Vol. 23 Iss. 09

Volume 23 Issue 9 - 02/27/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Lisa Barnett is an AU student from Lively, Ontario. A native of Sudbury, she spent 12 years in southern Ontario but is happy to be back in the north. Lisa’s full-time job involves supporting five Family Health Teams in Northeastern Ontario with various quality improvement initiatives and data analysis. She is enrolled in AU’s 4-year… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Glad They’re Gone

If we’re really lucky we get a great launch into life by growing up in a loving family. Prior to that, we hope we scored in the gene pool game and inherited some strong healthy DNA. Between those nature-nurture influences hopefully we grow into self-actualized, well adjusted, happy, contributing members of society. And of course,… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Making, Faking, Breaking

National Grammar Day is around the corner. But before you dust off your Elements of Style, post your pet peeves (there/their, anyone?), and get your red Sharpie ready to apply to error-ridden grocery store signs, consider this: you may not be celebrating the right thing. Grammatical Point On March 4 you’re sure to find an… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Digital Maze

We’ve all been there: eyes glazed over, clicking on link after link, surfing the net long after we forgot what we were looking for. Why do we do it? Why can’t we just turn off the screen and walk away? The good news is, scientists know exactly what’s behind all that compulsive clicking. The bad… Read more »

The Study Dude – They Say I Say, Part II

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to feel comfortable inserting your own views and ideas in your research articles–something otherwise shunned in academic writing. 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… Read more »

In Conversation with The Highway, Part II

“All the pages have been read, And all the words were clearly said. There’s nothing left to be discussed …” – from “Circles” by The Highway Daniel Tortoledo (vocals/bass), Ted MacInnes (drums/backing vocals), Adam Douglass (guitar/backing vocals), and Griffin McMahon (keys/backing vocals) form The Highway, a New York rock quartet that explores the best of… Read more »

Dear Barb – To Learn or Not to Learn

Dear Barb: I am a single mother of three young sons. I am working at a dead end job and am considering taking courses at Athabasca and ultimately obtaining a degree. I don’t know what I am interested in taking yet; I just know I have no future where I’m at. I was wondering if… Read more »

Music Review – Eddie Cohn

Artist: Eddie Cohn Album: Guarantee Me Love A growing trend in music has been for bands and musicians to release a single or two that gain popularity and guide listeners towards the remainder of their album. Unfortunately, most people are content with only listening to the popular singles and ignoring the full album. However, sometimes… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Birdman

Film: Birdman (or “The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance”) Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu “And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?” “I did.” “And what did you want? “To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” – Raymond Carver in Late Fragment. What you hear at the start of… Read more »

Life: In Contemplation of Death

A friend died this morning. A kind-hearted woman with a positive outlook and the love of her family. Her only flaw was the insidious tumour in her brain that could not and would not be defeated. I’ll miss her joie de vivre and her ready smile. I feel a deep sense of personal loss. I… Read more »

Time Travel and Regrets

I was recently watching the movie “Safety Not Guaranteed”, which is about a man who placed an advertisement looking for a partner to travel back in time with. The advertisement told the would-be time travel partner that they must bring their own weapons, and their safety is not guaranteed. As the movie progresses, they discuss… Read more »

Editorial – Fight (for) the Power!

Recently, I found an excerpt from a book by AU President Peter MacKinnon in University Affairs. In it, he suggest that the idea of universities being self-governing bodies can easily be undermined by faculty labour unions, as they seek to make changes for their members that push into the governance of the university, an area… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “AU Student” wonders if other students have ideas or concerns over recent media reports regarding AU’s financial situation. AthaU Facebook Group Bob posts links to news articles on the future of AU. Kim is looking for other students in the BPA in governance, law, and… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Grammar Bites

Grammar Bites Stumped on a grammar issue? Googling’s not always your best bet?sometimes the answer can be overwhelming, with terms and concepts that fuel still more searches (and a whole lot more frustration). But though predicate nominatives, subjunctive mood, and sentence diagramming are important concepts, basic grammar doesn’t have to be confusing. In celebration of… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: Tuition Hikes on the Table for Post-Secondary Students With the recent downturn in Alberta’s economic fortunes due to what many consider an over-reliance on a single commodity, Alberta is seeking new ways to attain a balanced provincial budget, so as to echo and amplify the business cycle rather than counter-act it. Premier Jim… 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 – February 27: Last business day to extend courses ending March 31 – March 10: Last day to register for courses starting April 1 – March 12: AUSU… Read more »