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One Tree, lots of ideas Pg 6

Housing shortage strikes UAF Pg 4

Sewer pipes, big stinking deal Pg 5

UAF invades Fred Meyer Pg 14

In This Issue

Andrew Sheeler

CONTRIBUTORS Jeremy Smith Kelsey Gobroski Tom Hewitt

Heather Bryant

Rebecca Coleman

Jeremia Schrock

Tara Callear

PHOTOGRAPHERS Jeremia Schrock Don Derosier Dillon Ball Tom Hewitt

Jamie Hazlett


Amber Sandlin

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Ben Deering

Don Derosier

Daniel Thoman

COVER: Mickey Wilson sprints into the finish Saturday in the men’s cross-country race at West Ridge. Wilson was seventh among Nanook runners and fifteenth overall. Photo by Tom Hewitt

Dillon Ball

Alex Kinn

Lynne Snifka

Campus News Briefs West Ridge Report

REPORTERS Jeremia Schrock Jamie Hazlett Amber Sandlin Ben Deering Don Derosier Daniel Thoman

Housing and sewer pipes, UAF seems to be running out of both


How far can one tree go, and thoughts of blueberries


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UAF invades Fred Meyer, reforming student loans, and outsourcing tuition payment plans


COPY EDITOR Rebecca Coleman

Good Daze at the Pub, “Nightmares” and “Daydreams” as art, and the week’s misbehavior inventory

UAF hits the courts and the trails


LAYOUT EDITOR Heather Bryant

This Week’s Highlights

Tons of listings with fun events and activities to help you put off your homework this weekend


The Sun Star Volume XXX Number 2 September 8, 2010

EDITOR IN CHIEF Andrew Sheeler

The Sun Star

Wondering where to wander this weekend, staying healthy, and fun stuff you can do with Google Chrome

Coffee Break

September 8, 2010

All new Suduko and comics




Why merit-based doesn’t cut it


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News Briefs

Road to graduation filled with ‘Nightmares,’ ‘Daydreams’ Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter

“Beastly Chaconne,” by Jenny Day is just one of the paintings on exhibit. Photo by Jeremia Schrock / Sun Star

September 8, 2010


Good Daze, fun nights at Pub Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter

Although the Pub officially opened of the evening, Kuntz could be either its doors last Wednesday, it experi- seen in front of the band snapping enced an unofficial christening the day photos or heard shouting accolades to after. Spearheaded by local bluegrass/ the band from the back of the campus’ jazz band Good Daze, Thursday’s only drinking establishment. event saw students clinking together At several points in the evening, the glasses of beer instead of shattering otherwise unpopulated dance floor asunder bottles of wine. Thursday’s became a hotspot for interpretive concert also doubled as an album- dance, thanks primarily to Karlan release party for the band’s first-ever Bachmann’s violin. Bachmann’s viralbum “Germ of Creation.” tuosity with the violin was so apparWhile the band labels their sound ent that it was easy to think of much of as “space-folk to funk by”, they played the band’s set as one long musical ara mix of bluegrass and jazz with a defi- rangement, despite the fact the group nite influence of the Celtic. Front man took breaks in between songs. Mason Little frequently alternated be- Wherever one looked, smiles and tween an acoustic guitar and a banjo, laughter predominated. It was imposbut he only really hit his stride when sible to discern that the day had indeed he broke out the trumpet. Through been the first day of classes, or perhaps Little’s skill, Good Daze became trans- it was in spite of that fact that everyone formed from a Celtic jam band to the insisted on having such a good time. Buena Vista Social Club. The only thing separating the Pub from being mistaken for a Cuban nightclub was the lack of cigar smoke. The band played to an almost packed house that was comprised of several notable university faces, including ASUAF President Nicole Carvajal and Concert Board President Caleb Good Daze member Mason Little introduces his third Kuntz. Throughout much instrument of the evening during the UAF Pub’s opening

MFA student Jenny Day is presenting her thesis exhibition “Copulated Nightmares, Androgynous Daydreams” at the UAF Art Gallery in the Fine Arts/ Theatre Complex. Day cites her life experiences and dreams as her primary muse, adding that she paints entirely for herself. “I don’t really make it for people to like,” she said. “When I paint, I’m not thinking about somebody else.” One of her pieces, “Beastly Chaconne”, is rooted in music and religion. Her primary inspiration for the piece came from Christian theology in the form of the “mark of the beast,” a number or object that is meant to signify the end of time. In her piece, the “mark” takes the form of a simple ribbon. Instead of the “mark” being a random number or an esoteric object, “what if the mark was something [more mundane] like that?” she said. When asked if she had a favorite

painting of hers, she was uncertain. “They all blend together. It’s hard to [choose and] be unbiased.” Todd Sherman, one of Day’s academic advisors, has nothing but praise for his student. “She’s about to graduate, so she’s doing well,” Sherman said. “I wish I could say that about everybody,” he added. While Day describes her work as a dialogue between herself and the characters she creates, Sherman sees her work as dealing with “relationships and psychology [as well as the] psychology within relationships.” “The subject matter [of Day’s art] is dark, but her color choices are definitely not,” Sherman said laughingly. “I would describe her work as wonderfully weird,” he added. Day’s exhibit will be on display from September 3-17 in room 310 of the Fine Arts/Theatre Complex.

Police Blotter

Thursday, Aug. 26, 3:28 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 30, 8:48 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 30, 10:20 p.m.

A report was received that a UAF water truck had backed into an unattended private vehicle at Irving, which resulted in minor damage. A message was left on the vehicle advising them of the accident.

A person arrived at the UAF police station saying she needed assistance in telling an individual that she no longer wished to see him. An officer related the person’s wish to the individual who promised that he would no longer call or contact her. He was issued a 30-day trespass from all UAF property, and took it without any complaint.

UAFPD received a call from an RA in Moore Hall who stated that a possible underage male with “shaggy blonde hair” and a blue button-up shirt was seen drinking in the hallway. When asked by staff for his ID, he was uncooperative and ran out of the building. He was later identified but not as ScoobyDoo hero Shaggy Rogers.

