Vol. 22 Iss. 04

Volume 22 Issue 4 - 01/24/2014

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Discussion Forum

One of the most common internet experiences must be stumbling over one thing while looking for another. You begin with a very focused search, notice an intriguing menu item, and several clicks later you discover hidden internet treasure. That’s how I found the AU Students’ Union Discussion Forums. There’s no attempt to hide these forums…. Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – The Winner’s List

?The medium is the message,? Marshall McLuhan famously said, and there’s nowhere this is more true than in the job search market. In fact, job seekers experience the effects of the saying every time their resumes create a good impression?or are tossed on the rejection pile. When You’re putting together a resume, having good content… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Home, James

The next time You’re stuck in traffic, frustrated by gridlock, imagine this: the cars around you flowing smoothly?not a blocked intersection in sight?as you relax behind the wheel and sip your morning coffee. That little piece of auto heaven is closer than you think as driverless cars and self-guided delivery drones move closer to the… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Vivian Maier Mystery

Movie:The Vivian Maier Mystery Director: Jill Nichols If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. – William Blake In a time when photography has become so ubiquitous that cameras… Read more »

Dear Barb

Dear Barb: Hi, my husband and I have been married almost two years and I am already having trouble with my sister-in-law. My husband and I have been previously married and, unfortunately, our spouses passed away within six months of each other. We met while living in the same condo development while married to our… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Nerves, Wit & Serendipity

Depending on the destination, there are world-class museums and attractions to captivate the tourist. If you seek out a tourist information centre you’ll find lure cards, pamphlets, and coupons all vying for your attention and dollars. It will likely also list all the free activities. In the case of Palm Springs with its year-round hot… Read more »

Editorial – The Importance of Being Elected

I’ve been following the reaction to the claims by AU Graduate Students’ Association President, Amanda Nielsen, since I became aware of them in the Athabasca Advocate. I am not the only one who did not like being spoken for, especially with an opinion that was the complete opposite of my own. It seems I’m not… 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 »

Click of the Wrist – No More Procrastinating

You resolved that 2014 would be the year of no more procrastination?and though the first week went well, you’ve noticed bad habits creeping back in. But It’s not too late to get back on track. Take a few minutes to check out these links, and you might just rethink procrastination. It’s not time-wasting, It’s research!… Read more »

Did You Know?

Every other year, AUSU holds its election to determine who the members of the next student council will be. These positions are part time for regular council members, but three of the elected members will be chosen from within the group to serve as the executive, the president, vice-president external and vice-president finance & administration…. Read more »

International News Desk

At Home: Quebec Universities Stand Against Quebec Charter The establishment of a Quebec Charter of Values, which details what kind of religious imagery a person can display or wear in public institutions, has not come without controversy. The Montreal Gazette, for instance, is reporting on how universities such as Concordia are demanding to be exempted… Read more »