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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Survival in the Garret, Part 3

  The long, international tradition of starving artisthood has already brought you a list of general tips for surviving on a shoestring as well as advice on how to eat well and decorate your learning (and living) space. Today we tell you how to look like a member of the counterculture. Which counterculture, you ask?… Read more »

Book Review: War Horse

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Egmont: 2017 ISBN 978 1 4052 2666 0 On September 19, 1914, my grandfather enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and headed off to war.  In addition to volunteering, he offered his horse for military service.  According to family lore, my grandfather wanted to serve with… Read more »

Surgery and an MA

A while back I wrote an article that outlined the odd way my educational journeys begin.  When I started kindergarten, I did so with a broken leg. When I made the decision to go back to school for my Bachelor of Arts, I did so while laid up on the couch with a reconstructed ankle… Read more »