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February 8, 2011
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This Week Politics News
Violence in Egypt, some news for the iPad, a snowmachiner is convicted of manslaughter and Democrats slap down Republican repeal.
The Nookraker looks at the political side of condoms and the special session of the ASUAF senate is recapped.
Joe Miller has a SWEET day, an interview with the two new regents and this week in science.
Valentine’s Day Dr. Love has the prescription for your broken heart, some music for a romantic day and love: UAF style.
A&E CampusLife Perspectives Editorial Sports A film major could be in the works for UAF and what do Sarah Palin, the White Stripes and J. Edgar Hoover all have in common? They’re in this week’s A&E briefs. A huge turnout for Outdoor Adventure’s gear swap and the UAF Community Yoga Club salutes the sun.
Online dating. Sex on a plane. Enough said.
“If you think she’s spunky, cover your monkey.”
Nanooks take on Ferris State.
Compiled by Amber Sandlin Sun Star Reporter All persons referred to in the blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Bus shelter nap time
ASUAF board fire
Saturday, Jan. 22, an 18-year-old man fell asleep in the bus shelter near the Wood Center. An officer stopped to check on him and discovered the man was intoxicated and found to be carrying a marijuana pipe. He was summonsed for misconduct of a controlled substance, marijuana.
Sometime between Friday, Jan. 28, at 11:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m., the ASUAF recycling board was set on fire. According to Police Chief Sean McGee, the fire is seen to be malicious and an act of vandalism. Jeri Maxwell, Wood Center Director of Operations, believes the fire was accidental, due to the fire being put out before the entire board was burned. No one was injured and no damages were made to the Wood Center. Although no witnesses have stepped forward at this time, the University Police department is continuing its investigation.
Sunday, Jan. 23, an officer observed a car strike a curb, so the officer pulled the driver over. Upon investigation, the driver, Bathroom party a 20-year-old man, was found to be operSunday, Jan. 26, a woman was found ating a vehicle after consuming alcohol. intoxicated in a Stevens hall’s bathroom. A Although he was not over the legal limit of 24-year-old man had given alcohol to the 0.08, a minor (person under 21) consuming minor found in the bathroom and was sum- alcohol is illegal. He was summonsed for monsed for furnishing alcohol to a minor. minor operating after consuming.
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Q: I don’t have any symptoms but I just want to get checked for STDs because I am beginning a new relationship. Can I get tested at the Health Center? A: Yes. Just call us at 474 -7043 and say you would like to make an appointment for an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) screening test.
News Briefs Compiled by Amber Sandlin Sun Star Reporter
Egypt erupts into violence Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged the Tahrir Square on horses and camels, firing shots and throwing bombs upon protesters in the square at 4 a.m., Feb. 2. Six people have been killed in the last 24 hours between the anti-government protestors and the pro-Mubarak supporters. An anti-government representative said that the force attacking them is a group of paid thugs and police in plain clothing. Although the square is surrounded by the military, they refuse to intervene. -Times of India
The iPad gets a Daily The company behind the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and Fox News has launched the first tablet-only news application. News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch and other executives introduced the Daily at an event in New York on Feb. 2. There are some complaints about the application, such as lag, and lack of interface, including a complaint that the application wears down an iPad’s battery very quickly. -The Washington Post
Q: I want to come in to be screened for STDs but I hear it is an extremely painful test for guys. A: Not unless you think peeing in a cup is painful. The test for males, in the past, entailed the use of a swab to the urethra but we no longer perform that test.
Q: I got wasted last week-end and didn’t use a condom. I think I might have an STD but I feel too embarrassed to call the health center to make an appointment. A: It is not always easy to talk about STDs especially if you think you might have one. Please know that our reception staff is well versed in taking phone calls from many students who are worried they may have an STD. It is very important, however, that you tell the person answering the phone if you suspect you might have symptoms because then they can schedule you much sooner than if you simply wish to be “screened” for STDs. When first calling, tell the receptionist you would like to be seen for STD testing. The receptionist will then ask you if you are having any symptoms or if you have been exposed. You just simply have to answer “yes” or “no” to both questions and the appointment will be made accordingly. If you have been exposed to an STD or you are symptomatic, please be sure to wait one hour before urinating prior to your appointment. Lastly, remember that all information related to you and your health is kept strictly confidential. Sponsored by UAF Center for Health and Counseling 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
22-year-old man guilty of manslaughter In 2008, Patrick Tickett was driving a snow-machine on trails outside of Kotzebue when he collided with and killed Roger Gollub, who was dog-mushing for the first time. Tickett called 911 the night of the accident, saying Gollub was wearing all white and didn’t see him until it was too late. On Feb. 1, Tickett was found guilty of manslaughter, first-degree assault, and driving while intoxicated. -Anchorage Daily News
Senate rejects repeal Senate Democrats voted down the health care overhaul that was passed last year by President Obama. The vote was 47 to 51. Republicans said they would continue to overturn the law. Both Republicans and Democrats believe that the ultimate fate of the bill lies in the hands of the Supreme Court. -New York Times
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ASUAF Weekly Update
Sex, God and UAF
Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter
Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter Sex is, and always has been, political. In the early twentieth century, condoms and other forms of birth control were branded as illegal. Some states even continued to ban birth control well into the 1970’s. While the country has moved sex into a new century, the hostility toward sex and prophylactics has lingered well into our own generation. It is also something almost every UAF student will have to face during their college years. “The entire issue of sexuality has been politicized at UAF, but it’s subtle,” wrote Sine Anahita, an assistant professor in UAF’s sociology department, in an email interview. A few years ago, Anahita and another faculty member had attempted to design a correspondence course on human sexualities. However, the Center for Distance Education (CDE) turned them down. “The head instructional designer at the time refused to work with us on the design of the course because of its topic,” Anahita wrote. “Luckily, several other instructional designers were willing to work with me, and eventually it became a course.” That course became known as SOC/WMS 333: Human Sexualities Across Cultures and is offered online every semester and in class every other fall. While the idea that sex and college students go hand-in-hand is common, not every student is as geared-up for sex as they may seem. During the 2008/2009 term, a bill (SB 172-016) was introduced into the ASUAF senate that would have allocated $300 to “to purchase condoms and dental dams with ASUAF logo packaging with the intent of distributing them in [the] ASUAF office.” After an extensive senate battle, the bill was defeated by a one-vote margin (6 in favor, 7 against). Current ASUAF President Nicole Carvajal (then a senator) was one of the six legislators who supported the measure while Vice President Mari Freitag voted against it. Despite the bill’s defeat on the senate floor, then-Senate Chair Jennifer Chambers used money from the Executive Contingency fund to purchase the condoms anyway. Chambers’ original intention was to use them as promotional items for ASUAF, but also felt that providing
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The following breifs cover ASUAF senate meetings held on both Jan 30 and Feb 6.
