THENORTHERNLIGHT FEBRUARY 15, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE
Course Registration: Class search function updated
UAA tough to beat on home court
New bill centers around heartbeat
President to faculty senate: ‘I owe you an apology’ By Matthew caprioli The Northern Light
President Gamble said he drank a 16 ounce, 7 shot Americano to prepare for the faculty forum on Feb. 9th. The room was half-full compared to last week’s mandatory Faculty Senate meeting. Despite the lower turn-out, all
faculty and community members were quite focused. Gamble accepted criticism from faculty that his recent chancellor appointment was perfunctory, non-transparent, and exclusive. He opened with his intent on attending the forum. “I need to understand my mistake. My biases from my background is not the same as the biases from your
Day of Service unites students and faculty By Alden Lee
The Northern Light
On Thursday, UAA hosted its third annual “UAA Day of Service,” a day dedicated to giving back to the community. Through efforts such as the Bean-a-Fit soup drive and Have a Heart donation service, the UAA Assembly gave students and faculty the chance to do their part in bettering all of Anchorage. Cheesy names aside, the impact of these events was a resounding success for all involved. The UAA Day of Service was born in 2009, as a response to Chancellor Ulmer’s campus-wide challenge to serve the community, which itself was prompted by, President Obama’s national call to action, issued on his innaguration day. “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility—a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly... This is the price and the promise of citizenship,” Obama said. Chancellor Ulmer capitalized off this speech, calling the community to action. “Please consider what you can do to serve—not just for a day or a month but for the whole year!” she said. “I hope the UAA community will join me in making 2009 a year of service,” Ulmer said at the time. Shortly thereafter, the USUAA Assembly began organizing the annual UAA Day of Service as a way for the student population to contribute. The drive has increased each year, culminating in this year’s success. Students passing by the Student Union last Thursday saw rows of tables adorned with the steaming bowls of soup as student servers doled out healthy portions of soup.
background,” Gamble said. Gamble was not fully aware of the faculty’s disappointment until Faculty Senate President John Petraitis suggested that Gamble must speak with faculty. Until that point, Gamble believed that he had gathered sufficient input from involved parties to make a decision.
Student Anna Lynch opens for Meg and Dia
Meanwhile, more tables were set up to accommodate the donation boxes given to the cause; the brightly colored packages looked as though Christmas had come early. Smooth jazz music played in the background, performed by the UAA Music Department, adding ambience to the operation. The proceeds were to benefit two nonprofit organizations—Bean’s Café and the Covenant House, both who work tirelessly to provide food and shelter for Anchorage’s homeless and needy. The Bean-a-Fit drive was from 11 am to 1:30 pm as a lunch benefit in which all proceeds were donated to Bean’s Café. For $12, students and faculty could purchase a bottomless bowl of soup and cornbread. In addition, coffee mugs, hats, and bags of beans were available for purchase, with the money donated to Beans Café and the Covenant House. According to Debbie Narang, a professor of Mathematics and one of the coordinators of the UAA Day of Service, more than 70 people came to eat soup and over $1,000 was raised. The Have a Heart donation drive was established as a way to provide “heart” boxes of goodies to in-need teens and adults. UAA students, faculty, and organizations were encouraged to bring by decorated shoeboxes filled with basic necessities such as toothbrushes, socks, and hairbrushes for homeless and troubled individuals, and the turnout was simply outstanding. Groups such as Human Resources, the Athletics Department, the UAA Bookstore, and the Geology Club all donated boxes; the Bookstore alone donating 15 of these “heart” packages. All in all, over 160 boxes were collected, a record number for
SEE SERVICE PAGE 09
SEE APOLOGY PAGE 02
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UAA student Anna Lynch was the opening act for Meg and Dia on Friday, Feb. 10. Student Activities brought up the Utah-based band, which performed in the Fine Arts Building 150.
UAA Basketball three for four By Megan edge The Northern Light
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Junior guard Lonnie Ridgeway goes for the shot at Thursday’s game at the WFSC on Feb. 10.
The UAA men and women were successful at home this week as each team completed a home series. The women started the home series on Feb. 10, at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. After last month’s disappointing loss to the Saints, this series had a better outcome with the ‘Wolves beating Saint Martin’s 64-48.
“I think we were more aggressive offensively. We cut more into the high posts we had better body movement,” said Head Coach Tim Moser, whose team currently ranks fourth in the West Region standings. Sophomore forward Alysa Horn lead the ‘Wolves after putting 21 points on the stat sheet. Also contributing to the Seawolf victory was junior forward Hanna Johansson and senior guard Nikki Aden, each scoring ten points a piece on the
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02 APOLOGY: Gamble addresses unorthodox hiring
NEWS| February 15, 2011
CONTINUED FROM COVER Gamble encouraged honesty in the preceding comments, even if vicious. He said that having been in the military, he is familiar with harsh criticism. He also asked that ad hominen arguments be excluded. Gamble first acknowledged the importance of shared governance. Preparing for his role as president, Gamble read various books on the topic, some written by Dr. James L. Fisher, the author of the recent Fisher Report. From his readings, Gamble believed he had followed expected procedures. Responding to where he received input on the chancellor search, Gamble repeatedly mentioned the two hour-long meeting with the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee. The committee included faculty, administrators, alumni, and community members. During this meeting, only faculty representatives stressed the need for a year-long, nation-wide search process. Gamble said he left this meeting with two points in mind: that he only was accountable for the decision, and that there is superior talent in Alaska. About two weeks after this meeting Gamble appointed Case. Gamble also gathered evidence through those who personally addressed him. This included ‘downtowners’-those outside of the UA system, as Gamble later clarified. He also recalled responding to various analytical letters. “The entire community responded by the way. I would meet people in the elevator. I would be stopped while I was in the Captain Cook,” Gamble said. Another reason for the short chancellor search was the surprising lack of input. “I did not receive the amount of responses I expected. I expected to receive hundreds of letters.” Faculty disagreed. They cited the two motions Faculty Senate created in September and December. They also highlighted the fact that Gamble did not specifically ask or listen to faculty as Associate Professor of English, Kerri Morris said. “If I knew you were in the Captain Cook I would’ve waited in the elevator for you. I’m appalled to think that someone who stays in the same hotel as you would have more say than me.” When Gamble said that his November letter was adequate warning of the new chancellor process, Morris said. “As an English teacher, that did not fulfill the expectations of the genre of letter writing. You did not specifically address anyone in particular.” Several faculty members said that Gamble did not listen
to motions Faculty Senate passed, including Associate Professor of Nursing, Susan Wilson. “I appreciate hearing that you want our input--but we thought we were giving input. If we are giving advice we want to know what will be done with it.” Though the question was asked twice, Gamble did not directly answer what his response was to the motions. He did acknowledge receiving the December motion from Faculty Senate. In replying to each question, Gamble highlighted that his job was product-oriented. Responding to Gamble’s statement that he was surprised at how many governance groups there are, Morris stressed the uniqueness of Faculty Senate: it represents 400 people with strong connections to student and can offer expert advice in academic matters. She also noted that motions take a very long time to create, and rarely ask executives to
“President Gamble isn’t going to discuss why he did not choose other people for this critical position.”
–Kate Ripley, UA Public Aﬀairs Director
change their behavior. For example, since UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer began her term in 2006, she has never had a motion directed at her behavior from Faculty Senate. Gamble did not explicitly say that he was sorry for ignoring the September and December motions. Nonetheless, he apologized for negligence of process: “There’s no question about it. I owe you an apology.” In the future, Gamble stated that he will increase his effort to hear faculty opinion. He plans to prove this by including faculty in upcoming projects, like the Strategic Plan Other criticisms were over terminology and transparency. Morris disproved of Gamble addressing faculty as stockholders. “If someone calls me a stockholder again I am going to be sick. I am more than a stockholder. I have devoted my life to a very low wage…..because I believe it a calling and a service.” Associate Professor of English, Genie Babb, expanded on Morris’s comment: “It makes it sound as though we’re one of these interchangeable groups. We consider ourselves to have special expertise. We’re going to be working with the
chancellor. We should be consulted.” Gamble agreed to no longer refer to faculty as stockholders. Babb also commented that if she had no connection to the executive board, she would never have known about the meeting. Tara Smith, Assistant Professor in the CPDS department, agreed: “I found out about the committee through back channels. It seemed like a secret chancellor search committee.” Gamble agreed with the transparency objection. “There has been a process at work, and maybe it should’ve been more transparent,” Gamble said. Morris had to leave the meeting early, but asked Faculty President John Petraitis to tell Gamble thank you for coming. In a phone conversation, Morris said, “I felt much better that he came. After that, I think he’s a honest guy and a humble guy.” Gamble closed the forum with, “If you have comments or thoughts they will wither and die the longer you don’t voice them.” Speculation still remains over why Gamble appointed Tom Case and not Mike Driscoll, the current Provost. Driscoll had support from various governance groups, including Classified Council and USUAA. The Faculty Senate voted unanimously in December that they would only accept Mike Driscoll without a nation-wide search. So the question remains, why Tom Case? Gamble has yet to directly answer why Case instead of Driscoll was appointed, and most likely will not. In an e-mail, Kate Ripley, the UA public affairs director, said “President Gamble isn’t going to discuss why he did not choose other people for this critical position.” At this forum, Gamble said that he believed both men were perfectly qualified. He indirectly answered this question by stating that he knew Tom Case for years and Mike Driscoll for months. Gamble also indirectly addressed speculations that Tom Case was appointed because of a shared military past: “There’s no evidence to suggest there’s a conspiracy here,” Gamble said. Gamble emphasized thats he made the decision independently. The current chancellors were called after the decision was final. The Board of Regents or political pressure did not inﬂuence his choice, Gamble said. Gamble stressed that he had been involved in decisions where a person was appointed because of long-standing friends, i.e., croynism. Finding that process distasteful, Gamble said that as an executive he aimed to promote people based on merit.
FACULTY CRITCISM “If someone calls me a stockholder again, I am going to be sick. I am more than a stock holder. I have devoted my life to a very low wage... because I believe it a calling and a service.”
“It makes it sound as though we’re one of these interchangeable groups. We consider ourselves to have special expertise. We’re going to be working with the chancellor. We should be consulted.”
“I appreciate hearing that (Gamble wants) our input, but we thought we were giving input. If we are giving advice, we want to know what will be done with it.
Kerri Morris, Associate Professor of English
Genie Babb, Associate Professor of English
Susan Wison, Associate Professor of Nursing
Round Table Pizza ﬁles for bankruptcy
Troopers wound man when returning ﬁre
The California company that promises to serve “The Last Honest Pizza” is ﬁling for bankruptcy. Round Table Pizza Inc. ﬁled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, but executives insist that it won’t affect the pizza chain’s 483 restaurants for now. The Contra Costa Times reports that the company listed debts ranging from $10 million to $50 million. In court documents, the Concordbased company blamed its ﬁnancial troubles on an expansion it launched just before the recession hit. Executives say they will try to get concessions on rental rates from owners of its restaurant properties. Round Table owns 128 restaurants and has 355 franchises in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Vice President Jim Robertson says some company-owned restaurants could close, and some employees could be laid off.
