Sun Star

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Back in the day... 50 and 25 years ago at UAF
Presented by University Archive, Rasmusen Library

50 years ago

From the Polar Star, Nov. 29, 1957
Alaska Music Trails Presents Eva Gustavson

Eva Gustavson, celebrated Norwegian contralto, will be the star of the second concert of the current Alaska Music Trail series in Fairbanks on Sunday afternoon, December 1st, in the Lacey Street Theater promptly at 2:15 p.m.

A renowned interpreter of Grieg’s songs and attired for the occasion in Norwegian national costume, Miss Gustavson will give an appropriate opportunity to the Alaska Music Trail communities to join in the festivities which the entire musical world holds this fall in commemoration of the great Norwegian composer’s death.

Born in Horten on the Oslo Fjord, Eva Gustavson began her career with concerts in the Scandinavian countries but soon she was claimed as an operatic star by both leading Belgian theatres, Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Royal Theatre in Liege.  Her sensational presentation of Carmen led to an engagement of 26 performances of the same role at the National Theater in Oslo.

Her debut in the U.S.A. took place with Toscanini and the NBC Orchestra.  The performance was televised and RCA Victor has recently issued an LP recording of this memorable event.  In addition to starring at the Stockholm Royal Opera, Miss Gustafson has sung in Denmark, England, and France…

25 years ago

From the Northern Sun/Polar Star-Daily News-Minus, Dec. 10, 1982
Profs Scared Straight

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Patois O’Snorkelhead announced yesterday a revision in the assessment procedures used to grant tenure to UAF professors.  “Fifty percent of the basis for granting tenure will be based upon student evaluations,” said O’Snorkelhead.

The announcement sent waves of panic throughout the professional ranks.  In addition, any grant of tenure may be revoked in the future based upon an unfavorable evaluation.  This development sparked off a second unionization drive, reportedly taking place in secret.  The Old Guardsmen Club, commonly known as the “Dead Wood Duo times twenty,” met at the Pub last night to consider strategy to block the implementation of this new policy.  Comments such as “Oh, my gosh,”  “Goodness gracious sakes alive” and “Boy, am I in trouble” could be heard during the 12-hour session.  Resolution after resolution was drafted; but no one could decide upon the content of said resolutions much less intent.

ASUA President John DiWeinie said this is the best thing that could have happened.  “My buddy Patois really knows who it is that possess minds around here—the students,” he said, “I tried for 100 percent, my fellow students, but the old man wouldn’t bite.”

Student reactions to the announcement were mixed: “What’s tenure?” asked one weary soul.  “I always go right down the line with those things (evaluations).  I’m usually a strong disagreer all the way,” said another student.  “Finally,…a chance to get back at that *$’’’&* where it’ll hurt,” commented one of UAF’s many professional students.



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