Vol. 17 Iss. 48

Volume 17 Issue 48 - 12/18/2009

Dear Santa . . .

Dear Santa, Recently, at a children’s Christmas party while I was dressed rather elf-like, I came to a realization regarding Christmas, a realization I am none too pleased with, and feel I need to air my grievances to you, the representative of Christmas. (Yes, I am aware Christmas is really Jesus? holiday but, as He… Read more »

AU Tech – Facebook

Most students are aware to some degree of the social networking site Facebook. Michael Shouldice, a Senior Recruitment Officer with Athabasca University, has been with AU since 2006 and explains the possibilities Athabasca University sees in the use of this site. ?Facebook was created back in 2003,? Shouldice notes. ?When I started my original position… Read more »

From Where I Sit – 2010 Awaits

Reflecting on 2009 as it winds down seems the most natural thing in the world. And while it wasn’t a spectacular one there is much to be grateful for; we are enjoying an embarrassment of blessings. Indulge me as I say thank you. Thank you to loyal readers who take the time to say something… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Watchmen

DVD: Watchmen Theatrical Release: March 2009 DVD Release: July 2009 Starring: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Stephen McHattie Director: Zack Snyder Screenwriters: David Hayter, Alex Tse Composer: Tyler Bates Warner Brothers The Razing of the Clockwork Universe and the Epiphany of Its Impassive God… Read more »

Around eCampus – Thomas Oates

Students who have written weekday exams at the Edmonton Learning Centre will no doubt remember the friendly face of Thomas Oates. Oates is an Examination Assistant with AU and works out of the Peace Hills Trust Tower. In this role, he schedules and invigilates exams for AU students in and around the Edmonton area. Oates… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Garage á Trois

Garage á Trois is a dynamic and highly innovative jazz/rock quartet comprising the amazing Skerik, Mike Dillon, Marco Benevento, and Stanton Moore. Together they create groundbreaking, electrifying, genre-crossing instrumental music. (See the Voice review of their recent release, Power Patriot.) Recently, sax player Skerik took the time to talk with Wanda Waterman St. Louis about… Read more »

Eras in Education – O Tannenbaum: Sacrifice to the Selfish Collective or Representation of Shared Humanity?

The palpable excitement of winter holidays has warmed the hearts of students for many generations. Here in North America the majority of pupils have participated in Christmas traditions with varying degrees of religiosity. Surpassed only by the ubiquitous Santa Claus, the Christmas tree is one of the most emblematic symbols of winter break. Throughout the… Read more »

AU Options – RELS 204 – Introduction to World Religions

While AU doesn’t offer a broad range of religious studies classes, both students and staff agree that the one introductory class offered, RELS 204: Introduction to World Religions, is a course that merits the consideration of all students, regardless of their program or personal beliefs. Gary Drainville, a University of Manitoba student currently nearing completion… Read more »

On Film – It’s Complicated

Upon hearing the title, you already know that It’s going to be a film about relationships. But unlike the typical romantic comedy that most people are used to seeing, this one does not feature perky starlets or muscled young hotties. Reflecting North America’s shifting demographics, the film’s love triangle involves 50-something divorcees played by Meryl… Read more »

Did You Know? – Academic Earth

Sometimes, a different explanation is all it takes to make a difficult concept stick or bring a dry subject to life. If You’re looking for a little academic inspiration?or just love learning?you may want to check out Academic Earth. The site offers free video lectures from leading universities, including Berkeley, Princeton, MIT, Yale, and Harvard,… Read more »

Happy Holidays from The Voice!

Happy Holidays! As we wrap up our final issue of 2009, we’d like to thank all our wonderful readers?and writers?for another great year here at The Voice. As always, we’ll showcase the best fiction, reviews, and commentary in our annual Best Of issue, which will be available January 8, 2010. Our first regular issue of… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Santa Claus

Just like Santa, we’ve got a little something for young and old alike this week. Kids will enjoy the official NORAD Santa tracker, which keeps tabs on St. Nick from the moment his sleigh lifts off. And if you’ve ever stood in an hour-long lineup with overheated, cranky kids just to get that one special… Read more »