Vol. 22 Iss. 49

Volume 22 Issue 49 - 12/19/2014

Tutor Tales

Everyone has their own stories when it comes to the tutors who help us, or hinder us, as we work toward our goals. My goal is to graduate with a BA in English, and, in my pursuit, I have had my share of tutors. Some have been amazing, some have left much to be desired,… Read more »

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Deanna Roney

Deanna Roney is an AU student who lives in Houston BC, a small town of about 3500. She’s enrolled in the BA program with an English Major, and she balances her studies with helping her husband run their own business. Deanna was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine about school, work, and the great outdoors…. Read more »

The Travelling Student – 4:30am

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

From Where I Sit – Best Wishes

Are you ready? How are your Christmas preparations coming? Is your tree up? If you can manage it, get one of those fancy shmancy pre-lit ones. It will save untold hours of frustration and give you a perfectly balanced look. The fun part is selecting the ornaments and garlands to use. Will it be a… Read more »

The Study Dude – Thinking Fast and Slow

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to critically think your way into a posh career as a professor. 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 »

Dear Barb – A Christmas Message

This is my last column of the year and I would like to turn the tables and address my readers. This world can be somewhat overwhelming at times with so much going on, especially with career issues, raising children, and trying to keep relationships healthy and happy. At times our priorities get messed up and… Read more »

The Career Path – Launch

With more reports saying that the idea of a life-long career is dead, it will be up to us when we graduate to develop our own forms of employment. So I recently read the book Launch by Jeff Walker, and, without question, it was an enticing read. Midway through the book, I was committed to… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Translating 2015

If there’s one overwhelming impression that will close out 2014, it’s of people talking. Talking on cell phones. Chatting as they stream TV shows or watch YouTube videos. Making videos themselves, sharing ideas. Now imagine that all those voices can talk to anyone, anywhere, in any language, and instantly be understood. That’s the potential of… Read more »

Music Review – “Get You Good”

Single: Get You Good Artist: Stroamata In the rough times, music can be a wonderful way to cope with intense feelings. Stroamata appears to recognize this need for music to comfort us during the ups and downs of our lives, and their latest single seeks to remind us of our internal strength that we sometimes… Read more »

In Conversation with William Susman

William Susman is Chicago-born composer of film, chamber, and orchestral music, with a thorough education in both jazz and classical piano. His work is notable for its human concern as well as for his use of technical innovations, based on the science of sound, like Shepard Tones and isorhythms. (Read the Voice review of his… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – My Editor Said to Me…

On the first day of Christmas, my editor said to me I don’t think you quite meant literally. On the second day of Christmas, my editor said to me It’s “too much”?use the adverb And I don’t think you quite meant literally. On the third day of Christmas, my editor said to me Put commas… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Next Spring

Album: Next Spring Artists: The Mehmet Polat Trio “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” – Martin Luther Once winter has commenced, It’s never too early to allow one’s mind to leap… Read more »

Alone for the Holidays

“Nobody should be alone on Christmas Day,” proclaims the advertisement in the newspaper. A community service group is opening its doors on the afternoon of December 25 this year so that those who are alone for the holidays can enjoy a festive meal in the company of others. For many of those who celebrate Christmas,… Read more »

Travelling Book Review: The Art of Nothing

Experiencing writers block, lack of concentration, or a general lack of ideas? According to Andrew Smart, writer of Auto-Pilot: The Art of Doing Nothing, the solution could be taking more time, as you might expect from the title, to do nothing. I found Smart’s book on sale at a used bookstore. Having recently experienced days… Read more »

The End of the Revolution

Welcome to the last issue of The Voice Magazine for 2014, and Happy Holidays! If You’re reading this, it means you’ve almost completed yet another trip around the sun, travelling over 93 million miles only to end up exactly where we were before. But hopefully in the course of that revolution, things have changed for… 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 Colleen asks about the reasons why other students are taking AU courses. Kevin muses on the wisdom of scheduling back-to-back exams. Jesse seeks help on identifying rhetorical devices for an English essay. Other postings include bad tutors, telephone quizzes, transitioning to graduate studies, waiting for course materials, and courses ENGL 401, HSRV… Read more »

Did You Know? – Not Studying Might be Smarter

At this time of year, a lot of students are busy trying to juggle not only their studies, but also the additional pressures of Christmas shopping and the expectations of family. However, a recent article in the Globe and Mail points out that attempting to cram everything in while studying as well can be worse… Read more »