Vol. 22 Iss. 43

Volume 22 Issue 43 - 10/31/2014

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Alaa Salih

Alaa Salih is a 17-year-old AU student from Medicine Hat, Alberta. She’s enrolled in a 4-year BA program, working on a double-major in English and Psychology. Recently finished high school, Alaa is in her first year of university studies. Alaa was visiting Egypt and That’s where The Voice Magazine caught up with her?via e-mail?for this… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not Showing Up

In the days since Wednesday, October 22, 2014 much has been said, written, and televised about how Canada will be forever changed by the tragic murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, as he stood guard over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This handsome twenty-four-old reservist from Hamilton has become the face of all that is… 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. October 29, 2014 Athabasca University Students Union Announces Departure of Executive Director and Appointment of Interim Executive Director Edmonton, Alberta – Athabasca University Students Union (AUSU), announces a change in the leadership… Read more »

Primal Numbers – How’s the Weather?

Besides checking the headlines and traffic updates, there’s one daily ritual almost everybody follows. We check the weather forecast. Rain or shine, we can’t help tuning in to see what the weather report has in store for us. But meteorology is far from an exact science, and a lot of times it’s just plain wrong…. Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas Cancer

Dear Barb: My younger sister has been battling cancer for the last five years. She seems to be in remission at the present time. Lately, Leah has been going to the casino and gambling at least once a week. She enjoys going there and has a lot of fun. The problem is her adult children… Read more »

The Study Dude – Mind Maps

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to have all kinds of free Mind Map software at your disposal. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make your learning easier. I’ll also give you straight and honest… Read more »

Music Review – EP

Album: EP Artist: Ménage Ménage has achieved a great deal of success this year, having won Best Rock Song of the Year at the 2014 International Portuguese Music Awards. This is the second mini-EP in a series of four mini-EPs that the band will be releasing this year. Compared to bands like Arcade Fire and… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Cargo Cult

Film: Cargo Cult Director: Bastien Dubois “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.” – John Berger “Avarice is fear sheathed in gold.” –… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Leah Warshawski

Leah Warshawski is one of the producers and directors of Finding Hillywood, a documentary about the use of film for healing in post-genocide Rwanda (read The Voice Magazine review here). Recently Leah took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about her experience, motivation, and inspiration. What elements in your childhood and early years pointed… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Leaving Montreal

My name is Philip Kirkbride. I’m a college graduate from Ontario studying at AU. I always wanted to do an exchange program or study abroad but never found the right time to do so. This is part four in the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program…. Read more »

No-No to NaNo

Thousands of writers, and would-be writers, get seduced each year by NaNoWriMo. November 1 brings the opening day of National Novel Writing Month, in which writers are challenged to complete a 50,000-page novel in 30 days. Committing to writing an average of 1667 words per day over the course of the month, so the theory… Read more »

Editorial – Turned Upsidedown

Before you read this article, you should read the AUSU update this week. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Okay? Now, let’s start off with full disclosure. Tamra Ross, former editor-in-chief of The Voice, and former Executive Director of AUSU is also my spouse. You might ask how on earth we can do that without there being… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Behind a Mask

This Halloween, thousands of partiers and trick-or-treaters will don masks to portray their favourite heroes and villains. But a bit of makeup can accomplish the same thing?and when It’s taken to the limit, the result can be so good It’s scary. This week’s links showcase some incredibly talented work. The Painting Lady Monstrously good? The… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums Student Rajdeep of BC posts info about an AU study group she is trying to start in the Vancouver area and worldwide online. Other topics include advice about contacting Tutor Services. AthaU Facebook Group Ryan posts his reflections on the call centre. Emily seeks advice on the PHIL 335 exam. And Renee… Read more »

Did You Know? – Benefits of Your University Degree

A recent issue of the Times Colonist has an article about how university graduates in BC weathered the downturn better than those who hadn’t graduated. Only five years after graduating, those students who graduated at the start of the recession in 2008 had an unemployment rate of only 4.7% where the national average was 6.6%,… Read more »