Vol. 22 Iss. 32

Volume 22 Issue 32 - 08/15/2014

It’s Official – You Need to Relax

Good news for all you hardworking students: today is “National Relaxation Day!” I don’t know who designated August 15 as a day of relaxation, but I’m not going to argue. I found NRD on two websites* so it must be true. Too often we view the act of relaxation as that ideal state we’ll arrive… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Job One

My name is Hazel and I’m a recovering workaholic. An insightful reading of these From Where I Sit columns over the past ten years or so would have revealed that I have a challenge striking a reasonable balance between work and play. In some columns I’ve stated my dilemma candidly along with whatever trick I… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Holodecks on Holiday, Part I

If you’ve taken a trip lately, you know how frustrating travel can be. From cancelled flights to lost luggage and bad resort food, it’s not uncommon for people to return from vacation more exhausted than when they left. Soon, technology could put an end to travel woes and let you choose a virtual vacation. But… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Gillian Sze

Gillian Sze is a Montreal-based poet who studied creative writing at Concordia University and who has already achieved numerous accolades for two books of poetry, Fish Bones and The Anatomy of Clay (recommended here in the Voice). Recently she took some time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about childhood, sensitivity, and feeding the muse. Poetry:… Read more »

Dear Barb – Relationships Gone to the Dogs

Dear Barb: Let me start out by saying I have two large dogs and I am an animal lover, however I also believe that pets have their place. I have a friend who recently got a puppy. Initially he asked if he could bring the dog to my house to show her to me. I… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?

Film: Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? Director: Michel Gondry “Reality is simple and it’s our task to show that.” – Noam Chomsky in Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? Once upon a time a little donkey was turned into a stone. When some children told the donkey’s parents that the stone was… Read more »

Editorial – The Synchronicity of Relaxation

I’m calling this our relaxation issue because, through complete coincidence, several of the articles I received for publication this week take different looks at the need, benefits, and methods of relaxtion. Our feature article by Barb Lehtiniemi, prompted by National Relaxation Day, examines that idea that we shouldn’t leave relaxation to chance. Does simply being… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create this content. Contact ausu@ausu.org with questions or comments about this page. IMPORTANT DATES, AUGUST – August 4: AU & AUSU closed ? Civic Holiday – August 10: registration deadline for a Sept 1 start date – August 13: AUSU Council Meeting – August… Read more »

Did You Know? – Your 15 Minutes Awaits!

Every AU student has a story, and we want to hear yours! The Voice Magazine will be publishing profiles of AU students from across Canada and around the globe. Being at a distance doesn’t mean we can’t help other students be inspired, and maybe your story is the one that will give somebody else the… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Build a Better Brain

September’s around the corner, which means back to school?and time to start warming up that brain so you can get the academic year off to a great start. Here are a few brain-building tips you might not have thought of. Napping? Walking? Music? Bring it on! Walk to It Going for a walk?or taking some… Read more »

Council Connection

Although there were only two motions on the agenda at this month’s Council Meeting, both motions were of the interesting variety. The first was a motion for the AUSU Awards committee to now be co-chaired by two people, Bonita Arbeau and Christine Villeneuve. Each of them is to receive full pay for the position, as… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: First World Student Day Passes with Little Fanfare On August 15th, PIE News posted a story about Languages Canada inaugural World Student Day. If you haven’t heard about it until now, you’re not alone, as the event happened on August 8th, and it took a full week for PIE News, a site focussed… Read more »