Vol. 22 Iss. 46

Volume 22 Issue 46 - 11/21/2014

Learner Succes – AU’s Study Skills Series

Successful students will spend at least some of their time learning how to learn. Learning isn’t just about taking in information. It involves a set of skills that students will develop over their university career?and beyond. There are endless sources of study skill guides. There is an endless variety of students. How do you find… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Chalk it up to bad influence from autocorrect, but one error that’s becoming more and more common is the incorrect spelling of who’s and whose. Still, although these homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) look tricky enough, they’re actually quite easy to sort out. Who’s with me? Who’s Who’s is a… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Growing Up

Are you old enough to remember the aerobics craze? In the 1980s, seemingly overnight aerobics classes sprang up overnight. Instructors were born, VHS exercise tape sales soared, music was created, accessories were required, and a wardrobe of cute outfits appeared. Images of Jane Fonda and leg warmers are forever burnt into our psyche. The phenomenon… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Mantra Medicine

Laughter might be the best medicine, but it’s definitely not the only natural healer on the block. Meditation, yoga, and support groups have long been claimed to offer health benefits, and science has just proved at least some of those claims true: all three make clear, measurable changes to people’s cells. Intriguing news, but don’t… Read more »

The Study Dude –

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to have a rebirth story where the forces of goodness take over your life and bring you from the darkness into complete renewal. (Truthfully, though, the beauty of your particular soul–whatever state it is in–is eternally good.) Well, in these articles, as The… Read more »

Music Review – Dad Rock

Album: Dad Rock Artist: The Harmonica Lewinskies The days are getting darker earlier, the skies are cloudy all too often, and the snow is beginning to settle on the ground. It’s time for a pick up, and The Harmonica Lewinskies are here to save the day with upbeat music that will have you shaking off… Read more »

Dear Barb – Going Public

Dear Barb: My friend and her husband are in the process of separating and they are airing their dirty laundry on Facebook. They are not saying their names, but everyone knows who they are talking about. Why do people do that, it is so uncouth. I think they should be banned from Facebook when they… Read more »

In Conversation with Steve Bell, Part II

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 that lead to the creation of 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,… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Wiring

Album: Wiring Artist: Trio 3 and pianist Vijay Iyer “To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection.” – Cornel West, Race Matters This album is a masterpiece, one of those platters you choose as… Read more »

The Career Path – Think & Grow Rich

With a copyright extending back to 1960, Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill proves to be an indelible, timeless source of wisdom. Drawing from influences that seem to include a mishmash of Hinduism, Fordism, and new age spirituality, the book also appears to be a predecessor of some of the ideation behind epic modern-day… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Home Brewed

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 seven in the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program…. Read more »

Editorial – A Billion Here, A Billion There

So on November 20th, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) went to the federal government asking for an additional 2.84 billion to be devoted to post-secondary issues, which would take care of Canada’s post-secondary funding problem. While I certainly admire and applaud the intent, I do question the timing. This federal government has been quite… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – A Pot of Tea

It may only be November, but make no mistake: winter’s here to stay. If the cold makes you miserable, pour a hot drink, curl up in a blanket, and steep yourself in the warm and comforting (and sometimes very odd) world of tea. Make It There are those who consider tea making to be an… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – Following AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Business and Administration forum, “8897430” seeks guidance on preparing for the ACCT 355 final exam. Don responds with some exam tips. AthaU Facebook Group Maria wonders if there’s any flexibility in the specification that requires her to achieve a minimum 50% on the final exam in order to pass a… Read more »

Did You Know? – The Voice has a Christmas Break

There will be no December 5th issue of The Voice Magazine this year, as your editor is taking a short break. However, regular issues of The Voice Magazine will be available for December 12th and December 19th. Also, as usual, the Voice will go on hiatus for Christmas week because, let’s face it, you’re all… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: Distance Learning for K-12 Probably the first experience most of us had with distance learning was as university students when we entered our first AU course. However, for some 4000 elementary to high-school students in Saskatchewan, that isn’t the case. Global News is reporting a story about a rural Saskatchewan school that has… 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 28: Last business day to extend courses ending Dec 31 ? Dec 10: Registration deadline for a Jan 1 start date ? Dec 10: AUSU Council Meeting ?… Read more »