Vol. 22 Iss. 14

Volume 22 Issue 14 - 04/04/2014

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Sunday Akin Olukoju

Dr. Sunday Akin Olukoju has been a tutor at Athabasca University since mid-2011. His courses include: GLST/POEC 230 (Globalization and World Politics,) POLI/GOVN/GLST 440 (Global Governance and Law,) and GLST/POEC 483 (International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization.) Sunday tutors up to several dozen students in these courses. Dr. Olukoju was recently interviewed by The… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Getting Possessive, Part V

The past four weeks we’ve explored the possessive case in great detail. We’ve learned the general rules: for singular and plural common nouns; for proper nouns; studied the difference among plural, possessive, and plural possessive; learned style-based exceptions to the general rules for certain types of nouns; and examined compound possessives and joint possession. Now… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Transparent Texting

Smart phones are seductive little gadgets, aren’t they? In fact, it can be hard to tear your eyes away from the screen, even when You’re walking or driving. Now some tech giants have come up with transparent texting, which fills your screen with a view of what’s in front of you. It’s an idea whose… Read more »

From Where I Sit – For Another Day

Roy attended a breakout session called Boost Your Marvelous Brain at the recent Alberta Seniors Housing Association conference. He brought home a handout and brochure from the Calgary Alzheimer Society. I love learning about brain function because I’ve grown very fond (and protective) of my own mind. That’s also why I’ve never understood those who… Read more »

Dear Barb:

Dear Barb: My husband and I are in our mid-thirties, we began dating in university and dated four years before getting married nine years ago. Our life is mostly great and we both have careers we love. The problem is my husband now wants to start a family and I don’t. I feel awful because… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – Birds Requiem

Album: Birds Requiem Artist: Dhafer Youssef ?Today, like every day, we wake up empty and frightened. don’t go to the door of the study and read a book. Instead, take down the dulcimer; let the beauty of what you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground,… Read more »

In Conversation – With Marc Vella, Part II

?When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be true peace.? ~Sri Chin Moi Gosh Marc Vella is a French classical pianist and a composer who for the last two decades has traveled with a baby grand in a bus across more than forty countries, giving impromptu performances for locals… Read more »

Positively Productive Procrastination

Ha! Caught you. Shouldn’t you be studying? And here you are, reading a magazine. “But wait,” you say, “I am actually enhancing my studies by reading The Voice Magazine. Look at all this valuable information: writing and studying tips, news on AU, and views on music, literature, life.” Okay, you win. You may be procrastinating… Read more »

Editorial – What’s Fair About It?

I’m angry today. If you haven’t heard, and apparently somewhere around 85% of Canadians haven’t, our Conservative Government is attempting to rapidly put through a new Elections law. They’re euphemistically calling the bill the “Fair Elections Act”, but on reading it, there’s very little that’s fair about it. Almost every constitutional or elections expert has… 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 – Taking a Stand

When the weather finally takes a turn for the better, we start feeling antsy about being cooped up indoors. On the other hand, how to balance the need to move with the need to stay focused on work or school? Standing desks are starting to trend again, and not only do they help keep users… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: High Demand Programs Expanded at NAIT Global News is reporting that the Northern Alberta Instituted of Technology (NAIT) has received 1.9 million dollars in “targeted enrolment collaborative intitiatives”, and is using this to open up 390 seats at the school in seven high-demand programs. NAIT currently serves approximately 8000 full time students, and… Read more »