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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 »

Porkpie Hat—On the Persistence of Memory

“No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” – Haruki Murakami What a strange one-way journey all of us are on, this short trip from birth to death, with barely enough time to change out of our swaddling cloths, grab a quick canape or two, snap… Read more »

Student Engagement at a Distance

Distance education has been rising throughout the world thanks to computers and the internet.  Traditional on-campus classroom environments have been the norm, and, until the 1980’s, really the only possibility. The history of distance education is longer than you might expect.  In 1922, Pennsylvania broadcasted some of its courses through radio.  In 1953, the University… Read more »

Convocation Celebration!

Are you ready for the elation, the emotion, the high fives, and the cheering crowds? Students who finish their AU degree requirements by April 30 are eligible to attend AU’s convocation ceremonies this June in Athabasca, Alberta.  Will you be among the hundreds of excited graduands visiting the campus of Athabasca University for the first… Read more »

Tara’s Top 20 Tips for Happiness & Wellbeing

I was never a fan of regrets in life, and never had any—until I got older and somewhat wiser.  Surely, if you don’t have any regrets, chances are you haven’t made any major mistakes yet, or you’re living inside a box.  Regrets do seem to come with life experience.  Indeed, if I had the opportunity… Read more »