Alaska State Troopers say a man was wounded when several troopers returned ﬁre at him at a home in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The man surrendered shortly after being shot, and is hospitalized. Troopers are not releasing his name because charges have not yet been ﬁled. Troopers responded to a call of a suicidal man with a gun Thursday evening. Troopers say the man came to his door after their arrival and shot at them. Multiple troopers returned ﬁre, and the man went back inside the home before later surrendering. No troopers were injured.
Rat delays ﬂight from Seattle airport Alaska Airlines had to delay a ﬂight about to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when a rat was seen scurrying in the cabin. The airline says the ﬂight from Seattle to Denver had just pulled away from the gate
Thursday morning when the little stowaway was spotted. The 737 jetliner returned to the terminal and passengers and crew boarded another plane about 90 minutes later. Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the plane won’t be returned to service until maintenance workers make sure the rat didn’t damage equipment or chew any wires — and an exterminator certiﬁes the plane is rodent-free. Egan says workers also are trying to ﬁgure out how the rat got aboard. She says in cold weather, “sometimes rodents can seek shelter in strange places.”
ALASKA PIPELINESAFETY ORDER A federal pipeline safety ofﬁce investigation says the trans-Alaska pipeline poses a risk to public safety and the environment and that issues tied to corrosion, inspection and pipeline restarts after shutdowns must be addressed. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration handed Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. a list of proposed corrective measures tied to challenges that have spun off from having too little oil in the 48-inch diameter, 800-mile pipeline.
FBI FILE-STEVENS The FBI released a roughly 3,600-page ﬁle on the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens Friday, painting a colorful picture of the longtime Alaska senator and intricately detailing media coverage surrounding the 2008 corruption trial that ended his political career. Stevens was convicted on counts of lying on ﬁnancial disclosure forms about gifts, including renovations of his Alaska home, which was investigated by the FBI. But a federal judge later tossed the case, ﬁnding prosecutors withheld evidence at trial.
CONOCOPHILLIPSDIVIDEND ConocoPhillips said Friday it will reward investors with a 20 percent dividend increase and a plan to buy back $10 billion of shares. The Houston oil producer will pay 66 cents per share on March 1 to shareholders of record on Feb. 22. The share repurchase plan, if completed, would more than double the amount spent on buybacks last year. Repurchasing shares takes them off the open market and pushes remaining shares higher.
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SAY WHAT? Giraffes In A Boat? 8 Taken To Kenyan Island NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Eight giraffes got a very rare ride to their new home - in a boat. The endangered Rothschilds giraffes were ferried by barge to a reserve on an island in Kenya’s Lake Baringo earlier this week. Conservation leaders built a small pen on the barge that was covered in plastic sheeting. Only the giraffes’ necks could be seen sticking out above the pen as they moved across the lake. There are four females and four males in the group, and conservation leaders hope they will reproduce, said Elodie Sampere of the Northern Rangelands Trust. If the giraffes thrive, more may be taken to the island. Rothschilds giraffes - also known as Baringo giraffes, after the lake - are listed as endangered. Only a few hundred remain in the wild.
Authorities Charge Man Accused In ‘polite’ Robbery SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle-area prosecutors have ﬁled a ﬁrstdegree robbery charge against a 65-year-old man accused of politely holding up a convenience store at gunpoint. Surveillance video from Saturday’s robbery in Seattle showed a man telling asking the store’s owner to empty a cash register, all while saying “please” and calling the man “sir.” Gregory P. Hess was charged Thursday. He remains in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail. The King County sheriff’s ofﬁce says Hess is a former Starbucks barista who has been on federal supervision since 2007, when he was released from prison after receiving a nearly six-year sentence for robbing ﬁve banks and a video store. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Janet Freeman prosecuted Hess for the earlier crimes. She says he’s always been polite.
Mini-skirted Russians Urge Better Snow Removal ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Too much snow and not enough beaus - so says a squad of mini-skirted, high-heeled
young women wielding snow shovels in Russia’s second city. Seven women dressed for maximum hotness came to the frigid square in front of St. Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral on Thursday to chip away at snow and ice and demand better city snow removal. They’re afﬁliated with XZ, a local group that uses beautiful women to draw attention to social problems. Spokeswoman Eva Tornado claimed that tourism experts say foreign visitors avoid St. Petersburg in the winter because of the city’s problems in dealing with its snow. She also proclaimed “we’d like more foreign men to come to the city!”
Cross-Eyed Opossum to Predict Oscar Winners BERLIN - Heidi, Germany’s beloved cross-eyed opossum, is taking a page from Paul the Octopus’ playbook: the marsupial will attempt to pick this year’s Oscar winners. Leipzig Zoo Director Joerg Junghold told Germany's RTL television on Friday that Heidi will be appearing on the "Jimmy Kimmel Show" alongside the Oscars on Feb. 27. He isn't revealing much about the show but says: "quite similar to Paul, it will be about tips." He says Heidi will be ﬁlmed in Germany over the next few days for the U.S. show. Junghold says Heidi's appearance fee will be donated to an animal protection charity. Paul correctly predicted the outcome of all seven German games at last year's World Cup plus the Spain-Netherlands ﬁnal from an aquarium in Oberhausen. He died in October.
DUI Suspect Pulls Over, Mistaking Sign for Cops SANDUSKY, Ohio - Police in Ohio can’t take too much credit for stopping a woman they say was drinking and driving - they say she pulled herself over. Ofﬁcers in the town of Sandusky say the woman stopped because she thought she saw police lights, but it turns out the ﬂashing lights were from a skating rink sign. The Sandusky Register reports that the woman’s car got stuck in a snowbank near the sign when she stopped early Monday and another motorist called police. Ofﬁcers say they took 27-year-old Nicole Scott to jail on
charges of operating a vehicle under the inﬂuence. Police say Scott denied she had been driving. There is no telephone listing for Scott and it isn’t clear whether she has an attorney.
Ohio Jurors Want To Pay Man They Quickly Acquitted
CLEVELAND (AP) - At least three jurors in Cleveland say the evidence was so thin against a man jailed for weeks in an assault case that they want to give him their juror pay. The jury quickly acquitted 19-year-old Demrick McCloud on Friday. He’d been charged with leading other teens to beat a high school student and threaten him with a gun on Oct. 13. McCloud was arrested that day and held in jail until the trial. The three jurors tell The Plain Dealer newspaper there was a “sheer lack of evidence,” so they’ll each give McCloud the $100 they were paid for jury service if he earns a high school equivalency degree. A prosecutor’s spokesman maintains in a statement that the victim was steadfast in identifying McCloud as an attacker.
Police: Woman Allegedly Hit Man With Frozen Steak HOUMA, La. (AP) - Police in the southern Louisiana city of Houma say a woman upset over her lack of freezer space allegedly hit her boyfriend in the face with a frozen beefsteak. Police told The Courier newspaper that 47-year-old Edith Tassin - also known as Edith Verdin - was booked with aggravated battery against 51-year-old Jerry Voisin. Authorities say she has since been released on bond. Police say Voisin called police on Sunday evening and told them Tassin was trying to cool a mixed drink and became upset when it woudn’t ﬁt in the freezer. Police say Voisin was bleeding from the right side of his face when ofﬁcers arrived. Neither Tassin nor Voisin were listed in directory assistance and Tassin had not been assigned a public defender as of Monday. –compiled by Alec Martinez
Cabin Fever Debate Tournament sends two more teams to semiﬁnals Preliminary Round 3: Tuesday, february 8, 7:00 Motion: The u.S. should suspend all aid to egypt until free and fair elections are held. Sweet Justice Dos Primos Bro My God Debatable
Preliminary Round 4: Tuesday, february 8, 8:30 Motion: The u.S. should declare access to the Internet to be a human right. RAMROD
Bench Warmers Awesome Blossoms
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Hannah Coe and Charles Hart of team Bench Warmers take notes during the fourth preliminary round of the Cabin Fever Debates. Teams are assigned topics and positions one week prior to their debate. They are expected to give a seven minute speech arguing for or against the assigned topic. Team Bench Warmers refuted the motion “The U.S. should declare access to the Internet to be a human right.”
Megan Rodgers and partner Kristin Baylon (top) of team RAMROD won the fourth preliminary round, supporting the motion to declare internet as a human right. They will advance to semifinals, which will be held on Tuesday, March 1. Semifinalist teams are each guaranteed $100, with the potential to earn $1,000 if they win the final round.
04 Audit leads to UAOnline course search upgrade NEWS| February 15, 2011
By Kate Lindsley The Northern Light
Course registration received quite the upgrade in recent weeks. Priority registration, driven by USUAA, allows upperclassmen to register for necessary classes first which prevents the system from crashing statewide. Next comes a revamp of how students will search for classes on UAOnline. Six undergraduate students were recruited as guinea pigs to put the system through its paces and give objective feedback. The brainchild of Sarah Hill of Student and Enrollment services, the renovation came as a response to an audit. “The legislature audited the UA system and found that it was lacking in how it was giving information to its students, and this is system wide, not just UAA. (The audit included) how consistent we were and how accessible classes were across the system,” Hill said. Two committees developed the goals of the project, one regarding changes to data, and the other how collaboration can be increased among amongst campuses and interest groups, Hill said. Over the next nine months, Hill worked with SunGuard, the makers of Banner, which runs UAOnline. What resulted was a search page that didn’t look too much different from before, but offered many more user-friendly options. A positive response from Heather Aronno, journalism and public communications sophomore, warranted unanimous agreement from the room. “So will we be using this for fall semester?” Aronno said. “Yes,” said Laura Volden, Assistant Registrar. “Awesome,” Aronno said. Students agreed that the new system is by far easier to use. There is only one search box, in which a student can enter a subject, course name or a course registration number (CRN). In addition, you can choose between distance and traditional courses and easily select more than one campus or subject by using check boxes. There was also an option to do an advanced search rather than the default quick search. “I understood why it would be helpful like all the different fields in the original one, but this is so much simpler to be able to quickly find classes, especially if you’re trying to fill a slot or you need a certain subject,” Aronno said.
There were some attributes of the new site that were taga-longs from the old version. For one, you cannot search for a class with any spelling errors. In addition, the search bar won’t accept certain forms of a course name, such as “Calculus 3”, rather than the required “Calculus III”. “You have to put exactly what is necessary,” Volden said. This could complicate class searching if your desired schedule includes anthropology, human osteology, Italian renaissance art, ichthyology or
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hydrogeology, just to name a few easily misspelled words. Similar to a Facebook formatting update, changes will be apparent, but in time students will learn that they make searching for classes much more simple. “I think when it comes around to registration time people will notice the difference but then they’ll get it done so much faster,” Andrew McConnell said, an undeclared freshman.
