Minds We Meet Interviewing Students Like You!

Lauren Klukas is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science- Human Science through AU while raising her daughter in Calgary, Alberta and testing out meal plans from her new cook book The Complete Plate – a Stronger, Healthier, Happier You that will be available throughout Canada in January, 2018.  Released in major book stores just in… Read more »

AUSU Election Warmup

AUSU will be holding its council elections at the end of February 2018.  While that’s still three months away, it’s not too early to begin thinking about running for a seat on council. The call for nominations will go out in January, and campaigning will begin barely two weeks later.  If you’re even considering running… Read more »

Dear Facebook

We really need to have a serious chat about our relationship.  I’ve been with you for many years, and though, deep down, I don’t want to give you up, I feel like the spark I first felt for you is no longer there.  What started out as a passionate love affair—a deep infatuation, if you… Read more »

From Where I Sit—The Real Question

Regular readers of this column know I very seldom name names.  I’ve always felt my immediate family is fair game but anyone else is off limits.  This time that changes. A bit of backstory.  From Where I Sit first appeared in a local weekly newspaper in April 2002.  A few months later when it became… Read more »

Dear Barb-Ten Minutes and Ten Pins

Dear Barb: I have three young boys in public school.  We live in a rural community in Ontario.  Yesterday morning I received a phone call from the principal at my children’s school because my son had arrived at school at 8:50 am rather than 9:00 am.  Ten minutes! I was enraged! I have had several… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group  Sabine is curious if a French course’s prerequisite can be waived, and the consensus seems to be “oui”.  Jayme seeks a second-hand text for BIOL 235 and receives a flurry of suggestions and offers. Other posts include “seasonal cheer” events, electives, GPA calculation, and courses COMP 200, ECON 380, ENGL 423, GOVN… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events—Upcoming AU Related Events

The Research Itinerary Series – Session 4 Wed, November 22, 6:00 to 7:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies fgs.athabascau.ca/news/presentations/ e-mail fgs@athabascau.ca with your student number to register Bannock and a Movie “Kitaskiwaw l pi Kiskinohamakoya” (The Land Gives Us Our Knowledge) Fri, November 24, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Athabasca University,… Read more »

Editorial—The Long and the Short of It

If you’re following post-secondary news, you already know about the strike action going on across Ontario’s post-secondary institutions.  From what I’ve read, there are two primary sticking points remaining on the table. The first is job security.  Universities and colleges across the province are moving more and more to sessional instructors and Teacher Assistants.  In… Read more »

Getting Back in the Mindset

When I started my Bachelor of Arts degree I did so after being out of school for many years.  This isn’t unusual, especially for students at Athabasca University.  Making the decision came with a round of anxiety, and taking that first step in planning and ordering a course came with a second.  I wasn’t sure… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  StudyPug 2017 Scholarship Sponsored by:  StudyPug Deadline:  December 15, 2017 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled at high school, college, or university, in Canada or the U.S. What’s required:  An online application along with a 500-1000 word essay on how a “math teacher, a math class, a math tutor, or… Read more »

Course Exam—Math 215

According to the syllabus, “MATH 215 gives students a working knowledge and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and how statistics is applied in the sciences, social sciences, and business.” It has no prerequisites; however, “fundamental mathematical skills are required, such as the ability to solve equations, knowledge of graphs and how to interpret them,… Read more »

Vintage Voice

This week we celebrate Take a Hike Day, with hikes from writers past. Winter camping, hunting, and hiking in BC.  Wayne E. Benedict recalls memorable excursions that turned out well despite some precarious moments.  “…Rick finally got the propane to ignite. He exited the camper as if he’d been shot from a canon, a roiling… Read more »

All the Music be Happenin’ Now—Marty Night

Neil Cowley, the brilliantly inventive pianist who, incidentally, backed up Adele on “Rolling in the Deep,” told me about someone he knew who’d taken great pains assembling the best phonograph system money could buy, even ordering specific parts from overseas.  When at last he’d felt it was ready he put on a Joni Mitchell vinyl… Read more »

Music Review—D.O.A.

Artist: D.O.A. Tour: Canadian Fight Back Tour Coming from their summer tour that took them across Europe and Asia, D.O.A. are right back at it for their Canadian Fight Back Tour.  D.O.A.  have never been shy when it comes to political issues, and nothing has changed in the face of the current political environment.  The… Read more »