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December 14, 2010 EDITOR IN CHIEF Andrew Sheeler (907) 474-5078

LAYOUT EDITOR Heather Bryant COPY EDITOR Rebecca Coleman

The Sun Star Volume XXX Number 14 December 14, 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 (907) 474-6043 MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Jeremy Smith DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Jeremia Schrock ASSISTANT DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Daniel Thoman AD MANAGER Alex Kinn (907) 474-7540 ADVISOR Lynne Snifka REPORTERS Jeremia Schrock Jamie Hazlett Amber Sandlin Ben Deering Daniel Thoman Elika Roohi Kelsey Gobroski Arvia Glass COLUMNISTS Jamie Hazlett Jeremy Smith PHOTOGRAPHERS Nina Schwinghammer April Massey JR Ancheta Dillon Ball Allan Spangler Shannon Baarlaer

Yulena Petkova-Palmer holds a pair of awards for her music video “Stumbling Upon a Dream.” Petkova Palmer won both the Peoples Choice Award and the Jurors Choice award at the UAF Student FILM FEST 2010 - Winter. Dec. 11, 2010. Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star

INTERN Stephanie Martin

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This Week’s Highlights

News Briefs News West Ridge A&E CampusLife Perspectives Editorial Fairbanks has a particulate problem; Stellar sea lions love to eat; Freethinkers Club fails to receive funding


UAF students finally achieve their American dream; Board of Regents to raise tuition by 7%, students to get UAF’d; Panel asks why UAF’s women are missing from faculty positions


Greenhouse to make way for new Life Sciences 6 building

UAF Film Club gives Alaskan filmmakers Red Carpet debut; Punk group Whiskey Tango rocks out Pub


Psychology department goes looking for PhD accreditation


Gifts on the go for the winter traveler; Inu-Yupiaq 16 Dance Group continues age-old tradition

President Gamble, UAF (still) needs your leadership

Corrections: In last week’s issue (December 7, 2010) we incorrectly identified the date Chancellor Rogers met with the employees of ARSC. We wrote that he met with the group on Dec. 7. He met with them on Friday, Dec. 4, 2010. We regret the error.


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Regents raise tuition Elika Roohi Sun Star Reporter

‘Particle’-ly unhealthy

Stellar cuisine

Freethinkers are out of the club

Wednesday, Dec. 8, officials advised Fairbanks and North Pole residents to avoid “prolonged exertion” due to elevated pollution levels caused by a temperature inversion. Normally the air is cooler the higher the altitude. Temperature inversions occur when this system is inverted, or temperatures are warmer higher up than at ground level. Surface inversions normally form when air near the ground cools at night. As a poor conductor of heat, air just above the surface remains warm. “Conditions that favor the development of a strong surface inversion are calm winds, clear skies, and long nights,” the National Weather Service website says. Temperature inversions create unhealthy air quality because they trap particles near the surface of the earth. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children are most susceptible to harm from unhealthy air quality. Pollution is more concentrated in areas where people burn wood or coal for heat and where vehicles idle. Pollution from burning wood is the largest contributor to particle pollution.

Beginning Jan. 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is restricting commercial mackerel and cod fisheries in the Aleutian Islands to ensure that Stellar sea lions have enough to eat. The federal agency made the announcement before the North Pacific Fisheries Management council on Dec. 8. NOAA hopes the decision will provide more food for the western Stellar sea lions, whose population has experienced a 45 percent decline between 2000 and 2008, NOAA says. The measures apply only to the western population, which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Some support the move, while those who live in Aleutian communities do not believe enough research has been done to determine what is affecting the population. A KTUU article says both senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski are disappointed with the NOAA’s decision because they believe the restrictions will cost Alaska jobs and exports without clear indication that it will benefit the environment.

