Consent: It’s Clear and Verbal

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We all know what consent means, right? Just in case, I got the Google definition: consent is “permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.” And, as I’m sure we’ve all seen on the various stickers and flyers that have been making their way around campus, consent is two other things: clear and verbal. Both at the same time, not one or the other. If someone is intoxicated or incapacitated in any way, their consent is not clear, even if it’s verbal. If someone gives verbal consent but it’s not very clear if they really meant it, they haven’t actually given consent. And, perhaps most importantly, consent is something that anyone can revoke at any point in time – and neither you or anyone else can tell them they don’t get to do that.

The concept of consent is most commonly discussed in a sexual context. Usually, during new student orientation, there is a presentation given on sexual harassment, consent, and the ins and outs of such. (I only saw it once, but a particular favorite of mine was a video that compared consent to a cup of tea. If someone says that they like tea but they don’t want it at the moment, you wouldn’t force them to drink tea anyway.) That being said, it was recently brought to my attention that there is a video game in existence whose entire purpose is to drive home the importance of consent – specifically, sexual consent. Continue reading “Consent: It’s Clear and Verbal”

The Most Important Meal


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By this point in your young adult life, you’ve probably made up your mind which way to feel about the common adage that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Some people live and die by this saying, and will not leave the house in the morning until they’ve consumed food. In fact, these people are often known to get up well before they actually need to leave the house in order to make themselves, and maybe their friend/significant other/roommate, a wholesome breakfast. My old roommate was one of these people; in fact, one year for Christmas, she got an electric griddle to more easily facilitate the breakfast-making process.

Other people, however, tend to find themselves falling squarely into the opposite camp of thinking when it comes to breakfast – which is that yeah, it’s nice, but it’s not a necessity. Breakfast is hard; if you’re not already a morning person, even the extra 15-20 minutes earlier that you have to rise in order to make and consume a bowl of cereal can seem like a Mighty Sacrifice when you could hit snooze for that amount of time instead. I will confess to being one of these people; I will take any opportunity to maximize on my amount of sleep time, and at this point I’m used to rarely (if ever) eating in the morning.

But lately, I have gleaned information about breakfast that I didn’t know before – and considering that I might not be the only person to whom this knowledge was new, I thought I would share it with the masses. For years, the importance of breakfast has been pressed upon me, and for years, I’ve assumed it was a mostly groundless rumor spread by health magazines and misinformed scientists. One day, however, I heard something that justified this claim of importance and struck a chord with me. It made me realize that I had never actually understood, asked, or been told why breakfast was supposed to be the most important meal of the day. Continue reading “The Most Important Meal”

New Title IX Coordinator at UAS

Lori Klein has been hired to serve in the role of Title IX Coordinator for UAS. Ms. Klein has worked for UAS on and off since 1996, most recently as the Director of the Student Resource Center. She has over a dozen years of experience in higher education and eight years of non-profit experience serving youth and families. Ms. Klein takes over Title IX responsibilities … Continue reading New Title IX Coordinator at UAS

Study Abroad: Parting Words


Brooke Schlipf

Brooke Schlipf is a UAS student headed to Stirling, Scotland through the API program. Brooke is studying biology at UAS.
How do you think studying away from UAS will help you academically?
-I want to try a different educational environment and coursework, and be exposed to a variety of ecological environments as well. I believe both will broaden my knowledge of biology and in particular the area I am not be able to find here at UAS. I hope to find an internship to broaden my work experience. I think with what I learn and comparing my experiences in Alaska to Scotland will make me an overall more-rounded and better biologist.
What are your personal goals?
-I want to grow as a person, and I believe that being immersed in a new culture and seeing how another society works will do that.
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Senioritis: Advice for Finals

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At times, despite my best intentions to the contrary, I will find myself struggling to come up with ideas for article topics. I know – a shocking confession, but a fact of my life nonetheless. On the rare occasion when this happens, I end up on Google at one in the morning, scouring various websites and search results for article and blog ideas. In doing so, I have learned that the writers for BuzzFeed apparently get their article ideas the same way. (“Make a post full of GIFs!” one website proclaimed. “Build a list!” Even “post clickbait!” I know your secret, BuzzFeed, and I’m coming for you.) Anyway, that’s what spawned the article you see before you now. As much as the suggestion “Get some billionaire to write a post for you – they love the exposure!” appealed to me, I’m unfortunately not friends with any billionaires. Not yet, anyway. College is, after all, just the first step in my career path. Anyway, I decided to combine two of the prompts that offered – “Show others how to do something extremely FAST” (their caps lock, not mine) and “Compile a list of common mistakes in your niche” – and give you some finals week advice from a college senior. Continue reading “Senioritis: Advice for Finals”

Health Corner: Organize your Schoolwork

BY Mackenzie Parker
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Stress can slow you down in many aspects of your life. As a student, it can affect your schoolwork. How you can reduce stress in your life is by changing small actions that you do as a student. Here are five suggestions: Continue reading “Health Corner: Organize your Schoolwork”

Funding Available: URECA

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If you have a research or creative project that you would like to undertake, the Research and Creative Activity Committee (a Faculty Senate subcommittee) has funding of up to $2500 per student to help you design and complete your project with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Since 2011, URECA has funded 47 student projects that have made positive changes on our campus and in our communities. Did you know that the vegetable oil kiln used to fire  ceramic projects was created by a URECA grantee? Student Boni Parker with guidance from Jeremy Kane brought that project to fruition, and she has since gone on to graduate work, pursuing her passion. Other creative projects have included play performances, large-scale photography exhibits, and literary collaborations between UAS and the Lemon Creek Correctional Facility. Continue reading “Funding Available: URECA”

Not-Quite-Spring Cleaning

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The end of every semester is brutal, and I would argue that the end of fall semester is more so than the end of the spring one. At least at the end of the spring semester, you’re just getting ready to launch yourself into summer, a fairly laid-back time of year. Fall semester, on the other hand, bounces you off a springboard of stressing over homework, class, and other adult college student responsibilities, and into stressing over holiday travel plans, what to buy your friends and   family, and exactly how many Starbucks holiday beverages you can consume before the people in your life who love you stage an intervention. It’s also the time of year when we gotta clean our college residence halls and apartments in preparation for moving out over winter break, which is not something any of us like to think about. Well, maybe some of you do – I used to live with a girl who loved cleaning and bought herself a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. I’m proud to report that this attitude wasn’t contagious and I still hate cleaning as much as I always have. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that it needs to be done, and we might as well start now while we finish up finals and wait with baited breath for test results. I thought I’d pass on some of my advice regarding the tidying process, so you can get a head start on your roommates – and maybe borrow their Christmas-present vacuum cleaners before they leave for the winter. Continue reading “Not-Quite-Spring Cleaning”

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”

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”