Vol. 24 Iss. 10

Volume 24 Issue 10 - 03/11/2016

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Shandip Saha

The following interview features Dr. Shandip Saha, professor of Religious Studies courses in the Center for Humanities at Athabasca University. His research speciality is in the field of Hinduism with an emphasis upon tracing the religious culture of Medieval India (15th to 18th centuries) Please fill us in on the range of course you have… Read more »

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Lorelei Hanson, Part II

Dr. Lorelei Hanson has authored two environmental studies courses and two geography courses at AU. She currently tutors her courses ENVS 200 and ENVS 435, and coordinates those as well ENVS 361 and GLST 243. She took some time to speak with Scott Jacobsen about her work with AU and general outlook in a two-part… Read more »

Music Review – Greg Laswell

Musician: Greg Laswell Album: Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet There is something ethereal about soft and emotional alternative music when mixed with a cello and various electronic effects. The music is tempestuous and seems to emanate from the very depths of the human soul. Yet the result is something far from melodramatic. Instead, your… Read more »

The Study Dude – Academic Writing Stinks, Part I

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to write essays that don’t reek of the academics? diseases: puff and jargon. 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… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not Ready

About a year ago the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) announced big changes to the way satellite and cable providers operate. Apparently this was in response to consumer complaints about the manner in which channels are bundled. Over the years I’ve certainly cursed our provider for not giving me the power to pick what… Read more »

In Conversation with Darryl Klassen of J.D. Miner

British Columbia-based J.D. Miner is one of my long-time favourite folk acts. I first encountered their music in 2008 on their album Ain’t No Ordinary Hillbilly, and went on to interview them (see here). I featured them again in 2011 regarding their album Coal Train. Well, the time has rolled around again for another great… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dining Dilemma

Dear Barb: Hi, I have a really good friend whose brother opened a new restaurant. A bunch of us went there one evening for dinner and we didn’t like it. The service was slow and the food was not good at all. I know Carol is going to ask me what I thought and I… Read more »

Editorial – All Sorts of Acclaim

You remember that Voice reader survey? The one that I was asking you people to do and was offering prizes to a few lucky people? Well those are all handled now, and the prizes are winging their way to the winners. So if I haven’t contacted you about winning a prize already, then I’m afraid… Read more »

Scholarship Finesse

How can you ensure your scholarship application stands out from the rest? Last month, in Swimming in Scholarships, we looked at the plethora of scholarships available to students through AU, AUSU, and external organizations. This week, we’ll examine how to give your application its best shot at producing that oh-so-sweet scholarship cheque. Check your qualifications…. Read more »

Course Exam – Poli 480 – The Politics of Cyberspace

Dr. Jay Smith is a long-term AU faculty member, and the course author of Political Science 480 (also available at the graduate level as POLI 580). He recently took time to answer some questions about the course for The Voice Magazine. First of all, what is your role with Athabasca University, and the course? I… Read more »

Marketing AU – The “Great Minds” Advertising Campaign

Perhaps you’ve seen posters advertising AU using quotations and images of famous learners such as Marie Curie and Mark Twain. The Voice Magazine spoke to Erin Stevenson, AU’s Marketing and Social Media Manager, to give us some background and insight into the advertising campaign. How did the campaign come about? Was it a bright spark… Read more »

Then and Now

As my degree is slowly coming to its conclusion, I find myself reminiscing about how I view AU now, as opposed to the early days (some may call this procrastination). I can see a difference in myself and in how I view the world around myself. But how does AU appear? As other students beginning… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Stephanie is curious if she can enrol in the Masters of Counselling program with a BA in English. Grace shares her exam experience in which she showed up to write a midterm and was handed the final exam by mistake. Vicki seeks study tips for the ADMN 417 exam. Pierrick seeks feedback… Read more »

Women of Interest – Mary “Bonnie” Baker

Mary “Bonnie” Baker, (1918-2003) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bonnie Baker was an all star catcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball league from 1943 to 1952. In 1950 she was the only woman in league history to become a player-manager with the Kalamazoo Lassies, however, the next year the league passed a law prohibiting… 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 – Mar 11: AUSU General Election Polls open – Mar 14: AUSU General Election Polls close – Mar 15: April degree requirements deadline – Mar 16: AUSU Election… Read more »