Club Spotlight: Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking

Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking is a club that anyone can visit to talk about economics in a respectful environment. Meetings start out with a set or rules about respect, such as waiting in queue and not talking over one another. Members have a specific set of hand gestures to know when people want to speak next or add a comment to the current discussion. Economics Professor Sherri Wall created the club as a way to connect with her students more.

“SWEET has been fabulous, this is my favorite time of the week, engaging with the best and the brightest students on campus from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Plus, we have had dozens of speaks come up,” Wall said. “I initially started SWEET because I wanted a forum to interface with some of these fantastic students I encountered in class.”

Before each meeting they decide on a topic, read up on it, and then discuss it at the next meeting. Members at the March 11 meeting discussed the pay gap between men and women UBER drivers. Past discussions have included Free, Fair and SMART Trade, Sam’s Club Catastrophe, and Alaska Gasoline Development Corporation (AGDC) Natural Gas Pipeline Agreement with China Sinopec.

SWEET is a way for students to keep up with economic news and give or form opinions about these current events.

“Economic discussion,” said Destiny Dowling, the club president, “is the goal of the club.”

SWEET meets in the Kayak Room in the Library every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The club is open to the public, and they provide dinner for those who join them. Though Professor Wall will no longer be working at UAF after this semester it is currently unknown if SWEET will continue.

For more information about SWEET readers can visit their OrgSync or their blog.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month kicks off on campus

SAO assistant Nikki Crenshaw Manning at the SAAM kickoff booth as NDAC assistance Chia Muas participates.

Sticky notes that lined the walls of Arctic Java read “I would not have PTSD,” “I wouldn’t be afraid of being touched” and “Everyone looks out for each other.”

April 4 was the kickoff for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Arctic Java was donned in facts, a survey, artwork from various students, and shirts from the clothesline project. Those not affected by sexual assault and those who have been affected were prompted to add sticky notes about what a world without sexual assault would look like to them. Student Activities Pro Staff Lisa Latronica and Student Activities Assistant Nikki Crenshaw manned a booth promoting awareness of SAAM.

On the far back wall there was an interactive display that allowed people to learn about the statistics of sexual assault and the feelings of others. People could colour parts of the display.

Event goers were encouraged to stop by the booth and spin a wheel to test their knowledge, learn something new, and spread the word and win a prize.

Landing on “tell me a fact,” a participant was asked to tell Crenshaw and Latronica a fact they knew about sexual assault. She walked over to the interactive display.

“Every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted in the US,” the participant said when they came back to the booth.

Another participant gained the chance to win a prize if she shared a SAAM event on social media. She found an event, shared it to Facebook and walked away with a SAAM water bottle.

As people left, they were asked to fill out a survey about their knowledge of sexual assault, regarding if they felt like they would help anyone who was assaulted and how many events they have attended. This survey appears at every SAAM event.

For more information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month visit the NDAC Facebook page.

Nook on the Street, April 17, 2018

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg was brought before Congress last week to testify about the website’s privacy settings. Many questions were about implementing features already apart of the platform.

What do you think about the Facebook investigation and how it may impact your online privacy rights?

“I don’t post a lot on Facebook, other than just, like, sharing things. So, it didn’t really, like, violate my privacy at all. But I’m sure a lot of other people are upset about it. But personally I’m not; I don’t use Facebook enough to get all that upset about that.

I mean, it’s definitely a big issue just, like, the internet. Like, the privacy rights have always been an issue. So, it’s not really all that big of a surprise to me that Facebook is also getting in on that trend of privacy.”

Natilly Hovda, secondary education & English, sophomore

“In the scheme of things, I chose not to think much about it. When I signed up for Facebook, I kind of came to the realization that I was giving up privacy, and I’m okay with that. Like the thought of Mark Zuckerberg selling the fact I like posts of puppies does not bother me.”

Heidi Shepard, interdisciplinary, senior

“I didn’t even hear about this investigation; I don’t go on Facebook ever.”

Kelly Morgan, medical assistant, junior

“It’s been hard to sort of quantify exactly how it will impact my rights because it’s become obvious how little congress—just from their line of questions—how little they understand about what they’re actually trying to regulate.

It does definitely reaffirm how careful I’ve been on social media in general. Just because the information market is obviously getting bigger, and this proves it. But I guess I’ve always been kind of cautious.”

