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UAA graduate premieres Bristol Bay documentary NEWS BRIEF

Evan Erickson

Out North Contemporary Art House officially shut down July 29 from fiscal complications. Among the last of its shows was “We Can’t Eat Gold.” The film — which screened July 19, 26 and 27 at the east Anchorage theater — spotlights Alaska Natives struggling to defend the world’s largest salmon runs from the perceived negative effects of the proposed Pebble Mine. International economics firm IHS Global Insight prepared a report stating the Pebble mining region contains the largest undeveloped gold deposit in the world, in addition to its massive copper and molybdenum reserves. “We Can’t Eat Gold” features candid interviews with the residents of what may become the Bristol Bay mining district. In winter 2010 the wouldbe filmmakers of “We Can’t Eat Gold” met for the first time in Cancun during the Cop 16 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Joshua Tucker, a UAA Journalism and Public Communications student, was in Cancun to cover protests for The Real News Network. Gigi Marcantonio, an environmental studies major from New York, attended the conference as part of a student delegation from Ithaca College. The two became friends during the conference and Tucker, having learned that Marcantonio was not aware of the proposed Pebble Mine, convinced her of its significance. In summer 2011, Tucker and

Marcantonio traveled to Bristol Bay’s largest community, Dillingham, to begin filming what would eventually become “We Can’t Eat Gold.” A majority of residents in Dillingham are opposed to the mine. Tucker and Marcantonio set about capturing local perspectives with a Panasonic camcorder borrowed from The Northern Light. They were offered lodging on the boat of Curyung Tribal Council Chief and former Dillingham mayor Thomas Tilden. “Taking our salmon away would be like what happened to the Lower 48 Indians when they took the buffalo away,” Tilden says in “We Can’t Eat Gold.” In 2009 Chief Tilden and others featured in the documentary traveled to London to express concerns about Pebble to CEO Cynthia Carroll of mining giant Anglo American. Several of those interviewed in the film have since petitioned Washington and called for intervention from the Environmental Protection Agency. “We want even President Obama to say, ‘Yeah, Bristol Bay is a treasure, and it’s worth protecting,’” says Kim Williams, executive director of Pebble opposition group Nunamta Aulukestai (Yup’ik for “Caretakers of the Land”). Pebble Mine has recently gained greater national attention. Republicans in Congress have opposed the methods the Environmental Protection Agency used to assess the potential threat Pebble poses. The EPA has the ability to severely

limit or completely block development at Pebble through the Clean Water Act. Some Alaskans, such as Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively, believe an EPA veto would be a horrible precedent to set. “It’s outrageous that somebody would stop a project before a project proponent even had a chance to make the plans public. I don’t think that’s the kind of reputation our country wants to start to get, if we want to start to have any kind of investment in large projects,” Shively said on “Frontline.” While “We Can’t Eat Gold” shows unanimous opposition to Pebble Mine, it also provides a portrait of the daily lives of those who subsist and find livelihood in the largest red salmon run in the world. The film is not heavy in science, but it is rich in the sentiments of those opposed to the mine whose lives are deeply rooted in Bristol Bay. “Time after time I’ve felt that subsistence perspectives are like the quiet person in the back of the room,” Tucker said in front of a full auditorium at Out North. Tucker graduated fall 2011 with a bachelor’s in Journalism and Public Communications. Tucker and Marcantonio, now engaged, included a special thanks to the JPC department in their film. “We have the opportunity to learn from and work beside real journalists. Now that JPC has catapulted me to success I want to figure out how I can give back to the program,” Tucker said. “We Can’t Eat Gold” attract-

ed audiences August 3 and 4 at the Salmonstock music festival in Ninilchik before leaving Alaska. The documentary will screen next at the Colombia Gorge International Festival in Vancouver, Wash. Tucker and Marcantonio, who operate under the name Josh and Gigi Productions,

have their sights set on more screenings, including the United Nations Association Film Festival in northern California this fall. Many of the screenings of “We Can’t Eat Gold” are made possible through donations. More information about the film can be found at



Is HOWL Days a hoot? Evan Erickson New Student Orientation aims to pack enough information into a single day to adequately prepare students for their first year at UAA. The orientation ends in the Student Union after seven hours of traversing campus speaking with directors, coordinators, managers, advisers, associate directors, assistants to directors — the list is endless. Students have a chance to see the classrooms where they will soon be powering off their smartphones and maintaining complete focus. They also learn that UAA refers to dorms as “residence halls” and bullying is not tolerated. The students who attend will feel more comfortable stepping into a college environment. “HOWL Days” is what UAA calls its entire program of orientations that run July 22 to August 23. There are separate orientations each day for certain majors and students who are undeclared. Students get lunch as well as swag like backpacks, t-shirts, laundry bags and water bottles. Just before lunch there is a Resource Fair where student clubs and other programs set up tables in the Student Union Cafe. KRUA 88.1 FM hands out cool sunglasses hoping to attract volunteer DJs and Greek Life talks about ΣΑΕ, ΣΣΣ and ΑΣΑ. HOWL Days has been going since 2007 as an effort to better consolidate the orientation process at UAA. Prior to 2001 UAA didn’t have a comprehensive orientation. Orientations were handled separately by multiple departments. The

“Nobody is gonna be there to tell them what to do or to go to class. This really shows them what they need to do and how to be successful in a new environment like that.”

–freshman Samuel Evans


Jerry Trew, Office of Student Affairs investigator, gives a speech about rules and conduct to HOWL Days attendees Aug. 15 in the Student Union.

current HOWL arrangement requires collaboration between different departments and relies on paid students who assist with the orientations, dubbed Wolf Pack Leaders. Wolf Pack Leaders also followup with first-time freshmen later in the year through activities and workshops. New Student Orientation costs students $75 and guests $25. Military veterans and transfer students with 30 or more credits pay $50. An online virtual orientation costs $25. Orientation is mandatory only for recipients of UA Foundation Scholarships and students in the University Honors College. There have been moves in the past to make orientation mandatory for all new students. According to UAA’s fiscal year 09-13 Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, “Planning has also been underway to implement mandatory orientation programs (including assessment, academic advising, and introduction to campus) for all new degree-seeking students beginning in fiscal year 2009.” Some HOWL Days participants are

not sure why they are being charged extra for the orientation. “I’m pretty disappointed they’re charging us. This is supposed to help her succeed. On her scholarship it says this is required,” said Brittny Besinaiz in reference to her younger sister, freshman Hailee Ziriax. According to Theresa Lyons, New Student Orientation director, the orientation department is funded by fees that pay the student staff. For the last four years HOWL Days has charged $75 but they acknowledge that it might seem expensive. “We have concerns about the $75 fee. We are in discussions about seeking alternative sources of funding,” Lyons said. University of Alaska Fairbanks orientation is also $75, but it lasts four days and is free for transfer students and family members. University of Alaska Southeast charges $75 for a three-day orientation. Extra fees for student orientations are not out of the ordinary and are common

throughout the country. Some students wouldn’t put a price tag on a good introduction to one’s school of choice. “Nobody is gonna be there to tell them what to do or to go to class. This really shows them what they need to do and how to be successful in a new environment like that,” freshman Samuel Evans said. According to the New Student Orientation Report Card 75 percent (420) of 558 first-time freshman who attended orientation and registered fall 2011 continued to register fall 2012. In a HOWL Days 2012 survey, 92 percent of 578 students surveyed indicated they know at least one person/department that they turn to should they have a question or concern. Although long-term data correlating orientations with student success wasn’t available, Lyons said this has been discussed within her department. According to New Student Orientation, 1,156 students and guests had enrolled in HOWL Days as of Aug. 15. Last year’s total enrollment was 1,157.

