Vol. 23 Iss. 24

Volume 23 Issue 24 - 06/12/2015

Photo Feature: Around AU at Convocation

AU covers convocation fairly extensively itself, including running a live stream of the ceremonies (you can watch the live stream of the ceremonies starting at noon on Saturday, June 13th, at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/athabasca-university-convocation-2015) So rather than cover that ground again, graduate Bethany Tynes took her camera to give us a tour of the campus and some… Read more »

From Where I Sit – In Time

In this space I’ve written about the ongoing drama of building our new garage. It is complete enough that this weekend it housed my long-awaited three-day garage sale. In great style. Roy, that lucky bugger, was registered for a conference in Edmonton and was nowhere in sight. That meant I needed to put up all… Read more »

The Study Dude – Thank you for Arguing, Conclusion

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to wind up as leader of your next Athabasca University group project. 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 »

Dear Barb – Exercising Freedom

Dear Barb: I am in my twenties and just graduated from AU. I’ll be starting a full time job in July. I am so excited and anxious to get on with my life. My two-year-old daughter and I will be moving out of my parent’s home and into my own apartment soon. My mom always… Read more »

The Fit Student – Learning the Art of War: Navy SEAL Style

What student wouldn’t love to bask in the Navy SEAL mindset during exam time? If you don’t idealize parachuting out of planes into frigid, turbulent waters or sentencing yourself to Hell Week, at least you can take comfort that the Navy SEAL mindset also applies to everyday things, such as studies and work. What have… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Currency of Man

Album: Currency of Man Artist: Melody Gardot “?Cause I believe in a world where we all belong, And I’m so tired o? seein? every good man gone.” – Melodie Gardot, “Preacher Man” The above quote is from a song that memorialises the brutal racist killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955. This is… Read more »

In Conversation with No Dry County, Part II

No Dry County is a Texan indie band with a sound that combines rootsy Americana, folk, and classic rock, brilliantly displayed in close harmonies and a lively stage presence. Their first full-length album, The Night Before, was just released this March. Recently the band’s vocalist Trent Langford took the time to talk to Wanda Waterman… Read more »

The Travelling Student – The Beaches Not Seen

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 »

Dismantling the AUSU Forum

I remember my first lonely months as an AU student. Although I work well on my own, I know from experience that my learning process is enhanced by contact with fellow students. In my classroom of one, there is no enlightening discussion, no variety in points of view, no camaraderie. When I discovered the AUSU… Read more »

Editorial – Convocation!

First, congratulations to all those who have graduated over the past year. The last couple of days have seen a number of you up in Athabasca, Alberta participating in AU’s formal graduation ceremony, and with one more day of ceremonies to go, this is actually a great time for newer students to see what is… Read more »

Can You Miss What You Never Had?

I have heard stories about course reviews, reviews that used to exist on the Athabasca University Student Union (AUSU) website. I have been a student at Athabasca University (AU) since 2012; I have only ever heard about these mythical reviews through whispers in dark corners of the forums. What happened to these reviews? Anytime I… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

With summer upon us, student activity has slowed down, but here’s what’s been on the minds of those at AU. AthaU Facebook Group Marc posts information on how to easily extend the length of an essay. Janine seeks guidance on planning for her BFA. Lesley wonders why courses are so expensive when they don’t come… Read more »

Council Connection

Have you ever heard that saying about the tip of an iceberg? That even though you can see part of a problem, there’s likely to be a much bigger part of it lying unseen? As an AU student at this week’s regular AUSU council meeting, I got that impression for a couple of reasons?and left… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Small Spaces, Big Yield

How does your garden grow?or does it? If the approaching summer weather is making you yearn for a bigger backyard or even a small square of earth to plant vegetables or herbs, there’s good news: now more than ever, gardening doesn’t require large spaces or even a backyard at all. This week’s links show you… 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 – June 11-13: Convocation at AU! Congratulations! – June 15: AUSU swag draw for survey respondents – July 8: AUSU Council Meeting – July 10: Last day to… Read more »