Vol. 16 Iss. 41

Volume 16 Issue 41 - 10/24/2008

This World – Across the Continent in 22 Days, Part IV

Part IV: Edmonton, Alberta to Gardiner, Montana This is the fourth instalment in a series chronicling the adventures of the author; her husband, Adam; and two-year-old daughter, Kiersten, as they travelled by car from Alaska to Louisiana in summer 2008. Day 11: Edmonton, Alberta to Calgary, Alberta Since today’s drive is only three hours, we… Read more »

On the Hill – Surprise, Surprise

Just when we thought it was time for a reprieve from the foolishness of federal politics (at least until Parliament reconvenes), another gust of hot air blows our way. This time, It’s courtesy of former prime minister Jean Chrétien. Addressing an audience at the University of Western Ontario, where he was receiving an honorary degree,… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – October Street

To the untrained eye, there is a street, cleverly disguised, looking like any other quiet, suburban, tree-lined autumn street. Driving down it at night, you would see the usual sorts of things. Brightly lit windows filled with images of cut glass vases, watchful cats, families gathered around a dining table. You would see respectable homeowners… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Book: Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog Publisher: Europa Editions, New York, 2008 English translation by Alison Anderson An Enchanting Postmodern Fairy Tale ?Now it happened that one day the three princes went out hunting in a large forest at some distance from their father’s palace, and the youngest prince lost his way, so… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Cold Cases

Each night this week, CTV Edmonton is airing a special assignment by David Ewasuk on some of Edmonton’s unsolved murders. We’ve all seen episodes of Cold Case and other prime-time dramas that show fictional detectives reopening murder cases that have gone cold. Inevitably there’s a grizzled old cop who’s spent the last 10 or 20… Read more »

The 2008 Voice Writing Contest!

Write for The Voice and win money for your education! The Voice is launching its 2008 writing contest, with categories for both fiction and non-fiction. We’ve got over $1,000 in prizes to give away: one winner in each category will receive a scholarship of one Athabasca University undergraduate course. Please read the contest rules and… Read more »

Invasion of the Pod Parents!

I’ve been chasing my kids around the indoor playground for close to an hour now. They scream with glee as I mutate into some hideous half-dad/half-alien beast, uttering sinister, monotone, Martian clichés. Needless to say, I affect the obligatory hunch and limp so as to afford them ample time to flee in terror. In my… Read more »

The Learning Curve – Dear Journal

Writing in a paper journal throughout your university years can quickly become a hobby. It has many benefits, but It’s often difficult to keep a journal because many AU students don’t have the time write in one on a regular basis. The lack of time might be caused by heavy course loads or many family… Read more »

AU Profiles – Heather Jirousek

STUDENT: Heather Jirousek To quote cartoonist Charles Schultz, ?All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.? Recent AU graduate and Yukon resident Heather Jirousek might agree. Heather, who graduated with a BPA in government law and management this past spring, credits chocolate as a motivating factor: ?As long as… Read more »

Education News – Cracking the crunch: What the U.S. financial crisis means for students

OTTAWA (CUP) ? Billionaire investor Warren Buffet has called the current financial crisis gripping the global economy a ?financial Pearl Harbor,? and former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has described it as a ?once-in-a-century event.? But figuring out what exactly has happened and how it affects students at Canadian universities is, like the problem… Read more »

AU Press – AU Press Publication Nominated for International Prize

AU Press may only have been launched a mere five months ago, but this fledgling open-access press is already making its mark. Its first offering, The Importance of Being Monogamous by Sarah Carter, has been named to the long list for the Cundill International Prize in History. This prestigious international prize was established at McGill… Read more »

Did You Know? – Call for Nominations

Each year at convocation, AU presents the Honorary Doctorate and Order of Athabasca University awards, in recognition of those who (among other achievements) provide ?exceptional contributions to the enhancement of the Canadian culture or society,? as well as ?leadership and inspiration by being a role model to our graduates.? Does that sound like someone you… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Dinosaurs!

This week, it was announced that researchers had discovered a ?dinosaur dance floor? in Utah, a site packed with over a thousand prehistoric animal tracks. In honour of those 190-million-year-old party animals, here’s a look at the always fascinating world of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dinosaur Planet It’s only animation, but this very cool video of a… Read more »