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UAA kicks off Native American Heritage Month

The UAA community begins a month full of celebration and fun while embracing Alaska’s diversity at ‘Yagheli Jan – Good Day!’

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Kingikmiut Singers and Dancers of Anchorage perform in the Student Union last week for Alaska Native and Native American Heritage month.

Board of Regents approves $963 million budget for 2014 By Keldon Irwin News Editor

The proposed fiscal year 2014 operating budget, which allots an annual budget of $963,453,800 within the University of Alaska system, was passed in the Gorsuch Commons on Nov. 7. It is a 4.2 percent increase over last year’s approved budget. “Must pay” facets accounted for 2.9 percent of the additional funding, such as cost increase for teachers, rising electricity costs and rising gas costs. “High demand programs” were allotted 0.8 percent and 0.5 percent was allotted for general budget adjustments. While the board approved this budget, the final official budget will be released Dec. 15. Detailed in the proposed fiscal year 2014 operating budget were increase funding for e-learning, advising and Mapworks. Mapworks is a comprehensive retention and success program for students, informing them of possibilities to succeed in courses they are struggling in. Within the last year, Mapworks’ student base has risen from 2,000 to over 10,500. UA’s attending chancellors reported 95 percent of alerts that were issued last year were “closed,” meaning students who

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were alerted sought out an avenue of suggested help for their courses, such as assistance is intensified advising for students on academic probation. The board also discussed expansions to UAF’s student housing. The proposed fiscal year 2014 capital budget request and 10-year capital improvement plan states, “The UAF Campus Housing Project includes an estimated 250 new beds in three new suite-style dorm facilities. These facilities will be in the core of campus along Copper Lane.” Regent Kenneth Fisher said, “The more we can be a traditional campus, the more we can increase our numbers.” A $4 million grant was also approved to develop a system for studying people of all ages, to collect information on wage differences between college graduates and non-college graduates, and the percentage of Alaska teachers that attended kindergarten through twelfth grade in the state.

Engineering Expansion

During the public testimony portion of the meeting, over 10 people presented speeches to the board favoring the see BUDGET page 2


Discover the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow with ‘Spamalot’

Spamalot actor Jaron Carlson takes a break on the set during rehearsal last week.

By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

Fans of the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” have a chance to spam it up at UAA. The department of Theater and Dance is putting on the musical “Spamalot” from Nov. 16 through Dec. 9 at the Fine Arts Building Main Stage Theatre. “Spamalot” is a large production for UAA to put on, and its cast and crew stands at about

50 members. Both students and community members make up the workforce. Tom Skore, production director and UAA theatre professor, started planning for “Spamalot” last year. The royalties for the production were between $3,600 and $4,000 to procure. The overall budget for the production, including costumes, lighting costs, scenery and other expenses is between see SPAMALOT page 4



UAA’s Emergency Text Messaging system

‘Skyfall’ falls short



Video capture of costume trickery with Paige Langit as the Lady of the Lake.



Seawolves tie No.2-ranked Golden Gophers


NEWS November 13, 2012 NEWS BRIEFS

BUDGET: Engineering, mining growth

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2 dead, 4 sick from eating wild mushrooms SACRAMENTO, Calif.­—Two residents of a Northern California assisted living facility have died and four others are hospitalized after eating soup with wild mushrooms, authorities said. Placer County sheriff’s officials told the Sacramento Bee ( STLV3S) that Barbara, 86, Lopes and Teresa Olesniewicz, 73,—residents of Gold Age Villa, an elderly care home in Loomis­died after eating the soup that had been prepared by a caregiver at the facility. The caregiver who prepared the soup was among the six people sickened, said Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reed. The conditions of the four people hospitalized were not immediately known, and their names have not been released. Reed says after deputies were called to the facility Friday they determined the incident was unintentional. “We got a report that some people had consumed some poisonous mushrooms,” Reed told the newspaper. “We responded out to the facility and interviewed people to make sure there was no foul play. There wasn’t any. It was an accident” Reed said.

NY emergency boss fired in Sandy flap ALBANY, N.Y.­—A state official says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired his emergency management director for diverting crews to remove a tree from his driveway during Superstorm Sandy. The official says Steven Kuhr, director of emergency management, was let go after the governor was told Kuhr called a Suffolk County crew to remove a felled tree from his driveway on Long Island. Kuhr was working in Albany at the time last week, shortly after Sandy hit. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the personnel decision wasn’t announced. The New York Times first reported the action. Kuhr was paid $153,000 as executive deputy commissioner of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. A phone number listed in Kuhr’s name was not working Wednesday night.

Upstate NY boys accused of antiSemitic hate crime WILTON, N.Y. (AP) Police say two upstate NY boys accused of defacing a car with anti-Semitic images and words have been charged with a hate crime. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s office tells local media outlets a 13-year-old from Wilton and 14-yearold from Saratoga Springs were charged Thursday with second-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime. Deputies say the boys etched the offensive messages into the paint of a car parked in a driveway in Wilton on Wednesday. Their names aren’t being released because of their ages. The case will be handled in Family Court. Wilton is 36 miles north of Albany. Compiled from the Associated Press by J. Almendarez

new engineering department expansions for both UAA and UAF. President and vice president of the University of Alaska Engineering Honors Society, mechanical engineering senior Najmus Saqib and senior mathematics and petroleum engineering senior Justin Cannon spoke respectively in favor of the new engineering building proposed for UAF. UAF’s expansion, estimated to cost $58,300,000, will be 116,900 square feet, have five floors and connect to the nearby Bunnell Building.The proposed fiscal year 2014 capital budget request and 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan explains it best. “The proposed new UAF engineering facility responds to the initiative to graduate more engineering students, enhances the student experience for engineering students and other students campus-wide with a visible and interactive learning environment, integrates UAF’s successful engineering research and graduate programs and addresses critical classroom needs,” the document reads. Also, UAA’s engineering program has nearly doubled within the last five years and now serves nearly 1,000 students. In response to this increase, the 2014 budget proposed a new UAA engineering building that is estimated to cost $60,600,000. Regarding the new UAA engineering building, the proposed fiscal year 2014 capital budget request and 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan reads, “New baccalaureate engineering and related associate and certificate

programs were created to meet industry demand and have been one of the driving forces for the enrollment increases. The existing engineering building was built in the early 1980s and is currently undersized.” Local engineers who spoke at the public testimony said they strongly support UA’s investment with new engineering developments, estimated to cost about $100 million, keeping Alaska’s funds in Alaskans’ pockets by bolstering local engineering options. Richard Riech, a local engineer and speaker, also said that the new engineering expansions would allow them to hire more “homegrown” engineers. This is beneficial to the local market because local engineers are already accustomed to Alaska culture and weather.

Mining Growth

Regents said mining is projected to grow 19 percent in the next 10 years. In response to these projections, UA President Patrick Gamble established a mining committee to ensure that the local workforce will be adequately prepared to work with the mine increases. According to the board, the highest-paid mining job in southeastern Alaska is underground mining. The average underground miner makes $88,000 a year and wages start at $70,000 a year. Faculty members at UAS have been in contact with local mines that support UAS’s planned training for the next 10 years. Being one of only a dozen mining schools in the nation, UAF has many employers from the rest of the country who are seeking

employees through the university. “I think this has great longterm prospects,” Gamble said. UAS has been working with local high schools in attempts to help students get internships with mining companies. They recently coached 20 students — many of which received internships. They have plans to guide over 100 students this spring to seek internships with local mines.


Gamble also said that if UA did not have a specific goal to keep tuition down for students, students’ expenses would have risen 5-7 percent this year. He went on to explain that, for the students’ sakes, the board sought funding from elsewhere. He said grants should be considered revenue because they net money that would have not been received otherwise. “We’ve got some issues with the methodology,” Gamble said, explaining his discontent with the formulas that total the UA system’s funding.


Regent Kirk Wickersham shared his concern that the radio station at UAF, KUAC, does not offer any approved credits for students that are involved with the program. Considering he spent years with UA radio, Wickersham said this topic was very personal to him, and he would like to see the program modified to give credits in the near future. While no specific solutions were offered, it was discussed for quite some time. Given his passionate and goal-driven statements, imminent reform seems possible.