this webpage. Along with extensive college tutorials and financial calculators, the project, which is funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education, has a huge range of tools for young people.

would only be spent on “educational expenses.” But ideas start floating through your head, including new guitars, giant aquariums, lavish parties — the likes of which have never been seen before. What if a student only enrolled in online courses and used the money to fund an extravagant European vacation? On top of being irresponsible, these types of activities are also technically fraudulent and illegal. Although little is done to monitor how refund checks are spent, impulsive purchases are going to hurt in the long run. If you pay back your federal loans through the standard 10-year repayment plan, monthly payments can get out of control. If you borrowed $20,000 in unsubsidized loans, you would pay $230 per month for 10 years. If you chose a graduated repayment plan, payments would start at $132 for the first two years and balloon to $398 in the last two years of repayment. Luckily there are other options, such as Income-Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn, which allow up to 25 years for repayment and help keep your head above water. It is a good idea to start researching these options early on, because it will be up to you to choose your method of repayment when the time comes.

5. Save money by testing out of courses

Drownproofing: Tips for taking on debt at UAA Evan Erickson Most college students don’t know it can take up to 25 years to pay back student loans, but it takes less than one year to go into default on those payments. To be in default with federal loans means the payer is at least 270 days behind on payments. The consequences of default are many. Credit ratings are damaged followed by incessant harassment by collection agencies. The Internal Revenue Service can take away federal and state tax refunds and wages can be garnished — not garnished like sprinkling chives on a baked potato, but garnished like not getting your whole paycheck. As of 2011, 8.2 percent of borrowers at the University of Alaska Anchorage were experiencing default. When you take out student loans you are jumping into a pool of national debt $1 trillion deep. On the surface, student loans are there to stimulate higher education and give borrowers an opportunity to earn a degree in a reasonable amount of time. But student loan debt has gotten out of hand. You probably enrolled at UAA because you want a degree. You probably want a degree so you can get a higher-paying job — or a job just interesting enough to leave your soul intact. However you put your education to use it is likely you’ll borrow some money along the way. During the spring 2013 semester 6,550 UAA students received federal aid. It is especially important that first-year students consider the consequences of their actions.

1. Take advantage of what the UAA Office of Student Financial Assistance has to offer

Financial Assistance is there to help you understand all the different types of financial aid you may be receiving. If the letters or e-mails you’ve received aren’t making sense, try calling the office at 907-786-1480, or show up at the University Mall kiosk 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays There are knowledgeable staff members available to talk with you on a walk-in basis. The office’s website at http://www.uaa. has some helpful tools as well. CashCourse is a financial literacy tool that can be accessed through

2. Free money!

Neither scholarships nor grants must be repaid. According to, the U.S. Department of Education pays out $46 billion annually in scholarships and grants. The deadlines for most scholarships, including the hundreds offered through UAA, have already passed for the current year, but now is the time to apply for the 2014-15 awards. Apply to as many as you can before getting bogged down in fall classes. Scholarships aren’t just for over-achievers. They are waiting for the taking, and some go unclaimed. Many scholarships are awarded on the basis of submitted essays. The UAA Writing Center offers writing tutors on a firstcome, first-served basis who can help with these essays. Students are asked to have at least a rough draft of their scholarship essay completed beforehand. Even if you aren’t planning on taking out federal loans, it is important to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA establishes what your needs are, and without it you could miss out on thousands of dollars in grants and eligibility opportunities for various scholarships.

3. Don’t get trigger-happy with your refund check

In the “Financial Aid” tab of your UAOnline account you will find an “Award Overview” page, which lists the total federal Stafford loans and grants you have accepted for the coming academic year. Above that is an estimated breakdown of everything comprising your cost of attendance, i.e., books, transportation and room and board. For most full-time students this sum is $20,000 or more. This figure is what determines the amount in loans UAA offers to students. When you accept the award UAA deducts only your tuition costs and issues a refund check. For schools with relatively low costs of tuition there is a trend of massive refund checks being issued. This is where temptations come into play. You’ve just been handed a check for several thousands of dollars. When you applied for the FAFSA, you signed a promissory note agreeing that loan money

4. Take advantage of academic advising

Whether your major is declared or undeclared, and whether you are seeking an associate or bachelor’s degree, it is your responsibility to seek out academic advising. UAA does not have adequate staff to mandate advising for every student. You can either call the main line for advising at 907-786-4500 or find an adviser for a specific department online at UAA’s Advising & Testing Center website. The advice you receive could completely change the trajectory of your studies. When you audit, drop or fail a course your financial aid and academic standing are affected. Advisers can help you avoid this by maintaining a realistic course load. They can also show you the best path to completing your degree in a timely manner without getting sidetracked. Keep in mind that you can lose your financial aid eligibility if you surpass 150 percent of the credits required for a degree program before completing that degree. Being decisive about your course of study will also save you plenty of time and money.

Though it is not publicized very well, there is a program whereby students can test out of many of their General Education Requirements (GERs). It is called the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and only about 400 students take advantage of it annually. Each test costs a non-refundable $100. All but one test takes 90 minutes to complete, and anywhere from 3-16 credit hours can be earned depending on the area of study. UAA offers 32 different CLEP tests covering a wide range of topics, all of them applicable to at least one degree program. Take, for example, a first-year student at UAA who feels he or she has a strong grasp on United States history. That student decides to take the “History of the United States II” CLEP test, passes and earns three GER credit hours. On top of the time conserved avoiding a semesterlong course, that student also saved around $2,200 on tuition. If that student were a non-resident the savings would be around $3,400. Study materials for CLEP testing can be purchased through the UAA Bookstore or online. The UAA Advising and Testing Center is located in the University Mall and can be reached at 907-786-4525.

6. Embrace the “starving student” image

It is an overused phrase synonymous with cliches about Top Ramen, but the “starving student” image truthfully implies the material sacrifices full-time students must make. College is an intense and immersive experience, and a lack of time and money should be seen as a good sign. Students should try to resist the pressure to maintain an image including the latest expensive gadgets and clothes. Sure, one could argue that purchasing a new laptop or smartphone with loan money could be deemed an “educational expense,” but the technology in the toys will become obsolete within a year, and the amount you owe will continue to grow for many years. If this is your first year at UAA, take it upon yourself to be the exception. Stay on top of debt and graduate with your head above water. Keep busy and good luck.



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By Nita Mauigoa

What on earth is a seawolf? The question is a head scratcher rid­ dled with intrigue. “Outside of UAA, I’ve never heard of it. Most (of) the time I’m thinking, ‘What the heck is it anyway?’” Leinalani Silvira, accounting major, said. Sara Juday, editor at UAA’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Engage­ment and Academic Support, wrote the book “From Sourdoughs to Seawolves,” which includes the history of the univer­sity’s mascot and logo. The book, meant to preserve the history of UAA, was a collaboration between UAA Archives and Special Col­lections, the Consortium Library and the Seawolf Athletic department. Juday said that UAA’s original logo was the “Sourdoughs.” In 1977 basketball coach Bob Rachal changed the school logo to the “Seawolves.” “He said people were making fun of the ‘Sourdoughs’ because all they could think about was bread,” Juday said of Rachal’s decision.

