Vol. 22 Iss. 20

Volume 22 Issue 20 - 05/16/2014

Tricks for Tuition

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of .. a dinner companion? According to this recent CBC News article, rich men and women are available to take young students out to dinner. That’s right, students can dine like royalty and get paid for… Read more »

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Catherine Caufield

Dr. Catherine Caufield started tutoring for AU in December of 2013 in the Religious Studies department. She currently has approximately 25 students under her wings in RELS 204 and 380, and kindly consented to be interviewed by The Voice Magazine. Here’s the gist; What brought you to start in your field and tutoring for AU?… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – What to End Your Sentences With

“I don’t know whom I’m going to give the role to.” “That’s the ladder he walked under.” “It was a foolish thing to argue about.” “What should I end this sentence with?” What indeed? These sentences all end with a preposition, something that makes many English teachers cringe. But why is this considered unacceptable?and what’s… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Just Gravy

In the days leading up to the May long weekend the annual spring roundup has begun. After skipping last year, my sister, mother, and I are gearing up for our yearly multifamily garage sale. Sherry lives right in town so we use her address to capitalize on the location. If everyone is as sick of… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Afraid Not

Fear is a valuable instinct that can save your life, but when that instinct malfunctions, anxiety can destroy people’s lives. Now, science might have found a way to turn off your fear genes. The question is, should we really start tinkering with genes to deal with our phobias? It’s a question that, in the not-too-distant… Read more »

In Conversation with Jack Malmstrom, Part I

“Memory is a paradise out of which fate cannot drive us.” – Alexandre Dumas, fils Jack Malmstrom is the swing clarinetist who put together Jack’s Cats, a vintage-style jazz sextet based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that also includes keyboardist Gordon Fader, guitarist Dylan Quinn, bassist Mark Roberts, drummer Dave Skinner, and vocalist Kitty Farmer. The… Read more »

Dear Barb:

Dear Barb: Hi Barb, my husband’s friends are driving me crazy. They come over at all times of the day or night! I have asked them to call before they come, as we have two young children who are often in bed when they show up. As well, I am taking courses at AU and… Read more »

Music Review – Rockit Science

Album: Rockit Science Artist: Workout Straight from Brooklyn, New York, comes the rock and roll band Workout with their second album Rockit Science, which was recorded in New York with Vacation Island Music. Their first self-titled album was released three years earlier and can only be purchased either in New York City or on the… Read more »

Editorial – It’s Bigger Than you Think

I went to the AUSU Council Meeting this week, you can find out more about what happened there in my Council Connection column, but being there reminded me about how big this institution really is, and how we, sitting here at home doing our courses, rarely get any sense of that. We never see the… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Oscars in May

The Academy Awards were handed out months ago, and now we’re gearing up for summer blockbuster season. But did you know that the first Academy Awards were held in May, back in 1929? Click through this week’s links for a look at Oscar history. Do Your Research Need to know who was awarded Best Supporting… Read more »

Did You Know? – AU Has a New President (For a While)

Athabasca University recently announced the hiring of a new university President. Mr. Peter Mackinnon, former president and dean of law at the University of Saskatchewan will be serving as AU’s Interim President until June 30, 2015, or possibly slightly longer as there is the possibility of extension. Among other positions, Mr. Mackinnon has previously chaired… Read more »

Council Connection

This month at AUSU Council, I was happy to note that Council has officially moved away from the consent agenda format used at the past meeting to a format where the executive and committee chairs go over the highlights of their full reports to Council. This change makes the meetings very useful to average students… Read more »