Vol. 23 Iss. 26

Volume 23 Issue 26 - 06/26/2015

Meeting the Minds – Dr. “Vive” Kumar, Part III

The Voice Magazine previously interviewed Dr. Kumar in April of 2014. That interview looked more at his background, while this time, Marie Well interviews him about some of this theories and accomplishments. You can read the first and second parts of this interview in our archives. Marie: What is your particular philosophy on student evaluation?… Read more »

The Future of AUSU is Bright!

Have you read articles in The Voice lately that made you wonder what the blazes is going on at AUSU these days? I have. When I went up to AU’s Convocation ceremonies this year, I had the chance to meet AUSU President, Shawna Wasylyshyn, in person, and was so fascinated by what she had to… Read more »

From Where I Sit – The Challenge

Despite having all sorts of (better?) ways of making notes, I persist with using scraps of paper and a pen. It may not have served me particularly well as technology has advanced, but old habits die hard. I am trying. Among the notations on my phone at this moment are the combination to our floor… Read more »

The Study Dude – Write it Up

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to arm-wrestle your way into the main authorship role in your next group paper. 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… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Gift of Time

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been invited to a birthday party/open house for a friend who is turning thirty. The invitation says no gifts, just your presence required. I believe people just say that, but they really want a gift, my boyfriend doesn’t agree with me. He doesn’t want to bring a gift… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – Cognitive Lightning

A pitter-patter of raindrops becomes a torrential deluge as the mountainous vista of my forestry job is invaded by meteorological reality. Lightning sheets across the sky, followed instantly by a tremendous crash of thunder. Amazingly, though not surprisingly given the nature of our 21st century, I simultaneously hear the much-quieter sound of my cell phone… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – A Company Affair, Part III

In the last installments of the Toolbox?a few weeks back, thanks to intervening obligations and a speaking engagement?we looked at how to handle capitalization, punctuation, and similar issues when using brand names, company names, and trademarks in your writing. The one-line recap: Wherever possible and/or reasonable, go with the company’s preferred spelling and punctuation. But… Read more »

Music Review – Into the Night

EP: Into the Night Band: London Has Fallen Alternative music has always been one of my favourite genres. The music that falls into this category often pushes the boundaries, integrating a variety of musical elements and incorporating lyrics that draw on raw emotion for inspiration. With the release of their EP, Into the Night, London… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Behind the Blue Veil

Film: Behind the Blue Veil Director: Robyn Symon “They were the men and the women of the sand, of the wind, of the light, of the night. They appeared as in a dream, at the crest of a dune, as if they were born of the cloudless sky.” ~Jean-Marie G. Le Cl├ęzio The opening scene… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Brains and Bacteria

You are what you eat. They’re wise words, and it’s not hard to see the connection between what we eat and the way we feel. But did you also know that your diet has a direct effect on your memory? Whether you’re studying for an exam or trying to remember your passwords, the bacteria in… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – The Magical Mewzed Tour, Part II

(Read the first part of this article here.) “The more you understand the music, the easier you can dance.” – Orlando Gutinez Mezwed is a highly sensual?and danceable?musical genre. One of my earliest encounters with it was at a wedding in Gafsa; this having been my first visit to Tunisia, I was not at all… Read more »

Keep Calm and Study On

As an AU student who hopes one day to make the journey to Athabasca to collect her degree, I’m concerned with recent reports regarding AU’s long-term viability. Media reports predicting the demise of AU, or a merge with another institution, seem to crop up annually, followed by some water-on-the-fire response by the university. This year’s… Read more »


500 Energy Square, 10109 ? 106 ST NW Edmonton AB T5J 3L7 phone:780.497.7000 fax: 780.497.7003 toll free: 855.497.7003 ausu@ausu.org; www.ausu.org Chief Returning Officer (CRO) required for upcoming AUSU Election The Athabasca University Students’ Union is currently accepting applications to fill the role of its CRO for an upcoming summer 2015 election. The CRO, working with… Read more »

Informal Course Evaluations

I often see questions about course recommendations. Thankfully, I have been told that the course evaluations should be back up and running by September. Until then I thought I would share some insights into courses that I have loved, struggled through, and bumped my GPA. The course that I wish I had taken earlier in… Read more »

A Convocation Uncommon

It does not take more than a few minutes attending the Athabasca University Convocation to see just what sets AU apart from other universities. One of the first things I noticed was how many graduates had travelled from all over the world to be there, many more than at brick-and-mortar university ceremonies. Since AU is… Read more »

Editorial – Ironic Timing

The theme this week, as it turns out, is self-analysis. We start with our interview with Dr. “Vive” Kumar, proponent of learning analytics, and analytics in general, where actions are consciously reviewed and analyzed to ascertain more meaning from them. He even applies this to himself when he’s marking the assignments of his students. It’s… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Boom, Crack

It’s summer, and thunderstorms are rolling across the fields and darkening the skies over cities. How to stay safe from these awe-inspiring displays of nature’s power? Click through this week’s links for before, during, and post-storm safety. Out in the Wild Of course you’re supposed to be indoors during a storm, but what if you’re… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

Activity on AUSU’s Forums has picked up since The Voice Magazine’s June 12, 2015 article, “Dismantling the AUSU Forum”. Elsewhere, many students seem to be wrapping up courses before the summer. AUSU Student Forums In the Course Discussions forum, user KALinton seeks information on the format of POLI 277 assignments. Other topics include student e-mail… 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 1: Estimated launch of mental health services –… Read more »