Vol. 25 Iss. 14

Volume 25 Issue 14 - 04/07/2017

Organ Donation is Worth Thinking About

An acquaintance of mine who lives a few streets over recently posted a desperate plea for help on Facebook. Her husband?a Type 1 diabetic for most of his life’suddenly became a statistic. He has suffered severe kidney failure because of his diabetes. The family is now facing a race against time to find a new… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – Escaping the Fandom in Academia

The quotable Steve Jobs once claimed that “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough?that It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing” (Jobs). Variety is the spice of life may be a worn-out aphorism but the positive results in terms… Read more »

The Social Student – Perform Your Research

So, you want to perform in front of a crowd? Or earn cash presenting your research? Or establish yourself as an expert? If your pupils dilated at least once, then get cozy with Eventbrite online software. First, ask yourself if you’ve got some expertise? If so, synthesize textbooks on your subject matter. Use the textbook… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Cash Cow Jam Session

Did you ever want to play the guitar or sing? Maybe you wanted the fast-track to fame. Well, you have the star stuff locked inside your brain. All students do. It’s called knowledge. So, package and sell your knowledge! By doing so, you get the reputation of an expert. And your pocketbook gets puffier. For… Read more »

In Conversation with Bat House

On April 14, Bostonian rock band Bat House is planning to release their self-produced, self-titled debut album. (You can listen to “Chemical X,” an early released track from the forthcoming album on Soundcloud and see their video “Alright Spaceboy” on Youtube.) Their sound has been categorised as “psych/math:” a wedding of the reflective introspections of… Read more »

Music Review – The New Groovement

Artist: The New Groovement Album: The Orange Album A band name has never been more appropriate then The New Groovement. This nine-piece band has given us a gift with their record The Orange Album, as well as an extensive western Canadian tour. In the age of music where electric and pop are usually chart toppers,… Read more »

Dear Barb – Getting Under My Skin

Dear Barb: Hi, my girlfriend and I have been dating six months. We have a lot of the same interests and get along remarkably well, except that she’s extremely jealous. Her last boyfriend cheated on her, so I understand being cautious, but this is extreme. Everywhere we go she seems to pick out some woman… Read more »

A Bad Case of Gas

If you’ve been trying to avoid recent news about Mr. Trump’s activities, I don’t blame you, but it may be time to start paying attention again. The reason? Mr. Trump has done something I had previously thought unthinkable. He did something I agree with. On Tuesday, April 4th, there was a release of the nerve-agent… Read more »

AU Student Holidays – Give Yourself a Break

One of the best things about Athabasca University is its courses run year-round. This is also one of the downsides of AU. With the ability to begin courses every month, students have no built-in holiday period. There are no fixed semesters and no fixed breaks. No summer holidays, no reading weeks, no year-end break?nothing. AU… Read more »

Spoiler Free?Canada Reads

CBC’s Canada Reads debate is upon us again. I love listening to books being debated and the conversations that flood social media after each elimination. There is something wonderful seeing a love of literature flood social media. It may only last for a few days, but it is fantastic. Not everyone agrees with the execution… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

AU Student Town Hall with President Neil Fassina – Edmonton Tuesday, April 11, 12:00 to 1:30 pm MDT Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, 600-9990 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton AB In-person/teleconference Hosted by Athabasca University http://news.athabascau.ca/news/student-town-hall-president-neil-fassina/ e-mail EdmontonStudentRSVP@athabascau.ca by April 8 to RSVP or request teleconference option BComm/CPA Info Session Tuesday, April 11, 5:00 to 6:30 pm MDT… Read more »

From the PSE News Desk

Mastering the moves at Dalhousie U. I dare you not to click on at least one of the videos in this story. Fourth-year student Hasmeet Singh Chandok demonstrates that sometimes hobbies can overtake educational pursuits. In a recent article from University Affairs, “A student-led bhangra group is dancing its way across the East Coast?and the… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Samroon queries whether it’s possible to get into a Masters program with a 3-year BMgmt degree. Holly seeks advice on the Certificate in Counselling Women program. Sarah wonders how much time others spend studying for an exam. Other posts include reading for pleasure, referencing course materials, maple syrup spills, and courses ADMN… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: TransCanada Community Leaders Scholarship Scholarship name: Senior Care Scholarship Sponsored by: A Place for Mom Deadline: April 15, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 (5 awards) Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) or the U.S., enrolled in a program with a medical, nursing, or social sciences related… Read more »

Women of Interest – Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin was born August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Grandin is widely known as a spokesperson on autism as well as a prominent consultant for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter. During her childhood, Grandin was diagnosed with various conditions, however when her mother came upon a paper written by a… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Canadian federal budget might be used to lure foreign scientists The Globe and Mail states, “Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan is touting this week’s federal budget as a positive one for Canadian researchers.” There is a commitment to the updates of government labs, renewals of stem cell and quantum computation research, and utilization of Canadian… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Religious nations “likely” to perform worse in science and mathematics education The Irish Times reports that religious nations are “likely to perform worse in science and maths.” 76 countries were examined by the researchers in the study. The “five least religious countries” were the Czech Republic, Estonia, Japan, Norway, and Sweden while the most religious… 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 – Apr 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 – Apr 11: AUSU Council Meeting – Apr 28: Deadline to apply for course extension for… Read more »