Meeting the Minds—A Few Words on Words

Author of the bestselling and award-winning Canadian novel, The Break. Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry winner for her book of poetry, North End Love Songs. And now, one of us. Meet Winnipeg’s Katherena Vermette, AU’s 2018-2019 Writer-in-Residence. What is a Writer-in-Residence, you ask? The Writer-in-Residence is an appointed position held by an award-winning Canadian… Read more »

Going Back for Dessert—Taking One more AU Course

Current AU students, entrenched in the seemingly endless struggle toward their degrees, may think I’m crazy.  But after finishing my degree at AU last year, I returned to take one more course. I’m not a sucker for punishment.  I’m not turning into a career student.  I just decided to take one course simply for the… Read more »

In Conversation—with Mangeur de Rêves

Alex Cégé: voice, acoustic guitar Jici LG: electric guitar, voice, acoustic guitar JPhil Major: bass, voice, acoustic guitar Raphaël Liberge-Simard: percussion Florent Schmitt: electric piano Mangeur de Rêves (“Dream Eater”) is a Montreal-based folk-rock band that formed in 2016. The band has just released their debut album, Histoires a l’envers (backwards stories), a masterpiece of… Read more »

The Study Dude—Stop Procrastination

Do you need a push to study, to workout, to diet, or to win at work?  Then you need tips on how to stop procrastinating.  When I apply for jobs, employers ask how I manage time.  I don’t impress anyone when I say I color code tasks based on priority.  I need to instead reveal… Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 353

ENGL 353 (Intermediate Composition) is a three-credit intermediate English course that takes a practical approach to the art of essay writing by having students apply the major principles of composition in five essay assignments.  Students learn these principles in the abstract by studying online handbooks on composition and, in practice, by studying samples of good… Read more »

Dear Barb—Ex parte

Dear Barb: I need some advice.  I met this girl in a bar and we had a wild night of sex.  Three months later she came to me and said she was pregnant.   At the time I had some concerns about whether the child was really mine, but she assured me it was.  We got… Read more »

Editorial—An Issue with Articles

Let’s just start off with the good stuff.  Our feature article this week is an interview with AU’s newest writer-in-residence, Katherena Vermette.  Tania Parker talks to this Governor General award-winning writer about her routine and what she’s going to be doing while serving as AU’s writer-in-residence. The writer-in-residence program is one that, like the Write… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Zotero and Mendeley Citation Management Tools Tues, Feb 19, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary Student Town Hall Tues, Feb 19, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm MST Peace Hills Trust Building, Room 1222, 10010 – 109 St NW, Edmonton AB In person and Online Hosted by… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Entitlement Through the Ages

‘Entitlement: Old as the Hills’ etc Nobody wants to be called entitled, even if it’s true.  As university students we’re at risk of becoming branded with this pejorative term regardless of our age; protesting our innocence may seem of no avail.  After all, only an entitled person would complain that the label was unfair!  And… Read more »

A Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart

Most According to the Canadian Provincial Health Services Authority, February is Heart Month, which makes sense since it contains Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  Maintaining a healthy heart, that amazing organ continuously beating in your chest from birth until death, generally unnoticed, is important to your present and future well being.  A strong ticker delivers… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Musing of an Idiosyncratic Romantic

I think it’s fair to say I have few needs and simple tastes.  Just kidding.  In reality, my needs are embarrassingly abundant, and can be convoluted to the point of byzantine.  They’re also hard to tell apart from my “wants.” The way I see it, it’s a tough and shitty old world sometimes, and we… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship Sponsored by:  A-1 Auto Transport Deadline:  March 10, 2019 Potential payout:  up to $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be full- or part-time students in an accredited or non-accredited institute, truck driving school, or other logistics program, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. What’s required:  An email with… Read more »

Student Sizzle–AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Isabella wonders if she needs to wait for her final marks before she can apply to graduate; short answer is “nope!”   Courtney asks if other students have tried doing courses quickly, one at a time, rather than several at once; overwhelmingly, they have. Other posts include AU library, going from laptop to… Read more »