Vol. 23 Iss. 05

Volume 23 Issue 5 - 01/30/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Philip Kirkbride

Philip Kirkbride is an AU student from Ontario who is balancing studies with world travel. He’s enrolled in the Bachelor of Professional Communications program. Philip is known to The Voice Magazine readers as “The Travelling Student.” We recently caught up with Philip in Australia and interviewed him by e-mail about school, work, and, of course,… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Sexist Tech

It’s no secret that the tech sector has a deep-rooted culture of sexism. This dark side of tech has been hitting the headlines lately, with stories that range from #GamerGate to Microsoft’s CEO saying women should have “faith” that they’ll get a raise. Which raises an interesting question: does technology (inadvertently or not) reflect the… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Say Yes

Most people will get through their entire lives without ever having delivered a eulogy. And they will be grateful for having dodged the bullet. Most people dread both public speaking and emotionally charged situations like funerals so this combination is especially tough. Most people doubt their ability to hold it all together. They wish to… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – In Brief, Part III

We’ve spent the first few weeks of the new year sweating the small stuff?abbreviations, initialisms, and other short forms. We’ve looked at Canadian usage and examined when to use capital letters and periods. This week we’ll wrap up our quick survey on short forms and sort out some more basics: plurals, possessives, and more. Double… Read more »

The Study Dude – Writing Essays for Dummies

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to write acclaimed essays that garner millions, make speeches that go down into the annal of history, and make that winning PowerPoint that takes your future company public. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study… Read more »

Dear Barb – Getting Uninvolved

Dear Barb: I worked in an office with three other girls for the last five years. Recently I was offered a new position and moved on. I have kept in touch with two of my previous coworkers, but not the third. She has always been a drama queen and dumps all her problems on everyone… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Liberated

My name is Philip Kirkbride. I’m a college graduate from Ontario studying at AU. I’ve always wanted to do an exchange program or study abroad but never found the right time to do so. This is part fourteen in the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program…. Read more »

Music Review – Singles by Porter Robinson

Artist: Porter Robinson Singles: “Lionhearted” the original, the remixes, and the edits It is always wonderful to see a young musician recognized for their obvious talents and gain popularity and success after working hard to achieve their dreams. Porter Robinson is one lucky young man. Now 22, Porter began producing electronic and dance music at… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – The Smiling Ghosts of Mides, Part III

“The desert could not be claimed or owned?it was a piece of cloth carried by winds, never held down by stones, and given a hundred shifting names . . . Its caravans, those strange rambling feasts and cultures, left nothing behind, not an ember. All of us, even those with European homes and children in… Read more »

Lichen On Logs

This weekend I was taking some pictures of lichen on logs protruding through the snow around my frozen local reservoir. My photo session was interrupted when I encountered a friendly couple who were taking videos of their family dog doing tricks. Seeing me, the dog stopped in its tracks and bolted in my direction, barking… Read more »

Get With the Plan(ner)

Part of the fun of distance education is those parcels that come in the mail. Finding a box or bulky envelope in my mailbox is like receiving a present. A special mail treat recently was the arrival of the AUSU 2015 Student Planner. My desk is tiny but I always have an AUSU planner nearby…. Read more »

English 353 and a Grain of Salt

There are many wonderful advantages to being able to look back at old discussions on the AUSU forum boards: questions regarding assignments can be answered and you can find a sense of comradery. There are a few things that you should keep in mind while reading some of these posts. First, just because that was… Read more »

Editorial – Techno-gender

Most of the time, I tend to agree with the opinions my writers have. That’s generally what happens when you’ve got a bunch of university-educated people trying to write smart, well-researched articles. There’s not often a lot that can be objected to, but this week is a bit different. If you take a look at… 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 – Jan 30: Last business day to extend courses ending February 28 – February 10: Last day to register for courses starting March 1 – February 11: AUSU… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the Humanities Course Discussions forum, user “derdall” inquires if anyone else is taking SOCI 348, Sociology of Environment and Health. AthaU Facebook Group Michelle seeks help navigating funding requirements for Ontario. Shoba inquires which devices e-texts can be read on. Andrea is looking for study tips for the CMNS 421 Being… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Black History Month

The purpose of heritage months are to encourage Canadians to explore and embrace all aspects of Canadian culture, but too often we pass up this opportunity to truly appreciate our multicultural heritage. don’t let February go by without recognizing Black History Month and the unique role Black Canadians continue to play. This week’s links will… Read more »