Vol. 22 Iss. 22

Volume 22 Issue 22 - 05/30/2014

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno, Part II

Dr. Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno is an Associate Professor and Centre Chair for the Centre for Science in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Athabasca University. Currently responsible for about 800 students per year over five courses, Biology 325, 341, 401, 480 and Chemistry 301, she started with AU nine years ago in 2005. She was… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Jeans and Germs

We live, arguably, in one of the cleanest times in history. From high-efficiency washers to hand sanitizers, there are machines and detergents to purify everything in sight. But in the midst of all this spotlessness comes a seemingly contrary piece of advice: you shouldn’t be washing your jeans. Is it a germy, unhealthy idea?or some… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Both Scary and Sad

Who needs a travel alarm clock when she has a smart phone? Who needs a Rolodex, quaint little purse-sized address book, or the five-pound Yellow Pages when everyone who’s anyone can be Googled? Who needs two-way radios when everyone and his brother have a cell phone? These are just some of the thoughts rattling around… Read more »

In Conversation with Don Rosenthal, Part I

“The mind’s habit of closing the heart is tenacious, and the ego will persist in its ancient ways. You will doubtless stumble on the path many times. Nonetheless, change eventually begins …” – Don Rosenthal in Learning to Love “The truth is, although the mind will say It’s not safe to love, there’s never a… Read more »

Dear Barb

Dear Barb: I have been dating this amazing guy for about four months. We get along really well and rarely argue. We have a lot in common and I could see having a life with him, except for one thing, his two-year-old daughter! She lives with her mother, but spends every other weekend with Brian…. Read more »

Why I Write for The Voice (And You Should, Too)

Have you ever committed yourself to a course of action in order to force yourself to take on a challenge? Last year, I e-mailed the then-new editor of The Voice Magazine and said I’d like to write for the magazine. I pressed “send” quickly, before I could manufacture reasons why not to. Six months and… Read more »

Editorial – Controversial Politics

The last few weeks, there’s been a lot of noise around Justin Trudeau’s statement that to run as a Liberal candidate for MP, you must be ready to vote pro-choice if that type of legislation should come forwards while in Parliament. This started a long debate between people who were trying to call this dictatorial… Read more »

AUSU Update

Changes to AU Course Materials In the fall of 2013 AU began the process of replacing hard-copy textbooks for all undergraduate courses with e-text versions. Implementation has been staged in phases with about two dozen courses being transitioned each month. AUSU is supportive of the provision of electronic materials for students who want them, but… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Motivated Much?

How to get all that coursework done by 2016? How to keep the budget balanced this year? How to lose those five pounds before summer starts? we’re told that if we just motivate ourselves, we’ll be on the way to reaching our goals. But It’s not always that simple, is it? This week’s links take… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: Second round of First Nations Education Bill deemed Third Rate Bill C-33, the controversial bill which would create the First Nations control of First Nations Education Act has been rejected by First Nations (FN) Chiefs, and they have demanded that the government immediately withdraw it according to CBC. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt… Read more »

Did You Know? – Convocation Nears

Convocation is rapidly approaching, and, like in past years, AUSU is providing bus service from Edmonton for those graduating students who are having difficulties finding their own transportation from Edmonton up to Athabasca University. AUSU also has arranged discounts with hotels both in Edmonton and in Athabasca for those students who are interested in attending… Read more »