Police Blotter: October 11 – 22

10/16/2018  1:16 p.m. – 31-year-old Elliot Mr. Cruikshank of Fairbanks was arrested and charged with assault after a report was submitted of him holding a child in a chokehold and yelling at them near Ballaine Lake.


10/11/2018  2:31 p.m. – An investigation is ongoing for a wallet that was reported as being stolen from the SRC.

10/11/2018  3:43 p.m. – A report of theft of sushi from the food service in the Wood Center was submitted.  An officer took a statement and suspect description, and the investigation is ongoing.

10/12/2018  5:26 p.m. – Headphones were reported stolen from a backpack in the SRC sometime between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.   Investigation is ongoing.


10/12/2018  8:49 a.m. – A car drove off the road on Thompson Drive.  There were no injuries, although the car had to be towed and there was damage to UAF property.

10/17/2018  6:51 a.m. – There was an accident involving multiple cars on College Road, with no injuries.

10/21/2018  1:23 p.m. – An unoccupied car rolled backward into a parked car.  The owner of the first car was on the scene when the officer got there, and the officer contacted the owner of the struck car.


Reckless Driving
10/12/2018  12:11 p.m. – An officer talked to a reckless driver on the road outside of the Lola Tilly Commons, and contacted the owner of the car.


10/12/2018  4:30 p.m. – An officer responded to reports of vandalism outside of the Fine Arts building.  It was found that juveniles were putting wax onto their bikes while trying to do various bicycle tricks.  They were trespassed from the area, and their parents were contacted.


Probation/Parole Violation
10/15/2018  4:50 a.m. – During a traffic stop, 35-year-old Tyson C. Hillyer of North Pole was discovered to be driving with a suspended license and expired registration.  Hillyer was arrested and charged for violating conditions of release and cited for driving with expired registration, no proof of insurance, and driving with a suspended license.


Traffic Stop
10/14/2018  8:35 p.m. – During a traffic stop on Tanana Loop, 20-year-old Glenn L Rodgers of Fairbanks was cited for not driving with a valid drivers license.

10/20/2018  1:07 a.m. – A juvenile driver was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign on Tanana Loop.  Parents were contacted to pick up the vehicle, driver, and passenger.


Suspicious Circumstances
10/17/2018  4:27 p.m. – An officer investigated a hole in a fence near the Aurora Building that had been there for two weeks.

10/18/2018  4:23 p.m. – Residents were woken up by yelling in the Cutler Apartment Complex.  An officer responded with the people involved and found that the argument was only verbal.


Criminal Trespass
10/19/2018  4:59 p.m.
– 60-year-old William C. Whitewater of Fairbanks was arrested in Wood Center and charged with criminal trespass.


Lost Property
10/19/2018  5:59 p.m. – A wallet that had been lost somewhere in the upper dorms, Gruening building, or Reichardt building on either October 18th or 19th was found and returned to its owner.


Intoxicated Person
10/21/2018  1:30 a.m. – An ambulance took an intoxicated person in the Cutler Apartment Complex lot having a panic attack to the hospital.


10/21/2018  4:00 a.m. – An officer came across a car parked on the lawn of a church with its lights on, with the driver slumped over in the seat.  The driver, 39-year-old Gena M. Wallis of Fairbanks, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.


Welfare Check
10/19/2018  7:43 p.m. – A staff member at the West Ridge Research Building received “incoherent emails and voicemails” from someone from Denver.  A UAF officer contacted the Denver police department to perform a welfare check on the person sending the emails and making the calls.

10/22/2018  10:05 a.m. – A relative called the UAF police department, concerned about a student who wasn’t responding to them.  An officer tried to find the student, and the relative called, later on, to say that everything was okay.

Afrosexology informs students with sex positivity trivia night

With questions concerning contraceptives, sexual acts, and sexual health, visiting sex educators Afrosexology hosted a special night of trivia in the UAF Pub on September 20th, followed the next day by a workshop on building an ideal dating life.

