Vol. 18 Iss. 51

Volume 18 Issue 51 - 12/24/2010

Fiction: God from a Machine

The doctor reads the sperm count aloud, and Ben comes to a sudden, sickening realization. Even with his own rudimentary understanding of science and mathematics, he is almost certain that the number disclosed in the file should consist of many more millions. The doctor, a slim, grey man, stifles a yawn and taps a rhythm… Read more »

AUSU Update – Convocation 2010; AUSU Executive Election

Convocation 2010 AUSU wishes to congratulate this year’s graduates, whether attending Convocation in person or by distance. We wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits. You are an inspiration to all AU students! AUSU Executive Election AUSU has recently held its internal election for the Executive. We wish to congratulate Barbara Rielly… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

As incredible as it seems, another year is drawing to a close. After the eggnog, family gatherings, gift exchanges, and usual hubbub of Christmas, many of us will pause to reflect on the year past. If we’re at all lucky, our balance sheet will include more blessings than heartaches. We will hold precious those moments… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – In A Strange Room

Book: Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room (Europa Editions 2010). The Self as a Ubiquitous Geography ? . . . movement has always been a substitute for thought and he’d like to stop thinking now.? Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room Our nameless white South African protagonist is making his way from Malawi to Tanzania… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Meklit Hadero, Part II

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian-born, Yale-educated, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter whose style merges jazz with folk and world music to create deeply sympathetic portraits of life’s magical (and often unnoticed) details. Her first full-length CD, On a Day Like This… , has just been released by Porto Franco Records. Meklit recently took the time to chat… Read more »

Health Matters – Just One More Christmas Cookie

It’s nearly Christmas, so out come the butter, the sugar, and the white flour. Many of us are baking those wonderful Christmas goodies?cookies, pies, bars, cheesecakes?and ogling each one of them with guilt as we recall our waistlines and our wannabe diets. And even if we avoid baking such delicacies, the tempting morsels still arrive… Read more »

Did You Know? – AU’s New Web-Based Transfer Credit Search Page

Curious as to how your past coursework might transfer for AU credit? Want to find out whether courses at other universities are equivalent to AU courses, or transferable as AU program requirements? You’ll want to check out AU’s new web-based Transfer Credit Search application, which allows ?students to search transfer credit decisions at Athabasca University… Read more »

Happy Holidays from the Voice

Maybe It’s due to the White Christmas marathon That’s been playing on television lately, but I can’t get the classic Irving Berlin musical (or its theme song) out of my head. And no wonder: with catchy tunes, great dance numbers, and a heartwarming plot, the film’s the perfect way to de-stress amidst all the holiday… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Winter Wonderland

?I’m dreaming of a white Christmas . . .? croons Bing Crosby in the Christmas classic White Christmas. Other songs speak of a similar longing for that ?winter wonderland.? And indeed for many, a gently snow-covered landscape is the perfect backdrop for a magical holiday. But Mother Nature isn’t always so accommodating, and sometimes there’s… Read more »