Compiled by Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter

show last Thursday, September 2, 2010. Photo by Jamie Hazlett/Sun Star



September 8, 2010

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Student housing crisis

When supply can’t keep up with demand Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter

any given day, according to Huddy, those on the waitlist are not on it for very long. Huddy also believes that part of the housing crunch is to be blamed on those students who are waitlisted. If students hadn’t waited so long to apply for student housing, Huddy said, they might not be in their current predicament. “It’s kind of their fault that they’re in this pickle,” he said. One student who was forced to temporarily go without campus housing

irritated at the university. Emily Machos, Summer Housing Coordinator, recently notified Sandlin that her application had been approved and that a dorm was available in McIntosh. Sandlin took the dorm without hesitation. Rebecca Coleman, an RA for Bartlett’s 6th floor, has only assisted one overflow student personally but she is nonetheless aware of the housing crunch that UAF is currently facing. “[UAF] is putting people anywhere they

There are several key hurdles that most incoming freshmen have to overcome: sign up for classes, survive student orientation and get housing. For some students, that last hurdle has proven a far more difficult task than the rest. According to Kevin Huddy, Director of Residence Life, the university is experiencing an overflow of students for the second time in the past 10 years. Amber Fulkerson, a resident assistant (RA) for the 4th floor of Moore where at least two overflow students are currently being housed, said that her building, as well as the entire Moore-Bartlett-Skarland complex, is full to capacity. “There’s no room to put them,” Fulkerson said. “So, we’re are like, ‘Crap, now what?’ We don’t just want to leave them out in the cold.” According to Huddy, UAF is doing three things about this problem. Students are being notified not to seek housing on campus. Students already here are being housed in Bartlett’s student lounges. Finally, New Student Orientation (NSO) has struck a deal with several local hotels for a reduced rate. Huddy said the root of the A sign notifying students of a lounge closure due to overflow is hung inside the Barlett dorm during the problem is that the entire first week of classes. Photo by Jeremia Schrock / Sun Star Skarland building, primarily freshmen dorm, had to be shut down in order to refur- was Amber Sandlin. Sandlin was first have space,” she said, citing a meeting bish the plumbing. notified about the housing situation in she and other RA’s had with Huddy be“Pipes just wear out,” he said. early August. A Residence Life employ- fore the semester began. Skarland has been closed for repairs ee contacted her to say that there were Coleman added that she felt part of since August 1, 2010 and is expected already 14 female students ahead of her the housing problem stemmed from to reopen in March 2011. “If we had on the waitlist. Sandlin said that what the university experiencing an inordiSkarland, we wouldn’t have this issue,” she felt at the time “was kind of like a nate number of buyouts. A buyout ocHuddy said. cross between anger and resolve,” add- curs when a single student, who has While the waitlist has continued to ing that the situation left her been placed in a double-occupancy hover at around a dozen students on

dorm, decides to “buy out” the other half, therefore giving a single occupant the space of two. While Coleman’s floor has room for 46 students, there will be only 34 in residence. Out of 19 double occupancy rooms, 12 were bought out on her floor alone. “I don’t know why they let so many people pre-buyout their dorms,” she said. “It really limits space.” When asked if certain types of students were being favored over others, Huddy said originally that it was a “first-come, first-serve sort of arrangement,” but that the “priority [is] always going to go to freshmen.” Huddy cited the difficulty of out-of-town and outof-state freshmen in finding housing in the area. “It’s going to be hard for them to come up here and find a place to stay” without ever having visited the city or the campus beforehand, Huddy said.

Editor’s Note: Amber Sandlin and Rebecca Coleman, interviewed in this article, are also Sun Star employees.


September 8, 2010

UAF can’t hold it anymore Sewer pipe situation gone rotten Don Derosier Sun Star Reporter “As long as the toilet flushes, nobody worries about it; they’d rather fix the toilet than the line beneath it, and now it is coming back to haunt us,” said Cameron Wohlford, a Senior Project Manager with Design and Construction, a subunit of Facilities Services (FS). In the fall of 2006, early reports hit of a sewage failure on Thompson Drive between Geist Road and Tanana Loop. Literally, the pipe disappeared. All the water on campus had to be shut off until the problem was corrected. In 2007, the UAF Facility Services did an assessment of the whole campus, sticking video cameras down the two main pipes that ran through the campus, gathering data of broken pipe, pipe with large mass roots, pipe full of grease or gravel and or any other mysterious disappearances of pipe. This was the beginning of phase one operations, with UAF initial operating funds of $410,000 in 2008, and state appropriation funds of $1.5 million in 2009. The sewer pipe beneath our feet is made out of wood stave with a spiral band to hold it together. It has been under the campus for the last 50 to 60 years with little maintenance done, due to little funding, until recently.

The next failure happened in 2008. While storm drain repairs were underway in the Moore, Skarland and Bartlett buildings, the Lola Tilly Commons began to flood because of its dishwasher. The split pipes were replaced with a new line after Patty Center lines were also beginning to fail, with the ditch in front beginning to fill. During the repairs, FS discovered the roof drainage system connected to the sanitary system was not in code, so they replaced the storm drain system as well. In the fall of 2009, the Wickersham basement flooded with sewage, and no one knew why. After draining the basement, FS could not find any traces of the pipe that was thought to have existed. Instead, all they found was a hole. In the future, FS would like to reline the existing pipe that runs through Lola Tilly to Patty Center. Wohlford describes a less intrusive method of construction: shut off the water from both ends, slip in liner with low-density fiberglass filament and let it cure. Before this method is plausible, the pipe has to be in good condition to accept the liner. Most of the pipes under the campus lay in dismal disrepair. According to the FS, as of September 30, 2009, it has expended $1.8 million in completing phase one and phase two: the main sanitary and storm system near Lola Tilly, Patty Center, Moore Hall, Chapman Building, and the main campus outfall line under Geist Road. The work for summer 2010 is currently underway, funded by $1 million in state appropriation.

