Vol. 16 Iss. 13

Volume 16 Issue 13 - 03/28/2008

Editorial – Picture Perfect

There’s a cultural dichotomy coming, arguably the first of its kind. It is unforeseen but quickly emerging, a direct result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the clash of pseudo-perfection and reality, and it is a change that will profoundly affect us all. As any sitcom, movie, commercial, or print ad will… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Another Chance

Erma Bombeck made a fortune writing about them. Sitcoms spoof them. Barrels of ink have been spilled and miles of film shot bringing them to page and screen. As individuals, we love ?em and sometimes even hate ?em. Sometimes simultaneously. And there’s nothing like a holiday get-together to bring those feelings to the fore. I’m… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Karen Armstrong, The Bible

Book: Karen Armstrong, The Bible Publication date: 2007 Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, NY ?What is Torah?? asked the Bavli. ?It is: the interpretation of Torah.? Karen Armstrong in The Bible In the 4th century a great rhetorician was sitting in his garden wrestling with the idea of Christianity. His Christian mother had been… Read more »

AU Profiles – Bethany Porter

STUDENT: Bethany Porter The Athabasca University Students’ Union has just elected its new council! The next series of profiles will highlight the new and returning councillors of the AUSU Student Council. In this week’s profile, we meet AUSU councillor Bethany Porter, an AU student who is also a stay-at-home mom. Bethany, who’s studying English, describes… Read more »

Milk-Crate Bandit – Zombie Techno Apocalypse

Like a stumbling, flesh-seeking reanimated corpse, zombie chic has chomped its way into our culture to the point of popular comedies like Fido and Shaun of the Dead making box-office millions. Most people would arguably be able to survive a zombie apocalypse based on knowledge they garnered from a movie or show, but what they… Read more »

Education News – The new face of Canada

The post-secondary education profile of new Canadians WINNIPEG (CUP) — Immigrants new to Canada are highly educated and prefer ?real-world? disciplines like engineering and business administration. They also differ greatly from native-born Canadians in their approaches to post-secondary education. Data pulled from the 2006 Census revealed that between 2001 and 2006, 700,000 immigrants came to… Read more »

Did You Know? – Software Savings

As a post-secondary student, you know that the cost of a software program can often add up to more than a couple of courses. So if You’re looking for great deals on the software that will make your essays and Venn diagrams shine, check out JourneyEd. They offer substantial discounts on programs from Microsoft, Adobe,… Read more »

Getting It ‘Write’ – AU’s Write Site

If You’re looking for a single place to find all the academic writing help you need, look no further. AU’s Write Site has it covered, from grammar quizzes to ESL support to feedback on individual assignments. Whether You’re trying to organize an essay or put the finishing touches on a project, there’s something for everyone… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Ontario economy in recession, says Tory – In Foreign News: Baghdad under curfew in crackdown on militia

At Home: Ontario economy in recession, says Tory There’s been a lot of speculation lately about how the U.S. mortgage crisis will affect the Canadian economy, but at least one politician believes we’ve got a homegrown recession of our own. According to John Tory, leader of the Progressive Conservatives, Ontario is already in a recession… Read more »

Click On This – Speak and Ye Shall Find

We do it every day, make it with our hands every day, do it with thousands of people throughout our lifetimes, and it is one of the most powerful things you can do with your mouth, yet it is possibly the one true gift of being human that we think the least about: talking, using… Read more »