Vol. 23 Iss. 45

Volume 23 Issue 45 - 11/20/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Brandon Simmons is an AU student from High River, Alberta. He is in the Bachelor of Management program at AU. In the recent AUSU By-election, Brandon was a successful candidate, and he went on to be elected AUSU council’s new Vice-President, Finance & Administration. Brandon was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine. Here’s what he… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Fragments, Part II

Sentence fragments are exactly what they sound like: pieces of a sentence. they’re incomplete because they are either missing a major component (a subject or predicate) or because they’re actually dependent clauses, unable to stand on their own without the larger context of an independent, standalone clause (sentence). Here’s a secret, though: sentence fragments may… Read more »

The Study Dude – Become a Mathemagician, Part II

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to use your fingers to store and recall three digit numbers. 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 opinions… Read more »

Music Review – The Sylvia Platters

Band: The Sylvia Platters Album: Make Glad The Day I love it when a Canadian indie band releases a debut album. It’s exciting for them to get their music out to a wider audience. It’s exciting for music lovers because you get to hear something new and fresh. Make Glad The Day is The Sylvia… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – 20,000 Days on Earth

Film: 20,000 Days on Earth (link) Directors: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard “In the end, I’m not interested in what I fully understand.” – Nick Cave This is a documentary about a day in the life of iconic performer and composer Nick Cave, starting with a multi-screen pre-dawn dream sequence (where his life appears to… Read more »

In Conversation with Ron E. Scott, Director of Blackstone

Award winning independent producer, screenwriter, and director Ron E. Scott has contributed to over 180 television episodes so far and is now in production of the fifth season of the outstanding dramatic series Blackstone, the ongoing saga of a Canadian First Nations community struggling to heal and build a happy future. A member of the… Read more »

From Where I Sit – More Questions than Answers

Recently I needed to grab lunch before a medical appointment in Sherwood Park. I chose Opa! in the Emerald Hills shopping complex. I don’t know the exact time because it seems I was running an hour off. None of my watches or the clock in the Venza had ’fallen back!’ Oops. I yanked the door… Read more »

The Fit Student – Combat Exam Anxiety

Does exam anxiety creep in on you the night before the test? For many, exam anxiety can lead to the freeze response of the freeze, flight, or fight automatic reactions. The trick lies in ensuring that you don’t grow overwhelmed by anxiety to the point of mental fogginess, when the answers you know by heart… Read more »

Extracurricular – Needle Arts

What was once the domain of ladies of a certain age has become?gasp!?trendy. In the past decade crochet, knitting, needlepoint, and other needle-based activities have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, especially among the younger generations. It is difficult to give an exact reason for the renaissance, but it may have something to do with reconnecting… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dating Tolerance

Dear Barb: I’m 17, just starting University, but my parents separated when I was eight. I live with mom as dad basically left. Mom dates lots, and got married briefly once. She keeps bringing these men and their kids into our lives. I used to get attached and excited about maybe having a stepdad and… Read more »

Be Your Own TED Talk – The Art of the Personal Manifesto

There is no doubt that TED Talks are a modern phenomenon. What began in 1984 as a single conference showcasing Technology, Education, and Design is now a global franchise that embraces a variety of topics. The accessibility and popularity of TED has been attributed partly to TED.com, launched in 2006. Anyone with an Internet connection… Read more »

Becoming a Course Survivor

Ever had one of those courses? One that, in hindsight, was a big mistake and now You’re stuck with it? One that makes you want to scream every time you open the textbook? One that you just want to be over? I recently finished a course that seemed more like an endurance test than an… Read more »


I wrote this article last week, before the tragic events that took place, not only in Paris but around the world. I am appalled at the amount of hatred that has flooded social media since the attack on Paris. Amidst the hate, there have been some incredibly inspiring posts; it was in these posts that… Read more »

Editorial – More Dangerous if we Don’t

I was head down in The Voice Magazine last week when the attacks in Paris happened, so the first I knew of it was when I started seeing the responses to it appear on Facebook. In Canada, the attacks seem to be serving as a backdrop to the question of whether our government should follow… Read more »

Council Connection

For the most part it was business as usual at the AUSU Council meeting on November 12. But the agenda also included news and votes on three topics that have been generating discussion among AU students for a while now. If you’re interested in e-texts, executive pay and benefits, or virtual exam invigilation, read on… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Ash points out some educations apps that might help students, including TED TV. Bolt’s question about telling if an exam is online or with paper and pen turns to touch on how helpful (or not) the AU Support Centre is. Also, Rebecca wonders whether appealing a grade for an assignment is worth… Read more »

AUSU Update – AU Calgary Location is a Great Resource for Students!

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 22: Meet & Greet in Halifax – Nov 30: December course extension deadline – Dec 10: AUSU Council Meeting – Dec 10: Deadline to register for… Read more »