Vol. 16 Iss. 03

Volume 16 Issue 3 - 01/18/2008

Editorial – In the Year 2525

In 1969, when Zager and Evans’s song In the Year 2525 became a hit, the prospect of choosing our sons and daughters from the bottom of a long glass tube looked a long way off. Today, that sci-fi vision is reality?complete with complex debates about ethics versus experimentation. Yet for all the exciting breakthroughs and… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The J.D. Miner Interview, Part 2

J.D. Miner is a B.C.-based acoustic folk trio comprising singer-songwriters Darryl Klassen and Joel Klingler and bassist Joe Worst. Click here to read the Mindful Bard article on their CD, Ain’t No Ordinary Hillbilly. What personally brought you to the place where you could write about such serious subjects in such a lighthearted way? DARRYL… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Leaving a Legacy

The biggest distraction I face when I’m home alone is the TV. Most days It’s on for hours, providing background noise while I read, write, do paperwork, housework, or exercise. At its worst it splits my focus and makes everything else take longer. At its best it provides me with information and inspiration for story… Read more »

Music To Eat Lunch To – Pleasure Shop: Fantastic Life

Release date: June 2007 Label: Hype Music Tracks: 10 Rating: 7 Pleasure Shop is an Ontario band that originally began its musical life playing the blues; front man Chris Chown says when he started singing and writing music he hadn’t even listened to the radio, just his mother’s blues records for inspiration. Eventually, Pleasure Shop… Read more »

Course Introduction – Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTR 210)

Athabasca University’s Centre for Science has expanded its Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics with a new introductory course on the subject. This course, titled Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTR 210), provides students with a ?general overview of everything in the universe, from a science student’s point of view,? says course coordinator and developer of AU’s Geophysical… Read more »

The Milk-Crate Bandit – Underground Roundup

Aesop Rock ? None Shall Pass Constantly defying hip hop convention has worked for Aesop in the past, with underground hits like Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, and this album doesn’t see him settling down. Between brilliant wordplay, totally original samples and beats, a gorgeous digipack illustrated by Jeremy Fish, and an array of… Read more »

AU Profiles – Katie Tippelt

STUDENT: Katie Tippelt This week, we introduce AU student Katie Tippelt, a single mom in her first year of Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations program. Katie, who lives about an hour east of Toronto, is enthusiastic about AU and the opportunity it provides for single parents. She explains why AU’s flexibility… Read more »

Around AU – New look for the AU website – coming soon!

Watch for a brand new look, coming to the Athabasca University website soon! AU is working with Yellow Pencil, an Edmonton company specializing in website construction. Yellow Pencil has been evaluating the existing content on the AU site to help develop ideas for a new look and feel. Their creative director has also been looking… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Canada’s aboriginal population has risen at an exceptional rate – In Foreign News: Austrian chimp cannot gain ‘person’ status

At Home: Canada’s aboriginal population has risen at an exceptional rate A recent report released by Statistics Canada shows that the total number of Aboriginal Canadians has reached the one million mark?an increase of 45 per cent over the last ten years. Comparatively speaking, this means that the native population (this includes people grouped under… Read more »

Click On This – Just Do It

It’s no secret that you can do just about anything online these days, but all that variety gets buried under itself. Here are a few things you might have missed. DaniDraws It’s not so much a do as it is a collection of how to. Drawing tutorials in text and video. Zoho A host of… Read more »