Vol. 24 Iss. 03

Volume 24 Issue 3 - 01/22/2016

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Amanda Gillis is an AU student and a life-long resident of Calgary AB. She is in the Bachelor of Arts program at AU with a double major in History and Anthropology. Ultimately, Amanda plans to be an elementary school teacher. The Voice Magazine recently interviewed Amanda, and here’s what she had to say about school,… Read more »

The Travelling Student – A Night on the Town

Update: It’s been a while since I’ve sent in a travelling student article as my schedule got a bit hectic. A lot has happened since and I’ve had the chance to continue my travels in Thailand, Alaska, Quebec for a French immersion program, and Newfoundland where I recently finished a semester as a visiting student…. Read more »

The Fit Student – Combat Anxiety

Herbs. Medicine. Detoxifications. If anxiety keeping you awake at night, these items can help dispel your anxious feelings. Edmund J. Bourne in his book The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook provides insights into how to combat insomnia and toxicity, and what medicines or herbs to take to relieve your stress. I have personal experience with some… Read more »

The Study Dude – On Writing Well

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to write up the snappiest thing someone you interviewed ever said. 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… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Incredible

Faithful followers of this space know I love to read. In the absence of intentional reading material, I read product labels, signs, instruction manuals. Sick. Because reading is my default behaviour I’ve never resolved to encourage or improve my practice. Though I do have aspirational reading lists: The Top 50, The Master List, 501 Must-Read… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Oh No!

Sometimes the littlest things can drive a writer?and an editor?around the bend. You want to ensure the text is as readable as possible, and that means consistency and fluidity. But It’s not always so easily achievable, is it? The other week I spent longer than I’d care to admit obsessing over whether to put a… Read more »

Music Review – NJ Taylor

Artist: NJ Taylor Album: NJ Taylor The pop music genre is notorious for music that has bland and uninspired lyrics that are combined with an upbeat tempo designed to mask the unoriginality of the music. Pop artists Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande have broken away from this curse, creating music that is both original, fun,… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Letters to a Young Poet

Book: Letters to a Young Poet Author: Rainer Maria Rilke “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to… Read more »

In Conversation with The Lipstick Junkies

The Lipstick Junkies are an alternative funk trio from Toronto that produces tracks so rich in musical ingenuity and lyrical cleverness that they intrigue the smartest music listeners while still being fun and danceable. The band is now working on a new EP called New Lingo and have just released a yummy single from it… Read more »

Dear Barb – Unfairness in Life

Dear Barb: I came across your column while searching Athabasca’s site and I have a question. I am an 18-year-old who is beginning my first year of university. I have two younger siblings, a brother and a sister. We get along fairly well. My problem is that I feel my dad loves my brother and… Read more »

Editorial – World’s Fasted Editorial

Why do I keep doing this to myself? This week, we have some 35 pages of content in The Voice Magazine. It could have been shorter, I technically could have left out one or two of the regular columns that arrived late, but it was just good stuff and I always feel like I should… Read more »

Examining the AU Exam Experience

Writing a mid-term or final exam is a necessary though stressful aspect of any university experience, but for AU students, writing an exam requires a bit more effort than for students studying at traditional universities. AU students have several options when it comes to writing exams. Many students are able to write at one of… Read more »

Course Exam – Religious Studies (RELS) 211

One of the newest courses at Athabasca University is Religious Studies 211 ? Death and Dying in World Religions. Marie Well spoke with the course designer to get a little more insight into this course for students who might be considering taking it. The course designer, Dr. Shandip Saha, completed his master’s degree at Harvard… Read more »

Room 217 – Creating Music Resources for Use in Health Care

Last November, The Voice Magazine was invited to Room 217 Foundation’s Music Care Conference in Mississauga, Ontario. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but intrigued by the subject matter of the conference, I contacted the Revenue Development Coordinator at Room 217, Deb Bartlett. In 2014, I took Athabasca University’s course HLST 301: Complementary and Alternative… Read more »

Reading Globally

When writer Ann Morgan examined the contents of her bookshelf a few years ago, she made what she calls an “alarming discovery.” The books on her shelves were mostly English works written by British and North American authors. Considering that Morgan is British and English is her mother tongue, her reading material isn’t that surprising…. Read more »


I attended a bricks and mortar university directly out of high school. I was unsure of what I wanted to take and through the guidance (possibly misguidance) of an advisor I was taking predominately visual arts courses. I remember one lesson well, and I have tried to translate it into my current degree: into my… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Sandra is doing PLAR and asks other students? thoughts on the process. Casey inquires about a place to write her exams in Toronto. Ashley offers to sell her Management of Human Resources textbook. Other posts include citing your own work, how to find a course coordinator, and courses ACCT 245, ADMN 404,… Read more »

Women of Interest – Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams: Born on August 19, 1971 in Val D’Or, Quebec, she began her career as a race car driver at the age of 17. After completing her university education and graduating as a teacher, Williams focused on stock car racing and began competing in the Canadian Association for Stock Car Racing, (CASCAR), where she… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Winter Safe

With a severe winter storm hitting several major US cities this weekend, It’s time for a refresher on winter safety for the rest of North America. This week’s links could save your life (or at least ensure your snowed-in experience is a little less stressful). Time Your Prep When your area is issued a winter… Read more »

Council Connection – January 14, 2016 Meeting

On January 14th at 4:30 p.m., council held its public meeting, but not a lot new happened in public. The big takeaway is that there is now a committee reviewing AUSU’s executive compensation, and a seat is open for a student member. If You’re interested in the position, write to executivedirector@ausu.org. Also noteworthy, council had… 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 – Jan 29: February course extension deadline – Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 – Feb 10: Call for Nominations for 2016 General… Read more »