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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 »

The Study Dude—Cure Yourself of Exam Anxiety

Perfectionism often leads to anxiety.  And you don’t want anxiety during exams. “I’m going to fail!” I’d burst into tears, wailing those words before every math exam.  I discounted the twenty-four hours each week I studied for that one course.  I discounted my 4.0 in prior math classes, too.  Luckily, my stress morphed into confidence… Read more »

Editorial—New for the New Year

The new year has rung in, and at least in Calgary, it’s brought with it some proper winter. Maybe it’s me getting old, but there’s something just off when I can see people walking around in Bermuda shorts in January.  Even in Calgary. Unfortunately, it’s also brought some increased tensions between the Middle East and… Read more »

Toronto’s Amber Alert

At 11:30pm on Thursday evening, while I was lying in bed and getting ready to fall asleep, residents within the Greater Toronto Area received two identical amber alerts back-to-back from the Peel Regional Police, stating “Emergency Alert: Victim is Riya Rajkumar age 11.  Suspect is Roopesh Rajkumar age 41.  Vehicle is a silver Honda civic… 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 »