Vol. 24 Iss. 28

Volume 24 Issue 28 - 07/22/2016

The Study Dude – The Right Amount of Big Words

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to find the middle ground between formal and informal writing. 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 »

Music Review – Of Clocks and Clouds

Musician: Of Clocks and Clouds Album: Better Off Get ready for some intense alternative rock. Brooklyn-based rockers Of Clocks and Clouds have just released their self-produced album Better Off. Inspired by The Black Keys, Pink Floyd, Beck, and Queens of the Stone Age, musicians Joe Salgo and Ross Procaccio “pride themselves on standing apart from… Read more »

In Conversation with Brother Hawk

The Atlanta-based blues-rock quartet Brother Hawk has just released a new album, Big Medicine, a selection of songs from their earlier EPs, and is now promoting it with a summer tour of the USA. J.B. Brisendine (vocals and guitar), Nick Johns¬ (keyboards and vocals), James Fedigan (bass), and Allan Carson (drums) got together in 2010… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – Islands of Education

The classic film Papillon illustrates the life of a convict who, immured on an island, counts waves crashing onto the shore and eventually realizes that one out of every seven will carry his raft to freedom. Distance education likewise recounts isolation in a way that no other life experience touches. We students choose our sentence,… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – An Aside, Part I

Stumped by parentheses and parentheticals? In this mini-series we’ll look at parentheses and when and how to use them in your writing. In fact, once you’ve got their capitalization, punctuation, and nesting rules down, you’ll find that they’re quite easy to use (easy to overuse too, but we’ll get to that later). Though parentheses are… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Saved the Day

We spent Sunday celebrating at our son’s house near Sherwood Park. It was Greg’s suggestion that we do something bigger than just dinner out to mark Hilary’s latest achievement. They have a large house that is very conducive to entertaining large groups. After clearing it with Hilary, we were happy to begin planning. It’s been… Read more »

Dear Barb – Separate Paths

Dear Barb: I have a friend of about fifteen years, Maureen, who, up until a few years ago, I got along great with. But then she said something about my boyfriend that I really didn’t appreciate. We discussed this and I thought we would but able to move on, but the relationship has never been… Read more »

The End of AU?

Athabasca University has taken It’s 2015-2016 proposed budget to the General Faculties Council for review and explanation. I say explanation because That’s something this budget really needs. Do you remember not long ago, just last year, in fact, when reports were coming out that AU was going to be facing insolvency? But our interim President,… Read more »

AU Library Launches New Orientation Video Series

Athabasca University’s library launched a new orientation video series earlier this month. This 9-part series provides students with a quick overview of how to navigate the AU Library website and how to conduct effective research. The video series is presented in easily-digestible chunks of about 4 minutes each. Each video builds on the previous one… Read more »

Council Connection

On June 26th at 10:00am, council held its in-person meeting in Edmonton, but members were also allowed to join via teleconference. The meeting was called by President Wasylyshyn. Five councillors attended in person, and one by teleconference, but there were three Councillors who were absent including Philip Kirkbride, Dixie Tolver, and Josh Cross. The meeting… Read more »


When I started my last few courses I had an image in mind of what life would be like after graduation. There was an image of writing all day, completing my manuscript, and finding time to garden, kayak, and hike. Images of relaxation with no deadlines, no looming assignments, and no longer counting credits and… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Jay wonders if requests for paper exams are being processed as usual. Zuzie wants to know how to obtain a letter of permission to take a course at another institution. Other posts include completing that last AU course and courses EDPY 470, LGST 369, MKTG 396, and PSYC 347. Twitter @AthabascaU tweets:… Read more »

Women of Interest – Isobel Moria Dunbar

Isobel Moria Dunbar, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 3, 1918, and died November 22, 1999. Isobel immigrated to Canada in 1947 and worked as an ice research scientist. She was one of the first women to be taken on a Canadian Government Icebreaker Cruise. She began her career in Canada working for 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 – July 29: August course extension deadline – Aug 4: AU Open House Webinar – Aug 9: AUSU Council Meeting – Aug 10: Deadline to register in a… Read more »