UAA emergency messaging system


By J. Almendarez Executive Editor

As of last week, UAA students and employees got the option of enrolling in an emergency messaging system designed to notify students about crises on campus. The new system will affect about 24,000 people at the main UAA campus, satellite campuses, Kenai Peninsula College, Prince William Sound Community College and Matanuska-Susitna College. Manch Garhart, emergency management associate with the

University Police Department, said, “This is a full UAA system implementation that will only inform people of emergencies happening on campus, not campus closures or other university news. He said students and employees should have received an email last week via their UAA email account asking for them to register for the service. Options for points of contact include email, text messaging and phone calls to personal and office phone numbers. According to the System Office of Risk Services website, there are also mass notification elements such as loudspeakers, desktop monitor alerts and hallway beacon lights in some areas. It also organizes a way to contact local media, posts on UAA related Facebook

pages and updates the university home page.He said the contacts entered into the system should be “contact me now” information. While Garhart said he does not know how much the system costs, it was implemented to keep students informed in the case of an emergency. USUAA President Alejandra Buitrago said she was briefed about the new system along with others at the University Assembly meeting Thursday. “It’s a great step in the right direction,” she said. There was a concern at the meeting that because the same company that owns Blackboard runs the system, there might be a chance for it to crash if Blackboard crashes. But she was told that the system runs on a different server. Also, she said there was discussion about

what kind of information would be given in the message in the event of an active shooter scenario. The system is set to inform students about the event on campus, while providing them a link to the UAA home page, which gives information about what to do if a shooter is on campus. Civil engineering senior Jesse Jack said he felt neutral about the investment because he already has his UAA emails forwarded to his phone. Many students interviewed said they were unaware of the new system as of Friday and said they do not frequently check their UAA email account. To sign up for the alerts, visit www.alaska. edu/uaalerts and log in using the same username and password required by Blackboard.




UK teen jailed for robbing jewelry stores LONDON — British police say a 16-year-old boy who used prosthetics and dreadlocks to conduct armed robberies in disguise has been jailed for five years. Police say Miles Alura pretended to be an elderly man with facial prosthetics, make up and a hair piece to steal 50,000 pounds ($79,500) worth of jewelry from a shop in Kent in July. They say he produced two handguns and tied up employees before fleeing. That robbery was linked to one in London a month earlier, when Alura wore fake dreadlocks to rob a jeweler of 100,000 pounds ($159,000) worth of stock. Alura was jailed Friday at Kingston Crown Crown Court. Two teenage accomplices, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sentenced to three years in jail and a 12-month detention order.

Calif. mayoral candidate arrested on Election Day PASO ROBLES, Calif.— A Central Coast candidate for mayor lost big this week. Paso Robles write-in candidate Jeff Rougeot was arrested on Election Day for investigation of crimes that include felonies for making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm. The 45-year-old car audio business owner remained in the San Luis Obispo County jail Thursday with bail at $1.1 million. Besides the felonies, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo ( WFUWlx) says Rougeot was booked for investigation of four misdemeanors for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and four violations of a court order involving domestic violence. Rougeot doesn’t have an attorney of record, and a telephone call Thursday to his car stereo business rang unanswered. Mayor Duane Picanco got 86 percent of the vote to easily defeat Rougeot and another candidate.

Man napping in field run over by combine, survives BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man napping in a Montana cornfield was startled out of his snooze when he was run over by a large harvesting machine — and Yellowstone County deputies say he’s lucky to be alive. Sheriff’s Lt. Kent O’Donnell says the 57-year-old man had been traveling the country by bus and decided to take a rest three rows deep in a field on the outskirts of Billings, the state’s largest city. A farmer harvesting Wednesday felt his combine hit something. When he turned the machine off, he heard screaming. Emergency responders found the man’s clothing had been sucked into the cutter, ensnaring him in the blades. O’Donnell says the man, whose name was not released, suffered cuts requiring stitches and may need skin grafts, but given the circumstances is “incredibly lucky.” Compiled from the Associated Press by J. Almendarez


NEWS November 13, 2012

Starting conversations between students and legislators By J. Almendarez Executive Editor

Some of the newly-elected legislators in the state will be attending an open luncheon to mingle with students and answer questions in a panel format from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday in Room 307 of the Consortium Library. Government Relations Director Terri Draeger said at the USUAA meeting Friday that she encouraged all students to attend the luncheon or submit questions that can be asked to legislators on their behalf. She said after the meeting that the event is free and a taco bar, chips and dip, cookies and beverages will be provided to attendees. Senator Andrew Lessig will begin asking the legislators questions at about 2:30 p.m. and give them about 2-3 minutes to respond to each question. The Lunch with Legislators event has been taking place since 2009. Questions can be submitted to Draeger at uaa_grd@uaa.alaska. edu. Sustainability USUAA President Alejandra Buitrago nominated air traffic control Professor Sharon LaRue to be the faculty representative serving on the Green Fee Board. She said USUAA adviser Paula Fish emailed faculty members in mass to solicit interested people.

Buitrago said six people responded, three were ineligible to serve in the role and LaRue was the only one to immediately respond to her when she tried to make contact with them. She also said LaRue wrote a

searched for people.” He said while he realizes there is a deadline to fill the position on the committee, he thought there might be more people interested

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In late October, someone in the lady’s locker room sauna was confronted with an unexpected site — at eye level, the bent-over backside of another woman. “You aren’t very modest are you?” she asked the woman. “I grew up in California in the 60s,” the other woman said. Then, she commenced to rub lotion and oils over her body while remaining bent over. The woman who experienced the eyeful emailed the information to TNL, Alan Piccard, assistant director of recreation sports programs, and Kevin Silver, director of recreational sports, Oct. 26. Her email stated, “Other Athletic Clubs in Anchorage have signs posted outside the saunas to curb inappropriateness. Why can’t (the) UAA Recreational Sports Complex do the same?” The sauna rules currently posted on the door ask visitors to not pour liquid on the rocks in the sauna, request a Wolfcard

He estimates the proposal should be perfected by next semester. Speakers While there were no speakers signed up in advance of the meeting, Larissa Villar, community relationship manager for the American Cancer Society, informed the union that the society would be hosting a Relay for Life event sometime in the spring, possibly the second week of April. She said, “The idea is cancer never sleeps,” so she hopes to host the relay for a span of 24 hours, possibly in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. For more information, Villar can be contacted at 907-273-2070. Election Results and Provost

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thoughtful essay saying why she wanted to serve on the committee. She has experience with sustainability, such as starting a community garden, teaching about sustainability at Eagle River Elementary and serving on the UAA sustainability committee paper reduction work group. She has also worked to create a recycling guide for the UAA community, and devotes a week to sustainability in upper level classes she teaches. Buitrago said, “I think she’ll become a great addition to the students we already have in the group.” Senator Victor de Carli, who is also chair of the Sustainability Committee for USUAA, said, “I wonder how much we actually

in being the faulty representative. Buitrago said she thought the faculty was well-informed about the position and expects them to follow up on filling positions they’re interested in. LaRue was voted into the position with eight people for, one against and two abstaining. Carli and Senator Seen So abstained from the vote and Senator Max Bullock voted against. Bullock said after the meeting that he voted against the appointment because he also thought there might be more qualified or interested faculty members who want to fill the position but might not have known

Being respectful in the sauna By J. Almendarez

about it. Bullock also updated the union about the bike share program he has been working on. He said it was approved and endorsed by the sustainability office this week and that he would be meeting with

or ticket for use, restrict use to people ages 12 and older, prohibit leaving newspapers or books in the sauna, require users to sit on a towel or wear a bathing suit when on benches, suggest no more than 20 minutes in the sauna and urge people to press the emergency yellow button for immediate assistance if needed. There are no other behavioral rules posted. Piccard said he responded to the woman via email with advice about what to do if harassed in the sauna. He said there is a yellow emergency button that can be used to alert the person working at the issue cage, an equipment and ticket sales booth, or inform the person working at the issue cage about the problem in person. He said the employee respondent could then mediate the situation. In this particular instance, he said there was little his team could do to address the problem because the informant waited until days after the incident to notify others

Bill Spindle, Vice Chancellor for administrative services, Wednesday to talk about the next step to making the program a reality. The bike share program will provide bicycles students can rent for free with their Wolfcard from a kiosk for two hours at a time. Bullock started the program with the hope of assisting students commute across campus. Carli also updated the union about the “Green and Gold H2O” bill. He said the Sustainability Committee is in the process of fine-tuning their proposal and gathering more signatures for support of the program.

Fish said the number of students who voted in the election are up to 519 from 322 last fall. Vice President Andrew McConnell said official results will be verified by 5 p.m. Tuesday, and can be seen on the USUAA website or posted on the door of their office in Room 201 of the Student Union. Buitrago also encouraged students to stay up to date about Provost and Vice Chancellor for Affair candidates who will on campus throughout the month of November. Charles Bullock, Deborah Hedeen and Elisha Baker are final applicants for the post. For more information about each candidate and to find out more about their visits to UAA, go to chancellor/provost-search.cfm.

of her concern. Piccard’s email also states that it is not part of UAA policy to discourage the use of products such as oils or lotions in the sauna. Silver also recommended that people communicate their needs with the staff available while using facilities in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Center. “You have to let us know if you have an issue,” Silver said. In this case, Silver said a mediator could have checked that both people were authorized to use the fitness center or interviewed both people to find the appropriate solution. But that can’t be done if the staff is not informed about the incident immediately. The woman who sent the email said she wants to remain anonymous and did not provide her name. For more information about the sauna visit www.uaa.alaska. edu/recreation/facility-use/ policies.cfm.