Rafaella (left) and Dalychia (right) hosting the Sex+ Trivia Night.

As the hosts of the trivia night, Rafaella and Dalychia sat near the front, next to a screen displaying the questions.  With years of experience as Afrosexology, they’re no strangers to holding educational events such as this one. After each set of questions, students would bring their group’s answer sheets up to the front, where they were collected.  After all of the sheets were collected, Rafaella and Dalychia would reveal the answers among cheers and frenzied discussions between members of the various teams.  The focus of these questions was to create discussion and inform the students about a variety of sex positivity related topics.

“Afrosexology aims to educate, explore, and reclaim Black sexuality and promote Black self-empowerment through sexual liberation,” said the duo in an email interview.

Questions were organized under categories such as this one.

Although the focus was on education, plenty of fun was had by those involved.

“We had a great time at UAF! Trivia Night was lively and we were really excited to see how engaged everyone was,” said Dalychia and Rafaella.  “We heard that Tuesday trivia night is a big deal, so we are glad to know that everyone had a great time. We love our workshops because we get to help people challenge negative messages and explore new ways to experience sexuality. We hope that those who attended the Build Your Ideal Love Life felt the same way. ”

With how packed the Pub was, and with how loud the cheering was for the winners, it would certainly seem like the students enjoyed their time with Afrosexology.

“I thought it was fantastic.  Some questions I had never really thought about a lot, so that was fun and challenging,” said Bobbi, an english and art major here at UAF.

Jeremy, a communications alumni, also enjoyed the trivia night and said he would “absolutely” come to another Afrosexology event if they came back up to UAF in the future.

Winning team “Kavanaugh? Kava-nope” with their 1st-place prize.

Talking about potentially coming back up and doing more events in the future, they said: “We would love to come back to UAF, just not during the winter!”

“We want to remind the Nanooks that your pleasure is essential! The relationship that you have with yourself and others should be as pleasurable as possible,” said the duo in a final message to UAF.  “We encourage you to continue the work of unpacking shame, rejecting negative messages, and strive to live your most authentic lives!”

You can find Afrosexology online as @afrosexology on social media.

Police Blotter: September 4 – 20

9/20/2018  3:25 a.m. – 21-year-old Leeroy J. Kobuck of St. Michael was arrested, charged with second-degree assault domestic violence, and trespassed from UAF property for 10 years.  His partner and child were taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and provided with Advocate and Domestic Violence information.


Harassing Communications
9/17/2018  5:56 p.m. – An officer responded to a road rage incident in the Singers Hall lot.  One driver honked at another driver and called her a name, leading to the other driver yelling back.  18-year-old Connor R. Gibbs of Fairbanks was cited for harassment.

9/17/2018  7:05 p.m. – A person that came to the station to report harassment that occurred at the Toga Dance in the Hess Rec Center on September 8th.  An officer took the statement and provided Title IX and Resource Center contact information.  The incident is being investigated for possible charges.

9/18/2019  2:04 a.m. – A student from Bartlett Hall reported that they were being harassed by another student.  The investigation is ongoing.


9/18/2018  7:13 p.m
. – A welder was reported stolen from the Nenana Lot, and the fence in the area was cut in different spots.  A bolt cutter was found near the fence.  An officer took pictures of the scene and took the bolt cutters.  The welder was later reported as not stolen, just moved.  However, an investigation is still ongoing for the fence cutting.


Welfare Check
9/4/2018  10:23 a.m.
– An officer investigated a student whom a relative had reported had not returned from a camping trip.  Later it was found that the relative had mixed up the dates, and the student wasn’t missing.

9/17/2018  6:16 p.m. – A relative requested a checkup on a resident of Walsh Hall.


Suspicious Circumstances
9/5/2018  11:25 a.m. – A call was made about unknown belongings found outside of the University Park building.  Facility Services will remove them.