The club council is allocated a $10,000 budget to divide between clubs at the university, and a discussion of how this funding occurs took place on the list-serv last week. The process to receive funding begins with members of the various clubs voting to select a finance committee, ASUAF Sen. Lauren Wiley said. The Vice President and club council created three requirements in order to be eligible for funding, which stand each year: be a registered club on campus, attend all four club council meetings and turn in proposals. The finance committee makes their recommendation on funding and then club council as a whole votes, with ASUAF the last to approve funding. The Freethinkers Club missed a meeting and is now ineligible for funding. A member of the club, Justin Heinz, takes issue with the process because of “the atmosphere it creates between the student council administration and the student clubs themselves. It appears to be, as someone said, the us vs. them mentality.”

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5:35 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3, 1:45 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 3: 17 a.m.

A female came to UAFPD to report that her vehicle had been struck by another vehicle in the Walsh Parking Lot. The accident caused minor damage to the passenger side headlight of the victim’s vehicle. Minor scuffmarks were observed on the spare tire of the vehicle that hit the woman’s car. UAFPD issued accident participation forms to both drivers.

An individual visited the police department to report a vehicular accident that occurred earlier. The drivers exchanged information at the time of the accident. Damage occurred to the door of one vehicle. The other vehicle was not damaged. An officer issued a participation form to the individual. The other driver was contacted by telephone and agreed to pick up a participation form.

A traffic stop on Alumni Drive for moving and equipment violations led to a DUI arrest. The officer noted a strong odor of marijuana and alcohol billowing from the vehicle. The Fairbanks driver was arrested for DUI and taken to FCC for booking.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 11:02 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 3, 10:20 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3, 2:05 p.m.

An officer responded to Duckering to arrest a Fairbanks resident for an outstanding warrant. The Fairbanks resident resisted arrest. The responding officer called another officer to help him carry the man downstairs to the patrol car. When the second officer arrived, the man stopped resisting, did not answer questions and laid on the ground with his eyes closed. Officers booked the man at FCC.

Police received a report of a letter and accompanying documentation regarding the new custodial contract at facilities services. In the letter, the individual identified himself or herself as a “concerned citizen” and indicated that the new custodial contractor has hired criminals in the past. An officer picked up the letter and it will be kept in a support file.

Police received a report of an ongoing health and safety inspection at Cutler Apartments. The caller stated that marijuana and other drug paraphernalia had been found. She requested that an officer come and pick up marijuana and paraphernalia and an officer did so.

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The University of Alaska Board of Regents met at UAF in the Butrovich Building Dec. 9 and 10. The decision was made to raise undergraduate tuition 7 percent and graduate tuition 3 percent. This tuition increase will come into effect for the 2012-13 school year. “The rate is the minimum the multicampus system predicts it will need to balance its budget for the fiscal year 2013,” said Kate Ripley, the Public Affairs Director. The tuition increase was approved “well in advance, so students have time to plan,” Ripley said. Several student government leaders urged the Board of Regents not to raise graduate tuition. Ashton Compton, a Student Regent from UAF, proposed an amendment to forgo the graduate tuition increase, but the amendment did not have enough votes to pass. The tuition increase was discussed through an advisory task force. The task force included students, community campus directors, and budget and financial planners.


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Where are the women? Heather Bryant Sun Star Reporter There is a saying about finding a man in Alaska: the odds are good but the goods are odd. Historically there have been more men than women in the state. However, one place where women are the majority is in academics. More women in the United States receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. As of last year, women also became the majority of doctoral degree recipients. But walk into a classroom at UAF and odds are not good that you will find a female tenured professor. “Where are the women?” was a panel hosted Tuesday, Dec. 7 in the Wood Center multi-level lounge. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women, the Women’s Center and the Women’s Gender Studies Program, the event featured the perspectives of women from different areas of study at UAF. Carol Gold, a history professor who was the first coordinator of the women’s studies program, said no women were promoted to full-professor status last year. After calling the provost to find out why, she was told because no women had applied. Entry level for faculty is the assistant professor position. Within seven years, they come up for promotion or tenure. If the faculty member receives tenure, they become an associate professor and can stay at this level as long as they want. Full professor status is at the top of the academic structure and can take up to 15 years to attain. According to Gold, that means the current pool of candidates eligible should be the number of doctoral recipients in 1995, which were 45 percent female. Currently at UAF, there are 25 female full professors, only

