Vol. 24 Iss. 11

Volume 24 Issue 11 - 03/18/2016

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Stephanie Wieler is an AU student from Calgary AB. She has completed her University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations which she will be using to gain entry into the Bachelor of Professional Arts?Communications program. The Voice Magazine recently interviewed Stephanie by e-mail, and here’s what she had to say about school, exhaustion, and… Read more »

Course Exam – ENGL 255 — Introductory Composition

Adien Dubbelboer, an instructor in the English Centre for Humanities in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the Academic Coordinator for Effective Writing and the Course Coordinator for English 255, Introductory Composition. She was kind enough to set some time aside from her busy schedule to speak to The Voice Magazine about the… Read more »

The Study Dude – Academic Writing Stinks, Part II

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to take twice as long writing your essays so that your essays read ten-times better. 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… Read more »

The Fit Student – Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Have you ever heard of the serenity prayer? You ask for help from God “to accept the things [you] cannot change [and] courage to change the things [you] can change, and wisdom to know the difference.” I often wondered about this prayer: it sounds sophisticated but doesn’t give any practical advice or direction. So, the… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – Pictorial Feature

In a world That’s being so rapidly transformed by digital technology that you scarcely dare blink for fear of missing some colossal new breakthrough, It’s easy to forget that whatever patch of earth we’re standing on is millions of years old, or that being aware of the history of the human beings who occupied it… Read more »

Music Review – Ben Caplan

Musician: Ben Caplan Album: Birds With Broken Wings The diversity of Canadian musical talent always astounds me. Every genre of music features prominent Canadian artists. However, there are many Canadian musicians that transcend the confines of genres, creating music that is very different. Halifax musician Ben Caplan can be counted among the genre-defying musicians with… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Pronoun Shift

As the academic year winds to a close, chances are You’re hammering away on final papers, anxious to make your point in a way That’s clear and concise. Pronoun shift hampers both those objectives, and It’s a sneaky error that may have crept into your academic writing without you noticing at all. Pronouns As a… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Yes

What is your default answer when an opportunity or invitation comes your way? Do you automatically say yes without determining whether that is the ’true in your gut’ answer? Or does some survivalist instinct lead you to say no because that is safer, comfier, less demanding? Most of us have never stopped to figure out… Read more »

Dear Barb – Adopted

Dear Barb: I am in my early twenties and just found out I was adopted. I had a very happy childhood and felt loved by my parents, but since I never looked like anybody else in the family, I always felt different. In the back of my mind I wondered if I was adopted because… Read more »

Editorial – Kinship

First things first, congratulations need to be given to the new AUSU Council. It might seem like an acclamation is a sure thing but as this Maclean’s article shows, running unopposed does not guarantee a win. This week, we do a course exam on English 255, a course which is a required component for many… Read more »

A Spring in My Step

The first day of spring is still two days away, but I feel like It’s already arrived. An unmistakable aura of spring hovers above the lingering snow, bringing with it a sense of renewal and optimism. I took my first walk along our rural road this week. Walking is unsafe in winter when snowbanks hem… Read more »

Between Two Houses

The oil downturn and the future knowledge economy means our country has two houses ? so to speak. One housing the resource-based sector of the economy. Another housing the human capital sector of the economy. I consider both houses? contents important. But, I argue, we need a balanced economic plan for the next 5, 10,… Read more »

Course Hangover

Often when I enjoy a good book at the end I am left with a book-hangover. I am left feeling satisfied at how incredible it was, and yet sad that it is over. The book-hangover can leave one feeling a sense of loss and uncertainty on how to continue. Often sitting for a moment with… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Spring Into Cleaning

Winter may not technically be over yet, and odds are we’ll get a few more cold days sandwiched in among the bursts of warmer weather. But don’t let that stop you from getting a head start on your spring cleaning! This week’s links will inspire you to get busy cleaning indoors, even if a blizzard’s… Read more »

Council Connection

The meeting of March 10th, 2016 was largely uneventful. There were three major items of note, two reports by committees of AUSU, and the first vote on the changes to the bylaws of the organization. This meeting saw the presentation of the Forensic Audit Committee, a committee that was established in response to a request… Read more »

Women of Interest – Phyllis “Pat” Grosskurth

Phyllis “Pat” Grosskurth, born March 16, 1924 in Toronto Ontario and died August 2, 2015. In 1965 Pat Grosskurth became the first female professor hired by University of Toronto. She was a literary biographer, whose work was often controversial and ground breaking, hired by the English Department. Her first biographical work, John Addington Symonds: A… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Kevin wonders if there is a practice exam available for COMP 318. Manuela posts a link to free tax software. Megan seeks feedback on workload for courses EDUC 309 and 316. Stephen is looking for students to participate in an online survey about smartphone or tablet use by AU students. Other posts… 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 22: Deadline for election appeals – Mar 31: April course extension deadline – April 7: AUSU Annual General Meeting – April 10: Deadline to register in… Read more »