Students: Get Some Skin in the Game

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong Being the Editor of our university’s student newspaper is a position which has offered me deep involvement in campus life, university politics, and the greater Juneau community. Looking back, though, I’ve been the Editor of the Whalesong for two years – that’s half my college career and two-thirds…

The University’s Forgotten Virtue

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong Staff Writer Erin Laughlin’s article about the 2017 Innovation Summit includes a quote from a short interview of Chancellor Caulfield. Caulfield states that UAS’s commitment to innovation can be seen “in terms of new, cutting-edge online degree programs, and high impact learning opportunities through internships, job shadowing, and…

The University’s Real Image Problem

BY 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…

Is the University Forgetting its Purpose?

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong UAS made it into the Juneau Empire on Jan. 11 for our new campus welcome sign. In an article titled “New UAS welcome sign gives nod to cultural significance of campus location,” Capitol City Weekly Reporter Clara Miller  elaborated on Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson and Professor Lance Twitchell’s…

A Letter from the Editor

BY DANIEL PISCOYA Managing Editor, UAS Whalesong As many of you already know, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced recently that the university is considering a number of cuts to college sports teams at UAF and UAA. These teams include UAF and UAA’s cross country (or nordic) ski teams.