Vol. 16 Iss. 44

Volume 16 Issue 44 - 11/14/2008

AU Profiles – Sara Windross

STUDENT: Sara Windross Athabasca University students come to the ?classroom? with different life situations and different challenges. First-year Bachelor of Arts in Humanities student Sara Windross’s particular challenge is studying while dealing with cerebral palsy. But despite any difficulties her condition has sent her way, She’s focused, organized, and thrilled that distance education with Athabasca… Read more »

On the Hill – Survey Says

North Americans love progress, and the catchphrase ?continuous improvement? has crept into every part of life. Industry spends countless hours creating charts to track how much better their performance is getting, and even hospitals and schools form committees to talk about it. It’s behind every new and ?improved? version of the cars, makeup, and gadgets… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – Of Smoking

It’s been more than 11 years now since I ground out my last cigarette beneath the heel of my boot, but I still miss smoking. A vile habit it may be, but to me the act of smoking was always a series of small, profound pleasures: the carefully observed ceremony of drawing the smooth white… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Jeff Healey, Mess of Blues

CD: Jeff Healey, Mess of Blues Release date: 2008 Label: Stony Plain Records A Rocking, Crowd-pleasing Farewell Note from Canada’s Blues Bard ?I have always defined ?success? . . . as the ability to make a comfortable living while doing something you love to do, if not what you love to do the most.? Jeff… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Sad but True

As adult children, sooner or later each of us confronts the issue of elder care. Any older married person who doesn’t predecease their spouse will likely have to face the same heartbreaking issues. For most people the choice of how and where loved ones will be cared for boils down to one of two options…. Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Thriving Ivory

Thriving Ivory is a California rock band whose 2006 demo CD quickly amassed an enthusiastic fan base. The band’s music is passionate, sensitive, well crafted, and monumental, and perfectly suited to the innovative vocal style of lead singer Clayton Stroope. Their self-titled debut album with Wind-up Records is based on the original demo. The band… Read more »

Careers – Consider a Career as a Chiropractor

What is a chiropractor? In Canada, chiropractic is one of the largest health care professions. Practitioners utilize a manual approach to health care that allows for patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Specifically, chiropractors assess patients for disorders related to the central and peripheral nervous systems, pelvis, joints of the upper and lower limbs, and spinal… Read more »

The 2008 Voice Writing Contest!

Write for The Voice and win money for your education! The Voice is launching its 2008 writing contest, with categories for both fiction and non-fiction. We’ve got over $1,000 in prizes to give away: one winner in each category will receive a scholarship of one Athabasca University undergraduate course. Please read the contest rules and… Read more »

The Learning Curve – Twenty-Seven Candles

It’s that time of year again. The time when I reflect upon my life; the good memories and the bad, if only for a short while. If you assume I’m referring to Christmas, your assumption is incorrect (but, I admit, It’s a safe one because Christmas is just around the corner). No, I’m talking about… Read more »

Around AU – AU Store

Want to show off your AU pride? Looking for a Christmas gift for that special AU student? Simple: just go to the AU store and check out all the latest gear. There are some great AU branded items available, including women’s fleece zip jackets in colours from green to orange to purple and more. You’ll… Read more »

Did You Know? – Holiday Exam Requests

Planning on writing an AU exam as the holiday season approaches? If so, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind. If your course contract ends on December 31, you’ll be allowed some extra time to schedule your exam. As the AU calendar explains: ?All examinations for courses with a contract end… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Home Sweet Home

This week, US president-elect Barack Obama took a tour of his new home, the White House. Most of us may never get a glimpse inside our countries? halls of power, so here’s the next best thing: a virtual tour online. The White House This 360-degree tour of the White House takes you into the Blue… Read more »