Vol. 22 Iss. 45

Volume 22 Issue 45 - 11/14/2014

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Barry Wheeler

Barry Wheeler is an AU student from Corner Brook, NL. He’s in the Bachelor of Professional Arts program, majoring in Governance, Law, and Management. Barry’s got five more courses to go and hopes to complete his degree next year. Barry was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine about school, work, and community service. Where exactly… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Too Much

“Two dollars.” “To the death.” “Too much.” To the ear they sound the same?but when written down, they can cause confusion and a whole lot of misspellings. This week we’ll take a closer look at how to avoid making errors when using these three homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently): two,… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Ghost Brain

we’re always up for a good ghost story, aren’t we? Whether It’s the fictional spirits that visit Scrooge, or the rumours about that creepy old house in town, ghosts have fascinated us for centuries. Now, though, science has shown that ghosts are nothing more than a trick of the mind?which means they don’t really exist…. Read more »

The Study Dude – 50 Essential Strategies

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to have an arsenal of writing tools that portend your rise into the bombastic world of classic authors. 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… Read more »

Music Review – Westing

Album: Westing Artist: The Grayces Released on October 14th, Westing is The Grayces second full-length album. The Nashville-based grunge psych-rock trio is best known for their powerful vocals, pounding drums, and throbbing bass lines. Compared to bands like Black Sabbath, Nirvana, and Queens of the Stone Age, The Grayces have captured the darker side of… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Rx Have Fun

When a person isn’t quite feeling up to par but doesn’t present with any handy-dandy recognizable symptoms either, there are two courses of action. One: Chalk up the malaise to getting older, utter some concerned tsk tsks, compare notes with your friends, and then promptly forget about it. Two: Believe that things can always be… Read more »

In Conversation with Steve Bell

Steve Bell is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. After years of working with other artists, in 1989 he experienced a spiritual awakening, after which he created his own label?Signpost Music?for which he recorded fifteen solo albums. He’s now marking the 25th anniversary of Signpost with a multi-disk recording project, a tour… Read more »

Dear Barb – Judging a Book by its Cover

Dear Barb: I have been married for two years. Before we were married my husband was outgoing and friendly with my family and friends. Since we got married he doesn’t want to visit family and when he does join me he sits in the corner and watches TV. People are asking me what’s wrong with… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Listen Up Philip

Film: Listen Up Philip Director: Alex Ross Perry “The need to feel superior, though common to all neuroses, must be stressed here because of its intrinsic association with detachment. The expressions ?ivory tower? and ?splendid isolation? are evidence that even in common parlance, detachment and superiority are almost invariably linked.” – Karen Horney in Our… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Accidental Tourist

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

The Bright Side of November

I think November is in stiff competition with February as the most depressing month. It’s not so much that It’s getting colder. It’s not the mention of the f-word (fl*rries) or even the s-word (sn*w.) It’s the beginning of darkness: short days and deep dark nights. With the return to standard time on November 2,… Read more »

My Special Sister

My sister, Marion, is mentally ill! There I said it! The worst part is that I can’t do anything to help her. I thought I would be able to listen to her ramblings and not get angry with her as everyone else in the family has. I managed to do it for a time, convincing… Read more »

Editorial – The Meaning of a Magazine

Lately I’ve been looking at other student publications and considering the similarities and differences between them and The Voice Magazine. One of the things that struck me was simply the amount of content that they manage to get each week, often from unpaid, volunteer writers. Now, The Voice Magazine is not exactly a slouch in… 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 ? Nov 12: AUSU Council Meeting ? Nov 28: Last business day to extend courses ending Dec 31 ? Dec 10: registration deadline for a Jan 1 start date ?… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Recycle This!

November 15 is America Recycles Day, but the green activity shouldn’t be limited to our neighbours to the south. These Canada-friendly resources will help you figure out what you need to do to help reduce waste by recycling wherever possible. Thumbs Up What can you recycle? What needs to be disposed of in the trash?… Read more »

Council Connection

Wednesday’s AUSU Council meeting was surprisingly short. That’s actually a relief after last month’s marathon meeting of over three hours, which I bailed out of half-way through. But the short meeting was unsatisfying for what was not discussed. All council members were present November 12, and the meeting got underway promptly at 5:30pm. After the… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Jessica wonders if many AU students are taking their degree at AU, as opposed to taking credits in support of degrees elsewhere. Gwenyth inquires how long a student can take a break from AU studies before having to be reassessed. Other postings include the AU Library and courses ACCT 245, BIOL 235,… Read more »

An Interview with the AUSU President

AUSU is a fantastic organization that is devoted to representing the student body of Athabasca University. Not only are they the relay between the university and the students, they also provide many services that are of benefit to students, and promote peer-to-peer support. In addition, AUSU also offer a variety of student awards and bursaries,… Read more »