Vol. 24 Iss. 20

Volume 24 Issue 20 - 05/20/2016

Course Exam – Engl 384 – Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Dr. Angie Abdou, the tutor and course coordinator of English 384, provides us a look at what’s involved in English 384, and the type of people who succeed at it. What is the course English 384: Writing Creative Non-fiction about? In English 384, students learn the theory and craft of Creative Nonfiction (CNF). CNF is… Read more »

Music Review – The Flux Machine

Band: The Flux Machine Album: Louder! I may have found an album that can easily replace my typical pre-study coffee. Let’s face it, nothing is more difficult for a distance education student than motivating yourself enough to get going. Some days I find that psyching myself up enough to hit the books feels something like… Read more »

The Study Dude – Cope with this Crazy World

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to give your friends therapeutic interviews. 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 honest opinions and personal anecdotes?even the embarrassing… Read more »

In Conversation with Heavy Static

Heavy Static is a Toronto-based alt-rock trio with a sound inspired by the roots of punk and new wave, ?80s slasher films, and Swedish pop music. The band, comprised of Christian Patrick (lead vocals/guitar), James Young (drums/backing vocals), and Dave Vasey (bass/backing vocals) has just released the track Andromeda from their second EP Here Comes… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Quiet One

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married four years and it is mostly going well. Problems arise when I try to talk to him about things he doesn’t want to talk about. Sometimes he will give me a short answer and claim he doesn’t have anything else to say. If I try to… Read more »

Editorial – Over-Compensating?

This week, I came across an interesting bit of news on Facebook, about how the Alberta government is passing legislation that will require provincial agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs) to not only be forthcoming to the government about how much they pay their executives, but will also give the government the ability to require that… Read more »

Get AU Info You Need Quickly with AUSU’s Quick Links

Does it ever feel like searching for the page you want on a university website is like trying to swim through quicksand? University websites are notorious black holes of information—so densely packed they just suck you in. It’s not necessarily the fault of poor web design (although for some university websites you wonder), It’s primarily… Read more »

Book Hoarder

I have seen people selling their textbooks online. With many courses going to the e-text model, it has meant a lot of people are looking for the physical textbook. When I see these I, albeit briefly, consider whether I should move some of my textbooks from my shelf to someone else’s. But I’m a book… Read more »

Council Connection

This week, the Council Meeting brought us a return of the echo chamber. I mean this in a literal sense, as once again the meeting was plagued with people’s voices echoing in the teleconference. You can imagine how distracting it is to try to speak to a group and being constantly interrupted by your own… Read more »

Women of Interest – Dr. Dormer Ellis

Dr. Dormer Ellis was born on November 22, 1925. In 1984 Ellis became the first women to receive the Ontario Professional Engineers Citizenship Award. As a youth she worked at Woolworth Store as a cashier and could readily calculate the change for purchases before the time of cash registers. When she told her high school… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Alberta students will set the definition of their own gender New guidelines released by the Alberta government on Wednesday. The 21 page document put out by David Eggen, the Education Minister, advised teachers to permit the children to pick their name and the washroom used by them. In short, the students have the right to… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Debbie wonders what a “reopened” status means on a submitted assignment. Jesse wants to know if courses will cost more while she’s living outside of Canada. Carrie seeks input on whether it’s possible to finish one course every two months. Other posts include ProQuest ebrary, tuition refunds, writing exams early, and courses… Read more »

Canadian Science News

New Dinosaur Species Discovered Canadian scientists have discovered a new horned species of dinosaur: Spicylpeus shipporum (spi-CLIP-ee-us ship-OR-um). The Canadian Museum of Nature unveiled the fossils of the creature on Wednesday. Bill Shipp named the dinosaur Judith “after the rocky area of his ranch where it was found, known as the Judith River formation.” The… 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 23: Ottawa Meet & Greet – May 31: June course extension deadline – June 9-11: 2016 Convocation – June 10: Deadline to register in a course… Read more »