Bryce Melegari, computer science, senior

Fun Star: Students terrorized by dinosaurs under Wood Center

This article is a work of satire, and is not intended to be taken seriously in any way. Any resemblance to actual events or real people is purely coincidental, and should not be regarded with any degree of seriousness.

Last known footage of Ethan Alive. The photo was discovered in the ventilation system of the Wood Center.

On March 27 Ethan Alive sat on the grated area in the Wood Center and a Tyrannosaurus Rex pulled him into the depth of the ventilation system. Five days later his body was found mangled while the T-Rex stood over him licking his severed hand. Police made a quick arrest and Alive’s body was returned to his loved ones.

Panic arose on March 29 when friends and family of Ethan Alive noticed that he had not been seen in a few days. At first his friends thought that he had simply been tied up with homework and was off concentrating, but when he didn’t show up to his shift at the Wood Center his boss found that cause for concern.

Tyra Gates, his significant other, had been in a small panic when Alive hadn’t been to any of their lunches. Gates was often asking around if anyone had seen Alive.

“He is normally good about telling me if he can’t make it to lunch. Heck we talk all the time and I haven’t heard from him in, like, four days,” Gates said. “I keep thinking he’ll round the corner and say ‘SURPRISE’ but he doesn’t.”

The investigation for the whereabouts of Alive lasted three days. On April 1 when he was finally found, Police Chief Steve Goetz made it clear why students shouldn’t be on the grated area.

“There is a sign that says not to sit on the grates,” Goetz said. “There are many dangers that could come from being on them like falling through or being carried off by whatever decides to live down there. We caution students to stay off the grates in the future.”

Anyone who has ever dared to be on the grated area in the past has found themselves warned by panicked Front Desk Staff to quickly get off them because it is likely that a person could fall through, or in this case be eaten.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to [Alive’s] friends and family,” Wood Center Director Mark Oldmixon said in a press conference following the discover of the remains. Students are left wondering when the terrors will end.

“We all know what happened last year,” Jake Shnapps, a sophomore English student, muttered as the officials shooed off the disgruntled students.

Fun Star: Briefly Stated

This article is a work of satire, and is not intended to be taken seriously in any way. Any resemblance to actual events or real people is purely coincidental, and should not be regarded with any degree of seriousness.

The disgruntled Nook crossing his arms in protest to the Dinosaurs bid to replace him.

Dinosaur vs Nook

Following the arrest of the dinosaur that mauled Ethan Alive, the dinosaur announced that she will be running to be the new University of Alaska Fairbanks mascot. As she is in jail reporters are unsure how she made this announcement so public and as there is not an election for a new mascot, why she is even running is a mystery.

When asked, freshman Joe Shmitt said, “A dinosaur would be cool, since this place looks so ancient, but one that killed a kid? No thanks”

“But the nook is so cool and fun to hang out with!” said Aja Odeal, a senior English major. “He’s at all the cool events why should there even be talk about his replacement!”

Nook, UAF’s current mascot, interacted with the press to show his discontent with this attempt to dethrone him. As our sources do not speak fluent bear, we took his body language to mean that he was unhappy with this announcement by the way he crossed his arms and put his paws on his hips.

In hopes to appease students who would like the change in mascot, UAF officials said the election will be held Feb. 30, 2019. Only then will students and faculty know who will be the new mascot.

Lottery to decide fate of Liberal Arts

Coming this next summer the UA system will be drawing to see which Liberal Art department will be cut next. Due to budget cuts any non-STEM department is at risk.

Despite some universities having long since given up on holding such lotteries, the UA system continues to uphold the yearly tradition, following each round of budget cuts.

“It’s only fair,” said UA President Jim Johnsen, in an address to delivered to the College of Liberal Arts on April 1. “The lottery is the fairest way we have of deciding.”

The English Department and the Art Department have banded together to show that what they teach is important by writing strongly worded essays and creating graphic, but tasteful, art pieces.

The drawing will be held May 28 with the departments written on slips of paper and pulled from a beanie taken out of the lost and found. May the odds be ever in the departments favor.

Off-campus bookstore secrets revealed

The off-campus books store just past Fred Meyer’s western location and Safeway was discovered to be a front for President Jim Johnsen’s Strategic Pathways. This lair is where he toils and plots to better the UA system by restructuring everything.

His plan includes to change how classes are taught, how teachers are paid, the levels of bureaucracy, how the new buildings are placed, the increase of the squirrel population, and how to teach non-existent beings.

