Editorial – Last Chance to Win

That’s right, I’m going to use this editorial to pump the survey one more time. It’ll be open until late Sunday night, then on Monday morning I’ll start putting together a report on the results. After all, one thing the survey has shown me already, we do like to know about ourselves.

So go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016Voice if you didn’t already and answer a bunch of questions about what you like, don’t like, and want to see happen with The Voice Magazine, and while You’re there, enter the contest to win an 8″ Samsung 32GB tablet, or maybe get some fabulous Voice swag!

I’ve been taking some sneak peeks at the survey while It’s live and while I don’t want to say anything just yet, It’s been interesting reading some of the comments people are entering. And for those of you who’ve indicated you regularly skip this editorial, I’d have something to say about that as well, but You’re probably not going to read it, so why bother, right?

Once You’re done with the survey, come on back and take a look at what we’ve got in store for you this week. We start off with our feature interview with student Anne Turner. I know I keep harping about the diversity of AU students, but Anne is a shining example of that. An artist taking her MAIS degree later in her life, She’s a good example of what people mean when they talk about life-long education.

However, not content with just that, this week we also have an interview with AU educator, Dr. Reinekke Lengelle, who teaches two of the MAIS courses. Inspired by her recent interview with AU, Scott Jacobsen looks more into exactly what is meant by proprioceptive writing.

Next, since You’re taking a break from your studies with The Voice Magazine right now, you might want to check out The Study Dude, who goes into a little more detail this week on just what makes for a good break if you want to get the full value out of your study time. Personally, I find it an interesting comment on our society that we go so far as to research how to make our breaks more productive. I’m not yet sure if It’s something to celebrate or be concerned about, but It’s still an interesting thought.

Also, this issue is the last one before the nominations officially open for AUSU’s biennial election. Barb Lehtiniemi gives us a rundown on why you should consider, well, running, for one of the nine positions that will be available on AUSU Council. One of the reasons she doesn’t directly mention is that AUSU Councillors often get a very much “behind the scenes” view of things that are going on at Athabasca University. Having been on AUSU myself, I’ll say it changes your perspective on many things that happen not only at AU, but with government at all levels.

Plus our usual great selection of interviews, entertainment, advice, and other articles to keep you busy. Enjoy the read! 

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