Vol. 23 Iss. 17

Volume 23 Issue 17 - 04/24/2015

Don’t Let the AUSU Gravy Train Leave Without You

You have only one week to submit your application to AUSU to make the May 1 deadline for a number of AUSU undergraduate scholarships and awards. Since AUSU hasn’t been promoting the upcoming deadline, applications are likely to be lower than usual, reducing the competition. This is your chance! The AUSU Scholarship, Awards, and Bursaries… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Goon

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 »

Music Review – Graveyard of Dreams

Album: Graveyard of Dreams Artist: Joseph Pagano Sometimes It’s amazing where life can take us. One moment we find ourselves following one track, only to be nudged onto another track entirely. Joseph Pagano is one such person. It seemed that music was always in Joseph’s life. Over the years his life’s journey brought him in… Read more »

Primal Numbers – The Science of Slacking

Slacking off at school? Finding it hard to stay motivated? Whether It’s you or your kids that are having trouble hitting the books, new research shows that the problem might be caused by your genes. That’s right?genetics can have a bigger effect on your study habits than external factors do. But that doesn’t mean you’ll… Read more »

In Conversation with Tumbleweed Wanderers, Part II

The Tumbleweed Wanderers deliver an original incarnation of soulful folk rock from the San Francisco Bay area. Their career started with busking and was accelerated by creative discipline; they soon found themselves a lauded stage presence at clubs and festivals. Their soon-to-be-released album, Realize, is a rich, multilayered tapestry of the same kind of rootsy… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Say Cheese

When a child is first born into a family everything changes. A couple becomes parents; their parents become grandparents. Everyone’s cameras come out to capture every smile, every move, every nuance in expression that the infant makes. We are fascinated by the miracle of life. The ten perfect fingers and toes; the eyes, ears, mouth… Read more »

Dear Barb – Relationship Death

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently attended a funeral of a family friend and, while there, was appalled to hear one of the family members talking negatively about the person. And she was speaking this way about other family members as well. She actually cornered me and began criticizing some of the family members. For example,… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Punk Syndrome

Film: The Punk Syndrome Directors: J-P Passi and Jukka Kärkkäinen Writers: Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi, and Sami Janhukainen “They give me pig food in the nuthouse. I keep my mouth shut, Otherwise I’ll be stabbed. I don’t want a summer vacation? I can’t visit anyone because I make too much noise, And I’d have to… Read more »

The Entrepreneur’s Path

Scouting out books on entrepreneurialism from the shelves of bookstores always disappoints. On one hand, there exists a vast selection of books on tiresome topics such as how to write a business plan or the mindset of an entrepreneur. Worse still included a series on the cut-throat, unmerciful Dragon Den’s advice, of which I own… Read more »

Alberta Provincial Election 2015 – Why AU Students Should Care

Maybe you live in Barrhead, Alberta, and you just aren’t interested in politics. Or maybe you live in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and You’re looking at implications of the Liberal’s new budget on your own province. But even if you aren’t normally interested in Alberta politics, if You’re an Athabasca University student, it affects you. Post-secondary… Read more »

Course Exam – Overview of e-Commerce (ECOM) 320

I’ve been meaning to do a course review for a while, but none of the classes I’d completed stood out. With e-Commerce (ECOM) 320: Overview of e-Commerce, that has definitely changed. ECOM320 is a foundational course which overviews the main aspects of e-Commerce. These include technology topics, business models, the virtual value chain, innovations, and… Read more »

Does The Voice Magazine Benefit AU Students?

With the recent news about the Athabasca Unviversity Students’ Union and The Voice Magazine, I have found myself a bit lost. Politics is something I do not excel at. I tend to believe what I am told; I believe that when someone says that they have my best interest at heart, they do. I still… Read more »

Editorial – What Now?

Well. That was an interesting week. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, last week was possibly the last issue of The Voice Magazine, as there was an AGM scheduled on Tuesday that could have removed the protection and the funding that students had previously asked AUSU guarantee The Voice Magazine. As You’re… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “serenebarb” reminds students of the AUSU Annual General Meeting on Apr 21, as well as the regular monthly council meeting following (both meetings we’re subsequently postponed.) In the State and Legal Studies course discussion forum, user “KALinton” asks if the assignments for LGST 369 are… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – What you Didn’t Know About the Bard

On Thursday we celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday?but if you missed it this year, it’s not too late to join in the festivities! This week we’ll look at some things you might not have known about Shakespeare’s story. A Night to Remember Scholars, actors, and directors regularly disagree about Shakespearean interpretation, but usually remain civil. Not so… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

Karl; Reading about the possibility of Athabasca students no longer having a Voice is counter to what public education and our country in general is in need of. We as a people need a Voice to speak for, against and to join debates in whatever issues we see affecting us. To remove a student paper… Read more »