Vol. 19 Iss. 08

Volume 19 Issue 8 - 02/25/2011

Editorial – De-friendly

We’ve all heard about toxic friendships?relationships in which one party is always taking, always dumping, always using the other. Where that other party is underappreciated, or even scorned or mocked. Or where one party is so consistently offensive or has such a negative attitude that it actually affects the life outlook of the other person… 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 – App Happy

In December, Roy and I got iPhone 4s. Even with the three-year TELUS contract, we had to pony up nearly $160 for each of the phones. Then we needed to add call display to the bundle of features. Next, we selected a car charger and protective cases to safeguard our fancy-schmancy bit of technology. Roy… Read more »

Write Stuff – Marginalia

The literary world has many divides, and backers of a given side can be ferocious in defending their views. E-books versus paper. Science fiction and horror versus literary journals. Usually I’m content to wander somewhere in the middle of the battlefield, seeing the pros and cons of both sides. But when it comes to marginalia?those… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Lebanon

Film: Lebanon (2010) Director/Screenwriter: Samuel Maoz Cast: Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Ashraf Barhom, Reymonde Amsellem, Michael Moshonov, Zohar Strauss, Yoav Donat, Dudu Tassa ?What is the modern? It’s no longer the primordial model; it’s the clash and the coexistence of two different models at the same moment. The modern says, ?I’m the master of my… Read more »

Course Exam – COMP 369: Practical Game Programming

Another brand new learning opportunity is being served up on the smorgasbord of AU courses: COMP 369, Practical Game Programming. If You’re a computer programmer, have interest in computer science, or just want to know a little more about how your favourite computer games work, You’re in luck! This three-credit course opened in January 2011… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Stacey Kent, Part III

Stacey Kent is a multilingual jazz chanteuse with a large and zealous worldwide following. Her understated phrasing and deeply sensitive renderings of standards and original tunes have won her many accolades and enthusiastic reviews. Stacey began her musical career after completing a master’s degree in comparative literature. In 2010, after six bestselling albums, she released… Read more »

Did You Know? – MERLOT

Do studying and Merlot mix? They do if we’re talking about the web-based MERLOT, also known as Multimedia Educational Resource for Online Learning and Teaching, a ?continually growing Open Educational Resource (OER) of online teaching tools and support resources.? The free resource, a project of California State University, is a goldmine for those who want… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Look Before You Leap

In just a few days, we’ll have to flip our calendars from February to March. It’s no secret that February flies by too quickly, particularly in a non-leap year like 2011. But why is February so much shorter than the other months? And what’s the story behind leap year, anyway? This week’s links seek out… Read more »