Dear Barb—Marital Business

Dear Barb: My wife and I have been together for seven years, married for four them.  I have always got along great with my in-laws.  My wife and her mother are very close and talk daily and that has never been a problem until recently.  We’re having some money problems right now and it’s leading… Read more »

The Study Dude—Seven Tips to Ace University

Ace university with a capital A.  Sound good?  It’s really quite simple.  And you don’t need an Einsteinian brain either.  You only need to learn the art of studying. But you’re in luck.  The Study Dude’s read countless books on how to study.  So, here are seven tips to help you ace university from yet… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Love for Learning

Like learning our course material and then applying it to our lives, to understand something is to become part of the process of its existence.  The answers may be in the back of a math textbook, but, in the broader plains of AU life, the answers are to some extent within us as we learn… Read more »

The Fit Student—Heal Thoughts that Kill

This morning, my loved one warned me, “Life is not ‘for getting.’  Life is ‘for giving,’ and in order to do that, you need to be forgiving to others—especially those who did not give you what you thought you were going to get.”  I’m not sure where my loved one found this quote.  She did… Read more »

Course Exam—FREN 201

FREN 201 (First Year University French II) is a three-credit introductory French course that further develops the ability to read, understand, speak, and write French.  This course enables and encourages students to use French in social situations, discuss a variety of issues, and express opinions.  In addition, the course leads students through a major review… Read more »

Dear Barb—Grade Shock

Dear Barb: Hi, I have just begun taking courses at AU after having been out of a school and working for the last 10 years.  When I graduated high school I was one of the top students in my class, but now I’m barely passing and finding the work very difficult.  It’s disappointing and I’m… Read more »

Editorial—Accidental Thinking

Yes. It’s late. I know.  On Monday, my partner and I were in a traffic accident.  We weren’t at fault.  The elderly driver of the other vehicle flew through a stop sign and with no warning and slightly slippery roads, I couldn’t stop us before we T-boned into them.  Now, before you worry, physically, the… Read more »

The Porkpie Hat—On Making a Living

“The men at the factory are old and cunning You don’t owe nothing, so boy get runnin’ It’s the best years of your life they want to steal” – The Clash, ‘Clampdown’ I consider myself to have been fortunate enough to come of age in the late 1970s, early 1980s, a sort of chronological intertidal… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Springing into Potential Growth

Let there be light, spring seems to say! More light, spring light, the light of the dawning of the furtherance of our higher education!  Okay, ahem, please excuse this lofty language but doesn’t the oncoming reality of spring make any potential seem more plausible?  This time of year, the subliminal becomes liminal in the light… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—How to Hide Ingredients in Your Food

Hiding ingredients are a means for many parents to sneak nutrients into their children’s meals.  We may be unaware of the additional zucchini that was added to our carrot muffins or the bananas that were slipped into our afternoon smoothie.  Now, speaking as an adult, I never fully appreciated what the ingenuity that came up… Read more »