Vol. 23 Iss. 25

Volume 23 Issue 25 - 06/19/2015

Insolvency, Incompetence, and Other Indiscretions

I remember when the hiring freeze first started. The funding model wasn’t sufficient for AU to support all of its students. Positions started to be left vacant. And then came the massive provincial budget cuts. Layoffs, buyouts, and the elimination of vacant positions. Less staff at the university to assist students. Remaining staff beginning to… Read more »

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Natalie Allport

Natalie Allport is an AU student living in Ottawa. She is a competitive Slopestyle Snowboarder with her eyes on the 2018 Olympics. You can check out her website at http://www.natalieallport.ca. Natalie is in AU’s Business Management program. There was still snow on the slopes in April when Natalie was interviewed via e-mail by The Voice… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Some Action Verbs

Sometimes, life can best be defined by adjectives. I’m proud: that I was able to (successfully) program a seventy-dollar universal remote when the original began spazzing and sputtering during my binge watching of The Mindy Project. I had to keep my thumb on the play button to keep the images from hopping and skipping. This… Read more »

Music Review – Fever

Album: Fever Band: Canopy Climbers Technology is perhaps one of humankind’s crowning achievements. It allows me to introduce you to new music every week, I am able to connect with different types of musicians all over the planet, and, most importantly for AU students, technology has allowed us to learn and grow as people. For… Read more »

The Study Dude – The Writer’s Diet

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to learn the intricacies of writing like the pros. 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 and personal… Read more »

Primal Numbers – The Ultimate Upload

Predictions are fun, especially when they have to do with cool, futuristic science. Will cars ever fly? Will we colonize another planet? Still, there’s one forecast that seems a little disturbing?letting the cloud upload data directly from our brains. One tech futurist claims it will be reality in the next 20 years. But is that… Read more »

Dear Barb – They’re Not Me!

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years. He is awesome! I truly love him, but lately he’s been spending a lot of time with my best friend. They always got along well and I was happy about that because my previous boyfriend did not get along with Sarah and it… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Relics

Album: Relics Artist: Faded Paper Figures “To become a meditating astronaut, in our view, means using our technological and political tools to come to a more thoughtful, earth-saving perspective, realizing that our place in the cosmos is small, sacred, and fragile.” – Faded Paper Figures A glance at their day jobs? Heather Alden is a… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – The Magical Mezwed Tour

“I think we’re about ready for a new feeling to enter music. I think that will come from the Arabic world.” – Brian Eno Meeting Gaddour We encounter Abdelkadr, who is better known as Gaddour, at our local cafĂ©, where we often see him coming and going. He’s a friendly guy with a lot of… Read more »

Why My Bookshelf Will Outlive My E-reader

One of the best gifts I ever received was a Kobo Touch e-reader. I’m a book nut: I’m frequently reading, and I often have multiple books on the go at once. The e-reader makes it possible to read more often and in more locations than I can with traditional books. Previously, even a short weekend… Read more »

Convocation Inspiration

Over the weekend I was able to tune into some of the convocation ceremonies, and I found them to be inspiring. I watched as students, who overcame many obstacles, triumphantly walk across the stage to accept their parchment. I saw the pride in their eyes and their smiles; pride from the audience as the occasional… Read more »

A Remarkable Woman

When asked the question, “Who is your most memorable person?” most people struggle to find an answer. But for me, It’s easy. Irene Loraine Girard is the most memorable person in my life. I first met Irene when I was sixteen years old and my social worker brought me to The Inn of Windsor. Bishop… Read more »

There Is No Impossible For Us

It takes about an hour and a half to make the drive from Edmonton (the nearest major city and airport) up to Athabasca. The scenery isn’t much to look at?mostly two-lane highway with grassy shoulders reaching out to mixed wood forests. But as you pass through the town of Athabasca, you begin to see AU… Read more »

Editorial – On the Bubble

I was going to write an article discussing the report, recently accepted by the AU Board of Governors, that explains how AU is in danger of being insolvent in only two years, but Bethany Tynes sent in an article this week that did a much better job of looking at the issue than I was… 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 – July 8: AUSU Council Meeting – July 10: Last day to register for courses starting Aug 1 – August 10: Last day to register for courses starting… 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 Jesse seeks advice on whether to withdraw from a course that she’s struggling with. Elizabeth is looking for suggestions on which health-related career to pursue. Janielle needs to move her exam date… Read more »