Talking Marijuana Legislation Amidst Anchorage Spice Problem 1

Spice, an illegal form of synthetic marijuana, has become a chronic issue on Anchorage’s streets. This cheap drug is popular among Anchorage’s low income and homeless population, it elicits a quick high and effects people differently. KRUA spoke with Assemblyman Ernie Hall who sits on the Assembly Committee on Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana. KRUA also interviewed Nicole Crites, whose husband runs a Medical Marijuana business and who has been giving free Marijuana to people who will destroy their Spice in front of her, about the possibility of the legal retail sale of marijuana providing a legal and safer alternative to spice.

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Staff Picks November 2015!

Welcome back to Staff Picks! It has been a (long, long) while since the last Staff Picks update, so we hope that these amazing albums make up for it. Rococode – Panic Attack by Dylan Blankenship, News Reporter This is a quirky little something from the delightfully named Rococode, a boy/girl duo hailing from Vancouver BC. Produced in an isolated cabin somewhere in Canada this album definitely has some traces of that cabin fever vibe. A strange blend of synths, guitars, loop, and drums this album almost seems like it was written as a soundtrack for the next Sundance Film […]

UAA Athletics Student Fee Increase Request Withdrawn

Athletics Director Keith Hackett, his hair more salt than pepper, walks down the hall to his office in the Alaska Airlines Center. Along the way he stops to greet the office staff, he seems to know all their names. He pauses to discuss the lovely Alaskan art on the walls and explains that the long, lonely and plain wall without art is meant to showcase student art in the near feature. Reaching his office Keith, jovial and friendly, takes a seat ready to talk about why he withdrew his request for a $5 per credit increase in the Athletics student fee. […]

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10 30 2015 Darkstar - Foam Island

Darkstar – Foam Island

I had no clue what to think when I put this album in and hit play. Darkstar, an electronic duo based in the UK, start their newest album “Foam Island” with looped statements, segments taken from interviews conducted and recorded by the artists themselves. “… kindness and honesty. Just… basic things.” says one of the interviewees, likely reflecting on relationships and the state of life in North Yorkshire, where the interviews took place. The melancholy vocals interact with the upbeat, almost poppy melodies and help Darkstar build a facade to mask all problems, a parody and commentary on the state […]

Consortium Library North Entrance Waited 12 Years

We recently brought you a story covering renovations to be done on the UAA/APU Consortium Library in Fall of 2016. After hearing that story Library Dean Steve Rollins contacted us with more pertinent information. He shared some of the history of the library as well as justifications for the Library north entrance project being done now. He said it was recognized in 2004 during widespread library renovations that the library would need a north entrance. An exit was placed where the future north entrance would be installed. Dean Rollins said a north entrance could not be justified at the time, but […]

Photo Credit: Cornerstone General Contractors

10 24 2015 Lena Fayre - Is There Only One

Lena Fayre – Is There Only One?

Love can be beautiful like a cherry tree in full bloom, but if you’ve come here for an album review inspired by happiness and beauty, I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place. Lena Fayre’s new EP “Is There Only One?” brings up poignant feelings of longing and rejection, and eventually the serenity that can be found in the post-rejection recovery. “Is There Only One?” details Fayre’s struggle with today’s combination of social media and romance. The back of the album speaks to her experience and how it has shaped the album. “This led me to think about the structure of […]

UAA Bookstore Sees Renovation; New Café Area

Are you curious about the racket that has been coming from the bookstore? Michelle Wells, the Marketing Director for the UAA Bookstore, discusses the changes this renovation will bring, including a new coffee shop, lounges with whiteboard tables, and the infamous backpack policy. She says the bookstore is hoping for a soft opening of the cafe around finals time.

Photo Credit: Cornerstone General Contractors

Consortium Library Plan New Entrance

The UAA/APU Consortium Library is scheduled to experience some renovations Fall of 2016. KRUA sat down with project managers John Hanson and Corey Fischer to find out more about the project and the estimated implications for students. The project will give the library a new door, on the north side of the building. What is now an exit will be reconfigured, and be made into a full entrance with an Arctic entry. The project managers said there will some minor short term adjustments to library parking while the project is going on. They also said the library parking lot will be slightly rearranged to better […]

Voices of UAA: Julia O’Malley

You know that “teachers are really aliens” phase from elementary school? Well despite the knowledge our professors are not aliens, sometimes sitting in class throughout the week listening to lectures we forget they have their own lives. We chose to sit down with Julia O’Malley, UAA’s Atwood Chair of Journalism, over a cup of coffee to find out what life is like on the other side, to hear about the life of a professor. Rarely do we have the opportunity to listen to our professors discuss their personal lives but Julia gave us this rare opportunity, a peek into the life of a professor.

Photo courtesy of Julia O'Malley

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Seawolf Debate Hosts LGBT Discrimination Debate

The evening of September 29th the Anchorage Assembly passed an anti-discrimination ordinance, which expands protections from discrimination to LGBT individuals. The following evening the UAA Seawolf Debate team hosted a very timely public debate over whether “individuals and organizations ought to be free to refuse service to patrons on the basis of religious objection.” The debate, which took place at Beartooth Theater and was a fundraiser for the UAA Seawolf Debate Program, focused in large part on the passing of the ordinance. Arguing religious objection is a constitutional right were Jim Minnery, President of the Alaska Family Council, and Bernadette […]