THENORTHERNLIGHT OCTOBER 15, 2013
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48 Hour Film Challenge: Viewing the results By Geroge Hyde
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Students gear up for 9 days of events and festivities Events to look forward to: Tuesday, Oct. 15
Broomball Game: 3:45-5:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Sports Complex Quidditch Game: 6-7:30 p.m. Cuddy Quad
Wednesday, Oct. 16
On the weekend of Oct. 4, over 20 teams — among them UAA’s Film Club and a group of UAA alumni — gathered to write and produce a five-minute short film in a paltry two days. A week later, on the night of the 11th, teams, critics and intrigued audiences gathered at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub to see the fruits of their labors. To ensure that the films are actually produced within 48 hours, teams have three objects, phrases, or ideas that their films must involve. This year, those elements were a watch, a flashback and the line “I was born ready.” By the time this hits stands, most — if not all — of these films will be available on YouTube, Vimeo or other services. Instead of reviewing every single one of the 20 films presented, I’ll simply present my thoughts on some highlights.
Seawolves Slide (Line Dancing): 2-4 p.m. Student Union Cafeteria TNL Murder Mystery Party: 5:30-9 p.m. Student Union Den
Thursday, Oct. 17
Wii ‘Just Dance’ Dance-Off: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. UAA Bookstore A Cappella Festivella 20: 7:30 p.m. Wendy Williamson
Friday, Oct. 18
Mystery Writer Jan Burke: 4-6 p.m. UAA Bookstore Homecoming Dance: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dena’ina Center
Inside page 3: Anchorage Hauntings
Produced by a group of UAA alumni, this short film follows a woman as she tries to escape the cold specter of death. The film felt professional, and it was fittingly tense and philosophical. The themes were addressed quite well.
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This was the UAA Film Club’s film, and, well ... let’s just say it could use some work. Before the competition, members of the club told me what the film was about, and even with that knowledge, the film was still hard to follow. It’s hard not to give them an A for effort, though.
The winner of the competition, this was a simple kung-fu style heist flick. The choreography was incredibly well done, almost on the level of professional kung-fu movies. The ending, which used the watch theme in a creative way, left enough open for expansion should the filmmakers wish to create a more nuanced project.
“HITGIRLS, ISSUE #69”
The special effects made this film. It’s a “Charlie’s Angels” type of film, as a duo of hitgirls go and carry out tasks for a mysterious figure. It maintained a neat, “Pulp Fiction”-esque sense of humor, with great comic-book style transitions and action. It was a fun ride while it lasted.
“MY NAME IS”
This brought the phrase “taking candy from a baby” to incredibly serious levels. A group of thieves take and sabotage a basket of goodies from a little girl as she visits a grandparent, and the consequences are quite unexpected. It’s both humorous and tense at the same time, and the themes worked remarkably well. facebook.com/northernlightuaa
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The Oscar Anderson House, built in 1915, was the first wooden house in Anchorage. The site is purportedly haunted.
02 NEWS Melting ice and international politics By Amanda Brush Contributor
To kick off the Political Science department’s William H. Lecture series on Oct. 4, Fran Ulmer gave a presentation called “The Emerging Arctic: Is the U.S. Ready?” Ulmer was appointed chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission in 2011 by President Barack Obama, is a former UAA Chancellor, served as mayor of Juneau and served as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. The rapid rate of change in the Arctic was the main theme of the presentation. Ulmer not only mentioned the warming temperatures and retreat of sea ice that have raised alarm bells amongst international scientists, but also how Alaska’s politics and economy will be affected in the long run. From shipping lanes to oil and gas development, Ulmer discussed the importance and vulnerability of the Arctic. “The Arctic is surrounded by 8 nations that have very interesting and different agendas associated with how that region will be used and will be developed,” Ulmer said. She also said, “There are no significant international treaties that specifically speak to how the central Arctic Ocean will be used or governed or protected or not.” “Alaska is really the only state with Arctic territory,” said Kimberly Pace, Political Science and Woman’s Studies professor. “We need to know what is going on, and I think this is an issue we don’t often pay attention to, but is becoming more and more critical.” The U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s role is to work alongside other Arctic nations, gather and publish research, and give advice to the President and Congress. More information about the U.S. Arctic Research Commission can be found at the website http://www.arctic.gov.
NEWS BRIEF Teams from UAA and Alaska Pacific University met Oct. 5 to compete in the fourth annual Ethics Bowl. Nate Graham, Corey Hester and Sarah Elton of team Freedom Thunder were named the 2013 champions. They will travel to Jacksonville, Flor., to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl February 2014. The event hosted in conjunction with the Alaska Ethics Center and UAA Philosophy Department. Brief by Suhaila Brunelle
hank you to the following student groups for helping make this year’s Green & Gold Gala a tremendous success. The black tie affair with green and gold flair brought together nearly 450 UAA alumni and friends in support of student scholarships. This year’s Gala raised more than $90,000 for the UAA Alumni Scholarship.
