Vol. 17 Iss. 12

Volume 17 Issue 12 - 03/27/2009

Fiction – Deus ex Machina

The doctor opens his file and reads the sperm count aloud with resounding indifference. Across the room, the stunned non-father staggers into a void; the first scattered thoughts he is able to gather involve his rather rudimentary understanding of science and mathematics. He does not hold a medical degree, but he is quite certain that… Read more »

On the Hill – Lest We Forget

As the Globe and Mail pointed out this week, Canadian taxpayers ?shelled out nearly $270,000? last July for the change-of-command ceremony that bid farewell to General Rick Hillier, the country’s former chief of defence. Details of the expenses include $4,035 for a 21-gun salute, $23,101 for an aerial display by the Canadian Snowbirds, and $3,137… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – A Plague of Angels

So there’s this man who finds himself middle-aged, middle class, middle-of-the-road, living in the middle of Middle America. He knows his place, his way, his precise location, because he has GPS and satellite signals, and echolocation. He has route maps and instructions. He has a glowing box of dreams he keeps in the corner of… Read more »

From Where I Sit – My 100

For the longest time I believed adherence to the latest fashion dictum was just plain crazy. How could designer creations from the world’s big fashion houses, and modeled by size zero waif-like creatures, have anything to do with my real life in rural Alberta? I objected to an industry with a vested interest in telling… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family is the singer-songwriter husband-and-wife team comprising Rennie and Brett Sparks. Often referred to as ?the Gomez and Morticia Adams of country music,? their remarkable, highly original songs have been called alternative country, alternative folk, and Americana, among other things, but sound like a genre unto themselves. Their recently released ninth album, Honey… Read more »

AU Profiles – Debbie Hamilton

Student: Debbie Hamilton Debbie Hamilton’s life changed when she was widowed at the age of 39. The horticulturist-turned-sociology-major explains what led her to change career fields and return to school after her husband’s death. She also describes why planning is so crucial to her success, and what keeps her going when motivation is hard to… Read more »


If you didn’t make it to the AUSU AGM 2009, you missed a great chance to catch up on all the work your council’s been doing?as well as the opportunity to chat with councillors and ask questions about anything that might be on your mind. The Voice was there to bring you the highlights, and… Read more »

Education News – Profs split on ITunes U

U of M professors say podcasts are one-way, lack conversation WINNIPEG (CUP) ? Podcasts featuring university lectures are becoming increasingly popular through Apple’s ITunes U, but some University of Manitoba professors aren’t sold. Available at the ITunes store, prominent universities such as Stanford and MIT, museums, and other cultural organizations provide video and audio podcasts… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Man as Machine

It seems like just yesterday (well, okay, 81 years ago) that Buck Rogers first blasted off with a jetpack, but even that sci-fi adventurer would be amazed at how far we’ve integrated the roles of human and machine. So strap on your rocket belts and imagine how outdated these ideas will seem one day. USB… Read more »

Did You Know? – AU Library 2.0

If you still think libraries are dusty places with stern librarians, you might be surprised when you check out AU’s Library 2.0 Along with all the regular features of the library, they’ve added some great new tools to help you find exactly what You’re looking for. One popular feature is the LibX Toolbar?just follow the… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Bay Street and Aboriginal merger creates largest Canadian farming operation – In Foreign News: US House of Representatives expands wilderness protection

At Home: Bay Street and Aboriginal merger creates largest Canadian farming operation The launch of a vast one-million-acre farming operation was announced in Saskatoon on March 26 by a partnership once seen as unlikely: Bay Street investors and Aboriginal leaders. As the Globe and Mail reports, a group of chiefs from Alberta and Saskatchewan announced… Read more »