Vol. 13 Iss. 14

Volume 13 Issue 14 - 04/06/2005

My Brother, My Father, My Pope

The Pope has died. As a Pole, as a young person, and as a part of the world, my heart is heavy at his loss. Everyone has a story about the man who touched millions. I am no exception. My family moved from Poland to Italy when I was a child. There I began a… Read more »

The Good Life – Seafood Watch

I generally don’t give a lot of credence to people who are always talking about the “good old days,” when children were supposedly more respectful, and life in general was seen as somehow better and safer. In my experience, that kind nostalgic nonsense is usually just a mask for some sort of narrow-mindedness, or a… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU’s Website Has a New Look The AUSU website has a new look and navigation. Please stop by to take a look and let us know what you think. It’s possible that a few links may not be working as we go through and ensure the new menu system is updated, so please write webmaster@ausu.org… Read more »

Dear Barb – Updates!

Dear Readers, this week and next week I will include updates from previous columns. Thank you to the readers who took the time to update me on their situations. Dear Barb: I am a recently divorced mother of a 12-year-old daughter. I work full time and attend university part time. I have recently begun dating… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Here Comes the Sun The province of Alberta will soon have a large-scale solar heating project (http://www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/media/newsreleases/2005/200520_e.htm), the first of its kind in North America. This project will apparently provide up to 90% of the heating costs of a community of about 52 homes and will serve as an example of just what can be… Read more »

Women You Should Know – Patricia Blondal

Patricia Blondal (1926-1959) Patricia Blondal was born in Souris, Manitoba. After graduating from the University of Manitoba, she became a broadcaster in Winnipeg. As an aspiring writer, Patricia had the good fortune of being a classmate of another famous Canadian writer – Margaret Laurence. After traveling throughout Canada and England, Patricia met and married Harold… Read more »

From Where I Sit – What Not to Wear

Have you seen an episode of TLC’s new one-hour program called “What Not to Wear”? If not, you have no idea what you’re missing. Here’s the premise. Someone committing serial fashion faux pas is secretly reported to the show. With the clandestine help of friends(?) and family, this poor schnook is secretly videotaped for two… Read more »

Lost & Found – Ode to a Loudmouth

My dear friend Linda, whom I have known for twenty or so years, is one of life’s truly free spirits. She’s the sort of person who will spontaneously show up at your place at ten o’clock on a Friday night with a bottle of wine tucked under her arm and a large pepperoni pizza. A… Read more »

I Hate Pretentious People

I was sitting listening to Mahler last night, sipping an amusing little French wine, and thinking about the embarrassing pretentiousness of some people. Of course, I’m referring to the sort of phony pseudo-intellectuals who continually about blathering on about Strindberg and Noam Chomsky. Personally, I like to consider myself a man of the people, and… Read more »

Lamenting the loss of “I Am Canadian”

It’s been said that Canada’s suffered three invasions throughout her history: French, British, and the cultural one by our neighbours to the south. The first two shaped us as a physical nation, the third is interfering with one of the largest problems we, as a people, have ever faced: our search for a national identity…. Read more »

From My Perspective – Living Death

Over the last few weeks, American news media has been intensely preoccupied with the case of Terri Schiavo, a topic that has touched many and prompted vigorous and acrimonious debate. Her life and death struggle has sparked important dialogue in many homes, including my own. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult her life has… Read more »

Lobbying for Canadian Sovereignty

The Council of Canadians (COC) is calling for donations and the support of Canadians again, and this time the issue is sovereignty over Canadian water. Centered in Ottawa since 1985, the COC is a non-partisan organization concerned with presenting national issues to the citizens of Canada. In the recent past, the COC has successfully lobbied… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Canada’s Best Paid Professor

This column focuses on a wide range of issues affecting post-secondary students. Students are encouraged to submit suggestions and educational topics they are concerned about, or personal experiences with courses or university situations they feel other students should know about. If suggest a topic or a course alert for taking notes, contact djabbour@ausu.org CANADA’S BEST… Read more »

Conference Connections

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER iCORE (Informatics Circle of Research Excellence) Summit – Aug. 2005 -Banff. The second annual iCORE Banff Informatics Summit will bring together leading information and communications technology (ICT) researchers for three days. The field of informatics encompasses computer science, electrical and computer engineering, physics and mathematics. (403) 210-5335. http://www.icore.ca/. Sheldon Chumir… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

GARFIELD WESTON MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGES (GWMSC) ENTRANCE AWARDS Value: National awards at $8,000; Regional awards at $4,000; Provincial awards at $2,500 Number of Awards: 70 Application Deadline: April 15 Description: For Canadian citizens or permanent residents, in final year of high school or an adult in the workforce who has been out of school… Read more »

Searching For Internships

RAWK GIRL Staff Writer Job Location: Anywhere, MA, United States Job Description: Rawk Girl needs talented, young music writers to contribute to our articles database and newsletter. Staff writers are people who can be regularly counted on to contribute articles to us including, but not limited to, women in rock profiles, interviews, CD and event… Read more »

Response to The Good Life, v13 i13

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. RE: The Good Life, v13 i13 While Ms. Behrens makes some good points, I’d have to argue with her choice of Nick Tosches as an authority on the art of wine tasting. She… Read more »

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