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Course Exam—Engl 303

ENGL 303 (A History of Drama Part 1: Early Stages) is a three-credit course that traces the history of Western theatre from its Greek origins to the beginning of the eighteenth century in England and France, with specific references to the plays in a core anthology, The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama.  This course has two… Read more »

The Fit Student—Boost Your Energy!

Some young adults can no longer smile, eat, laugh—or study.  Mitochondria in your cells gives your body energy to do these tasks: “The main function of mitochondria is energy production.  And this energy gets used for almost everything we do, which is why when your mitochondria are damaged, you have less energy to combat disease,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Stay Cool Under Pressure

As students, we can learn to stay cool under pressure.  And no-one teaches how to cope with pressure better than job seekers. I had a job interview with an accounting firm a year ago.  The employer phoned me the next day, offering a low paying job.  I declined, so he hung up in a huff. … Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 145

ENGL 145 (Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes) is a zero-credit course that is designed for students who need to fill the gaps in their reading and writing skills in preparation for studies at the university level.  It is appropriate for both ESL (English as a Second Language) students and native speakers of English who… Read more »

Dear Barb—Assistance for Assisted Living

Dear Barb: I am the oldest in a family of three girls.  We have always gotten along well and been really close.  Our father passed away five years ago, and our mom stayed in the family home.  She has been able to manage well until recently.  She had a slip in the bathroom and injured… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Don’t be a Busy Monster

“pity this busy monster, manunkind” – e.e.  cummings Here is a deep philosophical question for you to ponder, dear readers: Is it better to earn one hundred dollars, or to find one hundred dollars? Perhaps there are many stoic, puritanical souls amongst you who answered that it is obviously more rewarding to have worked for… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—In with a Grunt and Out with a Curly Tail

“This is a pig, oink oink.”  A captivating childhood toy of mine involved pulling what looked like a teensy weedwhacker cord and being transported to a fleeting but mysterious sonic environment replete with either pig sounds, cow sounds, horse sounds or chicken sounds.  The repetition of these noises was made possible by physical discs inscribed… Read more »

The Fit Student—My Cure for Cancer

A loved one was stricken with cancer.  Not once, but twice.  She responded well both times to chemotherapy, going two decades cancer-free.  But her sleep shifted, often leaving her awake until 3 a.m., puffy-eyed.  And this past year, she entered emergency more than once.  Despite her success with chemo, she smokes and eats sugar-rich, highly… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Dim Sum 101

Dim Sum is one of the most iconic Chinese food traditions, and has become a social necessity; not only in ethnic Asian culture, but also becoming a trendy way to brunch all across North America.  Some dim-sum goers are less aware of the origins and history of dim sum, they are drawn by the complex… Read more »