Vol. 22 Iss. 09

Volume 22 Issue 9 - 02/28/2014

Exam Invigilation – Going the Distance

Writing an exam can be stressful, and getting there is not half the fun. The last thing I want to worry about on the big exam day is the drive. When I prepared to write my first AU exam, I checked AU’s invigilation network list to find the closest site. The nearest approved invigilator was… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Adrian Sutherland of Midnight Shine

Midnight Shine is a new Ontario band grounded in classic rock and roots, and renowned for their energetic onstage persona and relevant lyrics. Their just-released self-titled debut disk was recorded at Toronto’s elite Noble Street Studios under the guidance of accomplished producer Douglas Romanow. Recently lead vocalist Adrian Sutherland took the time to answer Wanda… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – These Rules Were Made for Talking

?Grammar saves lives,? says one meme. Another admonishes, ?don’t be a psycho; use a comma!? Compare ?Let’s eat, Grandma!? to ?Let’s eat Grandma!? and you’ll have a laugh?and see how misplaced punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence. Aside from social media sharing, though, grammar and usage rules don’t generally elicit a happy response…. Read more »

Primal Numbers – Making the Genetic Grade

Do you have Neanderthals in your family tree? Are you at risk for certain kinds of cancer? These days, lots of people are getting answers to those questions and more by handing over samples of DNA. But there’s one type of genetic link that we’re still not keen to explore: intelligence. Now, one psychologist wants… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Taking Back My Space

The March 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine is themed around the topic of de-cluttering. From Oprah’s opening bit (“Here We Go!”) to the last page’s “What I Know for Sure” the message is clear. Freedom and clarity of purpose is yours if you get rid of the superfluous in your life. A six-page… Read more »

The Mindful Bard

Film:The Piano in the Sands(Le Piano Des Sables) Director: Arnaud Petitet Genre: Documentary ?I can assure you that there is a real beauty of the human being?there is sheer refinement. Man is really immeasurably big and beautiful, and he doesn’t always know it.? – Marc Vella Hey, let’s put a baby grand on the back… Read more »

Dear Barb

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been dating my boyfriend for six months. We get along great and I am in love with him. The problem is that he is still in touch with his ex-girlfriend on Facebook, plus he has her number in his cell, and I know he has called her a few times…. Read more »

Planning for Poland

I never really thought much about Poland until I met my husband, Stan. At that time I was just finishing my degree at AU. Stan was born in Poland, but his family came to Canada when he was three years old. He always hoped to return for a visit some day, and it was while… Read more »

Editorial – Testing, Testing!

Well, it’s over. The election is done, the referendum is done, and life returns back to as normal as it gets for the student union. You can find the results of both of these on the AUSU front page, or you can just skip down to the “Did You Know?” piece in this week’s The… 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?

Your new AUSU Council has been elected and now consists of three incumbants: Jason Nixon, Kim Newsome, and Evan Schmidt; and six new councilllors: Megan Daigneault, Alexander Poulton, Shawna Wasylyshyn, Corrina Green, and Bonita Arbeau. The Referendum for the proposed Student Health Care Plan passed with 95% approval. While only 288 students voted, the high… Read more »

Click of the Wrist

Tired of those desperately overblown headlines designed to get more clicks for Upworthy, Viralnova, and other purveyors of procrastination? This week’s links explain the trend, poke fun at it, and?best of all?show you how to keep the headlines from popping up in your feed. You won’t believe what happens next. One Weird Browser Extension That… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: Cheating as a Way of Life CBC is reporting that, with more and more universities, including AU, using various online services to catch plagiarized papers, some people are now making a living by being paid to provide customized papers to students. One writer says he produces essays for more than 100 students per… Read more »