Vol. 26 Iss. 08

Volume 26, Issue 08 - 02/23/2018

Minds We Meet—Caribbean Bound

Cpl. Lisa Grandmaison balances working full time as a File Manager/Recruiting staff for the 36 Canadian Brigade Army Reserve Recruiting unit in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with studying toward her Bachelor of Business Management at AU and taking care of her one year old daughter Sophie.  Originally hailing from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, a… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

Frying things in the comfort of your own home, where you can smell the grease wafting through the air for days, if not weeks? Even if you’re fortunate enough to have an air-fryer, the taste of deep-fried deliciousness is simply not the same. I know. So what can AU students do to satisfy that intense… Read more »

The Fit Student—Jittery Paws & Black-Stained Jaws

Imagine life as a coffee addict dentist: jittery paws and black-stained jaws.  Or a stressed-out surgeon who sips coffee to unwind.  Slicing skin during anxiety attacks. In my younger days, I’d drink nonstop pots of coffee.  I spent more on caffeine than on my education.  And due to coffee-rushes, I’d lie awake bedtimes, fretting. But… Read more »

Course Exam—PHIL 252 (Critical Thinking)

PHIL 252 (Critical Thinking) is a three-credit introductory philosophy course that teaches students how to evaluate different arguments and theories. It also teaches students how to accurately apply those arguments and theories and how to draw sound conclusions based around the evidence that the given situation provided. PHIL 252 has no prerequisites. Critical Thinking is… Read more »

Dear Barb—Abuse Anxiety

Dear Barb: I am the mother of an eight-year-old girl and I’ve never had any problems with her until recently. It just came out that my daughter’s best friend was sexually abused by a family member. My daughter has spent a lot of time at this friend’s home. They have had sleepovers together at her… Read more »


Getting out into the bush and disconnecting is a great way to recharge.  But the disconnection does not need to be complete.  I used to love the inability to be reached, there was a sense of freedom in it.  When we started looking at SPOT and InReach devices it was for their safety aspect, but… Read more »

Nine Questions for the AUSU Candidates You Need to See!

Okay, you probably will believe them, but it’s how these stories are supposed to be titled, right? With voting for the AUSU Election starting in just a few days (On February 28!) we rushed to get a number of questions out to the candidates to help you make your decision.  Candidates were sent the questions… Read more »

Editorial—Drop in, Vote on, and Turn out

February 28 is the first day of voting for the new AUSU council. This will be the group that represents you to AU and to the government for the next two years, including the pivotal 2019 year when both Alberta and the Federal government will have their elections, possibly profoundly affecting the course of post-secondary… Read more »

Networking at a Distance

One drawback of studying online is the lack of student interaction.  AU has tens of thousands of students, yet few of us ever meet or speak to another student.  We study in our silos, often struggling along without the peer support system that other university’s students enjoy. There are supports for AU students, but they… Read more »

17 Questions to Ask your Tutor

There’s no doubt about it, educational expenses are high and you want to get the most for your dollars.  Achieving success in your education involves not only putting effort into studying and reading, but also demanding valuable guidance from your tutor.  Therefore, you must be comfortable reaching out to your tutor on a regular basis…. Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Scholarship Sponsored by:   Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Deadline:  March 31, 2018, 3:00pm EST Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be hard of hearing, deafened, or oral deaf (as defined in the eligibility criteria), be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be a first time or… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

FHSS Research Talks From Indigenous Apple Orchards to the Cultural Mechanics of Trojan Asteroids Friday, February 23, 2:00 to 4:00 pm MST Edmonton (AUE 1217) In-person and online Hosted by AU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences athabascau.adobeconnect.com/fhss-research no pre-registration required; connect via above link or phone 1-855-228-6652; participant code 7503945 AUSU Election Debate #3… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Carlie seeks recommendations for etext-friendly e-readers; so far the ipad is winning but there must be cheaper options.  Sabine asks about requesting an e-text instead of a paper text, which sparks a paper vs.  e-text debate. Other posts include T2202 forms, and courses ANTH 375, ENGL 255, and WGST 333. Twitter @AthabascaUSU… Read more »