Ashton Compton, UA Student Regent 2009-2011 Interview by Kate Lindsley The Northern Light
Student voice among the Board of Regents is valuable stock. Invested properly, it can positively impact students’ lives around the University of Alaska system. For two years, Ashton Compton served as a student regent from UAF. Compton voted in some of the biggest decisions including tuition increases, massive construction projects and development of the Academic Master Plan.
TNL: Why did you want to become a Student Regent? Ashton Compton: I was very involved on campus and was encouraged to apply for this position. I was interested in anyway to play a meaningful role in my institution and was excited about the prospects presented by this opportunity.
TNL: What advice will you pass onto the next Student Regent?
AC: This is a public service position and you have to be dedicated to do it because it will take a great deal of your free time. You also have to remember that you are the student regent not the regent student. Everyone on the board knows and understands that your academics are of the highest priority. Most any student interested in this position is likely a highly involved individual. You have to know when to say no if you plan on keeping your sanity and
TNL: What input(s) are you most proud of?
AC: I am most proud of the decisions on student wages and tuition. I work on campus and am involved in student groups and activities so I get to hear student perspectives daily and get to voice concerns to other board members who may not be as well connected to students.
TNL: What do you wish you had spoken up more about?
AC: I think I spoke up strongly and appropriately and represented students to the best of my abilities.
TNL: Are there any decisions you made that you regret?
AC: There aren’t any decisions that I regret. I voted according to my morals and my responsibility to my constituency.
TNL: What is your next step as a leader?
AC: My next step is graduate school and after graduation, only time will tell.
TNL: What should students know about the Board of Regents? Their backgrounds, attitudes, perspectives, what they say, etc.? AC: They are all great people who bring, albeit different, but important perspectives to the dialogue we share on higher (education) in Alaska. This stems from
their diverse educational and professional experiences. They are all volunteers who do this out of a sense of service.
TNL: What did you learn most about (i.e. public speaking, presentation, procedure, university policies, etc.)?
AC: I have been learning a great deal about university policies, policy procedures, issues and about myself. It can be uncomfortable being at the forefront but comfortable people don’t get things done. If you care about issues and people you will probably learn that being in a place of discomfort is the best place to be! It is where you learn and grow the most. TNL: Do you think students are as involved with their education as they should be? AC: There is always room for improvement but overall I think students take their education seriously and see it as an important investment in their future, Photo courtesy of Nelson Photography
TNL: What can the everyday student do to be involved (especially if they’re shy and scared of public speaking)?
AC: You don’t have to be super outgoing to be engaged but you do have to push yourself to seek out opportunities and put yourself out there. It isn’t easy at first but you gain confidence after awhile. One great way to get involved is through student organizations, volunteering and governance groups. Make sure that whatever it is
you choose to be involved with you are passionate about because being active often requires a lot of time and energy.
TNL: What attributes do you hope the next Student Regent has?
AC: Patience, confidence and lots of energy…I don’t care how engaged you are, some topics will not be interesting to you, but they are all important so you have to challenge yourself to understand the issues.
FEATURES| February 15, 2011
Board of Regents to discuss future student programs By Ashley Snyder The Northern Light
Updates in BOR: There are two new members to the Board of Regents, Jyotsna Heckman and Mike Powers, both appointed by Governor Sean Parnell for the 2011 year and will serve until 2019. They will be replacing two longtime members: Cynthia Henry and Erik Drygas, who together pulled in more than 12 years of service for the BOR. “Ms. Heckman and Mr. Powers possess exceptional levels of management skills and community involvement,” Governor Parnell said. “Their addition to the Board of Regents will benefit Alaska’s statewide university system, and I join with Alaskans statewide in thanking outgoing Regents Cynthia Henry and Erik Drygas for their work.” Ashton Compton, current BOR Student Regent, will also be relinquishing her seat. Compton is a junior pursuing a political science degree at UAF and was appointed in 2009 by Governor Palin. Elections for the new Student Regent were last week and the student with the most votes will serve a term with the Regents starting June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2013.
Upcoming Events: Board of Regents will be meeting February 17, 2011 from 9:00am to 7:00pm and on February 18, 2011 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Lee Gorsuch Commons. The Board of Regents will be meeting to address many issues concerning the future of important student programs including: Engineering Expansion Plan. This plan will request more funds to help expand the engineering department both at UAA and UAF. According to recent statistics, by 2012, UAA and UAF will produce 200 undergraduate trained engineers annually, more than double the annual number of current undergraduate trained engineers. This is why it is so crucial that the expansion be initiated in order to accommodate the vastly increasing ﬂow of incoming undergraduates to the engineering program. Space is also a big issue that needs to be addressed, with the student population growing; the need for larger classrooms and larger workspaces is a necessity.
The plan also includes the idea of creation of a joint college and School of Engineering alliance to be specifically targeted towards allowing students to participate in real world engineering projects before graduation. Lastly, and most importantly, is the need to increase the amount of Bachelor degree recipients to continue their education to attain Masters and Ph.D. degrees in related engineering fields. UAA Seawolf Sports Arena: Since 2009, the Sports Arena has been in the works. Starting from an $80 million dollar facility that would seat 3,600, it evolved into a $110 million dollar facility that would seat 5,600. UAA is greatly anticipating the construction of a new sports arena because it will boost UAA’s image and encourage a richer athletic diversity and the ability to offer more athletic programs. The current plans have been amended and the BOR will discuss the amendments and decide whether to move forward with them. UAA Construction. Science Building Renovation: The science building has already seen a fair share of construction, with the first ﬂoor already holding classes. The plan is to get approval to complete the last phase of construction in the upstairs area and allow the building to fully accommodate classes. UAA MAC Housing Fire System Upgrade: Great news for students living in the dorms, the fire system is finally being upgraded to up-to-date standards and fire codes allowing for safer living conditions for students. UAA Health Science Building: Discussion on the current construction. process and the details on whether the project will be completed by the anticipated date of early August 2011. UAA Advisory Council: This is a proposal to implement a new council system. The council will be advisory in nature, and will offer guidance to the university and serve as a link for the public population. The council members will be appointed by the Chancellor for up to three-year terms and will consist of seven to fifteen members. They will advocate for the interests of the University, participate in the recruitment, selection, and periodic evaluation of a chancellor, review the development of new program proposals, review and recommend changes to regents’ policy, among other responsibilities. The reality of creating such a council is still undecided. Anyone is welcome to attend and speak at
the meeting. Comments are limited to three minutes per individual or as determined by the chair. Written comments are accepted and will be distributed to the Board of Regents and President Gamble following the meeting.
Words of encouragement to students, “Hang in there and finish. I know it is difficult and at times may seem unachievable, but a college degree will pay personal and financial dividends for the rest of your life.”
Timothy Brady Term: 2005-2015
Fuller Cowell Term: 2007-2015
Timothy Brady of Anchorage was appointed in 2005 by Governor Murkowski and reappointed in 2007 by Governor Palin. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University’s School of Engineering, Division of Construction. He served on the University’s Construction Management Advisory Committee, providing an important partnership link between the business world and education.
Fuller Cowell of Anchorage, chair of the board, was appointed in 2007 by Governor Palin He completed his bachelors of business administration with an emphasis in marketing at National University, Sacramento, California graduating Summa Cum Laude. Why he wanted to become a Regent, “I
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have benefited greatly over the years from being a citizen of Alaska and the United States of America. So I see it as an honor to be able to give back to my fellow Alaskans.” What he wants to accomplish as a Regent, “I hope to be a good steward of the University, and move its strategic plans forward for the benefit of future generations of Alaskans.” His view on the equality of representation among students and the UA system, “I believe students are exceptionally well represented on the Board of Regents. Our students Regent is a “voting” member of the Board, which is rare among public universities nationwide” His favorite thing to do outside of work, “I tell my friends, helicopters are the closest thing there is to a magic carpet. Flying is the ultimate freedom and helicopters are the ultimate in ﬂying.”
Why he wanted to become a Regent: “I believe there is a lot of work to be done, and I want to be committed to further development of programs and campuses.” What he hopes to accomplish as a Regent: “The board assembles design teams to find competitive prices to fit the UA’s budget and is much of its policy to increase consistency. I wish to see the UA schools become schools of choice, more so than now.” What he thinks of the UA system: “70 to 80 percent of Alaskan residents who attend the UA system remain in the state afterwards. I feel the UA does a good job offering programs that lead to jobs and careers in Alaska.”
Seawolves’ weekly enrichment calendar 2.15-2.21.2011 Tuesday
Michael Markovits: global Leadership Lecture 7:30-9:00 p.m. fine Arts 150
uncertainty in the Wake of environmental Disasters 6:00-8:00 p.m. uAA Library 307
Black history Month: Black cinema 6:00-8:00p.m.
Planetarium: “SonicVision” 8:30-9:30 p.m. uAA Planetarium
Poker 6:00-8:30 p.m. gorsuch commons
Poetry of Shannon gramse: Ice floe 5:00-7:00 p.m. uAA Bookstore
chinese Lantern festival 6:00-9:00 p.m. Wendy Williamson Auditorium
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Eight Winter Activities Make sno-cones Pick up some untouched snow (you should probably tap down below the top inch and make sure it’s not yellow) and put it in a cup. Don’t smash it down or you’ll ruin the ﬂuffiness of it. Depending on what you have on hand, you can add maple syrup, fruit juices or even concentrated syrups ($6 at Costco) to make a delicious frozen treat.
Sledding Get that adrenaline pumping; it’s time to hurl yourself down a hill on a very thin piece of plastic! Sledding is one of the best outdoor winter pastimes. Find a long hill, away from main streets and big trees. No more explanation needed.
Volunteering If you’re more of an animal person, try out the Anchorage Animal Care and Control. You have to take a Sunday course to be allowed to walk the doggies or pet the kitties, but that pales in comparison to the companionship you’ll receive as a dog walker or cat accompanier. Such love!
Snowball ﬁghts Make your forts, get an army behind you and fire away. Don’t use icicles or that really coarse, grainy snow or there could be some serious injuries. It’s all fun and games ‘til someone gets their eye poked out.
Renting gear from the Student Union Getting active can be pretty difficult in winter, especially if you lack motivation during the other seasons as well. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, the Student Union rents outdoor equipment from $2 to $18 per day. Ice skates, skis, snowshoes and snowboards are all available to students, staff, faculty and alumni with a valid UAA ID card.
Brew up different hot cocoa concoctions There’s actually a lot of different variations on hot cocoa. Mix-in some other ﬂavors like strawberry Nesquik, concentrated syrups (Costco, again), cookie-dough ice cream or a drop of mint or vanilla extract. Google “hot cocoa variations” for some quick ideas.
