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With budget cuts and layoffs looming, University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has been offered a $320,000 retention bonus, which some say is unnecessary, but others say is in line with university models that increasingly mimic corporations.

Michelle Theriault Boots
Last April, UAA students voted for a smoke-free campus. They specifically banned cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, bidi (tobacco cigarettes flavored with chocolate, mint, vanilla, etc.), clove cigarettes and e-cigarettes on the Anchorage campus, including dorms and apartments.Kathleen McCoy
Superintendent Ed Graff talked of success, Destination 2020 and the effects of the continuous loss of staff and programs at a public event in Anchorage Friday.Megan Edge
If you could make a map of Anchorage, what would be on it? Bree Kessler, an urbanist and public health professor from University of Alaska Anchorage, has a few ideas.Kathleen McCoy
A program that provides laptops that foster kids can use to stay in touch with their families is struggling to keep pace with the increasing number of Alaska young people in out-of-home care. Megan Edge
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is facing a budget shortfall of $12 million to $14 million for the new fiscal year. On Monday, UAF unveiled its detailed plan to reduce costs, including reviews of all its academic programs, cutting travel costs and an across-the-board reduction for its various units.Laurel Andrews
The Public Offices Commission has rejected a complaint that parents who volunteered to spend the last month of the legislative session in Juneau seeking money for schools should have registered as paid lobbyists.Richard Mauer
The state board charged with regulating the alcohol business in Alaska doesn’t belong under a state agency that promotes business, the head of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority told the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Tuesday.Dermot Cole
In summer, University of Alaska Anchorage research activity picks up. Scientists and students do fieldwork as far away as Toolik Lake, the Aleutians and Greenland, and as close as Portage and Girdwood, and some students come here from top universities around the nation for the research opportunities.Kathleen McCoy
Evaluators have finished a controversial, high-stakes audit of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s hundreds of academic offerings, but faculty, staff and the public will have to wait until later this summer to learn which programs could be on the chopping block.Michelle Theriault Boots

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