“I mean, we all knew the building had to have something else going on,” said senior justice student Lena Spats. “Everyone gets their books from Amazon or from campus. And everybody takes their online tests in Bunnel. Nobody even goes to that off campus place.”

When reporters tried to confront Johnsen at the off-campus bookstore they fell into a pit of crocodiles and quickly perished.

Fun Star: Gaming clubs wage war against each other

This article is a work of satire, and is not intended to be taken seriously in any way. Any resemblance to actual events or real people is purely coincidental, and should not be regarded with any degree of seriousness.


Matt tries to pull a sneak attack on the E-sports Gaming Club members. One member is alerted to the presence of this danger.

War broke out between the two main game clubs, Board Game and Tabletop Club and E-Sports Gaming Club, when Board Game Club infiltrated E-Sports on March 30.

Last Friday Board Game Club snuck into the Gaming Clubs Club room and fought to show their superiority. Though Board Game Club has fewer members they took on E-Sports with full force. One member of Board Game Club took a controller and chucked it at unsuspecting E-Sports members. Quickly the members of both clubs broke into a fist fight.

30 minutes went by before the clubs stepped back and called a tentative truce. Out of breath and sore from the fight, Board Game Club members slunk back to their meeting room.

Although the battle that broke out became violent, the police were not called, so no one was arrested.

“That was a fight? I thought they were just LARPing,” said Todd Sherman, Dean of Liberal Arts, who was in the building at the time.

E-Sports Gaming Club is an open to all club that sets up various consoles for members to play. E-Sports has a variety of games that they offer for new comers to help ready themselves for battle against the Board Game Club.

“We have Smash-4 wii-U, PM (project M) that’s becoming more popular for the Wii, and then we’re trying to bring back Melee,” said member Tendai Shambare. “We also have Dragon Ball Fighter Z.”

Board Game and Tabletop Club is also open to all and they play any form of card game, board game, and tabletop game to use for strategy for plotting their next attack.

“We try to play as many games as possible. We play Betrayal at House on The Hill, Red Dragon Inn, Boss Monster, Love Letter, Netrunner, Magic: The Gathering,” said Jacob Mann, the Club President of Board Game Club. “A list of all of our games is on our Orgsync page.”

Right now both clubs are carrying on as they were before. Board Game and Tabletop Club meets Fridays in Grue 202 2-8 p.m. and E-Sports Gaming Club also meets on Fridays in Grue 208 4-8 p.m. Readers can learn more about both clubs ongoing battle for members by visiting their Orgsync pages. Although members from both clubs claimed superiority over the other and urge readers to visit their Orgsync page instead.

Fun Star: Nook on the Street

This article is a work of satire, and is not intended to be taken seriously in any way. Any resemblance to actual events or real people is purely coincidental, and should not be regarded with any degree of seriousness.

This week we asked students, There is a man digging a hole. Another man comes up to him and says “Wears your shovel.” The first mans says “Sure does.” Why?

“Where does does your shovel. where’s your shovel. Sure does. Do I have to Answer this now? Where is the shovel. Why does he say sure does? That’s hard. Maybe because. I don’t know, riddles are for thinking, you I’m just like. Does he have a hearing aide? Sure does. Sure does shovel. I don’t know. Sure does. I don’t get it.”

After receiving the answer

“Wears it down!”

Garald Montuya, mechanical engineering, freshman


“I don’t know. Where’s your shovel, sure does. This recording is going a lot of tense silence cause I don’t know. What’s the answer? sure does. where’s your shovel sure does. That sound’s like something I would say If I didn’t hear someone correctly. I’m sorry. The sphinx would kill me.”

After receiving the answer

“I’m sorry, I’m not fun any more. Now I get it!”

Kayla Messina, art, sophomore


*nervous laughter for about 2 minutes*

After receiving the answer


Rachel Brusch, civil engineering, senior

Nook on the Street, March 20, 2018

Following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, students nationwide organized walkouts in protest of gun violence in the United States. The first of these walkouts happened on Wednesday, March 14, with another scheduled for later in March and one planned for April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting. This week we asked students: what do you think of the protests?

“I think they’re really important, which is good because these kids are using their right to protest. You see all these activists and other movements and it’s doing the same thing, and these kids, who are much younger than [the activists], are doing something that they know can very much get them into trouble, such as being arrested, but they do it anyway. So, I find it very powerful that these kids would know the risk of doing it; that they believe so much that their schools should be safe that they are walking out.”

