Vol. 24 Iss. 07

Volume 24 Issue 7 - 02/19/2016

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Lauren Calleja is an AU student from Edmonton AB. She is in the MA-IS program with a focus on Equity Studies and Global Change. In addition to her studies, Lauren is the Communications and Volunteer Coordinator at a local non-profit called HIV Edmonton. The Voice Magazine recently interviewed Lauren by e-mail, and here’s what she… Read more »

The Fit Student – Go Easy on Yourself

Always pat yourself on the back and stand tall. By improving your confidence, rewarding yourself, solving problems, and valuing your worth, you create a buffer against anxiety, depression, and many other long-term illnesses. In other words, you go easy on yourself. The bookManaging Your Mind by Gillian Butler, Ph.D. and Tony Hope, M.D, has perils… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Trailing Away

Most students recognize ellipses when the triple dots are used to cover omitted text in a quotation. But what happens when ellipses are used outside an academic or nonfiction context and represent omitted verbal text, as in faltering or trailing-away speech in fiction dialogue? In this case they’re often referred to as suspension points, and… Read more »

Music Review – Ken Stead

Artist: Ken Stead Album: Fear Has No Place Here Folk and country inspired rock music has been playing more on the radio. Which is great, in my opinion, since I find that when pop music that gets overplayed it tends to sound the same after a while. So it is with great pleasure that I… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Ruling Class

Film: The Ruling Class Director: Peter Medak Adapted from the play by Peter Barnes LADY CLAIRE GURNEY: How did it happen? How did you come to be in this state? JACK GURNEY: Like every prophet I saw visions, I heard voices, I ran. The voices of Saint Frances, Socrates, General Gordon, and Timothy Leary, they… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Strong Enough

Most of us consider our homes our sanctuary, our safe haven from the world. Home is the one place where we can be ourselves. Pretenses fall away and our authentic unvarnished selves are revealed. We let our hair down, wear our shabbiest comfy clothing, eat standing up at the counter, burp, cry, and fall asleep… Read more »

In Conversation with Jerod McBrayer of Worth Taking

Worth Taking is a San Francisco-based power pop-punk collective renowned for pure, simple, energising, and, yes, hopeful paeans to the unique dangers and opportunities accompanying the period of adolescence. The band, comprised of Jerod McBrayer, Chris Self, and Chase Kossack, is now touring its second LP, Hangman (listen to the track “Different Now” here), which… Read more »

Dear Barb – A Tidy Response

Dear Barb: I am writing in response to your column from a couple of weeks ago from Dana. I was in a similar situation and I told my friend that I saw her boyfriend on a dating website. When she confronted her boyfriend, he said that he must have forgotten to take it off and… Read more »

Editorial – Way Too Much to Do

I can’t believe I’ve managed to get this far already. You’ll notice this is an extra big issue, in part because in addition to our usual goodness, we’ve got a Council Connection, the article on the Voice Reader Survey that I promised (complete with pretty pictures), an interview with none other than the President of… Read more »

Presidential Interview – AU’s Interim President, Part I

Student Scott D. Jacobsen managed to get some time with Athabasca University’s interim president Mr. Peter MacKinnon. Scott interviewed him over a wide set of topics with the president, and the result is this three-part interview that we’re happy to present in The Voice Magazine. Scott: You hold a number of distinctions in terms of… Read more »

Truth & Reconciliation – Will Your Next University Program Have a First Nations’ Content Requirement?

During a recent research project on students’ unions in Canada I came upon a motion passed by the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU): [Be it resolved] that the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union call on the University of Saskatchewan to commit to implementing Indigenous content into the curriculum of every University of Saskatchewan College… Read more »

Council Connection

The Council Meeting for February 11, 2016 started at 4:30 pm, with the biggest take-away from the meeting being that AUSU Council decided to first accept the bylaws that the students at AUSU had previously accepted, as a first step to bringing the organization into line with the requirements of the Alberta Post-Secondary Learning Act… Read more »

Course Exam – AU courses, up close

AU’s Women’s and Gender Studies 425 ? Feminist Family Therapy, was co-authored by Dr. Deborah Foster and Dr. Karen Nielsen, and the two continue to tutor the course to this day. The introduction of feminism to counselling and family therapy was pioneered in Canada by Judy Myers Avis, and in the 1980’s, both Foster and… Read more »

Beating the Clock

The switch to Daylight Saving Time begins in three weeks. Remember last year? If you want to avoid the sudden lurch in your circadian rhythm, you need to start preparing now. Every March the majority of Canadians make the switch to Daylight Saving Time (DST.) Although “springing forward” sounds energetic, the days that follow are… Read more »


I still remember the feeling when I came home to Grandmas’ house after an evening out with friends. The kitchen was softly lit with an under-the-counter fluorescent bulb, displaying a neat and orderly the kitchen. I could hear the low murmur of the television in the next room and I knew Grandma and Grandpa were… Read more »

Survey Says!

So, the Voice Survey is closed. If you’re one of the ones who entered the contest, the draw has been made, the emails sent, and I’m just waiting for confirmation from the winners before I announce who they are. If you haven’t recently, please check the email address you gave to the Voice Survey. If… Read more »

An Underrated, Little Known Service

On the AU app and the AU Unofficial Facebook page there have been many questions about developing a thesis statement, usage of proper grammar, how to properly format a paper, proper citations, and advice for constraining a paper within a specific word count. There is a resource available through AU that can help with these…. Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Bolt wonders if other students have tried writing exams at their local library. Paul seeks a Calgary discussion group for History of Psychology. And Lisa is looking for a study partner for ACCT 245. Other posts include the rising cost of food, myAU website slowdowns, AU’s Executive MBA, and courses ASTR 205,… Read more »

Women of Interest – Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, born April 24, 1975 in Montreal, Quebec. Although she is the wife of Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, she is also an accomplished individual in her own right. She first came in contact with the Trudeau family when she was a classmate of Justin’s younger brother, Michel. Sophia was the only… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Well Met

This weekend the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its 144th birthday. Over the decades the institution has grown from a small museum to a vast network of collections. And did you know it has a significant number of online resources as well? Take a quick museum trip through this week’s links. Just Browsing Even if… 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 22: AUSU Election Campaign Period begins – Feb 29: March course extension deadline – Mar 10: Deadline to register in a courses starting Apr 1 –… Read more »