Vol. 23 Iss. 21

Volume 23 Issue 21 - 05/22/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Kathleen McManus

Kathleen McManus is an AU student from southern Ontario. In addition to running her own company, Kathleen is doing a 4-year BA degree, with an English and History double major. The Voice Magazine caught up to Kathleen recently via e-mail, and interviewed her about school, literature, and speaking Elvish. Whereabouts do you live, and where… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – I’m Not Interested

At a long meeting? Maybe you’re bored. Maybe you’re tired. Maybe you’re totally disinterested in the topic?or are you? Actually, you’re probably not disinterested at all. There’s a big difference between being uninterested and being disinterested?so big that it can completely change the meaning of the sentence?and yet it’s one of the most common usage… Read more »

The Travelling Student – A Day Off

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 »

The Study Dude – Thank You for Arguing

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to learn debate and argumentation to augment your opportunities and socio-economic power. 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… Read more »

Primal Numbers – 2B Wireless or Not

We love our wireless world. From cell phones to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth to cordless phones, the number of wireless devices seems to grow by the day. So, too, does the amount of radiofrequency radiation and other electromagnetic fields that we’re exposed to. But as France moves to ban Wi-Fi in nursery schools, should we start being… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Enough Said

Despite having been born in Edmonton, I’ve spent the majority of my life in rural Alberta. We moved to the farm when I was in grade three. After high school graduation I did what every other farm kid does; I got the hell out and headed for the bright lights. I went to college. After… Read more »

Music Review – Anywhere But Here

Album: Anywhere But Here Band: Hawk and Steel Music is shaped by the world around us. Each trip, every change, even the smallest journey influences how we listen to and interpret music. Musicians also draw from the world around them for inspiration. Hawk and Steel’s music is guided by the imagery and stories of the… Read more »

Dear Barb – Grad Parenting

Dear Barb: I can’t believe it, but I will finally be graduating this year. It’s been a long journey for me as I’ve had some health issues, but I feel I’ve been fortunate to have the love and support of my family. My parents are divorced and both have remarried. My parents and stepparents have… Read more »

In Conversation with Moondog Matinee, Part II

Moondog Matinee is a Reno-based band known for creating boisterous, rootsy rock. (Watch their joyous performance of “Wild Way” here and listen to “Ghost Dime” here.) Moondog Matinee were selected as a Red Bull Sound Select artist and voted Best Band in Northern Nevada by the Reno News and Review. This summer they’ll be promoting… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Spin Cycle

Album: Spin Cycle Artist: Afiara Quartet “I sent my Soul through the Invisible, Some letter of that After-life to spell: And by and by my Soul return?d to me, And answer?d: ?I Myself am Heav?n and Hell.“ – Omar Khayyam The process was singular: The Afiara Quartet sent commissions to four of Canada’s best composers:… Read more »


Education is an emotional roller coaster. A successful assignment can send spirits soaring, while a poor assignment can plummet us into a hell of self-doubt. When I am enjoying the success of my efforts the feeling can’t be beat. My confidence soars and I feel validated. I believe I am where I am supposed to… Read more »

AUSU’s AGM – Accountability In the Real World

Would you hand over a sum of money to people you’ve haven’t met and then never hold them accountable for what they did with your dollars?which are supposed to benefit you? If you don’t attend AUSU’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 27, then you’ve done just that. How much money have you handed over… Read more »

The Abject

A sheet of paper flew out the window of my family’s Volkswagen Jetta as we emitted screams of delight. As it whipped out of sight between traffic and raindrops we realized what we’d just done. We’d been warned not to release our newfound toy, which flapped noisily in the wind, and we’d broken the rule… Read more »

Editorial – Three Things

On Wednesday, May 27th, at 5:30pm MST, AUSU Council will be holding its annual AGM. This is important. If you’re a current student, you need to take the time to attend. It’s free, you can access it through your phone, and the matters being discussed at this year’s AGM are important. Barb Lehtiniemi has an… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Sculpted

Summer’s on its way, which means soon sand sculpture artists will take to the beaches to build marvelous, if ephemeral, works of art. But while you’re waiting for it all to unfold, take a look at these artists, who use unusual mediums to create incredible pieces. From undersea sculptures to edible art, you’ll be awed,… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Ask AUSU forum, user “serenebarb” queries AUSU council on unusual salary expenditures for the period of November to January. AthaU Facebook Group Eva posts lists of courses that will be offered at AU’s Bow Valley campus and the MacEwan downtown campus this fall. Eli needs help clarifying some issues with… 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 27: AUSU Annual General Meeting – June 10: Last day to register for courses starting July 1 – June 10: AUSU Council Meeting – June 11-13:… Read more »