The Study Dude—More Style Guides

Why are there so many style guides?  There are almost as many style guides as there are academic disciplines.  Well, not quite, but there are more style guides than seems necessary: one. The reason for so many is because some disciplines prioritize certain information.  For instance, the social sciences use APA because the date of… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Classy and Wise

The individuation of education need not be a lonely or isolating experience.  Distance learning need not imply distance from reality.  We get to write our own themes, develop our own mantras, and largely learn at our own pace.  AU is like life itself that way. If you reduce life to your annual tax forms or… Read more »

Homemade is Better—French Fries

A few weeks ago I wrote about making sweet potato fries, but, truth be told, I also made French fries that night.  My wife likes sweet potato fries, but I’m not the biggest fan, so I make French fries.  There is a bit of an art to making fries, but with that in mind, you… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST 331

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written about or you recently took a course that you would like to recommend to other AU students, please feel free to reach out with the course name and number, and any questions or feedback you may have.  We’ll be happy to… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—A Pleasure To Have In Class

Around the autumn report card season teachers and students are presented with the mutually doleful task of assessing one another.  The former sometimes find themselves faced with parents, overbearing or irate, and the latter with a raw sheet of paper printed with assorted means of demarcating progress and personality.  Whenever grades and scales are used… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Setting Up Shop

If you’ve read Part I of Setting up Shop, you’ve likely wrapped your head around social media and being online by now—from a business perspective.  Hopefully, you’ve also taken the time to go in there and—ahem—clean some stuff up online.  After that, if you’re still gung-ho on quitting your day-job and going solo, you’ve also… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Pumpkins

I got hit by the nostalgia bug when looking for pictures of past pumpkins I’ve carved.  I was trying to look for some of the neat carvings I’d done but ended up looking at videos and pictures of my kids when they were just little—as opposed to the eight and twelve year olds they are… Read more »

Music Review—Skalloween

Album: Skalloween Artist: Mento Buru Latin ska reggae group Mento Buru has released Skalloween, a six-song EP of reimagined Halloween music classics, on October 12th, 2021. Mento Buru is a 7-piece band from Bakersfield, CA that combines an energetic blend of Latin alternative, Jamaican SKA, and reggae sounds.  The band consists of Matt Munoz, lead… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Beasts or Best in Class

Monkeys with smartphones, is that us?  Pressingly, is AU part of our cultural decline, where we sink to the level of proverbial beasts?  Eek!  Or, maybe digital devices themselves are the truly mindless animals that draw us down to their level?  The internet brings out the beast in so many of us; it’s as though… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is one my weaknesses, and it can be difficult to find good fried chicken.  There are many restaurants that serve it, but I almost always feel let down a little.  Between KFC, Popeye’s, Mary Brown’s, and Jolly-Bee, I think Popeye’s is the best.  Having said that though, I much prefer making it at… Read more »