Minds We Meet—Emily Bellamy

Emily Bellamy is twenty-three years old and was born and raised in Alberta, though she now lives in Saskatchewan with her husband.  She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations program and hopes to eventually get a job as an HR Coordinator.  This is her story. Can you give us… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Life During Wartime

“Transmit the message to the receiver/ Hope for an answer some day” – Talking Heads, “Life During Wartime” There is a battle raging all around us, a deadly skirmish in the only war that has ever mattered: the struggle between the opposing forces of love and fear.  It’s a senseless conflict, one that should never… Read more »

We Were There

Sports championships come and go so often and across so many leagues that their historical impact seems insignificant in light of their annual passing.  They hardly seem memorable in comparison to other major milestones.  Regardless, a primal psychological satisfaction is linked to the nostalgia of answering the question “where were you when [this historic event]… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Age Old Question

Dear Barb: I am in my late twenties and live at home with my parents and younger brother.  Recently, I began dating a guy who is 50 years old.  We get along great and his kids love me.  We seem so compatible; we are not aware of the age difference unless we look in the… Read more »

The Unexpected Perks of Victimhood

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.  It all depends on how you view your life.” – Paulo Coelho Victimhood can help you get away with being a schmuck.  This strategy was writ large in Cabbagehead, a character invented by the eighties comedy troupe the Kids… Read more »

Study Dude—If Lonely at AU, Woo Yourself a Pal

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce.  If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere” (Zig Ziglar as cited in K. D.). At AU, you might miss the friendships found at physical universities.  You might even feel isolated or lonely.  “Friendships are important—if not… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events—Upcoming AU Related Events

Searching with Discover Tues, Jun 25, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary Undergrad Program Orientation for New Students Tues, Jun 25, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-new-students-information-session-062019/ Register online at above link Online MBA Info Session Wed, Jun 26, 3:00… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Sponsored by:  ATCO Deadline:  July 15, 2019 Potential payout:  up to $1500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be a Canadian Indigenous person, be enrolled full-time in a high school or an accredited post-secondary institution or training program, and not be the child of an ATCO employee. What’s required:  An online… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Manpower or Gaspower

Gas prices across Canada are not going down anytime soon.  Just this past April, prices went up in all of our provinces as the federal carbon tax kicked in.  According to Global News, in late April, the price of gas in British Columbia almost reached $2 a litre, with some unsuspecting vehicle owners waking up… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Lynette seeks advice to help her face her first test in 25 years; plenty of support from the community.  Chanelle was disappointed with an exam that didn’t reflect course content; responders urge her to report this to the course coordinator and also on the course evaluation.  Emily wonders if she should invest… Read more »

Women of Interest—Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the editor and cofounder of MuslimGirl.com, which is the number one blog for Muslim women in the United States. As a result of her tireless work on Muslim Girl, at twenty-three years old Amani was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in media. Forbes 30 Under 30 is issued annually with the… Read more »

Students are Voting

OTTAWA, June 18, 2019 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) released a polling report today, showing that post-secondary students are very motivated to vote in the upcoming federal election, and that political parties all have a chance to gain their support by addressing their main concerns. It is a common belief that young… Read more »

Editorial—A Labour of Love

Labour strife is never welcome.  Not by management, not by employees, and certainly not by customers.  In the case of AU, those customers are you, the students. That’s why I was exceptionally happy to read that the Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA) and AU Board of Governors have come to an agreement in principle.  It… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—Happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day!

265 000 students have graced the proverbial halls of Athabasca University since it opened in 1970.  Despite differences of age or geography, we all share an intellectual bond as members of the academic diaspora that is AU.  Turns out, we are not alone in sharing a unique bond with those who are surrounded by a… Read more »