condoms would be a public service. “I think it’s important that people have access to those items,” she added. Why did the bill fail? Chambers feels religious beliefs were partially to blame. “I think the way some people voted was based on that fact.” Currently, neither Chambers nor ASUAF have any plans to restock their condom supply. “We haven’t bought any since that time. I don’t know what would happen if we tried to get money for that again.” The Catholic Church, represented at UAF by Catholic Campus Ministries, exemplifies those beliefs. The Church recently reversed it’s absolute ban on the use of condoms, saying that condom use should be judged on a case-by-case basis, adding that it is acceptable to use said prophylactic only when the alternative may result in infection by the AIDS virus. The Church has tailored its doctrine primarily in response to the continuing AIDS crisis in Africa. The good news is that UAF appears to be a relatively clean campus, sexually speaking. Not a single case of HIV has been reported at UAF, according to BJ Aldrich, the Director of Student Health and Counseling at the UAF Health Center. UAF also has low rates of herpes, genital warts and gonorrhea with the most prevalent STD on campus being Chlamydia. The Health Center currently provides emergency contraception (like Plan B) and condoms to the student population. “I am definitely an advocate for sexual awareness,” says Anahita. She is, I am and we think you should be too. Jeremia gives his opinion on university, state and national issues in the Nookraker: a weekly political column which tackles issues relevant to Nanooks both at home and abroad.
SB 176-002: Removal of Time Restrictions on Honorary Titles. SB 176-002 was passed by the senate on Jan 30 and removed the time restrictions on honorary titles bestowed to those both affiliated and not affiliated the senate. An example of an honorary title would be “senator emeritus” or “archduke.”
UAF students and faculty, as well as the community at large. Chancellor Brian Rogers has agreed to match the $50,000 already committed to the project by ASUAF. Sfraga is the Vice Chancellor for Students and Anderson is an outdoor facility consultant from Vermont.
Government relation’s director
Ben Molina was hired as the senate’s government relation’s director (GRD). The SB 176-003: Masquerade Ball Redux. GRD is responsible for relations between On Jan 30, this legislation was passed and ASUAF and local, state, and federal governallotted $750 for the purpose of holding a ments. Weingarth stays second masquerade ball. No date for the On Feb 6, Stefan Weingarth, a write-in ball has been set. candidate elected during last semester’s New senators Arthur Martin and John Netardus were student elections, faced removal from confirmed as ASUAF senators on Jan 30 and the senate due to his failure to attend any meetings since his election. The motion to Feb 6 respectively. remove Weingarth was made by Senator Senator removed On Jan 30, Senator Jennifer Chambers Jennifer Chambers while Senator Robert moved to remove Senator Don Derosier Kinnard III felt that Weingarth might not from the senate. Senator Dillon Ball sec- even be aware of meeting times. By a vote onded the motion. By a vote of 7-0, Senator of 2-4, Weingarth was not removed from the senate. Derosier was removed from the senate.
Masquerade ball redux
Solar panels On Jan. 30, Jessie Huff discussed the idea of installing solar panels on top of the SRC. Huff stated that by installing the panels, UAF would save $6,000 a year in electric costs. The total cost of the project is estimated at $365,000 with the RISE board having committed $160,000 toward the panels’ installation. Huff believes that the panels should be seen as an investment in sustainability rather then as a revenue-generating venture.
SB 176-004: Money for Gov Cup Bus. This legislation would have allotted $500 to the Student Activities Organization (SAO) in order to cover the cost of a second student bus. The bus would have been used to take students down to Anchorage for the yearly Governor’s Cup hockey game. The senate voted down the bill on Feb. 6 after SAO stated that funding was no longer needed.