A&E November 13, 2012

SPAMALOT: PLAY BRING TO STAGE COMEDY AND A CLASSIC FAN FAVORITE $18,500 and $19,000. “It’s an expensive show to produce. The settings aren’t that bad, but it has a lot of funny little things,” Skore said. “At some point (the script) will say, ‘A frog starts wheeling across the stage.’ So, you’ve gotta have somebody there. You have to build the frog costume. They’re on the stage for 10 seconds, and then they’re gone and you never see the frog again.” “Spamalot,” and its parent movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” are British comedies that tell the story of King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table and their quest to find the Holy Grail. It also includes rude Frenchmen, knights who say “ni,” an enchanter named Tim and a rabbit with a nasty temper. “I grew up watching the movies, watching the ‘Flying Circus,’ and that sort of off the cuff, sometimes unrelated humor, is fantastic,” Paige Langit, who plays the Lady of the Lake, said. “It’s definitely comedy at its finest and silliest.” The production involves quite a bit of choreography as well, and the musical isn’t rooted in a specific style. The dance numbers are varied and, like the rest of the musical, very silly. Getting the cast together to rehearse the choreography has been a challenge. “When we first started the show, half the cast was performing in another show at UAA, so we kind of had to work around them,” Kristen Vierthaler, production choreographer and adjunct professor at UAA, said. “There’s so much dance in this show, and you have so few males trained as dancers in Alaska. ... But boy do they (cast members) attack their choreography with enthusiasm.” Not all the cast members have busy roles, however. “I feel like a little bit of a slacker as Lady of the Lake compared to a lot of these cast members,” Langit said. “Some of them have multiple characters, multiple costume changes, multiple numbers that they’re having to memorize not only the words, but the choreography. ... And here I am, I walk in, and I’m the diva and I sing and I leave.” The traveling Broadway production of “Spamalot” was in Anchorage in April 2009, but Skore doesn’t think the recentness of the professional production will negatively affect interest in UAA’s show. “The Broadway format and the PAC format, you’re seeing it in a huge theater. You’re well away from what’s going on. Our

Costume designer Colleen Metzger approaches the Lady of the Lake, Paige Langit, while testing wardrobe. Director Tom Skore, scenic designer Daniel Carlgren and student worker Scottie Heverling look on.

Asia Bauzon, Theatre and Dance department administrator, steps out of the office and into the costume shop to aid in costume sewing.

theater is very intimate, so the interaction with the audience is a lot closer,” Skore said. Vierthaler agrees. “It’s kind of like brownies,” she said. “You know when you eat brownies and they’re really good and it’s like, you can wait another two weeks and then you’re


Theatre students Brian Sechrist, Micah Williams and Kyle Campbell combine efforts for set construction.

about ready for another pan of brownies.” “Spamalot” will run at the Fine Arts Building Main Stage Theatre at 8 p.m. from Nov. 16 through Dec. 9 Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for UAA students with

valid ID and $20 for the general public. Bring a can of nonperishable food to the Fine Arts Box Office you when purchasing tickets to get the “spam rate,” a $3 ticket discount. One can per ticket limit, no substitutions for shrubberies.

How to rock at being a celebrity and an American By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor







A&E Opinion



JUST GET ALONG? A couple of weeks ago, I berated Donald Trump for his catch-22 offer to President Barack Obama regarding college and passport records. In general, that was a jerk move right before an election. However, he’s not the only celebrity who’s been active these past few weeks. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, many celebrities have been giving back, especially in New York City. Lady Gaga, who grew up there, has been one of the big donators. Whether you love her music or hate it, Mother Monster donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to benefit those

affected by the storm, and that is something to be commended. Sure, she has earned millions more that could be aiding the recovery effort (those outrageous outfits don’t pay for themselves), but at least she’s giving back. Jerry Seinfeld, who recently did a show in Anchorage, is adding a show in Long Island to his current tour and is donating all the proceeds to Sandy relief. In addition, Seinfeld is donating 100 percent of proceeds from two other shows in New York to aid the victims and so is comedian Colin Quinn, who is touring with Seinfeld. Major networks ABC and NBC both raised money for victims as well. ABC raised a reported $17 million by urging its viewers to donate for an entire day. Two of its largest donors were Barbara Walters and George Stephanopoulos, personalities for the network, though how much they individually donated wasn’t

released. NBC raised a whopping $23 million in a telethon as well. Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC, also made a $1 million donation to local charities. Perhaps best of all, despite the small financial benefit to New Yorkers, was rapper The Game’s personal contribution on Election Day. He gave 500 different people $20 each to take a train so they could get to a functional polling location to vote at, totaling a $10,000 donation that had other non-monetary benefits. He also gave rides to more than 60 people to and from polling stations so they could cast their vote. No matter what political party you affiliate with, that is awesome. For many, voting was a step toward normalcy, something the people in the East Coast desperately need and deserve. Kudos to The Game. Well done. No matter if we like a celebrity’s work, they are people too — people who are capable of caring about others and wanting to do something to help in an emergency.

So, for once in my life, I urge others to emulate these celebrities. Donate money to the American Red Cross for relief efforts or, if you don’t support that organization, try the Salvation Army or the numerous other groups raising money for relief efforts. There are also ways to volunteer your time for help if you plan on heading that way to visit relatives or friends for the holidays. Contact local organizations to find out how. I know we’re mostly all poor college students trying to make ends meet for ourselves, so it’s unrealistic to hope that we can go all out and donate as much as the celebrities already making an effort. But every penny counts right now for the victims. They need food and shelter and help getting their lives back, and they will be grateful for whatever aid they can get. Be a rock star. Help the victims on East Coast. This college student has already donated $20. It’s not much, but it is a step in the right direction.


November 13, 2012




‘New Horizons’ for Flyleaf Hotline Miami Review By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

After a decade as lead singer for Christian alternative band Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm (nee Mosley), is parting ways from the group to pursue the next chapter of her life — but not before leaving fans with one last album to remember her by. “New Horizons” is reminiscent of the band’s previous albums, “Flyleaf” (2005) and “Memento Mori” (2009), as far as vocals and basic musical style are concerned, but differ in levels of intensity. The first two albums are powerful, with harsh lyrics describing school shootings (“Cassie,” from the “Flyleaf” album) or intense and inspiring ones about pushing through hardships and turning away from suicide (“Arise,” from “Memento Mori”). By comparison, “New Horizons” is gentler. Some may even describe it as tame. Flyleaf’s latest single, the title track, is an example of this. It speaks of striking out and doing new things while you still can, and that change isn’t always a bad thing. The message is a direct comment on Sturm’s departure from the band.

The music is borderline cheery and very uplifting. The guitars and drums are heavy, but not hard, and you can hear a bit of excitement in Sturm’s vocals that hint at her joy toward starting the next part of her life, presumably with her young son and husband. “Fire Fire,” the first track on the album, is more similar to the band’s previous releases, with a strong, accusing tone and lyrics that cut through life’s bull crap. It then suddenly changes into a soothing tone, instead of ranting. The music and Sturm’s vocals plead the listener to understand the point the band is trying to make. Despite what everyone is trying to convince you, you have nothing to prove or be ashamed of. No matter who you are or what background you’re from, no matter how bad, you’ve got nothing to prove. Despite the rough feel of most of the track, it is also strangely elevating, a quality Flyleaf is known for among fans. Another track, “Cage on the Ground,” is a soul-searcher. Sturm and the gang present listeners with the concept that when more and more fans discover a band, it becomes trapped by everyone’s perceptions of them and their craft.

Lyrics such as “Welcome to the machine/It’s a currency generator/ And then it’s a guillotine” shed a negative light on the effects of fame on creativity and personal freedom. But, as with most all of the band’s songs, there is a silver lining, and this one once more points to Sturm’s departure: “I’m gonna take my bow/And disappear into the sound/I’m leaving my cage on the ground.” Fans will notice a reduction in obvious biblical and religious references in this album, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many references are still there, but this album isn’t necessarily all about faith in a higher power. It’s about faith in the self, and that’s something that makes it more accessible to a wider audience. There’s no telling how new lead singer Kristen May (formerly of the band Vedera) can ever hope to live up to Sturm’s impact as the face and voice of Flyleaf, but at least this last album, tame as it is, holds its own. Band: Flyleaf Album: “New Horizons” Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012 Label: A&M/Octone Records


‘Skyfall’ falls short on expectations

By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor

It’s not hard to make a good Bond movie. “Skyfall” marks the 23rd in the franchise, so clearly the well-worn structure for not screwing things up is still good. The formula: Include a relatively attractive man with charisma, lots of fun gadgets for geeks to drool over, a sleek car that will inevitably get decimated, gorgeous women, a sexy opening song and a bad guy out to either destroy the world, or just England — your pick. Also, blow up a few things. I fail to see a good reason to change things up. In the film, someone has stolen a list of all the undercover agents for the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, and Bond (Daniel Craig, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) must retrieve the list before the thief uses it to unmask the agents and get them killed. He also has to protect M (Judi Dench, “Stars in Shorts”), the head of MI6, when her past comes back to haunt her.