“All the scars you see out there [are] contributed to the work we have been putting into restoring the sewer system,” Wohlford later notes. “In Phase Three, I hope we can replace the lines that run through the Fine Arts Building to Bunnell Building.” By 2013 to 2014, major renovations to the sewer system should be completed within campus to begin the installation of new pipes, which will meet the criteria to the master plan of the entire campus.



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One tree, lots of ideas Kelsey Gobroski Sun Star Contributor At least eight schools are taking part in a program that unites climate change science and the arts with the catalyst of a single tree cut down last year at Cache Creek. OneTree, an idea originally from England, is an abstract challenge to see what a community can create with an individual tree. Jan Dawe, of UAF’s School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (SNRAS) forest department, brought the project to Fairbanks in 2009. This year, she added science and art education to her team through botany graduate student Zac Meyers and sculpture MFA Jesse Hensel, respectively. The original English participants chose a local oak tree. OneTree in Fairbanks chose Betula neoalaskana, Alaska paper birch. The project’s symbolic “One Tree” was felled in July 2009 at Cache Creek. The project also harvested resources and seeds from 17 individual “mother trees” on Nenana Ridge. One birch, bubbling with purple fungus and rotting branches, remains alive at the site. “The thing about OneTree is it always reflects the values of the community,” Dawe said. Drawing from climate change research in Fairbanks, she included sciences as a secondary pillar to the traditionally arts-oriented project. Education is another aspect new to the international project. School district teachers attend workshops to learn how to implement crafts and science into their curricula, or invite the education leaders into their classrooms. Last year, five Fairbanks North Star Borough schools participated in the program. At present, eight schools are working with OneTree. The team held an open house for interested teachers on September 1, and the number of participating schools may grow. Through Changing Alaska Science Education (CASE), Meyers will also work with elementary students at Watershed School each week.

“The overarching theme is that science can be fun and even first graders can do high level science,” Meyers said. Meyers will teach first, second, and sixth graders about “plant anatomy ... tree coring, germination experiments, soil compaction, and species identification.”

The physical presence of an example helps students better understand concepts, according to Hensel. Experiments explore how birch reacts to a longer growing season, which has lengthened 45 percent in Fairbanks in the last century, Dawe said.

Last year, participating schools tried “forcing” Nenana Ridge tree branches out of dormancy mid-winter to simulate an early spring. This year, Meyers’ students will germinate and study seedlings from eight of the original trees over three-, four-, and five-month intervals to determine the effect of season length on the plants. The trees are also used in classroom crafts. Dawe displayed a wooden festival bowl, knitting needles and charcoal from wooden dowels, woven backpacks and baskets from birch bark, and paper from rotted branches. Hensel designed the crafts. “Any time you let kids make something and use it for something they want to do, they say it’s magic ... it’s a great way for them to learn what their interests are,” Dawe said. She said she hopes to bring Marty Hintz, a Yupiq elder and creator of birch story knives, into the classroom to teach students how Alaska Native culture has also utilized the parts of trees. OneTree’s harvest will be appearing at three exhibits in the spring. Pieces created in the classrooms were also on display at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. About two dozen art teachers and local artisans used the original “One Tree” – that birch from Cache Creek – to create art pieces for display and sale at the Well Street studio. An invitational show will also exhibit artists’ books made from the trees. In the future, Dawe hopes to bring OneTree to a statewide level and organize seed exchange between projects around the state. Arthur and Karen Mannix, of Susitna Valley High School, have already adopted OneTree in a quest to create a sustainable wood boiler. “We need to seek funding, but we’ve got tons of ideas,” Dawe said. She said that there is always the possibility of OneTree growing too quickly. “Everyone always dismisses the northern forest ... but we haven’t begun to tap what this forest provides,” Dawe said.

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Research Spotlight: Blueberries on the brain Jeremia Schrock Sun Star Reporter UAF neuroscience professor Tom Kuhn wants to make you healthier. His secret ingredient is the blueberry. In 2006, Kuhn and a team of graduate student researchers began studying the effects of blueberries upon the inflammatory processes in the brain. Such processes are largely responsible for neurological and psychological disorders, as well as trauma-induced injury to the brain. “If we can take care of the inflammatory processes, we’ll have taken a huge step in taking care of the individual,” Kuhn said. A publication of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service reports that Alaska blueberries are a particularly rich source of antioxidants. Oxidants cause extensive damage to an individual‘s DNA, protein, and lipids. A University of California Berkeley study says that damage is the same as that produced by radiation and is a major contributor to the aging process. Alaska blueberries scored higher on the oxygen radical absorption capacity test – ORAC, a test that determines a plant’s antioxidant properties - than wild blueberries found in the Lower 48. Alaska blueberries scored a 76 and wild blueberries a 61 on a test where anything above 40 is considered “very high,” according to the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. The primary goal of the study, said Kuhn, was to understand the health benefits of blueberries in a balanced diet. “It goes far beyond the antioxidant respects,” he said. “That was the key goal, to demonstrate that natural products (raw foods and natural supplements) and the individual molecule can have a specific target.” That target is inflammation. Kuhn also discussed a recent study conducted by a USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory, in which neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to mice slowed some agerelated losses in memory and motor function. According to the U.S.

