THENORTHERNLIGHT AUGUST 31, 2010
New and needed addition
‘Bong hits 4 Jesus’ lawyer joins UAA
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE
Sustainable commuting available on campus
Summer options disappoint
Seawolf volleyball starts season with tourney victory
Previously adjunct professor, Brandeis brings real-world experience to campus By Ashley Snyder
Special to The Northern Light
The Justice Department is proud to welcome its newest addition to UAA’s ever-growing staff, Professor Jason Brandeis. He has taught at UAA since Fall 2009 as an adjunct faculty member, but is now accepted as a full time Assistant Professor for the 2010-2011 school year. Professor Brandeis has been a dedicated member of the school, volunteering his time to many of UAA’s activities. He has spoken on topics of legal interest, such as the “Gender Issues in Justice System Professions” presentation hosted last February. He also worked with UAA students in the Student Constitutional Convention commemorating the anniversary of Alaska’s Constitution. These positive experiences with students here are what inﬂuenced him to pursue a career as a professor at UAA. Enthusiastic about the new year, Professor Brandeis has many goals planned for his students. “Sometimes there can be a big disconnect between what is taught in the classroom and what happens in the real world. I hope to be able to use my experience to prepare my students for the realities of working in the legal professions,” Brandeis said. Professor Brandeis obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Vermont Law School and later came to Alaska to further his law career. His areas of expertise
range from justice to paralegal studies. Before entering the world of education, he was a prominent member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alaska for seven years, where he held the position of Staff Attorney. “With the ACLU I did get to do a lot of work on Alaska Native issues. That was a really great experience because I got to travel to some small rural bush communities and meet some fascinating people,” Brandeis said. “The most rewarding case involved getting the Alaska Division of Elections to start providing adequate translation to Yup’ik-speaking voters in the Bethel Census Area during elections.” In addition to native rights, he was part of a variety of issues including civil liberties, litigations, drug laws and religious discrimination. His legal background includes involvement in the U.S. Supreme Court case of “Morse v. Frederick,” more commonly known as “Bong hits 4 Jesus,” in 2007. Professor Brandeis represented the ACLU as co-counsel for Frederick during this high proﬁle case, which questioned a school’s ability to suspend a student for using his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Because the student was referring to drugs at a school event, the case was lost, but it still made a big impact on the First Amendment rights for students
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Sophomore Adriana Aukusitino (3) sets the ball for freshman Robyn Burton against Drury University during the Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational Friday Aug. 27 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Burton had six kills in the match that the Seawolves swept 3-0. The Seawolves went undefeated in the tournament and move to 2-0 for the season. Their next matches will be in Monmouth, Ore. when they compete in the Western Oregon Invitational Sept. 3-4.
USUAA president enters position with fresh ideas By Jerzy Shedlock The Northern Light
At the end of last school year, USUAA elections went paperless. Students were able to cast their votes via laptops around campus as well as from home on personal computers. More students participated in the elections as a result. Elected were President Miles C. Brookes and Vice President Kevin Vanderwall; both have been in their new positions for about three months, now. As the Fall 2010 semester begins, the new executives of student government will begin promoting their agenda. The ﬁrst goal Brookes plans to work on is to spread knowledge that USUAA actually exists. During his campaign, Brookes spoke to a number of students and discovered many of them did not know about the governing body for students. “This is an issue because the purpose
of USUAA is to serve the students. We would like to ﬁll all of our seats, all of our appointments, assembly seats and representative seats,” Brookes said. “The full body of representation can help the students.” Important to serving the student body is conducting a constitutional convention. Vanderwall is putting together a sit down with students so concerns about the current constitution can be voiced. The main focus will be changing the language in portions of the document. The executives are not planning to redesign the whole thing, but simply to modernize the text so it can be more uniform in nature. “We have had some issues with how (the USUAA constitution) was interpreted, and that might be because of drafting and style. We plan to sit down with students, adopt some new language and adopt a new structure,” Brookes said. The larger issue on students’ minds,
aware of USUAA or not, is the impending increases on tuition in the coming years. The executives and their assembly will continue to ﬁght the Board of Regents’ (BOR) proposals of increases in tuition. There are a number of different avenues for making college more affordable for the foreseeable future, stated Brookes. Students cry in agony having to pay more every semester for their education, but taking a moment to step back reveals deeper concerns; dilemmas such as the fact that the university system will not see the money put to use right away. There remains, however, the prospect of working out a compromise with the BOR. Brookes has created a possible solution to the problem he wishes to propose to the BOR in the near future. That is, for the academic year a student begins attending a college within the UA system they will be guaranteed the same tuition rate for ﬁve years.