Here’s the thing, the bad guy doesn’t care about agents, England or even the world. He just hates M and wants her humiliated and dead. That is the driving plot of this movie. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? Wrong, because the basic plot deviation is only the first issue. There are too few cool gadgets, the hot chick is mostly ignored except for a little lip service, the gorgeous car isn’t gorgeous enough and the writers rush the important parts of the plot while showcasing duller bits. The writers try to get too deep into Bond’s past, as well as M’s, but neither are explored enough to make the attempt worth it. You learn that Bond had a troubled childhood, M has made a few bad decisions (who hasn’t?) and the world is changing around them while they seem to stand still in time. That doesn’t sound so bad for a movie, but again, it’s too deep for a Bond flick, and it isn’t explored deeply enough to make viewers actually care. Perhaps the two most vexing parts of the movie deal with the ending, which won’t be discussed here, except to say that the writers try to make the plot come full circle, but it doesn’t work entirely. Craig’s acting is emotionless as ever, even when he appears to be trying to express feeling. As Bond the agent, he’s great and impersonal, but when the character tries to show basic humanity,

he doesn’t quite convince the audience. Dench is wonderful as M and holds her character to an amazing standard, even when faced with more attempted character building than M is honestly meant to go through. Another fun actor is Javier Bardem (“Eat Pray Love”), who plays the villain, Silva. His character is interesting and isn’t explored enough. His character is a psychopath, but he’s suave, witty and not nearly as full of himself as he could be. This makes his issues with M so half-assed — no real reason is given for him to have gone so far off the deep end. Bardem does well with what he’s given, however, and makes Silva memorable. Ralph Fiennes (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2”) plays a small and misleading role that aids in the movie’s plot. He does well, and his character will likely be far more important in the next two Bond movies already announced, the next projected release is in 2014. The movie isn’t horrible, but it isn’t a Bond movie. It’s an attempt to reinvent Bond without the commitment to doing it right. Perhaps if it had been done well, the overhaul itself wouldn’t be so disappointing. Movie: “Skyfall” Release Date: Nov. 9, 2012 Director: Sam Mendez Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench

By Jacob Holley-Kline Staff Reporter

In every generation, a littleknown project is released and becomes something truly special. “Hotline Miami” is that game. There is never a certain moment in the game. A series of mysterious phone calls drive the player to kill, but the motivation is unclear. The closest game relative “Miami” has is “Eternal Darkness,” a survival-horror title for Nintendo GameCube, which utilizes a sanity meter that drains with each traumatic event, but “Miami” has no sanity meter or any form of sanity at all. Your character’s bloodlust is sated by any means. Reality and fantasy bleed into one another. The game world is unforgiving, brutal and terrifying. All mistakes made are grave, and it only takes one bullet or hit to end your run. But the sheer satisfaction of planning and executing attacks will keep players coming back for more. The visual style is unmistakable. Designed on a low budget by Jonatan Soderstrom and Dennis Wedin of Dennaton Games, “Miami” is an ultraviolent 8-bit shooter.

“Miami” blends 1980’s popular culture with the menace of 70’s grindhouse. Despite the seemingly innocuous design, the violence is shocking. The soundtrack is incredible. Each scene is punctuated by a perfect track, and the songs range from catchy to harrowing. The player has an extremely varied collection of weapons to choose from. A series of rubber animal masks are worn by the playable character and, depending on which you choose, a special attribute is attained. Through this, even the player is masked to the character’s true identity. “Hotline Miami” is a strong, ultraviolent entry into the indie game canon. It deserves a spot amongst the best — and that’s certainly something worth paying 10 dollars for. “Hotline Miami” is available now on Steam at http://store. Game: Hotline Miami Developer: Dennaton Games Genre: Top Down Shooter Platform: PC

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Sex toys and where to get them By Vicente Capala Multimedia Editor

When you hear the term “sex toys,” what do you imagine? Most people envision a fake penis when thinking about sex toys. Fake penises do assist those lost without a hardened appendage to ease into their pleasures, but despite the utility of these toys, some are embarrassed to admit they’ve had the pleasure of using them. Don’t be embarrassed. Everyone has come in contact with or imagined using sex toys at some point in their life. And I don’t only mean penises, either. There are various kinds of sex

toys for the pleasures of both men and women. So, how one can find sex toys in town? Castle Megastore, an Anchorage shop specializing in sex toys, is located at 1851 E 5th Ave. This store is only for those over 18 years old, and there’s no way to sneak your way in — the staff checks IDs upon entry. But once you’ve proved your age, you enjoy the pleasure and fun of browsing through the store. On one side of the store, there are displays of artificial genitalia products — fake penises, or dildos, and fake vaginas. Fake vaginas are

often called fleshlights, or as I like to call them, “vagildos.” (On a side note, I would also like to start the popularization of the word “vagildo.”) Admittedly, it is rather awkward browsing around for who-knowswhat the first time. You may not even know what you’re looking for in the first place. Just set aside your fear of being judged and act as if you have been there several times before. That’s what I tried to do my first time. But I would still feel a sensation of shock and discomfort every time I touched a display item.


Touching these toys may sidetrack you from your original mission, whatever it may be. It could also help one get an image for how other genitals could feel like. This is helpful if you had never reached second base with someone before, or if you are a curious gay on the fence. There are many kinds of artificial genitalia. There are dildos that vibrate. There are vibrators that provide both vaginal and clitoral stimulation, mimicking two-finger pleasure. There are vagildos shaped like mouths to simulate the experience

of oral sex. There are some that vibrate from within to simulate grinding. Some even light up, just for uniqueness. There are other, non-genital varieties of sex toys, too, the biggest of them probably being stripper poles. Yes. Castle also sells stripper poles. These range in price between $200 and a little over $500. It could very well be the perfect present for any of your wild friends. Now is your chance to explore and browse. Make sure to act casual, try not to knock any vagildos off the shelf and by all means, always bring your ID.

The Pollock art of registering for next semester By Evan Dodd Contributor

I have no idea what I’m doing in college. Not so much in the day-to-day stuff — I’m told that I’m a genius in the art of waking up and going to class — but more in the long-term planning sense. I tend to flounder when it comes to making decisions that impact my life past the morning’s breakfast. (Bacon and eggs with a side of bacon. Nailed it!) For some perspective, I’m 63 credits into college and I just decided that it might be time to decide on a major, not that I don’t enjoy spending obscene amounts of money to just float around the system, mind you. So take all my advice with about six billion grains of salt. The deadline for choosing classes for spring semester is upon us, and some of us will be making some very difficult decisions regarding our futures. Some are preparing to transfer or getting ready to dive headfirst into a new degree program, maybe even rethinking life goals. And then there’s me, who did all of those things in the span of a week. So registration will be a bit of an interesting process this year. In addition to the vicious midnight scramble to sign up

for classes we don’t have a strong desire to attend (I’m looking at you, Statistics for Business and Economics), many of us now have life-changing decisions to ponder. In the midst of making those decisions, I’ve come to realize that I have three distinct types of questions regarding registration: realistic, lazy and desperate. Realistic questions are, “Should I decide to minor in history or psychology?” The lazy questions sound a bit like, “Do I really want to stack nine credits’ worth of economics courses onto one day?” and “Can I just pay the College of Business to live in an empty office so I can save time in the mornings?” And then there are the desperate cries of, “What do you mean that my 055-level snowshoeing course doesn’t transfer to my business major?!” Basically, I’m making all of my plans up as I go along. I don’t think that’s entirely a bad thing, either. I have no idea what experiences will be useful later in life, much less what is worth spending money on in the present. So yes, maybe it is an odd use of money to buy a season pass to Alyeska and refuse to schedule classes on Fridays. I probably shouldn’t decide to take a 400-level course on Cold War economics just because I thought it looked cool in the register. And deciding to stack my classes to accommodate my work schedule may not work out in my favor. But I’m going to do all of those things

because I only get one shot at this and I really just don’t know any better. Mostly the second one. So I guess that in the end, I have no real advice for your registration woes. You’re on your own with this one, unless you went to see an adviser. I hear those are nice. It’s your call. Try an elective or two to break the stress, don’t let yourself get so overloaded that you burn out by March.

Though, if you do burn out by March, feel free to join me in my huddled ball of shame on the second floor of the library. So just do it, take that kung-fu course, learn to mush sled dogs! Just go with what you feel. You really can’t go wrong with an extra elective or two. Unless you’re feeling a math elective. Because no one should ever want a math elective.