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FEATURES Yet even more whining about To haunt or the shutdown not to haunt THENORTHERNLIGHT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013
By Nita Mauigoa
By Klax Zlubzecon
Translated by George Hyde Stupid humans. Stupid, stupid humans. Stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid humans. I mean, seriously. What is this. WHAT IS THIS. I want to send George down to the capitol to shake some sense into these people. Everyone wants to do that. According to polls, almost 90 percent of America wants to do that. And for once, I can’t blame them. I’m hardly the latest voice to say this, but take it from an intergalactic hive mind regime, Congress. GROW THE %&#@ UP. The Affordable Health Care Act passed. Big whoop. I’m not entering that massive rabbit hole of arguments and bickering over socialism and health care. That is done. What happened happened. Congress voted it through. And now you stop doing the jobs you were elected to do to throw a temper tantrum about it. Oh, and just in time to threaten our nation with default. Is it really worth it, guys? Is it really worth destroying your economy just to spite a single bill? I mean, yeah, it’s flawed, but you know what else is flawed? A FULL-FLEDGED GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND DEFAULT. In case you didn’t notice, that kind of thing is a fair bit worse than socialized medicine. Okay, Klax, calm down. You’re acting like a toddler, larval slug yourself. Slow, deep breaths. Ahhhhhh. There has to be some upside to this. Anything that unites the populace makes them more weakwilled, and thus easier to control. That’s good for us. But there’s nothing good for you humans. And that’s terrible. And I feel sorry for that. What depresses George, especially as a journalism major, is how U.S. news networks have been covering this whole ordeal. I already wrote a whole article about that kind of thing, but George finds it disturbing that nobody seems to care that there’s a looming default deadline coming up. It’s just the usual bickering between Fox News and MSNBC about health care. It’s like talking about the “Breaking Bad” finale while one of our alien motherships fires its death ray upon New York. I mean, yeah, “Breaking Bad” is worth discussing, but you’re all about to die! Walter White’s quest can wait! I don’t know if the debt ceiling crisis will be resolved by the time my words hit the newsstands, nor will I know if American news networks will come to their senses. But either way, it’s incredibly troubling. I’m not saying it’s entirely the fault of anyone in particular, because it really is everyone’s fault. House Republicans can and will vote to reopen the government should the opportunity arise, as will Senate Democrats. In this stalemate of wills between the leaders of two factions, the bystander syndrome being demonstrated by other members is kind of disgusting. If two rival gang leaders were lying and bleeding all over the street, you’d call 911, not just sit by, twiddling thumbs and tweeting about “Breaking Bad.” And again, you all know this. Polls say a good 90 percent of you know this and accept this. So why can’t America’s representatives (elected by this good 90 percent) know or accept this? Actually, no. It’s not the 90 percent who are getting our representatives elected. It’s the insurance companies. It’s the gigantic financial institutions. It’s the banks. It’s the people who have exploited capitalism for all its worth, and yet go crying to papa government when someone else wants to benefit from our system. It’s the people — on both sides, and in both houses — paying our representatives off to stay in this stupid gridlock. I know it’s a stupid, juvenile “YOU’RE ALL AGAINST ME” kind of argument, but the truth behind it is undeniable. Look at Europe or Canada or even our own alien regime, and even a simple species like you can see the American government is absurdly broken and skewed. And I’d normally give some sort of Aesop or rallying speech about rising up and rebelling against tyranny, but well, look where that got America a couple centuries ago. In a way, it’s a beautiful Shakespearean tragedy. America broke off from Britain in rebellion from tyranny. They set up a system that was completely free. And yet, evil forces still found a way to milk that system for all it was worth and control our country in a tyrannical way regardless. He who fights monsters is doomed to become a monster himself. But then again, you know what else rules in a tyrannical fashion? Our alien regime. And bless them for that. There. Found something positive to say. On that note, here’s that reminder of the week: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. EMBRACE THE SEAWOLF SLUG.
There are people who hear eerie footsteps or see objects move only to discover they are all alone. Was it a ghost or pure imagination? Stories and rumors of haunted structures have swirled around Anchorage for decades — from UAA’s own Wendy Williamson auditorium to the 4th Avenue Theatre to the Anchor Pub to the Oscar Anderson House Museum. Two people with histories linked to structures associated with ghosts shared opposing views about the phenomena. The rest is up for speculation. The Oscar Anderson House Museum is located near the coastal trails in downtown, which are frequented by UAA students. Outside of it is a sign that says paranormal activity has taken place inside of it. “We just don’t have any evidence of that by any means,” said Mary Flaherty, former manager and worker at the Oscar Anderson House Museum. Flaherty said the house is significant to Anchorage’s history because it was the first wood frame home built in that area in 1915. It stood out among the tents that surrounded it. Flaherty said Oscar Anderson, who voyaged from Sweden, was one of the first businessmen to arrive in this town. The fact that the house has withstood major quakes such as the 1964 “Good Friday” earthquake is just one of the reasons to celebrate its rich history. Flaherty said the sign was not put up by those who run the museum but by a separate group in town. She made it clear the museum does not associate with the claims in the sign of paranormal activity and says the sign has been a problem. “Children get very scared of that type of association, and we’d hate to see that happen because it is a rich historic monument of Anchorage,” Flaherty said. Flaherty said she knows the Anderson family and said she wants people to visit the museum to enjoy a slice of Alaskan history. Flaherty did recall one “unexplained” incident in the home where things rattled around. She later discovered it was a squirrel that had snuck into the
museum. “I’ve been there over 25 years,” Flaherty said. “So I think he (Anderson) would have made a presence during that time.” The museum is closed during fall season but will open to the public the first couple weeks of December for the annual Swedish Christmas tours. In contrast to the Oscar Anderson House Museum, Shane Mitchell, the manager of the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, shared stories that he says involve paranormal activity. Mitchell said the Wendy Williamson has long had a reputation of haunting events since it was built in 1974. Mitchell’s experiences started in the 1980s when he was a student. The faucets would run with no one in sight. Strange voices would carry when people were by themselves. Mitchell said through the years, he experienced over 50 unexplained incidents. He said a psychic was invited to make an overnight assessment one year, and she found five different entities present. One of the entities was a little girl and another was an old man. Among incidents, Mitchell said there is a set of stairs in the lobby where on multiple occasions women with long dark hair have felt someone pushing them down the stairs when no one was there. He recalled a first-hand experience when he was watching a woman standing in that area, and then all of a sudden she lunged and fell down the stairs. He saw no one behind her, yet the next day there were bruises present as if she were shoved from the back. Mitchell said one night an employee who was alone heard the piano playing. Then she saw the piano violently rock and tip over. There is speculation that it was the late Wendy Williamson, who loved to tickle the ivories. Mitchell said people have requested to bring Ouija Boards or hold seances at the auditorium but he declines such requests. “It’s not the Haunted Mansion at Disney Land,” Mitchell said, laughing. “If someone comes and stirs up an entity, they get to go home while I have to come into work the next day!”
