Nature Notes – From the Backyard to the Biosphere. Ode to Wapato

Somehow, again, we’re heading towards the end of summer. The long, light-hearted days are already shortening and the lakes and ponds will soon begin to cool. We’re heading back into fall’s months of busyness when we just don’t have time for those hour-long swims, for noticing each quarter degree change in the water’s temperature. I… 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 »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Why Funding Is Important Sometimes in all the talk about provincial funding of post-secondary education, it becomes difficult to remember exactly why it is so important. Yes, we all know that the universities are having difficulties providing all the services they would like to, and sure we know that students have a hard time affording… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’ve been job hunting for a part-time job to pay for my courses and I wonder if you could tell me what companies are looking for when they say they require “basic” computer skills? I can type and surf the net, is that what they mean? Perplexed in Calgary Dear Perplexed, I think… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Cosmos: War of the planets

Oh dear what did I stumble onto? In case you are wondering this isn’t the film with sex kitten Mamie Van Doren”?that film came out in 1980. This is a dreadful 1978 film made by Italian film director Alfonso Brescia (aka Al Bradly). It stars a lot of people you’ve never heard of and don’t… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Tuition Troubles Statistics Canada released its annual study ( on tuition fees earlier this month, and the results will come as no surprise to most post-secondary students. The study determined that the average student will be paying 7.4% more in tuition this year than last, the largest increase over the past four years. A good… Read more »

AU Profiles – Masters Degree recipients of 2003

These final two graduate profiles are of students who completed Master’s Programs at AU. AU GRADUATE PROFILE OF JAN PHILLIPS AGE: “Not on your life!” (I’ll just guess 29 and holding then :)) LIVES IN: AB PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor of Arts – Psychology 2001 (with distinction); Masters of Distance Education, 2003 YEARS IT TOOK TO… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’ll soon be completing my degree and since it’s been a few years (well, 20 to be honest), since I’ve had to look for a job, I’m wondering where to start looking on my own. As I’m single and without kids at home, I don’t care where I go, though I’d prefer to… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU IN-PERSON DISCUSSION GROUPS AUSU in-person discussion groups in Calgary, Edmonton, and Medicine Hat would like to invite students to join them in casual, coffee shop get togethers to discuss life as an AU student. Getting together physically with fellow AU students adds to your university experience. Other students will be able to understand and… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Book Review: The Deep

The price on this pocketbook is $2.25. That ought to give you a good idea of how old a story I’ve been reading. Indeed, the book by Peter Benchley (Jaws) hit the shelves in 1976. The cover promises that this is “the terrifying new novel by the author of Jaws.” As a fan of Beast,… Read more »