Vol. 26 Iss. 23

Volume 26, Issue 23 - 06/08/2018

Minds We Meet—Emmanauel Barker

Emmanauel Barker is the Governance and Advocacy Coordinator for the Athabasca University Students’ Union.  Here we get to know one of the newest members of the AUSU staff. What brought you to AU? I initially heard of Athabasca University from a close friend who works at another Albertan institution, and I was immediately interested in… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—Convocation and Destiny

How do We Select Our Electives? Why did the chicken cross the road?  What leads us to choose a particular elective? Sometimes the process feels purposeful, as though we are fulfilling an interest that has haunted or intrigued us for eons.  Other times we might feel like uncertain fowl meandering through the traffic of unexpected… Read more »

In Conversation—with Nir Yaniv

Israel-born, Los Angeles-based, Nir Yaniv is a creative whirlwind, producing musical compositions, film, illustrations, animation, fiction, and more.  His latest EP, The Voice Remains, is set for release on June 15.  The album could best be described as instrumental, Yaniv’s voice being the sole instrument except for drums; it’s as if he scat sang the… Read more »

The Fit Student—How to Conquer Overtraining

Rocky Balboa loves to sweat.  He must’ve made millions dripping in his flicks.  But what if he burned out from overtraining?  Well, he’d miss out on surging energy, awesome sleeps, fun training, and a massive appetite.  Worse, he could get hit with an autoimmune disease, like I almost did. During grad school, I exercised five… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Alternative Proteins

At some point you may have heard of the enormous waste associated with producing agriculture.  While plant products drain resources such as water, land and fertilizer, livestock require an exhaustive list of resources from nutrients to a heated barn in the winter.  The energy consumption doesn’t stop there.  The production of livestock is only part… Read more »

The Study Dude—Body Language

Learning body language could be the best thing you do.  You’ll chum up with supervisors and students.  You’ll win over bosses and colleagues.  And one day that body language will secure you your dream job. I bomb at nonverbal language.  During interviews, I shrivel, almost disappearing.  My shoulders hunch.  My hands cover my lap.  My… Read more »

Course Exam—ARCH 200

ARCH 200 (History of Ideas in Architecture 1) is a three-credit introductory architecture history course that is intended for students who are enrolled in the BSc (Architecture) program at the RAIC Centre (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) for Architecture at Athabasca University.  Throughout this course, students will examine the principles and ideas that shaped architecture… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Ties that Don’t Bind

Dear Barb: My adult son has cut off all ties with me and I am devastated! Since his dad and I divorced my son and I have always had issues.  There seems to be a tension between us, almost like he is blaming me for the divorce.  I did make the choice to leave the… Read more »

Editorial—The Big Day

Congratulations to those students who’ve finished off their degree this year.  Whether you know what you’re doing next or not, you’ve achieved a milestone that you can carry with you. One that not only says you have an area of mental expertise, but also that you have been taught, hopefully, how to use your own… Read more »

Mood Music

Many years ago, I awakened to my alarm playing a sad song on the radio, unkindly reminding me of a certain ex-boyfriend.  At the time, the gloom that came over me was a forecast for the rest of the day—last-minute cancellations, spilled coffee, and more bad memories of the ex.  It got me thinking about… Read more »

Don’t be that Bird

As I sit here, trying to work, there is a finch that is determined to get through my window.  It keeps coming back and trying, testing the window with its beak or feet.  It never hits the window hard, not hard enough to knock itself out, but enough to test and see if maybe now… Read more »

The Road to Convocation—Trail of Gratitude

How do I thank everyone who helped me during my time at AU? In the lead-up to this weekend’s grad ceremony, AU’s convocation office asked me who I would most like to thank or acknowledge for their support while I completed my degree.  This, along with my responses to other questions, will comprise “a short… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Kelso Industrial Group $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest Sponsored by:  Kelso Industrial Group Deadline:  June 15, 2018 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian residents or legal permanent residents, and be enrolled in an undergrad program at an accredited school in Canada for Fall 2018.  See full eligibility requirements. What’s required:  An… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Convocation 2018 Fri, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 Athabasca Regional Multiplex, 2 University Drive, Athabasca AB In-person and live-streaming online Hosted by AU info at:  convocation.athabascau.ca/ Online MBA Info Session Wed, June 13, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/online-mba-executives-information-session-10/ Register online at above link AUSU Council Meeting… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Danielle wonders if there is a limit to the number of credits students can transfer to their AU degree program; short answer is most programs specify a minimum number of credits to be taken at AU.  Alice encounters some ambiguous wording in a computer science quiz and wonders if other students found… Read more »