9/5/2018  11:25 a.m. – A complainant reported another driver yelling at them in the Chapman Building parking lot.  Officer contacted the driver and found that they had mouthed sorry to the complainant after not seeing him while backing up.

9/5/2018  2:12 p.m. – 19-year-old Genesis C. Blatchford of Fairbanks was trespassed from UAF property and issued a summons for possessing marijuana.

9/18/2018  7:05 p.m. – A man in his 30’s was walking around the pool area of the Patty Ice Arena asking the staff members personal questions and making them uncomfortable.  An officer responded and identified a possible individual.  Investigation is ongoing.

9/19/2018  5:54 p.m. – An officer investigated a smashed window outside of a house on North Chandalar, and determined a lawn crew may have hit a rock that then smashed the window.  Facilities Services was notified.


Traffic Stop
9/6/2018  10:05 p.m. – 59-year-old Mark D. Ross of Fairbanks was given a summons for reckless driving and a citation for studded tires.


9/7/2018  11:21 a.m. – A driver reported hitting a sign on Thompson Drive.  Facilities were notified, and an officer took pictures of the scene.


Lost Property
9/7/2018  12:56 p.m. – A complainant reported losing their wallet in the wood center the day before.  An officer is following up.


Intoxicated Person
9/7/2018   11:43 p.m. – A drunk minor was taken to the hospital.  A citation will be issued.

9/8/2018  12:32 a.m. – A drunk person was reported to be arguing and yelling at a dance in the MBS Lobby and Hess Commons.  They were taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center and issued a citation for drinking alcohol underage.

9/8/2018  12:44 a.m. – A person was taken to the sobering center after being reported as drunk at a dance.  They were issued a minor consuming citation.


9/9/2018  3:28 a.m
. – During a traffic stop, 60-year-old Dennis J. Dougherty of Fairbanks was found to be driving while under the influence.  Dougherty was arrested and charged with DUI.


Driving While License Revoked
9/9/2018  3:44 p.m. – During a traffic stop, 60-year-old Jens J. Braaten of Fairbanks was cited for driving with a revoked license, and was warned for speeding and having no proof of insurance.

Letters from the editor: Going digital

Since the 1981 merger of the Northern Sun and the Polar Star, the Sun Star has been a regular fixture here on campus.  Even with the change to the biweekly publication last year, we were still present in stands inside of buildings and in kiosks outside of them.  However, this semester, those papers have been missing.  The reason is not that we’ve disappeared into the woods, never to be seen again, or that we simply flew into the sky one day.  Instead, we’ve gone digital.

What this means is that there is no longer a print edition of the newspaper.  Instead, all of our stories, all of the comics our freelancers make, letters to and from the editor, it all goes up directly onto the website.  In addition to the unparalleled joy of being able to make constant semi-accurate Matrix references, the biggest thing that this move does for us is it gives us more freedom in the kind of content that we create.

I will definitely admit that there is a part of me that will miss the print editions of the newspaper.  Carrying stacks of 200 papers up and down the campus, depositing them everywhere I go like a more journalism-focused take on Johnny Appleseed was always a fun part of my job.  Sitting down afterward and opening up a paper, seeing the stories that I and my coworkers wrote and edited all laid out was always satisfying.  However, in the end, I recognize the benefits that this change gives us, and I look forward to everything we now have the opportunity to do.

If a student us sends us an email with footage of a speaker who came up to UAF, or if a club approaches us with twenty pictures from one of their events, we can now look at running it on our main method of delivery.  There are no longer concerns of printing costs of a dozen color pictures or following material laws as they pertain to video in a print newspaper.

This also gives us freedom from the previous print schedule, where everything had to be done Sunday night and specifically Sunday night.  We can now deliver content and news to the students and faculty of UAF on a more regular basis, with a work schedule that reflects that.