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In the heart of downtown the 4th Avenue Theatre stands shuttered 66 years after its construction. The location is rumored to be haunted.
TNL Alumna Spotlight: Gretchen Weiss
Former editor pushed bounds with student journalism By Nita Mauigoa
firstname.lastname@example.org In the spirit of democracy, many young journalists hail Gretchen Weiss as the editor who exercised freedom of press. Weiss, who was a biology student with no photography experience, dived in headfirst on a whim and applied for the photographer position at the Northern Light in 2007. From there she flourished and eventually became the executive editor. In February 2009 Weiss and her staff launched what is still remembered as the “condom issue,” which had condoms taped to it. “It was one of my favorite issues. We worked with the Alliance for Reproductive Justice and KRUA. And we had a big condom placement party with boxes and boxes of condoms,” Weiss said. The issue featured a life-sized graphic of a glowing dildo and a feature on famous porn star Ron Jeremy. Pushing bounds garnered Weiss’s staff at TNL an Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker award. Weiss said she had a solid team at TNL, which included Craig Updegrove, who is now a designer for Bear Tooth and Moose’s Tooth, and Teeka Ballas, a co-founder of F Magazine. After TNL, Weiss worked at the Anchorage Daily News. She said it was during a depressing time when ADN was downsizing and employees worked in the cafeteria. She also co-founded F Magazine with Ballad. Among many other ventures, Weiss moved to Texas where she tapped into TV studio produc-
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tions but got bored. Weiss returned to Alaska to pursue a career in one of her life-long passions. She attained a degree in education from the University of Wyoming well before she came to UAA. Weiss now works at the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. She spends her spare time enjoying life with her daughter who is in the second grade. “I love what I do today,” Weiss said.
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Bountiful breakfast baguettes By Tim Brown
COLLEGE Ingredients • 4 demi sourdough baguettes • 5 eggs • 1/3 cup heavy cream • 4 ounces pancetta, finely chopped and fried until crisp • 3 ounces gruyere cheese, grated • 2 green onions, thinly sliced salt and pepper to taste
This one goes out to the breakfast hounds out there. The notion of slashing a baguettes into shiploads of breakfast ‘nom was foreign to me only until recently. Then this rendition of baked egg boats from the food blog Spoon Fork Bacon popped up on Tumblr. Preparation is simple and can be done ahead of time. I was able to substitute pancetta with crisp chopped bacon, heavy cream for half and half, and gruyere with colby jack cheese. I also added chopped roma tomato to give the dish some color. Baked egg boats is a simple, self-contained and satisfying breakfast item. On a second time around, I might try broiling the egg boats on low for the last 5 minutes for a crispier top. Opting to serve it with sliced avocado complimented the creaminess of the eggs. Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cut a deep “V” through the tops of each baguette until about a 1/2 inch to the bottom. Partially unstuff the baguettes. Set aside. 3. Place the eggs and cream into a mixing bowl and lightly beat together. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and lightly season with salt and pepper. 4. Divide and pour the mixture into each baguette boat and place onto a baking sheet. 5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, puffed and set in the center. Season with salt and pepper. 6. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, cut and serve. Recipe adapted from http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2012/01/
Makes 4 servings baked-egg-boats/
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Countdown to snowfall, possibly broken bones By Evan Dodd Contributor
Midterms are hell. You know it. I know it. There’s really no reason to reiterate a topic that 90 percent of these columns reference in one way or another. That being said, the cumulative stress of midterms couple with the last dying gasps of fall have convinced me that I need to find a few new winter hobbies. In the past my winters have tended to consist of snowboarding, spontaneous parking lot skating and vehement denial of the growing cold. You’ll notice only one of these activities can be considered positive, and that’s ignoring how prohibitively expensive it is. Basically I’m trying to avoid downgrading my season from a winter wonderland to a winter slightly-unsatisfying-land. Or something like that. (Cut me some slack here. You’re lucky I’m not accidentally writing study tips for macroeconomics.) So I’m on a quest to find a new winter hobby to justify my lack of enthusiasm for all academic endeavors. My first step was to recertify at the Alaska Rock Gym because nothing cures winter boredom like tying oneself to a wall and climbing it repeatedly. Between you and me, I can’t really claim ownership of the climbing idea. Honestly, I had just watched the most recent Spiderman because I heard it had Emma Stone in it. Then decided climbing walls couldn’t possibly be that hard. Surprisingly, it really wasn’t that difficult, and jumping off the top and letting the harness readjust my spine is actually more cost-effective than
going to the chiropractor. The next (brief) stop on my quest for winter distractions led to consider snow-caving for all of about five minutes. Admittedly, it sounds pretty awesome, all the fun of camping crossed with the frigid numbness associated with hypothermia. However, while I’m sure nothing could possibly go wrong while sleeping in a poorly constructed cave made entirely of cold water, I’m still not convinced it’s the best option for me. Spinning my wheel of non-academic fortune for the third time gave way to a new interest in that thing where you strap a snowboard to your feet and hold on to a kite. Apparently it’s called “snow kiting” because all of the creative extreme sport-namers called in sick that day. Given that I already have a snowboard, as well as two slightly athletic legs with which to ride it, I assumed that this would be an easy transition. Quite frankly, snow-kiting actually seems like a pretty good way to go, assuming one can afford the $600 kite and doesn’t mind being pulled along uneven ground by winds that could gust and rip his or her arms off at any moment. So all things considered, it seems to be a low-cost sport that anyone could pick up with little to no training. Then, just when I seemed to have exhausted all possible excuses to neglect my winter classes, I rediscovered REI. Suddenly there was no debate about whether I would rock climb or learn to flail helplessly as a kite dragged what remained of my body across a frozen lake. The new question I faced was how long my body can survive without eating so I can use my grocery money to buy everything at REI.
