Vol. 21 Iss. 12

Volume 21 Issue 12 - 04/05/2013


When the government of Alberta rolled out its new budget with significant funding cuts to the post-secondary education sector?we all knew there would be long-term consequences to education as a whole. What we might not have expected was to start seeing those consequences so soon. On the heels of the budget comes Athabasca University’s announcement… 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 »

Write Stuff – Deception

By now, we’re used to the scandalous (but fairly routine) ways that public figures fall off their pedestals: drugs, affairs, bribery. But the latest wave of deception involves some of the least likely folks, including the respected primatologist Jane Goodall. From job applications to best-selling books, plagiarism’s becoming a popular way to ruin a career…. Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Chicken with Plums

Film: Chicken with Plums Directors: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Jamel Debbouze, Goshifteh Farahani, Edouard Baer, Chiara Mastroianni, Isabella Rossellini, Eric Caravaca, Maria De Medeiros ?For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.? Theodor Adorno The Tragic Waltz of Art and Homeland Faranguisse is talking… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not That Good

In the hours leading up to my departure to Edmonton for next-day surgery, I found myself restless. Goodness knows there were lots of things I could or should have been doing to make my post-surgery life easier. I could have been preparing for the bizarre diet I’ll need to follow post-surgery. During the pre-admission clinic… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – Zoom

Rachid Taha, Zoom ?Birds scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth, but sadly we don’t speak bird.? Kurt Cobain Arab Exile Punk Any fresh work from Rachid Taha is newsworthy. Reports of his lapses into drug and alcohol abuse have… 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 »

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 »

Click of the Wrist – I Can’t Believe They’re Selling That

Cue the disappointed sighs: Scope’s much-hyped bacon mouthwash was just a drawn-out April Fool’s prank. But can you blame us for believing? The meaty mouthwash would have joined an illustrious list of products that probably should never have been marketed: HuffPost Top 15 What are the 15 ?stupidest products of all time?? The spray-on hair… Read more »