What this means, however, is that we need more of this content.  More pictures, more video, and of course, more stories.  You can email us at editor@uafsunstar.com, or you can drop by our freelancer meetings every Tuesday at 1:00.  If you have content you’re looking to publish, or are looking to create content, if you have ideas for what the Sun Star could do, even if you just have some questions about the paper, let us know.  Our format may be all digital now, but our mission statement to be a reliable and stimulating student-produced news publication is still painted on the wall.  And that’s not going to be changing anytime soon.

Drag performers soar out of this world

The dressing room is filled with cosmetics and wigs as kings and queens get ready for their show. Some nervous performers are passing around a plush sheep, holding it for a few seconds to calm their nerves. In the background, Patrick Knavel the former president of UAF’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) suddenly shouts “sexy” as they see some of the performers in full drag.

Penny Dragful as Amethyst from cartoon show Steven Universe. / Ben Ellis

GSA took students beyond the stars with their space-themed drag show Saturday, April 7. Aliens made an appearance, alongside performers inspired by shows such as “Star Trek” or “Steven Universe,” while music blared and strobe lights flared in the background.

“We felt like having anything based on spacey kind of items would be applicable to our show. Plus making it as LGBT-friendly as possible,” said GSA President Ricky Hines, while discussing the setup for the show.

Sara Tonin getting ready in the dressing room before the show. / Ben Ellis

Starting at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Ballroom, over a dozen kings and queens strutted their stuff to the cheers of the audience. After each performance, dollar bills were strewn across the stage as students threw tips to the performers, while more tips were stuffed down bras or pants of artists. For those audience members unable to reach the stage, one king, Fort Dick, strolled through the audience collecting tips for the king or queen performing.

Many of these performances involved the king or queen in question dancing and lip-syncing to songs by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Muse, or the theme from the aforementioned “Steven Universe.” One queen in particular, Sara Tonin, instead sang a song.

“I was like, what if a ’50’s lounge singer was on the deck of the USS Enterprise? And then I was like, what does my brain need more of? Serotonin,” said Sara Tonin, talking about the inspiration for the name and look of their “dragsona.”

As each performer took to the stage, they were met with tumultuous applause and cheers with many earning a standing ovation afterwards. This was particularly true for Eris Contraire, who leaped off the stage and landed on their back in what is known as a death drop.

Aurora Whorialis and Julia Wild performing as a duo for the final act of the night. / Ben Ellis

For many audience members, this was the first drag show they had ever been to. At the start, before the first queen performed, Alyssa Quintyne, the former presenter or “empress” of the drag show, handed over the crown to Syd Paulino, the GSA secretary. During this, Alyssa asked the audience to raise their hands if they had ever been to a drag show before, with only a handful of students doing so.

“It was my first drag show; I really liked it. I was blushing half the time, and not really sure how to handle it,” said Gabrielle Camp, a wildlife biology sophomore.

The grand reveal of Sheila von Cox as an alien from beyond the stars. / Ben Ellis

Likewise, students who had been to previous GSA drag shows also enjoyed this year’s offering.

“I thought it was pretty great. This is my third year going, and it’s always great every year,” said Hayden Jones, an interdisciplinary senior.

Both students also expressed an interest in seeing the show again next year.

Police Blotter: March 26 – April 8

Missing Person
4/3/2018 8:06 p.m. – A person who had been reported missing was found in the Rasmuson Library. Their cell phone battery had died.

Suspicious Circumstances
4/4/2018 2 a.m. – A screaming woman behind the Duckering Building was reported to the police. However, officers could not find any woman screaming.

4/5/2018 3:26 a.m. – A suspicious car was seen in the lot by Ballaine Lake. The license plates did not match the registration for the car and were confiscated. The driver was found to have a suspended license and was told not to continue driving the car.

3/26/2018 6:44 p.m. – Responding to a call about a suspicious man on the Fairbanks Street bridge, police arrested 40-year-old Justin D. Costello, of Fairbanks, for criminal trespass.

3/26/2018 9:22 p.m. – An officer talked to a man who had been making “concerning comments” during a conversation.

3/31/2018 11:41 p.m. – A man with no affiliation with UAF was told to leave the Rasmuson Library 23-hour study area.