SB 176-005: Juneau Legislation Conference Spring 2011. This legislation authoOn Feb 6, RJ Mikulski was appointed rized the senate (on Feb 6) to spend up to as the ASUAF senate’s representative on $10,000 to person and fly down a legislative the Concert Board. The Concert Board is re- advocacy team to Juneau. The purpose of sponsible for many of UAF’s musical events, the team is to meet with legislators and lobincluding this semesters Great Cover Up byists in order to voice the concerns of the UAF student body on various legislative event. issues. The team will include ASUAF senaOutdoor education center On Jan 30, Mike Sfraga and Mike An- tors Jennifer Chambers, Arthur Martin and derson discussed their plans to erect an out- Robert Kinnard III, as well as Tom Hewitt, door education center next to Beluga Field. Amy Hundertmark and Yuzhun Evanoff. Sfraga hopes to see the construction of a facility (by next fall) that will provide zip-lines, ice climbing, bouldering, snowboarding rails and instructor certification to both
February 8, 2011
UAF, meet your new regents
Elika Roohi Sun Star Reporter With the new year comes two new members to the UA Board of Regents. Feb. 7 will be the end of outgoing regents Cynthia Henry’s and Erik Drygas’ terms. The new regents, appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell, are Jyotsna “Jo” Heckman and Mike Powers, both Fairbanks residents. The Board of Regents has considerable influence over the University of Alaska and its students, including the ability to raise tuition. “They are a geographically diverse group of Alaskans who work closely with the president in advancing the vision and mission of the university,” Powers said. Powers is currently the CEO of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Center. He has lived in Fairbanks for 25 years. Regents work with the president and chancellors in the university system, setting policies that will best benefit the university, according to Powers. “It is a duty of care and diligence,” Heckman said. Heckman is also a resident of Fairbanks. She is the president and CEO of Denali State Bank. She was also the first female bank president in Alaska.
Compiled by Kelsey Gobroski Sun Star Reporter Both Heckman and Powers have been recognized as outstanding individuals in the Fairbanks community. In 2008, the UAF School of Management and the UAF Associated Students of Business selected Heckman as the business leader of the year. In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America recognized Powers as the Distinguished Person of the Year. Heckman and Powers are mostly interested in playing catch up for the remainder of this school year. Heckman said she would like to “understand her role and duties.” At this point, Powers said he would “like to get up to speed on the workings of the university,” as well as take some time to understand the interests of Anchorage, Juneau, and other parts of the state. “Now that I’m on the Board of Regents, the responsibility is truly statewide,” Powers said. With the recent release of the Fisher Report, the Board of Regents is reviewing many aspects of the UA System. “In my humble opinion, it is a tool for planning purposes as the Board moves forward in the strategic planning processes,”
Heckman said about the report. Powers said that he is currently working through the report, and that he believes that it holds some value. Both Heckman and Powers have been appointed for an eight-year term, and have some ideas about what they want to accomplish during their respective terms. “I think number one is develop a relationship with President Gamble,” Powers said. “It’s important to remember as a board member you are not interested in the details of running a university system.” “I hope to be a contributing member on the board,” Heckman said. “At this stage, it is premature to take a guess as to what aspects of service I may have to work on during my eightyear term.” UAF, along with UAA and UAS, can hope for a happy future with these new regents, if Powers’ parting lines were any indication. “I believe the university really is the jewel of the state,” he said. “I think the University of Alaska is truly an economic engine, it trains and educates the work force, and it provides world class research.”
Miller talks economy at SWEET event JR Ancheta Sun Star Reporter Former US senate candidate Joe Miller discussed the nation’s economy Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Wood Center Ball Room. The event was hosted as part of a lecture series by Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking (SWEET). The talk, entitled “Hard times are Coming: National Economic Folly and Alaska’s Future,” drew an audience of approximately 50 students and community members. “If we don’t address these issues, the end result of that, I think, is going to be catastrophic for the country,” Miller said. A majority of Miller’s speech referred to the national debt of $14.1 trillion and how it has increased exponentially. “The campaign made it very clear the reason where we’re at is a bipartisan issue. Both parties have gotten us to the point where we’re at.” Miller said that the national debt would challenge the nation’s ability to deal with its debtors, such as China. The Chinese government poses a major concern, Miller said. “In a military sense, [China is] approaching us in a most hostile
Mismatched mates stress out birds Female finches face consequences when choosing a life partner and these findings may reverberate into human society. Black-headed Gouldian finches don’t get along well with hot-tempered red-headed males. When forced to cohabitate with the less desirable partners, females laid eggs a month later than usual and blood tests showed they were more stressed. The researchers suggested that, at least in finches, the teamwork of monogamy flows well when it works. Working together is energy-intensive when your mate isn’t a good match. - Discovery News
Google provides tweets from Egypt Google launched a “speak-to-tweet” service, lending a voice to a muted nation in the midst of upheaval. Egypt’s Internet providers have shut down to varying degrees in the wake of the protests. About the time the unrest began, Google acquired the company SayNow. The resulting software instantaneously converts voicemails from Egypt into tweets for the outside world to digest despite the country’s Internet closure. - New Zealand Herald
Tally of known planets triples
Joe Miller (left) speaks to SWEET member Aaron Lojewski before addressing an audience of fifty at the Wood Center Ball Room on Thursday , Feb. 4, 2011. JR Ancheta/Sun Star
way.” Miller claims that the idea of national security is tied to the national debt. Miller said that Alaska is stable compared to other states because of its natural resources and a $12 billion budget reserve. Miller said that will change soon though, adding that the “era of earmarks is over.” “We’ve got to prepare for the day, which is soon to come, where we have significantly reduced expenditures and significantly reduced
revenues from the federal government,” Miller said. SWEET is a project under Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), another student organization from UAF’s School of Management Program. In previous semesters, the SWEET Lecture series has brought guests ranging from senators, business delegates, state legislators, and even a former director of NASA.
