Vol. 24 Iss. 05

Volume 24 Issue 5 - 02/05/2016

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Anne Turner is an AU student from Nanaimo BC. She is in the Master of Arts Integrated Studies program at AU and has just completed her seventh course. Anne received her BA degree from Vancouver Island University in 2012 and is an artist as well as an advocate for persons with disabilities. The Voice Magazine… Read more »

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Reinekke Lengelle

Dr. Reinekke Lengelle teaches “Writing the Self” and “Narrative Possibilities” for the MAIS program at Athabasca University. She also teaches for The Hague University where she has developed “Career Writing” – writing used to foster the development of a career identity. She is also a poet and playwright. You can find her peer-reviewed publications here:… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – No “S” in Team

Got plans this weekend? Whether they involve watching grown men fight over a ball, enjoying cute puppy tricks, or laughing at commercials and downing snacks, chances are you won’t be giving a whole lot of thought to spelling, grammar, and usage. And to be fair, explaining the proper use of hyphens with sports event names… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Queen of Rationalization

Nearly a year ago we committed again to an extended family vacation in the Palm Springs area of southern California. The timing was to be late January or early February in 2016. The plan was to rent a house big enough for eight people in the more central Rancho Mirage community. Quick geography lesson: clustered… Read more »

Music Review – Jason Collett

Artist: Jason Collett Album: Song and Dance Man A newly released album doesn’t get any fresher than this. A brand new album from Canadian indie rock legend Jason Collett is out today (February 5th). Song and Dance man is fun, funky, and will have you loving Canadian music all over again. Originally from Bramalea, Ontario,… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Wings of Desire

Film: Wings of Desire Director: Wim Wenders Writers: Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, and Richard Reitinger “At last mad, no longer alone! At last mad, at last redeemed! At last at peace!” – Wings of Desire “Loneliness means: I am whole at last!” – Wings of Desire Wings of Desire is one of those films that… Read more »

In Conversation with El Tryptophan’s Gryphon Rue

Gryphon Rue is the singer and songwriter behind El Tryptophan, a highly musically and verbally literate alternative music act from New York. Growing up in a community rich with accomplished musicians of varying genres granted Rue a kind of “old soul” perspective on music that somehow enabled him to create remarkably new and different material…. Read more »

Dear Barb – What’s Left Behind

Dear Barb: I have a dilemma and I’m not sure what to do. A very good friend of mine separated from her husband about four years ago and she has been seeing someone for the last three years. Another friend of ours recently broke up with her boyfriend and she has been on a few… Read more »

Editorial – Last Chance to Win

That’s right, I’m going to use this editorial to pump the survey one more time. It’ll be open until late Sunday night, then on Monday morning I’ll start putting together a report on the results. After all, one thing the survey has shown me already, we do like to know about ourselves. So go to… Read more »

Your Reasons to Run

AUSU’s General Election kicks off February 10 with the call for nominations. Unlike last summer’s By-election, the General Election will see all nine council seats up for grabs. Will you be filling a council seat for the next two-year term? There are many reasons to run for AUSU Council. The most obvious reason is to… Read more »

The Positive of Social Media

I remember several years ago, someone had posted on the AU Facebook page that they were only a few courses away from completing their degree. I recall thinking, “wow it is going to be amazing when I can post that one day.” I “liked” the post; I did not know the person who had posted… Read more »

Women of Interest – Samantha Nutt

Samantha Nutt: Born October 1969, in Toronto Ontario, Canada, Samantha is the founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada and War Child USA. She is a physician whose life was transformed after spending years working in some of the worlds worst war zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Uganda and Ethiopia. As a result, Samantha… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Amanda expresses a wish that students have a choice between e-text and physical textbook, instead of having to pay extra to buy a textbook. Kevin seeks help deciding between ENGL 255 and ADMN 233. Ameerah wonders if exams can be ordered months in advance. Other posts include waiting for marks, risk-managing exam… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Cleanup Crew

Last week you took steps to safeguard your privacy online and on your electronic devices. But caring for your electronic presence involves ongoing housekeeping, too. After all, It’s easier to lose important information or compromise your operations if you’ve got a lot of junk files slowing down your PC or your tablet. Prepare for Clean… 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 – Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 – Feb 10: Call for Nominations for 2016 General Election – Feb 11: AUSU Council Meeting… Read more »