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The Not-So Starving Student—Four Vancouver Must Eats

Last week I showcased some one-of-a-kind food items from the West Coast ranging from soupless ramen to roasted eggplants. This week, my tour through Vancouver continues as I feature the must-eats from Vancouver. Given its geographic location near the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver offers some of the freshest and most varied seafood selections from across Canada…. Read more »

The Study Dude—Grow Your Brains

Grow your brains for higher grades.  Gray matter gains ground when you read, meditate, listen to music, do yoga, and exercise.  Who said Snoop Dog doesn’t make for A students? So, read daily.  Fiction can boost your vocabulary, but nonfiction can groom your skills.  “Reading is not just a pastime to entertain yourself and stimulate… Read more »

Course Exam—MUSI/HUMN 268

MUSI 268 / HUMN 268 (Classical Music: A Historical Introduction) is a three-credit introductory music course that aims to review the fundamental elements of music as art in Western civilization. Students will first get a good grasp of the key elements of music. It is important to become comfortable with the meaning and use of… Read more »

Dear Barb—Mother’s Day Downer

Dear Barb: I am the oldest of three; my two younger brothers are away at university.  Last week they returned for Mother’s Day, but one of my brothers refused to see or celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom.  My mom and him have had issues for a long time, but now he doesn’t want to… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Universal DJ

“Baby your mind is a radio Got a receiver inside my head Baby I’m tuned to your wavelength Lemme tell you what it says: Transmitter! Oh! Picking up something good Hey, radio head! The sound…of a brand-new world” -Talking Heads, ‘Radio Head’ There is a thing every good deejay understands: putting together a great mix… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—Kant We All Meaningfully Agree?

The meaning of life: what can that mean? Possible answers run the gamut of human thought and experience.  Meaning is both personal and general; each of us has our own private mission statement whether we think of it that way or not and invariably there will be affinities between ours and others.  As AU students,… Read more »

The Fit Student—Are You a Health Nut or a Coconut?

Do you want to tip into health-nut status?  No shame in that label.  But do one better and claim the status of health coconut.  Now, that’s a tasty way to shine your skin, teeth, and hair. I use coconut oil throughout the day.  With coconut oil, you can “condition your hair … hydrat[e] your skin… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Food Tour of Vancouver

Last week, I raved about the desserts I sampled from my latest trip to Vancouver.  However, it wasn’t enough that I boast about the mouth-watering sweets the city had to offer, because the Vancouver food scene also offers irresistible comfort food from all over the world. Food that I couldn’t wait to share with my… Read more »

The Study Dude—I Bet You can Win a Nobel Prize

Your thoughts can snatch you a PhD—and win you a Nobel prize.  Don’t believe me?  According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “We can use our thoughts to improve our overall intellect, cognitive performance, and mental and physical well-being” (p.  19 of 321, 5%).  And your thoughts can take you from F student to Einstein. But how?… Read more »

Course Exam—CMNS 301

CMNS 301 (Communication Theory and Analysis) is a three-credit communication studies course that is intended to provide students with a grounding in the field of communication studies, a relatively new interdisciplinary field that draws many of its theoretical ideas about human communication from psychology, sociology, cultural studies, linguistics, philosophy, and literary studies.  The course focuses… Read more »