This would allow the university to increase tuition for incoming freshmen and address future projected expenses while giving students currently enrolled a ﬂat rate and a sufﬁcient amount of time to ﬁnish their degree program. Upon enrolling at UAA, Miles saw that student government was working to beneﬁt the student body and he took an interest in becoming involved himself. When he ﬁrst joined the organization, he spotted numerous inefﬁciencies, especially within the executive branch. Believing he would be a good ﬁt for the position, he ran for the important position of executive. Miles now aims to set a ﬁrm, leading example to his assembly. He wants to ensure that the time spent on projects by volunteers is dedicated efﬁciently. This means ditching programs that are bound to fail while continuing programs that have chance to succeed. At the end of the day, students are the ones who should have
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NEWS| August 31, 2010
SAY WHAT? The two were fortunate to escape serious injury.
Colorado’s oncemissing moon rock to be unveiled Sex video identiﬁes suspects in break-in GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado’s once missing moon rock has just gone on public display. Gov. Bill Ritter and Colorado School of Mines president Bill Scoggins will unveil the rock Wednesday at the school in Golden, its new home. The Nixon administration gave former Colorado Gov. John Vanderhoof the rock in 1974. It was a piece of moon rubble from the Apollo 17 mission and all 50 states and more than 130 foreign countries received samples. Many have turned up missing and some student researchers have been trying to track them down. In June, Vanderhoof was questioned by a reporter and said he had the missing rock. Vanderhoof said he didn’t think anyone else was interested and offered to give the rock to a museum. It was put on display Monday, Aug. 30.
Snake in electrical box causes New York hospital outage POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- A snake slithered into a switch box outside a New York hospital, where it met its maker and caused a 10-hour power outage. Ofﬁcials at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie say backup generators kicked on Tuesday afternoon when a common-variety snake got into the switch box and disrupted the hospital’s main power supply. Workers found the dead snake inside the box. Hospital ofﬁcials say there were no patient care disruptions caused by the outage, which lasted from 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 to 1 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. Some emergency room cases had to be diverted to other hospitals. While squirrels and other small animals have been known to get into electrical equipment and cause outages, a utility spokesman says it’s the ﬁrst time he’s heard of a snake doing it.
‘Robbery drill’ creates real trauma for Flordia pair MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- A 72-year-old Florida woman was accidentally shot by her husband during a “robbery drill” the couple staged to practice how they’d respond to an intruder. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce said Arnold and Patricia Morris had little experience with guns, and the shooting Sunday was clearly accidental. Arnold Morris called 911 after the .380-caliber pistol ﬁred and his wife was airlifted to the hospital for surgery.
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“I’d like to see better enforcement of vehicles without permits, as well as more parking spaces available to students.”
ELMA, Wash. (AP) -- It wasn’t tough to identify the suspects in a break-in at a rural home at Washington state. The bare facts were right there. The Grays Harbor County sheriff’s ofﬁce says a neighbor who came to collect the mail while the owner was away surprised a man and woman having sex on the ﬂoor Monday. Chief Deputy Dave Pimentel says the naked couple ﬂed, leaving behind the camera, which had been stolen elsewhere. Pimentel said Tuesday that deputies who checked the video recognized the couple from previous contacts.
Pennsylvania woman blames gin-soaked raisins for violation EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania woman says she wasn’t raising a glass, just raisins. Fifty-nineyear-old Judy Russo is accused of violating her probation by drinking and blames gin-soaked raisins she used to treat her arthritis. A Northampton County judge sentenced Russo this month to time behind bars after she failed a urine test. Her attorney ﬁled papers Monday saying she turned to boozy berries because conventional medication doesn’t work. Attorney Jason Jenkins said his client has learned her lesson and asked that her sentence be reduced to probation or time served. Jenkins says Russo also has lung cancer. She had been on probation after pleading no contest to a stalking charge.
Man shot in head noticed bullet only 4 years later BERLIN (AP) -- A 35-year-old man who walked around for ﬁve years with a bullet lodged in the back of his head says he suspected for a while something was there but only went to doctors after he started getting headaches. Robert Chojecki was partying on New Years Eve ﬁve years ago in the German town of Herne when he was hit with the .22-caliber bullet. Doctors removed it this week from between his skin and skull. The Polish-born Chojecki told RTL television Wednesday he thought he’d been hit by ﬁreworks, but later forgot about it. He said at ﬁrst he had “no pain, but approximately one year ago I started to get a headache.” Police say the bullet may have been ﬁred in celebration.
