A Liquid Experiment – Juicing!

adelle-labrecqueBY ADELLE LaBRECQUE
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong

Aloha, Readers!

Perhaps it’s from the upcoming Hawaii trip I’m taking, or maybe it’s my body’s way of telling me to stop eating my weight in pasta, but for whatever reason, I keep feeling as if I can’t escape thoughts of “Healthier Nutrition” these days.

If you are someone who actively keeps up-to-date with diet fads, you’re already well aware of how often “healthy standards” are in-flux. Phrases like: “going paleo,” “eating clean,” and “gluten-free” are old news to you.

For some of us, upsetting feelings about food are directly related to a lack of discipline with unhealthy foods, making us feel insecure that we’re not in control of our diet. For others, it may be related to health problems that force us into strict, limited diets that in turn, make us feel even more anxious about foods and eating. And for others, it may be directly related to weight gain. If you constantly think to yourself, “I can’t have that because it will make me gain weight,” you are definitely not alone. Continue reading “A Liquid Experiment – Juicing!”

“The Vagina Monologues” at UAS

dylyn-petersonBY DYLYN PETERSON
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong

On Feb. 10, UAS put on a production of Eve Ensler’s feminist play “The Vagina Monologues” as part of the V-Day movement, which seeks to end violence against women.

V-Day was also created by Ensler, and started as a nationwide group of performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 14, 1998. The performances were royalty-free, and proceeds benefited women suffering from violence and sexual abuse. It became international a few years later, eventually spawning the One Billion Rising movement – the “one billion” in reference to the statistic that one in three women are beaten or raped in their lifetime. One Billion Rising has organized protests in over 100 countries. Continue reading ““The Vagina Monologues” at UAS”

Strategic Pathways In Brief

holly-fisher-1BY HOLLY FISHER
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong

Strategic Pathways Phase 2 is currently in full swing reviewing possible changes to numerous elements within the UA system. Preliminary reports have been submitted for consideration on eight areas, four academic and four administrative.

In this and the next issue, I will endeavor to provide a succinct summary of what is on the table for each of the affected departments. My hope is to keep you informed until such a time as the information is more accessible to students. Continue reading “Strategic Pathways In Brief”

In Response to the Editorial: Is the University Forgetting its Purpose?

Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast
For the UAS Whalesong

As UAS Chancellor I appreciate the questions raised in the recent Whalesong editorial: Is the University Forgetting its Purpose? The editorial focused on costs of the new UAS entrance sign and other facilities, and about budget priorities when UA budgets are reduced. The writer wonders if building renovations come at the expense of courses, degrees, faculty, and staff that are the heart of any university. Continue reading “In Response to the Editorial: Is the University Forgetting its Purpose?”

The University’s Real Image Problem

daniel-piscoya-1BY DANIEL PISCOYA
Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong

According to the FY2017 Approved Operating and Capital Budgets, I have seen the University raise tuition by over 12% (Appendix B) since I arrived in Fall 2013, and then request an additional 5% increase in the FY2018 Operating and Capital Budget Requests.

As made clear in the titles of the documents above, the University’s Operating Budget (programs, staff salaries, tuition) and its Capital Budget (renovations and campus signs) are two very separate things. An increase in one does not necessarily offset the other. Continue reading “The University’s Real Image Problem”

La La Land Shivers with Syncopation

dylyn-petersonBY DYLYN PETERSON
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land impresses with spectacular style and seems destined to bring musicals back into the mainstream.

Now, I’m not a musical person. I got my varsity letter playing the cymbals at high school basketball games. The only contemporary musicals I’m familiar with are the musical episodes of TV shows, and the title was the best music pun I could think of, so I wasn’t sure if this was the movie for me. After it was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards and blew up the Internet with its ending, I decided to give it a try. Continue reading “La La Land Shivers with Syncopation”

A Time to Remember: Zeppelins and the Birth of Modern Warfare

holly-fisher-1BY HOLLY FISHER
Staff  Writer, UAS Whalesong

The London Blitz is a very recognizable term. The ongoing bombing raids of WWII scarred their way into the collective memories of all English people. Though the sandbag lined Underground entrances and blacked out Big Ben silhouette are iconic images of World War II, the idea for such raids was not a new strategy. London’s history as a prime aerial target began long before the first Luftwaffe planes appeared on the horizon.

As one of the main Allied combatants, England ran the risk of being a prime target from the beginning of World War I. But it’s position as an island nation with a notoriously dangerous channel between it and the mainland, gave it something of an advantage. Traditionally all threats came from the sea, so the British military forces had built up notable costal defenses. They were prepared to handle any incursions from the Imperial German Navy, but military airpower, and the concept of long-running bombing campaigns was not a known concept yet.  Continue reading “A Time to Remember: Zeppelins and the Birth of Modern Warfare”

Study Abroad: What’s the Big Idea?

For the UAS Whalesong

The message is straight forward. Google Top 10 Reasons to Study Away and you’ll find that although each author’s words might be slightly different, the enthusiasm, encouragement and noted benefits to studying away are all similar. Studying away is one of the most rewarding experiences for a college student. And here are a handful of reasons why.  Continue reading “Study Abroad: What’s the Big Idea?”

Split Divides Opinions

dylyn-petersonBY DYLYN PETERSON
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong

WARNING: Due to the nature of this film (an M. Night Shyamalan thriller), this review contains major spoilers. Proceed at your own caution.

After more than a decade of laughably terrible movies, M. Night Shyamalan returns in more-or-less glorious fashion with Split. The premise of the movie is as simple as it is scientifically inaccurate: three teenaged girls are kidnapped by Kevin, a man with dissociative identity disorder (which, as a psychology student, I feel mandated to tell you probably doesn’t exist), and locked in his horrific murder basement as a sacrifice for his hidden, twenty-fourth personality, the Beast. If that name makes you giggle, this is not a movie for you. Continue reading “Split Divides Opinions”

What’s Next for Strategic Pathways?

holly-fisher-1BY HOLLY FISHER
Staff  Writer, UAS Whalesong

As The University of Alaska system continues the long and complex journey of revamping to fit new budget constraints, new information is beginning to be released regarding Phase II of the Strategic Pathways.

So far some of the changes have been gradual while others have been more abrupt, with a lot of input coming from staff, students, and community members.

Strategic Pathways and Board of Regents agendas for 2017 are quite full. They intend, hopefully, to accomplish as much as possible this year, and to lay to rest a lot of uncertainty that has surrounded these proceedings from the beginning. Continue reading “What’s Next for Strategic Pathways?”