Vol. 22 Iss. 36

Volume 22 Issue 36 - 09/12/2014

My Home is My Campus

When Athabasca University (@AthabascaU) tweeted on September 2, “Many of you have been back to school for a few hours now…how’s it going?” I was tempted to reply, “It’s going great! I’m taking the day off.” My latest AU course started September 1, but I didn’t. While the majority of Canadian university students trundled off… 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, SEPTEMBER ? Sept 10: registration deadline for Oct 1 start date ? Sept 10: AUSU Council Meeting ? Sept 30: extension deadline for a Oct 30 contract date. ? Oct… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – I’m Talkin’ to You

Have you ever, during the course of a conversation, used the name of the person (or object!) you were speaking to? That’s a noun of direct address. Chances are you gave it very little thought, and That’s perfectly normal. But if you tried to put it in writing?especially if you were writing dialogue?you might have… Read more »

The Study Dude – Mnemonics and Study Tips

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants than for you to be able to name every bone in your body, master the rules of mnemonics in medicine, and consider becoming a nurse or doctor. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to… Read more »

Primal Numbers – It’s an Evolution

In the evolutionary race, humans have pretty much nailed it. we’re the highest form of life, perfected after millions of years of conquering harsh environments and ferocious beasts. It just doesn’t get any better. Or does it? As recent discoveries remind us, evolution doesn’t sleep?not even for us. It’s true that, as life forms go,… Read more »

From Where I Sit – That’s a Job

With the Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival behind me (except for post-event reporting, packing up supplies, and booking acts and sourcing funding for 2015) it’s time for my time and energy to be directed elsewhere. In the near future my focus is on my role in getting the crop off to market. I operate one… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Money for Nothing

Film: Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video (link) Director: Jamin Bricker Writer: Saul Austerlitz Narrator:Michael Charles Roman “I wanted to write my book before the video vanished for good. As it turned out, that ended up not being a concern, because just as the music video appeared to be on the brink… Read more »

Dear Barb –

Dear Barb: I read your columns every week, but I haven’t read anything about weight issues. I am a female in my early thirties and after having two children, I have gained a lot of weight. I am okay with my weight gain, but I think it is a problem for some of my family… Read more »

Music Review – Sultans of String

Album: Symphony! (link) Artist: Sultans of String After their launch seven years ago, Sultans of String continue to bring their entrancing and rhythmic instrumental sound to audiences across North America and around the world. The band has won many awards, including two Canadian Folk Music Awards, first place in the International Song Writing Competition, and… Read more »

Editorial – The Grind

What’s been entertaining you lately? I’ve been working with our survey software trying to translate my notes for exactly the type of things I’m going to be asking AUSU students into a coherent survey. Ideally, you want a survey to quickly get to the things that You’re interested in, and mostly avoid asking about the… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Taking it Back

Great thinkers and writers have been known for the disaster zones in which they worked?or at least, that’s what we like to tell ourselves. But if your desk is such a mess that you don’t have any room to work, it’s time to tackle it before it destroys your productivity. Designate a few hours to… Read more »

Council Connection

With only one motion up for discussion, the September 10th meeting of AUSU Council was rather short. All current councillors except Corrina Green were present. Corrina’s absence was due to her being on a plane to Alberta to meet with the AU Board of Governors at their orientation meeting. Also in attendance were two observers,… 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 »