Vol. 22 Iss. 06

Volume 22 Issue 6 - 02/07/2014

In Conversation – Suzie LeBlanc, Part I

Soprano Suzie LeBlanc and violinist David Greenberg share a talent for using written music as a vocabulary for improvisation … Following the goings on with the ear, however, was, like LeBlanc’s voice, a pure and translucent delight. The audience reaction at the end of the concert rang the rafters. – Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald,… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Drone Photo Op

Drones are big news these days. The military spies with them, environmental agencies track floods with them, and a microbrewery got in trouble for delivering beer with them. And now there’s a personal drone in the works that you can control with your smart phone. But I’m not sure that the idea of personal drones… Read more »

From Where I Sit – No Small Feat

After an absence of about thirty years, we found ourselves heading back to the “happiest place on earth” during a recent vacation in southern California. As with many things, the impetus for a trip to Disneyland was a four-year-old grandson. It was déjà vu all over again. Our only previous trip was when Greg was… Read more »

Dear Barb

Dear Barb: I am a twenty-five year old guy who is sharing an apartment with two other guys. We are all in different stages of our university education. I am in my last year of my undergraduate degree. My roommates are both first year students and this is the first time either of them has… Read more »

Mindful Bard – The Unbearable Beauty of the Open, Hurting Heart

Book: Letter from Brooklyn Author: Jacob Scheier Genre: Poetry Publisher: ECW Press Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship?but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering. – Sylvia Plath I don’t normally like postmodern confessional free verse, but this tome caught my attention because of the sheer density of… Read more »

Learning from Lynda

If I had a personal motto, it would be “never turn down the opportunity to learn something new.” Learning opportunities are occasions for growth. Everything I learn expands my horizon and increases my potential. Balancing studies with work, family, and the myriad other commitments and activities that round out our lives, there is a risk… Read more »

Editorial – Refer & Um..

If you haven’t read it in the AUSU newsletter already, the new AUSU Health Care plan is starting to be rolled out to students. The details of the plan have been hammered out by AUSU and the plan developer Gallivan & Associates, but before it can be put into place, AUSU wants to make sure… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Modern Calm

Stressed out? Of course you are! But if It’s our hectic modern lifestyle that generates much of our stress, It’s also thanks to modern technology and knowledge that we can calm ourselves down. This week’s links examine some ways science and technology can help us reduce stress and increase our personal sense of peace. TechnoCalm… 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 »

International News Desk

At Home: Taxes for Tuition? Nova Scotians Agree In Nova Scotia, a poll from the Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Education Coalition show that nearly 71% of people making between $40,000 and $70,000 are willing to pay higher taxes if they knew it would go toward lowering tuition in Nova Scotia universities and colleges. With recent reports… Read more »

Did You Know?

During the Election, AUSU will be holding a vote to approve the implementation of a new Health Care Plan. This plan will cost $325 per year, however students can opt out of the plan before the fees are applied. Those who do not, however, will receive benefits of up to $500 in dental (including preventative… Read more »