Vol. 24 Iss. 34

Volume 24 Issue 34 - 09/02/2016

Making a Run for It

This autumn, AUSU offers its members an off-schedule opportunity to run for a position on AUSU student council. The next general election isn’t scheduled until March 2018, however, due to the recent departure of two councillors, AUSU council is left with two vacancies. A by-election has been called for September 2016 to fill those empty… Read more »

The Creative Spark!

Today, I had hoped to give you some PowerPoint tips. But since PowerPoint doesn’t seem applicable to AU folks in general, I’ll explain parallel presentations with essay-writing?and I’m going to end with a secret about using visuals. These days, PowerPoint presentations are getting facelifts, spearheaded by cutting-edge authors such as Nancy Duarte and Garr Reynolds…. Read more »

In Conversation with Bonnie Whitmore

Bonnie Whitmore and Her Band are an Austin-based rock group with blues and country influences and a strong feminist sensibility. Their new album, F*ck with Sad Girls, is due for release on October 28th (check out this divine sneak pre-listen, “She’s a Hurricane, ” here). The album addresses the widespread stigma against “imperfect” women in… Read more »

The Study Dude – Learn Your Books

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to observe AU student-to-student dynamics. You could start with this research problem: Does AU offer any forums that help students develop friendships? Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make… Read more »

Music Review – Will Wood & The Tapeworms

Band: Will Wood & The Tapeworms (link) Album: Self-ish More highly imaginative and bizarre music is needed in this world, and I am happy to say that Will Wood & The Tapeworms are more than happy to deliver. Fans of Gogol Bordello, David Bowie, and My Chemical Romance will absolutely love the latest release from… Read more »

Dear Barb – Empty Nesting

Dear Barb: I am a parent of a daughter entering university this year. Someone told me about your column, so I thought I’d write in. My daughter will be attending university full time and taking Athabasca courses as well. She has been out of school for two years and feels a need to catch up… Read more »

Editorial – Unusual Council

As you read this, the call for nominations for the two vacant seats on AUSU Council is open. For many, the idea of being on a student council is a waste of time. After all, you’re here to get a degree so that you can put that on your resume, get a better job, and… Read more »

Instagram for Writers

Last week I briefly touched on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and how each of these can be useful for networking and building your contacts. I find rather frequently that Instagram gets ignored from those whose work consists of words or from professions that are not image-based. Instagram and Twitter can be seen as primarily “the… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Strong radio signal from nearby star a false alarm. According to CBC News, scientists detected a radio emission which has them excited. A space telescope from Russia detected a “strong signal” from a star. The star?s, HD 164595, strong signal was detected with a Russian radio telescope called Ratan-300. Ken Tapping, a scientist at NRC… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Hailey begins her first semester with AU this week and seeks pointers for staying on track. Susanne seeks info on signing up for a clinical placement. Ermin offers to assist students taking statistics. Rachel wants to know where to sell used textbooks. Other posts include PLAR, re-booking an exam, and courses HIST… Read more »

Women of Interest – Alice Wilson

Alice Wilson, (August 26, 1881-April 15, 1964) was the first female geologist and paleontologist in Canada. She also became the first female Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1937 and was a member of the Order of the British Empire. During her life Alice Wilson struggled against health issues, along with the struggle… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Immigrant families educated about Canadian education system According to The Globe and Mail, 100s of immigrant families learned about high schools in Canada through the Newcomers Orientation and Welcome to B.C. (NOW B.C) event, which took place on the morning of August 29. Jerry Wu, Manager of the Settlement Workers Schools program, said over 500… 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 – Sept 6: AU Open House Webinar – Sept 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Oct 1 – Sept 13: AUSU Council Meeting (5:30pm MT) –… Read more »