Vol. 21 Iss. 46

Volume 21 Issue 46 - 12/06/2013

From Where I Sit – Laughter Can’t Hurt

In your day-to-day life do you deal with members of that ubiquitous group called Generation Y? You know the group: an enigma wrapped in a puzzle. Perhaps certain ones have driven you crazy and You’re not quite sure why. For the record, Gen Ys are defined as having been born between 1977 and 1995 and… Read more »

Shining a Light on Iqaluit

The darkness of December weighs heavily on me, like a smothering blanket. These last few weeks before the winter solstice seem especially gloomy, each day shorter than the last. I pray for snow to brighten the landscape. My only comfort is that I don’t live in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, where the sun is… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – You Can Quote Me On That, Part II

In The Writer’s Toolbox last week we looked at what happens when punctuation and quotation marks mix. Here’s a quick refresher: the general rule is that commas and periods go inside quotation marks, and colons, semicolons, ellipses, question marks, and exclamation points go outside quotation marks (except when they’re part of the original quote). That… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – A Painter of Feelings

Album: The Changing Lights Artist: Stacey Kent Vous êtes, chère Stacey Kent, une chanteuse de l?âme, un peintre des sentiments. Raconter une histoire, saisir une émotion, une humeur, l?exprimer au plus juste et la partager avec votre public, comme une confidence, voilà ce qui vous fait vibrer. French Minister Of Culture, Christine Alabanel, in her… Read more »

Editorial – Bad Deals

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employes (AUPE) are the support staff at Athabasca University. They’re the people who process your applications, your loan papers, your library requests, who answer the phones at the information desk and try to get your question to the right person?who is usually another member of the AUPE. They’re also the… Read more »

Voix du Maghreb

Aux mains qui tournent dans l?air Aux pieds noyés dans le sommeil de la mer Je te sens monter en moi Avec tes mystères qui crèvent les yeux Avec ta terre humide Qui m?a appris le langage de tes oliviers et de tes rades Je porte en toi La main de l?enfant Au trait du… Read more »

Did You Know?

With the arrival of online courses, from MOOCs to SPOCs to everything in between, the question becomes not if there’s a course for your particular interest, but rather where it is that you can find it. To help with that, the site Online College Courses has been created, providing a list of open college courses… Read more »

International News Desk

At Home: Lukaszuk out, Hancock back in. The Alberta Government changed its cabinet today, and of interest to those of us at AU is that the former minister of Advanced Education, Thomas Lukaszuk, has been moved to the new portfolio of “Jobs, Skills, Training, and Labour.” In his place, Global news reports that Dave Hancock… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Playing with the Future

This week, we have a couple of clicks that encourage you to use your brain while being entertained. Fort McMoney An interactive documentary experience where your choices “affect what happens to you and the other players.” Part documentary, part game, part educational experience, and part social experiment, Fort McMoney can make you think in ways… 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 »