Student job opportunities 4
Tuition meeting shut-out 6
Netherfriends coming to town 7
Toga, toga, toga! 16
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Trainee Ken Blanchard participates in OC (pepper spray) training led by University Police Department Chief Sean McGee. Blanchard “arrests” Brain Vanderbunt, of the North Slope Borough Police Deparment. September 9, 2010. Photo by Heather Bryant / Sun Star.
As the UA Regents meet to discuss a tuition increase, student leaders say students are shut out
Netherfriends on a 50-state tour, looking to record a song in Fairbanks
Solving the pollution equation and grant opportunities for undergrads and importing conservation wisdom
Police trainees learn a hard lesson and students are looking for work
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The Phineas Gauge an acquired taste and this week’s crop of crimes
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The Sun Star Volume XXX Number 3 September 14, 2010
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Oktoberfest, hoi hoi hoi!
Even more Oktoberfest, as well as some “Instant” gratification
September 14, 2010
One in four women reading this will likely be raped
During “Hot Toga Nights”, students reminded to keep their underwear on
September 14, 2010
‘Cabin rap’ not for everyone Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter Last Friday, Sept. 10, the Pub hosted a self-labeled “sell-out show” (not to be confused with a “sold out” show as there was no cover charge) by local rap group The Phineas Gauge. However, concert-goers be warned: The Phineas Gauge is not for everyone. While labeling themselves as a band that plays “cabin rap,” their sound is closer to what one would imagine postapocalyptic stoner funk would sound like. With electric guitars, a turntable, and a drum kit, Phineas Gauge is anything but your usual local garage band. Or, in this case, cabin band. Hailing from the Goldstream Valley north of Fairbanks, the band is based around the vocal stylings of Sonny Golden and Raif Johnson-Kennedy. Their songs are pre-written but sound off-the-cuff, leading the audience to feel as if they had just happened upon an impromptu rap-battle. While several of the songs they played appeared to have an overall message,
others felt more like romps through the absurd. There were even moments when it seemed as though the band was channeling the creative spirit of Lewis Carroll-ala-Jabberwocky. Then again, the band’s MySpace page lists them as not only rap, but as “experimental.” However, absurdity does not always translate well to a musical environ. It appeared that many pub patrons were there more for the beer than the music. Stephanie Parsel, a concert-goer, felt that while the band was “entertaining and amusing” that they were not the best she’d seen. “[They’re] not my favorite, but not horrendous.” At several points throughout the evening, Golden attempted to get the audience more involved in the show. He went so far as to complain about the lack of free beers he and the band had received. Less then five minutes later, one heavily tattooed gentleman strode up on stage, half-a-dozen beers in hand, signifying that clearly the band was not without its fans.
Thursday, Sept. 2, 12:56 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3, 10:33 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 10:17 a.m.
A black and silver LG Spyder mobile phone with a slider and touch screen was lost during the night of Aug. 30 somewhere around the Fine Arts complex. It is believed to have crawled away on its own and Charlotte (from the children’s book Charlotte’s Web) has been brought in to investigate.
Textbooks were reported stolen from the UAF Bookstore on Friday. The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a white jacket and black jeans. The official report said that it was unknown as to what books or how many were stolen. It would be ironic if the textbooks filched were for a justice or ethics class.
Another report was filed concerning the theft of textbooks from the UAF Bookstore. The suspect was a tall white male with dirty blonde hair clothed in a pair of rolled-up carpenter pants and a long-sleeved shirt. He was also wearing a bandana and a pair of sandals. So far the suspect list includes all of Ester, AK and the majority of the California coast.
Chancellor Brian Rogers gives the Fall 2010 Convocation speech. September 9, 2010. Photo by Elika Roohi/ Sun Star.
Fall 2010 Convocation Chancellor Rogers delivers his annual Convocation address, calling on students, faculty and staff to help tell the positive stories of UAF.
Monday, Sept. 6, 2:41 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2:38 p.m.
Compiled by Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter
An officer stopped a driver, with a suspended Colorado license, early in the afternoon of Sept. 2. The driver was summoned and released, and the vehicle was turned over to the passenger (who was also the owner). No word on whether he was stopped in the name of love.
A Cutler resident reported loud music being played in their apartment complex. After the person refused to lower the volume, officers were called to the scene. One officer made contact with three of the individuals who were all given a disorderly conduct warning. Two other individuals fled the scene after jumping from the apartment’s third floor window. Reports remain unconfirmed as to the individual’s mutant abilities.
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 10:02 p.m. A complainant indicated that an individual had been following her around campus, waiting outside her dorm all day until she emerged, and refusing to take social cues and hints that she was uninterested in his company. An officer agreed to assist in telling the individual the same. BFF? No, thanks.
September 14, 2010
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“Student job-seekers up 56 percent from last year” Kaitlin Johnson Sun Star Contributor Caleb Kuntz has worked at Rasmuson Library on and off since 2005. When he started, he was still living with his parents and the job was just a way to meet new people and earn some extra cash. Now it’s become a necessity. “It pays my rent, food, pretty much everything but school,” said Kuntz, now a senior. His school costs are covered through financial aid. UAF has about 1,000 student jobs, said Career Experience Coordinator Jackie Debevec. Job opportunities range from firefighting to food services. UAF even offers some paid research positions for undergrads. According to the UAF Human Resources website, on-campus jobs are capped at 20 hours per week unless a special exemption is made. Pay starts at $8 per hour. For many students, these positions are an ideal alternative to offcampus employment. During his college career, Kuntz has had both on- and off-campus jobs, sometimes both at the same time. But for him, campus jobs are a better fit. “They work with your schedule,” he said. “They always bend and make sure work doesn’t get in the way.” Also, his campus job forced him to stay busy and become more efficient with his time. During semesters that he didn’t work, Kuntz felt he was more prone to waste time then when a job forced him to exercise time management. “I still waste time. I just waste time more efficiently when I work,” Kuntz said. UAF’s Career Services Department helps students find on- and off-campus jobs. “I get to be like a matchmaker,” Debevec said. “I match students to jobs that will fit them.” The department’s services include polishing resumes and perfecting interview skills through mock interviews. The staff offers tips to help students
distinguish themselves to recruiters and employers in competitive job fields.Then, they help guide students to job openings. In recent years, the number of students utilizing Career Services has increased. In the 2008-09 school year, 1,072 students made use of the department and its online services. In 2009-10, that number rose to 1,672, a 56 percent increase. Debevec said that the increase could be attributed to multiple factors, one being that the department has tried to make students more aware of its services through classroom presentations and critiquing resumes
posted on UAF’s online job sites. Also, many students are referred to Career Services by faculty and other students. Two tools for students to find jobs are the web sites uakjobs.com and uafcareerconnect, which can be accessed through the Career Services web site uaf.edu/career/. Uakjobs lets students view and apply to open on-campus jobs. UAFcareerconnect helps students find off-campus employment opportunities, including internships, summer jobs and openings in their career field. Another tool to finding job opportunities is attending a job fair.
