Vol. 25 Iss. 12

Volume 25 Issue 12 - 03/24/2017

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Kenneth Coates

As part of the process to help AU determine a route to stability, the Alberta Government required a third-party review be conducted, and hired Dr. Kenneth Coates, public policy professor and the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan, to conduct the review. Dr. Coates was also the Dean of Arts… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Secrets to Genius

Do you like to drift off into fantasy? If you do, you have an inner genius bursting through your belly—something like a fire in your belly. The difference is that your head is spacy, not angry. Academics once thought psychedelic drugs led to breakthroughs. And medical marijuana consumers might take comfort in the notion of… Read more »

Council Connection – March 14, 2017 Meeting

The March 14 AUSU council meeting kicked off at 5:30 pm sharp. All of council was in attendance, except for Julian Teterenko who was away on AUSU business at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations? (CASA) annual general meeting in Nova Scotia. The meeting agenda and prior meetings? minutes were approved without delay. One of… Read more »

Celluloid Psychology – Get Out!

The satirical horror film, Get Out, is written and directed by Jordan Peele, known for his skits involving the portrayal of minority stereotypes with MADTV and the recent popular comedy series, KAY and PEELE. This film contrasts his earlier comedy works with a more serious and terrifying look into the prevalent effects of modern racism…. Read more »

Technical Observations – Chrome, A Browser by Google

I am sure most of you know about Google Chrome. In its 57th version for public use, and published in 2008 as a direct attack on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dominant market share, Chrome was an instant hit to businesses and consumers alike. (Chrome is actually in its 59th version, however this is for developers. There… Read more »

Dear Barb – Bond Bailing

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been estranged from my mother for many years as she has drug and alcohol problems. She was abusive and neglectful and I made it perfectly clear that I want nothing to do with her. Now she’s in the early stages of ALS and recently she contacted me asking for money…. Read more »

The Social Student – Revive AU Clubs!

Did you ever dream of starting an AU club? I did. Or did you long to start a graduate student journal? I did. Or did you thrill at the thought of hosting an academic conference for grad students? I did. Did you want to start an AU radio or TV station? Yes, I did! But… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Why They Should Care

Decades ago I was asked to help write our community’s history book, just one of a spate of such projects for Alberta’s 75th anniversary in 1980. The books would chronicle community histories before they were forgotten. Fast forward to today. Canada is celebrating its 150th as Ukrainians celebrate too. One hundred and twenty-five years ago… Read more »

Editorial – An Issue of Importance

There’s a lot of important stuff in this issue. The feature article is the result of attending the various teleconferences and my own interview with Dr. Kenneth Coates, the man leading the third-party review of Athabasca University to help chart a path to sustainability. Longer than I’d typically include (after all, you’ve been studying all… Read more »

The Incalculable Cost of a Vowel

Did you send an e-mail to Dr. Ken Coates this month? you’d better read this: On the game show “Wheel of Fortune” vowels were so critical to solving the puzzle that contestants had to purchase them. As soon as the letter “e” appeared on the board, the solution often became obvious. The value of the… Read more »

Do Three Things for Canada’s 150th Birthday

Canada’s 150th birthday year is gearing up for its big party on July 1. There are lots of celebrations planned in towns and cities across the country, but many Canadians still feel unsure about how they can get involved. One Calgary-based initiative is hoping to change that. Called “3 Things for Canada”, it is designed… Read more »

The Perception of Busy

There has been a debate circulating around social media in the last few months with people and articles seeking to answer the question: “is being “?busy”? selfish?”. A majority of these, be they quotes or articles, suggest that you should put your relationships before work. Which sounds good in theory, but the work will almost… Read more »

From the PSE News Desk

If everyone hates hazing, why is it still a thing? Canadian university students are still subject to the often-cruel ritual of hazing. In a recent article, “How to break the vicious cycle of hazing“, Maclean’s examines the current state of hazing rituals in Canadian universities and the efforts to abolish the practice. The problem? Students… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Ingo advises that a new Labour Studies course, LBST 200, is now open for registration. Samantha seeks input on choosing between HADM courses 321, 379, or 400. Jessica seeks feedback on COMP 230, Storyboard Design and Development. Other posts include Moodle problems, AU student town-hall sessions, and courses ACCT 253, MATH 215,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: The Cover Guy Annual Scholarship Sponsored by: The Cover Guy Deadline: April 1, 2017 Potential payout: $500 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary program in Canada or the U.S. See full eligibility requirements. What’s required: An e-mail containing student info and contact details, and an explanation of why you should… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Zotero and Mendeley Webinar: how to install and use these free tools to import references, organize your research, create bibliographies, and more. Saturday, March 25, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library http://library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html no pre-registration required RISE: Actions and Words Thursday, March 30, 6:00 to 8:00 pm MDT Edmonton City Hall, 1… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Canadian youth underemployed or unemployed According to the Montreal Gazette, regardless of the state of the business cycle, there has been a significant decline in the full-time employment of young people, ages 17-24. This excludes those who aren’t working because they’re full-time students from the count. Between 1990 and 2015, youth unemployment was about 12%…. Read more »

Women of Interest – Dr. Virginia Apgar

“Women are liberated from the time they leave the womb.” – Dr. Virginia Apgar Dr. Virginia Apgar was born June 7, 1909, in Westfield, New Jersey and died August 7, 1974, in New York City. She was an obstetrical anesthesiologist who invented the APGAR score for newborns. The APGAR score is an acronym for Appearance,… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact services@ausu.org with questions or comments about this page. IMPORTANT DATES – Mar 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for May – Apr 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 – Apr 11: AUSU Council… Read more »