Articles

Why Religion?

“Religion isn’t about believing things.  It’s ethical alchemy.  It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.” – Karen Armstrong Skeptics often wonder out loud why religion is still a thing.  The prevalence of scientific thought alone puts a singular kibosh to faith, but, if that weren’t… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—AU as the Stream to Success

A little perspective never hurts; autumn can be a great time to take stock of our lives.  As a kid, I’d look over my shoulder this time of year and long for summer’s return.  Now that new teachers and schoolwork had lost their vague thrilling pangs (like the sensation of walking barefoot on smooth gravel,… Read more »

Editorial—Putting the SU in Sucks

It’s nice to know that this editorial isn’t about AUSU. This year is the first year that Ontario using it’s Student Choice Initiative.  This initiative requires that student union fees be made entirely optional, with a few exceptions for specific programs such as those that fund things related to safety (such as “safe-walk” programs many… Read more »

Blue Ribbon For Participation

The United Conservative Party recently released the report from what they are calling a “Blue Ribbon Panel” about Alberta Finances.  The report is also being called the MacKinnon report because the head of the panel was Janice MacKinnon. A woman responsible for closing over 52 hospitals during her time in Saskatchewan.  If you haven’t heard… Read more »

Why Zombies?

“Zombie stories are by nature dystopian.  Zombies signify failure–of political will and social cohesion, of technology and medicine, of the human body and soul.” – Elly Blue Having been born in the last two weeks of the baby boom, I was finding myself increasingly flummoxed by my adult Gen X brother’s obsession with zombie films… Read more »

Editorial—So Long Summer

An august end to August, I find this issue, to me, really brings the feel of Autumn to it.  Even if we’re not quite there, having articles like Jason Sullivan’s exploration of how simple questions can unmask philosophical considerations of the self, or Darjeeling Jones’ look at Haida Gwaii in northern BC and the sense… Read more »

Relax—You’re Already Rich

As a student you may not be rich in the conventional sense, but it’s certain you’ve got an opinion on the following question: Do I want to get rich, and, if so, what am I willing to do to get there? The short answer? Don’t sweat it, because you’re already rich. Let me explain. Who… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—A View of Haida Gwaii

We humans have done so much shifting and transforming of the natural landscape: bending the shape of the planet with all of our bright, infernal machines, fueled by our reckless brilliance and boundless greed.  We seldom remember that there are some landscapes which, if we move slowly through them with an open mind, an open… Read more »