxes of Leadership.” He was brought in by the Northern Leadership Center as a part of the Susan Herman Distinguished Speaker Series. Cronin is the author and co-author of 10 books, the former president of Whitman College and currently a professor of American institutions at Colorado College. The Susan Herman Distinguished Speaker Series was started Northern Leadership Center as a tribute to Susan Herman, who passed away in June 2009. “We were thinking of way to honor her memory,” said Mark Herrmann, the dean of the School of Management at UAF. “What she really was passionate about was bringing up these speakers. So we named it after her.” “It’s an honor to be part of the Susan Herman series,” Cronin said. In his lecture, Cronin mentioned six different paradoxes that a leader of anything from a business to the United States of America might face. “When you’re a leader, you have to be prepared for paradoxes. Life is full of contradictions, like the microphone system,” Cronin said, referring to the technical difficulties experienced at the beginning of the lecture. According to Cronin, people want an optimistic leader. “We want leaders to be dealers in hope… but they also need to be skeptics,” Cronin said.

Cronin explained that this was why people thought so much of Obama when he was on the campaign trail. However, now they’re a little bit more frustrated with him. “Campaign in poetry and govern in prose,” Cronin said. “But don’t promise more than you can give.” Cronin had some thoughts about the upcoming election. “This is the third angry election we’ve had in a row,” he said. “Seventy percent [of Americans] don’t think we’re going in the right direction… and a majority of Americans think the best years of America are behind us.” During the lecture, Cronin held a poll to gauge where audience support lay for the different candidates. About the results, Cronin said “looks like it’s a split vote between Lisa and Joe.” Cronin had more to say about the paradoxes leaders face, after his political poll. “Leaders have to rely on intuition,” Cronin said. He went on to explain that we wanted our leaders to be risk-takers; we always wanted them to act with information. Cronin also said leaders had to be “customer-driven.” Yet, “the customer was not always right.” Cronin finished off his lecture with one last piece of advice for leaders facing the paradoxes that come inherent with their position. “They need to have the ability of a jazz musician who recognizes there’s not a script out there, and they have to play off other instruments.”

- Nicole Carvajal, ASUAF President

“ You set an example in word and deeds. The quintessential ‘walk the talk’. It’s not enough to just say what you’re going to do you have to exemplify that in your actions. [Also] someone who has integrity.” - Cheryl Hatch, Department of Journalism / Snedden Chair

This November, Alaskans get a say in who they will send to Washington D.C. and Juneau. This year’s senate race is an unprecedented three-way competition that will have a national impact. The governor of Alaska, whether Parnell or Berkowitz, and the legislators we send to Juneau will have great power over University of Alaska funding. Your vote will determine who those people are. So on Nov. 2, get out there and vote. - The UAF Sun Star

Who is/was a great leader? “Mohandas Gandhi was an effective political leader early in his career, but he became less effective from a political standpoint as the Indian independence movement developed; however, he remained an important spiritual leader.” - Brian Kassof, Assistant Professor of History

“Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X [and] Houston Dougharty, a dean I used to work for.” - Sine Anahita, Chair of the Sociology Department

“ My favorite is Abraham Lincoln.” Gerald McBeath, Professor of Political Science.

“I think Barack Obama is really great at inspiring people and motivating people and in that sense, I really look up to him. He was able to energize an entire country and we was able to energized his base the way nobody before him ever had.” - Nicole Carvajal, ASUAF President

“Nelson Mandela, President Obama, my father... Isis, the Egyptian goddess [and] my great grandmother.” - Cheryl Hatch, Department of Journalism / Snedden Chair


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UAF skates over Bowling Green for consecutive wins Alaska Nanook’s Jarret Grandberg prepares for the attack at Friday night’s men’s ice hockey game at the Carlson Center. October 29, 2010. Allan Spangler/ Sun Star.

Rebecca Coleman Sun Star Reporter UAF hockey took on the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) falcons on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30, proving victorious both nights. “UAF is strong and better than who we’ve played so far,” said Chris Bergeron, BGSU’s head coach. “They have great offense and goalies.”

The Nanooks dominated the Falcons throughout the weekend to secure consecutive 4-1 victories. To start the game on Friday, freshman Cody Kunyk racked up his fourth goal of the season. Shortly after, sophomore Kaare Odegard was given a five-minute penalty and was ejected from the game for contact to the head. Even though the Nanooks were short-handed for five minutes, they played

strong defense and prevented the Falcons from scoring. Captain Kevin Petovello, senior, scored two goals, one in the first period, and the other in the second. Both were achieved just seconds after BGSU penalties. Sophomore Jarret Granberg nabbed his fourth goal of the season. Granberg has a history of playing well against BGSU. Last year, he scored two goals against them. However, Granberg doesn’t let these past successes affect his play. “You just play as good as you can every weekend,” he said. “Goals are a bonus.” The six Nanook penalties didn’t help BGSU at all but three of the seven BGSU penalties resulted in Nanook goals, giving the Nanooks the win. Saturday’s game was no less eventful. Sophomore Andy Taranto opened the game with a goal after a pass from Petovello at 1:22 into the game. Taranto scored again in the second period on a rebound. Junior Aaron Gens acquired an unassisted goal after setting up a slap shot near the blue line.

