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The Not-So Starving Student—Exotic Beef 101

While for most AU students, splurging on the perfect slice of steak may seem far-fetched, especially with rising tuitions.  However, that doesn’t mean that one day there won’t be an opportunity to test out these succulent gourmet beef options.  As a big fan of steak, myself, I’ve found that the perfect slice of steak can… Read more »

The Fit Student—Who Are You Really?

When I was in grade nine, I went through an identity crisis.  I had no idea who I was.  I had no idea who I was meant to be, either.  I looked to movies, such as The Breakfast Club.  I looked to singers, such as Madonna.  I looked to role models, like my brother.  But… Read more »

Course Exam—COMP 210

COMP 210 (Introduction to Information Systems and Computer Applications) is a three-credit introductory computer science course that is designed for students who are not planning to major in information systems. The course covers basic hardware concepts; the structure, or architecture, of computers; the software hierarchy from systems software to application programs; and information systems concepts… Read more »

Dear Barb—All Manners of Twins

Dear Barb: Hi, my sister has 2-year-old twin girls.  Ever since they were born, my sister has dressed them identically.  I don’t think that is a good idea. How will they ever establish their own identity?  I have talked to my sister about this, but she says, twins are supposed to be dressed the same. … Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Party Time

To me, the beginning of December through to New Year’s is the only time of year when I actually look forward to socializing. For the rest of the year, I’m about as approachable as a Gila monster, and have little interest in hosting gatherings of any kind. In the springtime, I prefer to spend my… Read more »

How to be Charming

I know a soul who charms the world.  She’s the alpha female, the one every toe points toward in a chitchat.   She can read your mind, fix your problems, and make you feel like you belong.  Men fall for her nonstop, men half her age, men twice her age, men who show up at her… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Walking Sticks and in Another’s Shoes

John Cowper Powys’ classic novel A Glastonbury Romance illustrates how, with a little effort and some natural inclination, we can come to understand the perspective of someone else and, for a time, walk the same path with them.  At AU, that means that we need to translate our course material into digestible morsels for the… Read more »

The Study Dude—Is Being Studious One of Your Gifts?

I saw a near death experience (NDE) video.  The female, who had an NDE, said she died and went into a brilliant light of unbelievable love.  She said, during her short stint in the light, she discovered that God gives us all gifts, each gift unique.  Her gifts were inner beauty and patience.  But after… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST 202

HIST 202 (Western Thought and Culture II: Since the Reformation) is a three-credit introductory history course that is the second of two three-credit courses. Together, they survey the development of Western civilization from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to the complicated and sophisticated world of the post-industrial era.  This course has no prerequisites,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Sick of the Sickness

Dear Barb: I work in an office with about 15 other people. We all get along well for the most part. My issue is people coming to work when they are sick. Why would someone do that and end up making everyone else sick? Two weeks ago our receptionist came in coughing and sneezing, so… Read more »