Juday said Rachal wanted something powerful and rooted in Alaskan culture. He found this in the myth of “Gonakadet,” also known as “Wasgo the Sea Wolf” in Tlingit and other Alaska Native cultures. The mythical creature was strong, gener­ ous and humble. There are several versions of the “Gonakadet” legend, one of which Juday shared. The story starts with a lazy young man who is constantly taunted by his motherin-law as someone who cannot provide for his family. One night he secretly traps the creature Was­go. He strips it of its coat, dons the fur and is granted the supernatural powers of the creature. The young man navigates the icy sea and catches salmon, seals and killer whale for food storage. He anonymously places the animals in front of his motherin-law’s house. The mother-in-law steals the credit, falsely claiming she is a shaman, which is a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds. She tells the vil­lage she has summoned the animals from the sea with her powers.

The young man becomes trapped within the heavy fur of the seawolf and collapses on the shore. The mother-inlaw discovers the unusual seawolf one morning. She looks into his eyes and rec­ ognizes her son-in-law. After realizing his talents had brought great prosperity to her people, she dies of shame. Juday said she feels it is important for today’s Seawolves to understand the traditional aspect behind the mascot and why Rachal chose it to represent UAA. “It provides a depth of understanding of where we’ve been and where we are going,” Juday said. Juday said Rachal’s legacy spans beyond the Seawolf logo. The ambitious coach spawned the idea of the Great Alaska Shootout and set up contracts with the first participating teams. Among several others, Juday cites Tim McDiffett, associate athletic direc­ tor of the UAA Athletics department, as a knowledgeable source. The current Seawolf logo is the third rendition, which was designed by local graphic designer, Clark Mishler in 1985.

The Seawolf was introduced as UAA’s mascot in 1977. The first Seawolf logo featured the mythical creature in a traditional Alaska Native woodcarving style.

McDiffett, said he was on a logo committee appointed by Chancellor David Outcalt in 1985 that appointed Mishler as the logo designer. The very first version of the Seawolf logo from 1977 sported a classic woodcarved look with detailed traditional patterns. This was replaced in 1980 with a half wolf, half water logo, described by Juday as the “melting dog.” McDiffett said it is not uncommon for students to know little about their logo and mascot. He said Juday’s book lays out the information clearly for readers. “It’s important for students to know the history of their school mascot. It’s part of our history, and it’s unique,” McDiffett said. “It represents our pride and distinction.” The book “From Sourdoughs to Sea­ wolves” is available for purchase at the UAA Bookstore. There are also copies available at the Consortium Library.




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Of the basic necessities for life, food is the most enjoyable. Take a bite of the culinary mastery UAA’s dining services has to offer.


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Usually your debit or credit card, or your WOLFCard will suffice; but when you need cold, hard cash for a poster or bake sale, there’s usually an ATM nearby.

Finding food on campus campus can have a long line, so you might have to wait a while to get your sandwich creation. Mein Bowl (Student Union): If you are looking for something a little different, check out the Mein Bowl next to Subway. Featuring traditional Chinese cuisine Cuddy Marketplace (Cuddy such as Lo Mein, white rice and Hall): The Cuddy Marketplace fried rice, they also offer a variety is the one-stop spot for a large of special dishes such as Schezvariety of food choices. They wan, General Tzo’s chicken, beef offer pizza, burgers, chicken ten- and broccoli, Mongolian beef and ders, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, more. soups, salads, sushi and an assortSpirit Express (Health Sciment of sandwiches. ences Building): This small Cuddy Center Daily Grind hub features Kaladi Brothers (Cuddy Hall): This coffee cor- coffee, sandwiches and pasner offers Raven’s Organic Brew, tries. Students can grab cofgiving students a different flavor fee and a snack on the go. to their drinks. They also have Italian sodas and smoothies for those who don’t consume caffeine. Students can also grab a bagel or other small snack as well. Union Station (Student Kaladi Brothers (Social SciUnion): The Union Station is a centralized coffee location, ences Building): Locally owned, allowing students who are cross- operated and roasted, Kaladi ing from one side of campus to Brothers provides a unique cofthe other to stop by and grab a fee flavor that students can cusdrink or a snack. It was recently tomize to their likings. They also taken over by Commuter Student offer soups, sandwiches, salads Services and revamped over the and other munchies for the hungry student. summer. Fireside Cafe (Amenities Subway (Student Union): Hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, Building): As the name suggests, turkey sandwiches, veggie sand- the Fireside Cafe has a bright and wiches — pretty much any sand- warm fireplace for students to wich you could be craving, Sub- lounge next to, especially during way will most likely be able to the dark and cold winter days. create it for you. However, this The cafe provides a variety of popular destination in central coffee choices from drip to lattes,

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and has hot paninis and soup to bring out the chill in between classes. Bear Necessities (Gorsuch Commons): As the name suggests, this little area West Hall offers the basic needs of students living on campus. It doesn’t just offer coffee and snacks. It is also a spot for students to collect shampoo, pens, laundry detergent and more. Creekside Dining (Gorsuch Commons): This is the most convenient option for the hungry student who lives on campus. Located right next to the dorms, the Creekside Dining has an array of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From pizzas to pastas, sandwiches to soups, fruits to bagels, they have a lot offer.

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So you want to start a club?


Cathy Olson is the administrative assistant for Student Clubs & Greek Life. Her office is located upstairs in the Student Union.

By Nita Mauigoa

For some, the word “club” sparks the sensation of childhood nostalgia, back to a time when the smell of freshly cut grass lingered as secret meetings were held in a shabby fort adorned with “stay out” signs. That basic human desire for camaraderie can be found through UAA student clubs and organizations. But does your club exist? Jessica Dyrdahl, Student Clubs & Greek Life leadership coordinator, divulged the steps required to jumpstart new student clubs and gave tips on how to keep them revved up and running. Research first Glean the list of over 80 registered clubs on campus at A club or organization similar to the one you want to start may already exist. How can your new club be different? Meet requirements Dyrdahl said student clubs and organizations require a minimum of four people. All members must be students enrolled in at least six credits. Clubs must have delegated officers who each maintain a GPA of 2.0. In addition, a campus faculty or staff advisor must be selected. Student clubs and organizations must register at http:// to be considered official. A club must submit a constitution and bylaws during that time. Clubs can create their own or use the generic constitution and bylaws provided as a guideline. Next, club members must attend a Club Council meeting, held bi-weekly to seek approval. Club Council is the governing body for all campus clubs. There, club members will present the purpose of the club. Dyrdahl said as long as registration and requirements are met, the council approves the new student club and awards them $100 to get started. Lastly, the club president and treasurer must attend a student officer orientation. They will learn things such as how to schedule a room for events and buy essentials for the club. Once established, the club must continue to send officers to Club Council meetings. Dyrdahl said clubs also need to re-register annually. Establish connections “Anybody can start a club. You have to make sure you are committed. It’s about having a strong team,” said Ashleigh Gaines, psychology major and Black Student Union president. The team Gaines refers to extends beyond club members. Gaines said the BSU has established a “solid support base” by branching out and forming relationships with different departments and administrators. With funding and resources provided, the BSU has held many campus events. “Collaborate with other clubs. I try to encourage that