Sophomore Adam Henderson grabbed his first goal of the season after taking on BGSU’s defense with sophomore Nik Yaremchuk and Gens. The Nanooks peppered BGSU’s goalie with 48 shots throughout the night. BGSU managed 13 shots. “This was a great way to end the weekend,” said Brian Meisner, UAF Assistant Coach. “It was a total team effort. From top to bottom, beginning to end, goal tender on up, we played a great game. The guys were moving and talking, and work ethic was the best of the year.” On Nov. 5 and 6, the Nanooks have another home series as they take on the University of Michigan Wolverines.

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Rifle team captain Cody Rutter practices in the Patty Center rifle range. Thursday Oct. 28, 2010. April Massey/Sun Star

Cody Rutter, captain of the UAF rifle team, grew up in a family that did not even own a gun. But when his friends went hunting, Rutter wanted in on the action. “Dad, I really want a gun,” a 12-year-old Rutter exclaimed, and so he received his first air rifle. He began shooting with friends in his basement, but soon Rutter looked for a range. The Palmyra Sportsman’s Club in his hometown of Palmyra, PA, provided not only a range but also the opportunity to join his first rifle team. On the team, he received instruction on marksmanship from coach Erin Gestl. Numerous others who volunteered their time at the Palmyra Sportsman’s Club helped mentor Rutter. Former UAF Rifle Team member Jamie

Beyerle was also a big factor in teaching him and his decision to attend the university. “I wanted to find a place that would help me further my shooting career,” Rutter said. Pushing himself and facing challenges are what he loves most about the rifle team. “It’s such an individual sport,” he said, “you can take yourself as far as you want and be as good as you want.” Rutter feels his greatest achievement on the team was the Nanook’s regular season victory over Army his freshman year. In that match, both teams shot for their biggest scores of the year. “It was a huge match because the championships that year were held at Army and we wanted to send the message that we were able to win,” Rutter said. Staying sharp, both mentally and physically, are important to Rutter and the rifle team. Coach Daniel Jordan added new workouts this year. In addition to the workouts, the team does mental drills and keeps a close eye on their nutrition. The new workouts include lots of core

exercise. “To be a successful shooter, you have be able to control your body,” Rutter said. “When you’re in a big match and your heart is beating crazy fast, you must be able to calm down and go to your own place.” The core workouts help the team hold shooting stances longer. To stay mentally sharp, Rutter does deep breathing exercises that allow him to “get the body totally in sync.” Imagining the perfect shot and what it feels like is also part of the team’s mental exercises. “The goal is to win championships. We didn’t even say it this year - everyone knew it,” Rutter said. “I’m either in the gym working out or at the range, I put in at least 20 hours a week, and that’s not including gym time.” Rutter is a psychology major and sports management minor. A goal of his is to graduate in four years, making this his last year at UAF. After college, he hopes to join the Army and be part of the United States Marksmanship Unit. When not studying or practicing, Rutter enjoys hunting and fishing.


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Rare Ansel Adams photograph hides in plain sight Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter

wasn’t interested in “Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake,” but another print entitled “Moon and Mount McKinley.” In his letter to The boys who took pictures Adams, Ringley wrote that “Moon” showed The birth of a photograph Howard Ringley loved black and “an aspect of the state with so much meanAnsel Adams came to photograph Alaska white photography. “I started taking picing for Alaskans” and that having such a in the summer of 1947. One of those photures when I was 11,” he said in the May print on hand for students to see “would tographs later became known as “Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake.” Through the efforts of a university student consumed with a fierce passion for photography, a print of that picture found its way into the Wood Center. It also found its way into the hearts of those who knew of its existence. For the past 36 years, only a handful of individuals were aware of its authenticity and value. Even fewer knew the story behind it. The story of “Mount McKinley” begins more than 60 years ago. A middle-aged Ansel Adams had come to Alaska on a photography expedition. At one point, he encamped at a cabin 30 miles from Denali, near Wonder Lake. One evening, he set up his camera equipment to photograph the mountain. As dawn began to break after 1 a.m., the top of the mountain took on a pinkish hue. “Gradually, the entire sky became golden and the mountain received more sunlight,” he wrote. He snapped the shutter once, twice and finally a third time. “Within 30 minutes, clouds had gathered and obscured the summit, and they soon enveloped the entire mountain.” Adams had photographed extensively in the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada’s and the Southwest, but he had never en- An unnamed facilities services employee hangs ‘Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake’ in the countered anything on the scale of Alaska. Wood Center multi-level lounge on Sept. 27, 1972. Photo by Jane Hanchett / Polar Star. “The experience moved him profoundly and 1974 issue of Alumnus, the University of perhaps aid in the appreciation of the natuinspired him,” according to “Ansel Adams: Alaska – Fairbanks’ graduate gazette. “At ral beauty that we are fortunate in having so 400 Photographs,” a collection of some of first it was just a means of expressing my- close.” Adams’ more well-known works. self...photography, for me, is more then just In early December, Ringley received a reThat first photograph became known as an occupation – it is a way of life.” sponse from Bill Turnage, Adams’ assistant: “Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake.” While This same passion led him to write Ansel Adams would be thrilled to see one of his it now resides among the office space of the Adams in November 1971. At first, Ringley prints displayed at the newly completed

