Vol. 23 Iss. 28

Volume 23 Issue 28 - 07/10/2015

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Kinshuk

The Associate Dean of AU’s Faculty of Science, Dr. Kinshuk, currently holds an NSERC/iCORE/Xerox/Markin Industrial Research Chair for Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics, and has more than 300 research publications in referreed journals. With all this going on, The Voice Magazine is very happy that he was able to take the time to be interviewed… Read more »

The Cost of Incompetence?

Dear students, I know many of you won’t be reading this, the sun is shining, the beaches are full, and the last thing most of us are thinking about is Athabasca’s Student Union. Yet, for those of us involved in the University community, recent happenings have been hard to miss, both the recent AGM and… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – A Voice Cries Out

Writing is personal. Sometimes it’s personal in content, like a journal or memoir?and sometimes there are personal aspects, like a character who goes through a painful experience similar to your own. Then there’s the catharsis that can come from getting your frustration out onto paper (or screen!), and the vindication you feel when you turn… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Alibi App

Instant replays are great. They leave no doubt about whether the puck went into the net, or which horse won. And they’d be incredibly helpful in all kinds of situations, like proving what your contractor promised he’d do. Now an app called Alibi can do just that, recording your life 24 hours a day. The… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Reverse Hitch-Hiking

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 – Road Trip

One day while visiting a city library I browsed through their discards to see if I wanted anything for my own collection. That day I bought my first audio books. No, technically that’s not true. I have many, many personal development books and presentations on cassette tapes. Cassette tapes. They may as well be eight… Read more »

The Fit Student – Careers for Bookworms

Do you love to read? Are you a proverbial bookworm, with the bookish reputation and the face of an owl? You don’t need to look like an owl to love books, but you must peer at books regularly, like on buses, during lunch hours, before bed, and in restaurants. I often read while waiting for… Read more »

Dear Barb – Intimacy Lost

Dear Barb: I really enjoy reading your column every week. I am in my mid-twenties have been with my present boyfriend in a serious relationship for three years. We moved in together last year. The first two years were fantastic, but I’ve noticed that since we moved in together he is not as attentive and… Read more »

The Study Dude – Thinking Skills

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to know how to insert compelling and complex arguments in your 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 and honest… Read more »

Music Review – Eric and Aaron

EP: To Keep From Losing Our Minds Band: Eric and Aaron There are a few criteria that I judge my favourite music by: originality, balanced harmony between vocals and music (especially if there are more than two singers), dramatic bass, emotionally driven vocals, light but thought provoking lyrics, and feelings of epic awesomeness washing over… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Wild Tales

Film: Wild Tales Director: Dami├ín Szifron “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” – William Shakespeare Are moral lapses forgivable? Of course they are, in a universe wherein love… Read more »

In Conversation with Faded Paper Figures, Part II

“Yogi hippiography, sell us immortality, PhD without a gig, dirty, broken drill rig, Bible basher black belt, bankers buck a short sell, Kurzweil on a pill-kick, handing down a pink slip, Missionaries at the door, bleeding out at every pore, Democratic fail safe, Money gets you in the game, Money gets you in the game,… Read more »

Oh Where Art Thou, Globe and Mail

Through the forums on my English 384 Creative non-fiction course site, I learned that the Globe and Mail was accepting submissions. Usually before I consider what I am going to submit I like to look through the magazine, or in this case, paper: What articles are they running? What is the tone? Who are their… Read more »

A Room of One’s Own – Finding Writing Space and Inspiration

If You’re a writer, one of the biggest barriers to finishing a writing project is day-to-day diversions. Many writers find success completing projects only by getting away from home and its inherent distractions and responsibilities. Finding a quiet place to write isn’t difficult. Some writers build a little garden hut, others rent secluded cabins, and… Read more »

Editorial – Falling Behind

Our feature interview this week is with the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science at AU, Dr. Kinshuk. Dr. Kinshuk works out of the Computing Sciences department, juggling his duties as Dean with publishing research papers and teaching Comp 695. Read how for him, the why of the teaching is as important as the… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

The AUSU Forums exploded to life this week with the anticipation of AUSU council’s summer election. And the AUSU office is tweeting helpful info for students daily. AUSU Student Forums In the Ask AUSU forum, Mark poses questions for council on corruption, conflict of interest, and interference with The Voice Magazine. In the General Student… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Take a Moment

It’s summer, and the living is easy?or at least It’s supposed to be. Unfortunately, summer holidays can be more stressful than ever. we’re off our routines, we’re hot and out of sorts, and odds are we’re frantically prepping for a trip or engaged in the never-ending unpacking after one. Time out! This week’s links offer… 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 – Aug 10: Last day to register for courses starting Sept 1 – Aug 1: Estimated launch of mental health services – Sept 9: AUSU Council Meeting –… Read more »