Vol. 19 Iss. 44

Volume 19 Issue 44 - 11/18/2011

Editorial – Why I Quit NaNoWriMo

Quitting has always gotten a bad rap, but often It’s undeserved. In fact, sometimes it takes undertaking a project or life change to figure out where you want to go?and then quitting the project to get there. Every November, I’ve felt the urge to join in the craziness that is NaNoWriMo. The phenomenon?National Novel Writing… Read more »

AUSU Update – October 21, 2011

AUSU congratulates new party leaders! AU students are spread all over Canada and the world, but AU’s funding comes from the Government of Alberta, so It’s important for us, as AU students, to remain aware of political issues in Alberta. Alberta’s political parties have recently undergone some transitions, as both the Progressive Conservative and Liberal… Read more »

Write Stuff – It Ain’t Your Cloud

Mick Jagger’s been shouting at me a lot lately. Not in person, and not even on my iPod. No, he’s been shouting in my head: ?Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!? It’s an echo of how some people feel about a growing trend in social networks these days?corporate ads and profiles in places like… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Making Time for Friends

In the last few days I’ve made a conscious effort to reach out to people. My MO included using email and Telus as conduits when in-person wasn’t possible. While I am quite content with my own company or with staying home with Roy, that lifestyle is perhaps not the healthiest?or the most fun. With a… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? – The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate

Book: Frances Fox Piven, Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate (The New Press 2011) A Necessary Defiance Last year Frances Fox Piven got a request from a student wanting to interview her for a term assignment, the subject of which was Piven’s book Challenging… Read more »

Course Exam – SPAN 330: Textual Analysis and Composition

AU’s Newest Spanish Course Takes a Unique Approach Athabasca University’s Centre for Language and Literature has launched a new Spanish course: Textual Analysis and Composition (SPAN 330). This three-credit humanities course requires SPAN 301 as its prerequisite, and is offered through individualized study, with an online component. How does SPAN 330 differ from AU’s other… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Zenith

Film: Zenith (2010) Written and supervised by Vladan Nikolic Directed by Anonymous Cast: Peter Scanavino, Jason Robards III, Ana Asensio, David Thornton, Al Nazemian ?Once something has reached its Zenith there always follows an inevitable decline, the sun proves this every day. This is what our society faces . . . This recession is the… Read more »

Did You Know? – Visual Thesaurus

If vocabulary and word issues have you in a creative rut, consider checking out the online Visual Thesaurus. The innovative site doesn’t simply list synonyms, but instead creates colour-coded word maps with synonyms, antonyms, and slight variations in meaning laid out spatially in an ?intuitive interface.? In conjunction with the visual thesaurus-dictionary, Visual Thesaurus also… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – William Tell

Some sources set November 18 as the anniversary of the day legendary archer William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head?way back in the 14th century. Yet historians are divided over dates, circumstances, and even whether the story is true. Click through these links for a closer look at the man and the myth…. Read more »