Vol. 23 Iss. 11

Volume 23 Issue 11 - 03/13/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You

Rebecca is an AU student living in Nancy, France. Her hometown is Calgary, Alberta, and She’s been dividing her time between Canada and France for the past four years. Right now, Rebecca is taking AU courses as a visiting student, but she plans to enrol in a program. Rebecca was recently interviewed by The Voice… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Shop Anyway

During our recent cruise there was no shortage of programming to keep passengers engaged, active, entertained, or learning. One of the things we attended was the much-lauded presentation by the ship’s shopping ambassador. Indeed, such a person and position exists. Here was our thought process. We were going to be spending at most a few… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – All the Time

Sarah was born in 1975 and had an unusual childhood, as her father’s job required the family to move at least once a year. He made good money, and Sarah had all the opportunities that come with the chance to travel and see new places. But she wasn’t happy with the lack of stability. She… Read more »

The Study Dude – Six Steps to Success

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to know the strategies the top academics use for making arguments and claims so that everything you write about–even personal experience– is logically sound. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Halloween in Vegas

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

Primal Numbers – Vaccinating Pandora

When we imagine scientists tinkering with DNA, we like to think of them creating cool stuff. Things like cloned dinosaurs or alien-human hybrids. But what if they decide to recreate the deadly Spanish flu virus, which killed an estimated 50 million people in the pandemic of 1918? That’s what a group of researchers has done,… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Question of Ink & Age

Dear Barb: I am dating a guy who is ten years older than me. I am twenty-one and he is thirty-one. We get along great and have a lot of things in common. At first, I was a little hesitant to see him because of the age difference, but I liked him so much that… Read more »

In Conversation with The Highway, Conclusion

“I read a lot of Russian literature years back?Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and stuff like that. Then I read lots of Buddhist and Zen stuff. Then I got into politics, economics … also the psychedelic stuff. Movies, other music, weird life events?it all goes into the melting pot. Depending on where you dip the ladle you get… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Portrait

Album: Portrait Artists: Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà Composer: Ludovico Einaudi “The greatest compliment is knowing that some people have written a poem or painted a painting while listening to my music. Or that they have simply smiled at another day. I think that music can enter deep inside your soul. You are more defenceless… Read more »

Music Review – Pulp

Artist: The Seasons Album: Pulp As winter draws to a close and the warm sunshine begins to seep through the snow and rain laden clouds, we find ourselves venturing outside more often to welcome the coming change of the season. And what makes that experience even more uplifting is fun and quirky music gently rolling… Read more »

Free Books! Free Knowledge! From AU Press

“AU Press operates on the model of a knowledge-based economy, to which we contribute by providing peer-reviewed publications unfettered by the desire to commodify thought or to restrict access to ideas.” Did you know that AU Press is so dedicated to sharing knowledge that it offers free online access to all its publications? That’s right,… Read more »

What Mitty Teaches

I have never been a big movie-buff. I can watch a terrible, low budget, movie and still enjoy it. I can really watch almost any movie (unless it is based on a book, and is butchered.) That being said, I do not usually enjoy watching movies more than once or twice. One of my new… Read more »

Editorial – Student Funding Unrealistic

Unfortunately, I completely missed attending last week’s AUSU Council meeting. No excuses, I just completely forgot about it. I think I was looking up stuff about optimizing PDF files for Google searches. (The reason may become clear later this year.) Fortunately for me, and you, Barb Lehtiniemi was not so absent-minded, and her Council Connection… Read more »

Council Connection

Athabasca University is not closing and your credits are safe. Aren’t you glad The Voice Magazine‘s writers attend AUSU’s monthly council meetings to bring you news you need in a timely basis? Sitting in on meetings listening to discussions on policy is sometimes?dare I say it?boring. Judging from the number of other student observers who… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Science Course Discussions forum, user “MKhan786” seeks advice on the final exam for MATH 265. Other topics include an article in the Athabasca Advocate, the AUSU Executive Director position, and courses COMP 444 and 486. AthaU Facebook Group Abra’s looking for insight to the POLI 450 final exam. Ashlee wants… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Freaky Friday

It’s Friday the 13th . . . again. While You’re busy avoiding path-crossing black cats and the underside of ladders, take a few moments to sort out the myths, the facts, and what you really should be afraid of on Friday the 13th. Dos and Don’ts If you want good luck this Friday?or any other… 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 »