The Importance of Story in Video Games

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong Video games have a lot of value in media. They are interactive and capture a wide audience. However, games without intense, immersive, and surrounding storylines really don’t have a lot of appeal to me. A storyline that doesn’t have a fully immersive plotline gives me no reason to…

Egan Library Kicks Off “Poetry Café”

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong Poetry is a form of writing, a form that seems to be getting less and less attention as time goes by. However, it is poetry that the Egan Library has chosen to be celebrated on our campus. In concert with April as National Poetry Month, Beatrice Franklin, one…

Recipe: Omurice

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong Food is hard to make. Well, not really. But it’s hard to make if you don’t have any experience or drive – even more so when you’re not entirely sure what you want. But sometimes the food you make yourself is just the best. I know, because I…

Tidal Echoes: A Changing Tide

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong For those who don’t know, Southeast Alaska has its own literary journal, and it’s called Tidal Echoes. It accepts creative work, including poetry, prose, photography, and more. It’s also published every year. In fact, the newest issue will be coming out on April 15 at the Tidal Echoes…

Poetry: Why and How to Do It

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong I am the “Queen of Comma Splices” within the confines of the Whalesong office. This is because I write poetry, which doesn’t require as many commas as you would think. The thing is, poetry is a great outlet and form of writing that often gets ignored for novels…

Whitewashing in Award Shows

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong Awards shows are great. You get to see your favorite actors or artists win for their hard work. However, I would like to assert that we never really think about the other side of that. With award show season in mind, it’s important to think about the system…