as much as possible, even if you don’t think your clubs will align,” Dyrdahl said. Dyrdahl said it helps pull in more finances and manpower and set up successful events. Some student clubs are fortunate to belong to a national parent organization where they can collect resources as well. Secure financing Student clubs can host a variety of fundraisers on campus. They can also tap into various resources available to them. Dyrdahl said there is at least three solid sources clubs can request funding from: Club Council, the Concert Board Special Projects Fund and the Diversity Action Council. “All registered clubs on campus have an opportunity to submit proposals to the DAC for funding, where they are planning events and programs that further advance diversity on campus,” said DAC co-chair Marva Watson, who is also the Office of Campus Diversity and Compliance director. Watson said the DAC provides for events monthly, hosted by an array of clubs, such as The Family or the Native Student Council. Stay visible There are campus events throughout the year where clubs can host booths to increase visibility and recruit members. Dyrdahl said some of the main events for clubs to catch are Campus Kick-off, the Student Involvement Fair and Haunted Halloween Fun Night. Each registered student club must fill out the online forms and meet deadlines with Student Clubs and Greek Life in order to host a booth. Dyrdahl encouraged clubs to host their own events as well. Student clubs can host venues in various areas throughout campus. They first have to contact Student Clubs and Greek Life to reserve rooms or tables. Dyrdahl gave a few examples of clubs that stay visible. The Accounting Club holds socials and the American Society for Engineers competes in conferences. The Human Services Club also hosts the hugely successful annual peanut butter and jelly drive. Volunteers Around the World recently traveled to Guatemala to do volunteer work. She said there are several thriving clubs. In addition, update various campus media outlets with club news. Get creative Dyrdahl said the Architecture Engineering Club once sold raffle tickets at the local Thursday Night Fights versus the typical campus hallways. She shared an experience to get creative juices flowing. “When I was at Indiana University a club did ‘Stop the Bop.’ They played ‘MMMBop’ by Hanson on repeat until they raised enough funds to stop it,” Dyrdahl said laughing. “And that song gets annoying and stuck in your head. They were able to raise funds quickly.”


NURSE PRACTITIONER Have a question about anything health related? Ask Betty Bang. Outside of her normal practices at the Student Health and Counseling Center, she is the guru of it all. She answers serious questions ranging from emotional and sexual health to fitness and nutrition. The SHCC works to help students with medical issues, general exams, tests, counseling, contraception, immunizations, nutrition and more. All students who are taking 3 or more credits are eligible to use the SHCC. PHONE: 907-786-4040 EMAIL: UAA_STUDENTHEALTH@UAA.ALASKA.EDU





Dewain Lee brought her 17 years of experience in higher education administration to UAA three years ago when she became both dean of students and associate vice chancellor for Student Development. Her office serves as the core support for Student Development, which strives to be an outreach program, improve student retention, and create goals and projects for students to become successful. Her office is located in the Student Union room 204.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA PRESIDENT Patrick Gamble is a retired Air Force general who became the University of Alaska’s 13th president in 2010. Gamble is in charge of managing the entire University of Alaska system. He is an integral part of overseeing changes being made at Board of Regents meetings. His office is in Fairbanks, but students are still encouraged to call or email if they have any questions or concerns about the UA structure.







Andrew Lessig and the student body voted Andrew Lessig and Andrew Lemish into student government office April 19 with a 33-vote win. They were sworn into office April 26. Lessig and Lemish represent the interests, needs and welfare of all students within the campus community and advocate for all UAA students. Once the semester starts, USUAA meets every Friday at 3:00 p.m. if students wish to attend and be heard.

Tom Case has been UAA’s shancellor since May of 2011. His roles include overseeing all programs run by the university. He is responsible for the entire faculty and student body as well as financial and wellbeing of UAA. Case hosts “Chat with the Chancellor” sessions throughout the semester, allowing students a face to face conversation with him. His office is located in the Administration Building Room 216.







Chief Rick Shell has kept UAA’s campus safe for the past three years. With 28 years of law enforcement under his belt, he knows how to handle situations that may arise. Besides normal duties, UPD offers safety escorts, emergency preparedness seminars, Rape Aggressive Defense (RAD) training and more. UPD is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be contacted by phone, at their office at Eugene Short Hall Room 114, or one of the emergency phones located around campus.


Associate Director and Main Apartment Complex (MAC) Residence Coordinator Maria Bonifacio is the go-to person when it comes to living on campus. Residence Life hosts workshops such as college survival skills, career planning, alcohol awareness, and more. They are also a hub of activity throughout the year with fun events to keep the spirit of students up. The office is located in MAC 6 Room 103. PHOTO BY TIM BROWN




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‘The Orange Show’ Orange rhymes with By Evan Dodd Contributor

For those of you who are pop-culture illiterate, “The Truman Show” was a Jim Carrey movie where the protagonist discovers he is the unwitting star of a hyper-realistic television program. His life is scripted, with all of his family and friends playing an elaborate role while he is none the wiser. Why am I telling you all of this? Because given the summer I’ve had, I’m forced to conclude that I’ve been cast in a Truman-esque sitcom without my consent. So I’ll present my evidence, and you all can pretend like you’re reading this for the first time and not recognizing it from the scripts you were given. Traditionally, one telltale sign

of a sitcom is the presence of gaping continuity errors. It’s understandable, really. Sometimes writers get lazy, fail to properly research their own work and end up with a protagonist who has three different hometowns and a family that fluctuates between six and eight members depending on the scene. I list this as evidence because it offers a flawless explanation of why my fall class schedule keeps mysteriously changing times and why my boss insists upon changing my schedule five times a week without telling me. It would appear that my writers like to drink on the job and I’ve stumbled upon a plot hole or two as a result, because I haven’t seen writing this inconsistent since the time travel season of “Lost.” Another trend you tend to see quite a bit in sitcoms are lifechanging disasters that tend to resolve themselves by the end of an episode. It’s a cheap gimmick to lure in views for the following

week. And though these plots can seem important, the writers never seem to change the overall season arc. I mention this because I’ve now had two or three different apartment scenarios fall through, yet I inexplicably still have a place to live this fall. My bank account seems to be in constant peril, but somehow I’ve yet to come up dry at the register. This summer has been one crisis after another, but each crisis has seemed as anticlimactic as the next. The only explanation? My show is on the bubble and the writers are scrambling to drum up viewers. It makes perfect sense: My life isn’t particularly exciting or full of mystery, so we’ve lost the action/drama crowd. In order to avoid being cancelled the producers have put pressure on the writers to create some artificial conflict to keep the ratings up Finally, I don’t think I have to explain that painful mishaps can

be great for some cheap laughs. Watching the protagonist take a hit to the crotch, a pineapple to the head or perform an unscheduled barrel roll out of the passenger seat (only to pop up without a scratch) will invariably draw in viewers from the 18 to 30 crowd. My summer has been one mishap after another with a mysterious lack of lasting damage. I’ve received full body sunburns only to be fine the next day. I’ve fell off loading docks, walked into steel beams and almost been crushed to death by a falling inflatable obstacle course — yet I can count the bruises I’ve received this summer on one finger. Recently my driver’s side door has inexplicably decided (or has been sabotaged by the stunt crew) to stop opening from the inside. This means of course that any time I wish to exit my car (generally when I’m surrounded by a large crowd) I’m forced to hope for the best

and fling myself out of the passenger side and roll across the parking lot. I’ve even taking to parking on a slant so that gravity can do most of the work for me and I scramble across the center console. God help me if the car catches fire or stops unexpectedly — which considering the newly discovered overheating issue, is unsettlingly likely. So there’s my case for the show. It’s really the most logical explanation I’m capable of coming up with. Either my entire life is a scripted performance with my family and friends comprised of B-list actors, or I’m simultaneously the most lucky and unlucky person to have ever lived (who also suffers from delusions of television stardom). I’ll let you decide which is the more likely option, and don’t let my severe sleep deprivation steer you toward the delusional explanation. Besides, I’m not a crazy person. I just play one on TV.