Go to a play or concert One of the more interesting indoor options, seeking culture is always a good idea to distract from the chilly temperatures. See our A&E section for upcoming plays and concerts around Anchorage. Oftentimes there’s even a student discount associated with the production!
Board games Parallel to the snowball fights, board games can get pretty physical. Especially Monopoly. If you’re planning on staying on your friend’s good side, get out Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Life, Clue, YAHTZEE or Cranium.
FEATURES| February 15, 2011
Booze and BPA: Confounding hormone changes By Kate Lindsley The Northern Light
What is BPA and why is it bad for you? It seems that when the public hears the name of a chemical it hasn’t ever heard before, it gets super weary, sometimes for no particular reason. BPA (aka bisphenol A) barely deserves the fear it has garnered. BPA is a chemical released from certain types plastic when in contact with boiling water, according to Scott Belcher, Ph.D., of the University of Cincinnati. When it enters the human body, it can be a major endocrine disruptor, as stated in an article by Science Daily. For those of you who have never heard the word endocrine, you aren’t alone. Not only is the study of hormones a fairly untapped part of science, but people don’t really think about hormones once they’re past puberty. The hormonal system is very complex. One hormone can signal another to release, resulting in chain reactions. Much is still being discovered in this field and the lack of knowledge can be what creates fear in the unknown. It is known that BPA is released into the human body, whether it comes from reusable water bottles, food can linings, water pipes and dental sealants, according
to the Science Daily article. The bottom line? Dr. Lynn R. Goldman of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explained that the greatest sensitivity to BPA is in utero and during the first few years of life. In addition, there have been no conclusive studies showing that BPA accumulates in the body. Maybe later experiments will have future generations looking at us like how we look at those in the early 20th century, putting cocaine in Coca Cola or giving heroin to toddlers as a cough suppressant (seriously, look it up on Wikipedia).
So why does it seem to help prevent a hangover if you drink a lot of water before you go to bed? The water replenishes what your body is constantly losing, thanks to the diuretic properties of alcohol. Your body desperately needs water in order to basically survive.
So if you don’t drink lots before you sleep, your body is searches for H2O in the middle of the night and taps into the most inconvenient place: your brain. Good morning, headache!
Why does alcohol dehydrate you? Another question with the root in hormonal changes! Excellent. Alcohol, technically, is a poison to your body. The only way it doesn’t kill you are the miraculous metabolic pathways and enzymes in your gut. But, this detoxification process results in a grand shutdown of vasopressin, the hormone responsible for opening aquaporins in the collecting duct of every nephron in your kidneys. Break it down now: when you drink alcohol, instead of water going back into your blood stream, it goes to your urine, thus dehydrating your body.
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Andrew McConnell aspires to be Commissoner By Matthew caprioli The Northern Light
On Feb. 8 and 9, Andrew McConnell stood 30 feet away from booths that shouted “Vote for student regent and commissioner.” Student governments representatives became quite familiar with McConnell on election days, as they repeatedly reminded him of the rule that all campaigning must take place 30 feet away from voting booths. Andrew McConnell is a freshman from Palmer High, and if the rules of probability succeed, will most likely be one of the two nominees UAA receives for student commissioner. Though only a freshman, McConnell has shown great initiative in his second semester at UAA. He hung around voting booths with his laptop open, asking random UAA students to vote, then convincing them why they should vote for him. McConnell is planning to major in Business. He currently works as a graphic design assistant for UAA’s publicity office. His Facebook profile says that Andrew is a Pasafarian with political leanings toward Vojvodina, which is an independent province in Serbia. George Orwell is his
favorite author. If nominated for UAA, McConnell will still have to be chosen by Governor Sean Parnell. The governor has plenty of people to choose from: each university in the UA system can send two nominees. If selected from this group, McConnell would work with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. Jennifer Chambers is the current student commissioner. Chambers is a chemistry major from UAF; her terms expires May 2013. Student commissioner and regent are the highest positions offered to students. Referring to student regent, Josh Luther, the assistant for the Coalition of Student Leaders Publications, said, “It’s the most powerful student in the state, essentially.” According the job description, the Student Regent “Is a full member of the board. This includes participation in all meetings and voting in all matters. Some of the items the Board of Regents consider include setting tuition and fees for attendance at institution, approving capital and operating budgets; issuing bonds….” When asked why he ran for the position, McConnell said, “I thought it sounded very interesting.” PhoTo couRTeSy of ANDReW MccoNNeL
Andrew McConnell, write-in candidate for Student Comissioner.
SERVICE: Third annual event collected record donations CONTINUED FROM COVER the event. Prizes were awarded to the best looking and most decorative boxes. This was not an easy decision. “The decorations on the boxes were really good and really detailed,” said Brandy Rountree, member of the UAA Social Work Coalition. “They really went above and beyond.” Cindy Douthit won the prize for the best individually designed box, while Human Resources won the best small box design and Athletics claimed the large box award. Gold stars all around. In addition, the UAA Day of Service hosted a sock and glove drive at the Seawolves basketball game that evening, in which students could bring in new pairs of gloves, socks, and mittens to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex and donate them to Anchorage’s homeless. Narang says that at least four big boxes were collected, one stuffed with more than 100 pairs of
clothing. The event was widely considered a success based on the proceeds, donations and involvement contributed to the event. Haley Huff, a student volunteer for the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning, had npthing but praise for the event. “It was great to see how involved the UAA community was in helping these in-need individuals—the faculty really came together and united for the greater good.” Rountree echoed her words, saying, “There was definitely a lot of contribution and public action. Faculty and staff involvement was at an all time high.” Perhaps Narang, who sees the future of this event only getting brighter and brighter, summed it up best. “It was a long day, but a good day,” Narang said.
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Sandler’s new romantic comedy better than it looks By heather hamilton The Northern Light
Romantic comedies generally go one of two ways; they are either witty and charming like “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” from 2003, or trash akin to 2009’s “It’s Complicated.” Somehow, despite combining the overly uncouth Adam Sandler and the sweet and snarky Jennifer Aniston, “Just Go With It” manages to land itself closer to the former. Accomplished plastic surgeon Danny (Sandler, “Grown Ups”) meets the young and beautiful Palmer (Brooklyn Decker, “Ugly Betty”) and lies about his marital status when she finds his fake wedding ring. To maintain the lie that he is separated from his wife and soon-to-be divorced, he convinces his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston, “The Switch”) to play the role of his future ex-wife. After lying to Palmer about having children, Katherine’s own two kids get roped into the snowballing act, and eventually a fake new boyfriend is recruited for Katherine as well. Danny ends up taking the entire circus on a trip to Hawaii, where Danny
inevitably has to choose between the supermodel-esque Palmer and familiar and fun Katherine.
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How someone can make an acoustic version of an electro-pop song is beyond the simple logic of this critic, but Justin Bieber tries it with his “My Worlds Acoustic” album. In the most horrifying turn of events, some of the vocals have not been slowed down at all, or even re-recorded. That part in “Baby” where Ludacris sold out a bit? Yeah, Bieber sings it on this album. This is where he shows the smallest, yet recognizable vocal talent. It’s there. It’s just stuck in the frail body of a prepubescent androgynies 16-17 year old kid. In the track-by-track comparison, Bieber may have, judging by the slightly less scratchy and cracking of his voice, rerecorded the vocals to “One Less Lonely Girl.” Again, there’s that small kernel of talent. The live track, now that is what one would expect here. It actually sounds like Bieber picked up a six-string, learned his song, and started to play. It’s actually something that an older set (ie: not a rich family’s little girl that has the tendency to shriek and be overexcited teen girl) could enjoy, if not for the subject matter. To be fair, Beiber has ridden a fame and hype train that has been going on for a bit, and his life story may be inspiring, but if one Googled his name, he still looks like he’s way too young to be singing about love. Maybe lust, and some sort of compromise, but the guy’s life experience is next to nil here. Maybe if he released an album about a paper route, or being grounded and angry at
wasn’t. “Just Go With It” is a remake of the 1969 film “Cactus Flower,” which starred Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn. As far as quality movies go, “Just Go With It” may utilize more of a modern, slapstick humor, but “Cactus Flower” is funny in a sort of natural and timeless way that can be appreciated in any decade. “Just Go With It” isn’t extraordinary, but it isn’t bad either. See it with your significant other for a decent laugh. If they don’t want to see an Adam Sandler ﬂick, remember: you can always tell them it’s a romantic comedy.
DIRecTeD By: Dennis Dugan STARRINg: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker RuN TIMe: 116 min geNRe: Romantic comedy
Bieber launches rerelease By Bryan Dunagan
The story for “Just Go With It” is quintessential for the concept of the snowball effect; it begins with a single lie, and then evolves into a myriad of other lies in an attempt to help maintain the first. The plot ends up going back and forth between farce and romantic comedy, but remains grounded enough to keep the audience’s attention. Aniston and Sandler have surprisingly convincing chemistry on screen, and even at the movie’s most unrealistic moments shines through as genuine. Aniston is sweet, humorous, witty and a little snarky as Katherine, and while this isn’t anything new from the actress, it fits her character. Sandler’s interpretation of Danny is relatively refined in comparison to many of his past characters, and it’s a refreshing addition to the movie. While it’s nearly indisputable that Sandler has a distinctly profane character “type” he portrays in most of his movies, he adds a certain sentimentality in “Just Go With It” that is more reminiscent of his style in “Click,” “50 First Dates” and “Mr. Deeds.” He’s still profane and mentally disturbing in a few scenes, but it wouldn’t be an Adam Sandler character if he
his mom for not letting him ride bikes with his friends on a Saturday night, maybe then his songs would be a bit more credible. The album is a cash-in before the autobiographical movie, called “Never Say Never,” that Bieber has coming out soon, and that is okay with some (ie: teenage girls) to show his “softer side.” Which is quite impossible as Justin is marketed as so squeaky clean, so cookie-cutterbubblegum pop, one would think that if he did have a softer side, he may not have a spine. Final note: If there are older fans of Bieber, you will enjoy this. Others, who like not having their ears bleed due to how overly produced the album is, should avoid this album like the bubblegum rhinestone coated bedazzled cash-in that it is.
