Vol. 23 Iss. 33

Volume 23 Issue 33 - 08/14/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Barbara Lehtiniemi is an AU student living in rural North Glengarry, east of Ottawa, Ontario. After a lengthy career in finance, Barbara has switched gears to become a student and a writer. Barbara is in AU’s Bachelor of General Studies program. The Voice Magazine easily tracked Barbara down: She’s a freelance contributor to the magazine…. Read more »

Music Review – Gabe Close

Musician: Gabe Close EP: Leave That Light On Every once in a while I come across a musician that seems to create magnificent music so effortlessly. The ease of mastering their craft can be heard in their music; this mastery is evident with every beat of the drum, note delicately sung, and guitar string strum…. Read more »

Dear Barb – Rethinking the Benefits from Death

Dear Barb: I have an adult daughter, with whom I am estranged. We have not spoken for three years. I have never abused or neglected her in any way. If anything I may have been a bit overbearing. Through the years every time something happens in her life, she gets mad at me and doesn’t… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Noise Pollution

It might be the sounds of traffic, or that speakerphone in the next cubicle, or even your own MP3 player. Whatever the source, modern humans are bombarded by noise all day and, sometimes, all night. You might think that It’s just an annoyance, but research shows that noise pollution affects your mental and physical health… Read more »

In Conversation with Marlowe Grey, Part III

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. Recently… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – Today Air Conditioning, Tomorrow the World?

A blast of cold air washes over his face. Rapturous air conditioning has arrived. Just as waves of relaxation penetrate to his core an intrusive voice blurts out “I abhor A/C!” He starts. The universal joy of relief from sweltering summer heat seems unquestionable. This person, this Other, must surely have an ulterior motive for… Read more »

The Fit Student – Performing Under Pressure, Part II

I love to curl up to a book about relaxation and stress management techniques. Finding a book on relaxation, I find myself peering at yet another trophy for my growing library. I am prone to anxiety. Interestingly, talking to people about anxiety, I always marvel at how many others experience extreme bouts. These people are… Read more »

The Study Dude – Study Tips from a Semi-Anonymous Friend

There is nothing more that the Study Dude wants than for you to master the craft of revision. 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 the embarrassing… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – A Thousand Times Good Night

Film: A Thousand Times Good Night Director: Erik Poppe “I wanted to tell my readers all over the world, ?This is what you should be concerned about.? My skeptical retort to that in today’s hyperactive media culture, in which more pictures of horror are spread than can possibly be assimilated, amounts to four words: ?Good… Read more »

The Art of Procrastination

The art of procrastinating; it is a skill learned through trial and error. Though perhaps a skill I wish I did not possess, it is one that I have perfected. I am lucky that I am often able to work through my desire to procrastinate, however, there are some days, some assignments, which overpower my… Read more »

Choosing Significance over Seduction

You’re a week away from making a powerful difference to you and every other AU undergraduate student. The candidates running for this months’s AUSU by-election were announced August 6. Fourteen students from five Canadian provinces are vying for the six vacant council seats. Voting takes place online August 21 to 24. Stephen Harper liked the… Read more »

Beyond the Book Club

Book clubs are a modern phenomenon that have helped to change how people enjoy literature. The solitary pursuit of reading has turned social for many who use books clubs as a key way to mingle as they engage with literature. But, what about those who do not enjoy book clubs or cannot find a group… Read more »

Editorial – Student Funding Back in the News

This week, the International News Desk is back with a couple of stories about student funding. It reminds me of a very long time ago when I was doing the Fed Watch column for The Voice Magazine. That column died out partially because I moved on to doing other things, but largely because government action… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

Following what’s hot around AU’s social media sites. AUSU Student Forums One week into the campaign period, the By-Election 2015 forum is a hive of activity, buzzing with dozens of posts from students and candidates. Elsewhere, in the General Student Chat forum, Tori wonders if e-texts can be accessed before the course start date. AthaU… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: No More Student Loans in Newfoundland and Labrador Perhaps fed up with the endless tide of “newfie” jokes, the Progressive Conservative government of Newfoundland and Labrador has decided to eliminate all future student loans. Instead, provincial student financing will be based on non-repayable grants for those who qualify. The report from CBC points… 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 5-24: AUSU By-election campaign period – Aug 10: Last day to register for courses starting Sept 1 – Aug 21-24: General Election Voting Period – Sept… Read more »