Vol. 23 Iss. 36

Volume 23 Issue 36 - 09/04/2015

Meeting the Minds – Interviewing Dr. Mark McCutcheon

An Associate Professor for AU’s Centre of Humanities and Master of Arts in Integrated Studies programs, Dr. Mark McCutcheon teaches a variety of courses on everything from the cultural politics of copyright to Canadian adaptations of Frankenstein, to modern media theory and beyond. He was kind enough to give The Voice Magazine this interview. You… Read more »

Music Review – Before the Flood

Band: Before the Flood Album: Hole in the Sky Sometimes I come across a band that writes such astounding lyrics that I can’t help but love their music. Before the Flood is capable of writing lyrics that not only captivate listeners, but come from deep in the heart as the stories they write are universally… Read more »

Mindful Bard – Sequoia

Film: Sequoia Director: Andy Landen “It’s not the number of lives that It’s important to save? It’s the amount of life.” – Doka quote, from Sequoia Reilly, the lead character in Sequoia, takes it for granted that things should go her way, so She’s pissed off when they don’t. Strangely, at the same time she… Read more »

In Conversation with Director, Erik Poppe

Norwegian Erik Poppe started his career as a photojournalist, covering war zones in several different countries before deciding to direct films. Many elements in his latest feature, A Thousand Times Good Night, the story of a photojournalist torn between career and family, are autobiographical (he admits that some lines in the movie came from his… Read more »

Dear Barb – All a-Board!

Dear Barb: I moved away from home for university when I was 18 and now I’m in my final year. I have three younger siblings in high school and grade school. My father passed away a few years ago after a lengthy illness and my mother has raised us pretty well on her own. When… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Setting Boundaries

Though the temptation is to close the door and my mind to festival work, I’m not indulging in that. I invested some money in clear plastic totes and storage solutions so that the growing inventory of festival stuff can be sorted and stored more easily. Not only will this corral and protect the items but… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Vagabond Memories

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 »

September Student Refresher

September marks a fresh new year of studies. Earlier this week, I opened my recently-delivered box of course textbooks with the same excitement I give to Christmas presents. I’ve always enjoyed the start of a school year. Learning something new holds endless fascination for me. Starting a new course, and cracking the spine on some… Read more »

New Year, New Mindset

For students, September is a time for goal setting and looking ahead at all the work that needs to be accomplished. But September is also a great time for students to assess how they feel about their progress, both in terms of academic as well as life goals. One way to evaluate this is by… Read more »

The Value of a Degree

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 »

Editorial – The Erronious Funk

Okay, first thing’s first. I have to point out that in last week’s issue, our election coverage made an error. In it, we claimed that the percentage of students whodunnits’d chosen to abstain was the highest of any percentage. This claim was based on the report provided by SimplyVoting, which showed a handy percentage after… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums The forums slipped into a late-summer lull after the whirl of by-election posts. In the English course discussion forum, Amy seeks study tips on the ENGL 423 exam. And in the Business and Administration course forum, discussion continued on course ACCT 355. AthaU Facebook Group Rachel seeks input on taking Spanish courses… 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 Nov 1 AUSU… Read more »

Dear Editors

I strongly urge that, when the full AUSU council meets on September 9, 2015, a proper election take place to fill all three executive positions on council: President, Vice-President External & Student Affairs (VPEX,) and Vice-President Finance and Administration (VPFA.) Information currently on the AUSU website suggests that only two of those vacant positions will… Read more »