ALBuM: “My Worlds Acoustic” ARTIST: Justin Bieber RecoRD LABeL: Island Records ReLeASe DATe: feb. 8, 2011 WeBSITeS: no Stars: 2
Isaac Clarke returns in macabre ‘Dead Space 2’ By Bryan Dunagan The Northern Light
“Dead Space 2” wants you to be a lifeless heap of bloody ﬂesh. It will make the player cry and possibly throw their controller at their TV screen. “Dead Space 2” is also extremely good. It’s one of the best action/horror games to come around in awhile. While “horror” is a loose term, the game creates a tense atmosphere for players to walk around in. From the memorable opening, where the guy who saves you becomes a Necromorph in front of you, to the insanely hard final two chapters, “Dead Space 2” wants your face for breakfast. The game picks up with Isaac Clarke in a straight jacket on a space station on Saturn’s moon Titan, called “The Sprawl.” Following this is a harrowing escape to the other parts of the psych ward, and an interesting segment on gaining weapons. To get the plasma cutter, Isaac removes it from someone on the operating table to save him, only to have the person killed a moment later by a Necromorph. However, Isaac is not totally well in the head after the events of the first game; he’s plagued by the ghost of his dead girlfriend, Nicole. Isaac runs through schools, hospitals, mines, and even shopping malls fighting through hordes of enemies. Never once does the game relent, allowing the player’s imagination to create the real fear that is experienced. Couple this with stellar audio work and some of the best voice acting around, and the atmosphere is always insanely tense. The game also sports a lot of humor, which was absent in the first title. The parts that are funny border on the macabre. Is this an issue? Not at all; in fact, it progresses and adds that human element to the plot.
In all, the title delivers on the atmosphere and all things tense. The downside is that the game will throw ridiculous curve balls at the player, almost arbitrarily. “Dead Space 2” excels on all fronts, and even adds some humor to round out the experience. The only complaint is that the game is soul crushingly hard at times. Other than that, players can expect an amazing package that’s well worth the price of admission.
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A&E| February 15, 2011
La Bohème Puccini’s “La Bohème” will be showing at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts from Saturday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 25. “La Bohème” is an Italian opera set in the 1940’s that deals with poverty, romance and illness amongst a small group of acquaintances. Tickets range from $45 to $105, and are available online at www. centertix.net.
Dr. John corvino Is homosexuality immoral? Dr. John Corvino will be giving a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium discussing this very topic. The lecture, delivered with humor and wit, is free, along with parking after 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Student Life and Leadership page at www.uaa.alaska.edu.
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. The Alaska Theatre of Youth presents Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. This rendition of the beloved 1951 Walt Disney classic runs at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts from Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20. Tickets range from $15 to $20.25, and are available online at www.centertix.net.
oscar Shorts Out North Contemporary Art House will be showing the Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7p.m. and 10 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. There is also a special After-School Showing on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Cover is $10 at the door, $7.50 for students with a valid ID and $7.50 for children under 12, military and seniors over 60. Tickets can be purchased online at www.centertix.net.
eddie griﬃn Comedian Eddie Griﬃn will perform at the Egan Center on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Eddie Griﬃn has acted in movies such as “Armageddon,” “Coneheads” and “Undercover Brother.” Tickets for this event range from $35.75 to $73.75, and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Compiled by Heather Hamilton e-mail email@example.com to submit an event!
February 15, 2011 | A&E
Student Activities features Utah band Meg and Dia By Alicia goldberger The Northern Light
UAA’s Student Activities brought Meg and Dia, a rock band from Utah, to the campus on Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11 as part of a larger goal to provide entertainment, culture and community to UAA students. The band made many fans while on campus, including Maggie Ahkvaluk, a dental hygiene major, who appreciated that Student Activities brought in a group from outside Alaska. She became a fan after the band’s first performance in Cuddy Hall. “I really like her voice and the lyrics, “ Ahkvaluk said. Several students had previously heard of the band, including human services student Caroline Wilson, who had been a fan since high school. In addition to Meg and Dia, Student
Activities hosts many other events and guests on a weekly basis. These events are sponsored in part by the Student Activities fee each student taking six or more credits pays. Student Activities Programming Manager George Yang, a music major and nursing major, said the job of Student Activities is to enhance the busy lives of UAA students. They attempt to do so in two different ways. Every fall, members of Student Activities attend a convention where they learn skills and seek out talent. Musicians from across the United States come out to perform for consideration, including Meg and Dia. Student activities also hosts tables and surveys frequently in order to get input from UAA students. The ultimate goal is for students to have a good time, according to Yang. “The best part of working with Student Activities is seeing the smiles,” Yang said.
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Top left: Meg Frampton of Meg and Dia lead oﬀ the show with a solo aucoustic song. Meg and Dia played in front of a nearly full Fine Arts Building Theatre. Top right: Dia Framton plays accoustic guitar Friday night at a Student Activities hosted concert. Center left: Drummer Nick Price keeps a beat during the Meg and Dia performance Friday night. Above: Lead guitarist Carlo Gimenez Friday night. Left: The concert was held in Fine Arts Building 150. Many students were previous fans of Meg and Dia, while others had not heard the band before.
A&E| February 15, 2011
Brooklyn slam poet boosts Anchorage’s creative scene By Sean Talbot
Special to The Northern Light
Kids of every age and hairstyle gathered into a graffititagged room with plywood walls. On the stage a 60” TV, dusty and dilapidated, served as backdrop. This was the scene for HBO’s Brave New Voices poet B Yung’s (“Brooklyn’s young ‘un”) performance during
‘Things aren’t getting old anymore. They’re getting new.’ –B Yung, New York based Poet
a visit to Anchorage last week. The visit included a live performance at the Student Union Den, a private workshop for UAA students on Saturday and a guest appearance at a local youth poetry slam in Mountain View. Yung’s poetry is not in coffee table books, or on your grandmother’s bookshelf. Narrowed down to a handful of poets from thousands, B Yung was a star finalist on 2008’s
Brave New Voices, an HBO series and national youth poetry competition and presented by Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. He gained popularity as a passionate and talented poet through the series, YouTube, and worldwide spoken word tours. In Anchorage, he presented his poetry as raw emotion on stage. She’s got eyes like katanas, razorblades in her skirts over pupils that ﬂip open and cut across the skin of a man’s pride quicker than the crack of thunder-snapping halos, like ﬁngers, and switch on to stare, and undo God from his pedestal. Now an active part of the next generation of young poets, B Yung described his mission. “(I’m) just a vessel for whatever my purpose is, which is hopefully to push people out of their holes,” he said At a youth slam at the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club, he responded with his own rhymes to the young poets’ courage to stand in front of a crowd and read their own work. Part of the goal of his poems are to inject wonder and images into a society that craves the new.
“Things aren’t getting old anymore. They’re getting new. Kids sense themselves earlier now,” he said at the Boys & Girls Club slam on Feb. 4. “And that energy is everywhere, not just in poetry.” Before the slam, kids crowded him with the posted ﬂiers, asking if he was the guy in the picture. They asked for signatures. Someone handed him a marker. “So, who are you?” asked a little girl, admiring the new autograph. Diff3r3nt By D3sign, a local production company with the goal of supporting the art and writing communities in Anchorage, is headed by Trey Josey, also known as FreeThought. Josey has the specific goal of gathering a team of young poets from Alaska to compete in the 14th National Brave New Voices competition this summer in San Francisco. DBD Productions teamed up with UAA’s Upward Bound to sponsor the poet’s visit. B Yung was more than glad to help out. “I see what Trey’s doing, and I wanted to reach out to him. And I love Alaska.” “Look,” he said, “everything’s a circle, and those circles are spinning and cycling constantly. The world is round, history repeats itself. It’s everywhere; of course the kids are doing everything themselves - and they’re moving crowds.” That was certainly the scene at the events he hosted.
‘Two Worlds II’ makes amends, revamps trouble spots By Bryan Dunagan The Northern Light
Coming off of the complaints from the first game, TopWare Interactive had a lot to live down. For one, the complicated inventory management system and the tinydarn-near-microscopic-text has been done away with. However, when the player starts out, they must change the settings to make it so that the User Interface is not spilling off of the TV. For the second issue, they expanded the world and explain why people would want to live there and save the darn place. The developers really made the game’s mythos stand out. To resolve the final issue, the game’s graphics have been greatly improved, and the vistas are quite striking. Despite the improved detail of the character models, the animations are stiff and jagged sometimes, which is odd to look at considering the rest polish and shine job done on the game. The game starts off more or less where the first left off; finding your sister and then
getting captured by a mage who wants to summon the demon Azreaal, a being who has tried to destroy the world many years before. The plot drags, and it’s really just
a way to get the player to play through the tutorial. After the player gets rescued by orcs and ends up on their side of their island, the game is the standard open-world affair that all RPGs are going towards lately. The combat has more depth than the first installment, allowing for players to equip weapons in both hands from the get go. The player can also go through and equip their ranged/melee/sorcery to the D-pad, which comes in handy for changing the strategy up on the ﬂy. As for the magic, one can really get used to the customization in the game, using modifiers to make the spell they cast do area effect and explosive, etc. It’s quite interesting, and makes the title unique in its handling of spells. On the ﬂip-side, it’s cumbersome at first and the game doesn’t really explain it very well. Another new feature is that the player can break down all of the useless weapons and items and use them to craft better ones. One can take this and make a weapon that does insane amounts of damage and can
rival some of the hardest villains in the game. The online component has been revamped as well, adding more Massively Multiplayer features, and the interesting village scenario. Essentially, the player can purchase a village and make it into a trading post. Other players can visit you and buy from you, or just hang out; it’s an interesting economic mini game that may be the saving grace of the title’s multiplayer component. Two Worlds II contains a good amount of story missions, combat and spell castings that the player can sink their teeth into, as well as a competent multiplayer mode. It has some shortcomings, but the game is very playable and enjoyable. gAMe: “Two Worlds II” MAKeR: TopWare Interactive ReLeASe DATe: Jan. 25, 2011 WeBSITeS: no
Red Chair a deceptively dark pale ale By Sean Talbot The Northern Light
For those who aren’t fond of pale ale, Red Chair is a decent in-between to try. On the pour, there’s almost no head, but pour it too quickly and you’ll have to wait for the clouds to subside. It’s a little darker and less bitter than most pales that I’ve tried. There’s a very, long aftertaste that doesn’t go stale or gross; an ace feature of any beer in my book. Thankfully, the mix of citrus fruit and caramel used works here. According to Deschutes, in fact, they “coexist in blissful harmony.” Whatever the case, Red Chair certainly doesn’t drink like a 6.4 percent; it’s sweet and almost as smooth as 50 Cent’s ﬂow (or, if you prefer, Sam Beam’s vocals). It stands in the mind as one of those not-too-anything beers, heavy, hoppy, abundant and inexpensive, which makes it easy for anyone to like regardless of specific taste. Either way, this is a good beer, which from Deschutes is nothing new. I find myself in the precarious position of truly enjoying a pale ale - albeit, according to the label, a ‘Northwestern Pale Ale’ is for those perhaps not ready for a “full-on hop assault,” but we have to start somewhere, right?