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nationwide. Professor Brandeis was very proud to have been on the case, even though it lost. “I was really lucky,” Brandeis said. “Most lawyers don’t have the opportunity to work on cases that will have as big of an impact.” Professor Brandeis was also an associate attorney for the Alaska Public Ofﬁces Commission (APOC). During that time he participated in cases such as “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,” addressed litigations over Pebble Mine and wrote advisory opinions interpreting the agency’s laws and regulations. After his commitment with both of these notorious organizations, Brandeis decided to undertake teaching, bringing his long earned knowledge and skills to law students here at UAA. Deborah Periman, an Associate Professor of the Justice Department, is one of many
faculty members who are pleased to have him on staff. “Professor Brandeis is a highly respected member of the Alaska Bar and is well-connected to the Anchorage legal community,”
‘Jason’s extensive real-world experience in legal practice will greatly enrich our Paralegal program.’ -Associate Professor Deborah Permian, Justice Department Periman said. “These connections will serve the Justice Center well as it seeks to fulﬁll its mission of providing justice-related research and service to Alaska
communities.” He will bring his own unique perspective to the department and students are encouraged to talk to him about any questions they have regarding law or if they just want to learn about his past positions. “Jason’s extensive real-world experience in legal practice will greatly enrich our Paralegal program,” fellow professor in the Justice Department, Sharon Chamard, said. For the Fall 2010, Professor Brandeis will be teaching “Introduction to Law,” “Development of Law” and “Civil Procedure.” For students who do not yet know the new professor and would like to meet with him, his ofﬁce can be found in the Justice Center which is located in the Consortium Library, room LIB 213.
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control over what goes on at the university, stated Brookes. “If you were to treat (the university) as a business, which some people say universities are, then we the students are consumers. The consumers deserve a good product worth their money,” Brookes said. “You often have students that are upset with the product or certain outcomes. They do not know what avenue to pursue to improve these things and I think USUAA is the avenue.”
To achieve these desired outcomes, Miles plans to take full advantage of his public relations department. If word of student government’s ideas and events is spread more effectively, then students will begin to take advantage of all the services it has to offer. For example, USUAA provides discounted legal services for currently enrolled students who have paid the student government fee, which can range from $3 to $12 per semester and have a
current WOLFCard. A licensed attorney is generally available on campus every other Tuesday by appointment or an arranged phone consultation. Brookes encourages students to use this and additional services offered by USUAA. “Hopefully, if you use these services then some time down the road it will build credibility for USUAA, and people will recognize we do good work,” Brookes said.
“What issues do you think USUAA should address this year?”
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“There needs to be more available parking spaces and the permit prices should be reduced.”
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“I see a lot of vehicles without permits and I’d like to see better enforcement of vehicles without them.”
“The trafﬁc ﬂow on some of the roads is very clogged and should be improved.”
New athletic clubs may be started by students Despite a thriving Athletics program, UAA club sports options are a neglected idea waiting to ﬂourish By Arie Henry
Special to The Northern Light
As I walked through the annual Campus Kickoff last Sunday, I noticed a lot of great opportunities UAA has to offer. There was an abundance of learning resources, clubs and organizations on display throughout the entire day. My main objective: look for any club sports on the scene. Well, there’s broomball. OK. Broomball and… Really, this is it for my options? Don’t get me wrong; there were a lot of excited folks signing up at the broomball booth. However, in a campus with nearly 20,000 students, I was amazed that UAA apparently had no clubs offered in the realm of sports. Personally, I look forward to the opportunities presented by these club sports, as they are open to anyone eager
to play. Of course, universities like UAA offer terriﬁc programs for its gifted student athletes. What about those of us that didn’t go to school on an athletic scholarship, who still love to play and, better yet, would love to play for their school? Club sports don’t have to be limited to the conventional athletic department sports. So, what’s stopping the students of UAA from partaking in the sports and activities they love? News ﬂash to students – whatever game you wish to play, you can form a university-sanctioned club for it. With that in mind, think of the possibilities for club sports that could and should be a part of the UAA club system. The sky is the limit. The ﬁrst ones that come to mind are club counterparts of the sports we already have set up as interscholastic NCAA sports. You have the regulars, such as volleyball,
basketball, gymnastics and hockey, just to name a few. UAA already has the facilities on campus to accommodate most of these options. I have no doubt that there are enough people within the student body willing to play and make at least some of those clubs a reality. In a winter wonderland like Anchorage, why not form UAA downhill skiing and snowboarding? Cross-country skiing trails are in abundance around the area as well. Whether it’s for competition or the sheer joy of hitting the slopes with friends, these are viable ideas. Go outside the box and think about a sledding club or inner-tubing club. Why not pull funds to charter a bus out to the better hills around town? That may sound out in left ﬁeld, but so is UAA Broomball. What about UAA ultimate frisbee? When the sun is shining, ultimate thrives in Anchorage. Getting a club together
would be very doable. UAA disc golf? “Sign me up” is what you would hear. Speaking of golf, students sticking around through summer could form a Seawolf golf team. For good measure, I’ll throw some ﬁnal ideas out there for UAA: soccer, baseball, softball, dodgeball, water polo and rugby. Intramural sports are well established here, that much is certain. What club sports do, though, is offer us a chance to represent our school. In club sports, we get to be called Seawolves and don the school colors ourselves. If it’s competition you want, we have a chance to compete against not merely each other, but other institutions. Imagine your club getting to take on a Nanooks team. We get to play what we love under a common and familiar banner.
