Vol. 24 Iss. 12

Volume 24 Issue 12 - 03/25/2016

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Shandip Saha, Part II

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) As an instructor in online education, what are some of the… Read more »

Music Review – Charlotte Cornfield

Musician: Charlotte Cornfield Album: Future Snowbird Folk-rock is a difficult genre to pull together effectively. Yet, when folk and rock are brought together in a brilliant harmony, the result is a song that will reach out and touch the very heart of the listener. Charlotte Cornfield’s latest album Future Snowbird features such a blend of… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – The Chattering Class

While walking for a study break I looked up and noticed five squirrels silently scampering along a mesh of branches above my head. After hearing so much spring squirrel ruckus in recent weeks their stealthy passage came as a surprise. “Hmm,” I thought, “perhaps I’m seeing another side of squirrels.” Maybe all conflict contains more… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Can’t Win

The rise and fall of the Oilers hockey team has been well documented by experts and rednecks alike. Gallons of ink have been spilled since the Wayne Gretzky-led Stanley Cup winners carved up the ice at Commonwealth Arena. Callers to talk radio and letter writers to newspapers are not short of criticism or advice. The… Read more »

Dear Barb – Wedding Mistakes

Dear Barb: Hi, I hope some of your readers can relate to my story. My husband and I met after the untimely death of our spouses. We both have grown children who were, supportive of our relationship. Since we were older and this was not our first marriage we decided to elope. Unfortunately, my daughter… Read more »

Editorial – Hidden Crimes

It’s unfortunate that acting like a human can preclude you from receiving justice. I’m speaking of the Jian Gomeshi trial. If you’re unaware, CBC personality Jian Gomeshi was accused of sexually assaulting three women, and choking one. He has been acquitted of all charges. His defense was not that there was no violence or sexual… Read more »

Tax Tools for Students

Easter weekend means a three-day?and for some a four-day?break. This first long weekend of spring means many things to many people. For some, the Easter weekend pivots around religious observances. For many, Easter means a family gathering, a tasty meal, and lots of chocolate. If nothing else, for most Easter at least means a long… Read more »

Anita Rau Badami: An Interview

Anita Rau Badami was AU’s Writer-in-Residence for 2014-2015. She has written several books, received numerous awards, and most recently was featured on CBC’s “Canada Reads”, a discussion of books that Canadians should read. She was kind enough to allow AU student Scott Jacobsen to interview her for The Voice Magazine. You were the 2014-15 Writer-in-Residence… Read more »

A Student Has to Eat

Cost pressures on students are rising. With the economic downturn, many Canadian families are having to deal with job losses and the cost of education continues to increase. For AU students in particular, many of whom are adult learners and have the added pressure of having to feed their family, dealing with the cost of… Read more »

Making a Connection – No Call Centre for the FHSS

There have been continued discussions about the benefit of a call centre model of tutoring for the faculty of humanities and social sciences (FHSS). While this model has proven to be useful in certain faculties, I do not think it is a “one size fits all” solution. The FHSS is based on creative thinking, personal… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Isabella announces a name change for the Athabasca University Student Mom’s and Dad’s Club Facebook page. Stephen seeks other AU-related social media sites where he can post a research-related question. Kevin seeks clarification on residency credits. Other posts include BPA-Human Services, re-enrolling, calculating GPA, and courses HRMT 310, PSYC 402, and RELS… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Talk about Tolkein

“But in Gondor, the New Year will always now begin upon the twenty-fifth of March when Sauron fell, and when you were brought out of the fire to the King.” Gandalf’s words in Return of the King are part of the story behind Tolkien Reading Day, established March 25, 2003 by the Tolkien Society “to… Read more »

Women of Interest – Sara Corning

Sara Corning, born in 1872, in Chegoggin City, Nova Scotia and died there in 1969. Corning rescued 5000 orphans during the Turkish Massacre. These orphans were mostly Armenian and Greek children under the age of twelve. The children were brought to Greece where Corning established Orphanages to raise them as Christians. In 1923 King George… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Keeping AU in Athabasca The Advanced Education Minister of Alberta, Marlin Schmidt, wants to keep AU in Athabasca, Alberta. Dr. Layton Shaw, President of the Faculty Association, expressed concern about AU staff being gradually moved away from Athabasca. Professional jobs have been reduced in the Athabasca area while shorter-term/contract work in Edmonton has been increasing…. 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 31: April course extension deadline – April 7: AUSU Annual General Meeting – April 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 – April… Read more »