Vol. 23 Iss. 07

Volume 23 Issue 7 - 02/13/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Rémi Straus is an AU student from Ontario who lives in the Kingston area. He’s taking a number of courses at AU in pursuit of his CPA designation. Rémi was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine about school, family, and philosophy. Describe the path that led you to AU. I’m basically near the end of… Read more »

Primal Numbers – The Great Warming Debate

From melting glaciers to scorching droughts, there’s no doubt the earth’s climate is changing. And if you follow the headlines and study the scientific models, It’s clear that global warming is responsible. Or is it? A closer look at the numbers raises some serious doubts?and questions about just how far some scientists will go to… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Get With the Program

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 part fifteen in the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program…. Read more »

The Study Dude – Writing for Dummies, Part III

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to realize that every little bit of effort accumulates exponentially over time and can, and likely will, position you for a life-changing opportunity. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Now We Know

We’ve been hearing about how much people enjoyed their cruise ship vacations. The destination or specific cruise line chosen didn’t seem to really matter. “You should try it, you’ll love it. Oh, yeah, we go every year.” Remember mom asking, “If all your friends were jumping off a bridge would you jump too?” Apparently the… Read more »

Dear Barb – Thanks for…

Dear Barb: I was involved in a relationship for five years. We had plans to marry but things didn’t work out. We have a three-year-old daughter, who is the love of my life. My ex and I share custody, but we don’t have a legal custody agreement. I thought everything was working out great until… Read more »

Music Review – “White Washed Walls”

Artist: Yes Nice Single: “White Washed Walls” Sometimes a song that is unusual and eclectic has a way of sticking with you. “White Washed Walls” is one such song. The various elements in the song combine to create music that seemingly shouldn’t sound good, but oddly enough it does. And what’s more, the song has… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Urban Fruit

Film: Urban Fruit Director: Roman Zenz Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Urban Farm Grow? “Hey farmer, farmer, Put away that DDT now. Give me spots on my apples, But leave me the birds and the bees? Please! don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got ?Til It’s gone?… Read more »

In Conversation with Adam Moore

“Allan Pinkerton . . . saw the way the police went about their work, and he didn’t like it, so he came up with a new methodology for solving crime. My writing partner Kevin Abrams and I are the same way. We looked at the way television was created and developed, and wanted to do… Read more »

Stress Without Deadlines

When I began my first course with Athabasca University I remember being very unsure about my first assignment. Pressing that send button (as it was an email submission) was very stressful! I moved forward and had my first Moodle submission, which made me press that dreaded button several times; “Submit”, “Are you sure?”, “Last chance!”… Read more »

Interview Skills for Every Day

Interviewing skills are not just for interviews. While we usually associate interviews with job-hunting and journalism, interviewing skills have their place in the everyday. When you’re the interviewer, you generally want to extract some information from the interviewee. There are many areas of life in which someone else possesses information you would like to know…. Read more »

Editorial – Unlucky Valentines

For some people, this Friday the thirteenth brings along some unpleasant feelings. Not because it’s supposedly bad luck so much as because it means tomorrow is the 14th of February and they’ve suddenly realized they’ve made no plans whatsoever for Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, I expect I’ll be making amends the rest of the… Read more »

International News Desk

At Home: York University Votes for Strike Contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants and research assistants are all included in the 80% of CUPE local 3903 that voted to go on strike at York University. Over 40% of the workforce cast ballots, which was the largest turn-out in ten years, reports the Canadian Labour Reporter…. Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Toronto Social Group forum, Hathim is looking for course suggestions to finish off the final 6 credits of his degree. And over in the British Columbia Social Group forum, Katie is hoping to connect with a ride from Prince George to Edmonton, February 16-18, in order to attend a chemistry… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Year of the Sheep

This coming Thursday marks the Lunar New Year, the kickoff day for Chinese New Year celebrations. But did you know that Chinese astrologers recognize two different new years based on two different calendars? That the Lunar New Year festival is 15 days long? Click through these links for more on the meaning behind the traditions… Read more »

Council Connection

There’s nothing like a debate to add a little spice to a council meeting. And one of the advantages of being a student observer is that I don’t have weigh in with my views (observers at regular AUSU council meetings have no standing and cannot speak to an issue even if they want to.) So,… Read more »

Did You Know? T2202A’s are in!

2014 TUITION, EDUCATION AND TEXTBOOK AMOUNTS CERTIFICATE Update from Athabasca University Financial Services? Athabasca University Financial Services is pleased to announce that the official 2014 Tuition, Education and Textbook Tax Credit Certificate (T2202A) forms will be available on-line by the end of February to all eligible students. The forms will not be mailed out and… Read more »