Orange rhymes with The answer is about two and a half days. At least that was the point where my irritability became so intolerable that my friends forced me to eat some oatmeal before I drove them all insane. Luckily I remembered a certain place where I could buy used outdoor gear of a dubious nature for well below market value. So now I’ve reunited with my old friend the Internet, and I’ve already begun to order enough bargain outdoor gear to last me a lifetime. Now assuming the economy doesn’t completely collapse in the next month (everyone cross your fingers with me on this one) and I’m not horribly injured before getting to try all my new toys, I should be able to avoid doing schoolwork until at least the beginning of May. As for midterms, I honestly think I may have scraped by yet again. Now all I have to do is stare gleefully out the window and wait for snow. And possibly purchase a solid life insurance policy.
& 06 Uncovering the history of the Black Death THENORTHERNLIGHT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013
By Kelly Ireland
email@example.com Former UAA history professor Dieter Wuerth gave a discussion at the bookstore Oct. 7 about controversies surrounding the outbreaks of plagues. The speech was largely based upon the works of Samuel K. Cohn Jr, who wrote “The Black Death: The End of a Paradigm.” The main controversy Wuerth discussed was if the second pandemic of plague, or “medieval plague” which began in 1347, and the third plague, or “modern plague” that broke out in 1894, are the same disease. Wuerth stated there are five reasons there is debate between whether or not the medieval plague is the same as the modern plague. The first reason is that the speed of epidemic, or the speed at which the disease becomes an epidemic, is different between the medieval and modern plague. In the medieval plague epidemic occurred much faster than in the modern plague. Wuerth said the Black Death (medieval plague) “travels too far and too fast” to be the modern plague of 1894. In “The Black Death: The End of a Paradigm” Cohn says, “Without the assistance of the railway and steamship the 14th century disease spread almost as fast per day over land as modern plague does per annum.” This means the medieval plague was much faster than the modern plague and could cause an epidemic much quicker. Secondly, Wuerth said the contagion of the two plagues is different. During the medieval plague the disease spread person-to-person, and during the modern plague it traveled from a flea to a person. Wuerth’s third point was that the symptoms of the medieval and modern plague are different. Cohn’s paper states that in the medieval plague boils formed all over the body. There were multiple boils and spots, and blisters and rashes developed across the body. In the modern plague, however, one boil develops almost exclusively on the groin, rather than the whole body. No spots, blisters or rashes develop. This means the symptoms are very different between the two plagues, which Wuerth, Cohn and other scholars believe to mean that the two plagues are not the same diseases. The fourth reason Wuerth believes the two plagues are different is because there is an immunity to the medieval plague and there isn’t to the modern plague. In the multiple outbreaks that occurred in the medieval plague, Wuerth said child mortality decrease with each outbreak in Sienna and Pisa, suggesting immunity to the Black Death. Matteo Villani was a Florence chronicler at the time of the Black Death. He said the disease “struck most vigorously those areas such as Brabant and Bohemia that had
not been affected the first time around.” This observation suggests there was perhaps an immunity to the medieval plague, unlike the modern plague, which humans have no immunity to. The fifth and final point Wuerth made as to why the medieval plague might not be the modern plague is that the seasonality of the two are quite different. The medieval plague struck the worst during the dry and hot months of July and June. Giovanni Morelli, a Florentine doctor during the medieval plague, said, “Deaths from the plague will mount in June and peak by the middle of July.” The peak months of dryness, June and July, also coincided with the peak months of deaths caused by the plague during the medieval era. The pathogen, Yersinia pestis, of the modern plague performs best in warm and humid conditions. In “The Black Death: The End of a Paradigm” Cohn says Yersinia pestis operates best at 78 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 percent humidity, but he said the peak July temperature of Florence, where plague ran rampant in the medieval era, was 89 degrees. Cohn said, “the combination of dryness and high temperature limits flea fertility, cuts short ‘the life of free-wandering fleas,’ and curtails its infectivity. By high temperatures ... about 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Above this threshold, ‘plague does not maintain itself in epidemic form’ even with favorable levels of humidity.” Essentially the pathogen that causes the disease of the modern plague isn’t able to spread at epidemic levels at the times when the medieval plague was the most epidemic. Wuerth said because of the speed of epidemic, contagion, symptoms, immunity and seasonality, variations of the medieval and modern plague the two are possibly different diseases. The presentation was an enlightening look at the debate of the two plagues.
→ The speed of the epidemic is different. → The contagion, or what causes the plague, is different. → The symptoms are different. → There is immunity to the medieval plague, but not the mordern plague. → The seasonality to which the plague occured is different.