Banana-apple bread By Kayla McGraw

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COLLEGE Ingredients • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
 • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon of salt
 • 1 cup melted butter
 • 1 cup white sugar
 • 1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs • 1 cup applesauce • 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
 • 3 large mashed ripe bananas
 • 1 apple peeled and cubed

Banana bread is always a good way to use old bananas lying around on the countertop. Finding a traditional recipe is quick and easy. It doesn’t take long to whip up, and it tastes great. The simplicity of this recipe makes it easy to add new ingredients. Like many dessert breads, you can add sour cream or yogurt to make it extra moist, but in this case we will use applesauce. Applesauce can also be used as an egg substitute for those who are looking for vegan alternatives. If you love sweet dessert breads and fruit, then you will love this applebanana bread. This recipe will make two 7-by-3-inch loaves.


First preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take out a medium- to large-sized mixing bowl and pour in the dry ingredients. This will include the 2 and 3/4 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir them together until they are evenly combined. Put the butter in another mixing bowl. Melt the butter and let it cool a little. Then add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix the butter and sugar until it becomes smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and the applesauce. Pour the butter mixture into the first dry ingredients bowl and mix well. You can fold in the peeled and chopped apple pieces along with the banana. Depending on how much banana flavor you like, you can always add or subtract a banana.

If you don’t happen to have overripe bananas lying around, fresh bananas will work. You will just have to spend a little more time mashing them into a chunky paste. After you mix in the apple and banana, you should see small chunks of both. There is no need to mash them into a smooth paste unless desired. Pour half of the batter into each buttered pan. Do one at a time if you only have one pan. You can put the rest in the fridge to cook later. Insert the loaves into the oven and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you should place tin foil over the top of the loaves so they don’t burn. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. When they are cooked through, take them out to cool. Once they are cool, wrap them plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.


Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients.

This fruity, wholesome bread tastes great when lightly toasted and paired with a cup of coffee in the morning.


‘Shadowrun Returns’: Pen-and-paper RPG fans, rejoice!

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“Shadowrun” was a very old tabletop RPG from 1989 that introduced players to a cyberpunk world filled with magic and fantasy. It was a world where Elven assassins would perform hits with advanced magic, Ork gangs would roam the sewers in search of drugs and chips and Dwarven hackers would delve into cyberspace. It was a world filled to the brim with imagination, but previous attempts to bring it to video gaming would have felt limited and constrained compared to the freedom that storytellers had with a pen and paper. Then in 2012, “Shadowrun” creator Jordan Weisman asked fans on Kickstarter to help him create a digital platform for storytelling in this enthralling universe. The project was quickly funded. The new product, “Shadowrun Returns,” finally hit Steam not too long ago. Thankfully, this new game delivers on all the promises the original tabletop game proposed many years ago. The developers at Harebrained Schemes aimed to create not only a game, but a platform on which storytellers and developers could create their own experiences and share them with others. The game includes one campaign that the developers created themselves, in addition to the modding tools necessary to create new adventures in the

world of “Shadowrun.” As such, the included campaign, called “The Dead Man’s Switch,” feels barebones compared to other, deeper RPGs today. The combat revolves around turn-based strategy, and is based heavily on that of the “X-COM” series. It feels both familiar to fans of old-school pen-and-paper RPGs and fresh to those new to the genre. However, the story and presentation feel rushed. Typos abound, the game is incredibly short, and there are many groan-inducing cliches present. Still, this isn’t a game to be bought based on what the developers included. This game will sell based on future potential, and given what fans have already developed, that potential is very promising. The developers focused on creating a world for fans to explore instead of a good story or immersive gameplay, because fans will create and discover those things on their own. Harebrained Schemes have essentially crafted the “LittleBigPlanet” of old-school RPGs, and they should be commended for giving creators an immersive set of tools. Give it a few months, and fans will have made this game something truly special. Game: “Shadowrun Returns” Developer: Harebrained Schemes Platform: PC, Mac Genre: RPG

Your college radio station, KRUA 88.1

By Audriana Pleas KRUA Station Manager

An alternate world is broadcasting from a nook on the west side of campus. Stowed away from the naked eye in the Professional Studies Building, KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA’s college radio station, is barreling into its 22nd year of providing students with obscure but unique musical selections. The station boasts a melodic format coupled with essential news updates from around campus. Consider KRUA the unfiltered voice of students untouched by bureaucratic hands. KRUA started out in 1987 as KMPS, an AM transmitter station once confined to the telephone lines of on-campus housing. After transitioning to an FM station in 1992, The Edge quickly garnered a positive reputation for unadulterated, but professionally advised, radio for students by students. As one half of student media, KRUA takes media one step further by broadcasting interviews from musicians, administrators and members of the student body. Any student taking three or more credits can volunteer at the station. College radio is a culture that gives students an opportunity to host their own shows, learn how to produce and edit audio and create news stories. All of KRUA’s shows and public service announcements come into creation from a simple thought and a touch of creativity. Show themes include a smorgasbord of eclectic visions consisting of discussions about popular television shows, comic books, and even mundane things such as the hardships of finding romance in Alaska. Students can also apply for

paid positions at the station. Roles such as production manager and music manager help dictate the sound of KRUA 88.1 FM. If a student is uninterested in being directly employed at KRUA, he or she can also do contract reporting. By simply choosing a story topic, investigating it and finding the appropriate people to interview you can create a news story to inform students. Once it broadcasts you will also get paid! Outside of the FM frequency, KRUA provides musical support for a slew of on-campus events. KRUA has collaborated with Student Activities to host noon music, an event where unique artists play live for students every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Cafeteria. KRUA has worked with Residence Life, the Black Student Union, the Dance Club, Colleges Against Cancer and the Residence Hall Association. KRUA also hosts disc jockey dances and ticket giveaways for UAA’s Concert Board, Moose’s Tooth and Bear Tooth Pizzeria Pub. Dtudent Occasionally the station will conduct listening parties to give students the opportunity to hear an album two weeks before everyone else. Tune into KRUA 88.1 FM whenever you can. KRUA is the musical soundtrack to your collegiate career.