18 percent of the faculty. That is roughly the same level as 30 years ago, said Gold. The College of Liberal Arts has only three female full professors, including Gold. “It’s kind of cyclical,” said Cynthia Owen, the executive officer for CLA. “We’re in the middle where we have a lot of female faculty at the assistant [professor] level but it takes a while to move up.” She also added that they recently had a female tenured professor retire. The panel raised concerns about the university’s lack of records for gender statistics and the large number of adjunct professors UAF employs instead of tenure-track professors. Carolyn Kremers, an adjunct lecturer with the English department, highlighted the pay differences for adjuncts versus full professors. Kremers said that her pay averages out to somewhere between $11.19 to $15.67 an hour with no health or pension plan, a three-credit tuition waiver, discounted parking and faculty library access. She has designed and taught about 30 different courses for UAF since 1991. As an adjunct professor, there is no possibility of advancement for her. “I’m not ungrateful for the opportunity to work as an adjunct, but I don’t know how much longer I can survive working this way,” Kremers said. Chris Coffman, an associate professor of English, suggests creating more full-time professor positions to provide more opportunity for advancement, which would also reduce the burden on adjunct professors. “This is a systemic problem. This isn’t something we should be expected to solve on our own,” Gold said.

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Greenhouse transplanted Life Sciences building to take its place Elika Roohi Sun Star Reporter UAF will construct a Life Sciences Building where the West Ridge Greenhouse is currently located. The greenhouse will be relocated, but the destination is unknown said Jeffrey Werner, the program director of FFA in Alaska. Werner works on research of controlled environment agriculture. Although the building will be taken down soon, the reconstruction date is still up in the air. It depends on funding, said Carol Lewis, the Dean of School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science (SNRAS). The old greenhouse was “built in the early ’70s,” said Meriam Karlsson, a professor at SNRAS. UAF’s greenhouses are unique. “The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the only campus in the United States that has a winter to summer temperature difference of 150 degrees Fahrenheit,” Werner said. In addition to the difference in temperature, there’s a difference in sunlight from zero hours to almost 23. The new greenhouse “will provide innovating and exciting research,” Werner said. The building is still in the

“design and implementation stage,” Werner said, “Building in the Arctic is never easy.” The new greenhouse promises some exciting research possibilities. “We’re excited to have a new building coming,” Werner said. “We hope it will give back to Alaska.” The decision to move the old greenhouse to make way for the Life Sciences Building was made because the location is ideal for utilities and resources. The funding for the Life Sciences Building comes from Proposition B, which was voted in on Alaska’s Nov. 2 election. UAF has been off the ground running since then. The UA Board of Regents Facilities approved the final design on Nov. 9. UAF hopes to have a contract for the building in place before the end of 2010 and begin construction this spring. The building will likely be completed by late 2013 or early 2014. The old greenhouse will probably be put to the same use as the greenhouse at Chena Hot Springs. “That was started at UAF,” Werner said. Once a location is found for UAF’s old greenhouse, we can expect the same type of project from it, he said.

The Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station greenhouse as seen from Sheenjek Rd. on West Ridge. The greenhouse is set to be removed to make way for the new Life Sciences building. Dec. 9, 2010. Jeremia Schrock/ Sun Star.


Arts & Entertainment

December 14, 2010

Film fest shows ‘different angles of life’ Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter The UAF Student Film Club hosted their first ever Red Carpet gala and film screening on Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Lee Salisbury Theater. The event showcased 16 films by student and faculty filmmakers. Only the student films were eligible for awards. Despite the Salisbury being largely empty, the event garnered approximately 50 attendees. In spite of the small attendance, the Film Club saw the event as a success. “I think it went really well,” said Kalesha Pearson, the Film Club vice president. “We had some really good submissions this year and that’s really what’s important.” When asked if she had a favorite, filmmaker Kavelina Torres (who directed the submission “I Am”) said that she couldn’t pick just one. “I could be biased and say ‘I like mine!’ but they were all so good and from different angles of life.” The Film Club was founded in 1992 when the film minor was first offered at UAF. “People make films so that others can see them. It is critical for filmmakers to have an opportunity to show their work to an audience,” said Maya Salganek, an assistant professor of digital performance media at UAF, who has been the club’s advisor since 2008.

