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The Study Dude—Win with Conflict

Check this out: Murray arrives late.  Janine forgets her backpack.  Bob visits with another table.  And you arrive thirty minutes early with an outline to launch the group project.  Organized?  Or rather, have the seeds been sown for group conflict? I once had to work with a hellish group.   One woman and I clashed; we… Read more »

The Mindful Bard—Dogville and Manderlay

Film: Dogville Writer/Director: Lars Von Trier Film: Manderlay Writer/Director: Lars Von Trier This won’t include a retrospective of Von Trier’s filmography, or a precis of his many scandalous faux pas, or a list of his film scenes that have lead to the most walk-outs.  For now, I’m only going to talk about two of his… Read more »

The Fit Student—Stress Busters

It’s 2018!  Companies now have mental health minutes, some even mental health days.  So, if your boss finds you curled up in the fetal position while gripping a cup of green tea, just say, “I’m exercising my right to a mental health minute.” I took mental health afternoons, every day, stricken with workplace anxiety.  I’d… Read more »

APST 230 (Materials, Properties, and Applications) is a three-credit course which introduces characteristics of construction materials and discusses their appropriate application. This course has no prerequisites and it is intended for students enrolled in the BSc (Architecture) program at the RAIC (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, though students that… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Ex Factor

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year.  Prior to dating Jay I was involved in a serious relationship for five years and we had planned to eventually marry.  My ex was everything I wanted; I loved him tremendously.  But he cheated on me and I was devastated.  Even though… Read more »

The Fit Student

Do you want to kick back a plate of Denny’s sausage, chuckling as the grease lashes your tongue, musing to yourself, “I beat you, inflammation!” Well, Amy Myers, MD, wrote a diet book on inflammation.  Her diet plan looks intriguing—until you spot her menu’s morning sausage.  Sausage?  Sausage gave me inflammation.  Well, sausage, cola, anxiety,… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

Being a student is hard, especially when many students today are drowning in student loans.  How do we make the most of our lives and make every penny count? Here are five tips that might change your financial strategy and boost your savings. Stock up on everyday items while they are on sale.  For items… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Show Not Tell, Like Harry Homer Potter

Grab your drabbest essay and crossbreed it with Harry Potter.  You’ll wind up with Plato Potter, Einstein Potter, or Harry Homer Potter.   Homer the thinker, that is.  In other words, sprinkle in a magical writing device called show not tell.  But what’s show not tell? When I once wrote a script, I thought show meant… Read more »

Course Exam—NUTR 330

NUTR 330 (Introductory Nutrition) is a three-credit Nutrition survey course which provides the scientific fundamentals of the current understanding of nutrition.  To enrol into this course students will need to request permission before registering.  Senior high school chemistry and biology courses are strongly recommended.  This course may not be suitable for general interest students as… Read more »

In Conversation—with Ferentz and The Felons

Ferentz and The Felons is a New Jersey-based “street folk” band with the singular mission of giving back by supporting the true war on drugs — public awareness and addiction recovery.  They’ve just released the video for “Hudson County,” the title track of their EP due for release in July. The song, written by band… Read more »