NEW COLUMN – The Net Nerd’s Website Profiles

The first installment of a new column featuring the best of the net, with a student focus. If you just can’t get enough of books and studying check out: This website has tons of information on Canadian universities, colleges, and even high schools (over 700 schools). also has information on financing, careers and… Read more »

Sounding Off – Provincial quirks

Last week Wayne Benedict wrote about some of the provincial quirks ( he noticed in moving from British Columbia and Saskatchewan. I responded, in my editorial, with some of Alberta’s oddities ( I asked readers to write in with some fun facts about their own locales, and a few of you did! Anyone who would… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU JOB POSTING See the News section of this paper for the job posting for the position of AUSU Executive Director. This posting can also be found on the AUSU website at AUSU IN PERSON DISCUSSION GROUPS AUSU in-person discussion groups in Calgary, Edmonton, and Medicine Hat would like to invite students to join… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

A Good Investment for Who? No doubt concerned by reports that most high-school students cite cost as the primary factor preventing them from attending post-secondary education, the Alberta Learning Minister, Dr. Lyle Oberg, has provided a press release ( to tell us all how wonderful an investment a post-secondary education is. The information is presented… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, With West Nile prevalent in some areas of Canada right now, especially Alberta, I’m wondering why mosquitoes choose to bite some people and not others? Also, how do you know if you if you have the West Nile virus? Baffled in Brooks Dear Baffled, Mosquitoes are not choosy “biters,” they don’t really have… Read more »

AUSU This Month

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS: AUSU Council currently has three positions open, that we are seeking to fill for the final six months of the current term. In accordance with our bylaws and policies, Council can appoint students to fill these positions by a majority vote. Any interested student is invited to submit an application to… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: The Innocents

This incredible film is a remarkable version of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. The 1961 production is in inky black and white and is still one of the most effective ghost stories ever filmed. I’d never seen the film but I’m wild about Pamela Franklin’s work so I poked my nose in for… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Canada Student Loans – A Fading Hope The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) the organization that supervises and regulates all the banks in Canada, has released a report [in PDF format ( investigating the future of the Canada Student Loans Program. In short, as difficult as it is now, it looks as… Read more »

Dear Sandra – What is my AU degree worth?

Dear Sandra, One thing that I have always been conscious of was that my degree might not be on-par with other degrees that are taken at an actual campus. Sometimes I feel that an employer may see the correspondence degree as a less-than-par or a cereal -box degree and not give me the same chances…. Read more »