Vol. 19 Iss. 17

Volume 19 Issue 17 - 05/06/2011

Editorial – Still Alive

Well, he’s dead. Or is he? US President Barack Obama’s Sunday announcement that security forces had located and eliminated longtime enemy Osama bin Laden met with a wide variety of responses. There were serious discussions of international security. There was political nastiness from both sides. There were, of course, a host of conspiracy theories. And… 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 »

From Where I Sit – Celebrate

Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day. What you do to honour your mother or what your kids do to honour you largely depends on where in life you are. Some mothers will get a macaroni necklace, a spindly green plant in a Styrofoam cup, and a wobbly handwritten, crayon-illustrated card. Most of us still have… Read more »

Write Stuff – Friday Finds

Not long ago, I compared the recent surge in self-publishing to the California Gold Rush. It’s exciting and, has loads of potential, but also involves wading through mountains of slush to strike pay dirt. So it’s well worth sharing when a glimmer of literary gold shines out of the morass, and Friday Finds will introduce… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – For Colored Girls

DVD: For Colored Girls (2010). Based on Ntozake Shange’s play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Director: Tyler Perry. Cast: Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington. Black Women Negotiating Social Justice for Women at Large Whoopi Goldberg plays… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Charge of the Light Brigade

Charge of the Light Brigade is a Toronto-based alternative band influenced by punk, rockabilly, 60s folk-rock, techno, and prog rock. It’s known for its thoughtful, evocative lyrics and has recently released a debut album, The Defiant Ones. A previous solo release by the group’s songwriter and guitarist, Luke Sneyd, included an early demo of his… Read more »

Health Matters – It’s Allergy Season!

Now that spring is finally here, many of us are feeling the familiar sensation of seasonal allergies creeping up on us. It’s unpleasant, annoying, and can even be debilitating. In this article, we’ll explore why allergies occur, and investigate some natural options for relief. What Are Allergies? A healthy immune systems is always in a… 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 »

Click of the Wrist – Flower, Bloom and Grow

April showers may bring May flowers, and the beautiful gardens of the world are bursting into bloom. But for the rest of us, nature has a floral paradise of its own: beautiful wildflowers are only a walk in the park away. This week’s links take us on a tour of the flora waiting for us… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: No Car, No Problem

At Home: No Car, No Problem No car? don’t worry: car-sharing services have been slowly and steadily increasing in popularity in cities around the world. And if you live in Montreal, Quebec, you may be able to borrow a car if a new initiative being proposed to the city takes off. As the CBC reports,… Read more »