Vol. 25 Iss. 19

Volume 25 Issue 19 - 05/12/2017

The Many Facets of Mom

My relationship with my mother has evolved through the decades. Growing up, Mom was the nurturer, the teacher, the kisser of scraped knees. During my teen years, Mom was the disciplinarian, the nagger, the barrier between me and all the mistakes I could make. When I grew up and became a mother myself, Mom was… Read more »

Technical Obersvations – Firefox: A Browser by Mozilla

The second browser in our series, Firefox, is made by the Mozilla Corporation: a company devoted to making high quality open-source products. Mozilla first released Firefox (then called “Phoenix”), fourteen years ago, in September of 2002. It is currently sitting at version 53.0, having been updated for the public late last month. Firefox has about… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Geeks in Gowns

Make your essay titles thrill like Super Bowl ads. Remember Go Daddy’s ad with the supermodel French-kissing the chubby geek? The ad repulsed, but left a mark?a drooled lipstick mark. You, too, can make a (4.0) mark by applying advertising concepts to your titles. Now ask yourself, what if the geek wore the lipstick and… Read more »

In Conversation with In Light Of

In Light Of is a Canadian post-rock duo that crafts wise and soothing sounds by trading musical ideas via smartphone. In preparing to create a set of tracks, Sandy Johnston would send Jason Greenberg song ideas and then Jason would refine them, flesh them out, and send them back. Their first single, “Bless Your Heart,”… Read more »

The Fit Student – Green-Eyed Monsters are Prone to Cataracts

Have you ever felt jealous of another student’s GPA? There’s no need. In a logic class lecture hall that contained nearly 500 students, the prof handed back exams. After he handed out the papers, he announced, “Two people cried when they got back their exams: the person with the lowest grade and the person with… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Count Me Among Them

Our son hasn’t played minor hockey in more than twenty years. Back then having a kid in hockey was not a cheap proposition. Minor hockey fees and equipment were direct out-of-pocket expenses and easy to tabulate. Less so, were the fundraisers; fuel to get to practices, games, and tournaments; hotel rooms, and all those meals… Read more »

Dear Barb – Cooking up Negativity

Dear Barb: I have a family member that visits occasionally and often she stays overnight. I have noticed that, when she leaves, some of my baked goods are missing and I am pretty sure she is the one taking them. I love to bake and often have lots of homemade cookies and desserts to offer… Read more »

Defying the Odds

One thing we learn to do, and do well, at Athabasca University is research. We research everything?largely on our own?whether programs, courses, professors, or researching for our papers within the courses. This ability to dig and dig and dig and find reliable (sourced) information and opinion pieces is vital. However, is it possible to over… Read more »

It’s Time to Get Dirty – ..in the Garden!

Eating both healthy and inexpensive is always a conundrum for students. Sure, instant ramen is cheap on the wallet but you’ll pay for it later in other forms (such as nutritional deficiencies). As we approach summer, our attention to locally grown fare increases as farmer’s markets begin to crop up. The local farmer’s market is… Read more »

Editorial – It’s Striking!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If you waited until after the weekend to read this week’s Voice, I hope it went well for you. I’ll likely be sending a fruit bouquet one again. After all, who doesn’t like a nice selection of ripe fruit, with some of them dipped in chocolate? It’s an easy gift,… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Financial Planning Webinar Wednesday, May 17, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/financial-planning-webinar/ register online at above link Using NVivo as a Research Tool Wednesday, May 17, 12:00 to 12:45 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Graduate Studies http://fgs.athabascau.ca/news/presentations/ e-mail fgseducation@athabascau.ca to register Student and Alumni Meet-and-Greet… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Sarah seeks insight on writing a supplemental exam. Renee wonders if construction noise is an issue at the Calgary exam centre. Vicki is looking to buy an HRMT 387 textbook. Other posts include DegreeWorks, course waiting list, student funding, grad portraits, and courses FMAC 503 and MATH 244. Twitter @AthabascaU tweets: “’I… Read more »

Women of Interest – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was born May 10, 1900, in Wendover, Buckinghamshire and died December 7, 1979, in Cambridge Massachusetts. She was a British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who is known for the explanation of the spectra of the Sun and more than 3,000,000 observations of stars. Payne-Gaposchkin was the first person to earn a PhD in astronomy… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week – Digging Up Scholarship Treasure for AU Students

Scholarship name: James Pon Memorial Award Sponsored by: Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada Deadline: May 31, 2017 Potential payout: $200 to $500 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be enrolled in a program at a Canadian college or university for September 2017. What’s required: A 1000- to 1500-word essay related to the history… 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 – May 14: AUSU Council Meeting – May 15: June degree requirements deadline – May 28: Deadline to apply for course extension for July – May 28: Deadline… Read more »