Vol. 23 Iss. 43

Volume 23 Issue 43 - 11/06/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Jason Bernard is an AU student from Moncton, New Brunswick, and is in the Masters of Science in Information Services program at AU. Jason received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, QC, and he ultimately plans to pursue a PhD and become a research professor. Jason was recently interviewed by… Read more »

Dear Barb – Timing Issues

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years and recently decided to move in together. Our relationship has been difficult as we hadn’t accepted that we were gay before becoming intimately involved with each other, and had just been friends before. Our families are having a hard time accepting our situation…. Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – It’s the Little Things

The length of a flight from Prague to New York. The construction date of the Sydney Opera House. The name the state hospital used twenty years ago. The number of seats in a particular make and model of jet. What the gay marriage law was in California in 2012. Which direction the Amazon flows. Crazy-picky… Read more »

The Fit Student – Inner Beauty for a Stress Free Life

The simpler things in life can truly bring us respite from daily woes and hardships. Even the most unsettling events of our lives can be ameliorated by fostering our inner beauty?beauty that includes compassion, humility, and forgiveness. Fostering our inner beauty is key to helping overcome both our own and other’s life challenges with grace… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Remember

From the two Great Wars to today in Afghanistan, men and woman are committing their lives to serve and protect us. It can’t get more personal than that. As we gather on November 11th at legions, cenotaphs, and community halls, we need to thank past and current military personnel for the job they do and… Read more »

In Conversation with Sunny Gang, Part I

Sunny Gang is a lively thrash-punk-rap outifit based in New York, known for inspired (and inspiring) rap. Fronted by rapper Nasty Nate, other members include Chris Bacchus on guitar, Joe Sap on bass, and Marshal on drums. Sunny Gang just released “Godzilla“, a single from their album, Party/Animal. Recently the band took the time to… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Sun Ra and his Arkestra

Album: Gilles Peterson Presents Sun Ra and His Arkestra: To Those of Earth … and Other Worlds (link) Artist: The Sun Ra Arkestra & Gilles Peterson “Sun Ra and the Arkestra were the original DIY group. What went on in 1970s punk with self-pressed records and hand-drawn artwork ? Ra was doing that in the… Read more »

Music Review – Nick Peay

Artist: Nick Peay EP: Sobering One of the best things about listening to indie music is that you are often treated to the unconventional. What I mean by this is that you rarely come across music that sounds like something you would hear on the radio top charts. I happen to think that is fantastic…. Read more »

Dodging Campus Drama

Being an AU student, what I witnessed was like a scene from a nightmare. I peered into the bowl of a vast lecture hall where dozens of students hunched over desks, furiously scribbling away. A timer projected on the screen above the prof’s head counted down the minutes, then the seconds. It was horrible. Not… Read more »

Should Anyone Care about University Rankings?

Last week, a small article appeared in the Globe and Mail. If you didn’t manage to see it, the link is here. The article provides a brief overview of Alberta universities, including Athabasca. It does not provide any in-depth reporting on individual schools. Despite the assertion in the opening paragraph that “choosing the school that… Read more »

Another Perspective on Getting Inked

A few weeks ago there was an article about the possible dangers of getting a tattoo. While there are some unknowns in the tattooed world, I would like to present you with another perspective. Getting a tattoo can be a wonderful experience, albeit painful. The most important thing to do before getting a tattoo is… Read more »

Editorial – Intruding in the Domain of Grown-Ups

One of the things they don’t tell you about when you start going to Athabasca University is once you graduate, you’ll be invited to various alumni events. Last week, I went to a reception in honour of the 2015 Athabasca University Alumni Awards Recipients. This year, the awards went to Sarah Lynn Stephens (Volunteer Service),… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media Sites

AthaU Facebook Group Rebecca invites AU students to join her online study group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/104271983268917/. Jesse wonders if it’s possible to over-study for an exam. Barry expresses an opinion on outdated course materials. Other posts include primary vs secondary sources, student transcripts, and courses ACCT 451, ENGL 305, HLST 320, NURS 250, and PHIL… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Write on Target

We’re wrapping up the first week of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and maybe your initial enthusiasm and adrenaline have started to fade. If distractions are keeping you from hitting your daily word count goals, turn to one of these resources to keep you on track. Social Media Wall Social media is incredibly valuable for… 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 – Nov 10: Deadline to register for courses starting December 1 – Nov 11: Remembrance Day ? AU Closed – Nov 12: AUSU Council Meeting – Nov 13:… Read more »