Vol. 17 Iss. 47

Volume 17 Issue 47 - 12/11/2009

Courage Brothers’ Polar Bear Dip – Water for Water

Boating, fishing, and swimming are just a few of the ways people rely on Lake Ontario’s 1,640 cubic kilometres of fresh water. But the lake plays another role?one that could mean the difference between life and death in a country halfway around the world. It’s home to the Courage Brothers? Polar Bear Dip, an event… Read more »

Dear Barb – Rekindling Christmas Spirit

Dear Barb: It’s almost Christmas and I just can’t get into the spirit. I can’t find anything good about Christmas to celebrate. Everybody spends too much money, eats too much food, and drinks too much alcohol. Every year somebody in my family gets mad because somebody didn’t visit them, but instead went to visit another… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Possibilities

In the space of three days I attended two prayer services. I suspect that among the hundreds of mourners many of us had similar thoughts as the priest officiated, the cantor sang, and the families mourned. I suspect we thought about our connection to these two men and the last time we saw them. We… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Cynthia Sayer, Part II

Cynthia Sayer is a New York-based jazz banjo phenomenon whose latest album, Attractions, on Plunk Records, was recently reviewed in The Voice. She recently took the time to talk with Wanda Waterman St. Louis about her influences, music as a career, and teaching via Skype. Influences I was deeply influenced by several artists. First and… Read more »

Student Service Awards – AUSU Recognizes Outstanding Contributions

AUSU’s Student Service Award is ?designed to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to their community,? including ?members who volunteer their time to AUSU, AU or to any other community or organization.? Three winners were recently chosen for this award: Tyler Nagle, Lorie Craig, and Sarah Beamish. All three were kind enough to discuss… Read more »

Did You Know? – Academic Earth

Sometimes, a different explanation is all it takes to make a difficult concept stick or bring a dry subject to life. If You’re looking for a little academic inspiration?or just love learning?you may want to check out Academic Earth. The site offers free video lectures from leading universities, including Berkeley, Princeton, MIT, Yale, and Harvard,… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Christmas Lights

Incandescent or LED, snowflakes or baubles, simple string or computerized display. The choice in Christmas lights is bigger than ever and it seems that everybody loves them. If you haven’t put yours up yet, you may find some inspiration in these sites. Cinderella Castle Christmas Lights If you enjoy Christmas lights but not the work… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Time (capsule) slips away in Prince Rupert – In Foreign News: Scottish secondary pupils absent three weeks a year

At Home: Time (capsule) slips away in Prince Rupert It seems that the one thing everybody’s short of these days is time. And in Prince Rupert, BC, even a time capsule has gone missing. Back on July 20, 1971, a metre-long capsule was ?buried and enclosed in cement.? The only problem is, no one bothered… Read more »