Vol. 22 Iss. 07

Volume 22 Issue 7 - 02/14/2014

The Writer’s Toolbox – Dear Lover

Chocolates? Check. Sentimental card? Check. Personal note slipped into the card, under your partner’s pillow, or next to the coffeemaker? Uh?wait, what? The love letter has become a thing of the past, but romantic writing is nowhere near dead. In fact, no longer limited to Hallmark cards, romantic comedies, and Harlequin novels, romantic writing and… Read more »

In Conversation – Suzie LeBlanc, Part II

“LeBlanc has a superb ability to take the wonderfully pure sound she can make, over which she has consummate control, and wrap it in something luscious and special before giving it to you.” – Sydney Morning Herald Suzie Leblanc is an internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano. Her most recent project was the album I Am in… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Easy-peasy

When most people (except perhaps absent-minded husbands) hear the words February 14, like Pavlov’s dogs, they think of Valentine’s Day. The images conjured up include heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, bouquets of red roses, tiny jewel boxes and over-sized, over-priced, glittery greeting cards. How the guy reacts to these calls to action depends on where on… Read more »

Dear Barb:

Dear Barb: I am the youngest in a family of three girls. My father has recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Our growing up has been dysfunctional for the most part, as my father was physically and verbally abusive to me and my sisters. Fortunately, I have been able to make amends with my… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Marius the Giraffe

If there’s a headline sure to tug at heartstrings, It’s this one: Zoo Kills Young Giraffe, Feeds it to Lions. That’s the story of what happened to Marius, a healthy young male giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo. The zoo then invited visitors to watch as Marius was dissected and fed to the lions. Ready to… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – A Happy Anti-Valentine

Six Indie Tales of Love Deflected, Disappointed, and Enlightened I was trying to be good, really. I set out with the noble, if somewhat conventional goal, of finding a meaningful romantic film to recommend in my column, “The Mindful Bard”, for Valentine’s Day. I watched about ten minutes into five new romantic movies, most of… Read more »

Inspiration & Instruction

I once worked for a manager who encouraged her staff to learn one new thing every day. So strongly did she feel about this that she declared once we had learned something new we could go home early. None of us were ever brave enough to test her sincerity on that. We found it easier… Read more »

Health Matters – Preparing for Surgery Naturally

While natural medicine focuses on healing the body through non-invasive methods, sometimes surgery is unavoidable. What you can control, however, is how you treat your body before surgery. Enhancing your nutrition, mental health, and immunity can have significant implications for your post-op health, including quicker healing times, reduced bruising, and lowered risk of post-surgery complications…. Read more »

Editorial – Tradition Defied

Ever look into the origins of modern Valentine’s day? It’s kind of unusual in the cavalcade of misinformation and mistakes that were made which lead us to decide upon the notion of February 14th being the day to celebrate romantic love. To start with, there’s almost nothing known about an actual “Saint Valentine”. There were… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Have a Heart

For the romantic, Valentine’s Day is all hearts and flowers and declarations of love; for the cynical, It’s a Hallmark holiday and a waste of time and money; and for the lonely, It’s sad and depressing. This year, make your Valentine’s Day count by getting educated about real heart health and safety?you might be able… 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: Health Premiums vs. International Students The Montreal Gazette has a story out about how international students in Quebec are being forced to choose between continuing their education in Canada or not due to the high health premiums they are charged. Single coverage is currently $951/yr, an increase of over 60% since 2009. For… 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 »

Letters to the Editor – Even More Planner Love

My four year old daughter found one more thing to love in the AUSU planner that you missed. Each month, there’s a picture beside the space left for a task list. The new AUSU logo figures are hidden in almost every picture. (Almost. Pretty sure the center guy’s not in March, September, or November) My… Read more »