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‘Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures’ is classically difficult By George Hyde
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James Rolfe, the Internet celebrity and filmmaker behind the “Angry Video Game Nerd” web series, has huge plans for his brand. The series has moved from simple vlogstyle reviews to professional-quality episodes, and now there’s even a movie deep in the works. It would be remiss, though, if the Nerd didn’t have his own game. Lo and behold, indie developer FreakZone was up to the challenge. The end result, “Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures,” is a crude, crass and brutally difficult platformer in the same style as games like “Contra” or “Mega Man.” The game starts, fittingly enough, like something out of the ‘80s. The Nerd and his friends are playing a game one night when they suddenly get sucked into the television. Now stuck in the game world, they must fight through different worlds to find a way back out. The story is simple, but it’s a nice parody of old shows and movies like “Captain N” or “Tron.” Plus, it allows for the game to make tons of references to the Nerd’s web material. The gameplay is naturally reminiscent of the very games the Nerd likes to mock on his show, those being the crushing 8-bit games of old. FreakZone’s aim was to create a game that was not “hard,” necessarily, but rather “rewarding.” They aim to harken back to the old days, when beating an Nintendo Entertainment System game would earn players serious bragging rights. Unfortunately, both newcomers and fans of the series will find the game is more punishing than it is hard. With the exception of easy mode — which ruins the whole point of the experience — the game adheres to a strict life system. Lose them all, and you have to start the whole level over, checkpoints be damned. To add insult to injury, most of the challenge comes from trial and error, a la “I Wanna Be The Guy.” This creates an atmosphere of frustration that hasn’t been needed since the old 8- and 16-bit days of gaming. It feels like the kind of game that the Nerd would angrily review on his show. But there’s a hilarity there that still makes the experience worth it. Every death brings a quote from the Nerd as he disses the game in increasingly creative and crude ways. It’s almost as if he’s empathizing with the player, and the result is admittedly very funny. While the game is intensely difficult, it still retains the Nerd’s trademark sense of humor that’s simultaneously both crude and sly. It’s a funny experience, even if the player fails spectacularly. Fifteen bucks might be a bit steep for laughs like that, but fans of the challenging 8-bit games of old should definitely take notice. Game: “Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures” Developer: FreakZone Games Platform: PC Genre: Platformer
‘Let’s Be Still’ by the Head and the Heart By Oliver Petraitis KRUA Music Manager
“Down in the valley with whiskey rivers, these are the places you’ll find me hiding. These are the places I will always go.” These are the iconic lyrics from The Head and the Heart’s breakout tune “Down In The Valley,” a folk ballad that evokes a little piece of Jack Kerouac’s rambling mysticism in all of us. And they — these beautiful, quaint, and captivating folksters — certainly took listeners down there with them. Where exactly they took us is not easy to specify. But the lyrics that immediately proceed the promised adventures help shed some light: “I am on my way, on my way back to where I started. California, Oklahoma, all of the places I ain’t never been to...” And they’ve made good on that promise. They went somewhere they had never before been to — and it’s better than California and a whole hell of a lot better than Oklahoma. It’s all been captured on the new album “Let’s Be Still,” an evolutionary piece for the Head and the Heart, wherein the band fortifies their sound beyond their characteristic soft and silently-spun style of indie-folk. “Let’s Be Still” sees the band moving towards the eclectic and, very seldom, the electric. Playing partner to the vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation that made their first album, their new work is a little more rock-‘n’-roll, with some covert secret agent synth that you don’t realize has snuck into the party until you’re already dancing and singing along. It’s that kind of subtle addition, such as cello warmth embodied in a mellow Moog tone, that fleshes out their already well-developed sound while still allowing themselves to move forward as a band and tonal entity. “Let’s Be Still” additionally showcases the Head and the Heart’s Beatles-reminiscent journey into eclecticism, adding musical flourishes to basically simple chord progressions and song structures. The shimmery Rhodes-style keys and rippling guitar licks on “Fire/Fear,” the flowery and tastefully noodly bass lines on album opener “Homecoming Heroes” and “10,000 Weight In Gold,” and the dance-oriented rhythm changes and synth melody on “Summertime” testify to the band’s branching out, as well as plugging in. While folk music tends to adhere to the less-is-more philosophy in instrumentation, these additions are really just that — they add to their sound. They don’t take away from it, as happens all too often when music for forests over-packs on the backpacking trip and gets lost in the woods. The Head of the band has evolved, but the Heart has remained what it always was, pumping the same folksy blood that inspired their first record and will inspire subsequent musical adventures. It’s just the sound they’ve developed, and hopefully it will lead them into further greatness. They still retain that monastic Beat generation feel defined by Jack Kerouac and his contemporaries, with a few timeless tweaks. Moreover, with so many indie-folk bands out there, it’s hard to say what distinguishes one from the next. While it’s still hard to say what sets this band apart from others, it’s not hard to say that whatever it is they do, they do it better. They’ve allowed the band to move around and get settled, but not too settled. That could be what continuously propels this group forward while others remain stuck. To end in the same way this began, the iconic lyrics from this album may be the very first verse: “So now I know people want a story. One ending with glory. And the wave of their flag.” There’s a story in it for the Head and the Heart, one of artistic development and making timeless music. And they’re shaping up to end gloriously. Whether their flag is mercifully white and they give in to whatever direction the wind blows them or is a resilient black flag of sticking to their flintlock muskets, they’ve got a flag to wave. And let’s be real, they seem like a white flag group of folk.
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Younger Oliver at the Breast Show Ever opening reception Oct. 10.
