Vol. 23 Iss. 37

Volume 23 Issue 37 - 09/11/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Colleen Doucette is an AU student from Truro, Nova Scotia. She’s been a student at AU for 13 years, and is currently working towards a Certificate in Counselling Women. Colleen was a candidate in the recent AUSU By-election, and was elected, garnering 722 votes?the most of any candidate. The Voice Magazine caught up with her… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – I Have a Spellchecker

“Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea…” You’ve seen the humorous poem before, and you get it; spellcheckers are the misfits of the editing world. They miss homophones. They mix up words. Their understanding of grammar is downright laughable. But they’re not entirely useless?and if you write them off, you could… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Fast Talking Toys

Whether your doll of choice was a Barbie or a G.I. Joe, chances are that you talked to it. And you probably wished it could talk to you?for real, not just when you pulled a string. Now, Internet-connected toys really can talk to kids, thanks to speech recognition software. It’s easy to see how that… Read more »

In Conversation with Director, Erik Poppe, Part II

Norwegian Erik Poppe started his career as a photojournalist, covering war zones all over the world before turning to cinematography. 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 own… Read more »

Council Connection – Public Council Meeting

After the upheavals and controversies surrounding AUSU Council for the past several months, the inaugural meeting of the newly formed council made two things abundantly clear. First, many of the new faces, including the Executive Director, inspire confidence with their level of preparation and professionalism. Second, it was that very same professionalism that highlighted even… Read more »

Music Review – Denny Schneidemesser

Composer: Denny Schneidemesser Album: The First Five Years Occasionally I find an amazing treasure hidden within the depths of the internet. One day I was rummaging around on a popular art site looking for some new and wondrous visual art to admire when I came across a music file. Not used to finding musicians on… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Red Baraat

Album: Gaadi of Truth Artist: Red Baraat “Gaadi literally means ?train? in Hindi, though it can also mean ?car?, ?vehicle? or ?journey,?” – Sunny Jain, leader and founder of Red Baraat “Intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.” – Robert Alan Silverstein The music of New York dhol… Read more »

Dear Barb – No Sex, Too Much Facebook

Dear Barb: Hi, I have not been able to talk about this with anyone. My girlfriend and I have been dating for almost a year and we haven’t been sexually intimate. We are affectionate, but she always stops it before we go too far. She is a great girl and we get along and have… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Get Home Safe

It’s been quite a while since I shared my collection of clever license plates and signs with you. I only have one sign from beside a church but It’s a goodie, especially these days. ” Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him.” It seems the more aggressive license… Read more »

Throwing Students a Lifeline

Question: How much help do students need to be successful? Answer: All they can get. Being a student is seldom easy. Even on a good day, students can struggle with motivation, juggle commitments, and walk that fine line between sweet success and demoralizing failure. And on a bad day, well, let’s just say it can… Read more »

Tracked Changes

There are some great features in Microsoft Word; one in particular that I have found helpful, and only recently started using, is the ?Track Changes? tool. I had seen this used by tutors in marking up my essays as well as The Voice Magazine‘s editor, who uses it to mark up my articles. It is… Read more »

Dear Dad

Today is Labor Day and I can’t help but remember you taking me to the Labor Day parade in Windsor. You always pushed me through the crowd to the front so I could see. I loved the marching band, as the pounding of the drums filled my chest with excitement. That was many years ago… Read more »

25 Percent

“Empower women and you will see a decrease in poverty, illiteracy, disease and violence.” ?Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, 2006-2010 A good starting point to address the question “Why aren’t there more women involved in politics?” is the Canadian documentary, 25 percent. It is just 36 minutes long and is both inspiring yet challenging…. Read more »

Editorial – Back to It!

It’s September and even though Athabasca University doesn’t have a traditional school year, it kind of does. AU’s student numbers usually have a significant increase in September, as students at brick and mortar institutions realize they won’t be able to get all of their desired courses into the schedule and so turn to AU to… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

Social media posts are ramping up as students return to their studies in earnest. The AUSU Forums are still sluggish but a few discussion threads continue. Meanwhile, the sparkle of Facebook and Twitter beckons: AthaU Facebook Group Tamara is looking for tips from other single parent students on preserving sanity. Sarah wonders how challenging 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 – Sept 15: Deadline to complete degree requirements for graduation in October – Sept 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for courses ending Oct 31 – Oct… Read more »