DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I’m just about ready to go crazy. I’m working my butt off to hold down a job, I have a small school-aged son that needs time, love, and attention, and a husband who thinks a major contribution to the household duties is to use a coaster for his glass. He has no understanding… Read more »

From My Perspective – Tool Concert

“Think for yourself. Question authority, strive to be different and unique, never repeat things other people say” Maynard James Keenan, (from Timothy Leary) Tonight I did not attend the Tool concert in Edmonton. But I might as well have done so, since it completely occupied my whole evening. Tool; for the uninitiated; is a heavy… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch!

The Canada We Want – The Undergraduates We Don’t Every new session of parliament begins with a Speech from the Throne that our government uses to make a set of promises about what they hope to do while in office. In this session’s speech, titled The Canada We Want, we see that the government has… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I have a major problem with motivation. I let things slide – particularly course work, and then have to cram it all in at the last moment. I’m paying through the teeth on extensions and I’m still not getting things done. I mean to try, but distance education seems so easy to put… Read more »

From My Perspective – Students & Health

I recently read a back-to-school article somewhere that stated that university students tend to gain weight shortly after entering post-secondary education. The “Freshman 15″ has been reported on by a variety of news articles and research sources, and it is common knowledge that around 75% of students (particularly females, lucky us!) gain an average of… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Double Cohort in Ontario – More than Expected? The Ontario government is re-iterating how their plan will ensure that the universities of Ontario are ready for the double cohort (see: For those not aware, this school year Ontario switches from a secondary school system that goes to grade 13 to one that only goes… Read more »

Dear Sandra: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I’ve just started my first course at Athabasca University. It’s hard, but I’m really enjoying it. I’d like to take more courses, but money is a big problem. Are there any suggestions you can give me? Happy but Poor Dear Happy but Poor; Have you ever seen a well-off university student? The majority… Read more »

From my Perspective

“Let’s go surfin’ now Everybody’s learning how Come on and safari with me” (Surfin’ Safari, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson/Mike Love) “If everybody had an ocean Across the U.S.A. Then everybody’d be surfin’ Like Californi-a …We’ll all be gone for the summer We’re on surfari to stay Tell the teacher we’re surfing…surfing U.S.A. …everybody’s gone… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Running the University Numbers Statistics Canada has released a report on University Finances for 2000/2001 (see: Unsurprisingly, they list that the total percentage of university revenue from government sources has declined while the percentage paid by the students has risen “substantially from a decade earlier”. Government contributions rose less than 3% over 2000/01, making this… Read more »


Dear Sandra; I’ve had it! I’m on my third extension and I’m running out of time. Now I know why students are tempted to copy assignments from others. I’m having such a hard time with this course project; I just don’t know what to do. I went to a website that sells essays, and I’m… Read more »