“Films are ideas, and a filmmaker wants to hear from an audience if that idea is transmitted well or not,” Salganek continued. “Plus, it’s just so much fun to have an opportunity to see that filmmakers are here in Fairbanks, that they are making stuff and having fun, and making engaging work.” The festival debuted comedies, music videos for local bands, documentaries, dramatic and educational films. The winner of both the People’s Choice Award and the Juror’s Choice Award for best film was “Stumbling Upon a Dream” by Brian Palmer and Yelena Petkova-Palmer. The film was a music video composed and shot on location in Alaska. Palmer directed the video while Petkova-Palmer composed the music and starred in it. Prior to the screening, Salganek mentioned her excitement at seeing PetkovaPalmer’s film on the big screen, saying she felt the film was “beautifully shot.”

Award Winners Peoples Choice: “Stumbling Upon a Dream” Directed by Brian Palmer and Yelena Petkova-Palmer

Jurors Choice: “Stumbling Upon a Dream” Directed by Brian Palmer and Yelena Petkova-Palmer

Best Acting: “Danny DiVito Bagito” Directed by Jason Sinoben

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Punk band plays Pub Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter The final fall semester concert for the Student Activities Organization (SAO) was its only punk rock show of the term. Whiskey Tango, who recently returned from a tour in Japan, played their second gig back in the states Friday, Dec. 10 to a crowded UAF Pub. Despite their bad boy look and punk rock edge, SAO Assistant Director Cody Rogers had nothing but nice things to say about the band. “They’re the politest band I’ve ever worked with,” Rogers said, adding that after their last two gigs at the Pub (both of which sold out), she received a bouquet of flowers as thanks. The band had two opening acts go before it. The first act featured Michael Loftus (bassist and vocalist of Whiskey Tango) joined with Marquita Miller for a short, but sweet, impromptu set. The Avery Wolves, a local rockabilly band that formed over the past summer, followed Loftus and Miller. Headed by front man Nathan Harris (slap bass), the band’s rockabilly and psychobilly sound lead perfectly into the punk rock/thrash sound of Whiskey Tango.

Best Editing: “A Quest for Heritage” Directed by Jeric Quiliza

Best Director: “The Bandit” Directed by Andrew Adlesperger

Best Cinematography: “All My Shadow(side)s ‘All My Drawbacks’” Directed by Mirva Valkama UAF Film Club members (L-R) Kalesha Pearson, Maya Salganek, Andrew Adlesperger, Llian G.K. Breen and Lorien Nettleton pose for a photo after Saturday night’s film festival. Dec. 11, 2010. Jeremia Schrock/ Sun Star.

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b Whiskey Tango is a four-man band comprised of Loftus, Sean Donavan (drums), Herman Schmidt (rhythm guitar) and Ian LeSage (guitar). Their sound is best described as the result of a drunken union between Irish punk band Flogging Molly and English rockers The Clash. That is a compliment. As soon as they took to the stage, the dance floor of the Pub was flooded with dozens of dancers who crowded as close to the band as possible. Within the first few notes of the first song, a kind of frantic pseudo-moshing occurred that left the area around the stage a hazard to anyone with a pint or pitcher in hand. Many students danced the gloom and doom of finals week away. Jim Loftus, the father of Michael, arrived at the show dressed in a simple black T-shirt that read “WHISKEY TANGO” on the back. He sat at the bar while his son’s band played. “Most everything they recorded in their first five years was recorded in my basement!” he said over the music. Did he attend his son’s shows often? “We suffered through the years when they just barely knew how to play,” Loftus said, adding that of course he was going to come out and support his son.