FEATURES November 13, 2012

Cooking in college


For all the first-time cooks out there

Yellow curry per fect for winter nights

By J. Almendarez Executive Editor

Ingredients: 16 ounces of fried tofu 2 (13.5 ounce) cans of coconut milk yellow curry paste, to taste 1/2 cup bamboo shoot, drained 1 cup frozen peas 1 cup pineapple drained 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1 cup water Basil, to taste chopped cashews (optional) 4 -6 cups steamed jasmine rice Recipe modified from recipe/yellow-chicken-curry-141405




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Ever have a dish you love to order in restaurants but think is impossible to make? For me, that dish is extra spicy yellow curry with fried tofu. A combination of a love for the dish and a lack of knowledge about Thai cuisine has always made me feel like I’d be out of my league trying to make it. But cooking it is very easy, and all the first-timers should be able to manage it. The only inconvenient thing about the recipe was finding an Asian market to shop at for some of the specialty items. But make the effort to do so. Otherwise, you’ll just be stuck walking up and down the grocery aisles looking for ingredients you won’t likely find in a typical store. It’s also a worthwhile effort to enjoy the experience of browsing for food most people aren’t familiar with. For instance, I tried mochi for the first time and not only did it go well with the curry, but I am in love with the dessert. After the ingredients are gathered, cooking yellow curry is easy. Pour one can of coconut milk into a large, deep saute pan along with the yellow curry paste, and bring it to a boil. The yellow curry paste essentially controls how spicy the dish will be, so add or reduce the amount of paste necessary for the desired flavor. Tasting the milk-paste combo as each tablespoon is added is the best way to season the curry to taste. I eventually settled for 5.5 tablespoons because spicy curry is my preference. After the mixture is brought to a boil, add the second can of coconut milk and

simmer. While the mix is heating, it’s a good time to prepare some ingredients. I chose to use fried tofu as the main filler, but chicken, beef or shrimp can be added instead. However, adding meat will increase the saturated fat in the dish, which is already high in saturated fat because of the coconut milk. Luckily, I found pre-fried tofu at the Asian market and did not have to fry the tofu on my own. This was a convenient find, because I didn’t even know it was possible to buy pre-fried tofu. After I sliced two packages of the tofu into moderately sized squares, I added it to the pan and let it all simmer for about 7 minutes. During the wait, I cut carrots and opened cans of pineapple and bamboo shoots. By the time I was done with the prep, the tofu was heated enough for me to throw in the carrots and cook until they were tender. Then I added the peas, pineapple and bamboo shoots. I sprinkled the top of the dish with basil and let it all simmer for about another 10 minutes. A word of advice here: You can and should consider adding any vegetables you want to this dish. In retrospect, I would have loved to add broccoli, bell peppers and onions. I felt very bound to the recipe and didn’t want to deviate too far from it, but next time I’ll be more creative. While the main meal is on the stove, cook the rice. The recipe called for steamed jasmine rice. I substituted brown rice for that because it seemed like a healthier choice. When everything is heated in the curry

mix, put the rice on a plate and pour the curry over it. While at the market, I also picked up Sambal Oelek, a spicy chili sauce I’d seen in restaurants, to top off the meal. Then I pigged out on food that was surprisingly amazing. The only downside to the meal is the calorie count. At about 1,585 calories per serving, one could feel tempted to make this dish a special treat as opposed to a weekly tradition. But some Internet searches revealed a trick that just might make this recipe feasible for frequent consumption. Apparently, if coconut milk is poured into a bowl and left in the refrigerator overnight, the fat will float to the top. It can be scooped off and, according to several cooking forums, all that’s left is reduced fat coconut milk. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it seems harmless to try. Overall, this recipe led to the single greatest meal I have cooked in my entire life. I will be eating this food weekly, whether I can get the fat out of the coconut milk or not.

Are there actually health benefits inherent in alcohol? By Kate Lindsley Contributor

Boiling this question down to the molecules, ethanol itself does not carry any benefits. Ethanol is the “active” ingredient in vodka, gin, wine, rum and other alcohols. It requires special detoxification by the liver when ingested so it doesn’t poison the drinker. In people without the detoxifying protein called “alcohol dehydrogenase,” drinking any amount of ethanol can cause a massive reaction including gut-wrenching pain, because ethanol is a biological toxin. For those of us who can digest ethanol, however, there have been rumored benefits. Popular comments include, “I’m drinking this wine for my heart,” or, “This beer will reduce my stress level and therefore prolong my life.” It’s a bit of a stretch when you pound a six-pack in one sitting. However, according to a large literature review completed in 2011, young men and women should be praising wine for its slight capacity to improve cognitive ability. In older populations, light to moderate


drinking can decrease the potential for all types of dementia. Before you jump for joy and race to the Brown Jug, there is fine print. The observed increase in cognitive ability was very small, and only occurred with light to moderate drinking. As soon as the drinking level passed into heavy, there

were no advantages. And according to a study conducted by Marinus Verbaten in a 2009 issue of Human Psychopharmacology (not included in that aforementioned literature review), the benefits of moderate alcohol drinking really only belong to the elderly. So take your time getting to the liquor

store, since the cognitive benefits won’t happen until you hit your 60s. Starting around then, people who don’t drink at all actually have higher cognitive decline than moderate drinkers, according to the Verbaten study. If you are wondering where the conversation about antioxidants from alcohol comes in, that is a fairly poor excuse for drinking. Antioxidants are found in plenty of everyday foods, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Those who don’t drink alcohol are not nutritionally deficient. In fact, most nutritional deficiencies are seen in people who drink too much. Lastly, there are plenty of other stressbusting activities other than cracking open a brewski. Plan a fantasy vacation, volunteer, take a walk or make a list of things you are thankful for. The best part? All of these things are completely free, can be done with a friend and are completely legal if you’re under the legal drinking age. Author’s note: In the 2009 study, light drinking is less than 7 drinks per week, moderate drinking is 7-21 drinks per week, and heavy drinking is 21-40 drinks per week. Each drink contained 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine.


FEATURES November 13, 2012

The Diversity Action Council brings life to UAA programs

By Nita Mauigoa

Assistant Features Editor


Shannon Hawkins, UAA student and Alaska Native dancer, proudly dressed in Inupiaq attire to celebrate the kickoff of Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month. Her face lit up at the mention of the Diversity Action Council, or DAC, an annual sponsor for the event. “There are so many Alaska Native students here and they (the DAC) are wanting to support us and bring on events like today. Having the dance groups, having people talking to us in their own language — I mean, it’s really great to hear that,” Hawkins said. The DAC is a resource committee to the UAA chancellor, committed to nurturing an environment where the diverse cultures and beliefs of all people are acknowledged, where diversity is respected and where all people are valued. The committee is comprised of an executive, students, staff and faculty representatives from various campus departments and organizations, such as Disability Support Services, USUAA, the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Multicultural Center. Students linked to campus programs supported by the DAC understand how vital the organization is. However, the DAC is an organization that supports the entire campus, and all students can benefit from it. “We are fortunate to be a university that is so rich with diverse perspectives, background, heritage, ethnicities, religion. It is an institution like no other, and we work very, very hard at celebrating the differences and understanding individuals’

Stephanie and Shannon Hawkins model their matching purple atikluks sewn by Inupiaq artist Ruth Konik. Stephanie is also wearing seal skin mittens trimmed with arctic fox fur and mukluks. Shannon wears slippers made of seal skin, wool and beads. The fashion show took place at the ‘Yagheli Jan – Good Day!’ celebration.

backgrounds and how that contributes to this diverse learning environment that we have here,” Bruce Schultz, vice chancellor of student affairs and co-chair of the DAC, said. The rich diversity at UAA creates opportunities for dialogue, but it also creates challenges. The committee wants to celebrate and take advantage of those opportunities, and

Alcohol Awareness Week educates By Emily Hodson Staff Reporter

Alcohol and college are a common combination. Students both of and under the age tend to drink sometimes. Every year, UAA gets the opportunity to host Alcohol Awareness Week, an annual event that is designed to help students develop a good understanding of how to drink responsibly. This series of events is part of nationally recognized National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week program. Amanda Murdock, UAA’s alcohol, drug & wellness Educator, assists UAA students who have drinking problems. “I see students and have information they need to get help,” Murdock said. “I’ve received phone calls from students saying, ‘I need help with my drinking.’” Although drinking is a part of many college students’ lives, numbers indicate that UAA doesn’t have many students with drinking problems. “Most students at UAA drink responsibly. Studies show that 80 percent of UAA students did not binge drink in the last two weeks.” Every year during Alcohol Awareness Week, there is a new theme. This year’s theme was called “A Shot of Reality” and took place last week. During the week, Murdock gave a calorie count presentation,

highlighting the amount of calories in alcohol, such as cocktails and beer. After each calorie count presentation, another activity called “Don’t Be That Guy/Girl,” helped students avoid being that one person at a party who drinks irresponsibly. Complimentary playing cards were given out to students, with examples of “Don’t Be That Guy/ Girl” scenarios printed on them. Shots of hot chocolate were also offered to students, and a lot of the students responded well to the warm alternative, Murdock said. The Student Health and Counseling Center did a “Drunken Mario Cart” activity, demonstrating how vision is impaired when driving drunk. For residential students, there was a similar activity called “Dunk it,” where people put on drunk goggles and tried to shoot a basketball point, comparing it to the impaired vision of someone under the influence. This event goes on only once a year, but Murdock is still available to talk during the semester via appointment for anyone who needs to talk about or receive help for drinking, drugs or any other sort of wellness issues. For information about Alcohol Awareness at UAA or to make an appointment, contact Murdock at 907-786-1511 or at armurdock@

develop strategies to overcome challenges. One of the DAC’s priorities is the active development of a diversity action plan for UAA. Another priority is the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff. The DAC developed a resource guide for the hiring authorities and managers of UAA designed to help recruit individuals from diverse backgrounds.