SPORTS BRIEFS Seawolves picked 2nd in pre-season poll Coming off their ﬁrst Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team was picked Aug. 24 to ﬁnish second in the league’s 10th annual coaches’ poll. The Seawolves, who return four starters from 2009, received 67 points in the balloting, including four ﬁrst-place votes. Western Washington, which returns all seven starters, split the ﬁrst-place votes with the Seawolves but received more second-place tallies to outpoint UAA. The poll marks the highest-ever placing for the Seawolves in the preseason volleyball poll, following on the heels of a seventhplace prognostication last year. UAA is ranked No. 24 in the AVCA preseason top-25 poll.
UAA Athletics teams up with The Children’s Hospital The University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Department has adopted The Children’s Hospital at Providence as a non-proﬁt partner, UAA Athletic Director Dr. Steve Cobb announced Aug 25. As such, the Seawolves will work to increase awareness about The Children’s Hospital at Providence with advertising and promotion at athletic events. In addition, the department will provide tickets to events for promotional purposes, exposure through banners and public address announcements, and access to coaches and student-athletes for special events. “We are looking forward to expanding our relationship with our friends at Providence,” Cobb said. “UAA and Providence have had a strong partnership over the years, and working with The Children’s Hospital at Providence not only will strengthen our ties but will hopefully help serve our community in a positive manner.
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The Children’s Hospital at Providence and the Seawolves are a great ﬁt for each other and the city of Anchorage.” The Children’s Hospital at Providence features a pediatric center, subspecialty clinic, maternity center, and the state’s only Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit caring for Alaska’s newborns, children and their families. Through family-centered care and unique support services including in-house teachers, child life specialist, and parent navigators, the children’s hospital is able to provide the highest-quality health services in a familyfriendly environment. “We’re thrilled about this partnership. There are direct beneﬁts for our patients, their families and our community,” Kate Mohr said, assistant chief nurse executive at The Children’s Hospital at Providence. “And what a great opportunity to introduce UAA athletes to the rewards of working in health care.”
Cross Country Poll has UAA Women ranked third The Alaska Anchorage women’s cross country team received a No. 3 ranking in the preseason national poll released Aug. 25 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The UAA men’s team also made the top-25 Div. II rankings at No. 16. The women’s team, which ﬁnished ﬁfth at the 2009 NCAA Championships, is polled behind defending champion Adams State (No. 1) and runner-up Grand Valley State (No. 2). UAA leads the West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference over No. 5 Chico State and No. 7 Western Washington. On the men’s side, the Seawolves trail West Region members Chico State (No. 5) and Western Washington (No. 6), while Adams State, Western State and Colorado Mines round out the top-3, respectively. The Seawolves will start the 2010 campaign on Sept. 4 with the Hawaii Paciﬁc Invitational in Honolulu.