Highbush Blueberry Council, the mice were fed the human equivalent of one cup of blueberries per day and showed a marked increase in memory, motor skills, and exploratory behavior. Kuhn is trying to identify the molecules that are tied to the blueberries’ health benefits. For him, it has been a surprising process. “[I was afraid] that the process would be hard and, relatively speaking, it wasn’t.” he said. For him, the relatively easy process has only taken a couple of years, with most of that being dedicated to gathering preliminary data. He plans on heading back into the laboratory within the next several weeks once most of his

students have returned from the summer holiday. However, Kuhn and fellow scientist Lawrence Duffy have set their sights set beyond just research. Duffy, the director of UAF’s Alaska Basic Neuroscience Program, sees the university’s research into blueberries as having three goals: to better understand how the brain works, to translate that information to the community so that they can live healthier, and to provide a means of countering combat-related injuries. Currently, the university is preparing to submit for a grant through the National Institute of Health’s Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats

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program because, according to Duffy, blueberries are just that important. He stressed that current combat treatments handle only the body and not the brain, and that a combinational therapy would be more effective in ensuring the survival of wounded soldiers in combat, especially if those wounds were due to chemical warfare. At the state level, Duffy intends to link the basic sciences to local businesses and individuals in order to create a more diversified economy in Alaska. Kuhn agrees with Duffy’s sentiments and stressed that blueberries are a natural resource and should be treated as such. He believes that the university should not be just about science, but also about commercialization. “We have a huge amount of them (blueberries) in Alaska, but we aren’t using them,” he said, stressing that Alaskans have an opportunity to not only increase the health of themselves and the nation, but also to make a profit doing so. Duffy said that the university already has an industrial-sized oven that would be perfect for turning raw blueberries into blueberry flakes. Kuhn feels that the community is ready and willing to harvest the fruit, but that the infrastructure is lacking. He believes that the Alaska blueberries score on the ORAC is indicative of its marketability and uniqueness among nutraceutical products (foods that provide medicinal benefits). And, as Kuhn said, “if it’s unique, that gives you a huge commercial opportunity.”



September 8, 2010

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Behind the Scenes

Student loan reform a sweeping change Amber Sandlin Sun Star Reporter Although it was wrapped up in a much more publicized healthcare bill, congress passed student loan reform last April. The Obama administration called it “one of the most significant investments in higher education since the G.I. bill.” Yet it may be difficult for the average UAF student to notice. For UAF financial aid, the changes are much more noticable. “Every month there is a different rule or change to financial aid” said Jackie Alleyne-McCants the UAF Assistant Director of student loans. The Health Care Education and Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 established direct lending for student loans. In the past the Federal Stafford Loan process was a partnership be

tween the federal government and both public and private sector lenders. With direct lending, borrowers have a single point of contact on all information pertaining to their student loans. UAF experimented with direct lending in 1999 but cut it in 2001 because, according to Alleyne-McCants, the selection of loan products didn’t justify the staff time. UAF wanted the students to have a big selection, Alleyne-McCants said. Some UAF students have expressed concern or unfamiliarity with the change in how loans work. “It’s frustrating with classes and housing [due] around the corner and not know whats going to happen with your future.” said Erik Dickson, a senior. Dickson said that he noticed no difference in accepting student loans compared to years past. Megan Aspelund;

UAF outsources payment plans Daniel Thoman Sun Star Reporter Students at UAF who need to set up payment plans will no longer be doing so through UAF. This semester is the first in which UAF has not been in charge of its own financial services. The company Tuition Management Services (TMS) is now in charge of arranging payment plans for the university. Stuart Roberts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Financial Services, said that TMS, a division of KeyBank NA, has been working with UAA and UAS for a few years and that the company had been in contact with UAF for some time prior to the decision being made. The decision was made early in the year, around January or February. Roberts pointed out that UAF was not properly equipped to deal with all of the student payment plans that it had been implementing. Roberts said that one of the university’s goals was to make things “more efficient.” Robers said

TMS brings the infrastructure, equipment and personnel required for such a task. For instance, TMS allows a student to set up their payment plan online, rather than having to physically visit the business office, as per the old method of doing business. Before, UAF required that all payment contracts be made between the student and the university. TMS draws up a contract between itself and a payer. TMS also provides advisors, whose job is to work with students and parents, and work out the payment plan. TMS’ website,, has various other tools and services that help students draw up an appropriate payment plan. Amanda Wall, Director of Business Operations for the Business Office, said that the business office has not received a lot of feedback from students and she encouraged students who are using a payment plan to tell the business office about their experience, whether it was good or bad.

a junior, said “there was no noticeable difference” than last year compared to this year. “We’ve had some glitches but each university uses different systems” said Alleyne-McCants. There are some changes that students will notice. Beginning this fall, all students must sign a new Master Promissory Note and complete an online loan counseling course before receiving their funds.

There will also be more money available for loans and grants, with the Pell Grant increasing to $5,550 for the 2010-2011 school year. Alleyne-McCants predicts that student grants such as the Pell can only to go up from here. Still, the real task is behind the scenes. The UAF Financial Aid office employs a total of 10 staff members. That’s a estimated 1,044 students for every staff member.


Countering college’s high cost

2011 Freshman get scholarship opportunity Ben Deering Sun Star Reporter New legislation is slated to begin in 2011, aimed at providing scholarships to students who do exceptionally well. The title of these scholarships is the ‘Alaska Performance Scholarship’, with the intention of, according to Governor Sean Parnell’s website, “retain(ing) Alaska students in Alaska.” This law will not impact currently enrolled college students. The Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) only applies to students who graduate after January 1, 2011, and begin attendance after July 1, 2011. Furthermore, to actually receive the scholarship, a potential applicant has to complete a “required rigorous high school curriculum”, according to Parnell’s website. The specifics can be found online, in various formats, but the basics require at least a year of a foreign language, multiple years of mathematics, and both science and social studies courses. In addition to the course requirements, the APS designates three different levels of achievement. The top level requires a 3.5 GPA, and pays out up to $4,755, the second level requires a 3.0 GPA, and pays out $3,566, and the lowest requires a 2.5 GPA, and pays out $2,378. The scholarship also requires a correlating benchmark score on a college or career readiness assessment test, such as the SAT. The APS pays a minimum of $500 per year with the maximum depending on the level of student achievement. However, funding is not guaranteed. . In section G of the law, it says that if there are ‘insufficient funds’, the first people to receive funding will be those already receiving the APS; the remaining qualified students will receive funding on a basis of 50 percent of what they would have earned.

