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Ways of the Nanook

Family housing poop policy raises a stench

For years, fish were the only pets allowed in campus housing.


Dogs are now allowed in select campus housing. The thaw accompanying spring revealed a downside to the new policy: some dog lovers weren't diligent pooper scoopers over winter.

 “It’s sad dog owners are being irresponsible and not picking up after their dogs,” said Hess Village resident Ruth Ranson.  She’s been keeping an eye on her young daughter to insure dog poop is not tracked inside--or ingested.  “No one wants any kind of poop in their child’s mouth, Ranson says,” residing in Hess Village family housing.

Darrin Bear Edson, superintendent of operations, calls the poop accumulation over winter "a huge issue" his staff deals with every year. "My opinion is dog owners must be held 100 percent accountable, cleaning up after animals is their responsibility not ours, it should be stated clearly in the UAF pet policy.” 


"Extreme" dance brought to Nenana


Breakdancers have been around the University of Alaska Fairbanks for almost ten years, but their recent workshops in Nenana will hopefully attract a larger following to the art.

Kendra Calhoun, program manager for the Youth and Families with Promises program at the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, was the architect behind this past weekend’s breakdancing workshops.

Workshops were to originally be held in Nenana and Minto. However, a recent accident in Minto changed Calhoun’s plan, with Effie Kokrine Charter School slated to fill in for the village.


Director of Outdoor Adventures Talks Ice Wall

Mark Oldmixon, the UAF Director of Outdoor Adventures talks a little bit about where the idea of the Ice Wall came from, what it means for UAF students and future projects that Outdoor Adventures is looking into.


Outdoor Adventures now offers Ice Wall

            icewallBuilt last summer and opened this winter, the ice climbing tower is officially ready for both UAF students and the public.  The tower offers new possibilities to Fairbanksians looking for something new and exciting to conquer.

            “If you’ve never tried ice climbing before it’s a lot of fun and it’s a lot easier to come here and climb than it is to drive two hours to the nearest waterfall,” said Heidi Hatcher, graduate student and Outdoor Adventure volunteer.

            While exciting, the kinks are still being worked out.  In early March a pipe burst shutting down the wall for a few weeks. A firm schedule nor future events haven’t planned as much is still to be done, Mark Oldmixon, UAF Director of Outdoor Adventures, “As far as events, there will be events probably pushing towards next year just because we’re using this year as our learning curve trying to figure out how much staff we need and how much ice we need how much traffic the wall can take before we need to recharge the ice.  Now that we’ve learned a lot of those things, come next year we’ll have a beautiful product for the students.”
To learn more about the ice tower and other Outdoor Adventure possibilities, visit their website.

Boys of the Ice


The Nanook crowd cheered the perennial question, “What’s a Sea wolf?”

It was a sea of blue, gold and white with a smattering of green in support of UAA. The Nanooks took the ice in their yellow jerseys to the battle cries of the student body. The 17-year-old faceoff between Alaska's North and South collegiate rivals commenced anew.

Here lies Tradition.

It was 1979, when the UAF/UAA rivalry began. In the early years, the squads played each other as many as eight times a season since neither school belonged to a hockey league.