Vol. 23 Iss. 49

Volume 23 Issue 49 - 12/18/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Kaitland Goulet is an AU student from Edmonton, Alberta who works full-time as a legal assistant. She is in the Bachelor of Professional Arts program at AU, majoring in Communication Studies. Kaitland was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine. Here’s what she had to say about school, social life, and traveling. First of all, whereabouts… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – No Expert

Whenever a friend or family member has a question about grammar, spelling, usage, or language, they come to me. Sometimes I know the answer. Sometimes I don’t. “Oh, but You’re the expert,” they say. “I will be after I look it up,” I reply. Editors are often seen as keepers of a sacred trust?as gurus… Read more »

Music Review – Heather Ballantine

Artist: Heather Ballentine Single: “Christmas Kisses” Looking for another new song to add to your holiday playlist? Then look no further. Heather Ballentine’s latest single is out just in time for Christmas. Touted as “Music’s Favourite Pin Up Girl”, Heather Ballentine is an entrepreneur, singer/songwriter, pin-up model, and actress from Arkansas. In 2011 Heather moved… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Tribe

Film: The Tribe Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy A Silent Parallel World That’s Just as Cruel as This One “The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my… Read more »

In Conversation with Tameca Jones, Part I

Tameca Jones is an intense soul singer based in Austin, Texas. She’s just released a single, “Hot and Bothered,” from her first solo release, an EP due out in 2016. After gaining a strong reputation as a gifted cover artist and stirring performer, Jones’s latest work includes her own compositions. Not long ago she collaborated… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Christmas Wishes

Will wonders never cease? It’s December 14th and I’m ready for Christmas. The gifts are bought and wrapped. The tree has been up for a couple of weeks already. Heavens, I even did a bit of baking in the lead up to a dinner we hosted. If you can call making a cranberry orange loaf… Read more »

The Fit Student – Combat Anxiety through Nutrition and Emotions

A good cry could help heal you of anxious feelings. An anger attack on an unsuspecting pillow can alleviate anxiety levels. When anxiety threatens to overwhelm, the expression of emotion is an extraordinary stress-reliever. Similarly, self-esteem and assertiveness both contribute to an overall stress reduction regime. In his book The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Edmund… Read more »

Extracurricular – Makers

The largest overall trend in hobbies in recent years is the maker movement. The world is full of makers?you yourself might be one?but “maker” is a bit difficult to define. The dictionary definition of a maker is someone who produces or creates something, and the maker movement certainly lives up to this definition, but also… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Quiet Mom

Dear Barb: I have had a lot of difficultly with relationships, as I have been married twice and had quite a few failed relationships I just keep picking the wrong people. I feel like my mom blames me for all my failed relationships, she hasn’t said that, but when I mention my failed relationships she… Read more »

Editorial – Happy Holidays!

Just before we get going here, I have to point out and apologize for an error that was made in the last issue. We said (or more particularly, I did, as I write the opening blurb for the Meeting the Minds column) that Dr. Diehl-Jones is with AU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. This was a… Read more »

Zac’s Story

Zachary, my grandson, is a unique and special person. I know everyone thinks their grandchildren are special, but Zac (as he likes to be called) truly is, for many reasons. Zac and his twin sister Madison were the first grandchildren born to both families. Within days of Zac’s birth we were confronted with a devastating… Read more »


A part of distance education is an insane amount of reading, especially as a humanities student. When we are not reading, we are writing about what we read, which often means rereading some of the previous readings. This can get mundane, and I tend to lose focus. My mind will wander and after a few… Read more »

Home for the Holidays

I used to feel like running away for the holidays. Perhaps go somewhere distant, warm and unChristmas-y. It wasn’t Christmas itself I wanted to run away from but all the work that precedes it. The Christmas season, despite its many endearing attributes, sometimes feels like a seasonal sprint: a short span of time prompting an… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Carrie is looking for used textbooks for SOCI 321 and IDRL 308. Christofer seeks advice on obtaining invigilators for weeknights and weekends. Barry shares his elation after receiving his final exam grade for GLST 483. Other posts include AU mail server outage, the Instructional Design Program, and courses FREN 100, GOVN 301,… Read more »

Council Connection

On December 10th, the last public Council meeting of the year was held. President Shawna Wasylyshyn and Councillor Pierre Plamondon were both absent with regrets, so VP External & Student Affairs, Colleen Doucette took up the duties of the chair for the evening. Once the agenda was approved, there were two sets of minutes Council… 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 25-Jan 3: AU & AUSU Holiday Closure – Dec 24: Deadline to request exams with no late fee – Dec 30: January course extension deadline –… Read more »