Vol. 23 Iss. 41

Volume 23 Issue 41 - 10/16/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

M. M. is an AU student from British Columbia. Originally from Ontario, M. completed her undergraduate degree through AU and is now in the Masters of Integrated Studies program. M. is also an administrator of the unofficial Athabasca University Facebook group page. The Voice Magazine recently interviewed M. by e-mail. Here’s what she had to… Read more »

Election 2015 – The Post-Secondary Stances

Post-secondary education is a responsibility that the federal government has delegated to the provinces. Colleges and universities are created and regulated through provincial legislation and ministries. And yet, the federal government still has a role to play, particularly with regard to the nationwide Canada Student Loans program. The four major national political parties in Canada… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Insomnia

Album: Insomnia Artists: Aurora Orchestra Conductor: Nicholas Collon “Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving Lock me in delight awhile; Let some pleasing [dreams] beguile All my fancies; that from thence [I may feel] an influence All my powers of care bereaving.” – John Fletcher What does it mean that several concept albums with nighty-night… Read more »

The Study Dude – How to Write Like a Philosopher

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to start your writing with a clincher and end with a bang. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make your learning easier. I’ll also give you straight and honest… Read more »

The Fit Student – How to Study and Live Stress Free

Do you ever wonder if you are the only person on the planet with the continual worries and ruminations you face? Do you fret throughout the day, first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and sometimes experience anxiety to boot? When your mind wanders, do you worry about the past or the future?… Read more »

Music Review – Ships have Sailed

Artist: Ships Have Sailed Album: Moodswings What is it about certain types of music that capture the very essence of summer? With the days becoming colder, summer feels so far away. But after listening to Ships Have Sailed’s latest album, It’s like those carefree and relaxed feelings that I have during the warmer months aren’t… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Future Moments

As I write this harvest still hasn’t started for the Anaka family. I’ve managed to keep busy with many time-sensitive projects for Babas & Borshch: final reports for government, two new grant applications, a Travel Alberta videotaping in Calgary, an Alto Award nomination, phone and in-person meetings. I also managed to squeeze in a visit… Read more »

Dear Barb – Grudge-in-Law

Dear Barb: My sister-in-law hasn’t spoken to me in thirty years! She also hasn’t allowed my brother to speak to me! we’re virtual strangers now, because we haven’t been a part of each others? lives. This became apparent recently when we ran into each other at the mall. Following an initial hug and a few… Read more »

In Conversation with Bad Citizen, Part I

Bad Citizen is an up-and-coming band from New York, known for lively classic rock and R & B. On July 15 they put out their debut EP, Citizens Rise. You can see the video of one the songs, “Watch It Fall,” here. Recently band members Matt, Frankie, Steve, and Patrick were good enough to talk… Read more »

Now Available! AUSU’s New Online Awards Applications

If you think the AU Student Union’s new online process for undergraduate scholarship, award, and bursary applications is going to make this fall’s application easier, you’re right! But if you think “easier” means you can wait until the deadline of November 1 to begin work on your application, you may be overly optimistic. Don’t wait… Read more »

Council Connection

Between following the federal election and watching the Blue Jays rally to an incredible win, it’s a wonder anybody’s getting any work done these days. But the AUSU council was on track at their regular meeting on October 13, and here are a few of the highlights. One of the first items on the agenda… Read more »

Extracurricular – Stargazing

Learning about the night sky is something that anyone can do. Believe it or not, you don’t need expensive equipment to start out and you definitely don’t need a science background. The nights become longer and darker this time of year and the air is crisp, which makes for excellent stargazing. It’s an activity that… Read more »

Let’s Make a Change

Recently there has been an influx of students commenting that assignment turn-around times are far beyond the standards set out by Athabasca University. Some students remarked on waiting for assignments submitted in August, and wait times of five to seven weeks. It is easy for students to blame their tutor for this wait time. As… Read more »

The Election of the Middle Class

Canada’s longest election campaign in history is (finally) in its final days. And if you’ve followed any of the campaigns or debates that have taken place, chances are, you’ve heard a lot about the middle class. I sure have. In the beginning of August, National Post writers had already heard so much about the middle… Read more »

Editorial – A Lack of Vision

So here we are. The last issue of The Voice Magazine before Canada’s 42nd general election. I have the luxury of living in a riding that’s basically locked down. This means I can vote my choice knowing that the First-Past-The-Post system we have will discard my vote as both unneeded and unheeded. In some ways… 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 – Oct 19: Federal Election ? GET OUT AND VOTE! – Oct 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for courses ending Nov 30 – Nov 1: Awards… Read more »

Dear Editor

We are reaching the end of one of the longest political campaigns in Canada’s history, and, as one of the two voters who decided the winner of the provincial election in our riding in Calgary, I would like to stress the importance of your vote, and encourage everyone to exercise her/his democratic right and responsibility…. Read more »