Brew: Red chair, NWPA Brewery: Deschutes Available: January to April ABV: 6.2% IBu: 60
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February 15, 2011 | A&E
Ring of Fire showases professor’s work in Kimura Gallery
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Top: “Ring of Fire” is showing various monoprints and monotypes by Garry Kaulitz in the Kimura Gallery in the Fine Arts building. The gallery will hold his works from Jan. 25 through Feb. 25. Garry Kaulitz is the head of printmaking for the Arts Department at UAA. Left: A powerful peice entitled “Outlaw”, monotyple, 2008. Middle Right: “Sin-g”, monotype, 2008 (left) and “Pedal Power”, monotype, 2008 (right) hang in the Kimura Gallery Above: Various monoprints and monotypes by artist Garry Kaulitz hang on the walls of the Kimura Gallery in the Fine Arts building.
UA’S BOARD OF REGENTS HAS A DECISION TO MAKE Over 384 colleges and universities have passed non-discrimination policies that include protecting people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. UA’s non-discrimination policy should apply to everyone. Gay and transgender employees already work throughout the university system, and gay and transgender students already attend. It’s time the policy includes UA’s gay and transgender students, staff and faculty. An environment free of discrimination is important in a place of learning where ideas are debated and exchanged. This important issue will go before the Board of Regents this week. Have your voice heard at UA’s public testimony and support the policy change.
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Seawolf teams enjoy the friendly conﬁnes up north By Taylor hall and Megan edge The Northern Light
Put yourself in the sneakers or skates of the opponents who come to Anchorage to play the Seawolves. You have to travel a minimum of three to four hours on a plane to just get up here. You come into a new environment that is chalked full of new scenery to take in. Countless distractions from wildlife to weather that seems to change by the minute are right outside your hotel room window. Oh wait, that’s right, you’re here to play the Seawolves. I forgot to mention that throughout their athletic program you will find teams that are chalked full of talent and rarely lose when home. In fact, if you ask around, Anchorage is just a destination most opponents don’t like to see coming up on their calendars. “It’s not as much fun to come to Alaska as it used to be,” said Dr. Steve Cobb, UAA’s Athletic Director. UAA teams continue to challenge in every conference and league they play in and, more times than not, are
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challenging for titles and postseason success. Basically, they are never going to be an easy challenge for any team looking to defeat the ‘Wolves. However, these home numbers are making it seem downright unfair for teams to even think about getting a win up in Anchorage: • • • •
Women’s basketball: 14-2 at home Men’s basketball: 11-3 on their court Volleyball: 10-1 this season Hockey: 7-4-3 on home ice
This year alone, all the Seawolf teams have combined for better than an 80 percent winning percentage up here in The Last Frontier, something opposing coaches can tell us all about. “I think first and foremost, they’re just ﬂat out a good team,” said Chris Johnson, the women’s volleyball team coach at Seattle Pacific. “There are definitely places where the home court advantage is overrated and not a given. I think Anchorage is definitely a place where they have an
advantage though.” Many coaches will tell you it’s the players that help forge a solid home court advantage. “I think it’s a tough place to play because you’re playing a good team,” said Julie van Beek Heisey, Seattle Pacific’s sixth year women’s basketball coach. “You’re going against players who wok hard every possession, players who take pride in executing, and players who can make big plays when needed.” Other coaches noticed the trip and what it can take out of their teams. “For us, we cross two time zones and kids aren’t used to the cold,” said Northwest Nazarene basketball coach Tim Hills, who has brought teams up here on nine different occasions. “A lot of them haven’t been to Alaska before so everything is unique and exciting so when they see a moose downtown and they’re likely to freak out. “It makes it a rough trip in terms of just keeping them focused.” Perhaps the strain is felt most by the Midwest teams that
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The volleyball, hockey and both basketball teams have proven to be an unstoppable force while playing at home. Since 2006 the UAA basketball teams have won a combined 135 games and in the last two seasons the women of the UAA volleyball team have won 20, all at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The men of the UAA hockey team have won seven games this season at the Sullivan Arena.
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HOME COURT: Seawolves dominate opponents at home CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 reside in the WCHA and that have to travel even further to get to the Seawolves. “I think the players body clock is ready to face-off at seven o’clock but they have to wait until ten o’clock when they travel up to Anchorage to play,” said John Hill, an assistant hockey coach with the Minnesota Gophers. Hill himself has seen both sides of the unique home ice advantage the Seawolves have. He was a former Seawolf himself back in 1980-84 and was their coach from 2001-05. “I think any WCHA coach will tell you that when you play UAA, whether it’s home or on the road, you’re going to have your hands full,” Hill said. Sometimes, being so good everywhere, but especially on the road, can make it tough to get teams up here to play the Seawolves. “That’s the penalty of success,” Dr. Cobb said. “The last few years we have had a terrible time scheduling nonconference games.” Head Coach Tim Moser, who is in his fifth season leading the program, has led the UAA women’s basketball team to new heights in just about all categories. The women’s team is a jaw-dropping 77-5 at home under his direction and could be one of the main culprits as to why teams don’t want to play here. “I don’t think anyone likes to play on the road but right now more people go to Fairbanks more than they come to
Anchorage because we win here,” Moser said. “So I don’t know if it’s the Alaska thing or if it’s putting up with us.” Of course there are always the perks for the Seawolf athletes and coaches when they get to stay here. It’s sleeping in your own bed the night before a game, playing on the court you practice on, and playing in front of your home town fan base. “Having the home crowd is always nice and so is playing in your own gym,” said Sarah Herrin, a senior guard for the UAA women’s basketball team. That home crowd can be a huge asset, especially when they come out in big numbers like for UAA. “We have a big home court advantage and I think our crowds are bigger than other places,” said Head Coach Chris Green, who has led the Seawolves volleyball team to a 20-3 record at home the past two seasons. “We have a lot more community support and I think our student section is getting bigger. “If we could combine both of those things, we could rock this place even more.” A lot of times, a team can feed of the home crowd’s energy and can use it to rally or put teams away early. “The crowd brings so much energy into the game,” said Nikki Viotto, a sophomore defensive specialist for the Seawolf volleyball team. “Even if you’re having an off night or you’re not feeling hyped up, the crowd comes in and it’s like ‘bam’ and you want to play for them.” Throughout the teams, the general consensus is that
crowds continue to get bigger and bigger, a trend that has a lot to do with the simple fact that UAA keeps on winning at home. “We are a commuter campus but (the student section) are getting better.” Dr. Cobb said. “As this university moves to a more traditional type of campus, you’re going to see those numbers grow, particularly if we are doing well.” So whether it’s the long distances and different climates opposing teams have to journey to play UAA or if it’s the Seawolves winning due to their talent and home crowd, one thing remains clear: Seawolves keep on rolling and have made Anchorage a feared destination for their opponents. “We are enjoying a lot of success right now but our coaches have worked very hard to attract the right kind of students to wear the green and gold,” Dr. Cobb said. “But we’re greedy, we always want more.” With this sort of winning mentality reﬂected on the whole athletic department, it’s no wonder why success has followed the Seawolves. So to put all UAA opponents on alert, enjoy your time here as much as you can. However, when you step on the Seawolves turf, good luck enjoying any sort of success after that. “Getting our butts kicked on our home court is just not an option for us,” Viotto said. “It’s just not going to happen.” We’ve hoped you enjoyed your stay here in Anchorage. and have enjoyed all it has to offer. Thanks for playing and we’ll see you next year.
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night. “I think it’s really good for us to get a win against a really good team,” Moser said. “I think Saint Martin’s is really well coached and I think they run that match up zone defense well which causes a lot of problems down there.” Junior guard Marelle Moehrle led the Saints with ten points, followed by senior forward Dara Zack with nine. Zack also had three assists. The UAA women remained in the lead throughout the game by kicking off the first half with a 17-4 run over the Saints. By halftime, the ‘Wolves were up 31-19. However, UAA was able to push the Saints into 19 turnover’s helping to keep a comfortable lead through out the game. “Everyone thinks the zone is kind of our kryptonite so I am kind of glad when we get a win against it,” Moser said. Later in the week, the UAA women and Western Oregon tipped off on Feb. 12. The ‘Wolves (21-5, 13-3 GNAC) came out on top 71-47 over WOU and ran their winning streak to six games. Johansson was hands down the player of the game after she had a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with her 24 points. Within the first six minutes of the game, Johansson had nine points and seven rebounds, giving the ‘Wolves a solid 13-2 lead. A lead in which they would never look back on and one that put the game out of WOU’s reach early. Johansson shot eight of 11 from the field and eight of 10 from the foul stripe. Horn helped the Seawolves out by putting up 12 points and six boards in the victory. WOU was led in points by guards Hannah Whitsett (13 points) and Sarah Zahler (11 points). By halftime, the Seawolves were up 34-16 on the Wolves. They were able to put the game in cruise control after that and midway through the second half, UAA had a 59-24 lead over Western Oregon. The win was the 15 straight win over WOU for the Seawolves. “I’m really impressed with our kids getting a win,” Moser said. The UAA women now will prepare to hit the road to play Western Washington, who are regionally ranked No. 2. The game is on Feb. 17 in Bellingham, WA and will be huge in terms of crowning a GNAC regular season champion. The ‘Wolves will be seeking revenge after losing 81-61 at home to the Vikings back on Jan. 22. The loss pushed Western out ahead in the race for the league title and the upperhand in the race for home court advantage in the postseason. After that, the women will travel to Simon Fraser to take on the Clan on Feb. 19 in Burnaby, British Columbia. The men’s team played the second game of the doubleheader on Feb. 10 and they were pitted against the Western Washington Vikings. The Vikings came out on top, beating the ‘Wolves 106-102, in a toe-totoe game of basketball. “We didn’t defend, we didn’t rebound, we didn’t make free throws,” said UAA Head Coach Rusty Osborne. “You’re not going to win a whole lot of games if you don’t do those three things.” Senior guard Brandon Walker and junior forward Taylor Rhode lead the Seawolves in points with 27 a
piece. Freshman guard Travis Thompson came off the bench and added 16 points and a pair of helpers in 26 minutes of play. Rhode also lead the team in rebounds with eight rebounds. The Vikings point guard John Allen shot seven for seven from the three point range, and he was able to complete all six of his free throws. Allen ended with a game-high 33 points. Senior Zack Henifin put 26 points in the basket, shooting 10 of 17 from the field. Allen put the Vikings in the lead for the first time in the second half with only 1:43 remaining (99-97), after completing four straight three-pointers. “We knew it was going to be a fight and I think you got two very fine teams going at each other, and I think we are pretty fortunate,” said Western Washington Head Coach Brad Jackson. With just seconds left in the game WWU had only a one point lead over UAA (103-102) but series of fouls against the Seawolves doomed their comeback bid late and saw the Vikings steal a win in Anchorage. The ‘Wolves shot 67.9 percent (36-53) from the ﬂoor, and completed 11 out of 22 three-pointers. This loss to WWU were the Seawolves first back to back losses on home court this season. “Its hard to say what would have happened if we kept going for a few minutes,” Jackson said. The men’s team were able to redeem theirselves against Simon Fraser, Feb.12, with a convincing 99-81 victory. “This year, when we have defended, we have had success,” Osborne said. Junior guard Mario Gill scored a career high 23 points. While senior forward Casey Robinson contributed 19 points and six rebounds as well. The victory saw all five of the Seawolf starters scored double-figures. Leading SFU was Justin Brown with 30 points and four assists. Junior guard Ricky Berry had 22 points. At halftime, the ‘Wolves were up 50-43, but sat back on there heals while Simon Fraser took a two point lead (54-52). However, Rhode and Casey Robinson helped put the Seawolves back in the driver seat with just 15 minutes left and put the ‘Wolves ahead for good. Rhode, who continued hi 19 game double-digit point scoring streak during the week, scored 13 points against the Clan. Rhode had eight rebounds and a pair of blocks as well on the night. Gill scored 17 second half points all within the last six minutes, as well as completed all 11 of his free throws, and had four assists, and three steals. The game took a slow pace with 68 total free throws as well as a combined 56 personal fouls, three of which were technical fouls. The UAA ‘Wolves (18-7, 10-4 GNAC) are tied in the GNAC standings at number two with Western Washington and will look to stay in the middle of the playoff hunt as they head south for a couple crucial road contests. The Seawolves will play Feb. 17 against Saint Martin’s to kick off a three game road trip. Their other stops will include games against Western Oregon (Feb. 19) in Monmouth, OR and UAF (Feb. 22) in Fairbanks.
