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Council Connection—April 11, 2019 Meeting

A few technical hitches with the new Zoom system, which AUSU is still getting used to, led to a slight delay to the start of the April meeting.  Also, several councillors, including Brittany Daigle, Darcie Fleming, Sarah Blayney Lew, Josh Ryan, and Julian Teterenko were away due to illness or vacation commitments.  However, with the… Read more »

Keeping Technology and the Free Market from Wrecking Our Lives

These are the sanest of times, these are the craziest of times. So instead of wasting our time defending (or condemning) leaders, ideologies, and religions, let’s get practical and start placing firm limits on tendencies that are pushing us and our planet into a black hole. Here’s a beginning, inspired in part by Bill McKibbens’s… Read more »

Editorial—On the Prevalance of Opinion

A couple of issues ago, we ran an article about the perils of medical marijuana. Not too long ago, I received a letter concerned about the one sidedness of the article, and was asked the question, “Is this a factual article or an opinion column?”  It’s an interesting question and it got me thinking about… Read more »

Course Exam—CMNS 385/SOCI 378

CMNS 385 / SOCI 378 (Rebel with a Cause: Social Movements in History and Popular Culture) is a three-credit communications studies course that explores the causes of social movements throughout history and present-day.  There are no prerequisites for CMNS 385 / SOCI 378.  However, it is recommended that students have at least one previous course… Read more »

Is Amazon Spying on You?

Amazon’s electronic device is known as Echo.  It is the conduit for their voice activated virtual assistant, Alexa, similar to Apple’s Homepod for Siri, and Google Home with the Google Assistant.  With this device a user can find answers to many questions as well as change your thermostat, stream music, and schedule appointments.  Alexa software… Read more »

Editorial—Alberta Voted

The election is over; the results, a surprise to almost nobody.   Unless you’ve been studiously avoiding major media networks and news programs you have undoubtedly already heard that the United Conservative Party of Alberta won the election, winning a majority of the votes and seats, and limiting opposition seats purely to Edmonton and a few… Read more »

Twenty Revitalizing Spring Rituals

Persistently studying every spare moment, reading stacks of texts, and writing all winter, sometimes we go for weeks before glancing up to see what’s going on around us.  Gradually, the snow has melted, the car windows no longer require scraping, and green blades of grass begin resolutely poking out of the ground.  If your neck… Read more »

The Wonderful Malleability of Time

“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” – Miles Davis Here’s some good news for those of you balancing heavy course loads, family responsibilities, work, and who knows what else: Time is malleable, and, with a few small life changes, you can benefit from some of the infinite possibilities it offers. Humanity can… Read more »