Vol. 16 Iss. 22

Volume 16 Issue 22 - 05/30/2008

Fiction – The End of the Affair

?Quit looking at me like that. I’m getting married. You’re supposed to be happy for me. Here, I’ll help you?say ?congratulations.? Come on, say it.? Phoebe sighed. ?Or don’t. Jimmy, give the man another drink before he faints on me.? ?You wanna know what I think?? Paul said, suddenly banging his drink down hard on… Read more »

Editorial – After a Fashion

You’ll just have to believe me when I say I’m no slave to fashion. The whole Sex and the City frenzy (The bags! The shoes!) is quite happily passing me by. Most days, jeans work just fine, thank you very much. However, when it is time to dress things up, I do appreciate great style;… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Packing for Pleasure

Several months ago, when we booked a week at a Manitoba resort for late May, we made some assumptions. I know what You’re thinking: Manitoba resort?who’s she kidding? Promotional materials promise hiking trails, water sports, golf, horseback riding, pools, on-site spa, and much more. we’ll see. We believed spring seeding would be done. And it… Read more »

Milk-Crate Bandit – Music is Better Than Cars

When Ontario introduced an additional character to license plates, the new system incorporated a random, four-letter sequence at the start of the plates. During the process of programming a machine to select the sequences of letters to be used, somebody surely saw fit to include a statute that, should any colourful language arise from a… Read more »

Careers – Consider a Career as a Pharmacist

Consider a Career as a Pharmacist What is Pharmacy? Pharmacists working in different settings mix and dispense prescribed medications and provide consultative services to patients and other health care professionals. Pharmacists may work as individual practitioners or as part of health teams that include physicians, nurses and rehabilitation professionals, social workers, and dieticians. Pharmacists are… Read more »

The Learning Curve – Planning for Adventure

I only receive 80 per cent of my pay. By choice! Let me give you some background. Three years ago I moved to Kenora, Ontario, when I accepted my new job as a Systems Administrator. As I got used to the fast pace of my new position, I also began getting used to the slower… Read more »

AU Profiles – Meghan Roberts

STUDENT: Meghan Roberts This week, we meet a first-year student who’s already presenting her historical research at symposiums. Meghan Roberts, a student in Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Arts program, tells what sparked her keen interest in history, particularly the Viking Age. She also describes some of her research, and explains how an undergraduate student can… 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 »

Click On This – Oddball

I’m a big fan of the odd, the strange, the bizarre, the weird, the kooky, the mad, and the just plain fun. Here, for your amusement, bemusement, and beguilement are odd things and others who can lead you to the strange things man dreams up and makes. WebUrbanist A master of finding what is cool,… Read more »

Did You Know? – AUSU Bulletin Board

Have something to sell? Looking for a new job, or maybe a volunteer opportunity? Want to connect with a Study Buddy for that new course you just enroled in? Then why not check out the AUSU Bulletin Board? If You’re an AU student, and have a valid login and username for the AUSU site, you… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Medical-marijuana user challenges smoking laws –

At Home: Medical-marijuana user challenges smoking laws An Ontario man who has a prescription to use medical marijuana has launched a lawsuit challenging the province’s smoking laws, claiming that restrictions on where he can light up violate his human rights. Russell Barth, an amateur comedian, has been diagnosed with several disorders, including asthma, fibromyalgia, and… Read more »