Vol. 21 Iss. 47

Volume 21 Issue 47 - 12/13/2013

Shining A Light on Iqaluit, Part II

(AU Student Barbara Lehtiniemi went to Iqaluit and brought us back her observations. You can find the first part here.) Do you want fries with that? Our usual practice when travelling is to eat local. Yet our first few meals in Iqaluit were pizza, shwarma, or poutine. It took a bit of hunting to find… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – You Can Quote Me on That, Part III

In the first two articles of this series (see Part I http://www.voicemagazine.org/articles/columndisplay.php?ART=9337 and Part II http://voicemagazine.org/articles/columndisplay.php?ART=9357), we examined the proper use of punctuation and quotation marks, including whether to place commas and quotes inside quotation marks and how to handle multiple sets of quotation marks. But although the steps and rules discussed cover most situations,… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Pretty Sweet Deal

In late November I spent a week at our Canmore timeshare: a functional, yet cozy location for a working retreat. After a few hours or days of work I feel entitled to goof off. That diversion may entail shopping or eating out. As I visited new and old haunts in town I thought about my… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Smart Phone Addiction

By now, we’ve all seen that look of dread in someone’s eyes when they realize they’ve left their smart phone at home. It’s as though they’ve dropped the equivalent of Tolkien’s One Ring down a crevasse. they’re suddenly adrift, powerless without their Precious. Some researchers claim this anxiety is a sign of smart phone addiction,… Read more »

Voix du Maghreb

Extrait du poème : “J?ai chanté” : Dans mon éternité, mon fiel et mon ivresse L?on m?a dit d?un élan plus fiévreux que le jour “ Que t?importe la rose insidieux troubadour Puisque dans ce monde elle n?est plus enchanteresse Puisque le capital est despote absolu Que la réalité est le seul viatique Ton idéal… Read more »

Editorial – Wrapping Up

With December half way through, now is probably one of the most stressful times of year across North America. This is the time where everything you forgot to do before Christmas suddenly looms. Having to finish everything before the holidays arrive can make these last weeks pass like a whirlwind and leaves many people feeling… Read more »

International News Desk

At Home:Quebec Education Minister deals with Sit-In The group Collectif éducation sans frontières organized a sit-in at the office of the Education Minister in Quebec on Tuesday morning. The purpose of the occupation was to demand a commitment from the minister to open Quebec’s primary and secondary schools to “non-status immigrant children”, or more simply,… Read more »

Did You Know?

With the arrival of online courses, from MOOCs to SPOCs to everything in between, the question becomes not if there’s a course for your particular interest, but rather where it is that you can find it. To help with that, the site Online College Courses has been created, providing a list of open college courses… Read more »

Click of the Wrist

Friday the 13th If you’re reading this, you’ve made it through another Friday the 13th alive. The next one will happen in June of 2014, but until then, you can look at this link to see the history of the day and how it became known as an unlucky one. On Display From tales about… Read more »

Council Connection

Last Monday’s Council Meeting was fairly uneventful. Unfortunately, Council has adopted something called a “consent agenda”, which has essentially hidden all Council activity from the students who may attend. Students who attend receive only the agenda, and while there are various reports submitted by the AUSU Executive, staff, and committee chairs, none of those are… Read more »

AUSU Update

Dear Members, You may have recently seen information on the internet speculating about the future of Athabasca University. These reports suggest that the Alberta government may broker a merger between AU and University of Alberta, and that this may result in drastic changes to the services and programs offered to students AU students. We want… Read more »