Breast Show Ever features hand-decorated bra art on silent auction through Oct. 24 to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
Autumn Sperry and JoEllen Walters during the Shopping Cart Parade Oct. 10.
BREAST SHOW EVER PHOTOS BY JENNA! ROOSDETT
Braden Smith represents the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity during the Shopping Cart Parade Oct. 10.
PARADE PHOTOS BY DAN DUQUE
Maria Bonifacio, Main Apartment Complex residence coordinator and Residence Life associate director, during the 3rd annual Homecoming Shopping Cart Parade near Cuddy Hall Oct. 10.
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UAA reigned victorious 3-0 after a volleyball match against Saint Martins Oct. 5 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Brooke Pottle hits the ball back to Saint Martin’s University players during the volleyball match Oct. 5 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Seawolf Quinn Barker hits the ball to her teammates Morgan Hooe and Maureen Sabado Oct. 5 during the match against Saint Martin’s University at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Katelynn Zanders and Erin Braun wait for the next lobby during the volleyball match Oct. 5 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Siobhan Johansen sets the ball for another teammate during the volleyball match against Saint Martin’s University at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Oct. 5.
Spectators being handed items during the Seawolves’ volleyball match against Saint Martin’s University Oct. 5 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
PHOTOS BY COREY HESTER
10 A&E SPORTS BRIEFS Former Seawolf starting for Danish champs AARHUS, Denmark — Former Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball standout Kenny Barker is off to a good start with his new professional team, averaging 14.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals and a teamleading 7.0 rebounds through his first two games with the Bakken Bears. Playing for the defending champions in Denmark’s Ligaen First Division, the 6-3 guard is shooting 63 percent from the field, putting up 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists in the Bears’ most recent game, an 8574 win over Vaerlose. A 2008-09 honorable mention All-American and unanimous All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection as a senior at UAA, Barker is in his fifth professional campaign, having played previously with three teams in Germany.
GNAC honors Anthony, Kipchumba PORTLAND, Ore. — Alaska Anchorage cross country runners Dylan Anthony and Joyce Kipchumba were named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Red Lion Players of the Week, following their performances at the Willamette Invitational. Anthony, a Kodiak HS product, finished first in the Cardinal Division in the 39th annual Charles Bowles Invitational at Salem, Ore. Anthony, who recorded his third win in three starts this fall, covered the 8.000-meter course in a time of 24:20.34, 13 seconds ahead of teammate Isaac Kangogo. He previously posted a win in a dual with Hawaii Pacific and also won the Chaminade Invitational. UAA newcomer Joyce Kipchumba, finished second in back of Willamette’s Michaela Freeby, clocking a 5,000-meter time of 17:42.67. She was the first of four Seawolf finishers in the top six as UAA cruised to an easy team victory.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year By Mark Hoffman Contributor
No, it’s not time for Santa and Yuletide carols. I actually don’t even know what Yuletide means. But one thing I do know is it’s October, and I’m excited! This is the best time of the year to be a sports fan. Although October is traditionally reserved for baseball postseason excitement, the month is also a reason for fans of every sport to get pumped.
Baseball and the Fall Classic A long time ago — in a galaxy far, far away — baseball was the most popular sport in the country. At least it feels like that time is a universe away now. Despite what the name might imply, baseball die-hards actually are a dying breed. But although the NFL has surpassed Major League Baseball as the nation’s top league, October is still a showcase for the best baseball of the year. This year’s World Series matchup is guaranteed to pair up two great fan bases; the LA Dodgers play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL and the Detroit Tigers take on the Boston Red Sox in the AL. No matter what teams advance, the fans in those cities will show up big time for the Fall Classic.
NFL and NCAA Football in full swing Football season, at all levels, is so highly anticipated that it really feels like the year flies by and it’s over before Johnny Football knows it. #blackout
The NFL and NCAA seasons are both reaching their halfway points, and it’s important to stop and appreciate the tailgating and Sunday fundays while you still can. Even more so if you root for anyone besides Denver or Alabama, because you can lock those up. And don’t forget fantasy football season either! A census of close friends, who also happen to lead secret lives as fantasy football managers, shows that Fantasy Draft Day is quickly surpassing the Super Bowl as the best sports day of the year. Take that, Joe Flacco-Colin Kaepernick McDonald’s commercials! #blackout #ImNOTlovinit
Puck time, bro! October even manages to keep our Canuck neighbors happy as the puck drops to signal the start of the NHL season. And even sports fans who aren’t particularly passionate about penalty minutes and forechecks can still appreciate a SportsCenter top 10 highlight of a Bromie going bar deezy! In the five-hole! On the top shelf! Where Momma keeps the baking powder!
Hoops on the horizon But if your Bauers are rusty or you’re not pigskin savvy, October also brings with it the first hints of hoops season. NBA regular season games traditionally tip off around Halloween but the preseason is underway and already supplying us with plenty of questions: Can LeBron and the Heat win the Finals for a third year in a row? Does Dwight Howard make the Houston Rockets an instant contender? Has anyone seen Lamar Odom in the last 24 hours?
