Vol. 24 Iss. 08

Volume 24 Issue 8 - 02/26/2016

Meeting the Minds – Talking with Esi Edugyan

Athabasca University’s new Writer in Residence, Esi Edugyan, has won a number of literary awards. Her literary expertise can be tapped into by Athabasca faculty and students alike during her 2015‐2016 residency. Marie: Esi, you are a highly accomplished author. What books have you written and what are some of the most prestigious awards you… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Trailing Away, Part II

In last week’s installment we looked at how ellipses and em dashes are used in dialogue to show faltering speech and interrupted or broken off speech, respectively. In this follow-up column, we’ll explore how writers can use punctuation to convey two more types of dialogue: staccato speech and stuttering speech. Staccato Speech Staccato speech is… Read more »

Course Exam – English 373–Film and Literature

AU’s English 373 ? Film and Literature was written by Monique Tschofen. Marie Well had a chance to talk to one of the courses? tutors, Dr. Vivian Zenari, about the course. What is the name of the course you teach? Vivian: English 373 Film and Literature What is the course about? Vivian: It’s a comparative… Read more »

Music Review – Collective Soul

Band: Collective Soul Album: See What You Started By Continuing When I was growing up I loved listening to the local radio station, eagerly waiting for one of my favourite songs to play, no matter how long I had to wait. And when a song I loved finally played, I experienced a few precious minutes… Read more »

In Conversation with Jack Berry

Jack Berry is a Nashville-based blues guitarist and singer noted for producing music that’s deeply rootsy yet informed by new and original musical sensibilities, sometimes described as “alternative blues” and “wild bunch blues.” Berry has just released the single “The Bull” from his soon-to-be-released album, Mean Machine. Recently he took the time to answer Wanda… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Part of My Tribe

I felt like a funeral crasher recently when I drove my elderly mother and aunt to their cousin’s service. I didn’t know the deceased man from Adam. In the room of three hundred I knew precisely three people outside of my mom, aunt, and uncle. When first asked to drive (because my mom isn’t confident… Read more »

Dear Barb – Bad Dates

Dear Barb: My best friend Sue used to be so nice and now she’s a bitch! We used to do all kinds of stuff together like skiing, going on vacations, running and spending time with our other friends. Now she ignores us and spends all her time with her possessive boyfriend. When I try to… Read more »

Editorial – Affordance

The big news this week is what happened in Ontario. With their most recent budget, they’re making it so that people with a low income will have a much easier time getting an education. Families with an income of less than 50k will have an average tuition of free. More importantly for AU, they’re also… Read more »

Presidential Interview – AU’s Interim President, Part II

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. You can find the first part here. Last year,… Read more »

The Girl in the Pink Sweater

I see this girl, wearing the pink sweater. I look at the freckles and big eyes and remember growing up in an average small town and in an average family. That seemed like such a long time ago, but even now some of those memories of what she went through make my muscles tense and… Read more »

Swimming in Scholarships

Nothing can brighten a student’s day like free money. Being awarded a scholarship feels a little like winning a lottery. Having that inflow of cash can help counter the outflow of tuition, textbooks, and invigilation fees that accompany a postsecondary education. The best part: a scholarship, unlike a loan, does not need to be paid… Read more »

Trudeau, The World Economic Forum, & Athabasca University

Athabasca University (AU) is in line with the future of education and the future economy. The future of education?credentials, knowledge, and skills. The future of the economy?human capital with creativity, education, and experience. Human capital investments are an issue for students coming out of university, and employers looking for suitable candidates or employees. A salient… Read more »

Fluff – What’s a Light Course?

There was a bit of controversy on the AU Facebook page this week. It is something, I believe, every student does. Though perhaps the wording is what caused a kerfuffle. A student asked for advice on lighter courses to balance out some more demanding courses. As distance education students we balance a lot in our… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Priscilla seeks feedback from other students on the course load for FREN 374 and 375. Lesley is looking for study tips for the Abnormal Psychology exam. Carla declares herself a Chicago style newbie and seeks hints. Other posts include transcripts, in-text web citations, calculating GPA, and courses ASTR 205, COMP 325, HADM… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Learncation

So this year you don’t have plans to travel for spring break, but you’d like to do something other than the same old, same old? Consider a learncation?stay at home but break from your routine by exploring new areas and developing your creativity. This week’s links should get you started on your journey: Create Create… Read more »

Women of Interest – Isabel Janet Macneill

Isabel Janet Macneill was born in 1908 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and died in1990. She began her career with an interest in design, and attended Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following her graduation in 1926, she attended Nova Scotia College of Art (1928) and then Heatherley’s Art School in London, England. However, her… Read more »

Candian Education News

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) Local business and the Alberta government are connecting with the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The program helps students gain work experience in collaboration with employers. Information sessions will be in Alberta, and already happened in Edmonton. Minister of Labour, Christina Gray, said STEP is valuable to students by giving… 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 27: Bylaw Change Member Consultation (11am MT) – Feb 29: March course extension deadline – Mar 10: Deadline to register in a courses starting Apr 1… Read more »