Vol. 22 Iss. 48

Volume 22 Issue 48 - 12/12/2014

Holiday Havoc

Holidays can play havoc with your study schedule. Whether It’s your own vacation, or the upcoming Christmas/New Year’s holidays, the effect is similar. You need to make plans to minimize disruption to your studies. Have you looked at the calendar yet? There’s still time to plan ahead and keep your studies flowing smoothly. If your… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Proper Usage of Grammar

You cringe at incorrect capitalization. You mock misplaced modifiers. You figuratively die every time someone uses the word “literally” incorrectly. And confusion of “your” and “you’re” makes you want to tear your hair out and resign from the human race. That means you’re desperate to promote good grammar, right? Wrong?because none of the above are… Read more »

The Study Dude – Thinking Fast and Slow

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to use your critical thinking to cater human behaviour to the utmost of positive outcomes. 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… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Buyer Beware

Trojans, spyware, ransomware. they’re all words to strike fear into computer users? hearts, and send them on a search for software to protect their devices. That usually means checking things like tech specs, but if You’re smart you’ll look a little further?at the company’s ethics. Because sometimes, even the folks who claim to protect you… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a Scanner named Hazel who wanted to know and try everything about virtually everything. (And because she is attempting to believe and live self-acceptance she won’t?will try not to?make the easy and self-deprecating crack about being magpie-like in her attraction to the next shiny new thing.) What this confused… Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas With(out) the Kids

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for six months. He is divorced with two young children who live with their mother. His ex is very bitter, so my boyfriend hardly sees his children. Recently, his ex began to date someone and will be going away with him for Christmas. She wants my… Read more »

Music Review – “I’m a Fool for You”

Single: I’m a Fool For You Artist: The High Learys The pop music of the 60s was dominated by guitars, drums, and mid-range male vocals, with the synthesizer lending the iconic sounds that the music has come to be known for. Often the upbeat tempo would have listeners up and dancing, or enjoying the music… Read more »

In Conversation with Helen Grime.

Helen Grime is a Scottish composer, teacher, and oboeist. Her compositions are steeped in a romantic mindset and bear the influence of early twentieth century Russian and French composers. She’s received numerous high honours from the international musical establishment, as well as commissions from major orchestras. (Check out The Voice Magazine’s review of her recording… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Arriving at Camp

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

Christmas in Oz

It’s that time of year again. Christmas lights are going up and the Christmas tunes are playing. The snow is falling and hot coco is being served. The Canadian Christmas is truly an amazing one. This year I found myself sitting in a coffee shop in Sydney when the song White Christmas came on. Given… Read more »

Editorial – What’s The Best Of Anyway?

Along with the end of the year comes a plethora of lists, telling us the best and worst of various things that happened during this revolution around the sun. The Voice Magazine is no exception to this, as the first issue each year is a look back at all of the articles we presented, and… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact ausu@ausu.org with questions or comments about this page. IMPORTANT DATES – Dec 24: Last day AU & AUSU open before winter break – Dec 25 ? Jan 4: AU & AUSU closed for winter break – Jan 5:… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Laurie wonders if her ENGL 255 exam will be marked as stringently as the course assignments. Michelle seeks advice on how to submit an audio/video file on Moodle for an assignment. Other postings include exam courier fees, taking a full course load, and courses ADMN 233, ECOM 320, MATH 265, MKTG 396,… Read more »

Council Connection

Wednesday’s AUSU council meeting started on time and moved along at a crisp pace?two qualities every meeting should aspire to. Once again, agendas were not available to meeting observers, making it difficult to follow the discussion. And once again, the formal meeting was followed by a closed councillors-only session. First item up for discussion was… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Holiday Cards

Whether or not you still keep the tradition of mailing out holiday cards, family newsletters, or other bundles of good news and good cheer, these links make the perfect accompaniment to a cold winter’s afternoon and a mug of hot cocoa. Special Delivery Worried about sending out the cards on time this year? At least… Read more »