Vol. 23 Iss. 31

Volume 23 Issue 31 - 07/31/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Carla Knipe is an AU student currently living in Calgary, Alberta, although she was born and raised in Castlegar, British Columbia. Carla works part-time for the Calgary Board of Education as a meal supervisor (aka “lunch lady”) in an elementary school, a job that she assures us is “a lot more difficult than it looks.”… Read more »

Interview with Dr. Peter MacKinnon – AU’s Interim President

Dr. Peter MacKinnon is the interim president of Athabasca University. With a new NDP government and the recent report about AU’s financial vulnerability, you can imagine he’s a fairly busy guy. Fortunately for The Voice Magazine, Bethany Tynes managed to get a few minutes with him to conduct this interview. Dr. MacKinnon, you have an… Read more »

Primal Numbers – GMO Grasshoppers

Insects might not be popular at the cottage but they’re steadily gaining ground in the kitchen. Touted as a low-cost, high-protein solution to feeding the world’s growing population, they’ve even been called the next new superfood. The downside? Genetically modified insects could create a plague of superbugs. Enjoying bugs as part of your diet, even… Read more »

The Study Dude – How to Write Like a Top Student

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to know how to find inspiration for your next 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 opinions and… Read more »

The Fit Student – Releasing Exam Anxieties and Stress

Do exams overwhelm you until your mind turns spacey and your awareness clouds? Do you long for a solution to those stressful nights hammering on the computer, deadlines looming overhead? Do you want to view education as fun and exciting and revel in, not run from, the experience of learning? If you do, then the… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Self Editing in Style, Part II

You’re ready to edit your book or paper, and You’re convinced you need a style sheet to ensure everything’s treated consistently throughout the manuscript. You’ve got your Word document?or notebook?all set, and You’re ready to go. But what exactly should you be tracking in your style sheet, and how do you apply it in your… Read more »

The Travelling Student – The Giant Banana

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. This is the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program. In the last issue we settled… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Their Rules

In Alberta, charities and societies have grown to rely on the proceeds of gaming to fund special projects, programming, operating costs, and other approved expenditures. Those proceeds may come through a provincial grant program or more directly through working casinos or satellite bingos. As Festival Coordinator, working for a society that now has two years… Read more »

Music Review – Til the Wheels Fall Off

EP: Till the Wheels Fall Off Artist: Shane Martin I’ll be honest, I am not a country fan. The genre has never really captured my attention or inspired me the way other musical genres have. But, despite the lack of country songs in my playlist, I have to admit that I did enjoy Shane Martin’s… Read more »

In Conversation with Marlowe Grey, Part I

Marlowe Grey is an alternative band based in Brooklyn, known for passionate vocal expression, sensitive soundscapes, and meticulous songwriting. They’ve just released “Sugar Plum Fairy,” a preview track from their EP, Midnight in Brooklyn, which will be released this fall. The band will be following the EP with an LP in the next year. Says… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Wolfpack

Film: The Wolfpack Director: Crystal Moselle “Hide away folk family Or else someone’s gonna get ya (someone’s gonna get ya) Someone’s gonna get ya Hide away folk family Better hide away Better hide away . . .” – They Might Be Giants Oscar Angulo is a Peruvian who met his American wife, Susanne, while he… Read more »

Riding the Storm

I needed to take a break from the books and get back into the wilderness, surround myself with nature, and lose myself for a while. Lucky for me, my Mom is always ready and willing to head out into the wild, so last week we loaded our kayaks into the back of the truck and… Read more »

This Summer’s Secret to Essay-Writing Motivation

Would you write an essay if you were offered hundreds of dollars? If You’re like me, you find essay-writing tedious and agonizing. I spend more time avoiding an essay than writing it (I became so proficient at this, it prompted Essay Avoidance: The Fine Art of Procrastination, my first article for The Voice Magazine.) My… Read more »

Editorial – Bye-Bye July

This week, in addition to our Minds We Meet feature that brings us an interview with student Carla Knipe (who we soon may be seeing more from as a new writer in The Voice Magazine), we are also fortunate to have an interview with none other than the current President of Athabasca University, Dr. Peter… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – To Beer

To beer or not to beer? It’s hardly surprising that International Beer Day (August 7) falls around the dog days of summer, when the need for refreshment is at its greatest. Grab a cold one from the fridge and celebrate with this week’s links! A Taste for the Weird If craft breweries no longer excite… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Business and Administration course discussion forum, neomonkey has found out that his tutor is on vacation for over a month ? the one he wants to do his exam in. AthaU Facebook Group Danielle wants to know what people’s favorite and least favorite courses are, and why. Shannon asks about… 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 31: Last day for Nomination for By-election – Aug 5-24: AUSU By-election campaign period – Aug 10: Last day to register for courses starting Sept 1… Read more »