Fairbanks, Alaska: July 2009: 6.7% January 2010: 8.9% July 2010: 6.0% July 2010: National Average: 9.5% Alaska Average: 7.7% Anchorage: 6.6%
Professor Patrick Druckenmiller talks to a student during last Friday’s (Sept. 10) Student Job Fair. Photo by Jeremia Schrock / Sun Star.
“Job fairs are great because you can interview with 15 potential employers all at once, instead of having to drive around and set up an interview with just one,” Debevec said. Career Services hosts several job fairs annually. Different fairs are designed to target different career fields. For example, the Careers in Energy Recruitment Fair that will be held Sept. 22, is an opportunity for engineering and technology students to meet with employers from across the country. Other fairs include accounting, natural resources and sciences, and campus jobs. Although UAF’s career fairs remain an excellent opportunity, fewer outof-state employers will be coming this year, Debevec said. A major cause for this is the economy. Many companies have reduced their budgets for recruiting, and coming to Fairbanks is too expensive for them. Engineering firms Jacobs and Baker Hughes will both be absent at the Energy Recruitment Fair this year due to budget cuts. Other companies, also faced with financial squeezes, have come up with alternatives to physically attending. After making budget cuts and having no available recruiter, the engineering firm Halliburton decided to schedule a time to do phone interviews with UAF students, said Debevec. “It’s a competitive world. Graduates have to compete with people in the field as well as other students,” Debevec said. “And employers expect students to have experience in their field.” For Kuntz, working on campus has meant more than merely preparing for the future. It’s helped shape his college experience. “It’s a really good social environment. It makes you get out and meet people you otherwise wouldn’t.”
September 14, 2010
Police Academy discovers pepper spray in Heather Bryant face not so funny Sun Star Reporter Police officers and trainees from around the state of Alaska gathered at the UAF campus on Sept. 8 and 9 for the Community and Technical College Law Enforcement Academy training exercises. The two-day training academy is held once in the spring and once in the fall each year. The two days consist of training in the use of a stun gun and OC (pepper) spray. Each participant is required to experience being stunned and being sprayed with pepper spray. “This [pepper spray] is a tool that a new police officer will be using,” said University Police Department Chief Sean McGee. “We need to be sure they know how.” The first day of instruction included using the collapsible baton, being stunned and a test on tool use. The participants learn about the proper use of each tool an officer typically carries and then go through an exercise where they are tested on which tool they choose to use in a scenario. The final day is the pepper spray exercise. “This is the last thing we do. After this, all they want to do is rub water on their face and feel the wind on their face,” said McGee. This training exercise involves being sprayed directly in the face by the OC spray and still performing an arrest on a suspect. The trainee must then put together a small puzzle. The exercise is designed to teach officers to control their panic response and still be able to perform their duties while waiting for backup. “It minimizes the amount of panic because they will know what it will feel like if they get sprayed,” said McGee. Such an exposure is possible in the field if wind blows the cloud of spray into the officer’s face or if a suspect is carrying pepper spray. The trainees took turns being sprayed and being the bad guy. Near the end of the exercise, the group was starting to run short on bad guys as the trainees
crouched with red faces over ice coolers and buckets filled with water. Trainees seeking to be certified in the CTC Law Enforcement Academy came from the Fairbanks Police Department, Anchorage Police Department, Unalaska, State of Alaska Department of Revenue, and the North Slope Borough Police Department. Some attendees were not yet affiliated with any police forces but were seeking certification for future jobs in law enforcement.
“After this all they want to do is rub water on their face.” -McGee
Above: UPD Chief Sean McGee sprays trainee Christopher Rathbun with pepper spray during a training exercise. September 9, 2010. Photo by Heather Bryant / Sun Star
Left: Trainee Ken Blanchard douses his face with a hose to remove the pepper spray. Right: Trainee Eula Rivers, from Anchorage, gets sprayed by UPD Chief Sean McGee. Above: Trainee Christopher Rathbun “arrests” Chris Honan during a training exercise as Chief Sean McGee watches. Photos by Heather Bryant / Sun Star
September 14, 2010
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Board of Regents ‘lockout’ Tuition increases decided in Juneau Kaitlin Johnson Sun Star Contributor
In 2000, tuition for a typical freshman taking twelve credits was $1,800. By 2010, that amount increased 96 percent to $3,528. Students can expect these numbers to keep climbing. At their next meeting, the University of Alaska Board of Regents will vote on additional increases. UAF students will have limited voice because the meeting will be held in Juneau. “The average student isn’t able to give their input,” said ASUAF president Nicole Carvajal. “UAA and UAF are much larger campuses with more students and they’re more accessible,” she said. Before the meeting, board members allot time for public testimony. However, the isolated nature of Juneau limits student access and their ability to testify. Carvajal said that students have something to say about tuition increases as high as 10 percent in 2011-12 and an additional 10 percent 2012-13. Student governments throughout the UA system have been appealing the board to allow students outside of Juneau to participate in the meeting through teleconference. “We were really pushing to have them allow full distance testimony,” said UAA senior Peter Finn, president of the Coalition of Student Leaders. The regents refused, saying that they do not have a precedent of allowing public testimony by teleconference. As a compromise, the board allotted thirty minutes to the Coalition of Student Leaders for presentations prior to testimony. “There really is a desire by the board to be responsive to students,” said UA spokesperson Kate Ripley.
