Vol. 23 Iss. 10

Volume 23 Issue 10 - 03/06/2015

A Letter to Mom

Although you passed away many years ago, sometimes it seems like yesterday. Undeniably, you were not anywhere near the perfect mother, but I loved you and always felt loved by you. This may be difficult for some people to understand, as, for the most part, you didn’t raise me. Being a single mother with four… Read more »

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Terry Anderson

Dr. Terry Anderson is a Canadian Research Chair and on the editorial boards of several academic journals. He is also a teacher of AU’s Masters of Distance Education program, and recently consented to be interviewed by The Voice Magazine by writer Marie Well. Marie: You are an award winning professor at Athabasca University, and you… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Just Breathe

“Just keep breathing.” No one should have to say that to themselves, or anyone else, about the most basic, most life-giving parasympathetic function in our bodies. Often we just need reminding. Breathing is the basis of a yoga practice. And It’s only when we try to synchronize our breathing with a particular slow mindful motion… Read more »

In Conversation with The Highway, Part III

“There’s a certain type of character that you can’t help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.” – Steve Buscemi Daniel Tortoledo (vocals/bass), Ted MacInnes (drums/backing vocals), Adam Douglass (guitar/backing vocals), and Griffin McMahon (keys/backing… Read more »

Music Review – Enter to Exit

Artist: The Highway Album: Enter To Exit Recently The Voice Magazine‘s Wanda Waterman caught up with The Highway and discovered what makes them tick as musicians and a band. As truly unique and inspiring artists, The Highway has risen to success in an area where it can be hard for bands to get the exposure… Read more »

Dear Barb – Drunk and Dissin’

Dear Barb: About a year ago my dad met someone at work and left my mom and me. Around that time my mom began drinking. I didn’t think much about it, as she was going through a hard time, but her drinking has gotten worse. The minute she gets home from work she starts drinking… Read more »

The Study Dude – Six Steps to Success

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to know how to sound like a seasoned pro?at the PhD or professorial level?in your discipline by doing things such as scouting out subject dictionaries and subject year books. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Life After Death

It’s one of the last great mysteries of life, the question of what really happens when we die. Do we linger on with some kind of awareness in an afterlife? Does all consciousness fade to black? An intriguing scientific study points to proof that there is, indeed, life after death. But don’t start planning any… Read more »

The Entrepreneur’s Path – Starting a Restaurant

Starting a restaurant is no simple undertaking. Basically, you marry the operation and it becomes a sort of daily performance where you need to be at your very best presentation day-in and day-out (Meyer & Vann, 2013). Of course, your restaurant is best served (pun intended) with you, the owner, having a passion for cooking…. Read more »

The Mindful Bard – CitzenFour

Film: Citizenfour Director: Laura Poitras “First of all, Americans? justification for everything since the September 11 attacks is terrorism. Everything is in the name of national security, to protect our population. In reality It’s the opposite. A lot of the documents have nothing to do with terrorism or national security, but with competition between countries,… Read more »

Much Ado About MOOCs

With Athabasca University’s reputation as the premier online university, it’s surprising that they’re just now joining, or possibly re-joining, the MOOC movement. MOOCs, so-called Massive Open Online Courses, seem to be offered by every university and its frater these days. AU will launch its first purpose-designed MOOC, Learning to Learn Online on March 9. MOOCs… Read more »

Passionately Educated

I have been studying with AU for several years now, and in those years I have grown and changed. My studies have taken me places which I did not expect. When I began my search for programs it was initially English I was solely interested in. I wanted to learn how to write, how to… Read more »

On My Desk

I need to clean my desk. Everyone needs to clean their desk. Well, not everyone. Not the super-organized neat freaks. I used to be a super-organized neat freak, but then I started doing stuff and it keeps me from doing other stuff, like cleaning my desk. My desk isn’t bad, though. I mean, I’ve seen… Read more »

Editorial – In This Issue

If I’m being honest, I have to admit that some issues of The Voice Magazine just aren’t as good as others. Sometimes, I find myself looking at the articles going into the magazine on a given week and thinking to myself, is this really going to interest AU students? Not that I think we’ve done… 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 – February 27: Last business day to extend courses ending March 31 – March 10: Last day to register for courses starting April 1 – March 12: AUSU… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “AU Student” voices a concern that the ausu.org site doesn’t work well with SSL. AthaU Facebook Group Deanna seeks help with Chicago style citations. Lilly is looking for other students who have a diploma in Social Work and are now working on a degree. Tina… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Time for a Nap

This weekend’s the dreaded time change for locales that observe Daylight Saving Time?the spring forward that cheats us of an hour of rest. There’s good news, though: Monday, the day after Daylight Saving Time begins, is National Napping Day, and perhaps a chance to make up for lost sleep. Click through these links for more… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home:Teaching Assistants at U of T on Strike The Globe and Mail is reporting that graduate students, who do the bulk of the teaching as teaching assistants at the University of Toronto, have gone on strike over the university being unwilling to increase the funding being provided. The university has argued that it is… Read more »