Whiskey Tango played to a packed UAF Pub on Friday night.

from a tour of Japan. Dec. 10, 2010. Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star

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From rabbits to humans: the evolution of the UAF psychology department Kelsey Gobroski Sun Star Reporter The psychology department plans to evolve by pursuing Ph.D accreditation and scrutinizing its undergraduate curriculum, but it is still grappling with its fledgling identity. The Gruening Building basement suites were much different 10 years ago. The first floor alone has morphed drastically. What is now a video conferencing room once housed animals. Researchers quarantined and treated sick animals in what became the lunchroom. A graduate office once shelved all manner of medicines and treatments. Anita Hartmann used to work with rabbits here. “Undergrad research opens doors … especially when they’re doing things hands-on with real world applications,” Hartmann said. Psychology undergraduate research of the ’90s centered on rabbits. The rabbits, two-pound Holland lops, taught Hartmann and her undergraduates about antioxidants, how nurture affects learning, and the negative side effects of the drink Kombucha. The research done on those rabbits proved valuable for the undergraduates - one student later entered a doctorate program at Virginia Tech with a full-ride scholarship. The rabbit research has long since concluded, the rabbits all adopted out. The facilities weren’t up to code. Updating them would’ve cost millions of dollars, according to John Allen, professor and former director of the UAF psychology clinic. “The curriculum no longer includes the undergraduate psychology laboratory experiences that it did when I came in 1987,” Hartmann said. Many of the laboratory courses were eliminated. This change affected students’ future options by focusing on “clinical programs and applied research,” she said. The psychology department turned to therapy and applied research. Today, the university psychology department works toward accrediting its own doctorate program with the American Psychological Association (APA). The department also plans to alter the undergraduate program. From neuroscience to therapy, Gruening’s basement psychology facilities have seen the department’s goals evolve

A Holland lop in the Gruening psychology lab. Date unknown. Photo courtesy of Anita Hartmann

over the years. The spaces Hartmann walked through as a researcher now house teaching assistants, graduate students and video conferencing. Meanwhile, the second floor transformed into the heart of the blossoming doctorate program: the Psychology Department Clinic. To be eligible for APA accreditation, students getting their doctorate in clinicalcommunity psychology need to have clinical training. Originally, the Student Health and Counseling Center would have filled that role, but it didn’t have room. The department scrambled to find an alternative, Allen said. “We had to build a clinic out of nothing,” Allen said. The clinic spent its first year on the first floor, until the department renovated the second floor three years ago. Artwork of Alaska animals covers the walls of the clinic rooms and replaces windows in the basement space. There are six therapy rooms, a group space and testing cubicles. The clinic is open to the community. Director Jason Whipple and his students don’t deal in prescriptions and instead provide diagnoses and therapy sessions to students, families, couples and children. Today, they are actively seeing about 50 or 60 patients, Whipple said. The clinic has the same quality of care as the health center, just with student therapists, Whipple said. The training allows graduate students

the hands-on experience of conducting therapy and diagnosis without the more complicated aspects of professional psychology such as suicidal patients or court orders, Whipple said. Despite the animal facilities shutting down, there are still opportunities for psychology undergraduates. Undergraduate committee chairperson Brien Ashdown has led research teams and taught undergraduate courses for two years. During that time, “the numbers of undergraduates working closely with professors has exploded,” he said. More than 250 students are majoring in psychology at UAF. The department is reviewing the major’s requirements. “Without getting into specifics, we have tried to revise our curriculum in such a way to allow us to be more flexible in the courses we offer,” Ashdown said. The doctorate program will also evolve. Now that the clinic has produced graduates, the department can apply for accreditation. They plan to use the video conferencing room for therapy. Soon Whipple can research how much patients improved after visits, Allen said. Even undergraduates may find their place in the clinic alongside doctoral students. As the clinic grows, “there may be opportunities down the road for undergraduate research assistantships,” Allen said.