“We sit in the institutional structure as the entity that is promoting, managing and celebrating diversity,” Marva Watson, director of the office of campus diversity and compliance and co-chair to the DAC, said. “At the same time, you can’t do it alone, and so you do need the thinking of more people. And so here exists this wonderful council. ... We have so many opportunities and initiatives in progress that celebrate the diversity we have on campus,” she said. Both Shultz and Watson expressed a priority to ensure the community understands what the DAC does so the committee will have more students, faculty and staff take advantage of the support and resources available. Among other programs, the DAC most recently funded events for Filipino American History month and Hispanic Heritage Month. Latino Student Union treasurer, Alejandro Cuautil was part of the planning process for the presentation given to the DAC to bring the Mexican consulate to campus. “It’s a good support group for any other group that needs funds to make an event,” Cuautil said. For more information about the DAC and their services, visit dac or call 907-786-4680. The link to the online funding request form is: UAA-DAC-Funding-Request-Form.pdf. Proposals will be reviewed at monthly meetings. Meetings are held from 9-10:30 a.m the second Friday of each month in the Lyla Richards Conference Room in the Student Union.


FEATURES November 13, 2012

HERITAGE: Performance celebrates history continued from cover


Kingikmiut Singers and Dancers of Anchorage, Stephanie Hawkins, Arnold Olanna and Shannon Hawkins.

Petla Noden modes a tunic made of garbage bags and duct tape made to mimic tunics worn by Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of southeast Alaska. The hat was made by Tsimshian artist Roxanna Leash of Metlakatla, Alaska. It is inspired by the cedar bark hats traditionally worn in southeast Alaska.

Desaree Coffee models a button robe sewn by Tsimshian artist Besty Booth of Metlakatla, Alaska. The design was created by Stevie Booth of Metlakatla and depicts two ravens in the shape of a heart. The crest design was made by Stevie Booth of Metlakatla and is called “Grandmother and Granddaughter. “

Junior Mary Sherbick from Twin Hills, Alaska models an Athabascan bitzahulan that was sewn by UAA faculty member Phyllis Fast. The bitzahulan was created from a fabric shower curtain. Her hat and gloves are made from seal skin and sewn by Mary Huntington from Shishmaref, Alaska.

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Visiting Take Wing student Angeline George, from Mountain Village, models a winter parka made of blue velvet and trimmed with blue fox fur. The designer is unknown.

Christina Fieldhouse, Native Student Council member, and four-yearold Madison Soots take their turn at modeling. Christina wears the traditional uniform for members of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. Madison wears an Aleut headdress, a Tlingit tunic dress made by her mother Mary Moreno-Soots and her nana Barbara Soots. Her button robe was created by her mother and her great grandmother, Marriet Beleal. Her slippers were made by her great great auntie Mabel Pike. Her drum was made by her mother while attending UAA. Her silver bracelet was made by Jan See of Sitka, Alaska.

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OPINION November 13, 2012 OPINION


Alaskan women trust Planned Parenthood Rethinking general By Lorraine M. Willis Contributor

If the author of “Women have healthcare options other than Planned Parenthood” had spoken to any of the women who are patients of Planned Parenthood, she would know we choose to go there because we know we’ll be cared for compassionately and confidentially. Planned Parenthood’s doors have been open for almost 100 years. They provide health care for women, help prevent unintended pregnancies and offer STD testing and treatment. But Planned Parenthood is more to Alaska than even just a trusted health care adviser. Planned Parenthood is absolutely necessary, as we are already in a crisis with our STD epidemic and fewer options for quality, affordable health care. According to an Alaska Dispatch article published May 3, 2011, gonorrhea and chlamydia rates in Alaska are among the highest in the United States. With the help of Planned Parenthood, have received additional attention and funding to be brought back down. All across the country, 73 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas.

Planned Parenthood health centers provide primary and preventive health care to many who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. According to the Guttmacher Institute, six in 10 patients who receive care at a family planning health center like Planned Parenthood consider it their main source of health care. With more women than ever needing access to health care in these tough economic times, Planned Parenthood’s life-saving cancer screenings, contraception, breast health services, prevention and treatment of STDs, pap tests, sexual health education, information and counseling services are there every day to keep women, men and teens healthy. Yes, a very small percentage of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortion. But that is because they believe that women, not politicians, should be the ones making their own health care decisions. The fact of the matter is, no organization does more to prevent unintended pregnancies. Planned Parenthood sees 2 million patients for birth control, conducts 750,000 breast exams and provides 4 million STD tests and treatment every year. Pregnancy tests are also

available through Planned Parenthood, and a woman can feel comfortable knowing that she is supported whatever her decision is. When I went with a very close friend to a Planned Parenthood health center a couple of years ago, the staff was gentle, supportive and left her in control. While we waited for the results of her test, they explained all of her options. They gave her the information she needed to make her decision and offered resources to help her every step of the way. When the test came back negative, they gave her information on reliable contraceptives so she could avoid finding herself in the same situation again. She hasn’t needed to take a pregnancy test since. Most Alaskans recognize that Planned Parenthood and family planning are common sense. That is why they continue support Planned Parenthood in our community and among our friends and family. The smartest thing we can do for women’s health and fiscal responsibility is invest in Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs and ensure that women have easy access to the reproductive health care services they need.

education requirements By Hans Thedinga

Contributor, Civil Engineering Major

Imagine you’re back in kindergarten. It’s free time and you have chosen to play with blocks. To your surprise, before you are able to begin, the teacher comes over and insists you must play with the fake food and dishes in the toy house. You don’t understand but nevertheless obey, even though you will learn nothing from it. The teacher sees you getting bored and insists you keep at it for a while longer. She says she has chosen another activity for you: playing in the sand box. This doesn’t appeal to you either. Once again, not wanting to be a bad kid, you comply. An analogous situation occurs at universities with general education requirements. Students are forced to take classes on subjects they have little to no interest in and therefore will get little to nothing out of. Why is this? Perhaps the most common explanation of the purpose of general education is to “make a student more well-rounded by allowing them to obtain a wider range of knowledge and a broader perspective of the world,” stated by Gabrielle Nicolet in “What is the Purpose of Taking General Classes for a College Degree?”, a post on This sounds reasonable at first. But what happens when a person is in a class that doesn’t interest them? Since failure will only result in repeating the class, they are motivated to perform various required tasks — homework, tests, projects — until they pass. They do not need to learn anything as long as they complete these required tasks. In fact, it’s possible to complete a course to the professor’s liking and still retain nearly no useful information. Why should anything else be expected when a person has little to no interest in the subject and only works for a grade? Clearly, there’s no enriching of the mind here. “What Will They Learn?”, a report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, claims general education can be used to further knowledge and fill in gaps from high school courses. While furthering one’s

knowledge is often a good thing, attempting to force it upon students who don’t want or need it is unproductive. Once the specifics are actually examined, blanket statements claiming that “General education courses create a community of intellectual discourse that spills over beyond the classroom and into dormitories, dining halls and the many cafes that surround the campus,” as stated on the website What Will They Learn, swiftly fall apart. Obviously, music students unwillingly forced to take chemistry, engineering students unwillingly forced to take literature and Japanese language students unwillingly forced to take calculus aren’t engaging in relevant intellectual discourse outside of class — if at all. General education courses can even fail when a student is interested in the subject. For example, every bit of history education through high school convinced me it was a subject I would never be interested in. What changed my mind though was a discovery made outside of class regarding alternative views of history. Columbus was presented as a hero during my early schooling, but I read how amoral he was in Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States.” Such reading made me excited about taking a university history course. Unfortunately, American history, as it was presented to me, in a college classroom provided another dose of disappointment. Instead of exploring a topic that now interested me, I was coerced into learning whatever facts the professor deemed worthy. Needless to say, our educations would actually be richer without general course requirements. Hundreds of hours could be replaced with any number of more valuable activities. The financial burden of college would be reduced by as much as tens of thousands of dollars. This would allow more people to further their educations. Should students be allowed more choice in courses they take that don’t relate to their majors? Maybe such classes should be dropped entirely. Either of these two choices would significantly improve students’ lives.

