Vol. 23 Iss. 35

Volume 23 Issue 35 - 08/28/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Kristin Jimmy is an AU student from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Originally from Nova Scotia, Kristin has just completed the final course for her Bachelor of General Studies degree from AU. Congrats, Kristin! The Voice Magazine recently interviewed Kristin about school, horseback riding, and northern living. Whereabouts do you live? I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I’m originally… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Parking’s a Beach

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 »

Primal Numbers – Fairy Dust and Facials

Want to reduce your wrinkles and renew your cells? Get the shiniest, healthiest hair on the block? Countless skin care and cosmetics brands promise to do all that and more. They’ll regenerate, prime, micro-sculpt, brighten, and lift, all with the aid of anti-oxidants and other wondrous ingredients. Trouble is, there’s not much science to back… Read more »

The Fit Student – Practices for Coming to Peace with Yourself

Most everyone wants to feel calm, purpose-driven, and peaceful under any circumstance. While not always achievable, you can change your brain to accept more frequent bouts of calmness. You can retrain your mind to calm down during life’s pressures. You can retrain your mind to show patience at any sign of tension. You can even… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Anoushka Shankar

Artist: Anoushka Shankar Album: Home “To us, music can be a spiritual discipline on the path to self-realisation, for we follow the traditional teaching that sound is God?Nada Brahma: By this process individual consciousness can be elevated to a realm of awareness where the revelation of the true meaning of the universe?its eternal and unchanging… Read more »

In Conversation with Vinyette, Part II

Vinyette is a rock quartet based in New York City, their music reminiscent of the grunge exuberance of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There recent single, “Charlie,” is a hard-driving rock protest song about love?with an American-style gypsy?gone bad, a paean of praise to the charms of the lost love at the same time as… Read more »

Music Review – Stephanie Braganza

Artist: Stephanie Braganza Single: “When We Last Kissed” feat. Drega The thing I love most about songs included in the Electronic Dance Music, Pop, and R&B genres are that they are often incredibly catchy, energizing, and uplifting. Stephanie Braganza’s latest single “When We Last Kissed” featuring Drega is all of these, and includes such intoxicating… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Tomorrow is Another Day

As I write this on Monday, August 24th, I’m still vertical. “So what’s the big deal,” you may be wondering. The deal is that I’ve survived the coordination of another successful Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival. And while I always try to learn from the failures and successes of others, the lesson I’m still learning… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Crime of Divorce

Dear Barb: I have a very dysfunctional family and it has been that way as far back as I can remember. My parents divorced when the kids were all quite young. It was a difficult divorce. My parents do not speak to each other and the extended families have chosen sides, therefore I really don’t… Read more »

Late Summer Lament

There’s a certain point in summer when the days fall away quickly, like the last desperate sands draining out of an hourglass. In early August, the summer—according to the calendar—is barely half over. Yet, just like reaching the halfway point of a one-week holiday, I begin to anticipate the end long before it arrives. Autumn… Read more »

My Philosophy

Sometimes it is a simple conversation that reminds us why we started this journey. A conversation about nothing regarding to studying, yet it can serve as a much needed reminder. The other day I was chatting with my cousin about weekend plans and she casually mentioned not being able to find a book covering specific… Read more »

AUSU Votes – The Results Show

Here’s the good news about AUSU’s recent by-election: the results are in, and the new councillors were chosen by a record turnout of more than 1,500 voters. The strange news? The ballot choice that resonated with the highest percentage of voters was … no one. Before we take a look at the numbers, let’s send… Read more »

Editorial – Student Election/Double Feature

Each week, I like to feature at least one article that helps students get to know more about each other or the people who are educating them. After all, as a distance institution, forming a solid sense of community, and hence community pride, is difficult. To that end, this week we have our interview with… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Course Discussions forum, Colleen is looking to connect with other Nova Scotia students. In the Business and Administration forum, “jstudent” seeks a study buddy for ORGB 364. And in the State and Legal Studies forum, Anthony appeals for help in deciding whether to pursue or ditch CRJS 360 this… 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 – Sept 9: AUSU Council Meeting – Sept 10: Last day to register for courses starting Oct 1 – Oct 10: Last day to register in courses starting… Read more »