Historically, the Board of Regents’ September tuition meeting has been held in Anchorage or Fairbanks. That changed last year. Regents visit UAS once annually, traditionally in February. This coincided with Alaska’s legislative term and created complications. One issue is that lobbyists and other groups crowd Juneau in February. Another issue is that regents end up meeting with legislators and spend less time than they would like on UAS, Ripley said. “Ultimately, it wasn’t seen as an effective use of time.” The board’s solution was to switch the locations of the February and September meetings. But this means that the annual tuition meeting is held in Juneau, isolating it from all but UAS students. “It’s harder on our budget,” Carvajal said. “It’s the difference from being able to fly one person down for $700 or drive five people down for $300.” At the crux of the issue is UA’s need to raise funding. In April, state legislators decided to revise the way the university receives funding. Instead of approving or denying budget requests submitted by the university, the state will now fund the university by matching its non-general fund revenues by 129 percent. “Legislators would like the University to be less reliant on state funds,” Ripley said. Some money can be found in budget efficiencies and grant money. But grant money carries the risk of being pulled. Tuition increases are the most reliable way to raise funds. For every 1 percent of a tuition raise, UA receives approximately $1 million. That grows to $2.29 million after the state matches it.
The University has made every effort be fair to students, said Ripley. The cost of Alaska’s state university tuition is the 44th lowest out of all 50 states, and tuition increases have not been as drastic as in other states. Also, regents try to approve increases years in advance so that students have time to prepare for them. “We want to give students and parents time to plan and find financial aid. We don’t want to sneak up on anyone,” Ripley said. Although he understands UA’s squeeze for funding, the increase in tuition has not reflected a correlation in the quality of his education, Finn said. “Since 2005, my costs have gone up significantly,
but I haven’t seen a significant improvement in my education,” he said. “So it’s hard for me to justify them, personally.” Finn, Carvajal and other student leaders are working together to create a presentation for the Board. They plan to show the long-term impact that UA’s trend of increasing tuition could have, as well as incorporate student testimony. Although both Finn and Carvajal expect the regents to approve the increases, they hope to impact the percent. “In the past, students either supported increases or opposed them entirely,” Finn said. “Our goal is to drop the percentage they’ll go up.”
Arts and Entertainment
September 14, 2010
50 songs in 50 states: Netherfriends comes to Fairbanks Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter Shawn Rosenblatt of Netherfriends says that most people compare his band’s sound to that of New York-based Animal Collective. While it’s true they have a similar sound (electronic psychedelic pop), Rosenblatt has always felt more of a kinship with a certain 60’s British rock band, “I try to sound like a modern version of The Zombies,” Rosenblatt said. “I feel like the Zombies were the band that kinda sparked my interest in writing songs as Netherfriends,” Rosenblatt said. “Their songs on ‘Odyssey and Oracle [especially].’” This past April saw ‘Odyssey and Oracle’ rate as the 80th best album of all time, according to a list released by Rolling Stone magazine. For music aficionados out there, Rosenblatt’s music also bears a striking
resemblance to the music produced by the Australian pop group The Whitlams. That is, if they were playing a live show in Colorado’s outdoor Red Rock Amphitheater with a pack of hyenas. In other words, it’s earthy, emotional, and incredibly primal. Apparently, Rosenblatt also almost never experiences writer’s block and said that he finds inspiration in “so many sources.” Too many to name, in fact. He also realized that music was his calling when he was 13. “I was such an introverted, lazy kid before I began creating music. It pushes me to meet new people every night and music teaches me how to express myself,” Rosenblatt said. “My parents never pushed me as a kid and my mom always assumed that when I had an interest in something that it would be a fad and I would get bored with it in a couple
months.” Rosenblatt cited his passing fads with basketball and baseball when he was younger. “So, I guess music was something that...I decided to pursue. [I] stuck with it to show my mom that music wasn’t just a fad for me.” Besides, Rosenblatt continued, “life sucks regardless [of ] what you do, you might as well do what you love.” Rosenblatt has been doing what he loves ever since. Currently, Rosenblatt, accompanied by fellow keyboardist Scott Westrick, is slated to play two shows in Alaska: one at the Alligator Wharf in Anchorage (Sept. 16) and the other at the UAF Pub two days later (Sept. 18). Although Rosenblatt usually gets around in an old 15-passenger van, he’s making an exception for Alaska by flying up instead. According to Cody Rogers, UAF’s Assistant Director for Student Activities, Netherfriends is coming to Fairbanks “because [Rosenblatt] said so.” Rosenblatt originally contacted Ephy Wheeler at KSUA, asking if there was anywhere in Fairbanks he could play a gig. Wheeler then sent him to Rogers who helped set up his concert at the pub. To Rogers, it also has something to do with what she calls “the Alaska effect.” People want to play in Alaska simply for the fact that it’s Alaska. For Rosenblatt, it also has something to do with the tour he’s currently on. His mission is to record 50 songs in 50 states. “It’s been going well,” said Rosenblatt. “Although the [western] states heading to Seattle were kinda disastrous in turnouts, but that was expected.” After playing and recording in Alaska, Rosenblatt will officially be halfway through his national tour. “I think I will try to [record] one in Fairbanks and one song in Anchorage,” he added. When can Alaskans expect to see their song (or songs) in album form? “I am releasing the first 5 songs for the 50 states project in January [of 2011],” Rosenblatt said. “So it might be a little while before you [hear] the Alaska song(s) on recording, but I am going to try to release the songs super fast.”
What also makes Netherfriends’ Alaskan shows more meaningful to Rosenblatt is that he’ll be celebrating his birthday while in the state. “I didn’t realize this, but my birthday is on the 18th,” he said, adding that he’s “very excited” to be spending his birthday in Alaska. Does he have any special birthday plans? “Maybe get some Eskimo (birthday) kisses,” he said, laughingly. “Do Alaskan people do that?”
