Vol. 23 Iss. 03

Volume 23 Issue 3 - 01/16/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Jess Price

Jess Price is an AU student from Vancouver BC. She’s currently enrolled in AU’s Human Resources and Labour Relation program. Jess was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine about school, culture, and archery. Describe the path that led you to AU. What was it that made you realize you wanted to go back to school,… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Clearing

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 part twelve in the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program…. Read more »

Knowing Me, Knowing You

In the movie Her, a lonely man named Theodore Twombly falls in love with his operating system. The digital personality seems to know Theodore better than the humans around him do. Farfetched? Not according to a new study that claims our computers can judge our character more accurately than friends and family can. As The… Read more »

The Study Dude – Dissertation Journey, Part II

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to know not just how to write a dissertation upon your acceptance into graduate studies, but also how to apply the principles to your undergraduate essay writings in the meantime. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Live Happily Ever After

Who needs a travel alarm clock when she has a smart phone? Who needs a Rolodex, quaint little purse-sized address book, or the five-pound Yellow Pages when everyone who’s anyone can be Googled? Who needs two-way radios when everyone and his brother have a cell phone? These are just some of the thoughts rattling around… Read more »

Council Connection

Meetings that achieve a certain flow can be deceivingly hypnotic, like a soothing zephyr. For me, Wednesday’s AUSU council meeting began on the right foot, because I was able to get an agenda for the meeting. Trying to follow a meeting over the phone without an agenda is challenging, especially when I want to write… Read more »

Dear Barb – Taking Advantage

Dear Barb: I am the oldest of four; I have two younger sisters and one younger brother. My parents have always been hard on me and I tried to accept this because I was the oldest and had to set an example for the younger ones. When my youngest brother was in his early twenties… Read more »

In Conversation with Mehmet Polat, Part I

Mehmet Polat is a Turkish master of the oud (the Arabic lute), a musician noted for having developed new techniques in his playing and for mixing different musical traditions (Turkish, Arabic, Azerbaijan, Persian, Indian, Flamenco, and Jazz, to name a few) in his compositions. Along with the Mehmet Polat Trio (with Sinan Arat playing ney… Read more »

Music Review – “High Line”

Artist: The Bone Chimes Single: “High Line” Music has a way of becoming part of our everyday lives. Personally, there is nothing I love more than creating and listening to a personal soundtrack when I am out and about in the world. The songs on my playlist are typically not of the average pop music… Read more »

Keeping it Short

Whatever happened to the art of writing shorthand? Has it gone the way of the adding machine, hand-sewn clothes, and film cameras? When I attended high school a million years ago, shorthand was offered as a full-credit course. (I should also mention that there was a full-credit course in using adding machines?now known as desktop… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – The Smiling Ghosts of Mides, Part I

“Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon for the next generation. I quietly thank this ancestor of mine for surviving the trip so that I could one day return.” – Raquel Cepeda we’re driving through the Dorsal, which is part… Read more »

Rusty’s Gift

Every Sunday morning, without fail, my husband and I drove to our local Humane Society and walked the dogs. I walked the small ones and Ed walked the larger ones. Some days all the cages were full and other days there would be only one or two lonely, scraggly little dogs. Little did I know… Read more »

The Goal Too Far

Recently there was a post on the Athabasca University Facebook page questioning the graduation policies?specifically, when the course work needed to be completed in order to participate in the convocation ceremonies in June. (That would be the first week of May according to the AU website.) As a distance education student I am sure the… Read more »

Editorial – The Bear in the Room

It’s been quite a week for layoffs. In case you haven’t heard, Target has given a surprise announcement that they’ll be closing all their stores across Canada. Every single one. That means over 17,000 people are losing their jobs and will be talking to Employment Insurance Canada. On the same day, Sony announced that it… 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 – Jan 30: Last business day to extend courses ending February 28 – February 10: Last day to register for courses starting March 1 – February 11: AUSU… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – What’s Hot

AUSU Student Forums Sujatha posts an inquiry about the ORGB 364 course syllabus. Linza seeks students’ input on CMIS 455. AthaU Facebook Group Dawn seeks help with the definition of an Old Norse term for HIST 383, The Vikings. Kathleen wonders about the advisability of enrolling in several courses then finishing them one at a… Read more »

Did You Know? – T2202A’s are in!

2014 TUITION, EDUCATION AND TEXTBOOK AMOUNTS CERTIFICATE Update from Athabasca University Financial Services? Athabasca University Financial Services is pleased to announce that the official 2014 Tuition, Education and Textbook Tax Credit Certificate (T2202A) forms will be available on-line by the end of February to all eligible students. The forms will not be mailed out and… Read more »

Useful Advice

To S.D. Livingston Thank you so much for the article Buyer Beware. During porting my phone from Fido to Rogers my number became a victim of this scam. Keep up the good work. Take care, Sonny. Sorry to hear it hit you, Sonny.