Top: Freshman guard Kajsa Kundahl of Lund, Sweden, has accumulated 16 points this in the 2010-11 season. Both teams tip-oﬀ again Feb. 17, the women will be at Western Washington and the men will be at Saint Martins. Bottom: Junior gaurd Steve White makes a reverse layup in UAA’s narrow loss to Western Washington Thursday night. Left: The crowd cheers on the Seawolves as they played against Western Oregon on Feb 10. The game was held at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, with the Seawolves loosing 102-106.
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NBA All-Star Weekend packed with could-have-beens, legacies By Thomas McIntyre The Northern Light
The NBA All-Star Weekend starts on Feb.18. Below, I lay out 10 thoughts on the events, all without mentioning Brent Barry’s Crip Walk (for those in the dark, YouTube is your friend). 1. I was pleased to see Kevin Love land a spot on the team, but I’m disgusted by how he got there for two reasons: A) Yao Ming had no right being on the ballot. He played a TOTAL of 88 minutes before going down with a season—and, possibly, career—ending injury. Yet the NBA still put him on the ballot, allowing China to blindly vote their guy in. B) Love shouldn’t have had to rely on Yao’s absence to make the roster. For instance, the coaches taking Tim Duncan over him is offensive on numerous levels. Here’s why (warning: advanced metric numbers ahead): Love’s PER is three points above Duncan’s; Love destroys Duncan in value, and wins added; Love’s rebounding rate tops Duncan’s by five points; Love beats Duncan in both true shooting percentage, and usage rate. To get less complex, and more traditional: Duncan is doing 13 and 9; Love is doing 21 and 15. Tim Duncan’s 2010 has been inferior to Love’s in almost every way. The general argument for Duncan is that he plays for the team with thirty more wins than Love’s. Luckily, basketball fans are slowly becoming intelligent enough to not let wins completely
obscure their view. 2. I will literally throw up all over myself if Doc Rivers puts Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, and Horford on the ﬂoor at once. All-Star Games are about letting Glen Rice take seventeen shots in the second half, not about trying to make it a game of possessions. 3. I’m starting to think Zach Randolph’s status as a financier for major drug dealers is hindering his chances of making another All-Star Game appearance. 4. Give me James Jones in the Three-Point Contest. Nobody is more acclimated with the wide open 24-footer than him. 5a. Dale Ellis participated in seven Three-Point Contests. Ellis only managed one win. So, after seven attempts, Dale Ellis has as many shootout trophies as Voshon Lenard. Way to tarnish your legacy, Dale. 5b. As somebody who spat on JaVale McGee’s name for nearly three years, I understand why people are looking past him in the dunk contest. But they shouldn’t be. McGee is athletic, has wild length, and is surprisingly coordinated. If the judges are looking for the weird, McGee can deliver. 6. However, barring a screw job reminiscent of the one Kemp received in ‘91, Blake Griffin will shred the competition. My hope is that he doesn’t go the gimmick route; a large part of Griffin’s appeal is that he’s not a clown, a la Dwight Howard. Channeling Dominique Wilkins or Lester Earl is the way to go. Yes, I am a dunk contest purist.
7. I’ve spent the last eight months ﬂooding every social network site with my campaign for Loy Vaught to be one of the Clipper representatives at this years Shooting Stars contest. Not a single player embodies the last thirty years of Clipper basketball quite like Loy Vaught. FYI: I wrote this column prior to the announcement of the teams, but if the reaction my lobbying received on Bebo is any indication, Vaught will have been chosen. 8. Bill Walton’s involvement in the All-Star Celebrity Game is perplexing. Less than two years ago he was contemplating suicide due to back pains, now he wants to mix it up down low with hard bodies like Jason Alexander? I’m terrified. NBA.com’s listing of B.J. Armstrong on the celebrity game page: B.J. Armstrong (NBA legend). I don’t think so. 9. Speaking of celebrities playing sports, why did MTV abandon their Rock N Jock games? I have fond memories of Master P ﬂirting with a hundredpoint game, Bill Bellamy being far better at basketball than comedy, and Nelly looking like a legitimate NFL d-back. 10. Somehow the NBA sneaked Derek Fisher onto the Skills Challenge ballot. Uh, yeah: Derek Fisher is to a basketball skills challenge what Drake is to a rapping skills challenge. East wins, 137-136, with Derrick Rose as the MVP.
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UAA Gymnasts post season-high in New Hampshire Led by freshman Emily Petersen and junior Kaelei Spoor, the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics team posted a season-high 190.475 score as it ﬁnished fourth Feb. 12 in the New Hampshire Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium. Despite ﬁnishing strong on vault, the Seawolves could not catch Brown University for third place as the Bears also posted a season-best score of 191.500. Host New Hampshire won the meet with 194.650, and Michigan State placed second with 193.425. UAA’s 48.450 vault total tied the ninth-best performance on that apparatus in school history, led by a 9.75 from junior Shakea Sanders and 9.725s from Spoor and junior Kelsey Fullerton, who tied her career high. Spoor gave the Seawolves their best performance on ﬂoor exercise with a 9.725, while Fullerton posted a 9.625. Meanwhile, Petersen had her best meet in Green & Gold as the rookie from Indianapolis earned a 9.6 on bars, a 9.525 on vault and a team-high 9.675 on beam. Senior Maria Puricelli led the Seawolves on bars with a 9.675. With freshman and New Hampshire native Melissa Doucette out of the lineup with an ankle injury, Sanders was UAA’s lone all-arounder, ﬁnishing with 37.300 points. Despite the loss, the Seawolves topped their season-best team total by nearly two points, posting their best performances of 2011 on ﬂoor, bars (47.550) and beam (47.325).
Seawolves swept by 5th ranked Fighting Sioux The UAA hockey team caught a case of road rash in Grand Forks, ND, as they were swept over the weekend by No. 5 North Dakota. On Feb. 11, Alaska Anchorage received a goal by freshman forward Matt Bailey, but it wasn’t the Seawolves’ night as the No. 5-ranked Fighting Sioux won, 6-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Sioux opened a 3-0 lead in the ﬁrst 11 minutes of play, including back-to-back goals, just 17 seconds apart from another. Bailey, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, ended the shutout at 2:49 of the third frame after picking up his own rebound, but the momentum ended as quickly as it was established with a tally by UND’s Evan Trupp, 26 seconds later. Sophomore forward Mitch Bruijsten was credited with the helper on Bailey’s goal, giving him a career-high ﬁve-game point streak. Both teams were held scoreless on the man advantage with UAA missing out on four opportunities and UND going 0-for-3. The Seawolves have kept opponents scoreless on the power play in seven of the last 10 games and have only allowed three PPG in that span. The Sioux outshot the Seawolves, 35-22 and held a 29-21 advantage in faceoffs. On Feb. 12, UND picked up the WCHA sweep with a 3-1 win over Seawolves. The Fighting Sioux (21-8-2, 16-6-0 WCHA) posted a goal in each period before the Seawolves (10-15-3, 9-13-2 WCHA) got on the board in the ﬁnal three minutes for the 3-1 win. With the victory, UND takes over the top position in the conference standings with 32 points, while UAA is currently sits in the eighth spot. For the second straight night, the lone Seawolf goal came from Bailey, giving UAA a two-goal deﬁcit to overcome in the ﬁnal minutes. Bailey netted his teamhigh-tying 10th goal of the season at 16:59 of the third frame. With UAA netminder Rob Gunderson on the bench and UND’s Brad Malone in the box for high sticking, the Seawolves had an extra attacker on the power play for the ﬁnal 1:29 of the game, but just couldn’t catch a break. Scoring for UND in the ﬁrst period was Brett Hextall with .8 seconds remaining in the frame, before Trupp recorded his second goal of the series, just 52 seconds into the second. Jason Gregorie registered UND’s ﬁnal tally of the game at 5:45 of the third. The Seawolves didn’t allow a shot on goal in the last seven minutes of play, but UND won the battle overall, 43-18. Gunderson, who hasn’t had ice time since Jan. 28, picked up 40 saves in the loss for a 6-11-2 mark on the season. Bailey’s 10 goals on the season are the most for a UAA freshman since Paul Crowder and Josh Lunden scored 11 in 2006-07. With the goal, Bailey is second on the team with 19 points and currently has a ﬁve-game point streak with 3-2—5 totals in that span. –compiled by Taylor hall
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Abortion legislation gains momentum nation-wide There are few issues more combustible than abortion. Disagreements on fiscal policy or healthcare have entirely different consequences than do disagreements on abortion. Abortion is an extremely personal issue that brings to surface extreme passions regarding an unborn child’s right to live as well as a woman’s right to govern her own body. Of late, the issue is in the spotlight less than it has been in the last several decades, overshadowed by a troubled economy, war on terror and now an Egyptian revolution. Those issues, however, don’t mean the issue of abortion isn’t smoldering across the country. Ohio decided to push the issue last week as Republican State Representative Lynn Wachtmann introduced a bill that would ban abortions once there is evidence a heart beat is present in the fetus, found as early 18 days old, but usually around the sixth week of pregnancy. Nicknamed the “Heartbeat bill,” the legislation is in direct opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, which allowed abortions under the cloak of right to privacy for the mother. The ruling called for law on abortion to be established at the state level based on the fetus’ viability, which is its ability to survive outside the womb (usually around 27 weeks). This bill is not alone, indicating that the issue is simmering for many Americans. Last year, Alaska
witnessed a ballot initiative pass on election day that required parental notification for teenage abortions—most recently it was declared unconstitutional by the state attorney general. Next week, the Texas State Senate will vote on legislation
A heartbeat is a strong reminder (that a life exists), a reminder that many find hard to argue with. that will require doctors to provide women with a sonogram that includes an image and heartbeat sound at least 24 hours before a scheduled abortion. Across the country, many other states are proposing anti-abortion measures. Interestingly, the pro-choice ruling on Roe v. Wade has seen its interpretation evolve over time, in one way because technology has improved our ability to help a fetus survive outside the womb. But that is not enough for pro-life advocates who believe that the fetus has the right to live from the moment of conception. And a heartbeat is a strong reminder of that fact, a reminder that many find hard to
argue with. Many women discover they are pregnant around the time the heartbeat develops in a fetus. Consider that the first indication of pregnancy, a missed period, comes at four weeks after conception. Furthermore, home pregnancy tests are only accurate in the range of one day to one week after a missed period. So while the heartbeat bill might seem reasonable to many people, it will also severely limit a woman’s ability to choose an abortion given the short, if any, interval of when a woman would know of a pregnancy and when the baby’s heartbeat would begin. Finally, as with all legislation, it must be considered with unintended consequences. If a heartbeat were the new standard (or dating mechanism) for legal abortions, will that standard also be applied in the case of rape, abuse and incest or a life threatening emergency? It is an important consideration as some conservatives believe abortion should be illegal in all cases, including these extreme circumstances. The new action on abortion law may itself be an unintended, or perhaps very much intended, consequences of the vast Republican success last election. Citizens must remain engaged on the issue, even as seemingly “bigger” events take over the spotlight.