February 20, 1902: Ansel Adams born in San Francisco, California.

Wood Centers administrative wing, its arrival in Alaska was something of an accident.

1950: Howard Ringley born Sheridan, Wyoming.

July 1947: Ansel Adams travels to Alaska; takes “Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake.”

William Random Wood Center. “Your idea of using Ansel’s ‘Moon and Mt. McKinley’ in a prominent spot in the University’s new campus activities center is most exciting,” wrote Turnage. There was, however, a problem. The original exposure of “Moon” had been irreparably damaged, something Adams and Turnage had overlooked in their original response to Ringley. “Wow! We goofed!” Turnage wrote to Ringley in February 1972. Adams had thought Ringley had wanted “Wonder Lake,” not “Moon.” Throughout his summer expedition, Adams had been traveling across Alaska via floatplane. One particular landing in Glacier Bay resulted in a photographic nightmare. “The box in which many exposed but undeveloped films were stored fell out of the plane, into the bay,” wrote Turnage. While the box was recovered, the negatives had sustained heavy water damage. “We are all extremely embarrassed about this,” Turnage continud. “Ansel suggests that you consider the print...’Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake.’” By April 1972, Ringley and the Associated Students of the University of Alaska (now called ASUAF) decided to continue with “Wonder Lake.” A note attached to the photograph’s bill of sale, located in the archives of the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography, stated “Alaska called today. It is ok to proceed with ‘Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake.’” The bill of sale was $500, which ASUA paid for.

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The hanging

Between April and August of 1972, Adams donated $250 to the cost of framing and crating the print. A letter from Adams to

August 23, 1972: Ansel Adams writes to The Atelier gallery in San Francisco declaring his intent to pay for the framing and crating of “Wonder Lake.”

November 18, 1971: Howard Ringley writes to Ansel Adams requesting a donation of “Moon and Mount McKinley” for the recently completed Wood Center.

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May 1974: Howard Ringley graduates from UAF with a double major in philosophy and journalism.

September 27, 1972: “Wonder Lake” is hung for the first time in the Wood Center. It is displayed in the multi-level lounge.

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Paul Frederick, a framer at The Atelier (a framing studio in San Francisco) stated that no one but he (Adams) should be billed for the framing and crating. “I don’t know if they will stand the shipping, but they must not pay for framing and crating (or the mounting),” he wrote. Near the end of August, Ringley wrote a note to Carol Brown, Assistant Director of the Wood Center, with Adams’ letter attached. “The picture will probably be delivered to [the] Wood Center addressed to me. I would like to [be] notified when it arrives so I can be here to open it,” he wrote. By late September, the print had arrived. A photograph from the Sept. 29, 1972 issue of the Polar Star (the Sun Star’s predecessor) shows an unnamed physical plant employee hanging the print in the Wood Center’s multilevel lounge. The print remained in the lounge, almost entirely forgotten, until 2001.

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The file Until recently, only a handful of university staff knew that the photograph was an original. Most of those staff, however, were either retired or deceased. One individual who knew was Lydia Anderson. Anderson,

currently the Director of the Wood Center, has worked at the university since 1976. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that she began to realize just what the university had. “I always knew that it was a nice print of of McKinley, but I didn’t really make the association that it was an Ansel Adams print until later,” Anderson said. The motivation to research the print came when the university decided to make way for the Alumni Wall. “We were moving [the print] and it was pretty dusty and had been there for years, as far back as I could remember,” she said.

January 26, 1982: Howard Ringley murdered in Victor, New York. He is 32.

dia Anderson begins or the Wood Center.

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Anderson noted the print needed to be reframed and thought having it appraised at the same time would be a good idea. “That’s when we realized what it was,” she added. Anderson started putting together a file on the print. During her research, she discovered that the photograph was a rare find. Rare enough, in fact, that one of its sister prints currently resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It is one of only four prints of its size (48 x 40) in existence. “I started putting together a file because we needed to have [it] for history,” said Anderson. Since 2001, the print has resided in the administrative wing of the Wood Center. From that secure location, the public could still view the print during office hours. Anderson refrained from stating exactly what the print was appraised at, but implied that it is now worth far more then its original $500 purchase price.

