Vol. 23 Iss. 15

Volume 23 Issue 15 - 04/10/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Evan Schmidt

Evan Schmidt is an AU student living in Vaudreuil, Quebec, which is west of Montreal. Evan began taking AU courses at age 14. He is currently in the Management Applications certificate program, and will soon be working on a 4-year Bachelor of Management degree, with a marketing major. Evan was recently interviewed by The Voice… Read more »

Stop the Press? Does AUSU Council want to kill The Voice?

In a puzzling move last week, AUSU Student Council announced it would seek to replace The Voice Magazine with a “Writer in Residence.” Without notice and with minimal fanfare, AUSU placed an upcoming event listing on its website, and on the AUSU Update page in April 3rd’s The Voice, for the seemingly hastily-organized 2015 Annual… Read more »

Primal Numbers – The Cramming Game

If You’re a student, procrastination is probably as much a part of your day as textbooks and quizzes. Your laptop’s ready, your books are open, but there always seems to be something more important to do. Call a friend, grab some lunch, maybe even help your kids with their homework. Besides, you can always squeeze… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Taken for a Ride

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 »

From Where I Sit – Embrace or Withdraw

One of the benefits of coordinating Babas and Borshch Ukrainian Festival the last couple years has been the personal satisfaction of facing a challenge head-on and succeeding. Regular Voice readers may remember that in January 2013 I pitched the idea of a brand new festival and 227 days later saw it come to fruition. It… Read more »

The Study Dude – How to Write a Lot

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to hurriedly suck up to your professor for a coveted research assistantship?one of your own making. 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… Read more »

Dear Barb: When the Bill Comes Due

Dear Barb: I have just completed my last course at AU and will be graduating soon. Also, I am starting a new job next week. I have been dating my boyfriend for three years and we are planning on moving in together. He has been working for almost five years, so he is well established… Read more »

Music Review – Singles from Fable Cry

Singles: “Onion Grin” and “Fancy Dancing” Band: Fable Cry As an English major I have read my fair share of fairy-tales, myths, and legends. But as a musical person, I always wondered what they would sound like, or perhaps what the characters were singing to themselves as they ventured off to save someone, or the… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Siddarth

Film: Siddharth Director: Richie Mehta Writers: Maureen Dorey and Richie Mehta “Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.” – from “The Stolen Child” by W.B. Yeats “In 2010, I met a man on the… Read more »

In Conversation with The Winter Brave, Part II

“Music definitely fuels my muse foremost. It’s what occupies my brain most hours of the day. I’m constantly searching for new music and seeing what unique quality each new artist brings.” – Jake Scarpino of The Winter Brave The Winter Brave is an alternative rock duo based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The world sat up… Read more »

Time Crunch

I wrote an article in January, The Goal Too Far, and while I try to live by my own words, sometimes it can be very difficult to cut myself some slack. I have myself on a fairly strict schedule. I try to allow time for that schedule to evolve and to change, depending on daily… Read more »

Editorial – The Importance of Independence

There’s a lot of good stuff in this issue, such as Philip Kirkbride’s Travelling Student, which this week includes a link to a video of his moped trip in Hawaii, and our latest interview with student and former AUSU Councillor, Evan Schmidt. But I’m finding it hard to concentrate on them because they may be… 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 – April 3-6: Easter Weekend ? AU & AUSU closed – April 10: Last day to register for courses starting May 1 – April 21: AGM & AUSU… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Laurie wants to know what the average wait time is for an exam mark. Lorena seeks help uploading an assignment file that exceeds the maximum allowable file size. Jodi looks for input about visiting Athabasca for a Biology lab. And Janielle hopes someone can explain the difference between “deductive” and “inductive” for… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – National Poetry Month

April?the month when temperatures rise, flowers bloom, and the air is full of scents and sights and sounds so rich it’s an adventure just to walk outdoors. What better time to celebrate National Poetry Month and the way language can create such an atmosphere of its own? Click through this week’s links to get some… Read more »

Did You Know? – You Can Help Save The Voice

If You’re currently taking an under-graduate course from AU and You’re not in a graduate program, you can attend, speak, and vote on the motions at AUSU’s AGM on April 21st, 2015 at 5:30 pm. The meeting is held by teleconference on a toll free number, or through your computer headset and microphone. Contact ausu@ausu.org… Read more »