Articles

How to Remain Healthy over the Holidays

With the school year well underway, students are feeling the demands of academic life, topped with a healthy dollop of Christmas chocolates, salty party snacks, and inviting offerings of seasonal alcoholic beverages.  So, how does one remain healthy body, mind, and soul, over the over-abundance of the holidays? Well, let’s find out. Heading out in… Read more »

Catching Up with a Break

It can be tempting to take the break around the holidays to “catch up” or “get ahead” on courses and work.  This is something I have done year after year.  It is extra time to get those readings in without the interruptions of regular life.  Though, one could argue that there tend to be more… Read more »

The Moral High Ground of Uncertainty

A student’s life is a quagmire of uncertainty: financial, academic, social, and personal.  Distance learning adds an extra trial—the juggling of courses with family obligations and salaried work.  And ever present is the fear that you just don’t know for sure whether you’ll be able to complete your course work on time or if, in… Read more »

Editiorial—Protecting Sources

I first want to point out that our feature article this week is actually the first part of a two-part interview with Dr. Lloyd Robertson, who was recently a professor in AU’s MAIS, but is currently transitioning into private practice.  In this part, we find out how someone who was twice-baptized ends up becoming the… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—A Whole New Me

In some vaguely defined future, between finally paying off my credit cards and being summoned to appear before the robot overlord to justify my existence, I anticipate somehow having more free time at my disposal.  This will be because I have visited the self-help section of McNally-Robinson Booksellers and have learned to prioritize tasks—to ‘work… Read more »

Council Connection—November 8, 2018 Meeting

November’s AUSU Council meeting proved that an agenda that appeared straightforward on paper could turn into a meeting with a lot of discussion.  A new addition to the proceedings was an acknowledgement of the land, which states that “Athabasca University Students’ Union respectfully acknowledges that we are on and work on the traditional lands of… Read more »

Editorial—Thinking on Bias

I’m having to confront the issue of my personal bias more often in this position that I initially expected. As I’ve said in the past, I believe bias in an article is perfectly acceptable, perhaps even unavoidable, so long as the article remains accurate, truthful, and fair to the point of noting when there’s significant… Read more »

How to Write an Effective Paragraph

You may be rolling your eyes in exasperation at this topic.  Come on—we learned how to write paragraphs in high school; give me a break! Rest assured you did not learn how to write effective paragraphs in high school; certainly not university level paragraphs.  Indeed, knowing how to write a polished paragraph will drive you… Read more »

The Best Laid Plans

I am a big believer in planning but leaving room within those plans for change and growth.  I have learned through the years that even if I take the time to plot and plan, say, my courses, or degree path, that this will generally change.  With my degree, I decided early that I would let… Read more »