Vol. 15 Iss. 30

Volume 15 Issue 30 - 08/17/2007

Ediorial – Blood Money

It’s a simple fact of enterprise that businesses–at least, for-profit ones–exist to do just that: make a profit. There are mark-ups, margins, and formulas galore, but the whole point is to sell a product or service and to make money doing it. But there are ways to make a buck–and then there are ways to… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Odds and Ends

Every so often the pile of newspaper clippings, scrawled Post-it notes, and column idea fragments simply need to be dealt with. Well, today’s the day. Please don’t get dizzy as I whip from personal stuff to other-side-of-the-world anomalies, from stuff that may help you to things that may amaze or amuse you. My husband was… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Coalition for Student Loan Fairness; AUSU Frappr – Show Us Where You Are!

Coalition for Student Loan Fairness AUSU is currently investigating the Coalition for Student Loan Fairness (CSLF) to determine if participation with this group would be advantageous to our members. The group, a grassroots movement of student loan borrowers from across Canada, supports fairness in the loans repayment process. The CSLF notes that Canadian students are… Read more »

Lost & Found – Rock, Paper, Scissors

As a child, his parents take him to visit a circle of enormous pagan stones standing in a silent field. Inspired by this, he practices transforming himself into rock. Stone, he reasons, is impervious to pain. A rock is not afraid of darkness or weather or time or death. One molecule at a time, he… Read more »

The Good Life – The Necessity of Contrasts

There are two particularly strong and pleasant memories I carry around with me from my childhood. One of them involves spending the day at the toboggan hill near our house in southern Alberta. We would set out early in the weekend morning, with our blue plastic sliders and clunky wooden sleds in tow. For hours… Read more »

Music To Eat Lunch To – Carole Pope – Transcend

Release date: 2005 Label: La Petit Morte Records Tracks: 10 Rating: 3 You might remember Carole Pope as the gutsy lyricist from Rough Trade, a band that captivated Canadians in the 1980s. She’s fiercely feminist, an outspoken lesbian, and with this expedition into solo territory her music has taken on an even stronger vibe reflective… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Michael Jacoby Brown ? Building Powerful Community Organizations

Michael Jacoby Brown ? Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World Publication date: 2006 Publisher: Long Haul Press, Arlington, MA While watching a samurai movie one night, I noted the single-mindedness with which the samurai developed the knowledge and skills necessary to uphold the… Read more »

AU Profiles – Ryan Nabozniak

STUDENT: Ryan Nabozniak In this week’s profile, we chat with Ryan Nabozniak, a computer science student who has nearly finished his degree. During his time as an Athabasca student, Ryan has seen many ups and downs, but has stuck to his goals. He weighs in on the importance of networking, discusses some of the unique… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Quebec prisoners forced to give up smoking – In Foreign News: India celebrates 60 years of independence and a new presence in the world

At Home: Quebec prisoners forced to give up smoking Next year, Quebec will be enforcing its new anti-smoking law in its jails, a law that applies not only to inmates but to prison guards as well. Real Russy of Quebec’s Public Security Department said that the move was aimed purely at creating a healthier environment… Read more »

Click On This – Technovate

Every time I think I’ve seen it all, somebody proves me absolutely wrong, sometimes dumbstruck, but mostly just amazed and delighted at the capacity of the human creature to innovate and create and cause me to think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” or even “I’m so glad I never thought of that.” Wall-Mountable Wireless… Read more »