URECA’s First Essay Contest Winner

By ALYSSA MADRID Staff Writer, UAS WHALESONG UAS senior, Claire Helgeson, won the Undergraduate Research, Experiential and Creative Activity program’s first annual essay contest.  Titled “Colonialism’s Legacy and the Traditional Strength to Heal,” the award-winning essay recognized the difficulty and necessity of healing from the violence of colonialism.   Helgeson, an Alaska Native Studies major,…

UA Education Licensing programs go from 3 to 2

UAA Teacher Education Students Must Transfer By MELISSA SCRIVEN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong  The University of Alaska Anchorage will not seek re-accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. On April 8, the University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 6 to 5 in favor of discontinuing initial teacher preparation programs at UAA.…

Fake News, Fake You

Editor investigates misinformation in the media By KHRYSTL BROUILLETTE Editor-in-Chief, UAS Whalesong  Staying informed today is different than any other time in history. News is available through a variety of sources, all of which can be accessed quickly through smartphones. But is all news good news?  “News organizations tend to be a reflection of the…

Spring Break in Death Valley

UAS students braved the desert to learn geology field techniques By KORTNEY STEVENS Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong  Eleven University of Alaska Southeast students battled 50 mph winds and sand in their sleeping bags to study geology at Death Valley National Park in California over spring break. Students camped out for five nights at Death Valley…

Can you hear us now, Mr. Governor?

Student representatives from UA campuses work together for university funding By MELISSA SCRIVEN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong  Student government representatives from University of Alaska campuses across the state gathered in Juneau to advocate for university funding during the UA Legislative Affairs Conference March 16 to 19.  Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s budget proposal includes a $134 million…

Mush, Mush, Mush

Exchange students enjoy Alaskan experiences By KORTNEY STEVENS Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Getting squished between reindeer was not what I had expected when coming to Alaska, but that was one of a multitude of adventures I’ve had as an exchange student at UAS. In early March, five friends and I went to Anchorage for the…

Give a Pint, Save Three Lives

By SIERRA LISSICK Photographer, UAS Whalesong Twenty-four pints of blood were collected at this year’s annual blood drive on the UAS campus in early March.  When donating blood, it is important to have stable vitals, be a certain height and weight with normal iron levels. Student Brandy Mulbury found this out first hand when she…