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A Writer’s Musings

As a writer, you become acutely aware of every little nuance in the English language. You can spot an error at 500 paces and certain things start to annoy you. Periodically, you notice a change in the English language. You’re not sure who made the change or why, but you either accept it or add… Read more »

What I Did On My Summer Vacation:

“Up to the Lido deck,” I snapped. “Gotta eat! So hungry!” I said in mock starvation. We were told before ever arriving that lunch was at one o’clock on the Lido deck. Damn! These people know proper business and efficiency. I was positively wet over this company’s practices! On the Lido, there was a cranked… Read more »

FED WATCH!

FOIP follies The University of Calgary has been found to be in breach of an employee’s privacy. In the case details (SEE: http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200208/12942.html) an employee had called the university’s campus security with respect to an incident regarding an employee, the employee’s spouse, and other staff and the employee’s supervisor. The employee and spouse were removed… Read more »

From My Perspective

Standing on the street with a protest sign is a new experience for me. The closest I’ve come is during high school when I participated in a sit-in to protest administration rules against wearing shorts to class in summer. We were sent back to class and the no-shorts rule remained. Although at the time we… Read more »

Mad Cow:

Some years ago I read about a horrible disease named Kuru. It was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the most rare disease in the world. A little investigation, however, showed that Kuru was not all that rare. Called “laughing sickness”, Kuru is a brain wasting disease that is transmitted by curious… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

Once again Athabasca University can claim leadership status in the area of distance education. AU was one of only three recipients of an Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement presented by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). AU was the only North American recipient of the award – the others were BBC World Service in London,… Read more »

Beyond the Headlines

The Society of Friends of Nepal (SOFON) exists to: · Promote education and relief of poverty of the underprivileged communities through training in career skills; · To increase awareness and appreciation of the problems of underprivileged communities, especially in the global south by organizing educational programs; · To administer and operate overseas development programs and… Read more »

Notice to AU graduate students and those considering entering graduate studies at AU:

Athabasca University Students’ Union is in the process of establishing an AU Graduate Students’ Association. Here’s a sampling of benefits of belonging to a Graduate Students’ Association: · Graduate student representation on University Committees · University and government advocacy and lobbying · Affiliation with provincial and national graduate students’ organizations · Assistance with university/student dispute… Read more »

Employment Opportunities: Rooftops Canada / Abri International. Contributed By The Community Networks Group

1) Overseas Job Posting: Senior Technical Advisor Cooperative Social Housing, 2 years, full time, Johannesburg, South Africa Starting Sept/Oct. 2002 Deadline for applications: August 16, 2002. Rooftops Canada /Abri International requires a Senior Technical Advisor work with the Social Housing Foundation to build skills in the emerging South African co-operative and social housing sector. The… Read more »