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Dear Barb—Communication Breakdown

Dear Barb: I have been with my girlfriend for three years and we got along great, for the most part, but recently we started arguing a lot.  I think it might be time to end the relationship.  We don’t seem to agree on anything, even watching a movie is becoming stressful.  We don’t like the… Read more »

The Fit Student—Cycling Tips

Want a student-friendly way to blast to class and back?  Tired of standing at the bus, getting snow kicked in your face by motorists?  Then jump on the environmental bandwagon: the bicycle. Cyclists live fit and healthy but carry their share of road rage tales.  I have many scary cycling stories, too. For instance, I… Read more »

Music Review—Todd O’Keefe

Album: Salvador Artist: Todd O’Keefe On February 5th, Todd O’Keefe released his latest album, Salvador.  Nailing down a genre for O’Keefe is challenging.  Using experience based on a past in the music industry and the amount of talent he has worked with, Todd has created a sound all his own.  With guitar stylings similar to… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

My father used to say, “eating is about fooling the mouth and pleasing the tummy”.  In other words, good food should be palatable but healthy at the same time.  Typically, healthier dieting options aren’t always a taste bud pleaser.  Luckily, since I’ve discovered the secret to maximizing one’s diet with Vietnamese rice paper, I have… Read more »

The Study Dude—Win A Grades with Tricks

Do you dance like Michael Jackson to Wii games?  Do you cycle like Lance Armstrong after doping?  Well, whatever you do well, do the same with studies. Learning how to win A-grades takes time and tricks.  To get the A’s, we need to master mnemonics, reading strategies, exam tips, and note-taking skills. But how do… Read more »

Course Exam-Math 309

MATH 309 (Discrete Mathematics) is a three-credit mathematics course that explains the methods of discrete mathematics, which are useful (and in most cases mandatory) for students in computer science programs.  This course has two courses listed as possible prerequisites, which include MATH 209 (Finite Mathematics) or MATH 270 (Linear Algebra I).  Though if students use… Read more »

Dear Barb—GoFundYourself

Dear Barb: Hi, I have a friend who started a GoFundMe page to raise money to self publish a book she is writing. It is an autobiography which she says will be an inspiration to others. I know her story and I believe it will be an inspiration, but I don’t want to contribute to… Read more »

The Fit Student—Lupus, Toe Fungus, and Lower Grades

Coffee and chips?  Or water and pumpkin seeds?  Just like aiming for an A+ in studies, aim for the same in diet.  Those fast food lifestyles, not unlike cramming, translate into horrors: lupus, toe fungus, and lower grades. Some aim for moderation in their diets.  For me, not so much.  I’ve turned into a crazed… Read more »

The Mindful Bard

Album: Holy Cow  (CD release 20 April 2018) Artist: Clothesline Revival Publisher: Paleo Music Conrad Praetzel accompanies a Moog synthesizer with slide guitar played on a 1937 Harmony archtop, crafting the most amazing instrumental tracks imaginable.  There’s a ghost in this here electronica machine: It sings of a new heaven and a new earth where… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Top Five Foodie Tips For Eating Abroad

For many AU students, April means wrapping up the final semester and perhaps deciding to reward oneself with a long-awaited vacation.  Travelling as a student means the freedom to explore new corners of the globe, soak in rich cultural experiences, and, of course, no trip is ever complete without trying the best foods each region… Read more »