Sarah Palin: A fading stain on Alaska’s reputation By eli Johnson
Special to The Northern Light
Our former governor, Sarah Palin, is finally heading into the night. Her social career is beginning to tone down, and it is truly about time. Her time in the media has been too long, and it has made this entire state look bad. Now, let’s give a little background here. I am not one of the people who say that Palin got a raw deal back in 2008 with how the media treated her. One UAA journalism professor said that when you step up on the national stage, you get what you pay for. She was a glorious hypocrite about that anyway. She got on the media for attacking her family after she used them as props, and then she attacked President Obama and his family. Like her response to Michelle Obama’s comments that she was proud of her country for the first time. Palin said, “You know, when I hear people say, or had said during the campaign that they’ve never been proud of America, haven’t they met anybody in uniform yet?” Not attacking at all, don’t you think?
Let’s face it- Palin has been a bad mark on Alaska’s reputation for a long time. She quit her job as governor, a job that the state elected her to do, for money. “All I can ask is that you trust me with this decision and know that it is no more politics as usual,” she said at the speech she gave to justify quitting. There were a lot of odd explanations like that, which left interpretation up to us. That interpretation, for most people was that it was all about money. She sensed opportunity and she went for it. Since that day, she has spent her days in the public eye basically feeding two things: her bank account and her ego. The first part is easy to figure out. Palin charges $75,000 dollars for giving a speech at any particular location, along with all sorts of other perks which often include first-class airfare and deluxe hotel accommodations. Her book Going Rogue sold 460,000 copies in the first week with a total projected 2.2 million copies sold in hardcover. A recent estimate places her annual income at $12 million. Feeding her ego, however, is
an entirely different matter. In case you haven’t noticed at all her media appearances Palin appears to not care what she says. It doesn’t matter to her how people take what she says. Every time she is proven to be out of line, it is everybody else’s fault. Now, she’s no stranger to saying things that are not exactly kosher in our modern society. But there is one thing in particular that I want to touch on. Her map with the gun sight crosshairs. Now, let me make it clear that Palin is not responsible for what happened in Tucson. Crazy is all that was needed there. Her reaction, however, is worth noting. After what happened in Tucson, she took the graphic down. She also took down the Tweet that said, “Don’t Retreat, Instead - RELOAD.” Before we knew that Jared Loughner was identified as the shooter, she took it down. That says something. Her reaction says that she thought that she just might be culpable. She thought that her rhetoric may have inﬂuenced things. And instead of standing right up and defending herself, she instead decided to disown it. She said, once upon a time, that
she stood up for that concept. But suddenly she wanted to just slink away from that. After she didn’t succeed in getting away from her misdeeds, Palin then did her usual routine of making herself the only real victim of what happened in Tucson. “Within hours of a tragedy, journalists, and pundits, should not manufacture a ‘blood libel,’” Palin said in a video she released. And this is where we come back to Sarah Palin’s ego. This woman had the audacity to compare herself to the multitude of Jews throughout history who have been the victims of the statement, “blood libel.” For those who don’t know what blood libel means, it is a false statement that the Jews would steal Christian children or babies and use their blood for their rituals. She went on later to say, “Recall how the events of 9/11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security, and so it is today.” And her ego can’t be satisfied, she says that she is being as discriminated against as Muslims have been after 9/11. Yeah, she has had her property destroyed, been illegally imprisoned, had her life taken away, like them. Doesn’t it make one just feel the humility from this woman? The reason this comes up is because of the Safari Club meeting
in Reno. The media had decided that they wanted to do a boycott of Palin for a while. Many people are all in favor of this. But Palin decided to make a point of this. In her words, the boycott “sounds good because there is a lot of chaos in Cairo, and I can’t wait not to get blamed for it—at least for a month.” And this is the point. This woman has no shame whatsoever. Not only should people not be sorry for how she was treated in 2008, they shouldn’t be sorry for how she is being treated now. She seems to not care that she says things that are heartless and pathetically narcissistic. According to the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder includes- “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy.” It should be clear by now that this is represented by her actions. Palin’s time in the media is finally heading into the night, and it is about time. She isn’t going quietly, but let’s all be thankful that she finally is going. Ego like this makes Alaska look worse and worse, and it is depressing that this woman has been left in our collective consciousness for as long as she has. Au revoir, Palin, and good riddance.
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“Egyptians have inspired us and they’ve done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence. For in Egypt it was the moral force of non violence -- not terrorism, not mindless killing, but non violence. Moral force that bent the arc of history toward justice once more.” President Barack Obama
“I don’t think anybody should be getting too carried away with a victory lap today. You have a military in charge that has yet to prove it knows how to manage this kind of transition.”
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns Political reform begins
Senator John F. Kerry, D-Mass.
“The world has benefitted from the impatience of youth in Egypt; our faith in the future is strengthened by their powerful example. They have demonstrated enormous bravery in demanding the democratic freedoms that will help them achieve their aspirations.” Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“This was obviously a very diﬃcult decision for President Mubarak, but it is the right decision for Egypt. History will note that President Mubarak’s last action in oﬃce was in the best interest of the country he loves...The United States stands fully ready to assist the Egyptian people and government as they begin the hard work of democratic reform.” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “It is imperative that a new Egypt continues to honor its commitment to regional peace and security in the Middle East, especially to its neighbor Israel.” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
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“The U.S. and our allies must focus our eﬀorts on helping to create the necessary conditions for such a transition to take place. We must also urge the unequivocal rejection of any involvement by the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremists who may seek to exploit and hijack these events to gain power, oppress the Egyptian people, and do great harm to Egypt’s relationship with the United States, Israel, and other free nations.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
Multiculturalism, relativism failed ideals By Daniel McDonald The Northern Light
Multiculturalism as a defensible concept seems to be standing on its last few legs. Recently, both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron have declared multiculturalism to have “failed” and France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen says she senses an “evolution” in Europe’s support for multicultural policies. It would seem that promoting multiculturalism as a national goal is both wrongheaded and simply does not work. The idea that all cultures are equal has its roots in a mixture of tolerance and relativism. Tolerance is fine, but relativism is suicidal. One does not have to make the jump of tolerating a cultural practice to declaring it equally valuable to society. I am not talking about minor cultural differences such as food, dress, or language (as bad as Finnish cuisine may be), but cultural differences which violate natural rights and liberties. For example, female circumcision is an extremely painful, barbaric practice, which removes a woman’s ability to enjoy sex, and is still performed in modern Africa. This disgusting violation of basic female rights is not just different, but morally wrong. Furthermore, the United Nations as an organization holds to the view that the natural rights of mankind are not cultural but universal. The UN Commision on Human Rights runs on the very assumption that human rights are a birthright; otherwise, they are accomplishing nothing more than imposing their subjective values onto North Korea when they give Kim Jong Il a very poor grade on his human rights report. Starvation and slave labor camps have been an integral part of North Korean culture for
decades. If all cultures are equal, by judging South Korea to be a better place than its neighbor to the North is nothing more than the expression of a subjective opinion, merely personal preference. How then can democratic nations continue to worship at the altar of multiculturalism, declaring all cultures equal, while simultaneously be active members of the U.N.? The U.N is supposed to promote universal human rights, but human rights and cultural practices can often conﬂict. Perhaps cultural relativism was never supposed to make sense, but only make people feel good. People don’t want to hear that some cultural practices are detestable, it feels much better to put the blinders on and pretend that no one culture is really better than the other, only different. Like individuals however, all cultures are special, but some are downright vicious. Evils, such as slavery and the abuse of women, are commonplace in many cultures around the world, but the naïve promoters of cultural relativism conveniently forget the more brutal practices. Currently, the failures of multiculturalism have not yet been as apparent at home as they have in Europe. Muslim immigrants in particular have been slow to integrate and European governments are beginning to see the need to change strategy. Prime Minister of the U.K. David Cameron has been quick to denounce the impotent policy of the British government in promoting the cultural relativism disaster. “A passively tolerant society… stands neutral between different values. A genuinely liberal country does much more. It believes in certain values and actively promotes them.”
This has been a problem specifically for young Muslim men living in the U.K who, according to Cameron, are trapped between a militant Islamist worldview quite confident in its cultural superiority, and a national government which has failed to promote its identity as anything other than relativism. The policy of multiculturalism in the U.K., far from integrating Muslims into British culture, has promoted an increase in Islamism by failing to give the youth a strong sense of national identity. People want something to believe in and relativism provides nothing but meaninglessness to life. If all views, even contradictory ones, are equally valid, then it is the same as saying nothing is valid at all. Canadian author Mark Steyn argues along the same line as Prime Minister Cameron in reference to why the West is having difficulty in winning the war against Islamic terrorists. He believes we don’t really have a sound ideology that we can have any confidence in, if at all. “Insofar as we have an ideology it’s a belief in the virtues of “multiculturalism,” “tolerance,” “celebrate diversity” – a bumpersticker ideology that is, in effect, an antiideology which explicitly rejects the very idea of drawing distinctions between your beliefs and anybody else’s.” As long as the West continues to castrate itself with the morally bankrupt view of cultural relativism, we can have no confidence in our culture. And if we have no confidence in our own culture, how can we expect others to? In order to have a chance of winning the ideological war with militant Islam, we must promote human rights as not merely a Western convention, but as a universal birthright for all peoples.
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