Vol. 21 Iss. 11

Volume 21 Issue 11 - 03/29/2013

Three Hours

Three hours. That’s the length of a feature film, with previews and enough time to load up on pre-movie snacks. That’s one evening, downtime I would have spent on dinner: cooking, eating, cleaning up afterward. That’s a few sitcoms and a bit of Facebooking. That’s enough time to learn how to save a life someday…. Read more »

Write Stuff – Please don’t Eat the Apostrophes

What’s that you say? Nobody cares about grammar and punctuation anymore? Maybe not on your street, but if you happen to wander down a leafy lane in certain UK towns, you’d better keep your wits about you. Another district council has officially banned the apostrophe on their street signs, and the move has plenty of… Read more »

AUSU Update

Dear Members, You may have recently seen information on the internet speculating about the future of Athabasca University. These reports suggest that the Alberta government may broker a merger between AU and University of Alberta, and that this may result in drastic changes to the services and programs offered to students AU students. We want… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not a Bad Legacy

If we are really, really lucky we get to grow old. We bitch and moan about the nuisance and inconvenience of aging, but when you consider the alternative, for most It’s a no-brainer. We have a front-row seat to the end stages of the process with Roy’s 95-year-old aunt. She is confused about her whereabouts… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Kumare

Film: KumarĂ© Director: Vikram Gandhi Genre: Documentary ?She’s a phony. But She’s a real phony. You know why? Because she honestly believes all this phony junk she believes in.? from Breakfast at Tiffany?s ?And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, ?May we know what this new teaching is which you are… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Wayne Shorter, Without a Net

Album: Wayne Shorter, Without a Net Artists: Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade Here’s to Weaving Your Own Net Robert Frost wrote, ?Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.? I adore Robert Frost and really don’t think he was… Read more »

Did You Know? – Online Learning

Need to brush up your skills or pursue an area of interest, but don’t want to take a formalized university course? As flexible learning becomes increasingly popular, more and more schools and organizations are offering online learning opportunities. Add two to the ever-growing list: Coursera and Udacity. Coursera ?partners with the top universities in the… Read more »

Mark Your Calendars: AUSU Annual General Meeting

AUSU will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 10, at 5:30 pm MST. The meeting is free and will be held via teleconference; all currently active undergraduate students may attend. If You’re interested in issues affecting AU students, you won’t want to miss the teleconference. The meeting will review AUSU’s financial statements for… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Eggstravaganza

This weekend, artistry will abound as countless adults and children decorate eggs in recognition of the Easter holiday. But decorative eggs are about more than a supermarket kit with shockingly bright colouring tablets. This week’s links take a look at some of the more egg-celent artwork out there, both created by nature and by people…. Read more »