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September 14, 2010
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Research fair brings undergrads grant opportunities Kelsey Gobroski Sun Star Contributor Undergraduates discovered project possibilities at the Undergraduate Research Fair, as well as research opportunities prevalent around campus. The Center for Research Services (CRS) hosted the fair at the Wood Center last Friday. Scientists and grant representatives tabled about 15 booths. “If you want to get into a good school when you pursue your master’s degree, you have to have research on your resume at this point,” said Jennifer Wagaman, CRS Director of Research Engagement. Graduate degrees tend to be based around a central thesis, but it is becoming more common for bachelor’s students to be expected to graduate with some sort of research experience as well, she said. “Not everyone needs to do a research career, but everyone needs research experience,” neuroscientist and assistant professor Barbara Taylor said.
Llian Breen, who graduated with a degree in computer engineering and physics, is now working his way toward neuroscience through undergraduate coursework. He works with Brian Edmonds, who studies neuron communication. In the lab, Breen learns many skills that might not be required for a degree, but are often expected in the professional field, he said. Undergraduates looking to pursue their own projects need to find a mentor or a lab to facilitate their work. Undergraduate research is prevalent on campus but relatively unknown, Taylor said. Taylor offers a seminar to fill some of the information void. The course provides an overview of UAF life science research and seminar skills. Taylor said she hopes this will give students better pathways than the typical word-ofmouth.
Research coursework doesn’t stop at the life sciences. Some departments, such as chemistry, natural resources management, various liberal arts, and engineering, require senior projects before students can graduate. Beginning in the spring, biology will have an optional equivalent - BIOL493. The course focuses on pairing students with a mentor and a lab, Taylor said. She said she hopes in the future all departments on campus would provide similar opportunities. After finding a mentor and a project, students often need to find funding. Alongside the research booths, other organizations offered grants and resources to students and scientists alike. Wagaman is leading the Undergraduate Research Competition, which will award $2,500 grants to 10 students. The competition is open to any undergraduate with a mentor, including both
Importing conservation advice One of India’s leading tiger experts talks about managing large carnivores
Anish Andheria -PhD in Surface Chemistry -Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation -Project Director for the Wildlife Consvation Trust in Mumbai, Maharashtra - Director - Sceince, Natural History and Photography for the magazine Sanctuary Asia -Started the Kids for Tigers Program that reaches out to over 1 million children in roughly 650 schools across India.
For a review of the talk and an interview with Andheria, check out www.uafsunstar.com
science and liberal arts students. The grant money might not end at just $2,500, either. “If your mentor is in IAB [Institute of Arctic Biology], they’ll match what you get,” Wagaman said. The recipients of the award will able to present their research at the undergraduate symposium at Campus Research Day in the spring. At the moment, CRS does not connect students with researchers off-campus, but Wagaman said that she may invite off-campus entities to the fair next year. “The key on our campus, I think, is making connections, and that’s why we have the fair,” Wagaman said.
Above: Javier Fo talks abo search eq Photo by Thoman
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September 14, 2010
Research Spotlight: The pollution equation Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter
The problem with Alaska winters is,
ochesatto essentially, Alaska. out his reWhile many cities in the industrialized quipment. world have made nice with their polluy Daniel / Sun Star tion problems, Fairbanks has not. The
problem is that, despite efforts by the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB)
to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standards for air quality, Alaska’s climate refuses to cooperate. “[Because] the problem that we’re talking about is in the [temperature] inversions in the winter,” said Javier Fochesatto, associate professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UAF. Normally, the earth is warmer than the air above it because of a heat-transference process known as convection. Convection occurs when warm air rises into the atmosphere before cooling and sinking back to earth. This process removes air pollutants from the earth and disperses them into the atmosphere where they become less concentrated, and thereby less harmful, to human life below. A temperature inversion occurs when, in valleys in particular, the air nearest to the earth becomes colder then the air above.
Photos by Heather Bryant / Sun Star
This effect causes the cold air to become trapped by the warmer air current, which therefore limits the convection process. This limitation allows particulate pollutants (microscopic solids and liquid droplets that are small enough to easily enter the respiratory system) that would otherwise disperse into the atmosphere to simply collect in larger and larger amounts. When combined with bitterly cold temperature, this can result in something almost every Alaskan is familiar with: ice fog. But how do the pollutants spread? The pollutants emitted (whether from power plant or Subaru) are primarily gasses that join up with liquid molecules. When these molecules leave a plume stack or tail pipe they almost immedi ately freeze. But, asks Fochesatto, what happens to the gas? Such a question is one he hopes to eventually answer. Such a high-concentration of particulate pollutants can also result in health problems for those forced to inhale the same dirty air for weeks and months on end. According to the EPA’s website, such pollution has been linked to decreased lung function, asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, and death in people who suffer from heart or lung disease. A recent study conducted by the State of Alaska’s own Department of Health and Social Services, analyzing data from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, stated that all individuals in Fairbanks under the age of 65 who were exposed to higher levels of particulate matter between 2003-2008 were 6 percent more likely to have not only a stroke, but also respiratory tract infections than those unexposed. Fochesatto, along with professors Nicole Mölders and Gerhard Kramm, are in the process of figuring out just what can be done about Fairbanks’ particulate pollution problem. While Fochesatto is focused on observing and measuring particulates in the boundary layer
(where the cold and warm air masses meet), Mölders and Kramm are creating models using Fochesatto’s data. Currently, the team (including six student researchers analyzing various pollutant causes) is looking into what are the biggest contributors to the FNSB’s winter pollution problem. According to Fochesatto, despite the borough’s small population (only 80,000), “the level of [particulate] concentration is very high compared with mega cities.” “While particulates go away in big cities, in Alaska the winter essentially traps them,” he said. What are the borough’s biggest contributors to the pollution problem? Not cars, Fochesatto said. Instead, Fochesatto lays most of the blame on plume stacks like the one located at the university’s power plant. Fochesatto said that the shear amount of pollutants they emit dwarf those of both homes and automobiles. While Mölders agrees that automobile exhaust is not the biggest contributor to particulate pollution, she instead stresses that the problem arises from “little plumes,” like residential homes, many of which are heated by non-EPA certified wood stoves. In June, the FNSB assembly passed a law that required any newly-installed wood stove be EPA-certified. The law also created a program to encourage borough residents to trade in their old wood stoves for EPA certified ones. According to the 2010 Fairbanks Home Heating Survey conducted by Sierra Research, 17 percent of all FNSB residents use wood burning stoves as their primary source of winter heat. One model that Mölders has created indicated that a borough-wide switch to EPA certified wood stoves would reduce the total amount of pollution emitted. However, as her own research shows, the change would be minimal at best, and she was quick to point out “that [such a change] will not be enough.”
