Vol. 21 Iss. 31

Volume 21 Issue 31 - 08/23/2013

Editorial – Behind the Mask

If you’ve been on social media at all in the last week, you’ve probably heard about a shocking letter received by the Ontario mom of a teen with autism. Briefly, the letter berated the parents for the child’s existence, suggested he had no place in a decent and ?normal? neighbourhood, and not-so-subtly recommended he be… 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 – You?ll See

Regular readers of FWIS will know that I’ve been preoccupied with a mammoth undertaking: coordinating a two-day festival that didn’t exist seven months ago. It’s been a journey and a rush; challenging but gratifying, maddening but worth persevering over. I’ve discovered new strengths and skill sets in myself and have come to love those people… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Magic Malik, TranzDenied

Album: Magic Malik, TranzDenied (to be released September 12, 2013) ?Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery. Thus was developed the conception of sound as something apart, different from and independent of life. The… Read more »

Did You Know? – Student ID Cards

AU Press discounts at the movies, bookstore, or train station! According to the AU Student Calendar, every ?active Athabasca University student? is eligible to request a photo student identification card. To apply, you need to complete the required form and submit a photo. Acceptable photos are ?taken by an Athabasca University staff member whenever possible.?… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Once in a Blue Moon

If you had clear skies this past week, you were treated to the stunning sight of a rare blue moon. But there’s more to this rare occurrence than meets the eye?or camera. These aspects of moon lore might have confused some, but they’re certainly entertaining: The Blues Popular understanding is that a blue moon is… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Shipping Route –

At Home: Shipping Route Sneaking over the border by swimming has happened before, but agents near the Sarnia, Ontario?Michigan border experienced something new when they captured a Canadian scuba diver trying to smuggle marijuana across the water from Canada into the US. As the Sun News Network reports, officials intercepted a ?frogman swimming across the… Read more »