Vol. 17 Iss. 10

Volume 17 Issue 10 - 03/13/2009

Running the Grocery Marathon

In a poor economy, it seems that the only businesses doing well are those promoting survival in a poor economy. Everywhere I look, I see the same advice on how to lower your grocery bills: clip coupons, clip coupons, clip coupons. Here’s a twist: I’ve also got tips on how to save a lot on… Read more »

Editorial – Love Bytes

I love technology. I love the fact that MRI machines can provide astonishing images of the human body, helping physicians diagnose illnesses. I still marvel at the concept of air travel; as one comic puts it, ?sitting in a chair in the sky.? And when it comes to communication, hook me up to high-speed and… Read more »

From Where I Sit – My 25, Part I

Because I’m not a Facebook devotee I didn’t know they were encouraging people to write 25 random facts about themselves until I read about it in a piece in The National Post. Writer Gene Weingarten rose to the challenge and wrote 26. I say a resounding ditto to his number 19, about never stepping on… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – Some Good Things

There’s this great scene in Woody Allen’s film Manhattan where his character, Isaac, lists some of the things that, for him, make life worth living. He talks about Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, Flaubert, Louis Armstrong’s ?Potato Head Blues,? The Jupiter Symphony, and ?those incredible apples and pears by C├ęzanne.? Whenever I find myself bogged down… Read more »

Did You Know? – Join the Club

If You’re looking for ways to connect with your fellow AU students, AUSU Clubs and Social Groups are a perfect place to start. Club members ?interact through websites and discussion forums, while social groups meet in cities around the world and have forums to keep in touch.? Current clubs include AUGSS (AU Gay Students? Society),… Read more »

Education News – Athabasca U chair to focus on tech-savvy teaching

EDMONTON (CUP) ? In an age where technology dictates and influences every aspect of our lives, Athabasca University is moving forward with research dedicated to the creation of new technological teaching methods. A big part of that initiative includes the appointment of a new position: the iCORE/Xerox/Markin industrial research chair for adaptivity and personalization. Professor… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Tourist Trap

With prices on everything falling, it seems like there are incredible deals everywhere?including holidays. Along with packing the sunscreen and passports, smart travellers know it always pays to brush up on your destination, so here’s a look at the odder side of tourist life. 20 Stupid Questions Asked by Tourists It may seem obvious to… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Government-brand beer gets controversy brewing – In Foreign News: Casino fined for giving free chips to gambling addict

At Home: Government-brand beer gets controversy brewing In an effort to stop people from crossing the border to buy discount beer, the New Brunswick government has launched its own brand of suds. But the subsidized brew has many people upset, including ?local brewers and at least one Quebec business owner,? as the CBC reports. Selection… Read more »

From the Gallery

The AUSU council meeting on March 9 was a full one, so let’s get straight to the highlights. First, several policies were up for review as part of council’s regular activities, and they concerned everything from copyright to finances. Of note is a change to policy 4.02, Copyright, which has been expanded to include multimedia… Read more »