Vol. 23 Iss. 22

Volume 23 Issue 22 - 05/29/2015

Council Connection – AGM Survivors

It’s one thing to know?just know?that your trusted partner is cheating on you. It’s quite another to hear it from their own lips. The certain knowledge of betrayal?even though not a surprise?brings gut-wrenching dismay. That’s how I felt at the May 27 AUSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) when AUSU Council President Shawna Wasylyshyn confirmed that,… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – A Company Affair, Part I

What’s in a name? No, It’s not a rhetorical question?and it touches on something vital that writers need to remember when talking about companies, brands, and organizations. Corporate logos, business names, products, and brand taglines may look or sound simple, but they often have a complex history. In fact, frequently they represent huge investments of… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Training

My name is Philip Kirkbride. I’m a college graduate from Ontario studying at AU. I’ve always wanted to do an exchange program or study abroad but never found the right time to do so. This is the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program. In the last… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Discarded DNA

Do you ever think about the DNA you throw away? There’s actually a surprising amount of it. Stray hairs, discarded coffee cups, gum, leftovers from restaurant meals, cigarette butts, straws, Band-Aids. You might not think much about what happens to your discarded DNA, but some people do. And they’re putting it to surprising, and sometimes… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Awesome Sale

Except for a five-foot wide strip of ceiling needing a third coat of paint, our garage is largely done. Roy insisted the tongue and groove plywood sheathing the walls and ceiling of this thirty by forty-four foot building be covered with Tremclad paint. It is a durable but stinky alkyd paint. As I work in… Read more »

Dear Barb – Family Defects

Dear Barb: My fiancĂ© and I have been dating for three years and we are planning to marry next summer and have children right away. Unfortunately, quite a few of my finance’s family members have birth defects. For example, he has a sister who has down syndrome, a cousin who has cystic fibrosis, and two… Read more »

The Study Dude – Rhetorical Devices

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to learn how to argue with subtlety and tact. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make your learning easier. I’ll also give you straight and honest opinions and personal… Read more »

Music Review – Lipstick Debut Album (Special Edition)

Album: Lipstick Debut Album [Special Edition] Band: Lipstick It is rare to find a band that is fun, entertaining, unique, and true to its origins, but with the added bonus of playing face melting rock music. Like a legendary creature finally emerging from its egg after a hundred years, the raw sound of Lipstick will… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Leviathan

Film: Leviathan Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Writers: by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin “In this work at all times, the human spirit is shown as modified by its relation to force, as swept away, blinded, by the very force it imagined it could handle, as deformed by the weight of the force it submits to.” – Simone… Read more »

The Fit Student – Zero in on that One Thing

Studying demands we zone in on our priorities, whether that is getting A’s or living as the best parental model possible. With so many distractions in everyday living, our key priorities are often sidetracked, yielding a less than optimal outcome. And what about those New Year’s Resolutions we made this past January? How many resolutions,… Read more »

Contrails on a Hot Tin Roof

During a pause at my forestry job I gazed skyward and spied a jet with a pluming white contrail flowing out behind it. Against the deep azure backdrop, it had a transcendental quality. This made me think of a fellow I knew who was convinced that planes sprayed mind-control substances into the atmosphere whenever they… Read more »

Fake it Until you Make it

I watched a TED Talks video, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are by Amy Cuddy, which spoke about feeling like you don’t belong somewhere. When I started Athabasca University I did not know how I would fare. I didn’t feel like I belonged, or knew what I was doing. So, for some reason this… Read more »

Rachel! Rachel! Rachel!

The lawns, the sidewalks, the wading pools, even the trees on the Alberta Legislature Grounds were filled with people. Sunday, May 24th, 2015 marked the first change of government in Alberta in forty-four years, and the public turned out in droves to witness the first government swearing-in ceremony to which they had been very deliberately… Read more »

Editorial – A Larger Concern

Before you read this, you need to read Barb Lehtiniemi’s coverage of the AGM, otherwise this will make absolutely no sense. So go ahead. I’ll wait. So, as you read, in this AGM, students attempted to create and pass a couple of motions that were binding upon AUSU Council. However, they were informed that, according… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Playing Dress-Up

Think dressing up in superhero costumes is just for kids? Think again. With convention season winding down, adult costumers, known as cosplayers, are highlighting the year’s best?and starting to plan their transformations for the cons they’ll be attending this fall. This week’s links give a glimpse into the fascinating art of the world of cosplay…. Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Business and Administration course discussion forum, user “rebkud” is looking for advice on the assignments for ACCT 451. Other topics include the new NDP government’s education funding, curling, and a shout-out from Grande Prairie. AthaU Facebook Group Annie wants to know the proper APA citation style for a course-related DVD…. Read more »