• Announcements,  Visual Art

    Cover Photo Contest Winner!

    The Turnagain Currents team would like to give a big thank you to everyone who participated in our first annual Cover Photo Contest for the eighth edition journal! We received so many amazing submissions that it made it terribly difficult for us to pick just one, but we finally narrowed it down to the top three. Congratulations to our winner, Julia Ditto! First Place: Julia Ditto “In the summer of 2019, Roman Dial led a 360-mile expedition across the eastern Brooks Range. The team of four undergraduates and two graduate students collected data on the advancement of white spruce treeline in the arctic. The team traveled on foot and by…

  • Opinion

    The First Amendment and Football

    By Lucille Berliant The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (2) It’s not a simple sentence and, as a result, interpretations of it have varied over the centuries. New laws surrounding what defines free speech are continuously made, for example, a threat is not protected under free speech. (7) Does Colin Kapernick kneeling during a football to protest human rights count as free speech? (8) In a publicly…

  • Academic

    L’affaire Du Pain Maudit

    By Lucille Berliant I consider myself a highly skeptical person. I don’t believe in ghosts, goblins or anything in between. The shadows in my room are just shadows. I do, however, have one fatal flaw. I love the stories that come from the horrors of the night. Folk-lore especially, I will study for hours. Since I am a skeptic, however, I have found myself constantly searching for the nuggets of truth hidden within the folk lore. What really happened, oftentimes, is far scarier than the monsters we create. My personal favorite explanation is one for the Salem Witch Trials and what really sent the town into madness. The cause of…

  • Academic

    Interstellar Objects

    By Lucy Berliant Everything known is limited to what is in our literal and theoretical reach. (2) Our knowledge, to put it crudely, “of how things work”, is all within the Heliopause. That is as far as our suns flow reaches. (1) By everything we know, it’s not just in terms of science, our history, our biology, our literature; all of what we know and have ever known is contained within this bubble. The significance of an interstellar object is contact with the unknown. Space holds everything that we could possibly discover. Currently our technology can’t take us out of the Heliopause, so we rely on interstellar objects coming to…

  • Nonfiction

    Hailstorm

    by Julia Ditto It was the first of July, and the thirty-first day in the Brooks Range for our team of five. The crew was led by Dr. Roman Dial, a professor and biologist at Alaska Pacific University. The three others and I were all undergraduates. Russel Wong, our mathematician, Duncan Wright, our musician, and I, the artist, were all students from APU. Ben Weissenbach, our writer and fourth undergraduate, was from Princeton University on an assignment to write an article about our adventurous scientific expedition. Little did we know, the next few hours were about to be the most adventurous of our entire six-week expedition. We departed camp as…

  • Nonfiction

    The Village

    by Julia Ditto On my return trip from the Brooks Range, while traveling through Arctic Village, Alaska, I witnessed the arrival of the mail plane. Such an event could be seen as mundane in the average twenty-first century society; for me it was anything but. It was July 12, the last morning of a 42-day expedition for our group of four undergrads. Our remote experience in the Brooks Range contrasted with the sudden commotion at the Arctic Village airstrip. It is a memory that will never leave me.  “Alaska isn’t one place. It’s many places. You can’t really see all of Alaska,” our pilot Kirk Sweetser said, his voice cutting…