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Colleges Against Cancer at UAA announced “Breast Show Ever,” a new exhibit featuring bra art. Entries will be submitted by the community at large, including staff, faculty and students at UAA to be shown at the Student Union Gallery Oct. 10-24. Colleges Against Cancer will also hold a silent auction will be held by Colleges Against Cancer to sell bra art in order to raise money for breast cancer research. Submissions

are welcome from anyone willing to participate. They will be accepted until the deadline on Oct. 4. The show isn’t limited to bra art. “Breast Show Ever” will accept art of any type, so long as it raises breast cancer awareness or remembers survivors and lost loved ones. Donations are also being accepted to pay for exhibition supplies and a “Best in Show” gift basket. Those interested in donating can contact Jenna Roosdett, the vice president and publicity chair for Colleges Against Cancer, at 907-3013441 or uaacollegesagainstcancer@


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Nick Offerman’s ‘American Ham’ comes to Kick-Off By George Hyde Staff Reporter

Many people know Nick Offerman from NBC’s hit show “Parks and Recreation.” Now his presence graces UAA with his “American Ham” tour, which shows a side of Offerman not many have seen before: musical comedy. “It feels strange coming from a theater background to have no set, costume or props,” Offerman said in an interview with the L.A. Times. “It’s just me and a guitar. I’m honestly quite surprised that people find the show entertaining.” For people unfamiliar with “Parks and Recreation,” Offerman is best known for his role as Ron Swanson, a true “man’s man” in every sense of the phrase. He obsesses over meat, hunting, whiskey, breakfast and, of course, libertarianism. Although Swanson and Offerman differ in a lot of ways, the line between the man and the character has been growing blurrier with time, because Offerman has adopted the character’s behaviors in his various other acts. However, there’s a distinction between Swanson’s character and the “American Ham” show. Offerman wants “Ham” to be a more philosophical affair. “It’s a collection of cautionary tales, humorous anecdotes, a few solipsisms, with minor

nudity and some songs,” Offerman said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “I don’t write jokes. I tickle them with a wry observation. … It’s my 10 tips for a prosperous life. Each tip is sincere. It’s sort of the broccoli secretly mixed into a pizza.” That said, however, audiences should still expect a lot of meat-based humor thrown into the mix. After all, what good is humor without a little ham? Nick Offerman’s “American Ham” will take place 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The event is free for students taking 3 or more credits, and students can bring one guest. Students must have a valid UAA I.D. For more information, contact the UAA Concert Board at 907-786-1215.


Motivation is the key to success By George Hyde Staff Reporter

Once the semester gets underway, it can feel like there’s no time for anything but studies. Many students will get burned out, and many will not take up the great opportunities presented to them. But that is a huge mistake. At Kickoff, students will find many clubs and organizations aiming to recruit members, both new and old. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and see how you fit in on campus — because you aren’t going to have another opportunity like that for a very long time. No matter what your major is or interests are, there’s a club or organization waiting for you. Your extracurricular life will be just as important, if not more so, than your standard studies. The bonds you form with other students will open up massive opportunities for you in

the future. Stories written and shows hosted for Student Media, for example, will look fantastic on a future resume, as will community service and work done for student organizations. Other students may know people who can help you on your journey to success. Doing extracurricular work will also improve leadership and motivational skills, which are exceedingly important in today’s workforce. Work for clubs and organizations will often prove more hands-on than normal homework assignments or studies. And all you need for this is motivation. It will take a lot of effort to make an impact on campus, but in the end, it’ll make all the difference in the world. Your normal classes will be important, but extracurricular activity will prove you have the drive needed to succeed. And anyone can succeed, so go out there and prove that you can make a difference!


‘Now You See Me’: Will you believe in magic? By George Hyde Staff Reporter

Filmmaking in and of itself is an illusion. With a strong story and effects, a film effectively fools the audience and draws them in regardless of the fact that it’s all an elaborate trick. “Now You See Me,” a film about magicians, ironically fails to preserve that suspension of disbelief, even though its star-studded cast makes up with it with solid acting. The film focuses on four magicians: a street performer (Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”), a hypnotist (Woody Harrelson, “The Hunger Games”), an escape artist (Isla Fisher, “The Great Gatsby”) and a trickster thief (Dave Franco, “Warm Bodies”), who are brought together by a mysterious person to perform as “The Four Horsemen” in Las Vegas. They perform a bank robbery onstage and soon get entangled in a massive crime spree revolving around heists and secret societies. The actors do a stellar job giving character to the protagonists, and their performances are very believable. They make the film fun and enjoyable, as most heist movies and magic shows

are. For the most part, the plot is written very well and is relatively easy to follow. It’s reminiscent of other heist movies like “Ocean’s Eleven,” and the film moves along at an engaging pace. However, there are some major plot holes that will leave many people confused by the end. It leaves tons of questions unanswered. There’s the possibility that they’ll be answered if a sequel comes around, but that’s not enough for audiences to go on right now. The plot holes may ruin the magic, but it’s hard not to admire the cast and crew for putting their efforts into it. By the end, audiences will see through the illusion and recognize it for what it is: a trick. But at least the initial entertainment and amazement will have still been worth it.

Film: “Now You See Me” Release Date: May 31, 2013 Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson



My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy advice: Draft edition

By Thomas McIntyre The season has arrived. If you listen closely, you can hear a couple of fantasy dudes talking late round fliers and a plate of Mega Nachos at Ruby Tuesday. Like those fellas know, these weeks are all about draft preparation. That’s why I’m here. The draft plays a major part in deciding how much you’ll hate fantasy football this fall — you’ll either hate everything about it, or almost everything about it. The days of actually being able to enjoy the sport of football are way behind us. To lessen the negative impact this stupid game will have on your life, here are some do’s and do not’s for draft day.


Collect Assets — Here’s the scenario: The shortsighted owners in your league aren’t down with David Wilson, which causes him to fall to the fifth round. It’s now your turn to pick and Wilson is there, but you already have three running backs. Since you haven’t read this article yet, you take DeSean Jackson to fill your void at WR2. This move fits nicely under weakhearted philosophies. But when drafting, you have to think like a person who wears Big Dog clothing. Own that room, man. The Big Dog choice is to take Wilson (the player with the highest rank, value and upside) and flip him later. He could easily net you a receiver way above Jack-

son’s level. Take advantage of what the draft gives you. Be aggressive. Don’t settle. Having too many of the best players at the most important positions is a good problem. Target Michael Floyd — Floyd is becoming a top value in fantasy football. He is what happens when talent meets opportunity. The former first round pick is being plugged into a Bruce Arians offense. Playing next to Larry Fitzgerald in Arians’ vertical attack should turn the mammoth wideout into a serious top-30 threat. In a surprising twist, Carson Palmer’s arrival in Arizona is also a plus. Palmer is one of the better downfield passers when he has time to stick his throws. But getting ample time to plant and drive behind the Cardinals’ offensive line is a rarity. Floyd could be downgraded immediately if the line doesn’t hold. Floyd has an Average Draft Position of 116. Four defenses have higher ADPs. Go capitalize. Draft every running back — The fantasy football groupthink seems to have landed on the right strategy this year. Almost everywhere you look, experts are demanding you snag running backs early. It was the right way to draft in 2002, and it’s the right way to draft today. Running back is the scarcest fantasy position. This is because the limited number of full-time starting backs who are also proven studs. Build a core full of runners and use the depth at other positions to complete your squad. Practice — I generally don’t condone practicing because it’s a waste. But in this case, go ahead. Hop in a few mock drafts before the real thing to get an idea of how the cards tend to fall. Wait on tight end — I am going to beat the hell out of you with this fact: Tight ends and quarterbacks are worthless. There are some outliers (for tight end, that would be Jimmy Graham, duh) but their ADPs make them radioactive. Throw back a couple chill pills and stock up on value (get to know and under-

stand that word) before going tight end. There’s no such thing as waiting too long, either. If you really fall in love with not wasting a pick on a tight end, feel free to stream them during the season as you — hopefully — already do with defenses. My favorite deep cuts from the tight end collection: Jordan Cameron, Rob Housler, Brandon Myers and Coby Fleener. Be patient — I mentioned Michael Floyd earlier. One of the reasons I am ride-or-die for him is because of that 116 ADP. Sure, I think he can live up to an 80 ADP. I won’t reach that high, though. Liking a player because of how late they hang around is fine. Selecting said player two rounds earlier than they normally go is failing to suck every ounce of value out of them. Don’t force it.

