News Briefs – Nov. 16, 2010

By Stephanie Martin
Sun Star Intern

WINTERmester Registration

Registration for WINTERmester began Nov. 8 for continuing UAF students and Nov. 10 for all students. The semester runs Jan. 3-14, 2011. WINTERmester provides students with a chance to earn up to three credits in two weeks.

The classes meet five days a week. Several of the courses require students to complete reading before the start of classes. Textbooks should be purchased at the campus bookstore before leaving for break.

Interested students may register at uaonline, or by using the in-person registration form available at the previous web address. Registering for a 100- or 200-level WINTERmester course requires a 2.5 grade point average.

Payment must be received by Jan. 3, the first day of classes. “Students with guaranteed financial aid for spring semester will have payment applied to their account on January 10 without late fee,” the WINTERmester site says.

Students may live in the dorms during WINTERmester. Contact the Office of Residence Life for information.

Bradley Martin Lecture

Journalist Bradley Martin gave a public lecture titled “Decoding North Korea” Nov. 10 at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center to an audience of about 40.

Martin’s lecture struck close to home due to Alaska’s proximity to North Korea, which boasts having weapons which could reach the state, Martin said.

Martin spoke about how he covered the country, which blocks information going both in and out. “I like challenges, I gravitated toward the hardest country to cover,” Martin said. He used three methods to gather information: “shoe leather reporting,” interviewing defectors or those who had left the country, and reading between the lines of propaganda.

“Shoe leather reporting” is getting out, exploring and looking for the truth. Interviewing defectors was considered to have a credibility problem until Martin used the method to gather credible information. Martin also combed the propaganda for truth, which elicited laughs from many of his colleagues, he said.

One man in the audience asked what he was advocating. Martin said he advocates for nothing, but does hope the country would feed their people.

G4 No Longer Available

As you might have noticed, G4 on UAF Channel 52 is no longer available. This is due to a contract dispute between Comcast, who owns the channel, and DirecTV. The dispute is most likely over prices, said Linda Stanley, Residence Life Business Manager, in an e-mail to students.

Contract disputes occur often in the cable television realm, and this is not uncommon. “G4 has tried to make this same deal for over three years, but DirecTV has rejected this, claiming that they do not see the value in G4,” said Kevin Pereira, Attack of the Show! Host, on Oct. 30.

G4 is a channel geared toward those who are 12-34 years old and is based on video games and video game news.

DirecTV announced Nov. 1 that they will no longer carry the channel. History International will be its replacement. The History International channel became available on Nov. 10.

“It’s a shame because G4 was a selected channel by the students,” Stanley said.

Outdoor Activities

UAF is currently considering constructing a year-round outdoor recreational and educational facility. The facility could include the following attractions: ice-climbing wall, rock-climbing wall, snowboarding and sledding area, ropes course, inner-tubing area, ice rink, clubhouse (shop and deli) and a conference room and meeting area.

Students received an e-mail detailing this proposal on Nov. 8. The university wants to make the campus more student and community friendly, the e-mail said. A Frisbee golf course was recently added and UAF is now considering adding more attractions.

The e-mail included a survey to gauge student interest in such a facility. Community member input is also wanted.

The survey asked questions about when one would most likely use the facility and how much they would be willing to pay. Related to payment for use of the facility was whether the facility should be included in university fees or on a pay-per-use basis.

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