Vol. 16 Iss. 21

Volume 16 Issue 21 - 05/23/2008

Editorial – Dishing Some Dirt

People’s fears and insecurities are a goldmine for marketers. Not that this is news; even The Rolling Stones were lamenting the fact back in 1965, when that man on TV was telling Mick how white his shirts could be. But while the ?60s may have ushered in the Age of Aquarius, according to some psychologists… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Any Trick Will Do

I’m not sure where You’re reading this. If You’re in north-central Alberta It’s been a long, painful climb to spring-like conditions. It’s hard to believe my May Day tree will actually bloom in May, given that it doesn’t even have leaves at this writing. We had a surprise snow dump of about 10 inches a… Read more »

Milk-Crate Bandit – My Trip to Japan

Japan is one of those places where anything goes, like public parks inside skyscrapers, used-underwear vending machines, second careers for failed North American bands, and ganguro troupes haunting the streets. The unabashed open-mindedness of the music scene in Japan breeds jealousy in the minds of small-town dwellers and city folk alike on this side of… Read more »

Careers – Speech-Language Pathologist

Consider a Career as a Speech-Language Pathologist What is Speech-Language Pathology? Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) are health care professionals involved with the assessment and treatment of disorders related to language, speech, and hearing. Moreover, they have a pivotal and active role in cognitive communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. They may also be referred to as speech… Read more »

AU Profiles – Carmen Boudreau-Kiviaho

STUDENT: Carmen Boudreau-Kiviaho Athabasca students are scattered all over the world! Canadian-born Carmen Boudreau-Kiviaho, a Master of Arts?Integrated Studies (MAIS) student at AU, has lived in Finland for nearly the past 10 years. She explains why she chose to relocate to Finland, and how the MAIS, particularly in Canadian Studies, will give her an edge… Read more »

Did You Know? – Program Plans

Are you getting close to completing your degree and want to make sure you’ve covered all the requirements? Thinking of switching majors but not sure which courses will carry over? Or a new AU student trying to decide which program to enrol in? You can check out the requirements for all AU programs with the… Read more »

Click On This – Number Crunch

I’ll admit it, I’m a big sucker for numeric and math geekery. It’s not just for science nerds, y?see. There’s fun to it. Trust me on this. Mental Math Tricks You never know when multiplication tricks could come in handy. Number Gossip Everything you wanted to know about a number, but were afraid to ask…. Read more »

Around AU – New AU Research Centre Website

The new AU Research Centre website is up and running, and It’s the place to go for all the news about AU’s ?scholarly, research and creative activities.? As the site explains, AU’s 2006-2011 Strategic University Plan (SUP) ?commits Athabasca University to building new capacity as a research institution, and provides a framework for the development… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Canadian Geographic prints environment issue on wheat paper – In Foreign News: South Africa deploys troops to halt attacks on foreigners

At Home: Canadian Geographic prints environment issue on wheat paper In a first for a North American magazine, Canadian Geographic?s annual environment issue has been printed on paper made from wheat. The special issue has been printed using wheat straw?the part of wheat That’s left after the grain harvest. As the CBC reports, Canadian Geographic… Read more »