Vol. 22 Iss. 02

Volume 22 Issue 2 - 01/10/2014

Resolving to Abolish – New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re going to make only one resolution for 2014, resolve to make no New Year’s resolutions. Often they don’t work, they’re soon broken, and then the whole year is shot. There is a better way. The beginning of the year holds some special enchantment for resolutions, but it’s artificial. The first of the year… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – I Resolve

There’s something about writing that speaks to the essence of the human person. Or else perhaps It’s the desire to create a tangible legacy, a readable witness to our goals, dreams, and aspirations. Or maybe It’s as simple as keeping ourselves accountable. Whatever the reason, last week New Year’s revellers picked up pen and paper?or… Read more »

Primal Numbers – In Praise of Science

Here, just inside the threshold of 2014, it might seem like we’ve arrived in the sci-fi future at last. Digital devices rule and the first Mars One mission is only four years away. But the truth is that, even in the 21st century, science still faces an uphill battle against fear and superstition?and we’re not… Read more »

Dear Barb

Dear Barb: I have a dilemma! My best friend John and I have been best buddies since grade school. Recently John and his girlfriend, Melissa, moved in together. At that time, I was attending university close to where they lived and was anxious to get out of my parent’s home. Therefore John and Melissa suggested… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Ten Favourite Podcasts

We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say. Zeno of Citium, as quoted by Diogenes LaĆ«rtius True, the Mindful Bard is normally about books, music, and film, but once in a while we’re compelled to branch out into other formats, especially in the digital age when websites, film… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed

Album: I Am In Need of Music Artist: Suzie LeBlanc I am in need of music that would flow Over my fretful, feeling fingertips, Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips, With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow. Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low, Of some song sung to rest the tired dead, A song to… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Top Ten

You’ve got to love traditions whether they’re your own or someone else’s. I know some people (okay, It’s us) who order KFC for Christmas Eve supper while others order Chinese takeout. Some people don’t think New Year’s Eve is complete without cracking open a bottle of champagne or watching the ball drop in Time Square…. Read more »

Editorial – Re-Solved

Welcome back, I hope you all had either a restful or exciting holiday, as is your preference. The beginning of January always strikes me as a bit of a strange time. Having just ended the month previous with a holiday, we should feel somewhat rested when it’s time to return to work, but often it… Read more »

International News Desk

At Home: Ontario Helps out part-time Post-Secondary Students The Globe and Mail recently reporter on regulation changes for Ontario universities that should make it easier for students on financial assistance or taking classes part time. In particular, part-time students will be charged on a per-credit basis, rather than a flat tuition fee, and universities will… 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 »

Did You Know? – Online Course Catalog

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 »

Click of the Wrist

In February, the 2014 Winter Olympics are starting in Sochi Russia. Soon we’ll be hearing all we want to and more about this DVR filling extravaganza, but to get you up to speed before the games start, here are a few links that you should look into. The Official Site We’d be remiss if we… Read more »

E-texts and me

Hello, E-texts will impact me in one of two ways: 1) Result in what’s effectively a large tuition price increase (due to having to buy hard copy texts) 2) Contribute to an unhealthy learning environment (see below points) When I first realized that some of my hard copy textbooks included a free e-text version I… Read more »