Vol. 24 Iss. 24

Volume 24 Issue 24 - 06/17/2016

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Tony Simmons

The following is the second part of our 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 is your… Read more »

In Conversation with Nat Birchall

Jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall from northern England is largely self-taught, crediting Jamaican dub music for launching his love affair with music. Iconic British DJ Gilles Peterson calls him one of the best musicians in the UK. Recently the Mindful Bard recommended his latest album, Invocations, a rhapsodic jazz album that bears up well under infinitely… Read more »

Music Review – A Tribe Called Red

Band: A Tribe Called Red Single: “Stadium Pow Wow ft. Black Bear” Starting the summer festival season off with an epic track, A Tribe Called Red just dropped their latest single “Stadium Pow Wow ft. Black Bear”. This track follows their widely successful EP Suplex released to an eager audience last May. Since their founding… Read more »

The Study Dude – An Angry Committee

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than for you to defend yourself against a hostile thesis committee. 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… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Make My Life Easier

My collection of business cards irks me. Because I’m a bona fide card picker-upper the pile is getting out of hand. Depending on the day I may have two, three, or four to remove from my purse. They are then dumped on my desk. If I need to follow up in some way they stay… Read more »

Dear Barb – Down on the Farm

Dear Barb: I grew up in a farming family, three previous generations of farmers. So it was always expected that me and my brother would become farmers. My brother is heading in that direction, but I chose to go to university instead. My parents are heartbroken that I did not choose farming. I can tell… Read more »

Editorial – The Dark Lining on the Silver Cloud

If you follow news about AU, you might have come across this article from David Climenhaga at AlbertaPolitics.ca that looks at various moves by AU’s Board of Governors in comparison with what’s been coming from the Alberta Advanced Education Minister, Marlin Schmidt. The article notes that the board seems to object in particular to having… Read more »


As I write this the last group of students is getting set to walk through the crowd to the sound of beating drums. The drums that sent chills of excitement down my spine as I walked down that red carpet only a couple days ago. I watched the live stream last year and I couldn’t… Read more »

Reading for the Road

They say travel broadens the mind?and it does. So do books. If reading books broadens the mind, and travelling broadens the mind, then reading books while travelling must really give the old noodle a workout. Travelling is conducive to reading. For starters, You’re on vacation and (theoretically) have more leisure time. Additionally, travel often comes… Read more »

Women of Interest – Lillian Helena Smith

Lillian Helena Smith was born on March 17, 1887 in London, Ontario, and died at the age of 95 in 1983. In 1912 Smith became the first trained children’s librarian in Canada. At 25 years of age she began working at the Toronto Public Library, children’s collection, where she remained for 40 years. She introduced… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Curtis wants to know if he can get a full refund if he withdraws from a course within 30 days. Melissa seeks advice on getting a student loan through the AB government. Laura is trying not to get distracted by a box of new course materials. Other posts include used textbooks, student… 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 14: AUSU Council Meeting – June 15: July degree requirements deadline – June 24: Edmonton Meet & Greet – June 26: In-Person AUSU Council Meeting (Edmonton)… Read more »