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The Study Dude—Learn How to Learn

What if you came up with a new field of studies, like Newton’s calculus?  Or what if you have a learning disability, and end up with a PhD?  Or what if you paid for your own education while raising a family?   A common theme among these scenarios is the skilled ability to learn. At university… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—No Terrain Too Tricky

If you’re feeling overburdened or out of place as your coursework mounts this Fall it might help to consider the peculiar case of gold rush camels.  Miners heading to Barkerville, B.C.  during the 1860s tried importing camels to lug their rucksacks and mining tools through steep mountain passes (UVic, online).  Our experience as independent scholars… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—In Praise of Autumn Comforts

October, it seems to me, is the perfect autumn month.  Possibly the most perfect month of the entire year, at least in my pocket of the world.  It’s a time here of rare sustained equilibrium between the yin of the receding summer and the yang of the approaching winter.  Shadows and light, moods and atmospheric… Read more »

In Conversation—with Lavender Fields

L.A.-based singer, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Lavender Fields is both classically trained and completely free of artistic inhibitions.  Wide open to musical influences of all sorts (including sounds she encountered on a trip to India), she uses the Moog, the flute, and her own voice to create original soundscapes that soothe, heal, and enlighten.  She’s… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Chicken Drumsticks Three Ways

Meal prep can be a pain.  Especially when you have to figure out which protein pairs with which vegetables, and what spices should go with which meal.  When you pile on homework, midterm exams and term paper deadlines, meal prep can be the last thing on AU students’ minds.  After finishing my first degree, I… Read more »

The Fit Student—Look Younger

Unless you’re Selena Gomez, you’ll want to look young.  And, if you’re like me, you long to fend off a granny-bod. But stay away from going under the knife.  My doctor had botched plastic surgery.  Now she’s camera shy.  Another friend uses Botox which could harm her facial muscles.  And on TV I saw a… Read more »

Course Exam—HERM 301

HERM 301 (Heritage Resources Management) is a three-credit course that introduces students to heritage resources management and creates a base for further study of the contemporary heritage field.  Students study types of practice and current and emerging issues, as well as the social context, controversies, ethical questions and general concerns that characterize efforts in heritage… Read more »

Dear Barb—Setting Up

Dear Barb: Most of my friends have partners, are living together, or married.  I have two friends who are single and in their mid thirties.  They don’t know each other but I think they would be perfect together.  I really want to set them up.  I talked to a few friends who know them both… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Finest Art

I was recently sitting in the serene darkness of the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall, watching and listening to Daniel Raiskin, the WSO’s new music director, conducting Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.  As a first impression, Raiskin seems brilliant, a maestro of the classic Russian style, dramatic, bold, firmly in control of and in sync with… Read more »

In Conversation—with Calvin Arsenia

Alternative folk artist Calvin Arsenia is an intensely inventive creator and a truly original mind, mixing genres and instruments (including the Celtic harp) to create vibrant, engaging music.  He recently released the single, “Headlights,” from his project-in-process Cantaloupe, a mix of music, art, and performance.  In “Headlights” he describes his difficult ascent to the wisdom… Read more »