Community Thanksgiving 2015

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On the eve of Wednesday, November 25th, I was getting myself all packed up and ready to go home to visit my family for Thanksgiving. A little redundant, some might say, since the end of the semester was coming around in about two weeks – but hey, far be it from me to not go out of my way for the Macy’s Parade and a good turkey dinner (and then three days of turkey sandwiches and soup afterward). Nighttime flights are never particularly enjoyable, and I hadn’t had a chance to really eat dinner in between packing, homework, and class. So when my ride to the airport, fellow Whalesong employee Holly Fisher, suggested we stop by the UAS Community Thanksgiving event, I was completely down for it. Continue reading “Community Thanksgiving 2015”

Gotta Get Down on Friday

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On November 6th, I attended First Friday in downtown Juneau for the first time in my almost 4 years of living and going to school here. Since it was my first time, I honestly had no idea what to expect; I knew that it was supposed to be some kind of gallery walk, but that’s hard to form a mental image of when you’ve never actually been on a gallery walk before. In my mind, I was picturing something that was probably more similar to a set from Owen Wilson’s film “Midnight in Paris;” I imagined a sort of promenade down an entirely fictional boulevard downtown, lined with galleries that would have brought some of their best pieces out to display on the sidewalk while people walked along under twinkling lights strung up overhead and sipped wine set out for sampling and murmured appreciatively while being exposed to culture. Continue reading “Gotta Get Down on Friday”

Health Corner: Exercise

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Exercise benefits mind and body. Did you know aerobic exercise improves cognitive function, and changes brain structure? Studies have shown there is a clear connection between exercise and cognitive performance: the more aerobic exercise the individuals engaged in, the better they performed on verbal, perceptual and mathematical tests. Research results also found aerobic training improved cognitive performance and active lifestyles decreased age-related risks for cognitive impairment and dementia. (Colcombe & Kramer 2003). Improving cardio vascular performance has a positive impact on health related factors. Continue reading “Health Corner: Exercise”

A Close Shave

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I gained an interest in Sweeney Todd well before I came to college. It was around that time that my fascination with    angry men with dubious morals and homicidal tendencies was at its peak – I had seen the 2004 version of Phantom of the Opera (as well as reading the original Leroux novel and Susan Kay spinoff), as well as the movie V for Vendetta. So when I found out that there was yet another story about a similar character, I was intrigued. However, for various reasons, I never listened to the soundtrack or saw the musical (even after the film version starring Johnny Depp came out). And, after someone spoiled the ending for me in my freshman year theater appreciation class, I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it. But then Perseverance Theater decided to put on a performance, and a lot of my friends went and came back with rave reviews, making me determine that the Time Had Come for me to see if Sweeney Todd was everything I had wanted it to be over the years. Continue reading “A Close Shave”

Campus Safety: Academic Integrity

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Midterms are behind us and finals are right around the corner. The work piles up along with the snow, and some days feel a bit more overwhelming than others. It’s tempting to cut corners.

80% of the students I’ve met with who have cheated or plagiarized on an assignment or exam do so because of poor time management resulting in stress. They make a conscious choice to be academically dishonest because it seems like it might be easier than owning up to the fact that they aren’t going to make a deadline or that they might fail the exam. Continue reading “Campus Safety: Academic Integrity”

Tidal Echoes: Remember, Remember the 1st of December

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If you are an artist, poet, or writer currently living in Southeast Alaska, you should consider submitting your work to Tidal Echoes! Tidal Echoes is the region’s literary and arts journal, produced here in Juneau by a team of the University of Alaska Southeast’s students and faculty. The journal showcases and celebrates the talented community of artists and writers living in Southeast; it strives to bring the vision and voice of these storytellers, carvers, photographers, and many more to the page for everyone to experience. Continue reading “Tidal Echoes: Remember, Remember the 1st of December”

“Never Alone:” Cultural Importance

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Continued from Alexa Cherry’s article.

As Lexi has pointed out in her part of this article, the video game, Never Alone: Kisima Ingitchuna, has brought attention to the Iñupiaq community. The game, made by Upper One Games and published by E-Line Media, was made in conjunction with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council. They worked together with elders to make sure that the game actually fit the culture and stories that they were working to give representation to.  Ernestine Hayes, our one campus one book author, headed the panel at “The Making of ‘Never Alone’: Native Voices and New Media Display.”. They skyped with E-Line Media. Continue reading ““Never Alone:” Cultural Importance”

Family Feuds

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Going home for the holidays – or at least for winter break – is something that most of us find ourselves doing every school year, whether we want to or not. There are plenty of great things about the holiday season, of course; the first and most obvious is that there’s no homework. And of course, there’s the free (or at least cheap) stuff, gift-giving, snow, holiday drinks like mint hot chocolate and eggnog, and spending time with your family! But in recent years, I’ve noticed an apparent trend. The longer you spend at college, the less time you can spend with your family without getting into an argument with one or more members. Sometimes this is fine; it’s just a little verbal spat, a minor disagreement, nothing huge. Other times it is a big deal, with one or more of you blowing up over a really controversial topic and doing everything short of throwing the kitchen table at each other. Part of this is because at school, you live and work and hang out with your friends, and your friends are naturally people who share your beliefs and points of view. You’re also formulating your own new opinions about the world and young adult life – opinions that might not align with those of your mom, dad, aunts or uncles, etc. And this is perfectly fine! Well, unless you’re a proponent of Communism or something. Then your parents are probably right to fight with you. But I’m just going to assume that you’re not, and give you some tips on how to survive the upcoming Thanksgiving (if you’re going home for it) and Christmas breaks. Continue reading “Family Feuds”

UAS Students Assist with Killer Whale Necropsy

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong On Thursday, November 13, a killer whale was reported to have stranded near Bridget Cove. Several UAS students (Taylor Stumpf, Apple Aldana, Jonna Vachal, Mathew Stevens, Esteban Rivas, Holly Kelchner) were quick to jump at the opportunity to assist with a necropsy early the following morning. After racing the tide, the whale was moved to the NOAA lab … Continue reading UAS Students Assist with Killer Whale Necropsy

Whalefest 2015

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On November 5th, a group of students taking a ‘Discussions in Marine Mammalogy’ class went to Sitka, Alaska, to attend the 19th annual Sitka Whalefest. Unlike other years, the symposium was held on the Sheldon Jackson campus rather than the Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Many UAS students left early for the conference because they had volunteered to mentor a student from Kenai Peninsula College. When they arrived on the 5th, the UAS student mentors were introduced to their mentees and promptly set out on a whale watching tour. On this tour students and other passengers with cameras were urged to take as many fluke pictures as possible so that students could have an opportunity to practice identifying them.

At the symposium the students and their mentees attended talks that ranged from harmful algal blooms, sea ice ecology, whalefalls, bioluminescent jellyfish, to glaciers. Each day of the symposium covered a different section of the ocean. Day one was shallow apex, the second was deep edge, and the final was frozen border. Continue reading “Whalefest 2015”