NASA’s Kepler satellite discovered 1,235 new planets, possibly tripling previous records. Astronomers still need to sift through the data to check where Kepler may have made a mistake, but 80 to 95 percent of the new planets should check out. Usually new planets are Jupiter-sized, but 68 celestial bodies in this batch are about Earth’s size. About 54 of those are in a temperature comfort zone. No new Earths yet, but astronomers still need to sift through three more years of data. - New York Times
Softer robot has better grip Squishy robots outperform their bony brethren when it comes to grabbing fragile objects. Harvard researchers created the robots by weaving air chambers into moldable silicone. By manipulating airflow into the silicone body, the robot can tenderly handle an egg. - Nature
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Coffee with Dr. Love Dear Dr. Love, I have been in a relationship for over 5 months and it developed very serious very quickly. This semester has been very Dear Love Doctor, busy and we had talked about our how I am recently single again, just in time hectic life would be and agreed one night for Valentine’s Day. I feel like I should be a week we would have a date night. After more emotional than I am. I broke down not seeing each other all but one day early after we broke up, but since then I feel in the week, we had a date night and, after nothing at all. My SO and I have been to- a short amount of time he left to go hang gether for a number of years, off and on. out with some buddies. The night for him Shouldn’t I be sad? What is wrong with ended early the next morning, and when me that the only thing I feel right now is we talked he said I was more emotionrelief that it is finally over? ally invested than he was and I was being Cold as ice clingy. I’m not sure what to do. Sincerely, Clinging to a shadow Dear Cold, You’re not emotional now because you’ve been broken down so many times before. You’ve grieved. Your subconscious has grieved. Every fiber of your being is ready to move on, and in all probability, some part of you knew that this relationship would finally end and that is okay. Maybe you have more grief to go through, or maybe you’re finally done. Either way, you’re only as cold as you want to be. You’re on your own now, which means shake off the cold, step into sun and warm up. Spring is here and so is your brand new life.
Dear Clinging, Allow me to shed some light on the situation. Your boyfriend has made his priorities abundantly clear, and I am sorry to say it appears that you are low on them. The thing is, you can not and should not try to change him. He is who he is, and trying to change him will only lead to resentment and further grief. What you need to do, CTAS, is focus on yourself. As the adage goes, if you cannot make yourself happy, nobody else will be able to either. Strongly consider whether he is worth the angst and aggravation. I suspect that if you do, you will find he is not.
Doc Love, So, I’m no stranger to boning, but I’m having a little problem. This chick and I have been dating for a couple of months now and we’ve totally gone heels to Jesus a few times, which is totally chill, bro. But, I think I have more needs then she does (if you know what I mean). I don’t want to guilt-trip her and I definitely don’t want to force anything on her, but I want to get laid more than once a month, dude! What should I do? Horny and bronely
Dear Doctor Love, My partner and I have been together a long time. However, this time of year is always difficult for us. We would love to go out for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. However, it is often spoiled by the stares and mumbled comments of the hetero couples that surround us. I want to make this day special for my special someone, how can I do that without letting other people spoil it?
Dear Horny, You have two hands, right? Not missing any fingers? I suggest that if you are grappling with the problem of not getting enough, you engage in some manto-hand combat. Sex drives are a curious thing, and everybody develops theirs at a different pace. Like you said, you can’t control her drive. So take control of your own, if you’ll pardon the double entendre. Whatever you do, do not make her feel guilty for not “putting out.” She’s not a sex toy, she’s a person. If you just can’t get a grip on your sexual frustration, then you should strongly consider finding a girl whose needs more closely match your own.
Dear Sick, The best way you can make this day special for your SO is by saying “Be damned” to all the gawkers. Don’t react to them, or play it up. Just enjoy your dinner and the company as if you two were the only ones in the room. People need to see your love is perfectly natural, no different than their own. And they’ll only see that if you show it to them. If you find your choice of date establishment to be too hostile, I recommend demonstrating your unhappiness by taking your dollars somewhere else.