OPINION November 13, 2012



Hanging in there at the end of a semester By TNL Staff The snow and slippery ice on the streets is becoming a permanent fixture around town. Next, turkey will be in our bellies, and holiday decorations will be carefully strung through trees and lining sidewalks. And, of course, the

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semester will be finally wrapped and sealed with a pristine bow ... or thrown in a recycled and reused gift bag in a haphazard way with no decorative tissue paper. Because let’s face it: The last few weeks of the semester are the hardest. The mere five weeks left makes the previous 11 weeks seem like chump change. There are the huge projects and papers left untouched until now; tests that are the difference between an entire letter grade; and then there’s just general burnout from drinking bad coffee to stay up late to read page after page or type word after word. But don’t be disheartened. After all, the day this newspaper hits the stands, there will only be eight more Tuesday and Thursday classes, seven more Monday and Wednesday classes and five more once-a-week courses before the semester is over. And in between those meetings, the university is providing a few perks to help boost student morale during this trying time. For instance, UAA Late Nights will be offering free food, massages and general well being advice to help students cope with the stress of the semester. And the Daily Den, as usual, is still open three times every Monday through Thursday with free snacks and coffee to help you get through your studying. So, don’t be disheartened. Hang in there.

13 SPORTS November 13, 2012 Seawolves tie the No.2-ranked Golden Gophers Keldon Irwin News Editor

One does not often hear a herd of battleprepared gophers howling at a pack of wild Seawolves, but the No. 2-ranked Golden Gophers from the University of Minnesota had every reason to whine Nov. 10 when the scoreboard read 2-2 at the end of the third period. Despite outshooting the previously unranked Seawolves 33-23, the Golden Gophers (6-2-1) flew home last weekend with a tie. “It’s sweet and sour,” junior goalie Rob Gunderson said. “It was good, but it’s kind of bitter because we wanted the win.” Gunderson had 31 saves in the game, in front of the 2,911 fans at Sullivan Arena. Following Minnesota’s first win against the Seawolves Friday night, both teams shredded the ice as viciously as they could to begin the second half of this double header. At 2:11 into the first period, sophomore forward Seth Ambroz scored the first Golden Gopher goal. As the game’s tempo slowed, the Seawolves’ senior forward Jordan Kwas bound the game 1-1 at 12:21. With only 27 second left in the first period, sophomore forward Travis Boyd received a pass and launched a powerful slap shot that missed just too high. Both teams scrambled frantically for the puck, no more goals were scored in remainder of the first period. In the second period, 18 shots were attempted between both teams, but no goals were tallied. The Gophers took possession of the puck within the first 40 seconds of the third period and attempted four ferocious slap


Freshman forward Blake Tatchell faces off against the Golden Gophers at Saturday night’s game against the University of Minnesota.

shots. All were saved by Gunderson. “I think they were desperate to get some shots,” Seawolves player Alex Gellert said regarding the Gophers’ accelerated pace during the beginning of the third period. 5:38 into the third period, Alex Gellert scored the Seawolves’ second and final goal, establishing the first Seawolves lead of the weekend’s double header. At 13:31, the Gophers’ junior forward

Erik Haula scored their last goal of the game tying 2-2. After failed efforts from both teams to score in the final minutes of the third period, the game went into a generally uneventful overtime, leaving the game tied at 2-2. The Seawolves take on Bemidji State Beavers, Nov. 23 and 24 at Bemidji, Minnesota.

Freshman defender Leask tries to get the puck out of Seawolf territory during Saturday night’s game against the University of Minnesota.

Basketball season opener lost to Mines

Seawolves sweep up MSU Billings

By Thomas McIntyre

Sports Editor

Sport Editor


The Seawolf women’s basketball team couldn’t get the defensive stops needed to fend off the Colorado School of Mines Friday night. To make up for their defense, the Seawolves tried to match baskets with the Mines late in the game. It was close, but the Mines were just too hot and they handed the Seawolves an 80-74 loss. Senior forward Alysa Horn played all 40 minutes and ended with 18 points and six rebounds. Her play helped keep the Seawolves in winning position. She gave the Mines fits down low, especially when they tried to front her. Junior guard Meriesha Harris provided 12 points and six rebounds. Harris also created some turnovers, finishing the night with four steals. Senior point guard Sasha King had a near double-double with 12 points and nine assists. King’s active hands on defense got her five steals as well. The story of the game was how much the Seawolves struggled to contain the Mines’ offense. They specifically had no answer for senior guard Angie Charchalis, who posted 31 points. Sasha King said the team knew stopping

Junior guard Mariesha Harris tries to get around junior forward Allie Grazulis from Colorado School of Mines at Friday night’s basketball game.

Charchalis would have been their pathway to a victory. “We knew 25 (Charchalis) was going to be a shooter, and if she lit us up they would win,” said King. “Obviously, we didn’t do what we were supposed to.” King said the team will mainly focus on tightening up their defense. They can’t afford to give up so many points, even if they do feel confident about their offense. It isn’t all doom and gloom for the Seawolves, though. Friday night’s game highlighted what a deadly playmaker King can be. She may have been on the cold side, but the looks were there.

“I know I can get to the rim, it’s just about finishing,” said King. “Once I start finishing it will be a lot better.” King was quick to point out the role her teammates play in getting those good shots. The team does a great job setting screens and maintaining movement. If they can mimic that level of play on defense, they’ll start winning games soon. The women’s basketball team will face Regis University Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Both games are at the Wells Fargo Center.

By Thomas McIntyre The Seawolf volleyball team laid down a professional win Thursday night. Every cog of the team ran smoothly, and the result was a victory over the Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets in straight sets. After losing senior setter Kimya Jafroudi to an ankle sprain Wednesday night, the Seawolves knew they had to play a strong team game — and that’s exactly what they did. The squad came together and shut down the Yellowjackets 25-19, 25-21, 25-18. Freshman outside hitter Julia Mackey had a monster outing. Mackey finished the night with a career-high of 18 kills. Freshman outside hitter Katelynn Zanders was second on the team in kills with eight. Junior setter Siobhan Johansen recorded a double-double in assists and digs. Johansen led the team in both categories, totaling 31 assists and 13 digs. Freshman outside hitter Sarah Johnson and sophomore libero Jordan Bush were right behind Johansen in digs, both adding 12 apiece. Jafroudi is an assist machine as well as a proven team leader. Losing her to an ankle sprain could have crippled the Seawolves. Julia

Mackey described how the team avoided that outcome. “Everyone had to step up and play their role a little bit stronger,” said Mackey. “Communication was big. We had to communicate more and talk to each other.” One player wasn’t going to make up for the loss of Jafroudi. Everyone on the team took a step forward in her absence, and it earned the Seawolves an important late-season win. With the season winding down, now is the time for the team to play its best volleyball. The Seawolves like where they’re at but don’t think they have reached their full potential quite yet. “I think this game proved that we are still growing,” said Mackey. “I think we’re reaching that goal we set for ourselves.” Thursday night’s game also proved how far the Seawolves have already come. Not only did they rise up to win without Jafroudi, but they also won in a convincing fashion. That’s a good statement to send other teams heading into the last stretch of the season. The Seawolves have no home games remaining. Their final test will come at the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships, which starts Nov. 29 at a location that has yet to be determined.


SPORTS November 13, 2012 SPORTS BRIEFS Chelimo, Tanui honored by USTFCCCA

Jamboree game closes with a win

NEW ORLEANS, Wash. Alaska Anchorage senior Micah Chelimo and junior Susan Tanui were named the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association West Region Athletes of the Year on Wednesday. For the fourth straight year UAA was the recipient of the West Region Male Athlete of the Year honor, after Chelimo, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion from Kapkoi, Kenya, earned his second straight accolade by winning the NCAA Div. II West Region Championships on Nov. 3. Former UAA All-American Marko Cheseto garnered the honor in 2010 and 2009. A local of Eldoret, Kenya, Tanui became the second UAA woman to be named the West Region Female Athlete of the Year, after she cruised to victory at the West Region championships last Saturday. Tanui, who also won the GNAC title in October, followed former All-American Ruth Keino, who took the honor in 2011.

ANCHORAGE Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball head coach Rusty Osborne announced Monday that junior Travis Thompson will use his redshirt season in 2012-13. A 6-1, 195-pound guard, Thompson averaged 11.8 points and 3.9 assists a year ago for UAA’s 23-7, NCAA second-round club. The former local prep star from Dimond High also shot 48 percent on three-pointers in 2011-12 as he earned secondteam All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors. “We knew this was always a possibility for this year,” said Osborne, whose team starts tonight with an exhibition at Div. I Troy. “Our program benefitted greatly last season when Travis sacrificed his redshirt year to strengthen our team. It is now time for the program to sacrifice for him. He is in a very demanding academic curriculum (civil engineering) and will need five years to graduate. The ability to not travel this season will allow him to get a solid foundation for his last two years. He has high academic goals and we support him in those as well as his athletic goals.” Thompson was also a GNAC All-Academic Team member in 201112 with a 3.35 overall grade-point average.