Those awards will be decided based on the date of the student’s FAFSA application and with a bias leaning toward those who are at the highest levels of achievement. Governor Sean Parnell supports this merit-based scholarship and has made it a central plank of his reelection campaign. The scholarship is not without its detractors, though. Representative David Guttenberg (D -8th District), for example, has been “pushing needs-based scholarships for a while.” While Parnell strongly advocates “…[driving] the K-12 system to higher levels of excellence”, Guttenberg says, “It’s not about what we think, it’s about what students need to get through school.”

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September 8, 2010


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Nanooks fight hard, fall short in volleyball tournament Rebecca Coleman Sun Star Reporter Friday and Saturday marked the 2010 Nanooks Classic volleyball tournament, featuring the Alaska Nanooks, the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, the Charleston Golden Eagles and the Bellarmine Knights. The Nanooks won their match up against the Golden Eagles (3-2) on Friday, but lost to the Knights (3-1) and Pioneers (3-1) on Saturday, giving them a third place finish. During Saturday night’s game against the Pioneers, 348 Nanook fans filled the Patty Center, including avid cheering sections made up of the Alaska men’s hockey and basketball teams. In game one of the match, the Pioneers started out strong, taking advantage of the lackluster crowd. They beat the Nanooks 25-21. In game two, the crowd warmed up and cheered the Nanooks into a solid lead that was maintained throughout the game. The Nanooks won easily, 2520. In game three, the Pioneers regrouped and took an early lead. They dominated the game; at one point, they were ahead of the Nanooks by 12 points. The Nanooks rallied back, but their efforts were thwarted and they lost 25-17. In game four, both the Nanooks and the Pioneers played at full steam. Points went back and forth evenly, but in the end, the Pioneers fought their way to victory, edging out the Nanooks 25-21. Among the All-Tournament Team members are graduate student Tereza Bendlova and sophomore Mandy Grierson.

#2 Mandy Grierson attempts to return the ball in the 4th game Friday night. Photo by Dillon Ball/ Sun Star

UAF’s #12 Erica Gage sets up the match winning point as the rest of the Nanooks look on Friday night. Photo by Dillon Ball/ Sun Star


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Nanook cross-country teams open strong Tom Hewitt Sun Star Contributor

Above: Cody Priest leads Alaska teammate Erik Soderstrom and a pack of other runners Saturday morning at West Ridge. Photo by Tom Hewitt/Sun Star Right: Alaska runners (L-R) Andrew Arnold, Erik Soderstrom, and Cody Priest keep a step in front of Seattle Pacific’s Gavin Brand Thursday at West Ridge. Photo by Tom Hewitt/ Sun Star

The Nanook cross-country runners opened their season at West Ridge last weekend in a tri-team meet with conference rivals Seattle Pacific and Northwest Nazarene. The women took first and the men second on both days of racing. Alaska coach Scott Jerome said that he was proud of the team. “When you bring people up, you never know whether their best runners will come, but we knew they were going to bring some solid people. I was very pleased with how they performed.” The Alaska women’s domination of their Great Northwest Athletic Conference foes was particularly noteworthy, as the team sprinted to decisive victories in both the six-kilometer and four-kilometer races. “To beat both of those teams, especially Seattle Pacific, was a really big deal,” said junior Kinsey Laine, citing SPU’s strong performance at the NCAA national championships in 2009. Both Jerome and Laine cited a deep roster as fundamental to the team’s progress. “The team showed depth, and

that’s something we didn’t have a lot of last year,” Jerome said Sunday. Laine concurred, pointing to Thursday’s race, in which UAF’s top five female finishers placed in the top eight. Having several strong runners instead of a few phenomenal ones is important, Jerome said, because the placement of the five strongest runners is what makes up the team score at a meet. The best possible finishing score (lower is better) is 15, and on Thursday Alaska’s women scored 27, far ahead of second-place Seattle Pacific’s 42 and Northwest Nazarene’s 63. In addition to the strong team performances by the Nanooks, several individuals distinguished themselves. On the men’s side, Tyler Kornfield was the top Alaska runner in both races, placing fourth in Thursday’s race and third on Saturday. “Tyler has improved a ton with his running this year,” Jerome said, mentioning an increase in Kornfield’s overall fitness as being key to his improvement. For the women, sophomore Raphaela Sieber turned in a strong performance, finishing second Thursday

and notching her first-ever collegiate meet victory Saturday morning. The Nanooks also benefited from the speed of a trio of young Fairbanks locals. Jana Benedix, a 2008 graduate of Lathrop High, placed fourth among Alaska women, and Heather Edic and David Norris, both 2009 Lathrop graduates, placed third and second among the team’s women and men respectively. As sophomores, Edic and Norris will still have a full two seasons of eligibility after this year, portending a strong future for the UAF team. Alaska’s runners were buoyed by the support of a larger-than-expected crowd at West Ridge. “I’ve been at running meets before where there have only been about ten people show up,” Laine said. “It was fun to come around the corner and have the whole basketball team cheering us on.” Coach Jerome said the crowd, numbering between 50 and 100, was the largest he had seen in his seven years coaching the team. As runners traversed the course, cheers from pockets of fans could be heard echoing around the West Ridge trail complex.

Many of the assembled fans were athletes of other Alaska teams. “Last year was the first year I [came to a crosscountry meet], and it was fun,” said junior rifle team member Ida Petersen, who shares an apartment with Sieber. “It was awesome to see Raphaela do so well and win on Saturday. Our whole apartment came out.” The races were the only home meet for the Nanooks, who will travel to Hawaii later this month for an invitational hosted by Chaminade University in preparation for GNAC Regionals in November.


