Vol. 22 Iss. 03

Volume 22 Issue 3 - 01/17/2014

Health Matters – Weight Loss

We start off every new year with a bang: big resolutions, big plans for weight loss and healthy living, and big expectations for results. But when the results are slow to come, we can get frustrated and consider throwing in the towel. Is that where You’re at with your health-related resolutions? Has the scale refused… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Warding Off Confusion

Forward and backwards. Or is it backward and forwards? Sometimes these words can make you feel like You’re on a seesaw of uncertainty, and when you add correct versus colloquial usage and British and American preferences to the mix, the ride gets even dizzier. In this Writer’s Toolbox, I’ll try to clear up the confusion?so… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Skill in a Pill

Usually, the term “baby brain” refers to the time when a pregnant woman’s memory turns into a black hole?a frustrating void of lost car keys and missed appointments. But the brains of babies themselves are incredibly busy, with all circuits firing in an accelerated, highly adaptable learning mode that we lose around age seven. Now,… Read more »

Dear Barb

Dear Barb: I have been dating my boyfriend for two years. I am finding this relationship increasingly difficult. Part of me wants to end it, the other part of me wants it to work out. When we began dating Jay was sweet, charming, and attentive. After a few months he seemed to become controlling and… Read more »

From Where I Sit – The Reality of Routine

During the break between Christmas and New Year’s, I goofed off. Our long-awaited Boxing Day trip to our son’s cabin on the shore of Lesser Slave Lake was scuttled. On Christmas Eve, Roy felt sick, or at least, not well. He was lucky enough to slip into the walk-in clinic and find it deserted. A… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Illusions

Album: Illusions Artist: Ibrahim Maalouf Consécration de la classe du virtuose franco-libanais . . . synthèse du voyage intérieur et de l?élan vers les sommets du jazz. – So Jazz, Novembre 2012 From the first sweetly thoughtful tones of the title track, Illusions manages to express a complex range of concepts with a mountain of… Read more »

Editorial – Surprising Things I Think

This weeks’ “Did You Know?” article features some comments made in the Athabasca Advocate about AU moving to a call centre model. I was quite surprised when I read it, because, apparently, I view call centres as a positive step toward restructuring AU. At least, this is what the president of the Graduate Students’ Association,… Read more »

Sieze the Day – One Photo at a Time

When did I lose control of my life? It happened subtly. Perhaps it was the overwhelming busyness of life?work and family obligations coupled with ongoing education and volunteer commitments. Somewhere along the way, my life began to run me. Opportunities got deferred to some magic future time when I wouldn’t be so busy. That time… Read more »

Click of the Wrist

Late January can be depressing; It’s cold, It’s bleak, and there’s a whole lot of winter left. This makes it a great time to look back in history to January 18, 1778, when Captain Cook landed where we all wish we were right now: Hawaii. Let’s take a quick armchair vacation to the Rainbow State:… 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?

Recently in the Athabasca Advocate, the Graduate Students’ Union President, Amanda Nielsen, said that “students view the call centre as a positive step to restructure the university”. Already used in the business school, the call centre would eliminate any direct means of contact students have with tutors. Calls that require academic experts would have to… Read more »

International News Desk

At Home: Canada Hopes to Double International Students The federal government recently announced a plan to attempt to double the number of international students attending Canadian post-secondary institutions by 2022. The Globe and Mail reports that International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced the plan on January 13, and that this doubling would mean that Canada… Read more »