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An American dream come true

JR Ancheta Sun Star Reporter

On Friday, Dec. 10, 25 petitioners sat in the jury box of the United States District Court as they waited to become United States citizens. The courtroom’s ambiance was that of solemnity and of eagerness for the event to come. The court convened as U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott A. Oravec entered the chambers. The naturalization ceremony, where foreign nationals become United States citizens, had begun. “This is a beautiful day for me,” JeanYves Boumbe-Boumbe said. “This is the beginning of a new life, so I’m very happy in becoming a citizen today.” BoumbeBoumbe emigrated in 2005 from Cameroon, and is a student at UAF studying petroleum engineering. He came to Alaska because he wanted to have more contact with English speakers. Although they had different backgrounds and stories, the 25 new citizens had a similar path to citizenship. The process took years of work and persistence. They completed naturalization forms, proved

their proficiency in English and passed a civics test administered by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer. Petitioners must be at least 18 years of age, have a green card, and must have lived in the United States as a permanent resident for at least five years. After the welcoming remarks, the National Anthem and the Alaska State Flag Song were sung. Led by Oravec, the petitioners recited the Oath of Allegiance, renouncing their fidelity to their previous foreign states. This was followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The newly naturalized citizens were able to share their stories and backgrounds and were congratulated by a panel, as well as their families and friends. Three current UAF students and one recent graduate became U.S. citizens: Boumbe-Boumbe; Hsuanhua Smart, a graduate student in statistics; Ophelia Ann George, a graduate student in geography; and Suyene Pesquera Dallman, a recent graduate in applied business.

“They tend to appreciate being a citizen more than someone who is a naturally born citizen,” Oravec said. “You don’t really think about it too much at first...[but] then you begin to appreciate these rights we have here...but sometimes when you grow up [in the US], your perception is that you think it’s just normal.” The ceremony lasted an hour, but in that hour they started their new lives as American citizens.

“This is a beautiful day for me,” said Jean-Yves Boumbe-Boumbe from Cameroon. “This is the beginning of a new life, so I’m very happy in becoming a citizen today.” Boumbe-Boumbe was naturalized at the US Disctrict Court Friday Dec 10, 2010. JR Ancheta/ Sun Star

Say “Ah”

Donna Patrick, ANP

Q: Is it true that certain foods increase brain power? A: Yes! Mental performance is highly influenced by diet. Natural neurochemicals found in certain foods can help you concentrate, keep you motivated, improve your learning, and enhance your memory. Q: So what are some good foods to eat? • A particular type of fat called Omega-3, found in our wild Alaskan salmon, enhances intellectual performance. Smaller amounts of this fatty acid are found in walnuts, kiwi fruit and seeds. On the flip side diets high in Trans fats and saturated fats adversely affect cognition. Stay away from those potato chips during finals week! • Choline is a fat like B vitamin found in eggs. It also helps minimize fatigue. Mood and mental performance are powerfully affected by the B vitamins. • Carbohydrates (sugars). I’m not talking about Christmas cookies, candy or pop but the kind found in whole grains, fruits and vegetables…. Beware; if you eat a lot of sugary sweets it may cause an elevated cortisol levels… which is a hormone known to impair memory in high doses. • Folic acid is found in spinach, orange juice and yeast. Folate deficiency can lead to cognitive impairment.

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Weekend Wanderlust

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Gifts on the go Jamie Hazlett Sun Star Columnist