4/1/2018 1:35 a.m. – A bag of “possible marijuana” found in the Fine Arts Building was disposed of.

4/1/2018 10:41 p.m. – Three suspicious cars were parked and blocking Drajnik Road. Officers responded and told the drivers to move their cars.

Parole Violation
4/5/2018 11:15 p.m. – During a traffic stop, a passenger was arrested for violating the conditions of their parole.

Harassing Communications
4/6/2018 11:39 a.m. – A man was harassing an employee in the Elvey Building and kept visiting their office despite being told not to by the dean of students. Protective order and Title IX information was given to the employee. The man showed up again at the office and was informed of trespass. He had an anxiety attack, started screaming, and was taken to the hospital by officers.

4/7/2018 8:38 p.m. – A car key was reported as being stolen. A community service officer unlocked the car for the owner of the missing key.

3/29/2018 8:56 p.m. – A bag and iPad were stolen from a car in the Fine Arts parking lot. The bag was later found in the art department and a suspect was identified.

Driving Without a Valid License
4/7/2018 9:33 p.m. – A driver was cited for not having a motorcycle endorsement on their license. A friend drove them home.

4/8/2018 1:10 a.m. – During a traffic stop, 28-year-old William E. Henderson, of Fairbanks, was found to be driving drunk and was arrested.

Sexual Assault
3/27/2018 10:49 p.m. – Officers looked into a possible sexual assault that occurred on March 23 in Cutler Apartments. Investigation has been started.

Fun Star: Police Blotter

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.


Residence Life
3/12/2018 3:27 a.m. – An indentured servant attempting to leave Residence Life was detained and returned to his quarters. Investigation is ongoing into how he managed to get so far before being caught.

Dinosaur Attack
3/30/2018 11:15 a.m. – A student who had been reported missing two days prior was found to have fallen through the grated area in the Wood Center and was attacked by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Title IX contact information was given to the deceased student, and the dinosaur was arrested.

Suspicious Circumstances
3/15/2018 5:03 p.m. – A possible incident of potentially suspicious circumstances may have occurred at the old University Park Building. Investigation is ongoing.

3/16/2018 12:11 p.m. – 56-year-old John. A. Janderton of Fairbanks was found to be guilty of a crime that would take place in April of next year by the UAF police department’s new Precognition Crime Cops. Janderton was charged with thought crime and arrested. Investigation is ongoing.

3/19/2018 3:22 p.m. – A student suffered a nervous breakdown in the Eielson Building and had to be detained by officers. The student was screaming conspiracy theories about UAF student loans, and has been placed into medical care. No further investigation is needed.

3/21/2018 1:22 a.m. – An officer is investigating an open investigation. Investigation is ongoing.

3/29/2018 2:57 p.m. – Title IX employee filed a complaint concerning the Title IX office. The employee was given contact information for the Title IX office and an investigation is ongoing.

Criminal Trespass
3/16/2018 4:21 a.m. – A student who had been previously trespassed from the UAF campus has now been trespassed from the rest of Fairbanks, and is currently stuck on the edge of UAF campus. UAF police are in discussions with the Fairbanks police department on whose trespass is bigger and more important. Investigation is ongoing.

3/17/2018 10:59 a.m. – A student who had been previously trespassed from all of campus had her trespass lifted from the dorms, and will now be working for Residence Life in the immediate future. She is still trespassed from the rest of campus, and will be returned to Res Life should she be found elsewhere on campus. Investigation is ongoing.

3/22/2018 1:08 p.m. – Investigation from the previous day has concluded and has led to the officer conducting the investigation being trespassed from campus. Investigation is not ongoing. Investigation will never be ongoing.

3/13/2018 10:17 a.m. – The computer used to write the police reports has been stolen again, causing the reports to be late. Suspect was identified as being the Great Bamboozler, who has stolen the computer before. The Great Bamboozler was briefly detained before he leaped out of a window while swearing his revenge and eventual return. Investigation is ongoing.