Signed, Sick of stares
If music be the food of love… Alyssa Dunehew Sun Star Reporter It’s getting to be that time of year again. The florists are booked, heartshaped boxes of chocolates are in every gift bag around, shelves are stocked to the ceilings with teddy bears, and you’re singing your favorite love songs in the shower. It’s time for Valentine’s Day! Now, we all know that Valentine’s Day is not just about flowers and chocolate and stuffed animals. It’s about celebrating those you love most in your life. So, grab your sweetie, cuddle up by the fireplace, turn down the lights, and turn up the mood music. Here are a few song suggestions to help you sweep your Valentine off his or her feet! Classic Rock: “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: Working double time on the seduction line/ She was one of a kind, she’s just mine all mine Alternative Rock: “Hold My Hand” by New Found Glory Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: The way your words keep me in a line/ I know what I’m here for/ Waking up to the green of your eyes/ It’s something I’ll get used to Country: “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: Now I’m pacing back and forth, wishing you were at my door/ I’d open up and you would say, “Hey/ It was enchanting to meet you.” (And for those of you who don’t believe Taylor Swift is Country, here’s another choice.) “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: We can make forever feel this way/ Don’t you wanna stay/ Lets take it slow, I don’t wanna move too fast/ I don’t wanna just make love, I wanna make love last Hip Hop: “Beautiful” by Akon, Colby O’Donis, and Kardinal Offishall Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: Like the clouds you drift me away, far away/ And like the sun you brighten my day, you brighten my day/ I never wanna see you cry cry cry/ And I never wanna tell a lie lie lie Pop: “We’ll Be A Dream” by We The Kings and Demi Lovato Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: Do you remember the nights we made our way dreaming/ Hoping of being someone big/ We were so young then/ We were too crazy in love Classical: “Gymnopédies No. 1” by Erik Satie Indie: “All I Got” by Newton Faulkner Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: And I hope that you find it/ If freedom is all that you want/ I can see a silver lining/ I’ll be here time after time/ Time after time after all R&B: “My Girl” by The Temptations Lyrics to sing to your Honey Buns: I’ve got so much honey/ The bees envy me/I’ve got a sweeter song/ Than the birds in the trees And yes, we know there exists a radical group of individuals who would rather sulk around and feel disgusted on this glorious day of love, so here’s a couple of songs for you to pout to. “Get A Job” by The Offspring “Erase Me” by Kid Cudi
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Love in many disciplines JR Ancheta Sun Star Reporter
Todd Sherman, Professor of art
Amore and Psyche, Edvard Munch 1907 For one thing, romance has its basic bases in biological yearnings and this…shows…the human aspect of two people in a romantic situation. A lot of his [works] were about romance but not in a way most people think of romance; probably much more psychological. He’s dealt with this topic and most of us take romance lightly anyway. I think it’s a deep-seated feeling and desire for many of us.
Amor and Psyche
Rainer Newberry, Professor of geology
Diamond They form at extremely high pressure and temperature deep in earth and then travel extremely rapidly through the mantle and crust to make it to the surface. Flickr Creative Commons/ Greencolander
Maya Salganek, Director of film studies
Harold and Maude -It’s a film about the fundamental relationship between love, life and death, and how love makes life worth living. It’s about finding love that doesn’t necessary follow logic. It has beautiful acting and, of course, a beautiful sound track. It’s Cat Stevens all the way through.
Jennifer Jolis, Assistant professor of culinary arts
Dinner for Two First Course: Individual mini smoked salmon Crêpe cakes Second Course: Frisée and Roast Pear Salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette Main Course: Beef Tenderloins with Gorgonzola Butter, Oven Roasted Potatoes and Leek Puree Cheese Course: A very ripe and runny Brie cheese with toasted walnuts and a small glass of Port Dessert: Warm Chocolate Lava Cakes with miniature Milkshakes
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Matusevich, Language Studies Yelena Associate Professor
I love you Je vous aime You are beautiful: Vous etes beau/belle French people celebrate St. Valentine somewhat but us it not a tradition of their own. Flickr Creative Commons/ harshlight
Arts & Entertainment
February 8, 2011
A&E Briefs Compiled by Elika Roohi Sun Star Reporter
Sorry Palin, Montana Theater Group says When producing “The Mikado,” a wellknown Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta, it’s common practice to change some of the lyrics by adding names of well-known people. A community theatre in Montana suggested Sarah Palin should be beheaded in a sequence in which the lead executioner read a list of those he intended to behead. An affronted audience member wrote a letter to the theater group, telling them to reconsider, given the current climate in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings. The theater group apologized. For the curious, the offensive lyrics were: “That crazy Sarah Palin needs a psychoanalyst / She never would be missed, no she never would be missed.” -Anchorage Daily News
White Stripes break up The Grammy award-winning musical group the White Stripes announced on their website on Wednesday, Feb. 2, that they have “officially ended and will make no further recordings or perform live.” The break up is for “a myriad of reasons,” according to the announcement, but mostly because the White Stripes don’t want to ruin a good thing. The statement continued on to say, “The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you.” The announcement thanked White Stripes fans for all the good times. All in all, it’s not you, it’s me. - CNN
Lots of kissing in ‘J. Edgar’ Clint Eastwood is directing a new movie based on the life of J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. Hoover had a controversial career, and was rumored to be a crossdressing homosexual. Hoover will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Clyde Toulson, the Associate Director of the FBI and Hoover’s rumored lover, will be played by Armie Hammer. “It’s not a kissing scene,” Hammer said in an interview with E! Online regarding the amount of kissing in the movie. “It’s a ton of kissing scenes.” - The Huffington Post
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Cameras could start rolling for a new film major Daniel Thoman Sun Star Reporter
There might be new contender on the block of majors at UAF. Maya Salganek, a professor in the theatre department, has been filling out paperwork in order to get a film major program added to UAF’s list of majors. There has been a film minor offered by the theatre department since 1992, but never a major. The effort to create the new major has been in the pipeline since 2007. Salganek has been working to convince the regents that a film major is a good idea. The biggest draw right now is the tax cut incentive that the state is offering any film that spends at least $100,000 in the state. The regents want to know how much tuition money a film major could be looking at by 2017, and the only way to even try to guess the numbers is “guestimating,” said Salganek. However, given the growth of the film classes in the last five years, “easily doubled,” she feels confident that the interest the board wants is present. There are already a number of classes that could help to form the foundations of such a degree, and many of them are cross-listed with other departments. Salganek’s vision for the program is that there would be a number of film professionals who would come up and speak to the students, either as full- or part-time faculty. The valuable contacts of film professionals would be an incredible resource to those students looking to get into the film industry. The competition for film locations is a harsh one. Every possible location is trying to “out-incentivize” each other, according to Bob Crockett, owner of Alaska Locations, Inc., a company that provides crew for any films that come to Alaska, and president of the Alaska Film Group. The Alaska Film Group was the group that lobbied for the tax incentive.
