Vol. 24 Iss. 22

Volume 24 Issue 22 - 06/03/2016

Meeting the Minds – Interviewing Dr. Tony Simmons

The following is an interview with Dr. Tony Simmons, a self-defined Hysterical Materialist. Dr. Simmons is a member of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and, as his self-written AU faculty listing says, he “has pursued a troubled and an undistinguished career at Athabasca University since 1981.” What are some of your most memorable… Read more »

Music Review – The History of Gunpowder

Band: The History of Gunpowder EP: Stained Glass, Rye and Wax Released 6 May, Stained Glass, Rye and Wax is The History of Gunpowder’s third EP. Conceived in Kerala, South India, and then polished in Vancouver and Montreal, the EP features the musical talents of seventeen extraordinarily gifted musicians. Skillfully mixed and mastered by Chris… Read more »

The Study Dude – Smoke and Mirrors of “Context”

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to realize that top academics only pretend to know the meaning of “context.” 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 »

The Mindful Bard – Invocations

Album: Invocations Artist: Nat Birchall “I’d like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.” – John Coltrane Discovering Nat Birchall’s music is like finally meeting a reclusive neighbor and happily discovering that he’s a warm-hearted, eccentric genius very much worth getting… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not Sure

About a hundred years ago (okay, maybe more like thirty-five) I was on the executive of the village of Andrew’s Chamber of Commerce. We were a small but enthusiastic group of business and like-minded people. We actively worked to help the village grow, or at the least to slow the losses. Anyone old enough to… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Trouble with Great Expectations

Dear Barb: I am in my late twenties and work full time while taking courses through AU. My parents always had high expectations for us and we all strived to meet those expectations. Throughout high school I was easily able to maintain marks in the high eighties and nineties, so my parents are expecting me… Read more »

Skip The Groove

I’m quite happy with the issue this week. We received two AU interviews, one with the Associate Vice President of Student and Academic Services, Dr. Alain May, and the other with an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Labour Studies, Dr. Tony Simmons. Both are solid interviews, and after some hemming and hawing, I decided both… Read more »

Meeting Up with the Minds we Meet

Two years ago I started out on an accidental journey. That journey has taken me?virtually?across Canada from the east coast to the west, and around the world. During this journey, I met a flautist, a saxophone player, and a woman who sings in her car. I met world-travellers, new Canadians, and people living in the… Read more »

The (Literally) Long Road Ahead.

From where I’m writing, Athabasca, Alberta, is 12 hours away, or 1,174 km. The days are counting down to when I will be making this long journey to Athabasca University. I will be taking my first steps on campus, not nervous as a new student, not wondering what campus life will be like, or looking… Read more »

Canadian EducationNews

Cooperative Education for Canadian Students Canadian cooperative placements can give student two years of education and are appealing to Silicon Valley. These are paid placements for undergraduates with terms alternating between work and school. According to the Matthews, these are attractive to some of the “world’s most desirable companies.” The largest cooperative program is at… Read more »

Women of Interest – Julie Payette

Julie Payette was born in Montreal, Quebec, October 20, 1963. Payette is an engineer and was chosen as an astronaut in 1992 from a pool of 5330 applicants. She obtained her commercial pilot license, studied Russian, and logged 120 hours on board a reduced gravity aircraft in preparation for her 1999 space mission. Julie Payette… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Susanne requests?and receives?help tracking down citation references. Lori seeks a used Principles of Anatomy & Physiology textbook. Other posts include motivation, studying while pregnant, and courses CMNS 420, ENGL 200, NUTR 330, PSYC 355, and PSYC 402. Twitter @AthabascaU tweets: “Violin & organ music to help you study? An #AthaU tutor can… 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 – June 9-11: 2016 Convocation – June 10: Deadline to register in a course starting July 1 – June 14: AUSU Council Meeting – June 15: July degree… Read more »