Vol. 19 Iss. 36

Volume 19 Issue 36 - 09/23/2011

Out of the Box – The Facebook Phenomenon of the Super-Like

It’s a humorous reflection on culture when changes online?the place where we might expect ceaseless change anyways?become a cultural meme of their own. I’m referring, of course, to the much-hyped and much-maligned Facebook layout changes. The newest set just rolled out this week. It starts out with a new look for the news feed or… Read more »

AUSU Update – September 2011

Update on AUSU awards program AUSU has long had a student awards program to recognize outstanding students and assist those in need. Over the course of the last couple years, though, we’ve sought to revamp and revise our awards portfolio to improve existing awards and add new ones! We now have a wide array of… Read more »

Write Stuff – If It’s Good Enough for Harper Lee . . .

In some pursuits, quality and speed go together. Like winning Olympic gold on the 1000-metre short track?or taking the Triple Crown. But in other endeavours, like writing, speed often works against quality. So It’s a surprise to find this recent advice from a literary type himself, a New York Times book critic: if You’re not… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Happily Ever After

Once upon a time (okay, 2009) in a land far away (Andrew, Alberta) a not-so-young would-be author sat down in her parlour and began writing a book. She had long harboured the desire to be published. And over the years she had, in various small ways, secured a byline and publishing credits. Putting quill to… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Incendies

Film: Incendies (Sony Pictures Classics 2011) Director: Denis Villeneuve Source: Based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard I Have Nothing to Say You simply have to see this film; there’s no way to adequately communicate its splendour to you. But while I have you here, I… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Alysha Brillinger, Part I

As a child, Canadian singer-songwriter Alysha Brillinger enjoyed a creative freedom that encouraged a prodigious musical talent. With two parents who loved music and three sisters who could be recruited as singers and dancers in living room productions, Alysha could expand on that talent: by the age of eight she was arranging three-part harmonies and… Read more »

Did You Know? – Access to Students with Disabilities (ASD)

Are you an Athabasca University student who’s struggling with an educational or physical challenge, physical or psychological condition, or permanent or temporary injury or illness That’s affecting your ability to complete your studies? You may be eligible for special support services from AU’s ASD. Based on the Learning Assistance Centres or Offices of Service to… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – 99 Days

Today is the first day of fall. But just in case that didn’t tip you off that the end of the year is nearing, now’s the time to start the countdown: there are just 99 days left of 2011. The number 99 may figure prominently in music (including 80s protest song ?99 Luftballons? and countdown… Read more »