Vol. 21 Iss. 15

Volume 21 Issue 15 - 04/26/2013

Editorial – What a Waste

What is the purpose of higher education? There are a million possible answers, but according to one controversial Guardian article, It’s crystal clear: Get a (good) job. The author focusses on Ivy League-educated women, but the take-home moral rings suspiciously universal. If you get a degree and don’t use it, you might be shirking. In… Read more »

From Where I Sit – No Better Place

Since late December I’ve been living and breathing everything, anything Ukrainian. I was challenged by our county’s Economic Development Manager to come up with a concept for a new event that the county could get behind and support. I put all my pysanky (eggs) in one basket and presented the idea of a two-day Ukrainian… 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 – Pop Go the Pages

Walk into any bookstore and you’ll find the books divided into two main sections. One for kids, one for adults. There’s some crossover, but in the main they’re firmly divided. And there’s one kind of book That’s especially pigeonholed: pop-up books for toddlers. But moveable books didn’t start out being kid-friendly?and they’ve got a racy… Read more »

The Mindful Bard

Album: North Sea Stories Artists: Irmelin (Eva Rune, Karin Ericsson Back, Maria Misgeld) Genre: Folk, World, A Cappella ?I’ve spent hours and hours doing research into Appalachian folk music. My grandfather was a fiddler. There is something very immediate, very simple and emotional, about that music.? Renee Fleming ?I mean, the genuine roots of culture… Read more »

In Conversation – Jay Nash, Part II

Jay Nash is a Vermont-based singer-songwriter whose latest album, Letters From the Lost, will be released May 14. He recently took the time to answer some of Wanda Waterman’s questions about learning music, new funding models, and why he needed to make his latest album in his home studio. You can read the first part… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Beauty Is Embarrassing

Film: Beauty is Embarrassing Director: Neil Berkeley Genre: Documentary ?When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.? Hunter S. Thompson How Bad Parenting Makes Good Artists Wayne White’s dad was a hometown hero in their small Chattanooga neighbourhood back in the ?70s ?loads of charm, a star athlete, and really popular. But he was… Read more »

Did You Know? – Student of Fortune

Have a question you need answered? Confused about that mathematical concept and need some one-on-one help? Lost, stuck, or unable to wait for formal help via your course tutor? Student of Fortune may have your answers?literally. The online service pairs up students and would-be tutors without a formalized arrangement like many tutoring organizations require. The… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Green Spaces

April’s all about the green?for Earth Day, that is. And yet despite our commitment to recycling, sustainability, and environmental preservation, a recent study suggests that fewer Canadians than ever are taking the opportunity to enjoy some of Canada’s wide-open green spaces. From national parks to protected forests, there’s green everywhere?if you know where to look…. Read more »