As Santa Claus, that most well-traveled of fellows, prepares to touch down on your roof in a couple of weeks, it seems high time to consider what you and other venturers on your holiday gift list might be excited to see under the tree this year. Some items are obvious. For example, passport holders, unique luggage, or books and gear specific to the recipient’s upcoming destination are always popular. If you want to give something truly suited to the needs of a traveler though, you have to think outside of the box. With this in mind, I’ve picked out five of my favorite world-trekker-worthy items for you to keep in mind as you shop for those that fall into the ‘intrepid voyager’ category. All of the below items are available at www., which offers lots of travel-friendly items. Watch out for your bank account and your closet space, as the site has more goodies than Santa has elves. Travel Chopsticks ($12). These handy little utensils are perfect for eating on the go or for anyone heading for a country with a dearth of forks. Not only do they screw apart for easier storage and less trouble at security, they have their own carrying case. Plus, their stainless steel construction makes them easy to clean and damage resistant. The Hookup Purse Hanger ($40). Airport bathrooms can be nasty, and many don’t offer a place to set your handbag while you do your business. The Hookup offers a solution in the form of a clip that converts from a heart-shaped bit of purse bling to an S-shaped hook that holds to tables and doors and keeps your things from hitting the floor. Despite its shape, this is far from a ladies-only tool; its ability to hold up to 30 pounds makes it ideal for anyone carrying a backpack into places where the floor sanitation is questionable. Wallet Pen ($49). Let’s face it – we all wish we had better memories. Studying would be easier, you’d never forget how to get to that awesome party everyone else will be at, and it would eradicate the fear of jumbling up the phone number that super hot guy or gal just gave to you. Unfortunately,

we’re stuck with the memories we have, and as such, we find ourselves looking for a writing stick at the most inconvenient times. Thanks to the wallet pen, your quill and ink can be produced in the wink of an eye. The pen nestles neatly in the fold of any wallet, it is no longer than a credit card is wide, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee. Picnic Backpack ($35). Whether you’re re-creating “The Sound of Music” in Isaiah Charles, sophomore from Emmauk, Alaska dances with the ñu-Yupiaq Dance Group on the Austrian Alps or just out for a day hike Saturday, Dec. 4 2010, at Rural Services Gathering Room located in the Brooks Building. JR Annear home, the picnic backpack is a sure-fire cheta/Sun Star. way to get your meal and all the accoutrement safely there and back. The main compartment fits your food and a bottle of wine, there’s very few people at home that actually JR Ancheta while the front flap replaces spots for pens know how to dance, but it was fun to finally Sun Star Reporter and pencils with places for forks, knives, The excitement that filled the gathering learn.” and plates. Extra pockets leave space for cell room at the Brooks Building was contagious. “It’s just pure joy!” said Catherine “Uyphones and other small necessaries. At this The drummers sang powerfully while main- uriukareq” Moses, a recent graduate at UAF taining cadence, encouraging the dancers with a degree in elementary education. in front of them. Keeping their culture alive, “The dances, a lot of them, are fun, so you the the Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group meets just have fun doing it. You don’t think of twice a week to perform for one another, anything else in the world but dancing. You preserving their traditions through songs hear your language being sung. There’s that and dance. connection you can’t get anywhere else.” In 1995, a group of students who wanted She explained that she never had the time to continue their native traditions while at- while in school, but joined now because tending college in Fairbanks, formed the of her three daughters. “It’s important to Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group. The dance group expose them and get to know who they are continues today with as much enthusiasm and how important it is to value their own as when it began. It provides opportunities culture,” Moses said. price, no picnicker can afford to be without for Native Alaskan students and alumni to As for the future, it is clear that the Iñuthis backpack. learn about their Iñupiaq or Yup’ik heritage. Yupiaq dancers will continue sharing their Bottle Cap Tripod ($10). If you have “I didn’t teach them all,” said advisor traditions to others and to themselves. The a photographer on your list, this item is a Joel “Ataat” Forbes. “We learned from dif- organization hopes that by sharing tradimust-buy. The name explains the item: a ferent people who joined the group and they tion, it can be a “positive push for people to simple plastic cap, designed to fit over the teach what they know. It’s really nice be- do school even,” Forbes said. “If you have regular lid to any standard-size plastic water cause everybody is from all over.” Song and a good community who are all striving to bottle, that also happens to feature a unidance are taught by members or by others in good, they’ll all help each other.” versal camera mount. The only caveat here the community. The Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group meets is that heavier cameras will require a mostly “I started coming to these practices and every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00 full bottle if you’re planning on letting go before, I didn’t learn,” said James “Maasak” p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Brooks Building’s long enough to hop into the picture. Mills from Noatak. “Where I’m from, the Rural Services Gathering Room. All are wel If none of the above items tickle your dancing was sort of banned since 1908, so come to attend. fancy, check out the rest of the site to find something that suits your needs and tastes. Wherever in the world you spend your holidays this year, be safe, be savvy, and have fun.