September 8, 2010


UAF’s #13 Keri Knight and #12 Erica Gage attempt to block a spike from Charleston’s #2 Emmalee Luher in Friday night’s game. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star

#2 Mandy Grierson sets the ball for #12 Erica Gage. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star

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#1 Allison Odd moves in for the kill. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star

Erica Gage lobs a souvenir into the stands prior to Friday night’s match vs. Charleston. Photo by Dillon Ball / Sun Star

Tyler Kornfield reaches the top of a hill in Saturday morning’s crosscountry race at West Ridge. Kornfield was the first Nanook finisher and placed third overall. Photo by Tom Hewitt / Sun Star

David Apperson and Tux Seims run in tandem toward the Potato Field in Thursday’s cross-country race on the West Ridge trails. Photo by Tom Hewitt / Sun Star


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September 8, 2010


The Sun Star

Despite lines, Fred Meyer Student Night smaller than before

Storage crates spell UAF at Fred Meyer’s Student Night Tuesday August 31, 2010. Photo by Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star

Don Derosier Sun Star Reporter

Students shop the deals at Fred Meyer Student Night Tuesday August 31, 2010. Photo by Don Derosier/ Sun Star

College students began to flock in front of the Airport Way Fred Meyer on August 31, in anticipation for the store’s “Student Night” event. As the time grew closer, the lines grew until they wrapped around the store, as a snake would before consuming its prey. At exactly 12:01, the store opened the doors, letting the raving and ranting students free into the sea of sales.

The sales went through all departments, including school supplies, ranging from 10 to 70 percent off of certain items as marked. Fred Meyer had around 50 employees on standby with a disc jockey to kick off the event. There were many free samples throughout the store, including body spray, Starbucks shots, fries, corndogs, chips, and other goodies.

Students take a break from shopping to dance during Fred Meyer’s Student Night Tuesday August 31, 2010. Photo by Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star

Many students had just one thing in particular they needed, while others were stacking LCD televisions, cube size refrigerators, and frozen foods into their carts. “All I needed was a microwave because my roommate didn’t bring one,” said Jon Britton, one of the many UAF students attending the event.

“I was very excited about this event, and very happy the way it turned out,” Mike Halbert, Food Manager, later noted. At the end of the night 1,179 students had stormed the store to re-supply and stock up for the busy semester ahead. Last year 1,467 students were counted, according to Fred Meyer.


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A shopper stands behind a mini refrigerator during Fred Meyer’s Student Night Tuesday August 31, 2010. Photo by Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star

A shopper with a large LCD TV during Fred Meyer’s Student Night Tuesday August 31, 2010. Photo by Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star

Students wait in line outside of Fred Meyers during he stores annual student night Tuesday August 31, 2010. Photo by Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star

A shopper carts around a 37” LCD TV during Fred Meyer’s Student Night Tuesday August 31, 2010. Photo by Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star


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Natural, Wild and FREE Evening in the Arctic, Without Leaving Fairbanks!

The Sun Star

Wednesday 8 Lectures

CUBAN DANCE, 7-8 p.m., Artisan’s Courtyard, 1755 Westwood Way, $60 for six classes, $12 drop-in.

TIGERS: GOING, GOING GONE? 1:15-3:15 p.m., Elvey Auditorium, Instructor Felix Bambury Webbe, native to Guantanamo, Cuba, brings a lifetime FREE Presented by the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, prominent tiger expert, conservationist and educator, Anish Andheria [AHnishon-DARE-ee-uh], will discuss the decline of wild tigers in India and the struggle to conserve them. For more information call 474-5042.

ALASKA ARTHROPOD BIODIVERSITY, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Elvey Auditorium Room 214, FREE

of dance experience and a contagious enthusiasm and positive spirit to his high energy classes. For more information call 687-4639.

Special Events UAF STUDENT JOB FAIR, 11 a.m-2 p.m., Wood Center Need a job? A campus job can be a flexible, convenient way to earn money and gain experience. Department representatives will be available to talk about student job opportunities on campus. For more information contact Career Services at 474-7596 or visit www.uaf. edu/career.

Although best known for its iconic megafauna, Alaska contains diverse examples of fascinating microfauna of Photo courtesy Jay Wiener/NAEC immense ecological importance. This Tara Callear talk will focus specifically on the terresSun Star Calendar Editor trial arthropod fauna of Alaska and the Need an escape from the stress of the impending onslaught of quizzes, tests, labs systematics of the carrion beetle family, Music & Dance and papers? Have textbooks and tuition left you too broke to go on a trip? Let the Silphidae. For more information visit KALE, 8 p.m., The Pub, 21+ Northern Alaska Environmental Center and The Fairbanks North Star Borough Li- brary transport your mind to the AN EVENING IN THE ARCTIC REF- The Fairbanks-based band, Kale, comArctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)! UGE, 7-9 p.m., Noel Wien Public bines into their live sets nearly a dozen “An Evening in the Arctic Refuge: A Wilderness Guide’s Perspective”, this Library, 1215 Cowles Street, FREE originals with covers by the likes of Gary Wednesday, September 8th at 7 p.m., will include natural pictures, wild stories Numan, Led Zeppelin, Grace Potter and and free cake. It will also feature a panel of local wilderness guides, including our Enjoy a night of pictures, stories, and Beck. For more information find them very own UAF Outdoor Adventure guides. This event, to be held in the Noel Wien advice from a panel of local wilderness on Facebook. For event information call Library Auditorium, is part of this year’s Northern Voices Speaker Series celebrat- guides from Arctic Treks, UAF Outdoor 474-7766. Adventures, and Arctic Wild. To celing the Arctic Refuge’s 50th Anniversary. Special Events Most are aware that ANWR has been controversial since its inception in 1960, ebrate the 50th birthday of the Arctic yet few know much about why the refuge was established. ANWR is home to large- National Wildlife Refuge, the guides will UAF STUDENT JOB FAIR, 11 a.m-2 scale ecological and evolutionary processes that are completely free of human share their experiences working in the p.m., Wood Center control and manipulation and have been since the beginning of time, according place that has been declared America’s to a Fish and Wildlife Service overview. Regardless of what side of the to-drill or “last great wilderness.” There will be Need a job? A campus job can be a flexFREE CAKE! For more information, call ible, convenient way to earn money and not-to-drill debate you are on, this is an evening you can appreciate. gain experience. Department represenDon’t miss this opportunity to explore the “last great wilderness.” For more in- 452-5021 x24. tatives will be available to talk about formation about the event or ANWR contact the Northern Alaska Environmental Music & Dance student job opportunities on campus. Center at 452-5021 or visit Have your own story to tell about ANWR? The Northern Center is also accepting ICE JAM, 7 p.m., College Coffee- For more information contact Career Services at 474-7596 or visit www.uaf. ANWR photo submissions for the 2011 calendar that will celebrate the anniversa- house, 3677 College Road, FREE edu/career. ry. Finalists may be asked to submit a paragraph about the story behind the photo. Come chill with a hot beverage and Entry deadline is September 15, 2010. The official rules and submission guidelines some Celtic-style music in a relaxed, can be found on their website. off-campus environment. Internet acMusic & Dance cess is available. Call 374-0468 for more information. PAPER SCISSORS & REBECCA