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Since the film industry has the potential to be a “multi-billion dollar” source of jobs and work, Crockett explained, it is important to develop people who have practical working experience on sets, something that Alaska is lacking in, along with other film necessities such as a sound stage. Both Salganek and Karen Pearson, who works for Sprocketheads LLC, echoed that sentiment. Sprocketheads works with films that come to Alaska, such as Everybody Loves Whales and even the first Michael Bay Transformers movie. Pearson said that the biggest problem for the film industry was that so much of the crew gets “onthe-job experience,” which can make it hard to
get a foot in the door; thus, the benefits of the degree program that would train people in what they needed to know. Salganek said that the state could likely only support a single feature film at any one time. With a studio film having a crew of about 200, and even an indie film pushing up to 75, the few people who have experience in the major crew positions could be quickly tied up, which would exacerbate the current problem of films bringing up their own crew, or only hiring a few positions. “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” for instance, used no local help and was crewed entirely by those brought up for the project, according to Salganek.
People line up for annual gear swap
February 8, 2011
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Ben Deering Sun Star Reporter More than 100 people waited in line Saturday, Feb. 5 for Fairbanks’ only college-sponsored gear swap to begin. The format of the event was similar to a garage sale, with items tagged and laid out on several tables inside the Wood Center Ballroom. The gear swap is sponsored in part by Outdoor Adventures, and is a fundraiser for the Alaska Alpine Club. “They’re kind of the ones benefitting. Outdoor Adventures facilitates on campus, the Alaska Alpine Club doesn’t have an office for it,” said Frank Olive, Co-Coordinator for Outdoor Adventures and organizer of the swap. The swap was open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The people who arrived to participate in the mercantile dance varied. For some, it was “just my first year,” said Kristen Olive, Frank Olive’s wife.
Others, like Nick Thompson, have been coming for “probably eight years.” While many of the participants were UAF students, people from off-campus joined in as well. That includes Allison Thompson’s family that has just moved up from South Dakota. “[My husband] actually wanted to come to see if there were any items we needed,” Thompson said. The Arctic Alpine Club is given 10 percent of all funds raised from sales, while 90 percent is given directly to the seller. “It’s a better deal than other gear swaps,” Frank Olive said. “West Valley’s, I believe, gets 20, 25.”
Jason McFarland checks out the table of boots. “I came for skis but everyone nailed them. I was two seconds too late,” said McFarland. The annual gear swap had a line stretching over 100 feet a half hour before the event was scheduled to start. Feb. 5, 2011. Heather Bryant/ Sun Star.
The UAF Community Yoga Club. Feb. 5, 2011. JR Ancheta/ Sun Star. UAF Community Yoga Club meets every Saturday from 9:30-11:00 PM at the University Park Campus gymnasium.
UAF Community Yoga Club JR Ancheta Sun Star Reporter In a filled gymnasium, people lined up into three rows. “Om…” they chanted as they took deep breaths and listened to the instructor’s direction. The UAF Community Yoga Club is an organization that promotes wellness through yoga. “We showcase any and all teachers in the community [and] different styles,” said Jane Reilley, the club president. “The strongest thing we have to offer is that people can try different kinds.” Depending on the instructor, the style of yoga could be aggressive, meditative, or chanting in presentation. In addition to promoting yoga, the UAF Community Yoga Club is engaged in giving back to the community. The club has held fundraisers for the Fairbanks Food Bank, the UAF Sustainability Office, and the Georgeson Botanical Garden. Maya Salganek founded the club. She was teaching a yoga class as a means to provide her students an opportunity to practice yoga before their class meeting time. There was a difficulty with finding equipment for her students. “I taught for two years every Saturday at 9:30,” Salganek said. “Now you can see it’s huge!” “We’ve never had a problem where we ran out of mats,” Reilley said, “We actually ran out of mats two weeks ago.” Attendance on Saturday, Feb. 5 was more than 45 people. The club will be celebrating their
ninth anniversary on April 16. The UAF Community Yoga Club meets Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the University Park Gym. Props and mats are available and all levels are welcome. Cost of attendance is $5 per session. On Feb. 12, the organization will be sponsoring a “yoga-thon” entitled “Hearts for Haiti” benefiting a Haitian orphanage. The event is from 2-5 p.m. at the University Park Gym and is $30 per person.
Instructor Donna Lanni for Sat-Feb 5th, helps her son, Alex Katkin during yoga practice at UPark.