3/17/2018 6:51 p.m. – A student called the UAF police department to report that someone had stolen his phone. While talking, the student abruptly went silent, coughed awkwardly, then ended the call. Investigation is ongoing.

3/27/2018 2:21 p.m. – A student who stole the concept of crime could not be arrested. As is the time-honored tradition, she has become the new police chief and will hopefully lead the department to further glory. Investigation is ongoing.

Fun Star: Senators announce indoctrination program, discounts for students

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.

Increased Student Involvement
Amidst complaints of ASUAF not fully representing the student body, the student government has decided to pass legislation to mandate student involvement.

“Currently, ASUAF is only made up of less than 0.1 percent of the student body,” said Senate Chair Mitchell while discussing the bill. “As such, I feel that legislation aimed at increasing this number can only serve to help the student body.”

In order to increase student involvement from the student body, ASUAF will utilize a variety of methods, including discounts at various on-campus locations for members, experimental mind control, bake sales, and vastly expanded meeting times.

“We’ve had complaints that not everybody is able to make ASUAF meeting times, so we’re expanding meetings to encompass the entire school semester so everybody can participate,” announced Dawson Mann, vice president of the student government.

Under this new legislation, all students will always be able to participate in ASUAF meetings, now and forever. In order to support this change, all classes are cancelled, and the university’s name will be changed to the University of the Associated Students of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Additionally, the student government will use experimental thought control technology to help reduce tensions and arguments during meetings.

“A lot of people have said that meetings can be intense. So, in order to combat this, we’re introducing new Thought Monitors for the meetings,” said ASUAF President Molly O’Scannell. “These will scan people as they walk in and remove any dissident or uncomfortable thoughts, to reduce arguments.”

At this point, the current student government members stood up in unison, chanting: “We are ASUAF. You are ASUAF. We are all ASUAF. Become one with ASUAF, now and forever.”

Addressing concerns of whether or not students would actually agree to this drastic change, the ASUAF Collective has promised that there will be consequences for those who do not.

“There are those who doubt us, who have risen against their true rulers. These traitors will not receive any of the student discounts, and will be dealt with in due time,” spoke the ASUAF council in unison.

Grammatical Changes
Additionally, ASUAF discussed various grammatical changes to the bylaws. However, the Thought Monitors began to break down partway through the discussion, leading to the unsyncing of the student government amid a strong debate over whether to use a colon or a semicolon in one of the contingencies.

“Obviously there are some glitches that need to be worked out, but we’re confident that ASUAF will have a 100 percent involvement rate by the end of the next academic year,” said Mann.

The meeting closed after discussion of whether or not the student government actually needed to meet the next week, with the general consensus being that they all could, but didn’t want to.

Fun Star Picks, April 3 – April 9

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.

Tuesday, April 3

There’s a wine tasting at Lavelle’s. I know that the event is designed to increase your knowledge on different wines but we all know that’s not as fun as increasing that blood alcohol content! There’s no better excuse to go drinking on a Tuesday than this. This event is 21+ if you couldn’t figure that out on your own, dummy. Alex Frania / Photo Editor


Wednesday, April 4

Today at the comic shop, they’re putting on a Magic: The Gathering Commander format in the new Brawl setting! What is that? Heck if I know, I barely play MTG. But it sounds fun, and you should Google what the format is, tell me what it is, then go and play some cards. Sign up ends at 6:00pm and there is a $6.00 entry fee. Ben Ellis / Web Editor



Thursday, April 5

If you’re like me you’re certainly falling into a pit of financial despair but still have the urge to shop. Why not head over the the Free Store in the Lola Tilly building. They’re open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s enough to satisfy the urge to shop without all the sad emotions you get when you spend money. At least that’s what I tell myself. Cheyenne Corty / Layout Editor