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Friday 10

MENZIA, 8-10 p.m., College Coffeehouse, 3677 College Road

Calendar Paper Scissors, the Fairbanks trio of Craig Brookes (guitar and vocals), Isaac Paris (organ, bass, synthesizer, accordion, theremin) and Ryan Schmidt (drums), will perform original material as well as cover songs, a sound best described as being somewhere between an extended indie rock drone and a live dance band. For more information call 374-0468.

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NORTH STAR STRINGS, 10 a.m.12 p.m., Fine Arts Complex, Room 301, FREE

North Star Strings meets weekly throughout the semester. Anyone who plays the violin, viola or cello is welcome. There are no auditions and all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Beginners may be challenged. There will be no conductor, so participants THE PHINEAS GAUGE, 9 p.m., The will be involved in all levels of planning and preparation. For more information Pub, 21+ call 479-6064. The Phineas Gauge plays enjoyable Special Events cabin rap…reality, str8 off the streets of g-stream valley…werd. To sample their CARLOS MENCIA LIVE, 8-10 p.m., sound, find them on Myspace. For event Carlson Center, 2010 2nd Avenue, information call 474-7766. $43/$63

Saturday 11 Sports & Recreation 2-DAY NENANA RIVER FLOAT TRIP: REINDEER HILLS, Students $76 / Faculty, Staff & Alumni $91 The Upper Nenana River is a relaxing paddle with some playful class II Rapids. This is an opportunity to learn fundamental rafting skills including different strokes, boat maneuvers, and communication. Participants should be prepared for cool temperatures and rain. Transportation and paddle equipment are included. No rafting experience is required, however, participants are expected to be able to swim. The trip departs on Saturday at 7 a.m. and returns on Sunday at 7 p.m. A pre-trip meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on September 9 in the Outdoor Adventures office. For more information call 907-4746027 or email

BINGO NIGHT, 9 p.m., The Pub Music & Dance

The Administration of Laughter Tour is coming to Fairbanks! Superstar/ stand-up comedian, Carlos Mencia, connects with a diverse audience with his man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, and nationwide sold-out tours. Doors open to the public at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, all Fred Meyer Ticketmaster outlets and at the Carlson Center Box Office. Tickets are $43.00 and $36.00, plus convenience fees. For more information call 451-7800 or visit www.carlosmencia. com.

Monday 12 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, The Blue Loon, 2999 Parks Highway Enjoy $5 off pizza specials and watch football in the front room. Call 457-5666 for more information.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, 6:15SWEATING HONEY (21+), 10 p.m.- 10:15, Wood Center Lounge, FREE

2 a.m., The Blue Loon, 2999 Parks Why watch the games in your dorm Highway, $8 Sweating Honey’s sound encompasses nearly every genre imaginable, from ska to soul to Americana rock to alt-country to blues to klezmer to jam band to mariachi band. Put your dancing shoes on and come sweat their sound. For more information contact 457-5666.

when you can kick back with FREE popcorn, a BIG screen and comfy couches at the Wood Center Lounge? This Monday catch the Baltimore at the New York Jets and the San Diego at Kansas City. For more information contact SAO at




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The Sun Star

Weekend Wanderlust

Clubbing with the Jetset: Tips for Traveling with Student Organizations Jamie Hazlett Sun Star Columnist In the wake of last week’s student organizations fair, some of you may be weighing the pros and cons of joining one of the myriad clubs that call UAF home. As you deliberate which group is best suited to your needs and desires, allow me to suggest a final criteria by which you may want to measure the value a particular organization carries: travel potential. Some clubs come with an expectation of travel built into the description. You probably wouldn’t join a language club, for example, without thinking that sometime during your membership there will be a chance for you to put your language studies to use in the field. Other organizations are less obvious sources of travel opportunities, but just because a trip isn’t one of a group’s traditions is no reason for travel junkies to write them off as a potential extracurricular. On the contrary, these are the groups that the die-hard journeyers should look at the most carefully, as they may offer much more in the way of unexpected exploration than their mission statement would suggest. One of the most efficient ways to travel with a student organization is to join a club specific to your major or the field that you hope to work in after you graduate. Not only do you appease your parents and advisor when they ask what you’re doing to prepare for your career and gain experience in your field while also doing something that looks good on a future resume, you can also fold the fun of traveling to new places into your time with the group. “Where,” some of you are no doubt asking yourselves, “could I possibly go with an academic club that’s actually fun?” If you think a bit outside of the box, you’ll find that you can go on a weekend (or longer) trip paid for in part or even in whole by the university.

