Vol. 10 Iss. 38

Volume 10 Issue 38 - 10/02/2002

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 »

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 »

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: http://www.newswire.ca/government/ontario/english/releases/September2002/27/c5505.html). 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 »

A Bug In Your Ear

The 9th Annual General Meeting of AUSU was held this past Saturday, September 28 at 1:00 P.M. Eleven students were in attendance, nine in person and two via teleconference. Quorum was satisfied and the meeting could proceed. In the President’s welcome, Debbie Jabbour commented that the low attendance should not be taken as an indicator… Read more »

The Vexing Apostrophe

It’s one of those things that people can’t seem to grasp. Nothing—save for being confronted with a set of flashing yellow traffic-lights—seems to cause people more consternation than that innocuous little punctuation mark: the apostrophe. I don’t really understand why. Certainly, there are elements of written English that are much more difficult to learn. Plural… Read more »

Cranio Two: Four-Day Intensive

The five days spent in Edmonton were butt kickers. I remember a similar thought running through my head during Cranio level one. It was different then– you’re a beginner and Cranio rhythm is confined to a book and maybe treatments from others. Suddenly you learn to feel them. You strain hard to “hear” the rhythm… Read more »

AU for the Birds?

(Photo provided by The Insider: Science Technician Elaine Goth-Birkigt shows off the AU bird collection) Robert Holmberg, Associate Professor, Biology, shares what’s new with birds at AU: This summer with the help of summer lab assistant Alex Robert we were able to do considerable work on the AU Bird Collection. This collection is used primarily… Read more »

Worth a Second Look – Food Safety Part II

Safety in production is vital to keeping our food chain free from contamination. It is just as important to store and prepare food properly at home. At their website, http://www.inspection.gc.ca, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recommends the following steps to prevent food contamination at home: Check food before purchasing it. If the package leaks,… Read more »

Meditation for a Healthier Us

There are many factors which affect the quality of our lives, and we all desire to improve our existence. We would like to have a positive influence over things like our stress, our health, our intelligence, and our world. There are many different methods we can undertake to create better lives for our fellow humans… Read more »

The Harried Student: The Wisdom of the Baba

They say she was a gypsy. I’m fairly certain she wasn’t a spy. Her birth certificate says she was born in Alberta. But the year is scratched out. She had this thick Russian accent. And a distinctively folksy Slavic farmer chic about her. She wore a purple babushka, kept a flask of vodka in her… Read more »

Watching the Skies

[Photo provided by The Insider: Dr. Tsuruda shows off the antenna he uses for studying the aurora’s radio emissions.] Dr. Koichiro Tsuruda from Japan was a recent visitor to AU Central to study auroras in Athabasca and Fort McMurray. AU’s Professor Martin Connors assisted for four days of the two weeks that Dr. Tsuruda observed…. Read more »

Province seeks input in review of Landlord and Tenant act

EDMONTON (CUP) — If you’ve got problems with your landlord, now’s the time to speak up. The Alberta government is asking for public input to help review the Landlord and Tenant Act. The provincial Landlord and Tenant Act governs the relationship between landlords and renters in Alberta, providing a framework for the rights and responsibilities… Read more »

Atlantic Canadian grads earn less

HALIFAX (CUP) — Atlantic Canadian university graduates seeking work may have to venture outside the region if earning potential is their top priority. A report issued by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation indicates that Atlantic Canadian university graduates earn “significantly less” than counterparts in other provinces. According to the report’s co-author this discrepancy is a… Read more »

Student reacts to Millenium Scholarships report

HALIFAX (CUP) — Helen Tremethick doesn’t care what the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s report says, she can’t afford to go to school this year. Last week a federal paper entitled “The Price of Knowledge” was released outlining the state of post-secondary education in Canada. Among its conclusions: the price of tuition does not stop people… Read more »

The KAIROS REGIONAL GATHERING 2002. Pleasantview Bible Camp, Lloydminster, Alberta (Canada). Contributed By The Community Networks Group

October 4-6, 2002 We invite you to join us at a regional KAIROS meeting in the fall of 2002. We are bringing people together who share common values and vision for strengthening regional ecumenical justice networks. The meetings will include opportunities for networking with others from a different church or faith community, people who share… Read more »

STRENGTHENING Volunteer Boards. October 2, 2002

Contributed By The Community Networks Group Date: Saturday, October 5, 2002 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Place: Grant MacEwan College, City Centre Campus, Room 5-305 Registration Fee: $15.00 INFOLINE: 497-5616 As a board member of a non-profit organization, have you ever wondered: What are my legal and ethical responsibilities? What role do I play… Read more »

In Our Own Voices. Published October 2, 2002

Oct. 7, 7:00 p.m. @ the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre INFOLINE: 496-7046 (admission is free) Looking for inspiration about your hometown to lift your spirits in early October? The Edmonton Public Library invites you to Edmonton: In Our Own Voices on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre of the Stanley A…. Read more »


When G8 development cooperation ministers meet later this week in Windsor they can go a long way towards reversing the failure of the recent Kananaskis meeting by making good on Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s proposal to set aside significant aid dollars for African development. Africa “‘s development was the main G8 agenda item when world… Read more »