Vol. 19 Iss. 48

Volume 19 Issue 48 - 12/16/2011

Students in the Jungle, Part II

(Read Part I of this two-part series here.) I have to keep on riding?what else can I do? In one village I stop for gas. Five elders and a few women are sitting under a thatched kitchen shelter on a bench made from the dried stems of palm branches. One of them is the Chairman… Read more »

AUSU Update

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 – All Things New (and Old)

?Tis the season for all things new: new-fallen snow, new mittens, and new books for the people on your holiday list. But in the midst of all that newness, you might want to treat yourself to something old: one of the incredibly rich archives of books, newspapers, and films to be discovered online. First up… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Explore Your Own Backyard

In the past few days, I’ve begun work on a 2012 tourism guide that covers part of east-central Alberta. My role is multi-faceted. First, I edit the information people submit about their communities. There are the basics, like population, location, and contact info, and additional categories for attractions, history, and outdoors. The guide covers a… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Trip

Film: The Trip (IFC Films 2010) Director: Michael Winterbottom Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon ?The moon doth with delight Look round her when the heavens are bare; Waters on a starry night Are beautiful and fair; The sunshine is a glorious birth; But yet I know, where’er I go, That there hath pass’d away a… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Vexations by Erik Satie

Album: Vexations by Erik Satie Artist: Justin Saragoza, piano ?An artist must regulate his life. Here is a time-table of my daily acts. I rise at 7.18; am inspired from 10.23 to 11.47. I lunch at 12.11 and leave the table at 12.14. A healthy ride on horse-back round my domain follows from 1.19 pm… 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 – Come Fly with Me

Travelling over the holidays? Whether you’ll be spending a week snuggling up at a ski lodge or sunning on the beach, chances are You’re dreading the crazy nightmare of air travel during the busiest season. Check out these links for tips for a smoother flight?or for entertainment should you experience an unwelcome delay. Smooth Sailing… Read more »