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Editorial—Red Tape Extravaganza!

Welcome to Red Tape Awareness Week.  This week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses hosted a week where it likes to put a spotlight on government regulations that hamper businesses.  You know, things like regulations that ensure that businesses that want to put out hot meals have the proper equipment to safely cook and process… Read more »

AU’s Writer-in-Residence Speaks

Young creatives should embrace obsession even though they may end up failing in the process, says Athabasca’s new writer-in-residence, because then they will be making something important. Canadian novelist and poet, Steven Heighton, delivered this advice to Athabasca Edmonton students at Peace Hills Trust Tower Friday (Jan.17), as part of a larger, livestreamed discussion on… Read more »

My Experience Living in a Japanese Capsule Hotel

Since researching for my trip to Japan, one of my bucket-list activities included living in a capsule hotel. The capsule hotel is exactly as it sounds – visitors sleep in a bed contained in a space capsule. Even before going, I’ve heard various mixed reviews about the living environment. While some visitors feel claustrophobic, others… Read more »

Distance Education—The New Norm for High School Students?

On March 15, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Education released “Education that Works for You — Modernizing Classrooms,” which states that starting in 2020-2021, “the government will centralize the delivery of all e-learning courses to allow students greater access to programming and educational opportunities, no matter where they live in Ontario.”  Although few specific details… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Into the Woods

This world is a forest from a dark fairy tale, dreamed up by the fevered imagination of the Brothers Grimm. At the moment, it seems to be locked in eternal winter, but, far away, the sky is burning red, and I fear it’s not from the approaching dawn. The trees here are black and gnarled;… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Tipping Point for Joy, Love, and Less Stress

Imagine student life filled with joy, filled with love, and void of stress.  Impossible? We all feel bad at times.  We might worry, feel irked, or blame ourselves or others.  Whenever a bad thought arises, we can squelch it.  More accurately, we can crowd it out with positivity.  According to author and self-professed life coach,… Read more »

Alberta’s Budget Cuts—Affecting So Many

In November, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said the government plans to cut up to 5,900 jobs as part of its elaborate plan of balancing the budget before the 2022-23 fiscal year.  Most of these cuts will affect Alberta’s Health Services and government employees.  While their jobs will not be affected until March 30,… Read more »

Editorial—Hold on to Your Wallets!

It’s now official.  Athabasca University will be increasing tuitions by 7% across the board.  At the same time, negotiations with the various labour groups at the university seem to be heating up as well, with AUFA having recently done a survey and finding out that almost half of those surveyed don’t trust the senior management… Read more »

Top Eight Productivity Tips for AU Students in the New Year

Turn off distractions We all know those times when it takes us hours to write one sentence of an essay or when we sit down to study but can barely read past the first page. Turning off distractions is a key to working effectively. This includes cell phones, social media, and loud music. Sometimes when… Read more »