Vol. 23 Iss. 27

Volume 23 Issue 27 - 07/03/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Sandra Livingston

Sandra Livingston is an AU student from Ontario, who divides her time between Newmarket and Kingston. In addition to being a regular contributor to The Voice Magazine, Sandra is the author of several books. Her next book, A Queen’s Revenge, will be coming out in February 2016. Sandra is in AU’s BA program, majoring in… Read more »

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

Over the past few installments we’ve explored the relationship between brand names and the written word. Last week we discussed whether to genericize product names, like Xerox vs. the verb “to xerox” or Google vs. “to google” (or “to Google,” depending on which dictionary you use). This week we take things a step further and… Read more »

Music Review – Soul Trigga, featuring Rich Kidd

Single: “Soul Trigga ft. Rich Kidd” Artist: ESMA It’s been awhile since I reviewed a single. Typically I prefer to listen to an entire album to get a good idea about a musician’s talent. But when I listened to ESMA’s latest single “Soul Trigga” I was so blown away by her music that I couldn’t… Read more »

The Study Dude – Write It Up, Part II

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to cite yourself in your second journal publication. 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 anecdotes?even… Read more »

Dear Barb – Beyond First Blush

Dear Barb: I recently moved in with my boyfriend, after dating for almost a year. Before we moved in we got along great, rarely argued. Now, though, we argue all the time?mostly about money. Jay has his own house and has been managing his bills on his own. I assumed he would continue to pay… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Stick it to the Plan

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 – Wonders Underfoot

Is there anything more gorgeous than a peony? Not only are they magnificent when they bloom but they also have so much more in their favour. They are extremely hardy. I’ve never heard of winterkill taking these girls down. Considering that they die back to the ground each fall, it is a small miracle that… Read more »

In Conversation with Faded Paper Figures, Part I

“Strangers looking fine, like nothing’s on the line, but deep, deep down inside we’d all want to resign if nothing’s on the line, we wouldn’t last the night if nothing’s on the line.” – Faded Paper Figures, “On The Line” Faded Paper Figures (FPF), an indie trio comprised of Heather, R. John Williams, and Kael… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Advantageous

Film: Advantageous Director: Jennifer Phang Writers: Jennifer Phang‭ and ‬Jacqueline Kim‬‬ “It’s good to be humble, but you need to know your value. The wisdom, the ideas, and the kindness in you? That’s the secret beauty everyone wants.” – quote from Advantageous Advantageous is a valuable addition to the tradition of Brave New World, 1984,… Read more »

Writing Away From it All

Many people dream of a little cottage away from it all. A place to retreat from the world for a time, gather one’s thoughts, and maybe write a little. A little Walden Pond of one’s own. If you’re a writer, this dream could be closer than you think. A writers’ retreat may be just the… Read more »

Teachings from the Hounds

These last few days have been a trying time. I took one of our dogs into the veterinary clinic on Friday, concerned as he was not acting like himself. I thought he was constipated, and was worried that he might have a chunk of bone lodged somewhere in his system. What started out as a… Read more »

Editorial – First in Line

I hope you had a happy Canada day, and, if You’re American, an equally good Independence Day. Ask me on any other day of the year, and I’ll be quite happy to tell you all about how I think the concepts of nationalism and patriotism are causing more harm in the world than good. But,… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Business and Administration course discussion forum, user “derdall” wonders if a 4-year Bachelor of Mgmt looks better on a resume than a 3-year. Other topics include AU’s financial situation and course ACCT 355. AthaU Facebook Group Heidi wants to know if a transcript assessment takes the full eight weeks. Tamra… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Suit Up

Sunshine, sand, sunscreen?essentials for a day at the beach. And don’t forget the swimsuit! This weekend we celebrate the bikini’s 69th birthday with a glance back at swim fashion throughout the decades. Evolution From the bathing machines (really!) of the early 19th century through the itsy bikinis of today, the evolution of the swimsuit is… 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 »