Vol. 23 Iss. 04

Volume 23 Issue 4 - 01/23/2015

A Horse of a Different Colour

Tonight I glanced over at a video game and saw a cowgirl riding a pale steed. Upon commenting on the quixotic thematic realities of a heroine riding a white horse I was informed that, in fact, the player herself was situated abreast a brown horse. But it sure looked like a white horse to me…. Read more »

From Where I Sit – Lessons Learned

About a year ago our son suggested we buy an income property as an investment. The return would be better than GICs or stocks he argued. Greg and his wife, Carrie, had been successfully renting out two half duplexes for about ten or eleven years. So began an adventure. He arranged for some viewings in… Read more »

The Study Dude – The Dissertation Journey, Conclusion

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than for you to write for The Voice, write in a journal every morning and night, write creative stories, write blogs, write a dissertation, etcetera, etcetera?basically, for you to become the ultimate writer you possibly can be by writing every and any chance you… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – The Smiling Ghosts of Mides, Part II

(Read Part I of this article series here.) “?Where are the people?? resumed the little prince at last. ?It’s a little lonely in the desert . . .?” – Antoine de Saint ExupĂ©ry, The Little Prince When you consider that the Mides oasis here in southern Tunisia, at the edge of the Sahara Desert, was… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – In Brief, Part II

Sweating the (very) small stuff? If you’re stumped over how to punctuate abbreviations, you’re not alone. This is one area where usage has changed over time; couple that with the different practices followed by Canadian, US, and UK English, and you’ve got a recipe for confusion. Periods? Spaces? And what about initials in names? In… Read more »

Dear Barb – Lifelong Regrets

Dear Barb: I got married three years ago and I am so unhappy! I had been single for a while and all my friends were getting married, so I met this guy and we hit it off and had lots of fun. He asked me to marry him, so I thought why not. We are… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Making Magic

For centuries, magicians have amused us by making things disappear. we’re fascinated by it. One moment something’s here, the next minute It’s not. We know, of course, that It’s a trick. But what if it weren’t? What if science could create things out of thin air, then simply make them vanish when we’re done? The… Read more »

Music Review – Two Singles by Ghosts of Eden

Artist: Ghosts of Eden Singles: ?Prizefighter? and ?Happy? It’s no secret that I am a huge rock fan. I love the rock of the early 2000s: Nickleback, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Third Eye Blind, 3 Doors Down, and Pearl Jam. When I turned on my stereo to listen to Ghosts of Eden’s latest singles, I had… Read more »

In Conversation with Mehmet Polat, Part II

Mehmet Polat is a Turkish master of the oud (the Arabic lute), a musician noted for having developed new techniques in his playing and for mixing different musical traditions (Turkish, Arabic, Azerbaijan, Persian, Indian, Flamenco, and Jazz, to name a few) in his compositions. Along with the Mehmet Polat Trio (with Sinan Arat playing ney… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Second Thoughts

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 part thirteen in the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program…. Read more »

The Career Path – lynda.com and Udemy

As students, we acquire a breadth of knowledge and even expertise in our respective fields. Additionally, we might engage in captivating hobbies that keep us in a state of flow for considerable hours. For instance, a communications major may develop expertise in the art of public speaking, while an English major may hone the ability… Read more »

A Short Look at Two Shorthand Methods

In last week’s article, Keeping it Short, I shared my musings on the lost art of shorthand and my frustrations in trying to find learning materials. I managed to track down a couple of manuals through the public library’s Ontario-wide inter-library loan service. Although I could only borrow the manuals for a short period, I… Read more »

Editorial – Shorting Everything

So this week my attention has been on the economic news coming out. The Bank of Canada has supposedly “shocked” investors by lowering the overnight rate a quarter of a percent. If you don’t already know, the overnight rate is the rate at which banks borrow money to lend to people like you and me… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums Forum user “Bluejay” seeks tips and guidance for BIOL 235’s midterm exam. AthaU Facebook Group Isabella needs help deciding on her final seven courses. Shoba seeks advice to help decide between MATH 215 and 216. Jesse is trying to track down an online access code for BIOL 204. Kaila seeks insight and… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – National Hot Tea Month

Cold? No better way to warm up than with a mug of hot tea. In fact, the drink is so appropriate a match for winter weather that January has been designated National Hot Tea Month. Click your way through your next tea-drinking session: Make Your Selection Black vs. green? Oolong vs. herbal? And what in… 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 – Jan 30: Last business day to extend courses ending February 28 – February 10: Last day to register for courses starting March 1 – February 11: AUSU… Read more »