Camera obscura Howard Ringley was stabbed to death outside his home in Victor, N.Y. in January of 1982. His obituary in an issue of Alumnus, from the same year, makes no mention of the role he played in securing the Adams print for the university. Ansel Adams himself died of a heart attack in Monterey, Calif. two years later. Ron Keyes, a former Wood Center Director, knew Ringley personally. “He and I had a mutual relationship through photography,” Keyes said. “He was just a delightful person.” Keyes struggled to remember Ringley in the early ‘70s, his voice full of emotion as he spoke. “The last time we spoke was in 1975...” he trailed off. “He was certainly a joy to know.” Keyes worked for the university when the print was first placed in the lounge. “I had a great admiration for [Ringley]...It’s a pretty special photograph,” he added. “I hope we have it forever.”

2001: “Wonder Lake” is moved out of the multi-level lounge. Anderson has the print appraised by the Well Street Art Gallery and re-framed by the Artworks. Anderson begins keeping a file on the photography. April 22, 1984: Ansel Adams dies in Monterey, California. He is 82.

November 2, 2010: “Wonder Lake” remains hung in the Wood Center. There are currently no plans to have it moved.

The author would like to thank the following individuals: Heather Bryant (who first got the ball rolling on the story), Lydia Anderson (who showed me “the file” and all its secrets held within - I promise to keep most of them a secret), Evan Russell (the Curator at the Ansel Adams Gallery), Leslie Calmes (a Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of ArizonaTucson) , Joe Hayes (who is always available for a quick chat and who recommended Ron Keyes to me) and finally, Ron Keyes (whose memory and emotion inspired me to better know who Howard Ringley really was).


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Calendar

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Featured Event Voter FAQs Tara Callear Sun Star Calendar Editor Election Day: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Am I registered to vote? On the State of Alaska Division of Elections page (elections.alaska.gov/), under online tools, you can quickly and easily check your voter registration status by entering your social security number. If you discover that you are not registered, you cannot vote in today’s election. But DON’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT ELECTION to register! Take a minute and register while on this site by clicking on Voter Information. Where is my polling station? Your polling location is dependant upon the house district and precinct that you are registered to vote in. If you have your voter ID card, it will show a two-digit number (house district) followed by a three-digit number (precinct). Don’t sweat it if you can’t find your card, simply visit the Voter Information page at elections.alaska.gov/ and there are charts, district and precinct maps, and district descriptions to help pinpoint your polling place. DON’T GIVE UP if you do not find an answer, rather call the telephone polling place locator at 1-888-383-8683. If you have moved since you last registered, you can also update your registration on this same site. To ensure that your ballot be counted for all races, you are encouraged to vote at your assigned polling place. Keeping your registration information current is the best way to make your vote count. What if I don’t have a Voter ID card? What ID do I need to vote? Upon entering your polling place, the election worker will ask you for a piece of identification. The following documents may be used: * signed voter ID card, driver’s license, state ID card, or military ID card; * passport, hunting or fishing license; or * other current or valid photo identification. You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address: * current utility bill or pay check; * government check or bank statement; or * other government issued document. What is a Questioned Ballot? If you do not have identification or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you may vote a Questioned Ballot. If your residence address listed on the precinct register is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct residence address. What does it mean to vote absentee? Is it too late? An absentee ballot is a ballot that the voter records and casts other than at a designated polling station. In-person absentee votes can be cast on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Region III Elections Office, 675 7th Avenue, Suite H3, Fairbanks.

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BUST-A-GUT COMEDY W/ IAN BAGG

8 p.m., Hess Rec Center, $2 Student/$5 General

“Al Gore described his comedy as controlled chaos, President Reagan on his death bed described it as an interactive delight and TOASTMASTERS 5:30-6:30 p.m., O’Neill Building Room Nancy agreed.” Read more at myspace.com/ ianbagg 201, FREE

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Toastmasters is a mutually supportive and positive learning environment for developing oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Guests are welcome.

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TRADITIONS TUESDAYS All day, UAF Campus

SAVING MONEY WORKSHOP

Wear your Nanook Traditions gear on Tues- 1:05-1:55 p.m., Gruening 408 days and be one of the lucky students to be spotted by the prize patrol and get free stuff! This is one in a series Financial $ense Workshops hosted by the UAF Financial Aid OfFor more information call 474-6029. fice. For more information call 474-7256.

PUB TRIVIA

INSIDE AFGHANISTAN’S SECRET How old must you be to become a U.S. Sena- PRISONS 8:30 p.m., The UAF Pub, $5 per team

tor? What year was the Republican Party formed? Teams of three or four will apply otherwise useless knowledge such as this and win prizes. For more information call 474-7766.

