Vol. 22 Iss. 10

Volume 22 Issue 10 - 03/07/2014

Desk Essentials – Working in Cramped Quarters

What does the ideal home office look like? I imagine a single-purpose room, bathed in natural light and set up with ample, efficient desk space. Just the right amount of shelving and a place for everything. Can you hear the angels singing? The reality, for me and many other students, is a cramped desk area… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Getting Possessive, Part I

Yours. Mine. Ours. Whether You’re negotiating with a toddler in the kitchen or engaging in literary criticism at the coffee shop, chances are you use possessive nouns every day without giving them a second thought. Writing them down, though, can be a little more complicated. Over the next few installments of the Writer’s Toolbox we’ll… Read more »

Primal Numbers – A Step Too Far

Not so long ago, there was only one way for the average person to track how far they walked each day. It involved a pedometer, a pencil, and a notebook. Now, there are dozens of personal fitness apps that will record every moment of your fitness efforts, from sleep patterns to urine analysis. But as… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Unplug

In the coming days we all face a crucial decision: how to celebrate March 7th this year? A quick Google search gives us a few solid options. Carnivores may choose to celebrate National Crown Roast of Pork Day (yes, really) with homage to the other white meat. Corporate types may look for special events to… Read more »

Dear Barb:

Dear Barb: I lost my job recently, so decided I’d go back to school. I picked AU because I didn’t have to wait until September to begin my semester. Since I started, my sex life with my wife has dropped to like once every couple months or so. You’d think that with me being home… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Poetic Nonfiction in Iraqi Kurdistan

Book: Echo Gods and Silent Mountains Author: Patrick Woodcock Publisher: ECW Press ?From being mere labels for material objects, words gradually turn into magical charms. Out of a catalogue of material facts is developed–thanks to the efforts of forgotten primitive geniuses–all that we know today as ‘poetry’.? – Owen Barfield A guide leads the poet… Read more »

In Conversation – With Jacob Scheier, Part I

?Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.? – William Wordsworth Jacob Scheier writes essays, poetry, and journalism. His book More to Keep Us Warm won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry. He was born in Toronto because his parents, on returning from an activist mission in Palestine, were not… Read more »

Editorial – Priorities

On March 6th, Alberta released its 2013-2014 budget. In it, they were pleased to announce an operating surplus of 2.6 billion dollars. They are also taking on debt for capital expenditures to the tune of 5.1 billion dollars. A lot of people seem to have trouble reconciling those two facts. I don’t. If I get… Read more »

Did You Know?

Still waiting for Uberistic? Uberistic, a new web-based career and networking service, “combines the business networking tools of sites such as LinkedIn with all the features of an online employment centre.” Job-hunters can promote themselves with a 60-second video, search job postings, and get real-time updates on postings and employers Uberistic’s launch, planned for January… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Grammarmania

Happy National Grammar Day! Think grammatical fanaticism is only for stuffy editors and professors? Before you answer, be sure to check out this sampling of grammar-related humor. From noirish mystery to crazy comedy, these links show that grammatical humor is fun for everyone. Grammarnoir For the past few years, Baltimore Sun columnist John McIntyre has… 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 »

News Desk

At Home: The Hell is Wrong with You Guys?Among various venues, the CBC is reporting on a recent story where the president of the University of Ottawa’s student federation was threatened with a law-suit when she found out, and was going to reveal, comments made by other student leaders at the university of Ottawa suggesting… Read more »