Vol. 19 Iss. 46

Volume 19 Issue 46 - 12/02/2011

Editorial – Wallet on a Diet, Part II

Holiday cravings settling in? Surf the web this season, and you’ll be overwhelmed with articles, blog posts, and Tweets full of tips and tricks to avoid growing your own Santa belly. Overindulging in treats isn’t the only seasonal pitfall we have to contend with. Yet It’s harder to find similar tips for avoiding a different,… 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 – Epics and Egos

Book covers can conceal lots of dark, fearsome things. Delve inside their pages and you might come across ogres or pirates or murderers. Rarer, but equally scary, lurks another literary danger: an author’s epic-sized ego. When this emerges into daylight, lawsuits and quarrels can wreak havoc?even on unsuspecting readers who’ve dared an unflattering review. So… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Walk in the Park

As I write this on Saturday afternoon, I am 1,110 words away from completing my first-ever National Novel Writing Month challenge. I wrote just shy of 2,500 words today. I’ve averaged over 1,800 words per day, which is above the 1,667 needed to finish in the full 30 days. I will over-write just to be… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Cuica Story

“Happy New Year! The Conjunto Roque Moreira wishes you peace, health, happiness, success, and we hope in 2011 we can go to Canada to show our work to this wonderful country . . . We have news! We begin to record our new CD in January. Cheers!? Anderson Almeida, drummer and vocalist for Conjunto Roque… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Slackers Beware – Around the World: Pass the Salt

At Home: Slackers Beware Mind drifting at work? Easily distracted? Slackers, beware! Your boss may be watching?with a high-tech device that seems tailor-made for futuristic fiction. As The Globe and Mail reports, ?Ontario nuclear plants are the first in their industry worldwide to test-drive a futuristic gizmo that measures employees? concentration by reading brain waves.?… Read more »

Did You Know? – AU Holiday Exam Procedures

If you have undergraduate courses ending December 31, 2011, you’ll want to note the University’s special holiday exam procedures?and order your final examinations as soon as possible. If your course contract date is December 31, you must submit your exam requests before the University closes for the holidays. Athabasca University will be closed from December… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Toy Story

LeapPads, singing dolls, and Lego Star Wars sets: these are just a few of this year’s top toys. How do they stack up against the most popular choices of the past? Click through this week’s links for the scoop on some other top toys. Simple Success Sure, ?simple toys? usually refers to traditional wooden toys… Read more »