Vol. 19 Iss. 03

Volume 19 Issue 3 - 01/21/2011

In Review – Nobody, Somebody, and Us: Mr. Nobody

What happens when what will someday happen exists parallel to what could have happened? When what didn’t happen is interspersed with what still could be? Existentially confused? Oddly enough, that can be a good thing. In Mr. Nobody, Belgian filmmaker Jaco van Dormael takes on heavy questions of existence, choice, and consequence, and weaves them… 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 – That’s Just Not Nice

Roy and I left January 3 for a week in the sun at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Our window of opportunity for a warm getaway was closing quickly because of his county responsibilities and a rapidly filling meeting schedule. For me, it was a case of now or never as my contract work on… Read more »

Write Stuff – Off the Charts

?Taste has no system and no proofs,? wrote Susan Sontag. She may have been right in theory, but the reality is that the system for controlling popular taste has been happily chugging along for decades now. Whether It’s major studios green-lighting film scripts or music execs choosing the next big thing, books, movies, and songs… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Winter’s Bone

DVD: Winter’s Bone (2010) Director: Debra Granik Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey The Sweet Dignity of Human Anguish ?In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, ?Make us your slaves, but feed us.?? Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov The… Read more »

Health Matters – Time for a Detox

It’s mid-January. Christmas is over, and so are the holidays. And although many of us are back at the work-and-school slog, our minds feel refreshed from our break time. But do our bodies feel the same? What are we missing? Traditional First Nations societies strongly believed in taking time to rejuvenate the body several times… Read more »


AUSU will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 2:30 pm MST (4:30 pm EST). The meeting will be held via teleconference; all currently active students may attend. Students living outside Canada may also dial in to the teleconference, but please inform AUSU in advance if you’ll be calling from an… Read more »

Did You Know? – Field Study Opportunity

Interested in ethno-cultural studies or biodiversity? Appreciate humanitarian efforts? Enjoy travelling? How about experiencing all three?and earning university credit? This May, AU students have the opportunity to participate in a ?unique field study opportunity? in Borneo. In addition to receiving field lectures, students will either ?participate in an ethno-ecological study with the Wehea Dayak? people… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Time for a Break

It’s only been a few weeks, but already the Christmas break seems very far in the past. Worn out by the January blues, blahs, and weather, we’re dreaming of another holiday. Good news: now’s the time to start planning the spring break trip you’ve been thinking about since the temperature first began plummeting last fall…. Read more »