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March 5, 2015 -- Coffee drinks


The espresso coffee drinks (lattes, etc.) at the various coffee shops have gotten very weak in recent weeks. It used to be a good strong drink; now it tastes like milk with dishwater. At the prices being charged, it should be a strong well-flavored drink. I've heard this from a number of people, especially for the kiosk at the library. Apparently the brewed coffee in the pots is still fine. Can something be done?


From Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard, Contracts Manager of Auxiliary, Recharge and Contract Operations

Each of our baristas are in the process of being trained by North Pole Coffee on how to ensure consistency in each of the drinks made. In the future, if the drink doesn't meet your standards please return it to the barista and ask her to remake it. If that doesn't work, you can contact our office at uaf-dining@alaska.edu so we can help fix the problem in a more timely manner than the Grapevine.

March 5, 2015 -- Tobacco product use on campus


  1. Is it true that smoking is now banned on all UA campuses?

  2. Is it true that UAF is refusing to involve university personnel in enforcing the ban, and is instead placing the burden on those bothered by smoke to ask those flouting the ban to stop (even when there are signs posted that indicate that smoking is prohibited in the area in question)?


From Kris Racina, Fresh Air Committee

President Pat Gamble and the University of Alaska Board of Regents adopted the Tobacco Free Campus regulation in December of last year. The basics of the policy are as follows:

  • Tobacco product use is prohibited in all buildings, grounds, trails, parking garages, parking lots (except personally-owned vehicles not parked in parking garage), university-owned streets and sidewalks, and spaces leased or owned by the university.
  • Applies to all employees, students, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors.
  • Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, kreteks, bidis, and other inhalable burning substances, and all smokeless tobacco and tobacco-containing products.

UAF has opted to phase in this new regulation over the course of this calendar year, which means it will go into effect on Dec. 31, 2015, but we’d like to remind the campus community that smoking within 50 feet of any of university building entrances is currently prohibited.

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