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Have something to say? Say it here. The Sun Star welcomes reader commentary. “For then the wolf will be a guest of the lamb…the lion will eat hay like the ox…and there shall be no harm or ruin.” So in conclusion, this is not a time for judgemant [sic] but for hope, hope in the ancient promises of God. For we have “good news” proclaimed to us. But again I say “Stay awake!” to the signs of our times. And keep to or return to your Godly way of life. Peace,

Increasing yearly, the obvious and many troubles in our world make us all more uncertain and fearful. But what does it mean? What will happen? Scripture says that people will even “die of fright” at the terrible calamities unfolding. And “unless those days had been shortened no living creature would survive.” “Therefore stay awake!” “You must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” But the prophets of old brought us glad tidings as John Mark Matson Medford, Oregon God promises the world peace and love.

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Mr. President, we STILL need your leadership

Letters to the Editor

From the desk of Mr. Matson

December 14, 2010

A progressive decision that would vastly benefit lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people has been left to languish due to the heartbreaking lack of political will from our leaders. Sound familiar? Sure, I could be talking about Congress’ inability to end the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy. DADT is the U.S. military policy that prohibits LGBT people from serving openly. Even a rumor of homosexuality can lead to dishonorable discharge from the military. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was enacted in to law in 1993, when there was still great fear and intolerance of LGBT people. It was falsely advertised that the law would protect gay and lesbian soldiers by preventing the military from openly questioning their sexuality. This “protection” led to soldiers being outed to their superiors by their peers. DADT has cost the U.S. military dozens of valuable servicewomen and men, including interpreters and intelligence analysts. The 111th Congress has thus far proved unable to overturn the national disgrace that is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Every passing day makes it less likely for DADT to end. In truth, I wasn’t talking about DADT in my opening paragraph. I was talking about the fact that the University of Alaska does not currently include sexual orientation in its list of statuses that are protected from discrimination. It’s our very own Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We are alone among state universities to hold that disgusting distinction. In August, I wrote an editorial that called on UA President Patrick Gamble to take some decisive action in favor of UAF students, staff and faculty by amending the Non-Discrimination Clause. Since then, there have been four meetings of the UA Board of Regents, four separate chances for Gamble to demonstrate leadership by directing the Board to take up this issue. In the absence of leadership from Gamble, it falls to the students to take the initiative. Where have the student leaders been? Last year, the UAF Gay-Straight Alliance was an outspoken advocate for LGBT issues on campus. When anti-gay speaker Edward Delgado came to campus, they held a protest and used the occasion to speak out about the need to amend UA’s Non-Discrimination Clause. This year, the GSA has been quiet. The Day of Silence is one day of the year. You should be shouting and screaming from the rooftops the other 364. And you shouldn’t be alone. It is time that our ASUAF student government takes a decisive stand on the Non-Discrimination policy. ASUAF proved earlier this semester that when students speak out, they can change minds. If our student leaders can convince the Board not to enact a five percent tuition raise, then surely they can convince the Board to make a policy change that would protect a substantial portion of students, staff and faculty. Think the stakes aren’t high? Remember Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who killed himself after having a gay sexual encounter broadcast over the internet by his roommate? Clementi put a face to the disturbing statistic of LGBT suicides resulting from bullying. The next Tyler Clementi could be here at UAF. Amending the Non-Discrimination policy would send a message that the University of Alaska is serious about preventing bullying. Pres. Gamble and the Board of Regents had the entire semester to take action. They weren’t listening because maybe we weren’t speaking loud enough.

Andrew Sheeler Editor-in-Chief UAF Sun Star

UAF Sun Star: Dec 14, 2010  

UAF Sun Star Volume XXX Issue 14

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