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Course Exam—CHEM 350 (Organic Chemistry I)

CHEM 350 (Organic Chemistry I) is a three-credit, senior-level chemistry course that covers the chemistry of carbon compounds through a study of the characteristic reactions of the common functional groups.  This course emphasizes the study of reaction mechanisms to show similarities between apparently unrelated reactions.  The importance of stereochemistry is stressed throughout the course.  CHEM… Read more »

Dear Barb—Living in an Amish Paradise

Dear Barb: I am dating an Amish man.  We met many years ago as kids while we were growing up.  His family tried to keep us apart, but we saw each other secretly and eventually they turned their heads.  I believe they hoped if they stopped fighting this relationship that it would eventually just run… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Myth of the Star Pupil: It’s You.

Like a kitty walking invisible circles before settling its paws down upon a pillow, we at AU have to situate ourselves not only in a comfortable study nook but in a good place psychologically.  Material conditions and emotional ambiance are key to our success, but so too are the more ephemeral facts of our mental… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Midwinter Wishes

I don’t know what it’s like in the place where you live, but, here in Winnipeg, the winter, for all its majesty, can be hard and brutal.  I am not a spiritual person, but I do believe there is some sort of warmth and benediction from the lighting of metaphorical candles, the offering up of… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Six Tips for Eating Out on a Budget

Despite my efforts to trim down the “dining out” nights each week, I still find that, more times than not, eating out is inevitable. Particularly, when many of our relationships are cultivated over food; whether it is a first dinner date or brunch with the pals. For the financially savvy AU student, what are some… Read more »

The Fit Student—No Such Thing as a Toxic Family

I went to pay for my milk at the Shopper’s Drugstore counter.  The friendly Filipino clerk smiled at me and said, “It’s 25% off Thursday.  Do you have a rewards card?” I shook my head no, but stayed hopeful. “I’ll give you the discount anyway,” she smiled. I laughed warmly. “When you leave this world,”… Read more »

Course Exam—CHEM 218 (Chemical Principles II)

CHEM 218 (Chemical Principles II) is a three-credit introductory chemistry course that is a continuation of CHEM 217 (Chemical Principles I). This course covers chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, the chemistry of metals and non-metals, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. CHEM 218 may not be taken for… Read more »

Dear Barb—Diet Decisions

Dear Barb: Hi, I read your column often and I was waiting for one to come out about people’s struggles with dieting in the New Year. I am looking for a good diet since I need to lose about 40 pounds. It seems every time I hear about a great new diet, within a year… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Psych! A Confidence Trick

Where an empathic desire to help others is built into many students desire to study psychology, it’s easy to miss key epistemological blind spots in the discipline.  A scanty half century ago a feminist writer named Germaine Greer eviscerated the core of psychiatry/psychology.  In The Female Eunuch she wrote that “psychiatry is an extraordinary confidence… Read more »

Women of Interest—Anne Innis Dagg

Anne Innis Dagg was known as “the woman who loves giraffes,” and was the subject of a 2018 documentary by the same name.  When Anne was three years old, she saw a giraffe for the first time at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, and it became her favorite animal—as she wrote in her memoir Smitten… Read more »