some bunk value.” Yes! Yes, it is. Pro Football Focus is projecting a 33-point difference between the sixth and 12th quarterbacks (Colin Kaepernick and Eli Manning). Any of those seven throwers will suffice. I’d wait (shocker) until the tail end and target Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. Get too cute — Zigging when everyone else is zagging is the base concept of drafting for value. But don’t get carried away. Taking defenses early, drafting every good quarterback — these aren’t examples of an unorthodox strategy. These are the reasons everyone wants to vote you out of the league. Take Jimmy Graham in the top 20: He is sick. He’s pound-for-pound one of the scariest talents ever at tight end. With that said, please watch him from afar. Selecting Graham in the first 20 picks will take you one step closer to the black hole. It all comes back to the importance of running backs. Taking Graham so soon gets in the way of assembling the ideal RB corp. Context matters on this one, but typically I only feel comfortable with Graham if I have a top-three pick and can get him and another good back on the turn. Play in a league with less than 10 teams — Such a bad look. Make jokes that you saw on “The League” — Speaking of bad looks... Be scared of Darius Heyward-Bey — Bet on talent. Bet on T.Y. Hilton. Heyward-Bey might be the Z receiver (starter on the other side of Reggie Wayne) for now, but he’s too awful to keep that job. The Colts are shifting to a more balanced, two tight end scheme. Hilton is making drafters weary because he’s the odd man out. You know what to do.

The draft plays a major part in deciding how much you’ll hate fantasy football this fall — you’ll either hate everything about it, or almost everything about it.


Draft a quarterback — All of my beliefs apply to standard 12-team leagues. There are leagues run by people who torture themselves by allowing two quarterbacks in the lineup. My suggestion for owners who play in those leagues would be to leave. Quarterbacks are the opposite of running backs. There are 32 of them who start and are guaranteed a certain amount of chances to score you points. Not all are created equal, but many are created similar enough that there’s a huge reward for those who play it cool. The two outliers at this position are Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, decent quarterbacks. One of those guys can be had for a first or second round pick. If you have listened to anything I’ve said in the last 800 words, you probably just thought to yourself, “Damn, that’s


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Alaska Airlines Center starting to take off By Mark Hoffman Contributor

As the Seawolf student body makes its way back to UAA for the 2013 fall semester, they will notice significant progress on the latest addition to the main campus: the under-construction Alaska Airlines Center. The $109 million project isn’t slated to finish construction until June 2014, but a sneak peek of the arena proved it should be well worth the wait. The staff of The Northern Light was given an exclusive tour of the brand new 196,000 square-foot sports facility and the consensus opinion fell somewhere between awe and wonder. This is a modern, state-of-theart performance center and a game-changing addition to the Seawolf community. The arena features a 5,600seat performance bowl for basketball and volleyball, but also houses a separate auxiliary gym for gymnastics competition practice. Currently, the UAA gymnastics team has to travel off campus to practice. Modern architectural features surround the two showcase performance areas. The southern end of the arena features five massive windows that will allow natural light into the performance bowl. It can also be closed for appropriate events. A glass window encloses the northern end of the bowl and looks over the central walkway that separates the performance bowl and the auxiliary gym. Even with the core of the arena still primarily hollowed out, one can gauge how massive the project is by standing in the skeleton of the structure as it comes together. The size of the Alaska Airlines Center allows the university to house many branches of athletic needs all under one roof. The arena will act as an all-inone facility for nearly every aspect of the athletic department. Box office and concessions The Wells Fargo Sports Complex has always been accessible, but it leaves a lot to be desired come game day — especially

The Alaska Airlines stadium main floor is the centerpiece of the sprawling athletics project.

at the front door and snack line. The Alaska Airlines Center has areas specifically designed for a box office and features up-todate concession areas throughout the building. Locker rooms and training facilities All Seawolf athletic departments will benefit from the newest technology and modern facilities for training and conditioning that the new complex will provide. A hydrotherapy pool equipped with underwater treadmills and rehab equipment will make a huge difference for student-athletes. The arena will also feature student-accessible fitness and workout areas, an upgrade from the converted racquetball and squash courts at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. There will also be enough space for each sport to have its own uniquely designed locker rooms, as well as designated visiting team locker rooms, which will all be located on the bottom floor. Administrative offices and storage The second floor of the new arena will be home to administrative offices for the entire athletic department and will include conference rooms and media space. The second floor also has access to the five major suites overlooking the performance bowl. The offices for the volleyball and basketball coaches will be overlooking the performance bowl as well. The arena will also provide much-needed storage space for the athletic department, something that was always hard to come by on campus. As construction continues on this massive undertaking, fans of the Green and Gold can start patiently anticipating the unveiling of an enormous, glowing Seawolves logo that should leave opponents with little doubt about whose gym they’re in. Even with 10 months left until completion, Seawolf students, alumni and fans can rest assured that their sports programs will have a safe home for years to come.


SPORTS BRIEFS Thomas names Ciocco new hockey assistant ANCHORAGE — Alaska Anchorage first-year head coach Matt Thomas announced Josh Ciocco will join his staff as the Seawolves’ new assistant hockey coach. Ciocco, a University of New Hampshire graduate — where he played four seasons for the Wildcats from 2003-07 — comes to UAA after serving as assistant coach at Milton (Mass.) Academy, while scouting amateur hockey events for the U.S. Hockey Report. “During this process, Josh separated himself with his knowledge of the player pool and his recruiting ability,” said Thomas. “He has a tremendous eye for talent and a work ethic that will create immediate success for us. I look forward to having Josh represent the Seawolves on the national stage and be an integral part of our development.” After graduating from New Hampshire in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Ciocco spent two seasons in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers (200607) and under Thomas with the Fresno Falcons in 200708. As a player at UNH, Ciocco helped the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament each year, while dressing as captain during his senior campaign. In 2010, Ciocco completed his MBA from UNH before serving as an on-air analyst for all televised Hockey East games, including Beanpot, Frozen Fenway and the league’s championships game. He also spent two years scouting and recruiting for Pulver Sports Management from 2008 to 2010. “I’m really excited to get up to Anchorage and begin the process of establishing UAA as a fixture at the top of the new WCHA,” said Ciocco. “We have the youngest staff in college hockey and we are all energized and prepared to put in the man hours needed to get the ship moving in the right direction.” Ciocco joins third-year assistant coach T.J. Jindra and will work primarily with forwards.

Schwoerer, Hupperten set for Seawolf Hall of Fame ANCHORAGE — A trend-setting two-sport athlete, Tobias Schwoerer, and one of the most dedicated boosters in program history, Peter Hupperten, will comprise the 2013 class of the Seawolf Hall of Fame, interim athletic director Tim McDiffett announced. The Class of 2013 will be inducted in a public ceremony at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Sunday, Oct. 13. “This year’s inductees have both shown a tremendous amount of pride and dedication in their association with UAA,” McDiffett said. “I’d like to commend (committee chair) Sparky Anderson and the Hall of Fame committee on selecting two wonderful additions.”

