Dear Barb—Finding a Friend

Dear Barb: Hi, I am an introvert, but this hasn’t been much of a problem in my life until recently.  I graduated from university and ended up getting a job in a new city where I don’t know anyone.  I have joined a few organizations in an attempt to meet new people, but the problem… Read more »

Editorial—It Seems We Live in Interesting Times

To live in interesting times is something widely thought to be a Chinese curse (in reality, probably not, but it makes a good story) but, origin aside, it does remain a fair comment that the things felt to be most interesting in history are generally the things that cause the most misery. In that respect,… Read more »

Council Connection—February 27, 2020 Meeting

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. In attendance were President Brandon Simmons (Meeting Chair), Vice President Finance and Administration (VPFA) Brittany Daigle, Councillor Sarah Blayney Lew, Councillor Darcie Fleming, Councillor Christine Hudder, Councillor Amanda Lipinski, Councillor Alice Namu, Councillor Lisa Oracheski, Councillor… Read more »

COVID-19—What you Can Do and What you Should Not Do.

This afternoon, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom held a press briefing on the current situation and recommendations surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Following is a summary of the WHO recommendations, and information on what you should and should not be doing right now. An important fund has been established to collect funds… Read more »

What’s the Point of Daylight Savings?

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, clocks were turned forward one hour.  Daylight saving time is the practice of moving clocks forward starting in spring so that daylight lasts longer into evening.  In the winter, however, it is changed back.  This further reduces the amount of daylight in the early morning from the already diminished amount… Read more »

Alberta’s Recent LGBTQ+ Struggles

Canada’s recent federal election revealed an increasing intolerance, with cries of “Wexit” separatism, anti-immigrant diatribes, and overt xenophobia.  However, this is not a new phenomenon.  The Social Credit Party first introduced Albertans to the concept of secession in the 1930s.  Unrest re-emerged once again during the 1970s, as Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s initiatives of bilingualism, the… Read more »

Editorial—Welcome, Welcome!

The votes are in, and your new AUSU Council has been elected!  Congratulations to those who won, and a definite thank you to everyone who ran.  The vote totals show that just under 400 votes were case for the winner, with almost all candidates receiving over 300 votes, meaning that the election was very close…. Read more »

Coronavirus—Should We Be Worried?

The outbreak of coronavirus, now officially known as COVID-19 reminds me of SARS, but it has been said this is 10 times worse than SARS ever was. At the time of writing, the official death toll was only about 3400, some say the true number, in China alone, may be over 50,000 according to a… Read more »