Alanna Argudo, social work, senior

“I think it’s a good thing to protest if people know what they’re actually protesting about. For example, I think it’s pretty odd if a bunch of students are hopping on the bandwagon. But if you are actually protesting, knowing exactly what you are protesting, and you have true feelings about that, then I don’t think it’s a bad thing: it’s a good thing to show your opinion.”

Benson Hoover, petroleum engineering, senior

“I think it’s the students’ way of trying to make a point, and it’s their way of protesting because they’re high school students. So, honestly this isn’t going to do very much, but it’s going to show something, which is going to make an impact. Kids under 18 are taking this seriously. They see that there needs to be a change, and there hasn’t been a change so far, so they are doing what they think they can with the power that they have and showing that enough is enough. All these shootings happening in schools, it’s not acceptable anymore for politicians just to stand by and throw second amendment around. Students are getting fed up and they think it’s ridiculous, so they are using the power they think they have and are doing what they can do. Of course, it’s not like a whole lot, they’re not changing anything, any sort of political rules, like anything, but they’re doing what they can, and I think that’s pretty powerful.”

Harriett Salvador-Smith, nursing, junior

“I think, personally, if protests are conducted in a way that more or less are just trying to cause a scene, you’re not really making it clear what you’re protesting. Those, to me, don’t make a point. But when you do it in a way that you know it’s peaceful—it can be a march or a walk—those I’m totally behind because those kind of protests serve a purpose, like ‘hey this is what we are walking for.’ We stand together on it, it’s a peaceful protest, so if it serves a purpose and doesn’t hurt anyone else, then great.”

Gracen Loveless, Japanese Studies, freshman

Management changes for Wood Center coffee shop

Coffee dispensers at the Artic Java stand. Chartwells, the company that is incharge of dining on campus, as of March 1 switched over Arctic Java to the ownership of North Pole Coffee Roasting Company.

On March 1, Arctic Java switched management from Chartwells to North Pole Coffee Roasting Company. Though prices have not yet been altered, Arctic Java has undergone some transformation in the past month.

The coffee shop on the first floor of Wood Center has been open since the building was remodeled in 2013. Chartwells was contracted to supply food services to the university in 2015, which is when the company took over management of Arctic Java. The dining services company remained in charge until this March. While officials overseeing the transfer in management were not available for comment, students noticed changes in the coffee hub.

Kelly Morgan, a psychology major, noticed “new people working back there.”

Rachel Bruesch, a civil engineer major, said she also noticed new baristas are now working alongside the old ones.

“They can wear jeans, they can accept tips, they can wear different hats, and they can wear their own kind of shoes,” said Audrey Kirby, a biology major, where before Arctic Java workers had to wear all black and non-slip shoes, as is common of the Chartwells uniform.

Thus far, some of the artificial changes that Arctic Java has undergone are the position of the drip coffee, and the use of domed lids for every cold drink. Student feelings toward this change were varied, although centered more around shop management than the physical changes.

“I don’t really feel anything toward’s it, I feel like it will still be the same,” said Morgan, regarding the coffee shop.

Kirby felt more strongly. “I love it,” she said. “I was not a fan of Chartwells.”

Briefly Stated: Daylight Savings Time ahead

March 11 is Daylight Savings Time with clocks being set one hour ahead, or smartphones doing it automatically, where night owls will grumble about waking up earlier and early birds will catch the worm faster. So why is there Daylight savings time?

Daylight savings time originates back in 1895 when New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson came up with the idea of aligning their hours to make the most use out of daylight, according to Evan Andrews in “History Stories: Why do we have daylight saving time?” It was first presented as a two-hour shift every October and March with clocks first being set back, and then forward. When he brought his idea to light it peaked interest but didn’t gain traction until in 1905.

British builder William Willett suggested that clocks be set forward about 20 minutes every Sunday in April and back about 20 minutes every September. British Member of Parliament Robert Pearce caught wind of this idea and presented a bill for it in 1908. It officially came into being in 1916 in the United Kingdom. Little did Willett know, that seven years prior do his death in 1915, Ontario, Canada had already started shifting their clocks by one hour in 1908.

Two years into World War I, Germany and Austria started setting their clocks back April 30, 1916 to cut down on fuel costs. A few weeks within that time, The United Kingdom, France and many other countries followed suit.

Today over 70 countries use Daylight Savings Time; however, forward and back dates vary from country to country, according to Date and Time’s article, “History of Daylight Saving Time (DST).”