Men’s Basketball adds considerable size with Division I transfer Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball head coach Rusty Osborne announced a sizeable addition to his team’s front court on Aug. 23 as Division I transfer Taylor Rohde has joined the Seawolves’ 2010-11 roster. A 6-8, 235-pound forward, Rohde comes to UAA after two seasons at Arizona State. Last year he saw action in 30 games for a Sun Devils team that went 22-11 and ﬁnished runner-up in the Paciﬁc-10 Conference. The Phoenix native averaged 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds, shooting 53 percent from the ﬁeld. Prior to ASU, Rohde completed a storied prep career at Pinnacle High School, where he was named the Phoenix All-Metro Player of the Year in 2007-08 by the Arizona Republic. As a senior that season, Rohde averaged 29.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and shot 63 percent from the ﬁeld. A member of the Republic’s ﬁve-player All-Arizona team three years in a row, Rohde set at least 15 school records at Pinnacle, including season marks for points 855), rebounds (306), free throws made (177) and blocks (75), and career records for points (2,226), rebounds (1,034), free throws made (564), blocks (216) and ﬁeld-goal percentage (.630). Rohde was also the 2008 Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, a McDonald’s All-America nominee and the 2008 Pima Region Player of the Year. He becomes the ﬁfth member of UAA’s 2010-11 recruiting class, joining freshmen Kyle Fossman (6-1, 190, G, Haines [Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year]) and Thompson (6-0, 175, G, Anchorage/Dimond HS), and JC transfers Mario Gill (6-2, 190, G, Portland, Ore./Wilson HS/Eastern Arizona College) and Chris Plooy (6-5, 190, F, Anchorage/Dimond HS/Green River [Wash.] CC). Compiled by Taylor Hall
August 31, 2010 | SPORTS
Wells Fargo Sports Complex spruced up for fall New bleachers add comfort and cupholders for spectators, replacing out-of-code seating in the facility By Arie Henry
Special to The Northern Light
The Wells Fargo Sports Complex (WFSC) got a muchneeded facelift over the summer, one of which will be to the delight of UAA spectators. “We’ve got brand new bleachers,” Dr. Steve Cobb said, Athletic Director at UAA. Yes, the WFSC now sports snazzy new seats, including two top rows of cushioned VIP seats. Anyone venturing through campus can take obvious note of the newest addition to UAA: the Allied Health Sciences Building on Providence Drive. However, in the heart of campus lies this new improvement, which will catch the eye of anyone who remembers the Sports Complex of the last many years. Just like every other institution, UAA went through the regular summer motions of maintaining its facilities while use was at a minimum. The pool was drained and cleaned, as it is every year to start August. The hockey rink’s boards and dashers received maintenance. The gymnasium ﬂoor was rescrubbed, sanded, and given three new layers of clear to look pristine for the beginning of the school year. The gymnasium, home to the volleyball, gymnastics and basketball programs, is the highlight of WFSC’s new look. Out with the old and out-of-code bleachers and in with the new and much needed contoured plastic bleachers. And from the way it sounds, the new seats came not a moment too soon. “The process for the bleachers has been about 10 years in the making,” Kevin Silver said, UAA’s Associate Athletic Director, who oversaw the facility’s maintenance and renovations. “It’s been (time-consuming) to convince the University that the current bleachers we have are starting to get old.” Now, not only do fans have a safer environment to enjoy volleyball, gymnastics and basketball, but also they have a
more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable seat. “The new seats are contoured, molded plastic. They’re much more comfortable. And then we have 80-plus VIP seats that are chair-backed, a lot like theater seats,” Cobb said. The change in environment could very well bring positive effects going into the sports seasons that utilize the gym. Every
‘We’re thrilled that (the new bleachers are) a lot safer and that people who come to see our athletes perform can do so in greater comfort. I’m very happy with it.’ – Dr. Steve Cobb, UAA Athletic Director new season offers a program a fresh start, regardless of how the prior campaign was. “I just think it makes the gym look better. We’re thrilled that it’s a lot safer and that people who come to see our athletes perform can do so in greater comfort,” Cobb said. “I’m very happy with it.” Coupled with a revamped facility, UAA has an opportunity for an even fresher start. What will this do for campus spirit? The new WFSC will no doubt encourage a great turnout of eager Seawolf fans. A comfortable, appealing spectator area can ignite an already terriﬁc UAA fan base. “We’ll see how it goes as we get into a sellout situation,” Silver said. This could in fact be a kind of signaling of a new era in Seawolf athletics with the thought of add to the teams’ home court and, in return, the teams keep the seats ﬁlled.
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Improvements made to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex include more than 80 stadium seats, in addition to a complete set of new bleachers that are more comfortable and safe for spectators.The facility also received annual maintenace.
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Sustainable transportation offered for commuters
Above Left: Freshman Jonna Lund waits for the People Mover Friday Aug. 27th. in front of Eugene Short Hall. UAA students with a valid ID can ride the People Mover for free throughout Anchorage. Above Right: The Seawolf Shuttle had over 70,000 rides in Spring 2010, sustainable transportation method provided by the university that is free for students. Bottom Right: Among the different sustainable transportation methods, bicycles make it easy to save money on fuel and provide a reliable method of commuting.
