Vol. 23 Iss. 29

Volume 23 Issue 29 - 07/17/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Ravi Parhar

Ravi Parhar is an AU student from British Columbia. Ravi has been taking courses at AU to fulfill prerequisites for full-time studies. He returns to University of British Columbia this fall. The Voice Magazine recently interviewed Ravi via e-mail about education, Nietzsche, and community involvement. Whereabouts do you live? I have spent most of my… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dealing with the “Kids”

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I are in our early twenties and we had our first child three months ago. She was not planned, but we are ecstatic she is here. We had been dating only six months when I got pregnant and I can’t believe how much our lives have changed since our daughter… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Crescent Head

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 »

The Study Dude – Thinking Skills

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to discern when an argument or point-of-view sucks. 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 »

From Where I Sit – Not Optional

Sometimes a whole bunch of obligations conspire to test one’s time management skills, priorities, and sanity. Here’s a peek at what’s going on in our lives. As Alberta wilts through a prolonged heat wave we are planning to get air conditioning installed. We’ve talked about it for years but did nothing. Until now. Even so,… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Good Grades, Good Health?

Studying can be hard on your health. Besides the pressure to get good grades, there are stiff necks from poring over textbooks and bleary eyes from cramming for exams. Still, those are nothing compared to the perils of not studying. According to new research, a lack of education might be just as deadly as smoking…. Read more »

Music Review – Run Koko

Album: Run Koko Band: Hey Anna It’s finally summer. The sun is bright and hot, the gentle lake breeze washes over you like a refreshing wave, and every morning you feel like you’re in a tiny paradise. At least that is how my summer spent camping at a lake feels. What makes my paradise even… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Covered

Album: Covered Artists: The Robert Glasper Trio (pianist Robert Glasper, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Damion Reid) “I missed the piano. I didn’t want to go back to trio and just play a bunch of standards or original jazz compositions, because then I would lose the big fan base I just built from mainstream R&B…. Read more »

Fly On The Wall – When the Should Hit the Fan

There’s a moment, in Chapter 11 of Jack Kerouac’s classic On the Road, where he’s riding the Greyhound across America and sits next to a fetching country girl. He engages her in a conversation, which amounts to an interrogatory attempt to suss out her meaning of life. As he ogles her tanned breasts she describes… Read more »

Ramp Up a Writing Career with a Residency

What do Marian Engel, Lynn Coady, Charlotte Gill, Lawrence Hill, Michael Crummey, and Margaret Laurence all have in common (besides the letter “L”)? If you identified all of these as prominent Canadian writers you’d be correct, but they have a further connection: each of these writers has served as a Writer-in-Residence at a Canadian university…. Read more »

Time For Yourself

Over the course of my degree my addiction to books has only increased. I have been introduced to new genres and authors. As a result I have been adding books to my “to read list” and to my “to buy list” I have also bought several and added them to my bookshelf to be read… Read more »

Editorial – Reality Wins

The heady days of summer are upon us (not that you can really tell if you’re in Calgary) which means that, as most of you enjoy your summer holidays, some of our writers are also enjoying some time away, which means that this week’s Voice is a bit shorter than we’ve been doing lately, but… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Business and Administration course discussion forum, Dave seeks study suggestions for the ADMN 417 exam. Other topics include retaking courses, AU’s financial situation, AUSU’s health plan, the upcoming election, council conduct, and courses CHEM 217 and CMNS 358. AthaU Facebook Group Tina seeks information on temporarily withdrawing from a program…. 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 20-31: Call for Nomination for Bi-election – Aug 10: Last day to register for courses starting Sept 1 – Aug 21-24: General Election Voting Period –… Read more »

International News Desk

Closure Concerns Abound If the recent reports about AU’s financial situation have you worried, perhaps you can at least take solace in knowing that you’re not alone. In the 2015 Survey of College and University Business Officers, almost one in five chief business officers of colleges and universities are worried that their institutions are at… Read more »

On the AUSU Audit Survey

Dear Editor: As one of your regular readers, I have followed the AUSU goings on with keen but detached interest. However, the AUSU forensic audit “survey” that appeared in the July 10 edition of THE VOICE compels me to comment. Based on long experience in social research, it seems clear that AUSU failed to obtain… Read more »