September 14, 2010
TOP 5 REASONS FAIRBANKS CELEBRATES OKTOBERFEST IN SEPTEMBER
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Tuesday 14 Special Events
Music & Dance
GUITAR HERO, 7:30 p.m., The Pub, Free
Everyone’s a rock star on Guitar Hero Night! Players use a guitar peripheral to match notes of lead, bass and rhythm guitar that Wear your Nanook Traditions gear on Tues- scroll on-screen. A variety of rock music days and be one of the lucky students to be songs keep both the virtual and real audispotted by the prize patrol and get free stuff! ences excited. For more information call 474-6029.
TRADITIONS TUESDAYS, All day, UAF Campus
PUB TRIVIA, 8:30 p.m., The UAF Pub, $5 per team
ICE JAM, 7 p.m., College Coffeehouse, 3677 College Road, Free
Enjoy a hot beverage and some Celtic-style Teams of three or four battle on a series of music in a chill, off-campus environment. short quizzes and top scoring teams win Call 374-0468 for more information. prizes. MC’ed by The Pub’s very own Donny C, the evening promises to be amusing at Lectures, Meetings & Training very least. Lectures, Meetings & Training Alaska Blaskapelle Photo courtesy Neal Haglund
Tara Callear Sun Star Calendar Editor 1. No one in their right mind would wear lederhosen in October! Now don’t get me wrong, Fairbanksans are tough, but seriously, who wears shorts in October? The record low temperature for October in Fairbanks is -25F (1935). 2. Oktoberfest beers make you warm inside Fall temperatures sneak up early in Fairbanks and there is nothing like the power of a high-octane Oktoberfest beer to warm dampened September spirits. 3. Hearty Oktoberfest fare insulates, so why wait? Bring on the BRATS! With freezing temperatures approaching rapidly, there is no time like the present for Fairbanksans to pack on that necessary insulating layer.
CLIMATE CHANGE: The causes, evidence and forecasts, 1–2 p.m., 201 O’Neill
TOASTMASTERS, 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Climate Change Seminar Series presents Rich Boone, Department of Biology & O’Neill Building Room 201, Free Wildlife and Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF. The club provides a supportive learning enFor more information, email vironment where participants develop oral email@example.com. communication and leadership skills that foster self-confidence and personal growth. Guests are welcome.
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS, 7:30 p.m., Wood Center Ballroom, Free
Lectures, Meetings & Training
This year’s Bartlett Lecture Series speaker, Williams is a world-renowned conserva- LEADERSHIP LUNCH, 1 p.m., tionist and author. Her writing is known for Alumni Lounge, Constitution Hall, being a poetic synthesis of science-oriented arguments for conservation. For additional Free information www.uaf.edu/activity/ or email This event will feature student speaker Brittany Hartman, UAF Political Science major firstname.lastname@example.org. and founder of the College Republicans at UAF. Lunch will be served. For more information email email@example.com.
AN EVENING WITH DON MIGUEL RUIZ AND DON JOSE RUIZ, 7 p.m., West Valley High School PerformHOLA EXPO AND FUNDRAISER, ing Arts Center, $32 advance/ $40 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at door Wood Center Lounge Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen Special Events
4. Zicke zacke zicke zacke Regardless of the timing, if there is one call to battle that Fairbanksans respond to, it’s a drunken one…”Hoi hoi hoi!” 5. Um, because that’s the tradition?! The most obvious reason being that Munich Oktoberfest traditionally takes place during the sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. O’zapft is! Oktoberfest beers tapped at The Pub Strap on your lederhosen and buckle down for a night of boisterous music, seasonal libations and good times at The Pub. Alaska Blaskapelle will be there to liven up this 2010 Oktoberfest Celebration, playing traditional German music in Bavarian style. Oktoberfest beer specials will get you in the mood and $2 bratwurst and potatoes will keep you fat and happy. The event is this Thursday, Sept. 16 with the fun starting at 8 p.m. Admission is FREE.
Hispanic or Latino Awareness (HOLA) is to the great wisdom of days long past. For kicking off the annual Hispanic American more information contact Leslie Markham Heritage Month. HOLA is a student-based at 374-4745. organization that raises cultural awareness and strengthens leadership skills. Music & Dance
BUST-A-GUT COMEDY, 8 p.m., MUSIC AT ONE, 1-2 p.m., Davis Hess Rec Center, $2 Students/$5 Concert Hall, Free For more information about this weekly muGeneral This event featuring John DiCrosta, will sic recital, email firstname.lastname@example.org. tickle the audience with dozens of voices, off beat impressions, topical humor, sight gags, a few props, and even ventriloquism. DiCrosta has appeared on American Idol, Politically Incorrect and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. For more info call 4746026.
www.uafsunstar.com 907BRIT, 7 p.m., College Coffeehouse, 3677 College Road The world can be lewd and crude, but the music you listen to doesn’t have to be. 907Brit’s writes and sings her music from the heart. For more information call 3740468.
September 14, 2010 Sports & Recreation
KAYAK RESCUE CLINIC AT CHENA LAKES, 4 p.m., Meet at Outdoor Adventures office, Students $18/ Faculty, NORTH STAR STRINGS, 10 a.m.- Staff & Alumni $22
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12 p.m., Fine Arts Complex Room Come learn necessary kayaking skills. Equipment and transportation is provided. 301, Free
ZUILL BAILEY CONCERT, 7:30 North Star Strings meets weekly through- Get a feel for the boat and how to create a out the semester; violins, violas, cellos are more powerful stroke. For more information p.m., Davis Concert Hall, $30 Zuill Bailey, one of the premiere cellists in the world, will play a complete cycle of six unaccompanied suites for cello. This event is a benefit for the Fairbanks Symphony and the Sitka Music Festival. For additional information email info@fairbankssymphony. org. Special Events
OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION, 8 p.m., The Pub Don’t miss $2 brats and potatoes, beer specials and Alaska Balaskapelle!
welcome. No auditions or conductor and all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Participants will be involved in all levels of planning and preparation. For more information call 479-6064.