February 8, 2011
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Weekend Wanderlust The Mile High Club Jamie Hazlett Sun Star Columnist
Travel intimacy has been lauded – and frequently lamented – in song and story ever since humans decided that life on two legs was a considerable improvement over knuckle-walking. What started off as a quickie in the brush on the way to the mammoth fields has evolved and been cultivated by eager practitioners so that the modern traveler can now get their groove on at 36,000 feet. As anyone who has gotten down and dirty in an airplane can testify, there is a dearth of comfortable positions available when two grown people are crammed into a space so small that an energetic snail would be bored after a few hours. I imagine that our ancient ancestors would express the same complaints about the annoyances caused by prickly forest undergrowth, especially if they were somehow made aware of the existence of pillow-top mattresses. Even with roughly two million years of practice at the old game of wink-wink, nudge-nudge, meet me up the gazelle trail in five minutes, humanity has not managed to improve the facility of en route fornication. What is the amorous adventurer to do? The first thing you have to do is face some of the basic facts. Regardless of whether or not you have a tryst in the toilet, while traveling you are going to encounter a huge variety of bugs that will be new and interesting challenges to your immune system. The odds are outstandingly in your favor that the worst you will experience will be a touch of flu or a nasty head cold. Just because you are in an unfamiliar place and have heard an urban legend or two doesn’t mean that you should try to stop being human. You are going to need and want to fulfill the basic drives of living organisms, and the exoticism of being away from home will most likely catapult your libido several rungs up the ladder of importance. If the plane isn’t your ideal spot for a romantic interlude, then by all means, wait until you can hit the wall with the hotel’s headboard instead of with your actual head. Despite the “ick” factor associated with sky-high love-ins, the two locations
are roughly equivalent when it comes to nastiness. A hotel room may require less complicated calisthenics than the in-flight lavatory, but have you seen the blacklighted exposés on Dateline? Yes, the airplane bathroom is cramped, far from private, and, well, a bathroom, but consider that the most realistic logistics for a mid-air fling require that you remove only minimal clothing, thus limiting your skin’s contact with whatever those who came before you left behind. Unless you have some sort of special fetish or an extremely clumsy partner, the bed sheets are infinitely more likely to come into repeated contact with delicate and easily breached areas than the exact spot on the sink where the smelly guy in row 14 put his fingers. One of the few things that will be more intimate with you than your hotel sheets or the bathroom surfaces is whoever you choose to share the occasion with. If the
body against yours is carrying something nasty, you’re just as likely to catch what they’ve got no matter where you choose to meet up. Your first concern when preparing for an assignation abroad shouldn’t be whether or not you’ll be joining the elite ranks of the Mile-High Club, but rather whether you’ll be doing so with someone who will leave you on the jetway carrying an unfriendly souvenir. As you consider a Valentine’s Day trip this year, whether it be with someone known or in the hopes of getting to know someone new, spend a little less time worrying about the where and a little more worrying about the who. Still in doubt? Any caveman will tell you that shacking up in unknown places with known partners is how we got this far in the first place. You might get poked in the back a time or two, but at least you’re doing your part to advance humanity.
Jeremy Smith Sun Star Columnist
I Love… Online Dating Sites Love is in the air. Well, maybe it’s just online. This is a love-themed issue, though, so I was tasked to write something a bit more apropos to the general feel of the paper. That’s why I bring you: online dating. I’ve been a fan of online dating ever since they were called “personals” back in Yahoo’s hey-day. In my love affair with the online come-hither ad, I think I managed one date that wasn’t a total disaster, and a few others that probably were. However, even those bad experiences did not stop my interest in reading the profiles. To me, the attraction of these profiles is a person trying to describe who they are in a fairly limited number of words. It’s like the exercise that you have to do in Journalism classes when you write your own obituary, humbling and highly revealing at the same time. A quick window into what someone considers the best and most appealing words they can string together about themselves, in the hopes of getting at least a quick message from a stranger who wants to learn more. To that end, I’ve put together a few sites that are good place to start, with which you might be able to have some success and disasters of your own. OkCupid.com is my latest discovery and seems to exemplify some of the best parts of online dating: totally free, simple login, quick access to photos, compatibility summaries in easy to find locations, an abundance of weird and easy-to-do tests in order to support abovementioned compatibility summaries, and a fairly liberal amount of space to pontificate on how much you can’t live without your iPhone. Speaking of iPhones, I turned a friend on to another site that I just couldn’t
stomach joining, Cupidtino.com. Currently kicking around in beta for about $5 a month, it’s an Apple product-lover site in which you can find a, well, a fellow Apple product lover. They pride themselves on having a higher class of members - I guess because the number of people who use Apple products is really, really small – so, apparently, you are more likely to have a better result. My friend’s luck wasn’t so great, but she had a few interesting conversations with a fellow iPhone owner, so I guess you could chalk that up to a win. The big box of chocolates in online dating right now is Match.com, which has been showing nonstop commercials about how their members have more “dates, relationships and marriages” than any other service. With this recent advertising push they also completely revamped the site with a wall of pictures. You can also quickly set up a free account and send unlimited “winks” to the folks who have caught your eye. Of course, being the biggest doesn’t come free, so to actually talk to someone, you need to pony up the cost of “a single date,” which is only available once you have made an account. I’ll save you some time: to get in the door you are dropping at least $35… which I think is a McDonalds-and-a-movie date, with no popcorn. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and if not, well, follow some of the links above and read about some people who want to. If you have had an experience, good, bad or ugly with online dating, I’d love to hear about it in the comments on our website.
Jeremy talks and takes on technology at gpfault.org.
