Columns

Dear Barb—Meet the New Boss

Dear Barb: Recently, I began working at a small company doing administrative work for the summer.  I’m halfway through my degree in business and looking forward to graduating.  Most of my summer jobs have worked out well, but this one is challenging.  My boss is in her early thirties and this is her first time… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Of Flight Attendants and Pink Flamingos

I’m twenty years old, living in the basement of a ramshackle pink building in Vancouver’s wild West End.  My upstairs neighbour, appropriately named Byron, is about seventy years old, a salty and poetic soul, a former flight attendant for a British airline.  His studio apartment is cramped and narrow, but the furnishings are suggestive of… Read more »

Study Dude—Four Ways to Wash Away School Worries

Studies can lead to stress.  So, as students, our brains might chatter nonstop.  We might second guess ourselves.   We might toss and turn rather than drift into lullaby land.  We might complain of headaches, sore muscles, and tiredness.  We might even mingle with mental illness—after all, anxiety and depression can stem from negative thoughts, overthinking,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Turning the Tables of Interpretive Dogmas

The mere mention of Charles Darwin brings to mind fishy bumper stickers (imploring us all to evolve), bespectacled chimpanzees on t-shirts (proclaiming our 98% DNA match with monkeys) and flustered debates about human nature (where everyone goes home a little bit hurt and disgruntled).  Happily, there’s more to the man’s work than a series of… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Gourmet Canned Soup Recipes

For AU students craving homemade Italian meals with minimal effort required, look no further.  One easy way of preparing Italian meals is with canned soup assortments.  While the idea may warrant some raised eyebrows, I can vouch that not only does this cut the amount of effort, but also guarantees some quality meals you can… Read more »

Course Exam—HERM 312/HIST 316

HERM 312 / HIST 316 (Heritage Research) is a three-credit heritage resources management course that is based on the premise that the principles of historical thinking and analysis are fundamental to heritage practice.  The course focuses on the practice, skills, and understandings of applied historical research.  HERM 312 introduces multiple types of sources of evidence… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Condition of Family

Dear Barb: I look forward to reading your column as often as I can.  Recently my younger brother was diagnosed with a mental illness.  We always knew there was something different about him, but we hoped he would outgrow it.  He seems to have gotten worse over the years, very unstable; some days he seems… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Every Picture Tells a Story

Elementary school class photos are as ubiquitous as report cards and leave a lot to be desired when answering that timeless question: how is school going? From kindergarten on through graduation, these wallet-sized mementos tell only a fragment of the story of our schooling.  For instance, many hijinks are left out of the picture.  Nowhere… Read more »

The Fit Student—Get Rich and Famous with Fitness

Imagine you weigh over 180 pounds as a five-foot four-inch femme.  And earlier that day, you’ve been featured live on local news.  And now, you’re about to watch, for the first time, the replay.  As the camera opens to the sight of you, you coil back in horror.  You look fatter than Momma June before… Read more »