Altidore’s hat trick leads U.S. to 4-3 win vs. Bosnia Trailing 2-0 at halftime, their record-winning streak in

jeopardy, the Americans never panicked. There was no need to, not with Jozy Altidore on their team. Altidore led an impressive comeback, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist on the other goal as the U.S. rallied to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in an exhibition in Sarajevo and extend its record-winning streak to 12 games. It was the first come-from-behind win on European soil for the Americans. “We came in (at halftime) and said, ‘Listen, we can beat this team,’” said Altidore, who has scored in five straight games, a first for a U.S. player. “We came in and said, `We have more weapons. We’re just as confident as they are. We just have to put more passes together and be more confident.’ And you saw that in the second half.” The 12-game winning streak is the longest in the world right now, and three shy of the record set by Spain in 2009. The win over 13th-ranked Bosnia was the second over a top-15 team during the run, following a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Germany on June 2 that started the streak.

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Start your day with five minutes of yoga. It calms the nervous system, focuses the mind and revs up the metabolism. You can do this in your bed or on the floor. Here is an easy a.m. sequence: seated meditation, seated side reach (each side), seated palm press, standing palm press. You have a moment to choose what you want to think about when you wake up, rather than throwing yourself out of bed and straight into your racing thoughts and plans for the day. Rebalance, refocus and recharge. Then get out there and own the day!


By Kenzie Snyderman Volunteer

We all have to get up sometime. Some days it’s easier than others. Some wake up and stumble through the house like zombies to coffee pot shrines or the instant water heater and stacks of black tea. The caffeine kiss can bring one back to life like true love’s lips. Then there are those who make it out of the house fully functional on the notion that caffeine is waiting loyally in the near future on the way to class or work at that favorite coffee hut or faithful gasstation stop. For some this is a tactic in motivation to get up and go to that very early destination. I’ve used this tactic myself and it was very effective until that fateful day my coffee break never came. My coffee hut was robbed and/or burned down. I was too frustrated and indecisive to pick a new coffee hut. “They might not get my cryptic drink order right, and then that would really be it,” I thought. (The only thing worse than no coffee is the wrong coffee!) “I can’t go to Holiday or Mickey-Dees cause I’m too much of a coffee snob.” So I had to face it. It wasn’t going to happen that day, and I felt defeated. “This is ridiculous,” I thought. “I’m a monster.” I have to try to quit caffeine again — like I have done hundreds of other times. I am not saying I’ll never enjoy a London Fog or soy cappuccino again or slug a cold cup of black coffee desperately after losing track of time. Now I enjoy caffeine but am not depending on it to make or break my day. That’s where the following five ways to wake up without caffeine come into play.



I made a “good morning sunshine” mix. Before the clothes even go on, that jam is bumping out of the CD player. It gets you moving and grooving and screaming the lyrics to the soundtrack of your favorite memories, triumphs and empowering messages.



Drag your stiff body into a nice, hot shower first thing. Let your body wake up in a gradual, soothing way. Practice self-care, make a gratitude list or set your intentions for the day. Make those shifts in attitude and thinking that will bring you up and feed your passions rather than negative notions that drag you down and stress you out. Start off clean in body and mind.



We all know it works. Whether it’s partnered or solo, sex spikes the brain full of dopamine and oxytocin, which you in a good mood. It also gets the blood flowing and the brain churning. Plus, it gives you that happy “gotcha-some” glow!



Use aromatherapy in the form of essential oils, scents at the bottom of the shower or aromatic body washes and facial cleansers. These can awaken your senses and energize your mind. Or if you don’t have time to shower try an essential oil Remedies to Roll from NYR Organic. They are roll-on, traveling aromatherapy capsules that fit perfectly in a pocket are easy to use at any time of day. The energy roll boosts the mind and energizes the body. Another favorite of mine is the study roll, an all-round pickme-up to clear the mind.

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Welcome back, expect big things By Ashley Snyder

Welcome back to a fresh new year. Whether it is your first year, last year or somewhere in between, there is always a mad dash to come out of a summer coma and get back into the groove of school. This year TNL is kicking back into gear with this Campus Kick-Off edition. We also have some exciting things happening — the biggest of which is the celebration of our 25th anniversary as UAA’s student newspaper. We have a whole slew of events planned for students, many of which offer swag, food and prizes, so stay tuned! Catch TNL’s booth at Campus Kick-Off. We will have lots of stuff to give out and knowledgeable staff to answer any questions or comments you may have. TNL and KRUA will have a fun photo booth where you can get commemorative Kick-Off 2013 snapshots. Keep your heads up — we will be shooting celebratory t-shirts out of a t-shirt launcher, and some of shirts may contain goodies wrapped inside. We will have several writers from TNL collaborating on UAA Advancement’s Back to School Blog. Keep an eye out for that in the coming week or so. We want to fill several staff positions with enthusiastic and ambitious students. The current ones we have available are: News

Editor, Assistant News Editor, Assistant Features Editor, Assistant Sports Editor and Marketing Representative. All jobs can be found online at http://uakjobs. com. Applicants of all majors and skill levels are encouraged to apply. TNL is a learning lab where we can help you become the best staffer you can be! We also have unlimited volunteer positions for those who want to try something new. Whether you are interested in writing for news, features, A&E, or sports, taking photos, creating graphics or drawing cartoons, we have an opportunity for you! We are recruiting with fun bi-monthly meetings, allowing people the chance to write about the things they love. This will not only build a resume portfolio, but it will give individuals a chance to express themselves and contribute to the campus voice. Also expect some collaboration pieces from KRUA, the UAS WhaleSong and the UAF SunStar to give you a variety of new perspectives from sister campus media throughout the semester. We hope to make TNL what you the students want it to be. We always value your opinions and are excited to have as many voices contribute to the paper as possible. We hope that this year will bring out the best of TNL and have a positive impact on UAA to truly make our 25 years here a worthwhile endeavor.




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LETTERS AND CORRECTIONS POLICY Letters to the editor can be submitted to editor@ The maximum length is 250 words. Opinion pieces can be submitted to editor@thenorthernlight. org. The maximum word length is 450 words. Letters and opinion pieces are subject to editing for grammar, accuracy, length and clarity. Requests for corrections can be sent to editor@thenorthernlight. org. Print publication is subject to accuracy and available space. All corrections are posted online with the original story at www. The Northern Light newsroom is located on the first floor of the Student Union, directly next to Subway.

THE NORTHERN LIGHT CONTACTS 3211 Providence Drive Student Union 113 Anchorage, AK 99508 Phone: 907-786-1513 Fax: 907-786-1331 EXECUTIVE EDITOR 786-1434 Ashley Snyder MANAGING EDITOR Vacant COPY EDITOR Kierra Hammons NEWS EDITOR 786-1576 Vacant FEATURES EDITOR 786-1576 Nita Mauigoa A&E EDITOR 786-1512 Vacant SPORTS EDITOR 786-1512 Thomas McIntyre




LETTER AND CORRECTION POLICY CORRECTIONS On Page 4 of the July 23 issue of The Northern Light, we mistakenly reported the accessibility of mental health records. Mental health records are only available to employers after someone is hired. They are not part of background checks and are therefore unavailable to landlords. The 1996 federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act illegalize firing disabled or mentally ill people because of their conditions. This also includes those who have suicidal tendencies. Despite this, employers may indirectly fire someone for other reasons after discovering his or her mental health history, which presents a risk for those who have mental health documentation on record. On Page 13 of the Aug. 6 issue of The Northern Light, the Hot Topic photos and quotes were taken and compiled by Kayla McGraw.

The Northern Light Campus Kick-Off Edition  

The Campus Kick-Off edition of The Northern Light, the University of Alaska Anchorage's college newspaper.

The Northern Light Campus Kick-Off Edition  

The Campus Kick-Off edition of The Northern Light, the University of Alaska Anchorage's college newspaper.