Fly on the Wall—The Personal Measurement of our Studies

“Sure a cold one, eh?” “Warmer now that you’re here! Nothing’s more banal, or adroit, depending upon its users, than a conversation about temperature.  But did you know that the gendered pronoun controversy can blow like an Arctic front into the temperature mix?  Consider the French term, il fait froid, normally translated as a way… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Beef Stew

I would be hard pressed to find a meal more comforting on a cold day than beef stew.  When I’m not feeling well I can down chicken noodle soup all day, and when I want a comfort lunch a good tomato soup with grilled cheese hits the spot.  But when it’s as cold as it… Read more »

The Study Dude—Small Wins Add Up

We students might start a course overwhelmed, uncertain, wondering whether we’ll pass. For instance, math classes can create a lot of anxiety. And anyone taking a five-course load needs to get time-efficient fast. The goal is to do well in a course. A lot of battles will occur along the way. There may be an… Read more »

Dear Barb—Conversation with COVID-19

Dear Barb: Hi, my wife and I have been married for 10 years and we seem to be growing apart.  We don’t have any children and that was our choice, but it’s like we don’t have anything to keep us together.  It seems to be getting worse since the beginning of the pandemic, even though… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Joyful Sloth and Indolence

The post-punk Marxist band Gang of Four once sang, with plaintive aplomb in the face of the mixed results of industrial job creation, “please send me evenings and weekends”.  We at AU might relate to this sentiment; the gift we purchase for our futures selves by furthering our education can arrive with attendant difficulties of… Read more »

Where to Begin with Classic Literature—Black Authors

As Black History Month draws to a close, let me add my voice to those who are saying, “Don’t just read Black authors in February.  Keep reading Black authors all year!” With that goal in mind, and because I am obsessed with classic literature and want to encourage everyone to read as many classics as… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Risotto

Risotto is probably one of the more difficult dishes to get right.  It’s not impossible, but a few things have to happen for a cook to get it to the correct consistency.  Gordon Ramsay would say it should relax on the plate.  The texture of risotto is similar to rice in that it should be… Read more »

Course Exam—ANTH 272(Introduction to Archaeology)

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written for, please feel free to email us at with the course name and number, and any questions you may have about it, and we will do our best to answer the questions for you! ANTH 272 is a… Read more »