Kobe progresses, still weeks away from playing EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Although Kobe Bryant is making steady progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, he’s still a few weeks away from playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant is back with the Lakers after a short trip to Germany to get treatment on his right knee, another trouble area for the 35-year-old guard. He sat on Los Angeles’ bench for an exhibition game, and he’ll travel with the team to China last week. But the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history isn’t committing to any return date until he gets in shape and figures out how his legs will hold up when he’s back in uniform. “I haven’t said anything (about a return date),” Bryant said. “I just keep it all open right now. I don’t know why you guys are so hell-bent on deadlines. It’s like the most ridiculous thing to me. It’s entertaining. When I’m ready, I’m ready.” Bryant said he’ll need roughly three weeks of conditioning to get into game shape, his usual allotment for a return from any extended layoff. The Lakers’ season begins Oct. 29 against the Clippers. Briefs compiled by Thomas McIntyre from GoSeawolves.com and the Associated Press
A Seawolf takes a tumble Oct. 5 at the exhibition match against British Columbia University at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
PHOTOS BY KAYLA MCGRAW
UAA Seawolves win third straight Kendall Classic By Travis Dowling Contributor
The 2013 Kendall Classic took place Oct. 11-12. Friday night’s games brought plenty of action as the University of Alaska Fairbanks opened the Kendall Classic against the Air Force Academy. UAF vs. Air Force The first goal of the game came 12 seconds into the first period. UAF goal scored by Nolan Huysmans gave the Nanooks an early lead. Cody Kunyk and Jared Larson added goals in the first period as well. The second period started with the Nanooks leading the Falcons 3-0. It became clear that UAF was going to be the team to beat in the Kendall Classic. Adding the 3-0 lead in the second period was a goal scored by Kunyk, his second of the night. The Falcons finally put up a goal scored by George Michalke. UAF answered with a goal scored by Garrick Perry. Making it 4-1 to close out the second period. The third period started and UAF added a 6 on 5 power play goal scored by Marcus Basara. Giving the Nanooks a 6-1 victory over the Air Force Falcons. UAA vs. Quinnipiac The second game on Friday night was UAA taking on the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The Quinnipiac Bobcats were ranked number 10 in the nation coming into the game against UAA. The Seawolves took the lead first with a goal scored by Hudson Friesen. Friesen was assisted the goal by Dylan Hubbs and Brett Cameron. Blake Tatchell made it 2-0 Seawolves with an assist from Hudson Friesen. The Bobcats answered with a goal from Bryce Van Brabant. He was assisted from teammates Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Cory Hibbeler. In the second period both teams were held scoreless from great goaltending. The third period opened with UAA leading the Bob-
cats 2-1. A third period goal scored by the Seawolves was able to secure the victory for UAA. The goal scored by UAA player Brett Cameron and assists from Blake Leask and Tanner Dusyk. UAA beat the #10-ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats 3-1.
Saturday Saturday’s Kendall Classic saw UAF and UAA both tied 1-0 in the tournament. Each team needed a win and the other team to lose to take home the championship. It appeared UAF was going to be the team to beat as they took apart Air Force in Friday night’s game. But Saturday’s game against the Quinnipiac Bobcats would not be easy for UAF. UAF vs. Quinnipiac UAF needed a win to have a chance at the Kendall Classic championship. Quinnipiac was not going to be an easy task for the Nanooks. The Bobcats took a first period lead with a goal scored by Derek Smith. A second goal added in the first period by the Bobcats’ Sam Anas. The second period started with the Nanooks trailing the Bobcats 2-0. UAF was finally able to get on the scoreboard with a goal scored by Nolan Huysmans. Quinnipiac was able to pull away with a goal scored by Connor Clifton. The third period opened with UAF trailing Quinnipiac 3-1. A goal scored by the Bobcats Connor Jones gave Quinnipiac the 4-1 victory over UAF. UAA vs. Air Force All UAA needed coming into the final game against Air Force was a win or a tie, and they would win their third straight Kendall Classic. But Air Force was going to prove to be no easy task for the Seawolves. A late first period goal scored by the Falcons Cole Gunner gave Air Force a 1-0 lead they would hold onto until the final seconds of the second period. The second period UAA had 11 shots on goal. With each shot one could feel the crowd ready to explode and celebrate. Excitement built in the Sullivan Arena as the
Seawolves missed shot after shot by mere inches. Finally, at 19:06 of the second period, one of those shots trickled into the net, the goal scored by Seawolf Jordan Kwas. Assisting on the goal was Matt Bailey and Blake Tatchell. The Sullivan Arena crowd finally got to explode. The noise was deafening. The third period opened with UAA in a tie with the Falcons. It appeared as though the Seawolves would bring home their third straight Kendall Classic Championship. The Falcons were not going down without a fight. Falcon Jason Fabian scored a third period goal giving Air Force a 2-1 lead. Air Force would hold this for much of the third period. As the clock on the scoreboard approached the final two minutes of regulation left, Air Force was leading UAA 2-1. Everyone in the Sullivan Arena was trying to figure out how the three-way tie between UAA, UAF and Air Force would be broken to determine the championship. That answer was provided by Seawolf Jordan Kwas, who scored his second goal of the evening locking UAA into a 2-2 tie with Air Force. A tie or a win by UAA means they are the Kendall Champions. As the game continued to countdown and move closer to overtime UAA was far from done with pointing points on the scoreboard. The third UAA goal came with 19:56 left on the clock. The goal scored by Seawolf Matt Bailey, assisted by Jordan Kwas, would ensure the Seawolves would not need overtime against the Falcons. UAA would start the season 2-0 and the Kendall Classic Champions. With four seconds left on the clock and an Air Force empty net, Jordan Kwas picked up the hat trick with a goal as the puck crossed the line with 19:59 left on the clock. Kwas was assisted on the empty net goal by teammate Blake Tatchell his second assist of the night. When time expired the UAA Seawolves skated over to the student body section and celebrated the 2013 Kendall Hockey Classic Championship and 2-0 start to the 2013-14 season.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
We the people: An apology to our Founding Fathers However, many are ignorant in their belief that it
By Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer was your intent to allow a partisan divide to result in Justice Majors
Dear Founding Fathers, In 1776, shockwaves were felt around the world when you declared independence for the United States. Holding steadfast in your belief that all men are created equal and have certain unalienable rights, you issued a challenge that a king would not be the supreme authority of this land. Your vision of a free democracy has long been an inspiration for the thousands of Americans who have since sacrificed their lives in service to our nation in order to preserve our democratic way of life and our individual freedoms. America was to be a land of freedom and opportunity with a limited government that was to only derive its power from the citizens. Recognizing the dangers of a tyrannical government, you crafted a blueprint to guide us into the future. Your plan was clear in its intent to distribute the power of the people among the three branches of our government. Our Constitution was now the supreme law of the land, and all were beholden to it. While drafting the Constitution you acknowledged that the values in a liberal democracy would evolve over time to reflect the moral tenets of society. Your wisdom in creating a “living” document has allowed us to expand upon your definition of equality to include equality for all. Today, we are living in a society that you would not recognize as the republic that we were entrusted to protect. We the people are no longer united as one, selfishness and greed now fuel our individual and political motives. Many of the problems that we face today can be attributed to the two-party system that you cautioned us against. Recently, we watched our government grind to a halt, leaving many Americans paralyzed in a state of helplessness. So shocked by Congress’s inability to compromise, we flocked to social media and expressed our support for one party over the other.