By Brittany Bennett The Northern Light
UAA is on the road to reducing its carbon footprint by promoting alternative transportation services. Due to the nature of being a commuter campus, most students drive to school. Over 30 percent of the university’s carbon footprint, the measured amount of greenhouse gases emitted over a period of time, is from commuting students, with about 3 percent being from staff and faculty. To combat this, the university is adopting and promoting sustainable transportation, a mode of travel that that does not deplete resources. Parking services in conjunction with the Ofﬁce of Sustainability is looking at beginning a carshare program. This program will begin a long-term contract with a car rental company, which will allow UAA to host vehicles that students may use. “When we did the transportation survey last semester, one of the reasons students gave for driving to campus is ‘I need to be able to leave campus at any time to be able to pick my kids up from school if there is an emergency,’” Paula Williams, Ofﬁce of Sustainability director, said. Students will have to sign up for the program, which will cost a fee, and then will be able to reserve time to use the vehicles available. “We won’t start or sign a contract before next summer, more than likely, but it is something that we’re working on getting a contract in place,” Glenna Schoening,
Parking Services director, said. “We need to make sure it’s something the students want and will use.” Currently they are looking into “Connect” with Hertz or “WeCare” with Enterprise. Hertz will serve the majority of the student body by allowing 18-year-olds to drive the vehicles, whereas Enterprise is more suitable for faculty, having a 21-year age requirement. Another project being considered is carpooling. Students will be able to register with a computer program to be matched with another student to carpool with. This should be in place before Summer 2011, according to Schoening. Another alternative motor vehicle option is the People Mover. UAA students with a valid WOLFCard can ride the People Mover for free. “A lot of students don’t realize that their WOLFCard gets them a free pass on the bus anytime they want to go, anywhere they want to go,” Williams said. “They don’t have to go back and forth to school to use it.” The university offers a similar service. The Seawolf Shuttle is available for all students to use. It travels on routes around campus, to the residence halls and to the University Center. The Seawolf Shuttles had over 70,000 rides each semester last school year, according to records from Facilities and Maintenance. Alternative fuels for facility vehicles are also being pursued. Administration services use gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles. “The recycling truck has been converted
so it can run on diesel and vegetable oil,” “It started as a student-based workshop, Paula Williams, Ofﬁce of Sustainability but there were a lot of community members director, said. who saw value in it,” Douthit said. “So, it’s Unfortunately, the vegetable oil becomes grown into a community bike shop that too thick in the winter and clogs fuel lines. works well for students because of its price Therefore, it is only useable in warm and availability.” temperatures. Critical Mass, a bike ride around for Transportation around campus and town anyone who is interested, is held on the last is not dependent on an engine and four Friday of every month by Bike Club. This wheels. Bicycling is a popular mode of event encourages bicycle awareness in the transportation. community, introduces bicyclists to each “I’ve been biking my whole time in other and also teaches biking etiquette. Anchorage. I originally biked before I got If you are still looking to do your part my license. I wanted to go places but didn’t in reducing your impact, look no further want to rely on other people. That’s still than making your transportation more the primary reason,” Spencer Douthit said, sustainable. You may ﬁnd that a new longtime member and last year’s president way of commuting can not only help the of UAA’s Bike Club. “There’s a whole environment, but also can make a difference group of reasons that have developed since in your life. then. I’ve noticed how it’s changed how I do “Bicycling becomes a primary part of things socially. I take more time on things. your culture. It changes the way that you I try and spread out my day because I’m not experience life in Anchorage,” Douthit able to drive quickly in between places.” said. “It’s mostly independence, and partly The Bike Club encourages students to economy. It’s cheaper, but a richer life.” pedal to campus by hosting informative sessions, clinics and a bike shop located in the old Matanuska Maid building on Northern Lights blvd, which is available to - Private rooms have cable TV and small fridge the entire community.
“Teenage Dream” album exceeds fan expectations Perry delivers enticing new ﬂavor to her trademark bubblegum-light music By Bryan Dunagan The Northern Light
Katy Perry’s second album, “Teenage Dream,” skirts a line between Alanis Morissette and the bubblegum pop that she is known for. Cases in this point are songs “Peacock” and “Circle the Drain.” With the latter having a healthy sprinkling of the F-bomb; the ﬁrst usage of which somehow comes across as shy, but builds conﬁdence the second and third time around. “Peacock” is suggestive, almost to the point of being downright explicit, but retains – somehow – the bubblegum pop feel. Thematically, “Teenage Dream” deals mostly with issues more mature in nature. With a slow introspective style, Perry deals with how life is not a fairy tale. “Teenage Dream” also spans genres, from poppy-rock anthems to amazing ballads. All in all, it’s a good effort, but it may need to be longer and
more concise. Rather sporadic with an anathematic feel, the album could be one of the best pop albums to come out this summer. Those that buy the physical CD also get a treat: the album is cotton candy scented.
