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The 2019 Federal Budget—Student Perspective

The federal government just released its new federal budget and some changes have been made that may affect students at Athabasca University receiving loans.  Some of these changes will be exciting for students For one thing, the budget proposes to lower the interest rates on student loans.  I think this would be a great thing… Read more »

What a Potential Employer is Seeking in an Employee

When we first start searching for a rewarding new job, we’re often preoccupied with the perks and other benefits on offer.  During the initial interview, we may inquire about vacation leave, pension plan, dental insurance, and so on.  Unfortunately, if we’re absorbed with what we’re going to get instead of considering what merits we’re bringing… Read more »

Editorial—The Nation of States

I’ve been thinking about Brexit, lately. It struck me that part of the reason there’s such angst is that the various nations in the EU have never really stood up and said “We’re forming a new country with all of us as part of it.”  Instead, they’ve been sidling up to it, slowly voting, in… Read more »

Editorial—Protesting the Protests

Last Wednesday, March 20th, a lot of post-secondary students in Ontario walked out of class at noon to protest Doug Ford’s recent changes to OSAP and against the Student Choice Initiative which I spoke about last week.  Well intentioned, I’m sure, and it garnered some headlines, but given the recent walk out of high school… Read more »

Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked, And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. ~ Khalil Gibran Confess to feeling a negative emotion and voices will clamour to… Read more »

Unusual Ways to Get the Most out of Your Education

Most students know they should study hard, read all required course material, and do their best to get the most out of their expensive educations.  However, sticking with the predictable can lead to a general malaise and boredom with course work.  Beyond the usual studying and reading responsibilities, it’s beneficial to practice other unique methods… Read more »

Editorial—Tomorrow’s Problem

As we approach the Alberta election, I’m probably going to start looking more into the politics here in Alberta as well as out in Ontario.  The reason being that the United Conservative Party (UCP) here in Alberta has adopted language in their policies about demanding that all fees for student unions and student association be… Read more »