Vol. 22 Iss. 13

Volume 22 Issue 13 - 03/28/2014

Meeting the Minds – A new Voice Column of AU Interviews

Dr. Janine Keown-Gerrard has been a tutor and academic expert working at Athabasca University for 8 years now. Her courses include PSYC 304, PSYC 356, MATH 215, ORGB 300, and COMM 243. She tutors and advises approximately 150 students. Dr. Keown-Gerrard was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine, and here is the gist of what… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Getting Possessive Part IV

The past few weeks we’ve spent exploring the possessive case. We’ve looked at singular common nouns, plural common nouns, and proper nouns. Now It’s time to get into some of the tricky little exceptions?the ones that stump writers the most. This week we’ll discuss how to handle compound hyphenated words and joint possessives, and the… Read more »

Primal Numbers – X and Why

In most places and most times, biological gender wasn’t open for debate. You either had two X chromosomes or an X and a Y, making you female or male. From toys to jobs to bathrooms, tradition drew firm lines between the sexes. Now, a Saskatchewan mom wants the province to remove any record of a… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Taking Time to Savour

My recent stay at a downtown Edmonton hotel coincided with the city’s annual Downtown Dining Week. The 2014 version, the eleventh one, ran from March 14 to March 23 and involved many of Edmonton’s most popular and pricey downtown restaurants. This event, sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, is a way to showcase some of… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Inside Llewyn Davis

Film: Inside Llewyn Davis Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen ? . . . because wherever I sat? on the deck of a ship or at a street cafĂ© in Paris or Bangkok? I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.? – Sylvia Plath Watching Inside Llewyn Davis… Read more »

Dear Barb:

Dear Barb: My girlfriend and I have been dating for six months. I’m having a problem with the way she dresses. She wears low cut tops and very tight clothes. I know this is the style but I think she’s gone too far. I feel very uncomfortable with the attention she is drawing to herself… Read more »

In Conversation – With Marc Vella

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Marc Vella is a French classical pianist and a composer who, for the last two decades, has traveled with a baby grand piano in a bus across more than forty countries, giving impromptu performances… Read more »

Maple Syrup in One Easy Step

For those fond of maple syrup, the simplest way to get it is to buy it. It takes only moments, but may set you back more than what you’d pay for a nice scotch. Some Canadians, however, are fortunate to live in the major maple-syrup producing areas of Ontario and Quebec. Those maple syrup lovers… Read more »

AUSU’s AGM: All Those in Favour?

Athabasca University’s Student Union must be doing things right. The AUSU Annual General Meeting was held March 26 by teleconference. In attendance were members of student council, both outgoing and incoming (the changeover to the newly-elected council takes place next week.) In addition to the council members, all student members of AUSU were invited to… Read more »

Editorial – Renovations Underway

Have you noticed the new AUSU Voice Facebook page? If not, that’s okay, things are just getting started with it. A few people have, and if you’re one of the ones who’ve already given us a “like”, thanks! I have to admit, I don’t know what doing that actually means, but it sounds nice, right?… 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 »

Click of the Wrist – Universal

Recently scientists discovered evidence confirming inflation theory, which states that ?the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times just after the Big Bang.? Physicists celebrated and called the news ?beautiful.? The rest of us just shrugged and tried to act intelligent. If your astronomical knowledge is not, well, astronomical, click through these links and get… Read more »

Did You Know? – Fair Elections Act

The federal government is currently preparing to pass Bill C-23, an act called the “Fair Elections Act”. This bill has been decried by many legal professors, constitutional experts, and students groups as an attack on democracy. CASA, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, has called on the government to withdraw the bill completely, saying ?This… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: Bringing Facts, Not Coffee, to the Table The Star has an article about a new report being released in Ontario that goes some distance to combatting the notion that university degrees are not preparing people properly for the workforce. While lately there have been a number of reports giving the impression that university… Read more »

Council Connection

Last week, AUSU Council had its annual AGM. Unlike the previous AGM, this one was fairly routine, with no changes to either the Bylaws or the Elections Policy discussed or made. This left the session as primarily a presentation of what major projects Council accomplished over the past year (specifically the health plan referendum, the… Read more »