Album: “Teenage Dream” Artist: Katy Perry Release Date: August 24, 2010 Record Label: Capital
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UAA summer dining options needed The lack of summer dining is not consistent with increased summer enrollment School has started and people have begun ﬂooding back to campus. After summer when the Student Union tends to be a ghost town, it is a welcome change. But, perhaps more importantly, food is back on campus. During the summer, all of the University’s food options have a terrible tendency to be closed. It is understandable since business is deﬁnitely not the busiest or most proﬁtable during that time of the year; but, it leaves all of the summer employees in a pinch. With the summer sessions slowly gaining enrollment, it would seem like it might be a good option to open at least one dining option on campus for students and employees alike. Granted, by the end of the school year, we all feel like we have had enough Subway to last us until the end of August; but, despite our original feelings, once June rolls around, there really aren’t any dining options nearby, except places like Thai Kitchen or Quiznos over on Tudor. Of course there are drinks and snacks available at the Info Desk upstairs in the Student Union, but someone can only eat so
many granola bars or fruit snacks before he craves a real meal. We aren’t asking for the full plethora of dining services that are available during the fall and spring semesters, but at least humor us
We aren’t asking for the full plethora of dining services that are available during the fall and spring semesters, but at least humor us with one oncampus option for food. with one on-campus option for food. Whether it’s opening up Subway for a couple hours a day or maybe the Cuddy. Open them with limited hours, people can probably adjust their schedules enough to be able to run over and grab a sub or a burger between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Heck, just give us a 30-minute window and we can probably ﬁgure something out. But, since summer is over, this is either a late or an extremely early request. In the meantime, since school has started up again, the dining options have been fantastic – and have even expanded a little bit. Subway is fantastic and fast as always. Mein Bowl offers something different for those who need a break from the typical six-inch or foot-long sandwich and are too lazy or busy to meander over to the Cuddy. The Cuddy still offers a good variety of food, from burgers to pizza to Mexican food. The expansion in food options comes in the form of the Amenities Building, located between the ConocoPhilips Science Building and the new parking garage. The currently unnamed coffee shop offers some great Paninis, which you can get as a meal with a bag of chips and a fountain drink for an affordable price. Though back to the original point. We need summer dining options on campus. It doesn’t really matter what it is or what times, it just needs to be on campus.
UAA Bookstore reveals political bias By Daniel McDonald The Northern Light
A university is supposed to be a place in which the free and open exchange of ideas takes place, where people from all political persuasions can meet and discuss any topic without fear of retribution. And for the most part this is entirely true of UAA, which maintains a presence of a healthy and active membership of politically oriented clubs such as the College Republicans, College Democrats and Students for Social Equality. There is, however, a serious problem with political bias within the establishment itself that can be revealed without any sort of investigation of the administration or even the various liberal arts professors. All one has to do in order to discover this deeply rooted bias is stroll over to the University Bookstore. The simple truth of the matter is, any student looking to purchase a conservative- or libertarianleaning book on campus will ﬁnd the task near impossible, where books promoting liberalism are in abundance. The ﬁrst place my search brought me was the Current Events section in the trade books area. Here I found a pair of Bush-era hit pieces by Justin Frank, Bush on the Couch and The Greatest Story Ever Sold, reminding us twenty months into the Obama
presidency just how much of an evil genius and incompetent buffoon our former president was (I never really understood how he managed to be both). The rest of this section was jampacked with the typical mantra of how America is a terrible place and why conservatives are downright evil, with an all-star cast of liberal authors including the cartoonish US Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken, long-time anti-American guru Noam Chomsky, Marxist journalist John Pilger and former one-term President Jimmy Carter. Out of a grand total of 15 books under Current Events, there were 11 on the political left; four were neutral, leaving us without a single conservative book. But of course, one would think the Society and Economics section would be different, considering the vast majority of economics books were written by advocates of the free-market, a system strongly championed by conservatives and libertarians. Books such as The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, which laid the groundwork for modern economic theory, or perhaps the highly inﬂuential Capitalism and Freedom, authored by Milton Friedman, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics; but no, amazingly neither of these two great classics can be found anywhere on the shelves. You will not ﬁnd Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking novel Atlas
Shrugged, Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson or anything at all by Thomas Sowell or Ludwig Von Mises, both widely praised, published economists and political philosophers. What you will ﬁnd are books like The Shock Doctrine: The
The simple truth of the matter is, any student looking to purchase a conservative- or libertarian- leaning book on campus will find the task near impossible. Rise of Disaster Capitalism, which interestingly enough isn’t written by an economist at all, but instead by the political activist and unabashed economic illiterate Naomi Klein. Sitting quite prominently next to this collection of 576 pages unﬁt for toilet paper is Nickel and Dimed, another misguided attack on the free-market by socialist Barbara Ehrenreich, who coincidentally enough also has absolutely no economic credentials outside of her daily readings from Das Kapital.