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Wednesday Lectures, Meetings & Training

CAREER WEBINAR SERIES 11 a.m., Wood Center, FREE

6 p.m., Schaible Auditorium

Hear from Willy Stern, the only journalist to have been inside these Field Detention Sites, why he believes mainstream media, human rights groups, and civil libertarians are all bent out of shape about these facilities. While Stern was embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, he toured multiple American and Afghan-run detention facilities and wrote an article for The Weekly Standard on his experiences. The lecture is sponsored by the UA Geography Program, UAF Student Services, Chancellor’s Office, Summer Sessions and the Office of International Programs. Music & Dance

Career Services is sponsoring Webinars on how to build your networking skills, person- MUSIC AT ONE al branding, and how to find and keep your 1-2 p.m., Davis Concert Hall, FREE job. Students are encouraged to come to these helpful webinars. For any questions, For more information about this weekly mucontact Career Services at 474-7596 or ca- sic recital email laharriger@alaska.edu. reerservices@uaf.edu.

CIRCLE K MEETING

5:15 pm, UAF Alumni Lounge, Constitution Hall

Circle K is a service and volunteering club. For more information please contact the Student Organizations office at 474-1959. Music & Dance

OPEN MIC NIGHT

8 p.m., The Pub, FREE

Get experience in front of a live audience. Sing a song, read a poem or strum a tune at the Pub! For more information call 4747766.

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Friday

Music & Dance

FEEDING FRENZY 9 p.m., The Pub

Feeding Frenzy is a recently-formed Fairbanks folk-rock outfit. Guitar, banjo, violin, melodica, and various percussion instruments are melted together and served up by ALPIN HONG Daniel Firmin, Ryan Bateman, Rebecca File, and Ephy Wheeler. For more information 8 p.m., Hering Auditorium, $34 The Fairbanks Concert Association pres- call 474-7766. ents world-renowned pianist Alpin Hong. Special Events He brings with him a combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor that brings audiences of all ages to their feet. His extensive classical training, HOLIDAY BAZAAR matched with his background in skate- Nov. 6-7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wood Center boarding, snowboarding, martial arts and Buy local this holiday season. This fundvideo games, forms a creative and unique raiser for the Women’s Association scholarforce unmatched in its youthful vivacity ship program will feature a variety of quality and boundless energy. Buy tickets by calling Alaska-made gifts. 490-2858 or at Grassroots Guitar on College Road. Sports & Recreation Music & Dance

PUB’S 35th BIRTHDAY PARTY

UAF YOGA CLUB 2-DAY WORK-

9 p.m., The Pub, $3 Students/ $8 Gen- SHOP eral UPark Gym, $150 The Pub may be getting old, but they still know how to PARTY! Come sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY with SWEATING HONEY! For more information call 474-7766. Special Events

This yoga workshop taught by Sarahjoy Marsh will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 – 11 a.m and 2 – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Non-members are encouraged to attend. For more information call 479-8006.

HISTORICAL PHOTO HOLIDAY UAF SWIMMING VS. GRAND CANYON SALE 6 p.m., Patty Center.

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rasmuson Library KayFor more information contact the UAF Tickak Room Share the gift of history this holiday season. The 2010 Holiday Historical Photograph Reprint sale takes place BOTH Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 – 6. Purchase reproductions of some of the archive’s most popular photographs and rare maps. For more information call 474-6344.

Sports & Recreation

UAF SWIMMING VS. GRAND CANYON 6 p.m., Patty Center.

The Nanooks return to the pool Nov. 5th and 6th to make a splash against Grand Canyon. For more information call the Ticket Office at 474-5977.

UAF HOCKEY VS. MICHIGAN

7 p.m., Carlson Center

Nanooks face No. 16 Michagan State to start off the CCHA play. For more information call the Ticket Office 474-5977.

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Saturday

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DISCOVER UAF SKI TRAILS

1:30 p.m., Meet at OA, Wood Center Want to give skiing a try? Enjoy an afternoon ski on the acres of trails just north of campus in our backyard. Outdoor Adventures will get you outfitted with the right size of skis, boots, and poles. For more information, email fywild@alaska.edu.

UAF HOCKEY VS. MICHIGAN

7 p.m., Carlson Center

For more information contact the UAF Ticket Office at 474-5977.

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Monday Sports & Recreation

LEARN TO SKATE

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Patty Ice Center, $75 for 20 sessions/ $8 per session Beginner classes run Monday and Wednesday and advanced classes Tuesday and Thursday through December 16th. For more information call 474-6888.

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Say ‘Ah’ STDs Donna Patrick, ANP Special to the Sun Star

What are STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)? o They are infections you transmit or receive during sexual contact. o Names of organisms which cause STDs are Chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, syphilis, herpes, hu man papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV. How do you catch an STD? o You catch an STD by having sex. o Some STD’s spread when body fluids (semen, vaginal fluids, saliva, blood) get passed during sex. Others spread by touching infected areas. o You can also catch an STD if sex involves the mouth (oral sex), or anus (anal sex).