Former Armstrong teammate admits doping with EPO CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) South African cyclist David George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, admitted using the blood-boosting drug EPO after failing a doping test. George failed an out-ofcompetition test on Aug. 29, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said Tuesday. He was provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa and faces a two-year ban. George cycled on Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team in 1999 and 2000. George said he wouldn’t ask for his B sample to be tested and would accept his punishment. Last month, Armstrong was banned for life by the International Cycling Union and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of his role in a doping scandal, which was outlined in a report by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency. Other former teammates testified against Armstrong in the report, which said he used steroids, EPO and blood transfusions. George won silver in the road race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and bronze in the time trial in the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998. He also represented South Africa at two Olympics, in 1996 and 2000.

Briefs compiled by Thomas McIntyre from the Associate Press and


Thompson to take redshirt in 2012-13

Junior guard Kyle Fossman scores a point during Staurday night’s game against Colorado State-Pueblo at the AT&T Jamboree. He is the team’s top returning player this season.

By Keon McMillan Contributor

The Seawolf men’s basketball team pulled off an 85-75 win over the Colorado State-Pueblo Timberwolves Saturday night in the closer of the AT&T Jamboree. Sophomore guard Teancum Stafford’s 23 points and 7 rebounds led the Seawolves. Hitting some big shots from inside and out, Stafford was named the AT&T Jamboree Most Outstanding Player. The Timberwolves won the tip at the beginning of the game, and it was back and forth after that with no team keeping a big lead in the

first half. CSU ran a zone defense that didn’t allow the Seawolves any shots inside and forced them to shoot a lackluster 37 percent from the field. Neither team had a player with the hot hand in the first half; nobody scored over 10 points in the first 20 minutes of play. Both teams were in foul trouble throughout the game. A technical foul on senior guard Bryse Velasquez gave the Seawolves the momentum to push their lead to 10, although they allowed the Timberwolves to cut it down to four before halftime.

Junior forward Stephan Heard fights against a cluster of Thunderwolves to shoot a point in Saturday night’s AT&T Jamboree game.

Everything was falling for the Seawolves in the second half; they shot six of 11 from the three-point line. Junior guard Kyle Fossman was their lead marksman, hitting four three-pointers at a 50 percent clip. “We didn’t shoot too well in the first half,” said Fossman. “There’s always room for improvement.” The Seawolves grabbed 14 more boards than CSU, which was a big factor in the 10-point victory. Senior Timberwolf guard Dennis Arden dropped 21 points and had a pair of assists. But the Seawolves countered with a

starting five of players who all scored at least 10 points. Though they didn’t play bad, Fossman doesn’t believe the Seawolves can continue to win unless they fix some things. “If we’re going to win our conference, we need to play better,” said Fossman. “This early in the season, I feel like every team has some things they’d like to work out.” The men’s basketball team is hosting Washington Adventist University at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 17 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Center.

Randy Moss: Ending on the right note

By Thomas McIntyre Sports Editor

Randy Moss stopped being an NFL football player 18 months ago. He retired and walked away from the sport with his head down. There was no standing ovation during his final game. Moss wanted out, and as for the fans, the feeling was mutual. The 2011 season passed with little noise coming from Moss’ area. Then there were whispers about him plotting a comeback. The whispers turned into shouts. It was true; Moss, the guy who took heat throughout his career for not giving his all, was interested in giving a little bit more. If year 2000 Randy Moss became a free agent, teams would slip blank checks underneath his front door to try and sign him. That was not the case for year 2012 Randy Moss. Moss worked out for a couple of teams. Some reports said he could still fly. Those reports were probably a tad bit embellished, but the San Francisco 49ers were impressed enough to roll the dice. Year 2012 Randy Moss settled for a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the 49ers. Chump change. But to dissect the contract is to miss the point. What the 49ers really gave him was an opportunity – an opportunity to go out on the

right note. After securing a spot in San Francisco, Moss spoke on his decision to return. He talked about his passion and love for football. But more importantly, he said he had more to give to the game. Moss’ contributions to the game don’t strictly come in the form of catches and touchdowns. “More” also includes what he’s providing the 49ers outside of playing football. He’s taken teammates out fishing, shown up to offseason workouts, and adopted a team-first mentality. In 2012, Moss has been a fantasy football monster – that’s assuming your fantasy league includes stats for team-before-self actions and being a positive locker room presence. Our final memory of Moss on the field may be of him setting a block as opposed to making a dazzling grab in the end zone. And our final memory of Moss off the field could be of him staying in town to practice with fellow teammates during their bye week as opposed to him taking off to run over a meter maid with his car. Whether right or wrong, the last chapter of a player’s career heavily defines how we remember them. Moss is currently making some notable edits to his chapter. And what about the rest of the book? What’s the legacy of Randy Moss?

Well, Jerry Rice hopped on his soapbox in 2011 and said Moss could have been one of the greatest wide receivers ever had he tried harder. Take that stuff to the Apollo Theater, Jerry. Moss is one the greatest wide receivers to ever play. When Shaquille O’Neal retired, the narrative was about what he could have done. What if Shaq didn’t rap? What if they stopped greenlighting those bizarre movies he was in? What if, instead, we talk about how Shaq was the most physically dominant player in the history of the sport? Randy Moss will not be immune to the same criticism Shaq encountered. Moss did dumb things on occasion. But he’s also caught 155 touchdowns and racked up over 15,000 receiving yards, which puts him second and fourth all-time in those categories. Unreal speed, hands made of glue and a never ending vertical; Moss was nicknamed “The Freak” because he was one. The book of Randy Moss has some twists and turns. The high moments were legendary and the low moments were hard to watch. But it looks like the author is doing his best to write a happy ending. And for Moss, a strong closing act is just what his legacy needs. Maybe he can give Allen Iverson a writing lesson or two.


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HOROSCOPE The coming week is likely to see a great many individuals taking on more than planned, and perhaps more than they can actually accomplish according to schedule and protocol. What this means, of course, is that there will be a lot of frazzled, frustrated people running around everywhere, doing their best to keep too many balls in the air at any one time! Something that even the busiest have to rely on at this time, of course, is that almost everyone is in the same boat, and will understand if some things have to wait while the essentials get done. Some may find that partnerships and teamwork will be advantageous this week. Those who do will want to pool resources and work toward a common goal with increased enthusiasm. Those for whom it is best to go it alone this week may have a harder time of it -- but success is no less possible. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You have more than just external forces to deal with this week; internal rhythms are shifting and will require some attention. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- Things are improving for you in some ways, but you have a formidable obstacle to face before the week is out. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- A family member holds the key to something you’ve been working on for quite some time, and this week, progress can pick up considerably. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You may have trouble talking to someone who sees things from a very different point of view. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You’re working hard to understand where someone else is coming from, and what you really want is to have him or her return the favor. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You and a rival are really after the same things, but you’re going after them in very different ways. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You’re eager to participate in something that can improve the situation for many of the people around you at this time. Your turn will come. (March 6-March 20) -- You may be nervous about current trends, but you have more direct control over things than you think. ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You’ll be able to say or do much that establishes you as someone to listen to when things get tough. Many will consider you an expert. (April 5-April 19) -- Environmental influences will cause you to change your plans more than once this week.

TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- There is a time and a place for your kind of thinking, and you may have to wait just a little longer before sharing your ideas freely. (May 6-May 20) -- You may not get the quick start that you were hoping for this week, but you can catch up with others by week’s end. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- A change in overall trends will have you feeling more optimistic, but the work that lies ahead of you may take you by surprise. (June 7-June 20) -- Your imagination is likely to be fired up by someone else’s accomplishment. You can surely contribute a great deal. CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- Personal affairs may keep you from focusing as much as necessary on certain professional issues -- but your priorities are clear. (July 8-July 22) -- Your emotions may be near the surface throughout much of the week. Be sure your reactions are proportional. LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -It’s time to put your trust in someone who has been working hard to earn it. You’ll feel good about the decisions that have to be made this week. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Your popularity is on the rise at this time, despite a hasty decision that didn’t pay off as you had hoped. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- Take care that you make no promises that you cannot keep. You may be focused on an issue that is not really a central concern. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You may find yourself in a vulnerable position this week if you do not strike while the iron is hot. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- Your goals may not be as concrete as they were only a short time ago; perhaps it’s time to go back to the drawing board. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- What happens to you in the course of routine endeavors may surprise you -- and send you off in a new direction. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You’ll want to stand pat, even when others are challenging you on the most basic issues. You are feeling confident and strong. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- It’s time for you to put your master plan in motion; don’t hesitate, or you’ll give someone else the edge.


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