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CONTRA DANCE, 7:30 -10:30 p.m., Wood Center Ballroom, Free
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The caller, Lynn Basham, will walk you through each dance. If you don¹t wish to dance, come enjoy Ice Jam and meet people. Sponsored by the University Women¹s Association & Contra Borealis Dancers. For more info visit uafwomen.blogspot. com/2010/09/free-contra-dance.html.
ANGEL ROCK FALL COLORS PHOTO HIKE, 1 p.m., Meet at Outdoor Adventures office, Students $21/ Faculty, Staff & Alumni $25
Get pointers from professional outdoor photographer Todd Paris, UAF Marketing and NETHERFRIENDS, 8 p.m., The PUB, Communications Photo Manager. Paris has won numerous awards and has appeared $3 Student/ $10 General (21+) in newspapers and magazines around the Netherfriends is touring the US writing a country. There will be opportunities to phonew song in each state. Their psychedelic tograph rock formations, plant, wildlife, and Lectures, Meetings & Training pop music is so catchy that you’ll be singing scenery. Equipment is not included. For along with them in no time. Tickets avail- more information call 474-6027 or email fyMIDNIGHT SUN VISITING WRITERS able at the Wood Center Front Desk. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SERIES, 7 p.m., Wood Center John Morgan and Peggy Schumaker kick off the 2010-11 series. Morgan’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review and others. He recently served as the first writer-inresidence at Denali National Park in Alaska. Shumaker’s newest book is Just Breathe Normally. Her most recent collection of poems is Blaze, in collaboration with the painter Kesler Woodward.
BUTTERFLY PAVILION OPENING DAY, 9 a.m., UA Museum, $2 Experience the wonder of Live Butterflies inside our pavilion until December 31, 2010.
AUTUMN EQUINOX WALK, 10 a.m., Creamer’s Field, 1300 College Road
Learn about the chemistry of fall colors and enjoy a walk through the beauty of autumn on the Refuge. For more information call COMEDY: JOHN DICROSTA, 8 p.m., 452-5162. Special Events
The Blue Loon, 2999 Parks Highway For more information call 457-5666. Music & Dance
DJ G-SPOT, 9 p.m, The Pub The self-proclaimed mix-tape king, you can find this G-spot at the UAF Pub.
STAR PARTY, 8 p.m., Creamer’s Field, 1300 College Road View the full moon through telescopes from Creamer’s Field on International Observe the Moon Night. For more information call 452-5162
FALL EQUINOX BLACK AND WHITE PARTY, 10 p.m., The Blue Loon, 2999 Parks Highway, $5 SWEATING HONEY (21+), 10 p.m.-2 Celebrate the day and night being equal (well almost, the 21st is the actual equinox). a.m., Marlin, 3412 College Road, $5 Dress in all black, all white or combo and get From ska to soul to Americana rock to altin FREE. UV drink specials, black lights and country to blues to klezmer to jam band to more. For more information call 457-5666. mariachi band, Sweating Honey’s got it covered. Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to sweat to their sweet, sweet sound! For more information contact 479-4646.
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September 14, 2010
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UAF Club of the Week Ben Deering Sun Star Reporter What is steampunk? “I think I know it, but when people ask about what steampunk is, I tell them to Google “steampunk” and the first image is of Abe Lincoln with a bionic arm,” said Andrew Paris, a cartoonist and one of the members of the Queen’s Arctic Expeditionary League, UAF’s local steampunk club. Steampunk is “kinda historical scifi,” according to Zachary Potts, another member of the club. According to Wikipedia, steampunk is “…a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction… The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used…” “I like steampunk because it makes history fun,” said Tyler Graham, an anthropology major at UAF and a prospective member. Members of the Queen’s Arctic Expeditionary League get different things out of it. For some, it’s an excuse to work with their hands. Potts and Zach Wieliczkiewicz spent most of the meeting hovering over a table loaded with Nerf guns with Potts’ personally modified Nerf rapid-fire gun sitting nearby.
“People bring their stuff and spraypaint their Nerf guns,” said Paris. Other members are “into historical costuming in general,” said Grete Mjolsnes. “I’m into this because I like to make clothes.” For still other members, it’s the discussions. Steven Downer has a small personal library of steampunk literature, and enjoys showing it off. “We talk about the steampunk literature, the movement,” said Potts. The club meets Saturdays at Sipping Streams, the teahouse underneathWok N’ Roll on College Road. Period costuming is welcomed but not required. Members meet, chat, and work on their set pieces. The club’s agenda for the rest of the year include a seminar by Potts on how to build steampunk goggles on Oct. 2, a Mad Hatter Tea Party on Oct. 30, and a display at Pop-Con on Nov. 12-13.
Q: When I called to make a doctor’s appointment at the health center, they scheduled me with a nurse. I come from another country and when we make an appointment with a doctor, we see the doctor.
acute and chronic problems, interpret laboratory results and X-rays, prescribe and manage medications and other therapies, provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance, and they refer patients A: I understand your confusion. The to other health professionals such as United States is the only country I am medical doctors and physical therapists aware of that utilizes advanced-prac- as needed. tice nurses to deliver primary care. The role of the nurse practitioner began in Q: But do I get good care if I see a the 1960’s in response to a physician nurse practitioner instead of a doctor? shortage. At that time, an increase in specialization in medicine drew many A. Literally thousands of studies lookphysicians out of primary care and sub- ing at quality of care, patient accepsequently led to a shortage of primary tance, patient satisfaction, and cost-efcare medical doctors. Also during this fectiveness of NPs have been conducted time period, the government initiated demonstrating that nurse practitioners programs that provided health care deliver outstanding, quality primary coverage for underprivileged patients, care in a variety of settings. The potenwhich in turn required an increase in tial for NPs has become clearer over the primary care delivery. years, and NPs are now accepted into the mainstream of health care delivery. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who are prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of preventive and acute health care services to individuals of all ages. NPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a master’s degree. NPs take health histories and provide complete physical examinations, diagnose and treat many common
Q: What is primary care anyway? A: It is the medical care received on first-contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere). This encompasses routine care of individuals with common health problems and chronic illnesses that can be managed on an outpatient basis.
