Vol. 23 Iss. 38

Volume 23 Issue 38 - 09/18/2015

Meeting the Minds – Interviewing Dr. Jon Dron

Back in February, The Voice Magazine interviewed Dr. Jon Dron about his approach to teaching. Marie Well has since conducted a follow-up interview that looks more at exactly who Dr. Dron is beyond just the academic work. If You’re curious about what type of person becomes a course designer and wins a National Teaching Fellowship… Read more »

Dear Barb – Talkie Movie Issues

Dear Barb: My girlfriend and I went to the movie theatre last week and she hasn’t spoken to me since. While the movie was playing she kept talking to me. I tried to ignore her and watch the movie, but she kept on talking. She always does this when we go to the movies and… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Tattoo You

Tattoos have come a long way in popular culture. From their image as the disreputable domain of bikers and hoodlums, they’re now worn proudly by people of all ages and occupations. But while consumers know enough to look for health inspections and clean needles before getting that hummingbird on their ankle, there probably aren’t many… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Revert to Routine

Most of us gravitate to the familiar. We stick with a favourite route to work or the store. If we find a doctor, hairdresser, shoe shop, or dentist we like we keep going back until they miss a diagnosis, take too much off the top, sell us stilettos, or yank out the wrong tooth. Most… Read more »

Music Review – Liam Corcoran

Composer: Liam Corcoran EP: ROM-DROM Sometimes the best music is creating using the most basic sounds and elements. The simplicity of poetic lyrics, gentle piano, and folk-inspired guitar and drums used together often creates music that is incredibly relaxing and laid back. ROM-DROM is a mini-album that uses these feelings to bring to life some… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Overqualifieder

Book: Overqualifieder Author: Joey Comeau “Also worth noting: b) every one of these letters was actually sent to a company, and not one of them ever replied. It breaks my heart.” – Joey Comeau Almost as soul-crushing as a real job is the process of looking for a real job, which is why Overqualifieder and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – Lost and Found in the Moment

Snorkeling in clear and bright Okanagan Lake the other day allowed me to ponder future course opportunities and dream up esoteric ?Fly On the Wall? Topics. Just as I began to suppose that I’d see no fish on this swim, a huge carp glided into my peripheral vision. Had it been watching me and decided… Read more »

The Golden Age of Piracy is Nigh

Is it coincidence that Talk Like a Pirate Day falls in the middle of the Canadian Federal Election campaign? Arrr, mateys, I think not! Talk Like a Pirate Day falls on September 19, exactly one month before voting day for the Canadian federal election. The now-international observance of Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is… Read more »

Editorial – Things Unknown & Double Issue Web Update

As I write these words, our website is still down. Put simply, the site was hacked, and somebody was using it for a phishing site for a time. Our hosting service (rightly) took the site down to prevent more people from being victimized. Why phishing sites still work, I have no idea, as you would… Read more »

Tuition Freeze

There’s been much excitement here at The Voice Magazine and among the student population in general since the provincial election in Alberta. The long-running Conservative Government had come to be seen by many as anti-education thanks to a series of cuts. To many students, including myself, the change in government came with a sigh of… Read more »

Primal Instincts

One of the things I love about Athabasca University is the flexible schedule. For the first week of September I packed my bags and headed on a five night, six day, kayaking trip around The Bowron Lakes Circuit. This trip is incredible; going out into the wilderness for any length of time tests your resolve… Read more »

AUSU Urges Students to Get Out the Vote

Recently, AUSU became a member of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. CASA meets regularly with the policy makers and elected officials who have a direct impact on the access and scope of post-secondary education in Canada. CASA realized that these policy makers were not listening to the views of students but, conversely, post-secondary voters… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Welcome and Introductions forum, Michelle seeks to develop a network of Alberta students. Over in the Ask AUSU forum, Michelle wonders how much AUSU is doing to promote the forums, which she recently discovered and finds “amazing.” Elsewhere on the forums, discussions continue on e-texts, and finance courses. AthaU Facebook… 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 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for courses ending Oct 31 – Oct 10: Last day to register in courses starting Nov 1 – Oct… Read more »