What are the symptoms of an STD? Women: • Unusual vaginal discharge • Burning or pain during urination • Sores or blisters in the genital area • Lumps or bumps in the genital area • Itching around the genitals • Pain in the pelvic region • Sometimes NO symptoms at all! Men: • Discharge or drip from the penis • Burning or pain during urination • Sores or blisters in the genital area • Lumps or bumps in the genital area • Itching around the genitals • Pain in the genitals or rectum • No symptoms at all sometimes

Who is at risk for getting an STD? o People who have had more than one sex partner o People whose partner has had more than one sex partner o People who don’t use condoms

UAF Student Health and Counseling Center For additional information, contact the Center for Health and Counseling at 474-7043 or visit our Web site at www.uaf.edu/chc Division of Student Services


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Weekend Wanderlust

Hit the Road, Jack – Tripping Along with Travel Writers

Jamie Hazlett Sun Star Columnist

Let’s face it - traveling can be absurdly difficult. When you have the money to travel, you generally don’t have the time. Everyone has a dream vacation, be it to sandy beaches, windy mountaintops, or glitzy cities. For the true trekkers out there, there’s no end to the places you’d like to see. Regardless of your passport status, we all get the urge every now and again to escape, to run for the hills, to do different things in different places. How, though, does one manage an escape to Tahiti or the Swiss Alps mid-semester? The answer is cheap and as closeto-hand as the library – travel writing. Travel writing has evolved from the stereotypical dry journal entries of explorers past into a genre that ranges from pure comedy to spiritual discovery. It lets you sink into another place and time for little to no money, allows you to return anytime you want or need to without cavity searches, and can offer a taste of your next destination or a glimpse of a place you may never go to in real life. Today there is such a wide selection of works available that you can find something to fit nearly any mood. Consider, for instance, Polly Evans’ “It’s Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels.” This book chronicles the six-week bike trip of non-athlete, sort-of Spanish-speaking Evans’ through the Pyrenees and into southern Spain. If Spain, biking, or bar food aren’t your thing, try out one of her other works, as she’s traveled the world and lived to write uproariously about it. Alternately, do a little sleuthing of your own to find something that fits your fantasy. Go to Amazon.com and type in “travel writing” followed by a place, activity or theme. Pretty much any interest short of hula hooping is covered. F.Y.I.: I tried “travel writing hula hoop,” and much to my dismay I found that no one has yet recorded their experiences swinging a bit of plastic tubing about their waist as they wandered across America. You can add to your at-home adventure with some easy ambiance. If you’ve picked

up “In the Footsteps of Dracula: A Personal Journey and Travel Guide” for some light reading, light some candles (go with flameless candles on campus) and pour yourself a glass of red wine (if you’re of-age). Kill the lights in your dorm room and you can look at the fake candlelight flickering off of your walls and imagine that you really are in Vlad the Impaler’s castle. It probably won’t take all that much imagination, come to think of it. If your read has a beach setting, do a quick search for ocean background noises online and mix up a mocktail. Those of you favoring faux-holidays in polar climates need only pull up a chair outside to get really into “Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places,” which serves up several snippets featuring Fairbanks, as well as travel briefs and science-y bits about the world’s chillier destinations. If you have enough imagination to get into a good book, you have enough to enhance the experience by altering your normal reading surroundings.

Jeremy Smith Sun Star Columnist

Webcomics Rising

The earliest memory I have of reading a comic was in the local newspaper, and it contained one of the few words I incorrectly pronounced for years after. It was a Snuffy Smith comic and featured the word “c’mon.” To my young eyes, this word - which had never been spoken by a teacher or anyone I knew - was pronounced “sea-mon.” It’s hilarious to think what my parents thought as I read a comic out loud to them a few years later, using my idealized pronunciation. “It’s come on,” my mom said, taking a break from laughing. “It’s a contraction of come and on.” The days of sitting around the table waiting for the comic section to be available, and the laughter to end, are over. Along with the ability to read Cathy and Dilbert online, the webcomic has arisen, a comic that’s not only available without wait, but is often catered to your exact interest. Thousands of artists have taken their passion and what art expertise they possess and turned to the Internet for their creativity outlet. Webcomics dealing with topics such as life at a help desk, the inner thoughts of a dinosaur obsessed with grammar, and the trials and tribulations of anthropomorphic foxes are already available online. Some webcomics are eventually released in printed anthologies while others are content to post comic after comic, for free, to eager fans. The first webcomic I ever read was from The point is, even if you’re eat- Penny Arcade, a series that centers on the ing three squares of ramen and typing this activities of gamers Tycho & Gabe. The one term’s English essays on last semester’s bi- I remember featured the two protagonists ology notes, you can afford to travel. Your questioning a Software Etc. worker about body doesn’t have to leave Fairbanks for gaming consoles. Ultimately, their basic your mind to visit far-flung destinations, and there’s no excuse for letting a cash-flow crisis restrict your ability to explore. Next time you’re antsy, bored, or counting the days to spring break, swing by the library or head to the bookstore and crack open a good travelogue; your pocketbook (and perhaps your cabin-fever-plagued sanity) will thank you.

