Vol. 27 Iss. 20

Volume 27, Issue 20 - 05/17/2019

Minds We Meet—Madison Daviduik

Madison Daviduik is a twenty-one-year-old from Swan River, Manitoba.  She lives with her family on a family farm and works full-time as a Supervisor for their local Aquatic Centre.  She is currently enrolled into the Bachelor of Commerce – Finance program and is a self-proclaimed nerd.  This is her story. Can you give us a… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Universal DJ

“Baby your mind is a radio Got a receiver inside my head Baby I’m tuned to your wavelength Lemme tell you what it says: Transmitter! Oh! Picking up something good Hey, radio head! The sound…of a brand-new world” -Talking Heads, ‘Radio Head’ There is a thing every good deejay understands: putting together a great mix… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—Kant We All Meaningfully Agree?

The meaning of life: what can that mean? Possible answers run the gamut of human thought and experience.  Meaning is both personal and general; each of us has our own private mission statement whether we think of it that way or not and invariably there will be affinities between ours and others.  As AU students,… Read more »

The Fit Student—Are You a Health Nut or a Coconut?

Do you want to tip into health-nut status?  No shame in that label.  But do one better and claim the status of health coconut.  Now, that’s a tasty way to shine your skin, teeth, and hair. I use coconut oil throughout the day.  With coconut oil, you can “condition your hair … hydrat[e] your skin… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Food Tour of Vancouver

Last week, I raved about the desserts I sampled from my latest trip to Vancouver.  However, it wasn’t enough that I boast about the mouth-watering sweets the city had to offer, because the Vancouver food scene also offers irresistible comfort food from all over the world. Food that I couldn’t wait to share with my… Read more »

The Study Dude—I Bet You can Win a Nobel Prize

Your thoughts can snatch you a PhD—and win you a Nobel prize.  Don’t believe me?  According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “We can use our thoughts to improve our overall intellect, cognitive performance, and mental and physical well-being” (p.  19 of 321, 5%).  And your thoughts can take you from F student to Einstein. But how?… Read more »

Course Exam—CMNS 301

CMNS 301 (Communication Theory and Analysis) is a three-credit communication studies course that is intended to provide students with a grounding in the field of communication studies, a relatively new interdisciplinary field that draws many of its theoretical ideas about human communication from psychology, sociology, cultural studies, linguistics, philosophy, and literary studies.  The course focuses… Read more »

Dear Barb—Dinner Dodgers

Dear Barb: Recently I prepared a large meal for eight people.  The day before the dinner one of the couples cancelled and then on the day of two more people cancelled.  Aside from the fact that I had spent days planning and preparing this meal, I ended up with a lot of leftovers, which I… Read more »

Editorial—Expecting More

A few weeks ago, Athabasca sponsored something called the Singularity U Summit, 2019, up in Edmonton, and invited alumni and students to attend. The event was free, but you had to sign up to get access to the video feeds of what was going on at the conference. I did so, and I attended a… Read more »

The Enduring Power of Random Acts of Kindness

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams I know I should be boycotting Facebook like my socially conscious cohorts, but it’s just such a handy way to stay connected with friends and family back home and to share a… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—The Benefits to Having a Yard Sale

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant whose popularity has taken off in recent years in North America, by instructing consumers and hoarders alike to rediscover joy by decluttering and throwing away stuff  (Green, 2014).  At 19 years old, Ms. Kondo started working as a professional tidier in Japan when she founded her organizing consulting business… Read more »

The Rise of AI Could Mean a Loss of Jobs

Although you may already be on the path to an educational goal and career, it is good to think about things from another perspective.  Many students, despite starting university, still do not know exactly what path they want to take and what their career choice will be. The role of AI in the job sector… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Global Lift Equipment Scholarship Sponsored by:  Global Lift Equipment Deadline:  June 15, 2019 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must residents of Canada or the U.S., attending or planning to attend a post-secondary institution in Canada or the U.S. in Fall 2019, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. What’s required:  An… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Online MBA Info Session Wed, May 22, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/online-mba-executives-information-session-2019-may22/ Register online at above link Third Annual Accounting Conference Fri, May 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm MDT DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 16615-109th Avenue NW, Edmonton AB In person Hosted by AU Faculty of Business… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Jason hints that he’ll soon be looking for research subjects; a queue begins forming immediately.  Wayne wonders how to tell if a course’s exam is online or paper; replies suggest that info isn’t always easy to find.  Angela seeks feedback on student loans versus lines of credit; lots of province-specific feedback flows… Read more »