Vol. 27 Iss. 09

Volume 27, Issue 9 - 03/01/2019

Resisting Fake News with “Intelligent Disobedience”

Did you hear about the 1966 rumours of Paul McCartney’s death?  The flesh-eating banana scare of 2000? That 9/11 was staged by the U.S.  government?  If you don’t remember, it’s just as well; such unfortunate events can do a number on your self-esteem. Why are we humans so trusting about the information we receive?  The… Read more »

Council Connection

The February AUSU meeting proceeded smoothly but packed in a lot of information.  The meeting was attended by all councillors except Julian Teterenko who had an excused absence due to vacation. The first order of business was a review of current action items.  The only item on this month’s agenda was to relate to council… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—On the Tranquility of Winter

Ah, human nature, you ungrateful thing—forever longing for what you don’t have, perpetually failing to enjoy what you do.  Too many of us live our lives like contrary children, not wanting to go to bed when we have to, not wanting to get out of bed when we need to.  This point has been brought… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants

The past few months, in the prairies and eastern Canada, it seems like Mother Nature is binge-watching Frozen and trying to imitate Elsa. I know it doesn’t seem like it right now, but spring is just around the corner, and will, hopefully, bring warmer days. There are those who say they prefer the winter season… Read more »

The Fit Student—Drugs: Love’em?

I saw a video clip of a fellow bedridden from chronic fatigue syndrome.  Surrounding him perched all kinds of medical drugs and an IV.  But I think medical drugs mostly mask symptoms, not cure causes.  And I fear those drugs worsened that fellow’s illness.  Bedridden, he was on the path to death. And I noticed… Read more »

The Study Dude—Building a Super Brain

Do you want a smarter, younger brain?  Well, “you can build your brain just like body builders build their bodies” (Haze, location 169 of 1700, 10%). My Papa is no body builder, but he has a sharp brain at age eighty.  He moves, looks, and thinks more youthfully than most fifty-year-olds.  His doctor calls him… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST 336

HIST 336 (History of Canadian Labour) is a six-credit course that is designed to provide you with an extensive and detailed investigation of Canadian labour and working-class history.  It consists of eight units, which cover the periods from 1763 to 2000.  This course has no prerequisites, though LBST 200 (Introduction to Labour Studies) or LBST… Read more »

Dear Barb—Leading by Example

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a single mother of a ten-year-old daughter.  My daughter often has friends over for dinner and sleepovers and movie nights.  I have always taught my girl to have good manners when at home and at other people’s homes.  The problem I have is with my daughter’s friends.  The girls are… Read more »

Editorial—Sad News Coverage—Lavalin Style

Starting from a Globe & Mail news story shortly after Jody Wilson-Raybould was moved from the office of Justice Minister and Attorney General to minister of Veteran’s Affairs, the news has been abuzz with a possible scandal involving members of the government perhaps attempting to pressure Ms. Wilson-Raybould into changing a decision of the Director… Read more »

Gender Stereotypes

Gender stereotyping remains a hot topic in the global landscape today.  I observe the rapidly changing scenery around me about this fiery topic with avid interest.  As someone born fifty years ago this year, the same year man walked on the moon and Woodstock took place, I experienced a great deal of stereotyping in my… Read more »

The Long Term

I am a chronic pain suffering student.  A little backgrounder takes me back to 2015.  I’m at work, cleaning coffee pots at McDonald’s while running the night shift.  I am cautious about where I stand, the sink leaks.  I asked the boss for the parts to fix it, I’d even do it myself.  They knew… Read more »

Shortcuts to Healthier Portion Sizes

The Canadian Food Guide recently launched its 2019 edition which offers a closer look at the exact portion sizes adults can expect to consume to lead a healthy lifestyle.  However, the biggest concern is remembering the jumble of numbers and food restrictions that apply.  How many people are aware what 3 tablespoons entail? How about… Read more »

Student Sizzle–AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Sharaya notices that a course was still marked as in-progress months after completion; turns out the prof hadn’t completed the marks process correctly—but all fixed now.  Leslie wonders when T2202a forms will be issued; as usual they were posted February 27, beating the deadline by one day.  Katy kicks off a discussion… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  IBABC Post-secondary Scholarships Sponsored by:  Insurance Brokers Association of BC (IBABC) Deadline:  March 31, 2019 Potential payout:  $1000 to $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Varies by specific award.  Applicants must be residents of British Columbia and employed in, or related to someone employed in, the BC insurance industry.  See the application for full eligibility requirements… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

FHSS Research Talks:  The knowledge of breaking free? Abusive relationships, Learning Obejectives, and Motherhood in Prison Peace Hills Trust Tower, Room 1222, 10011 109 St NW, Edmonton  AB Fri, Mar 1, 2:00 to 4:00 pm MST In person and online Hosted by AU FHSS athabascau.adobeconnect.com/fhss-research/ No pre-registration necessary Online MBA  Info Session Tues, Mar 5,… Read more »