gamer inquiries broke the employee’s mind. The jokes were insider-y and required knowledge of the gaming world. They often ended with non-sequitors that didn’t - and still don’t - make sense, such as a wombat bag for carrying away ill-gotten gain. But I loved it. I still love it and read it as often as I can. Over the years I’ve embraced all kinds of webcomics: from the tech focused Sluggy Freelance, PvP, Ctrl+Alt+Del and General Protection Fault to the more esoteric offerings of xkcd, The Perry Bible Fellowship, and Dinosaur Comics. I recently discovered Axe Cop from a t-shirt a friend was wearing. This webcomic is written by a 5-year-old and illustrated by his 29-year-old brother. It may not be Shakespeare, but in some ways, it’s much, much better. One of my current favorites is The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, a ninja who is also a doctor. Written and drawn by Christopher Hastings and billed as “An Internet Comic Book”, its been kicking around since 2003 and features Dr. McNinja as he punches snakes in the face, cures gigantism, and works with Judy, his gorilla receptionist. He also battles the duality within… being that he is both a ninja and a doctor, and quite good at being both. I’m certain I’ve missed mentioning a few so I’d like to learn which webcomic is your favorite and why. Send your responses to Jeremy@gpfault.org so I can add a few more to my reading roster, and just maybe find a new word I can mispronounce.

Jeremy talks and takes on technology at gpfault.org.


14 November 2, 2010 Letters to the Editor Have something to say? Say it here. The Sun Star welcomes reader commentary. Missing the point Thank you for featuring the UAF GayStraight Alliance as your Club of the Week for the October 26th issue of the Sun Star. Unfortunately, I could not help but notice that the article did not explain what the GSA is or what we do. The UAF Gay-Straight Alliance seeks to provide a supportive meeting place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight students, staff, and faculty to discuss issues, organize events, and socialize. We also work with local charities and other campus organizations. Originally known as the Alaska Gay and Lesbian Association (AGLA), the GSA has existed on campus for more than 20 years. In that time the club has gone through several name changes and graduations, but throughout its existence one of the main goals of the GSA has always been to have sexual orientation and gender identity added to the University of Alaska Board of Regents’ Non-Discrimination Policy. Sadly, this has yet to be achieved. GSA meetings are held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m. in Rasmuson Library Conference Room 502. If you like making new friends, you feel that all people deserve equal protection and representation under the law, and you believe that gender and sexuality have no bearing on the value of someone as a human being, please attend one of our meetings. I hope to see you there. Thank you for your attention and consideration, Sarah Seifert GSA Member

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Prop B: The $397 million question Don Young is a natural disaster

Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter

I had the opportunity to research some On Nov. 2, university students will have Foundation, as of September, had donatof Don Young’s voting record, review some the opportunity to vote on a ballot propo- ed $450,000 to the effort according to the articles written about him, and it appears he sition worth $397.2 million. If passed, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (FDNM). The is promoting the outsourcing of American measure would allow the state to issue FDNM, along with the Anchorage Daily jobs; is anti-safety in offshore drilling, the general obligation bonds for various edu- News and Homer News, have written edivery thing that led to the moratorium on off- cational facilities around the state. If the torials in support of Prop B. shore drilling, shutting down our offshore bonding measure passes $88 million (oneThe remaining $309 million would be drilling and exploration, along with being fifth of the total) will be issued to UAF. allocated to several other library and eduinsensitive to those who suffered on the Most general obligation bonds are fund- cational facilities throughout the state. southern coast due to the Deep Water Hori- ed through raising property taxes, however That number includes $128.5 million for zon disaster, which had a significant impact Prop B will be funded from both the state’s replacing or renovating three rural K-12 on their economy. capitol budget and the state’s general fund. schools in Alakanuk, Kipnuk and KwigillWith the Gulf Oil spill in mind, Don If passed, Prop B would allocate fund- ingok. Also included in the proposition is Young made the following comment, “This ing for the university to “replace small funding for a $20 million swimming pool is not an environmental disaster, and I will and outmoded buildings and laboratories in Sitka’s Mount Edgecumbe High School, say that again and again because it is a natu- now used by students and for research at $18 million for a state library, archive and ral phenomenon,”..... “Oil has seeped into the campus” reports the Alaska Journal of museum in Juneau, as well as an athletic this ocean for centuries, will continue to do Commerce. Some of the buildings replaced facility on the UAA campus worth an estiit. During World War II, there was over 10 may include several ATCO modular units mated $60 million. million barrels of oil spilt from ships and no that currently house the Alaskan Basic The proposition was originally intronatural catastrophe.” ...It must have slipped Neuroscience Program. duced to the State House of Representahis mind this was man-made, and could Y.E.S. on Prop B, a group that has under- tives on April 7, 2010 where it was aphave been averted should safety protocol written several ads in support of the propo- proved by a vote of 40-0. The measure been followed......BP had a stack of safety sition, includes among its list of donors UA was subsequently sent to the State Senate violations. chancellors Fran Ulmer and Brian Rogers, where it was approved with a vote of 20-0 I do not know about you, but I am a patriot, UA president Pat Gamble and UAF provost on April 18. and voting to send our jobs overseas is un- Susan Heinrichs. The UA acceptable, among other problems associLetters to the editor should be no more than 250 words in length. Please include the author’s ated with him. full name and contact information (phone number, e-mail or address). E-mail your letters (preferred) to fystar@uaf.edu, fax them to 474-5508, or mail them to to PO Box 756640, Fairbanks, AK, 99775. All letters are subject to editing for brevity and grammar. Mark Kline