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September 14, 2010
Weekend Wanderlust Home-brew Travel #1 Jamie Hazlett Sun Star Columnist Mid-September is my favorite time of the year. The foliage is golden and russet, the air is cool but not yet frosty, and beer and brats are king. I am talking, of course, about Oktoberfest, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. This event offers a cheap way to soak in some German culture without ever leaving the state. What follows, gentle (and possibly soon to be drunken) reader, is an example of what I like to call “homebrewed travel,” the point of which is to experience a ritual or tradition of another culture or country without straying far from your own front door. Since this system is almost as convenient as rolling out of your bed in Wickersham at 8:57 a.m. and being on time for class at 9, this week’s column will likely be but the first of several spotlights on various cultural events taking place around town this school year. For me, Oktoberfest marks the transition into autumn. The best place to wish the summer farewell and give the fall a hearty welcome is the UAF Pub, where this Thursday, Sept. 16, the Anchorage-based Alaska Blaskapelle will be providing live German music.
The Pub will be serving up bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and plenty of beer. The show starts at 8 p.m., but arrive early for a better chance at the food. Brush up on your chicken dance before heading out, and prepare to learn a little Deutsch – by the end of the evening, you’ll be singing the Ein Prosit toast right along with the band. If one night isn’t enough, Alaska Blaskapelle will be playing the party tent at Silver Gulch Brewery in Fox on Friday and Saturday. There will be tons of locals, keg after keg of phenomenal brews, a special menu of German foods, and of course, plenty of live music. It may not be Munich, but the libations and air of conviviality are as close to the real deal as you’ll find short of buying a plane ticket to Europe. Oktoberfest in Fox is an event not to be missed for anyone age 21 and over, and I sincerely hope that you’ll give it a try. To those of you who have already marked your calendars I say, “See you there, and ein prosit!”
Jeremy Smith Sun Star Columnist
You’re Gonna Love It (Or Not) In an Instant By now, I’m sure you have heard of Google Instant, and if not, go visit Google.com and experience it first hand. I found more than 10 blogs heralding the magic that Google Instant will bring to your browsing life. Everything from “shaving seconds” to “quick, quick, quick” are associated with this new feature. What is it and how will it change your life? You don’t have to click Search anymore. That’s about it. Now, I am not a total curmudgeon. I think the technology itself is quite impressive, as is the final presentation. When you type something into Google, without even finishing, it takes its best guess and fills the screen with instant results. This is similar to how your cell phone assumes a word starting with the letter “s” means “spunk” when you send a text message… or at least mine does. The constant predicting, refreshing and updating are brought about by a fancy programming language called AJAX that allows those instant updated results to be, well, instant. Not only does Google give you these instant suggestions, it also displays the top link results below the search box automatically as you type. Completing words isn’t even necessary anymore, unless your search term is not a common one. Using my name as the test subject, the “j” resulted in Java programming. The “e” provided links to the 2010 Jeep Wrangler, while the “r” gives me full episodes of the Jersey Shore. At this point I was completely distracted and had to find out what was going on between Snookie and Vinnie. I do not
think this was a planned result. However, I am easily distracted. It does seem like a total conspiracy though with Google Instant running interference through my attention span. Speaking of conspiracies, people who use Google to look up naughty words (mainly body parts and the like), get no instant love. Those kinds of searches require a press of the old Search button. I think it may be for the best that there are no real-time search results available for more risqué content. I wouldn’t want to be the one explaining the instant results for “adult education” to my college-bound Aunt or “Pussycat Dolls” to my niece. Introduced with Instant are a couple shortcuts and features that I have found fairly handy. If you press the Tab key, you can auto-complete your search with the top result. The Up and Down arrow keys can be used to sort through those text-predicted results. There are even preset search results when you type a single letter, ala alphabet books: “f” is for Facebook, “l” is for Lowes and “x” is for Xbox. At Google’s press conference where they announced Instant, the letter “w” was typed and the amazed crowd was immediately viewing the local weather forecast. Of course, you can also simply type “weather” and press Search for the same result… but I suppose that just takes too long.
Jeremy talks and takes on technology at gpfault.org.
September 14, 2010
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I just read through your editorial on the merit-based award that was recently passed, and I wanted to bring a few things to your attention. I know that this is representative of your opinion, but I wanted to give you some things to think about. • Merit-based scholarships are not about rewarding hard-working students with money. The purpose is to recruit those students to a university or state school system. We recruit and retain these students because they are likely to be productive in their university: they will seek out internships, be involved in research, and start student organizations. Merit-based scholarships are investments, not presents. • Alaska is at a distinct disadvantage with regards to recruiting and retaining high achieving students. There has been a culture of a “brain-drain” in Alaska for the past 40 years, in which high-achieving Alaskan students have left the state for their education. The goal of the University of Alaska is to train and teach the future leaders of the state, so it is unfortunate to have Alaska’s best and brightest leave. With this in mind, UA led the charge in 1999 with former President Hamilton’s UA Scholar award. This was Alaska’s first major merit-based retention scholarship, and was financed entirely by UA. The APS is looking to follow in those footsteps and keep our best here. • As far as needs-based aid goes, of course it would be great if we had more of it. In fact, it would be wonderful! But we don’t live in a country with free higher education, and it’s not reasonable to assume that you’ll be able to get your entire education for free. You might have to take some loans or work a little, but it’s do-able. Also, UA is extremely affordable, especially with regards to need based funding. Basically, if you’re eligible for needs-based funding, you’re eligible for the Pell grant. The Pell is $5,500/year and UA is about $6,000 per year. To me, that looks an awful lot like the needs-based
funding that is available is at least adequate. • Considering the current economic climate, the UA tuition increases are paltry. I’m not saying I support tuition increases, I hate them as much as the next guy, but I’m grateful that UA has kept its increases small. Some other schools have raised or are raising their tuition by as much as 33%. That would be something to yell about. • As far as you and all other current students not being covered by APS, get over it. For me, I was a UA scholar before there was special funding. If I were 10 years younger, I could have not only gotten four years for free, I would have been paid to come to school. Instead, I worked two jobs for five years to finish my two degrees. We all have to work, so don’t begrudge other students an opportunity you’re not eligible for. Just accept it, and do the best you can with your situation. • Finally, the APS is the first major funding that the state has ever done for students, and should be praised for its goals. This is a huge step for the culture of higher education in the state. Thanks for reading. I’m not trying to begrudge you your opinion, I just wanted you to take some things into consideration before you offer criticism. Thanks for your time, and have a very nice day.