Friday, April 6

Do you like leaving your house? I don’t. But if you do, what better way to face your crippling social anxiety than by heading down to The Pub and drinking the fear away? There’s Pub Trivia tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. for students ages 21 and older. Be there or be me. At home. Hopefully sleeping. Kyrie Long / Editor-in-Chief

Saturday, April 7

National No Housework Day! Oh come on, we all know you’ve been celebrating this all year long. But this way you can lay on your bed surrounded by all the laundry you need to fold, knowing you won’t, with peace of mind. You’ll just do it tomorrow, or not. Who needs to clean? – Ali Macrae / Staff Reporter

Sunday, April 8

Today is a very special day, so you know what that means. There are precisely two options for you today. Either stop by the International Woman’s Day tabling event starting at 1:00pm in the Wood Center, or you can drink a liter of coffee and punch the moon. These are clearly your only two options today, unless you want to be an overachiever and shame the rest of us mere mortals by doing both. Ben Ellis / Web Editor


Monday, April 9

At 8:30 p.m., The Pub will be hosting Open Mic Night. Yeah, that thing where you sit down in a room and admire all those people that are braver than you. Or that event where you’ve finally mustered up the courage to get on stage only to bomb that comedy set that you’ve been practicing for a month. Or it’s that event where you’ve finally decided to ignore that negative voice in your head and started enjoying new experiences. I don’t know, just go and find out which one of those things it is, it’s a real toss up! Alex Frania / Photo Editor

Sunshine Health Foods plans expansion

Brian Reagin attending to customers at Sunshine Health Foods’ original location. The new storefront will be located on College Road.

“Come rain, hail, snow, floods, volcanoes, meteorites or martians coming down, one way or another I’m going to have this door open on April 22,” said Brian Reagin, the head of receiving at Sunshine Health Foods, talking about the grand opening of the new location on Earth Day.

Sunshine Health Foods is a locally owned business that caters to customers with dietary requirements, in addition to providing a variety of supplements, hygiene products, and several health-centric books. Sunshine Health Foods have begun setting up an expansion in the building across from the UAF campus, where Gulliver’s Books was formerly located.

So far the move has been going well, according to Reagin, although there have been a few bumps in the road. During the holidays, many big companies slowed down their sales, which has affected the set up of the new Sunshine location. For example, there was a mixup between Washington and Washington D.C. and some equipment that was sent overseas was sent to the wrong state.

Sunshine’s new location in the same building Gulliver’s Books used to be located near College Town Pizza. The doors will open on April 22. Ben Ellis / Sun Star

Despite these setbacks, employees are determined to open on time on Earth Day.

“I don’t care if I’ve gotta have an organic Kool-Aid stand out in the parking lot, something’s getting sold April 22,” said Reagin.

In addition to health supplements and foods for those with dietary needs, Sunshine Health Foods will also be focusing on serving a variety of coffees, teas, and soups to customers. Nicole Crenshaw, a student who visited Sunshine often in the past was pleased to see Sunshine offering a second location closer to campus.

“I’m actually super, super excited,” said Crenshaw, a master’s student in homeland security and management who works with the student activities office. “I personally am really hoping that they have, like, a little luncheon area upstairs because I know, for me, that would be really easy if I need to go like grab gluten free stuff for s’mores that we forgot for an event, or if I just need to grab some quick food or something.”

Reagin discussed a renovated dining area that is being put into the upper floor of the building.

Brian Reagin checking out a customer. The second store for Sunshine Health Foods is planned to open on Earth Day.

“We’ve completely redone the entire kitchen. There wasn’t even a dining area before; we’ve actually created an actual specific dining area where you can look out at the university while you’re snacking on your delicious eats or drinks,” said Reagin.

In addition, Sunshine Health Foods will offer some form of special discount for university students, although no exact details have been formed yet.

“We realize that the university is going to be a very hungry crowd, so we’ll have a multitude of regular customers, and therefore we will cater to them,” said Reagin. “And you know, that’s all still in the works, but I assure you there is going to be some kind of a special discount, or membership, or punch card, or something that is going to specifically be for our university students.”