Vol. 18 Iss. 05

Volume 18 Issue 5 - 02/05/2010

Switching Operating Systems 101

I’m one of those people who bought a new computer a couple of years ago and found themselves immersed in the never-never land called Vista. I was quite excited to be at what was then considered the cutting edge of technology. That feeling lasted all of about 30 minutes. Then, Vista became vexing. I won’t… Read more »

AUSU Update – AUSU Election!

AUSU Election! It’s here! The Election for your 2010-2012 Council. AUSU is looking for interested individuals who believe they can speak for the students of AU. To be eligible, you need to have completed at least one course, and be currently enrolled in a course. Self-nominations will be accepted until February 15th. Voting starts on… Read more »

Around eCampus – Greg Wiens

Greg Wiens is a professional engineer and Director, Facilities and Services, for Athabasca University. He spent 12 years at the University of Alberta before joining AU in April of 2001, and works from AU Central in Athabasca. When asked what his position entails, Wiens explains that on a day-to-day basis it involves ?the management and… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Corin Raymond

Two Buoyant and Life-affirming Oeuvres Involving Corin Raymond CD: Corin Raymond, There Will Always Be a Small Time Release date: 2009 ?I went down to the record store the record store weren’t there no more and though I hate to see it go I guess that don’t really bother me I pay my bills and… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Use It or Lose It

We’ve all heard and used the expression ?Use it or lose it.? It’s become a cliché increasingly linked to the exploding numbers of baby boomers and the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease That’s expected to beset them/us. I remember my mom and her siblings taking shifts to help care for their father and ease the load… Read more »

Super Bowl XLIV Preview

After winning their respective conference championship games, the Saints are set to clash with the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Not since 1994 have the first- and second-ranked teams played in the championship game. Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Saints are the inspiring story of the NFL and the city of New… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Gordie Tentrees

Gordie Tentrees is a roots-influenced singer-songwriter with a penchant for gritty, feel-good hymns to love, restlessness, and the pure religion of the open road. His latest CD, Mercy or Sin, is a rich stew of poetry and blues minstrelsy (see Voice review here). Recently Gordie took the time to chat with Wanda Waterman St. Louis… Read more »

Did You Know? – The Postsecondary Page from Statistics Canada

If you need statistics on just about any aspect of postsecondary education, this Statistics Canada page is the place to find them. The info is divided into several sections: Postsecondary; Data, Research and Analysis; Support for Faculty; Support for Students; and Additional Publications. There’s a wealth of information here?everything from links to student awards to… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Handmade

These days, it seems like there are machines to do just about everything. Cook meals, animate movies, build cars. But that doesn’t mean the art of doing things the old-fashioned way?completely by hand?has disappeared. If you want proof, check out these sites. Pavement Art Sure, you can create all kinds of amazing effects with graphics… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Demand rises for Canadian-made shelters in Haiti – In Foreign News: More students using cell phones to cheat on SQA exams

At Home: Demand rises for Canadian-made shelters in Haiti When last year’s crisis hit the auto industry, the owners of Canadian company Ground Effects Ltd. had to shift gears to stay in business. They slowly began making modular shelters alongside the auto parts they’d been producing for nearly 25 years. As the CBC reports, the… Read more »