an inability, as the governed, to hold the legislature accountable as a whole. As our elected representatives have become more polarized from one another, this great divide has seeped into the collective conscience of the American people, spreading like a cancer. We have become so apathetic that we sit idly by and watch our government self-destruct without taking any action. Over time, we have adopted the belief that political discussion is taboo. We have allowed politics to become a politician’s game where the people have no say, and as a result, protestation is now viewed as fanaticism. Our present-day Congress is as stagnant as our voice is silent. The political corrosion in our country has lowered our expectations of government to a state where we accept that merely doing one’s job is worthy of a “pat on the back.” Unless we awaken from this coma and start demanding that our collective voice be heard we will continue on a path that will only end in loss of liberty. The Constitution that you championed is now routinely sidestepped by our elected officials who seek only goals that will further their own interests. While this is a nation for the people, it seems that only the wealthy have a voice. It would be easy to point the finger at our corrupt political system, but failing to take any personal responsibility for the current state of our union would also be a failure to acknowledge our duty as the governed. We will not continue to take the easy route and deflect all of the blame onto our elected representatives. The two-party system that you greatly feared is now our reality. Party loyalty has replaced reason. We relinquish our sacred vote to candidates not based on principle or merit, but rather on the letter behind their name. We have lost the desire to think for ourselves and to look beyond the branding: Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. Our guiding light of liberty may seem dim, but rest assured, Founding Fathers, the hope for a brighter future is not lost. The revolutionary spirit that is so
deeply engrained in us, as Americans, has merely been suppressed by anger, disappointment and despair. Our patriotism shines brightest when we unite during times of national tragedy. Our nation was attacked on Sept. 11, and we seemed, if only for a moment, to put our differences aside and grieve with one another. This is only one example of how we have shared in solidarity during our nation’s darkest hours. Unfortunately, we seem to suffer from short-term memory loss and we quickly settle back into our state of apathy. Why does it take a something so tragic to realize that we are in this together? It is our duty as the people to no longer let fear and hate mongering suspend our individual liberties, the liberties that so many have fought and died for. We will hold our representatives accountable and no longer allow them to circumvent our fundamental principles. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the ideals that this republic was founded on. Our Constitution provides us with the instruments that we need to ensure that future generations of Americans enjoy the same liberties that so many have provided for us. We promise to demand that our government represent the will of the people. We will no longer allow the wealthy few to dictate the fate of our nation’s future. We will no longer stubbornly hold on to political ideologies that do not support our best interests. We will learn to think for ourselves. We will become impervious to the manipulations of the corporate run media machine. We the people will not cower in the face of tyranny. We will rise up and honor the blood, sweat and sacrifice that our brothers and sisters before us have shed, by regaining our power as a collective people. Finally, we must realize that the tools to rebuild this republic have been at our fingertips all along; we need simply to reach out and grasp them. Respectfully yours, The People of these United States
How has breast cancer awareness made the world a better place since its establishment in 1985?
Jesse L. Overton Anthropology Major
I believe that it’s helped take it and other issues of women’s health out of the realm of taboo and has allowed us to discuss things more openly and productively.
Vanessa P. Perry
Graduate Human Services Major
I participated in the “Breast Show Ever” show by making a bra with iron spikes! Titled “Fierce Fighter,” in honor of my cousin in her mid 30’s, she suffered from breast cancer, had chemo and ultimately a double mastectomy — she is my inspiration.
How will you participate in UAA’s Homecoming Week 2013?
Younger Oliver English Major
Breast cancer awareness has made the world a better place by helping people understand what it is we’re facing. Knowledge is power, and we are growing more powerful against breast cancer every day!
Criminal Justice Major (It) helped everyone become aware of it and learn ways to try and prevent it.
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What kind of moves are you going to break out on the dance floor next time you go and party?
International Studies Major
Women’s Studies Minor
Going to A Cappella Festivella and get my fangirl on, and the Homecoming dance.
I’m going to homecoming, A Cappella Festivella and the barbecue.
I will pull out the “Mike James.” It gets all the ladies.
I don’t break out moves; I break out me.
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The October 15, 2013 edition of The Northern Light, the University of Alaska Anchorage's college newspaper.