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An editorial to restore sanity On Saturday, Oct. 30, over 200,000 people gathered at the National Mall for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.” Satellite rallies took place in all 50 states and in 84 countries around the world. By contrast, Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August drew 87,000 according to CBS News. As relieving as it is that sanity got more than twice the attendance of “Honor,” I am disturbed by the reactions of certain media outlets toward Stewart’s rally. A few weeks ago, several media outlets gained attention when they barred their employees from attending the “Rally to Restore Sanity” if they weren’t covering it because it was a partisan rally, similar to what they did with Glenn Beck’s rally. Most prominent among those outlets was National Public Radio (NPR). NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller said that, “Rules against participating in political rallies are a cornerstone of journalistic ethics at all legitimate news organizations – and for good reasons. So I’m not clear what all the hyperventilating is about.” I’m “hyperventilating” because we have reached a day and age where sanity (sanity!) has been deemed a political stance by respected news organizations like NPR. Now, in the era of “death panels” and Hitler comparisons, a rally formed as a singular plea to restore rationality to the public discourse is viewed as a just another partisan point of view. As much respect as I have for NPR, the Associated Press, and the New York Times, their decision to label Stewart and Colbert’s rally as partisan is, to put it bluntly, insane. In their quest to protect their vaunted objectivity against all accusers, NPR and company have made themselves into laughingstocks. At the Oct. 30 rally Stephen Colbert awarded them a “Fear Medal” for their actions. Accepting the medal on their behalf was somebody who, according to Colbert, was braver than all of them: a 7-year-old girl. A little more than a year ago, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner imploring people to stay sane. Now, on the occasion of Stewart and Colbert’s rally, I am going to repeat that call. Stay sane UAF. Your political opponents aren’t Nazis, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that calling your opponent Hitler will shut down all rational debate. Barack Obama is not a Muslim, but even if he were that wouldn’t be a bad thing. The majority of Tea Partiers are not racist, they are Americans who are concerned, right or wrong, about the direction the country is taking. While Anchorage and Wasilla hosted satellite sanity rallies, Fairbanks did not. That’s ok. We can make up for it by pushing ourselves to be more reasoned, rational, balanced individuals. Election Day may be two days after Halloween, but we shouldn’t let our sugar highs or irrational fears influence our decisions as we step into the voting booth. As Stewart said at the rally’s close, “We live now in hard times, not end times.” Most importantly, we can be civil. I’m not typically in the habit of taking life advice from ‘80s movies, but “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” summed it up perfectly, “Be excellent to each other.”

Andrew Sheeler Editor-in-Chief UAF Sun Star


Tobacco risks Amber Sandlin Sun Star Reporter

Senior Tara Hutchison and friend Forrest Harris dance during the Tobacco Concert Sponsored by Student Activities Office at the Wood Center Ballroom Oct. 30, 2010. JR Ancheta/Sun Star.

A Saturday, Oct. 30 night Wood Center Ballroom concert by the musician Tobacco turned into a tripped-out rave. The UAF Concert Board described Tobacco as having a sound that “engulfs a psychedelic, indie & electronic soundscape while break-beat hip hop beats flowing seamlessly underneath it to be things fresh n’ lively.” At the concert were screens portraying graphic scenes, including sexual images taken from adult films and footage from horror movies. The concert was not advertised as 18 and older and several minors attended. Ashley Mclure, a junior at West Valley High School said that the concert was “more weird” than she expected. Mclure was at the concert with a fellow classmate. As the lights continued to change, Tobacco pulled out a guitar and a microphone and started to chant. Some in the audience cheered. Freshman Leona Gerlitz dances at the Wood Center Ball Katie Tasky, a junior at UAF, said the concert Room during Saturday’s Tobacco Concert Sponsored by Stuwas “alright.” Tasky was part of a small group of dent Activities Office Oct. 30. JR Ancheta / Sun Star. people dancing.

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