Vol. 18 Iss. 34

Volume 18 Issue 34 - 08/27/2010

Diet for a Healthy Planet

Sustained triple-digit temperatures, no rain, and the resulting death of my azaleas and tomato plants have led me to appreciate water a little more this summer. That’s why, when I came across National Geographic‘s Water Footprint Calculator, I was intrigued. I’d had to break out the sprinkler system to keep my lawn alive, so I… Read more »

AUSU Update – Convocation 2010; AUSU Executive Election

Convocation 2010 AUSU wishes to congratulate this year’s graduates, whether attending Convocation in person or by distance. We wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits. You are an inspiration to all AU students! AUSU Executive Election AUSU has recently held its internal election for the Executive. We wish to congratulate Barbara Rielly… Read more »

Write Stuff – Pages and Patrons

Mention product placement and most book lovers start muttering like Shakespeare’s witches, mumbling ominously about the pricking of their thumbs. Rapid changes in technology have only heightened fears about those sly commercial cameos slipping into the plot. After all, how much simpler could it be than to tweak new versions of an e-book and put… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not Right

On Monday, according to our handy-dandy La Crosse electronic home weather station, the temperature was five degrees Celsius with the wind chill. FIVE degrees on August 23. It was a cloudy, miserable day. In the Big Sky Country of Alberta, where we’re used to sparkly blue, often cloudless skies, dark, dreary days are especially hard… Read more »

Health Matters – Exploring the Chia Seed

?Dear Dr. Katie, What are chia seeds? I saw someone purchasing them, and I was intrigued.? John Dear John, Good question! Chia seeds, or salba seeds, are small, brown- and grey-coloured seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica. Originally a staple food of the Aztecs, their popularity spread to both Central and South America, and now… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Mark Duggan

Mark Duggan is a Toronto-based composer and percussionist. A veteran of such notable groups as NEXUS and Vuja dé, Mark actively promotes the work of contemporary and world composers. Last winter, Wanda Waterman St. Louis had the privilege of hearing him perform Jeff Reilly‘s Internal Combustion with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. Just before the… Read more »

Did You Know? – Student ID Cards

Choosing to learn by distance doesn’t mean you have to give up the opportunity to get student discounts at the movies, the bookstore, or the train station. According to the Student Calendar, every ?active Athabasca University student? is eligible to request a photo student identification card. To apply, you need to mail or fax the… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Katrina

Sunday marks the five-year anniversary of the Louisiana landfall of the infamous Hurricane Katrina, which hurtled through the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 5 storm, the most intense classification. Katrina caused devastating damage in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, and its effects are still being felt today. This week’s links look back… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Driving in Cars with Cannabis – Around the World: Mini-Moon

At Home: Driving in Cars with Cannabis Hemp?the plant family That’s the source of marijuana?is manufactured into many other products, including food and clothing. But recently, several Canadian companies, university students, and the province of Alberta have been collaborating on an entirely different use: an electric automobile whose structure is composed of the plant fibres…. Read more »

Green Light – News, Tips, and Tricks for a Healthy Planet

Vegetarian, schmegetarian?what am I going to serve for dinner? Good news: there are countless easy recipes that allow you to avoid meat and still enjoy a satisfying and delicious meal. The Internet is, of course, a goldmine of suggestions for vegetarian and vegan cuisine. There are some good finds on the Vegetarian Times‘s website (the… Read more »