Vol. 24 Iss. 18

Volume 24 Issue 18 - 05/06/2016

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Angie Abdou, Part II

Dr. Angie Abdou is an assistant professor in the English department, specializing in creative writing. Her creative writing has won various awards and media recognition. What pedagogical standpoint is most reflective of your way of teaching? Dr. Abdou: Again, that comes back to the pedagogy of me seeing myself as a mentor and a partner…. Read more »

Music Review – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Musician: Michael Franti and Spearhead Album: SOULROCKER Ready for some of the most politically charged and optimistic music that I’ve ever heard? I wasn’t sure what to expect when I encountered Michael Franti’s upcoming album SOULROCKER, with his heavy emphasis on political turmoil and well known activism. But I was pleasantly surprised to be met… Read more »

In Conversation with SKNAIL

SKNAIL is the pseudonym of visionary Swiss composer-producer Blaise Caillet, known for startlingly original innovations in jazz, including electronic experimentation, found sounds, and stirring, poetic lyrics from engaging lead singer Nya. Their first album, Glitch Jazz, was released in 2013 and their second album, Snail Charmers, in 2015. Recently Caillet took the time to answer… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Can’t Wait to Start

We’re now four months into 2016. If, like me, you began the year with a pristine new planner, how’s it looking now? Are there entries for every day? Is it serving your life and your purpose? Is it a glorified daily to-do list? Is it a record of your life for posterity? Planners are available… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Scary Cost

Dear Barb: For quite a while I have been watching the American political election and I can’t believe the popularity of Donald Trump. I think he is a bully who is inciting hatred and racism! Why are the American people attracted to him? On social media I have seen the comparisons between Donald Trump and… Read more »

Editorial – Through the Flames

I’ve often said that one of the advantages of AU is that, as we’re dispersed, there’s no single event, like a school bombing or a rash of disease that will affect all of us. The flip side of that, however, is that whenever something major happens, especially in Canada, the odds are that it will… Read more »

A Memorable Day

I lifted my head; the silence was deafening, interrupted only by the sound of Mary moaning from somewhere behind me. Everything was dark and cold, and all I could smell was gasoline. I pulled myself out through the windshield of the car and went to the driver’s side. Rick was lying still and I could… Read more »

Mom Night

For years, my Mom and I had a weekly tradition called “Mom Night.” Well, I called it Mom Night, I’m not sure what she called it?perhaps “Barb Night.” It did begin as Barb Night. I was balancing full time work and part-time studies along with the demands of a house and family. To preserve my… Read more »

Unexpected Lessons

As I adjust to life with no school-work deadlines, I have been able to reflect on some of the non-traditional lessons I learned while attending Athabasca University. What I learned from the courses is indispensable, but those lessons were the ones I was going to school for. I have found that there are many other… Read more »

Interview with the Director – Behind the Scenes at AU Press

Fellow undergraduate students might or might not know about the university press for AU called AU Press. It is an important resource for the representation of the academic and scholarly aspects of the university. Recently, Scott Jacobsen interviewed the acting director and marketing and production coordinator, Ms. Megan Hall. What are the tasks and responsibilities… Read more »

The Evolution of a (Reluctant) Geek Mom

Once upon a time, being called a “nerd” or “geek” was the epitome of an insult. The image of thick glasses and pocket protectors held fast in pop culture for many years. Admitting to being a fan of shows like Star Trek or playing Dungeons and Dragons opened oneself up to ridicule and shunning. But… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Several group members express concern and support for AU students and other residents of Fort McMurray, AB. Darren wonders if there’s an advantage to enrolling in a program over going it course-by-course. Larissa seeks advice on 3rd-year PSYC courses. Other posts include PLAR, motivation, hard-copy texts, the COPPUL library card, and courses… 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 – May 6: Deadline to complete coursework for Convo?16 – May 10: AUSU Council Meeting (4:30pm MDT) – May 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jun… Read more »