Out of the entire Society and Economics section, there were ten liberal books, eight neutral, and one conservative book. Yes, I was able to actually discover one on the very bottom of the shelf. Right next to 100 Ways America is Screwing up the World was the only book that espoused conservative politics, The Savage Nation by a conservative radiohost out of San Francisco, Michael Savage. Unless 95 percent (literally) of students interested in politics also happen to be adamant Marxists, then there is something very wrong with the lack of conservative views represented at the UAA bookstore. The policy of the university shouldn’t be to indoctrinate the students by monopolizing the shelves with one particular ideology, but instead at the very least it should try to appear as balanced as possible by providing books from multiple political persuasions in order that the students may have the best environment available in which to make up their own minds. Whether this overt bias is an isolated case or whether it’s only a symptom of a deeper problem is yet to be seen, what we know for certain is that the largest university in Alaska, one of the most conservative states in the union, can do better than to have a single center-right book for sale.
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August 31, 2010 TUNDRA l Chad Carpenter
BROKECOMICS | Alec Fritz
CRYPTOQUOTE PUZZLE l M. Proskuryakova
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last weekʼs cryptoquote solution “Intelligence without ambitions is a bird without wings.” - Salvador Dali
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HOROSCOPE l Stella Wilder The coming week is likely to see shades of gray prevailing in a great many situations, both personal and professional -- and it’s not the weather so much that is the issue. Where once certain things were black or white, now things may not be so clear, and require a certain amount of interpretation before things can be completely or at least proﬁciently understood. Indeed, this may make some people feel as though everything is somewhat topsy-turvy, as the line between good and bad becomes fuzzy and, perhaps, completely obscured. This week, selfconﬁdence and a sense that one is doing the right thing will be essential, at home and at the workplace. Any time a situation is complicated by pretense, efforts should be made to clear away anything that could lead to misunderstanding. Intentional deception must be avoided at all costs, as it can lead to interpersonal disaster and spell the end of key partnerships and friendships. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You may not realize at ﬁrst just what kind of impact a casual decision can have on others. Connections are everything. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- A suggestion made in good faith early in the week may not prove to be the best for you in the end. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You may have to cut corners in order to come in on time and under budget. What others think of your work matters more than usual. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You may not be in a position to make demands of others, but certain requests are unavoidable. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You cannot avoid certain expenses at this time, but you can surely prioritize to make sure that you’re spending your money as wisely as possible. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- Excitement over certain key issues can help you get over a likely midweek disappointment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- Tradition proves important to you once more as you strive to assign meaning to certain seemingly random events. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- A meeting of the minds allows you to share ideas that could, in fact, reap major beneﬁts. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- Don’t react to anything in a hasty manner; take the time to assess cause and effect before taking ﬁrm action. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You’ll be quick to recover from any setbacks that occur early in the week. Success beckons. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You’ll be able to play the game, and you may even be able to do some things better than the self-proclaimed experts. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You mustn’t expect others to accept what you are unwilling to accept yourself. Fair is fair, after all. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You’re expecting more of yourself at this time, but certain circumstances seem to be stacked against you -- until an eleventh-hour surprise. (March 6-March 20) -- There’s no reason to redo what was done correctly the ﬁrst time; move on to new tasks. ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You’ll have to bring all your skills to bear in order to juggle certain business affairs with key personal issues. (April 5-April 19) -- You’re not setting yourself up to succeed, but with a few key changes, the odds of success can be increased. TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- Even though you’re working as part of a team, your individual efforts can shine through, enabling you to receive the attention you deserve. (May 6-May 20) -- A little coaching early in the week has you working in a more creative and efﬁcient manner. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- Take care that you’re not removing yourself from the responsibilities that are facing you. Get in the trenches, and ﬁght it out. (June 7-June 20) -- You’re not to be faulted for that which is out of your control. Get help where you can. CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- Preparation is the key to success, and time management will matter more to you now than it has in the recent past. (July 8-July 22) -- Keep your eye on the clock today, and make sure that you are using the time available as efﬁciently as possible. LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- There’s more to success than a successful outlook, but attitude, surely, can make the difference when all else is equal. Stay positive. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Trust your instincts to see you through; you may be rewarded for being a little off-center.
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