Vol. 23 Iss. 47

Volume 23 Issue 47 - 12/04/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Marcy MacKenzie is an AU student from Maple Ridge, British Columbia. She is in the Post RN Bachelor of Nursing program at AU. Marcy is a busy Registered Nurse who balances work, school, and family. The Voice Magazine caught up with her by e-mail and interviewed her about school, e-texts, and Elvis. First of all,… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – An Invitation

You’re putting together holiday cards or inviting friends and family to a year-end gathering. You’ve got festive music on the radio, the scent of gingerbread is wafting through the house, and you’re sipping a caffeinated concoction in a red cup. What the heck does grammar have to do with that? As it turns out, quite… Read more »

Music Review – Trinadora

Band: Trinadora Album: Trinadora Sounds I have to make a confession, as much as I love rock and metal music, I have a soft spot for well composed and sung Americana and folk music. There is just something about the simplicity of the music that fits into those genres. And Americana music often encompasses a… Read more »

In Conversation with Sunny Gang, Part III

Sunny Gang is a lively thrash-punk-rap outfit based in New York, known for inspired (and inspiring) rap with a zealous rock ambience. 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 off their album, Party/Animal. Recently the… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Gift that Lasts

Have you jumped on the colouring for your sanity craze? In July I bought a colouring book as part of Hilary’s birthday gift and one for myself. Didn’t I feel special to be on the rising side of a trending curve as opposed to nearly missing the tail end? Right now you can’t take a… Read more »

The Fit Student – Combat Exam Anxiety, Part II

Are you one of those people whose mind goes blank during exams, even when you’ve prepared for hours on end? If so, you’ve come to the right article. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD, outlines an arsenal of strategies for combating and overcoming anxiety, particularly the kind that strikes and rages… Read more »

Extracurricular – Home Brewing Beer and Wine

The interest in craft brewing and small-scale wine production at a commercial level has also led to a surge in brewing beer and making wine at home. Creating one’s own alcoholic beverages dates back centuries in human civilization. Both beer and wine are created from the simplest of ingredients, but the magic is the science… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Distance Relationship

Dear Barb: My girlfriend and I have been dating for two years. We began dating in high school and were each other’s first relationship. This year she moved away to go to university and I stayed home to attend the local college. We always got along great and rarely argued until she went to university…. Read more »

The Wild

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, was a story which captured my imagination, as well as countless others. It is the story of a young man who cuts himself off from his family and wanders the country. As most people know, even those who have never read the story, his journey ended tragically. Chris McCandless… Read more »

The AU Students’ Gift Guide

Once again, December has crept up on us without notice. Finding the perfect gift to give us as “adult students” can be a challenge for our loved ones. We want to receive something a bit special and creative, yet practical to help us on our learning journey. So here are some gift ideas that you… Read more »

Navigating the World of Study

Want to explore the world of universities? Would you like to know what’s it like to learn in Lisbon or study in Seoul? Just as many travellers rely on TripAdvisor to guide them to the best?and help them avoid the worst?of hotels and restaurants worldwide, now students can use the new Study Advisory website to… Read more »

It’s a Good One

This week, you get to read one of the better issues of The Voice Magazine. I’d love to say every week is a masterpiece, but some weeks are just better than others, there’s no way around it. And this is a good one. We start with our Feature interview with nursing student Marcy Mackenzie, an… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Lori wonders if she’ll still be charged a fee for course materials when withdrawing from a course in the first 30 days. Margaret seeks suggestions on an elective 300-level course. Aly wants to know if an exam date can be changed for free if the contract date was extended. Other posts include… 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 – Dec 10: AUSU Council Meeting – Dec 10: Deadline to register for courses starting January 1 – Dec 13: January degree requirements deadline – Dec 16: Edmonton… Read more »


Dear Voice; I’m responding to your article Becoming a Course Survivor, where you asked for our own course from hell. I took an economics course from AU which had a lot of math. Having been math free for 30 years, it was a real struggle. I managed to pass the course but only got a… Read more »