Vol. 19 Iss. 16

Volume 19 Issue 16 - 04/29/2011

Editorial – Judge Me Tender

Ever felt like you were living a lie? Washington, US teen Gaby Rodriguez did it for six months during her senior year at her small-town high school. And while most people lie to fit in or to hide an embarrassing secret, the straight-A student turned the concept on its head. As Good Morning America reported,… 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 »

The Mindful Bard – It’s Kind of a Funny Story

DVD: It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Focus Features 2010) Genre: Drama, Comedy The Movie about America That America Just didn’t Get Craig is a suicidal teenager. He is crushed under absurdly unrealistic societal and familial expectations, and he isn’t even given the resources with which to meet them. Worst of all, he doesn’t yet… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Nine Things We Should All Know by Now

Many people invest years of blood, sweat, and tears and thousands of dollars into earning a degree, a diploma, or a certificate. In a credential-crazed world, That’s not just smart; It’s often a matter of survival. No one would dispute the long-term payoff in terms of earning potential, quality of life, personal satisfaction, and career… Read more »

Write Stuff – Silent Treatment

It takes a strong will—or a contrary nature—not to get caught up in the gloom and doom surrounding the written word these days. Libraries are closing, publishers are struggling, and major booksellers are shuttering their stores (though not before some employees get the last laugh). Still, as new forces sweep away the old, there’s one… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Amanda Martinez, Part II

Amanda Martinez is a Canadian singer-songwriter of jazz and Latin music. In 2010 she performed in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the FIFA Fan Fests during the World Cup celebrations. She recently released her second album, Amor, produced by George Seara (who also has worked with Holly Cole, Herbie Hancock, and Sting). Amor reached… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: North Poll

At Home: North Poll Think you know Canada’s North? If so, you may be in for a surprise. Although the North accounts for much of Canada’s geographical area, and although modern technology has bridged the distance and remoteness that previously cut it off from the rest of Canada, misconceptions abound among southern Canadians. As the… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Nessie

Nearly 80 years ago, legend came to life once more with the first modern ?sighting? of the Loch Ness Monster, colloquially known as ?Nessie.? Is the beast real? A centuries-old hoax? The product of our overactive imaginations (and our longing for a lost age)? Time will tell. In the meantime, these links offer a tour… Read more »

Did You Know? – Bilingual Chat

Learning a new language can be difficult, particularly if You’re in a distance learning setting or picking it up on your own. Even the best self-study programs lack the immersion aspect and the opportunity to casually converse in that language, thus practicing speaking and listening fluency. Bilingual Chat, a brand new initiative, is a social… Read more »