Vol. 20 Iss. 08

Volume 20 Issue 8 - 02/24/2012

20 Years of News and Views – Chronicles of the Chronicles

As most readers are aware, during 2012 we’re celebrating 20 years of publication. What better way to celebrate our accomplishments than by learning a little of the backstory behind some of our long-running favourites? Last week marked the 200th strip of our resident comic, ?Chronicles of Cruiscin Lan.? This week the artist, Wanda Waterman (who… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Back to Real Life

After a two-week vacation in Palm Spring, re-entry into my real life hasn’t been easy. Though Alberta has had a very mild winter, there was still a 25-degree drop in temperature between the time we boarded the WestJet flight and when we landed just three hours later. There was mail to sift through, plants to… Read more »

AUSU Update – February 2012

ELECTIONS ARE HERE! Want to get involved with your fellow AU students? Gain valuable experience while still serving others? Then AUSU Council might be the place for you! AUSU holds elections every two years to fill nine positions on Council. These nine councillors later select from among themselves an executive group of three (President, VP… Read more »

Write Stuff – Freedom to Read

A lot of freedoms will arrive in the next few weeks. Freedom from scraping ice off our windshields. Freedom to bask in the spring sunshine and read. And an event called Freedom to Read Week, which might just be the most important one of all?because our literary freedoms aren’t as secure as we might think…. Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Mill and the Cross

Film: The Mill and the Cross (2011) Director: Lech Majewski Screenwriter: Michael Francis Gibson Cast: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling Genre: Art House, International ?He is the great miller of heaven, grinding out the bread of life.? Nicolaes Jonghelinck in The Mill and the Cross ?The Jews then responded to him, ?What sign can… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Gescha, Part I

Gescha is a young Canadian hip hop artist who has shared the stage with Tech9, Classified, and Sweatshop Union, among others. His single ?Love Pirates? made #8 on the Canadian singles sales charts the week it debuted. After years of struggling with a self-destructive lifestyle, Gescha now mentors youth in an attempt to prevent others… Read more »

Did You Know? – Project Gutenberg Canada

You’re probably aware of Project Gutenberg, an online resource which provides free access to literary works that have passed into the public domain. But did you know that there’s a Canadian equivalent, Project Gutenberg Canada? The mission of Project Gutenberg Canada is to make freely available Canadian-specific content that is in the public domain. In… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Job Failure

At Home: Job Failure There’s nothing more humiliating than attempting a crime, bungling it, and getting caught. For one wannabe criminal, his incompetence will earn him jail time?and has made him a laughingstock to criminals and law-abiding citizens alike. As The Calgary Sun reports, Darrell Snyder botched three robberies in 13 minutes and is now… 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, even in a leap year like 2012. 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 »