“Google Chrome and Arcade Fire team up” Jeremy Smith Sun Star Columnist

I joined a group of Phi Alpha Theta students last year when they went to Montana for a conference. We realized that there was a 24-hour gap between the end of the conference and when we had to board the flight home. We split the cost of renting an eight-seat SUV, piled our gear in, and drove two and a half hours to Yellowstone. We had plenty of time to see Old Faithful erupt, walk a loop trail through steamy fumarole fields, take pictures of animals meandering down the road, and stop for bison burgers in the nearby town of Gardiner before heading for Bozeman. The total out-of-pocket cost for each person’s portion of the car rental and gas plus dinner? About $50. No trips planned for your organization this year? Find something that relates to the club’s interest and plan one! Academic clubs can be some of the easiest to get funding for because academics are a university’s whole reason to be. Talk to your faculty advisor, the dean of your school, and other groups that are interested in your field about how to raise money for your club’s venture. Hold fundraisers for the trip - they’re a lot more fun to help out at if you know your participation will net you something bigger than a t-shirt. As student organizations hold their first meetings of the year, sniff out any and every chance to travel for next to nothing. You might be surprised by just how far a starving college student can go on a dime.

the album The Suburbs is available as an interactive video, complete with moving aerial and street view images from a location of your choosing. Using Chrome, I visited and entered my parent’s address. After a bit of waiting and clicking on birds, about 10 new browser boxes popped open. I felt like I was in an old-school porn explosion for a moment, but I soon realized they were camera angles for the video to come. The highlight was seeing locations from my youth sprout trees before my eyes. The show was a little light on aerial images from my neighborhood, but made up for it with an artistic opportunity to send a letter to my former self. Chrome itself is a small download and fairly unobtrusive. The gee-wizardry of HTML 5 alone is worth the install… and a free, customized Arcade Fire video isn’t bad either.

I spend much of my day wrestling with web pages, and Google’s Chrome browser has definitely helped. Heralded for its support of HTML 5 (the newest iteration of code that makes web pages), Chrome has spent the last year in my web toolkit with its sleek, minimalistic look and speedy performance. Video and audio playback directly in the browser - no Flash required - is a positive too. Now the Canadian indie act Arcade Fire is teaming up with Google to show off Chrome and HTML 5’s potential About: Jeremy talks and takes on techin a mash up of epic proportions. The nology randomly at his blog, band’s song “We Used to Wait” from

Bee Stings

Donna Patrick Special to the Sun Star

Q: Yesterday I got stung by a bee on my upper arm. My arm really swelled up a lot and it hurt. Should I be worried about this? A: Insect stings can cause local or generalized reactions which can range from mild to fatal. It sounds like you had a local reaction. This type of reaction includes swelling, redness and pain. The reaction often subsides within a few hours and may require only mild pain relievers. Large local reactions occur in some individuals with extended swelling which can last from 48 hours to one week. Q: What should I do for bee stings? -Remove the stinger. -Carefully cleanse area. -Apply ice. -Take an antihistamine tablet for itching and burning. -Apply topical corticosteroid cream -Go to the clinic if symptoms of infection occur.

Q: Can someone who has had a large local reaction develop anaphylaxis? A: Less than 5% of individuals who experience large reactions develop systemic symptoms of anaphylactic shock if they are stung again. Q: What is anaphylaxis? A: It is a life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction to a previously encountered allergen such as insect venom. Onset of symptoms usually occurs within seconds of sting. Symptoms: -Generalized hives and itching. -Immediate swelling involving face, neck, lips, throat, voice box, hands, feet and genitalia. -Flushing -Hoarseness -Sense of choking -Wheezing -Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing


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Diversity is a major part of UAF, and our university has a diverse assortment of clubs and student organizations. In an effort to better inform students about the group opportunities open to them, the Sun Star will be beginning a regular feature titled “Club of the Week.” Look for the first entry in next week’s issue! Want your club to be mentioned? Email us at Editor’s Note: In the article “Same old store-y” of the August 31 issue of the Sun Star, we incorrectly called the online book vendor Texts 4 U. The actual name of the website is In the calendar section of the August 31 issue, we incorrectly listed the crosscountry events as taking place at Birch Hill. The events actually took place at the West Ridge running trails. We apologize for these errors.

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Merit-based scholarships are not enough With all due respect to the Class of 2011, next year’s freshmen are not the only ones who need, and deserve, financial aid. Last October, Governor Sean Parnell unveiled his Governor’s Performance Scholarship proposal right here at UAF. As Senate Bill 221, the scholarship was re-named the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) and passed after a bit of last-minute heated debate in the Alaska State Legislature. Students attending school next fall will be the first recipients of the new scholarship, just in time for the tuition hike. Where does that leave this year’s freshmen? For that matter, what about the rest of the currently enrolled students? Rep. David Guttenberg put it best when he recently said, “There continues to be a bigger need for needs-based scholarships over merit-based.” Needs-based scholarships are scholarships with eligibility determined by income level and need. Merit-based scholarships on the other hand, are financial awards granted to high-achieving students. The argument for merit-based scholarships goes that hard-working students are more deserving of financial aid than other less-industrious students. This argument is false on its face. It does not address the situation many students face: returning to school later in life to complete their education. UAF is an institution that prides itself on its large body of non-traditional students. There’s even an entire campus, the UAF Community and Technical College, which caters to that demographic. Where does this scholarship leave the single parent who decides to go back to school to get their degree? How does this scholarship help the soldier looking to take classes in anticipation of transitioning back to civilian life? Of what use is this scholarship to the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who make up the current University of Alaska Fairbanks student body? It is not enough to just do merit-based scholarships. It simply does not help enough people. Last October, Parnell said he was “painfully aware” of the tuition increase that the Board of Regents had proposed. But it will not be Parnell who truly feels that pain. It will be people like you. People like me. People like the student taking an automotive mechanic course who, as Guttenberg put it, “don’t need a 4.0 or a 3.5, they need to take their classes.” The tuition hike will affect every undergraduate student at the University of Alaska. If Governor Parnell and the State Legislature are serious about helping students pay for the increasing cost of school, then they need to shift their priorities and remember the 100 percent of the current student body who are not covered by the APS. Andrew Sheeler Editor-in-Chief UAF Sun Star

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