Vol. 21 Iss. 27

Volume 21 Issue 27 - 07/26/2013

Editorial – Lost in Translation

During a recent trip to Montreal, I had the opportunity to brush up on my very, very rusty French. It’s amazing how quickly it all comes back even after some fifteen years of disuse. What’s also amazing, though, is the perspective gained from being away from a language for so long that you see it… 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 – First Words

Some of us hit the books early, thanks to Baby Einstein and Dr. Seuss. Others started a little later, hitting their stride with series like Goosebumps. But what about those who never learned to read, and still struggle with basics like the words on their cereal box?or even their own names? As these inspiring stories… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Reel Injun

Film: Reel Injun (National Film Board of Canada) Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes Cast: Starring Chris Eyre as himself, with interviews with Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, Russell Means Genre: Documentary (Watch the film online here.) Bury My Heart in the Hollywood Hills ?I remember once we were… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Adapt Graciously

For at least 40 years, I was a daily reader of the Edmonton Journal. It wasn’t part of a morning ritual with coffee and croissant, because we had to pick it up from a convenience store in Andrew. There’s no door-to-door delivery when you live in the boonies. Most days, reading it was the last… Read more »

In Conversation – Rachid Taha

The Luminous Inspiration of a Multicultural Milieu ?Since I started making music I’ve worked with some very interesting people, some in the field of techno-progressive music, yet all the while also listening to singers like Oum Kalthoum. I’ve also listened to a lot of intellectuals, writers, and painters who’ve helped me evolve. This has enriched… Read more »

Did You Know? – AU Press

Did you know that Athabasca University has its own scholarly press? AU Press has recently published its Fall 2013 catalogue of offerings, but many students don’t know about the Press, its offerings, and its mission. Like most university presses, AU Press publications are peer-reviewed; editors subject all submissions to heavy scrutiny and only publish ?scholarship… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Out, Damned Spot!

This weekend marks the anniversary of Macbeth’s legendary defeat by the Earl of Northumbria in 1054. The Earl, uncle to Malcolm, was trying to return Malcolm to the throne held by Macbeth ever since his defeat of Duncan in battle 14 years earlier. Confused? Truth is stranger than fiction, and Macbeth’s real story isn’t quite… Read more »