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Alaska leads the country in a number of areas. We have the Lower 48 beat in land mass, income equality, coastal area and glaciers. Those are all things to be proud of. You won’t see Alaskans bragging about another area where we lead: sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) listed Alaska as the number two state for chlamydia infection in 2009, with 753 reported infections per 100,000 people. Only Mississippi had more. Chlamydia, the most common STD, is most prevalent in a state with one of the smallest populations. There’s bad news and good news here. First, the bad news. Dr. BJ Aldrich, director of the Health Center, said that last year there were 25 reported cases of chlamydia on campus. That doesn’t take into account cases reported off-campus, or the fact that chlamydia’s symptoms can often go undetected, especially in women. Untreated, Chlamydia can cause painful swelling, inflammation, pregnancy complications and in rare cases sterility in men. The good news? The most common STD in America is also treatable and preventable. Thanks to the miracle of penicillin and latex, chlamydia is one doctor’s visit or condom away from being yesterday’s woe. And then there is gonorrhea. Alaska fares a little better in this area, but still consistently places in the Top 10 in reported rates nationwide. In 2009, Alaska had 144.3 reported cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 people. Gonorrhea can cause genital pus discharge, painful sexual intercourse and infertility in women if left untreated. In the ‘40s, gonorrhea was so feared that the U.S. military released propaganda posters saying, “You can’t be the Axis if you get VD.” In the state of Alaska, gonorrhea is most common in the southwest. But don’t think for a second that it’s not here in Fairbanks as well. There was a reported case at the Health Center last year. Like chlamydia, gonorrhea can be treated. It is also easily preventable. Unless, of course, you listen to Bristol Palin. For Sexual Responsibility Week, the week of Valentine’s Day, Washington University in Missouri had planned to have Bristol Palin speak as part of a panel on student sexual health. Students of Washington U questioned Palin’s “expertise,” as well as the use of student funds to pay her speaking fee, which ranges from $15,000 to $30,000, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After major student protest, the university pulled Palin from the event, making sure to characterize the decision as “mutual.” Good for them. Bristol Palin is a brilliant spokewoman for the cause of sexual responsibility, but only because she serves as a cautionary tale of the consequences of abstinence-only education. The abstinence movement believes that the only real way to prevent STD and pregnancy is by abstaining entirely from sex until marriage. Never mind that every shred of research on the subject debunks the effectiveness of abstinence. Like the students at Washington U, it appears that UAF students are rejecting the failed approach represented by the abstinence crowd. Dr. Aldrich said that the majority of the students seen at the Health Center reported using condoms, although many said they did so infrequently. Because of that, there were fewer than five reported unplanned pregnancies last year. There’s one other bright spot. With all the STD cases Dr. Aldrich has seen at the Health Center, there is one conspicuous absence. “I’ve been here for 10 years and I haven’t seen a case of HIV, knock on wood.”
Andrew Sheeler Editor-in-Chief UAF Sun Star
High hopes for hockey fall flat Rebecca Coleman Sun Star Reporter
Due to a Midwestern snowstorm, Ferris State was unable to get out of Michigan on time, so Friday’s hockey game was shifted to Sunday, Feb. 6. The Nanooks opened their weekend on Saturday, Feb. 5. Saturday was a battle between Alaska’s junior Scott Greenham and Ferris State’s Pat Nagle, two of the nation’s best goaltenders. Greenham maintains a .927 saves percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average. Nagle holds a .925 saves percentage and a 1.93 goals-against average. The game would ultimately belong to Nagle, whose Bulldogs took a 2-1 win. The Bulldogs weren’t going to give the Nanooks an easy night, and they played solidly and put strong pressure on both ends of the ice. Alaska’s nationally ranked 6th place defense made Ferris State work for every shot, but shortly before the end of the period, the Bulldogs bested Greenham, giving them a 1-0 lead. “We tried to get off to a good start, but we were a little flat,” said head coach Dallas Ferguson. “It was not quite the tempo we wanted.” At the beginning of the second period, the Nanooks came onto the ice with renewed energy and peppered Nagle with shots. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get anything past him, as he caught, deflected, and blocked every one of the Nanooks’ attempts. In the second half of the period, Ferris State sent the puck over Greenham’s shoulder, just out of reach of his glove, allowing them another goal. Throughout the third period, the Nanooks had scoring opportunities, but Nagle stopped everything. For the last two minutes of the game, Alaska pulled Greenham, hoping a 6-on-5 man advantage would bode well for the Nanooks. With 33.2 seconds left on the clock, sophomore Jarret Granberg took advantage of a rebound from an attempt by senior Derek Klassen and tipped in a goal, voiding Nagle’s chance of a shutout. “Going into the third period, we tried to get a goal sooner rather than later,” Ferguson said. “We got desperate in the end.” But “Granny (Granberg) was able to whack one in there,” said captain senior Kevin Petovello. Throughout the game, Ferris State gave Alaska five power-play opportunities, but the Nanooks weren’t able to capitalize on any of them, even though they outshot the Bulldogs 32-25. “We were able to get shots through, but Nagle is a big goalie and he played pretty well for them, and that was a task in itself,” Petovello
said. “They just played well defensively, especially on our power play; we didn’t get as many chances as we wanted to.” The weekend’s series was important – and next weekend’s will be, too – because standings in the CCHA are extremely close, and there are only a few more weeks of hockey left in the season. The Nanooks are vying for a top-five ranking, as that would allow for a bye, followed by a home-ice series for the playoffs in March. “We need these points this weekend,” said junior Scott Enders. “The team’s been playing really well, so we’ve got to keep it up.” “We can’t be too relaxed,” said sophomore Nik Yaremchuk. “And we can’t lay back.” Next up for the Nanooks is a set of road games against Lake Superior State on Feb. 11 and 12.
Above Left: UAF’s #35 Scott Greenham snags the puck with his mitt in the 3rd period of Saturday night’s game. Feb. 05, 2011. Dillon Ball/Sun Star. Above: UAF’s #37 Cody Kunyk pulls the puck back away from the goal to make another attempt late in the second period of Saturday night’s game. Feb. 05, 2011. Dillon Ball/Sun Star.
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