Vol. 23 Iss. 19

Volume 23 Issue 19 - 05/08/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Dustin

Dustin Blumhagen is an AU student living in Cochrane, Alberta. Dustin is a teacher, writer, and music lover, and he’s currently enrolled in the Labour Studies degree program at AU. Dustin’s schedule as a freelance writer is a bit chaotic, so The Voice Magazine caught up to him via e-mail, and interviewed him about school,… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – The Further I Go…

Or is it the farther I go? Further/farther is one of the more confusing pairs of words, stumping even the toughest writers and editors. There are a few issues at play here. First, both are comparatives of a single word, far. Second, each one seems to have developed to cover a specific context, a specific… Read more »

The Travelling Student – The Cherry On Top

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 – Mother

Mothers come in all sizes, shapes, colours, ages, and dispositions. Mothers have been vilified and mocked, glorified and revered, often by the same people on different days. To say the mother-child relationship is complicated is to state the obvious. In the beginning we look to mom for our very survival. In our teens (and terrible… Read more »

Primal Numbers – The Internet of Traffic Jams

The Internet of things is wonderful. It can let your fridge tell you when your milk’s about to expire, or help your washing machine decide exactly how much detergent to use. And soon it could even direct traffic, doing away with the need for outdated technology like traffic lights. A wonderful future indeed, but only… Read more »

Dear Barb – Ways to See the World

Dear Barb: I am in my twenties and feeling very disillusioned with life. When I turn on the TV all I hear about is killing, wars, beheading, rape, homelessness, child abuse, domestic violence, the list goes on and on. With all this violence and abuse in the world how can there be a loving, caring… Read more »

Music Review – Realize

Album: Realize Artist: Tumbleweed Wanderers The days are growing warmer, very warm where I live, and the grass and trees are becoming greener every day. It feels like summer is in the air and I am looking for my summer road trip music. Tumbleweed Wanderers? album Realize is coming out just in time. To be… Read more »

In Conversation with Richie Mehta, Part II

Richie Mehta is the Canadian director of Amal (winner of more than 30 international awards, nominated for six Genie Awards, and placed among the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine) and Siddharth, a moving film dealing with the issue of child-trafficking in India (Siddharth is recommended here in The Mindful Bard)…. Read more »

Maghreb Voices – The Tunisian Cafe, Part II

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen La Boheme Salon de Thé in Manouba has become our second home, our watering hole, our workplace, and our conference centre, the place where we meet friends, celebrate milestones, hammer… Read more »

The Study Dude – Rhetorical Devices

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to fight the tyranny in life with a solid rhetorical device. 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 opinions… Read more »

Decoding an AU Transcript

AU’s online transcript preview is convenient when you just need a copy for your own use. Also, some grant and scholarship providers now accept the PDF preview under the same rules that apply to submitting receipts for taxes (i.e., they will take your word for it, but reserve the right to request a hard copy… Read more »

Orange Crush – Change in Alberta’s Political Landscape

On Tuesday, May 5, after 44 years in power, the Progressive Conservatives were swept away by an orange wave?Alberta’s New Democratic Party won a majority government with 53 of the 87 seats in the legislature. The Wildrose Party will form the official opposition with 21 seats. The Progressive Conservatives won just 10 seats, and the… Read more »

English Exams – Lost in the Books

If there is one thing students tend to agree on it is a dislike for exams. Some students experience exam stress and anxiety. When I started with AU, I recall going in to take my first exam: English 211. When I’d had to prepare for exams before it was pretty straightforward; there were either facts… Read more »

Tutors are Human Too

A glance at student posts on social media and the AUSU Forums suggests that students? number one complaint is about their tutors. Specifically, students often express frustration at the length of time it takes to have an assignment or exam marked. What’s also apparent is that many students don’t seem to know how long is… Read more »

Summer Jobs – The Search Made Easier

With summer coming up many students are off and looking for full-time jobs. I’ve been a student for several years so I know how hard it can be to find one. My sister, Stacey, has been in a scramble over the last few weeks having just finished her last semester at college. To complete the… Read more »

Editorial – A Selection of Goodness

Have you ever had one of those weeks where time completely gets away from you? Where no matter how you try you don’t seem to be able to get anything done and deadlines don’t so much loom as charge? That was this week for me. The fault goes, in part, to the Alberta Election. For… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “barrywheeler” solicits thoughts from other students about AU switching exams over to online-only. What if you can’t type as quickly as others? AthaU Facebook Group Tamra posts that a former president of AUSU’s student council and former writer for The Voice Magazine, Debbie Jabbour (NDP),… 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 ?May 8: Last business day to register for courses starting June 1 ?May 13: AUSU General Council Meeting ?May 27: AUSU Annual General Meeting ?June 10: Deadline to… Read more »