To the UAF community, We, the members of the Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, would like to thank you for your generosity. On Thursday, Sept. 2 we held a bake sale to support a little known organization, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Being the first day of classes, our fund-raising goals weren’t set that high. But you, the UAF community, came together and helped us raise over $150 to help them promote pediatric cancer research. This made for a wonderful start to what we hope will be a great year, full of us holding and taking part in service projects that benefit UAF and Fairbanks.
Thanks once again, PS: I am enjoying the Sun Star so far this The members of Alpha Phi Omega - Nu year. Keep up the good work through- Omega out the year! Joe Alloway UAF Admissions Counselor
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September 14, 2010
One in four One in four women reading this editorial will have likely been the victim of rape or attempted rape. “Almost 25 percent of college women have been the victim of rape or attempted rape since the age of 14,” according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Last year there were eight “forcible sex offenses”, eight rapes, reported on the UAF campus or residences. UAF Police Chief Sean McGee knows that the true number of rapes is probably a lot closer to the one-in-four statistic cited by the DOJ. “When you start to think about it, that big number out there is really scary,” McGee said. McGee said that he would like to think of UAF as being special, as being somehow removed from that horrifying one-in-four statistic. The fact is, McGee said, he knows too many women who have been raped for that to be true. The awfulness of that statistic is only compounded by the sad reality that the longer a rape goes unreported, the less likely it is to be successfully prosecuted and the rapist will do jail-time. Don Foley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, said that is was “frustrating” when students come forwards weeks or even months later and say they’ve been raped. By then, Foley said, most evidence for the rapes will have disappeared. As the Dean of Students, Foley is the person many students talk to after they have been raped. Foley calls rape a “limiting term” and stresses to students that, “If you have a concern of how you have been physically treated, talk to someone.” That mirrors the advice offered by Chief McGee. McGee urges any woman who has been raped to immediately seek safety. Once safe, the victim should seek counsel from trusted friends, family, professional counselors, or advocacy groups to decide how to proceed forward. McGee said that for a lot of rape victims, pressing charges is terrifying as it brings with it the confrontation of their rapist. If and when the victim is ready, McGee said that they should “absolutely” contact the police. A victim of rape can also pursue action from the University of Alaska. Foley said that his office works to provide counseling and therapy to women who need it, as well as pursuing an investigation of the rape that can lead to suspension, criminal trespass and even expulsion of the rapist. Foley said that for many women though, there is a fear of retaliation from the rapist. It cannot be stressed enough that a woman who has been raped is never, ever at fault. There are steps, though, that can be taken to help protect yourself from becoming a victim. “The one prevailing theme is alcohol,” McGee said. Alcohol can limit a rape victim’s ability to be aware of their surroundings. This doesn’t even begin to factor in to usage of date rape drugs. Another step that can be taken is to realize that a rapist is almost never “a man jumping out of the bushes,” McGee said. According to McGee, all of the rapes last year were “acquaintance-related.” A woman’s rapist will almost certainly be somebody she knows. One in four women reading this editorial will likely have been the victim of rape. This last part is for you: call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 907-452-4357 or talk to a UAF police officer. You are not a statistic and you are not alone. Andrew Sheeler Editor-in-Chief UAF Sun Star
September 14, 2010
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Underwear mandatory at toga dance Elika Roohi Sun Star Reporter Clothing stayed mostly on the night of Friday, Sept. 10 during the annual Hot Toga Nights dance. The dance, put on by the Residence Life staff, took place at the Hess Recreation Center, and drew hundreds of students, from both oncampus and off. At one point, the line was a solid block, stretching from the Hess Recreation Center doors all the way to Skarland Hall, at the opposite end of the lobby. College students, dressed in bed sheets, lined up inside the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland complex with four dollars in hand, or eight if they lived off-campus, ready for a night of dancing. “I danced my shoes off,” said Ashley Strauch, a freshman. “I liked dancing the night away,” said Denali Critchett, another freshman. Halfway through the dance, one student grabbed a potted plant and proceeded to dance with the tree and ride it around the stage, until one of the resident assistants in charge told him to “put the tree down.”
“I thought the guy riding the tree was the most entertaining,” Strauch said. “That was awesome,” Critchett said. There were also a few incidents of crowd surfing throughout the night. No one was hurt, and everyone seemed to enjoy the antics of the few students brave enough to test the crowd’s loyalty. One challenge many faced was keeping their garments in place. “My toga stayed on,” Strauch said. Many other students struggled with keeping their clothing on. Safety pins were adjusted frequently. There were no incidents of toga malfunction. There were a fair amount of students who attended Hot Toga Nights without a toga but the students wrapped up in their sheets far outnumbered them. The togas seen in the Hess Recreation Center on Friday night were made up of many different colors and patterns. Patterns ranged from traditional white and gold to Spiderman. Everyone remembered to wear underwear.
Above: Kelly Kohler and Harry Horman enjoying themselves at Toga Night. September 10, 2010. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star. Right: Students having fun at the first dance of the year, the ResLife sponsored Toga Night. September 10, 2010. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star.
Above: Adam Bohman, Catalina Gonzales, Hannah Bilafer and Iris Fletcher “get low” at Friday night’s toga party. September 10, 2010. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star. Below: Brittany Swallows, Charles Coisman, and Ashley Westmoreland enjoying themselves at the toga party. September 10, 2010. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star.