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Porkpie Hat—Some Kind of Special

I’m seventeen years old, camping at Moses Lake with my best friends in the world.  We spend the weekend sitting around the campfire, telling bullshit stories, and drinking warm beer.  Josie has her beat-up acoustic guitar and we’re singing along to “Gold Dust Woman,” “Space Oddity,” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper.”  Ginny and I go… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Alyssa seeks help looking for peer-reviewed articles; suggestions include AU’s library and Google Scholar.  Renee is looking for a course she can complete in one week;  apparently, there are a few! Sharaya wonders if course extensions are possible for OSAP-funded students; responses suggest generally not. Other posts include exam-free courses, MA-IS program,… Read more »

Editorial—Alberta Votes

If you’re an AU student, this next week is a critical one for you.  If you’re an Albertan, you get to have a say in it.  Albertans go to the polls to elect a new provincial government on April 16th.  If you’re an AU student this matters, because who is elected will end up having… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  NEADS National Student Awards Program Sponsored by:  National Educational Association of Disabled Students Deadline:  May 10, 2019 Potential payout:  $1000 to $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, have a permanent disability, and be currently registered in and returning to a full-time program at an accredited Canadian… Read more »

Gluten Free Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy

As students, our lives are busy and can be demanding.  We don’t always have time to think about what we are eating but some people are concerned about what they eat. The gluten-free diet has been striking up a lot of interest lately.  Almost any grocery store now carries gluten-free products such as gluten-free cake… Read more »

Call to a New Goodness

Years ago, I read an article on the history of adoption in Canada.  For decades, orphaned or abandoned children were informally “adopted” by farmers to be used as cheap labour (Anne of Green Gables was adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert for just this reason and caused great disappointment for not arriving as a boy). … Read more »

Minds we Meet—Amanda Welton-Hagen!

Amanda Welton-Hagen is a thirty-three year old living in Whistler, British Columbia.  She graduated from Vancouver Community College’s paralegal program and she has almost completed the Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree in Governance, Law & Management at Athabasca University.  She has applied to Law School and is awaiting acceptance.  This is her story. Can you… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Vegas Buffet Review, Part 2

For those looking for a graduation splurge or even a celebratory vacation for the end of the semester, Las Vegas should be an option worth considering.  For those who follow this blog series, you will have known that one of the highlights of my trips to the sin city is actually to feast at the… Read more »

Is Medical Marijuana a Hoax?

My doctor tried selling me on marijuana for anxiety.  I shouted “No!” After all, “cannabis use can cause anxiety or panic” (Government of Canada, Cannabis in Canada: Get the Facts).  Plus, “using cannabis regularly and continuously over time makes you more likely to experience anxiety, depression, psychosis, and schizophrenia” (Government of Canada, Cannabis in Canada:… Read more »

Course Exam—HRMT 387

HRMT 387 (Strategic Human Resource Management) is a three-credit upper-level business and administrative studies course that was designed to complement HRMT 386 / ORGB 386 (Introduction to Human Resource Management) or a similar course offered at another institution.  As a result, HRMT 387 is not designed to cover all human resource management or employee relations… Read more »