Vol. 25 Iss. 29

Volume 25 Issue 29 - 07/21/2017

Mi CASA es su CASA

AUSU is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, better known as CASA, a group that lobbies the federal government and the public to bring awareness of issues that post-secondary students are facing, and provide student-driven ideas to address them. Michael McDonald is currently the Executive Director of CASA, and previously worked for… Read more »

The Fit Student – Miracle Maker

Great people give. Some give advice. Some give encouragement. Others give miracles. Three people in my life give miracles. First, my mentor takes the disabled and turns them into advocates. She teaches them public relations, coaches them to run charities, and unleashes them into universities. Second, my boyfriend mentors hundreds of people. His mentees go… Read more »

In Conversation with Christian McBride

Christian McBride is a master jazz bassist famed not only for his superb recordings and performances but also for his collaborations with a broad range of musical luminaries. These include Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby,… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Change the World with Metaphors

Do you want the secret to creative breakthroughs? Do you want to write original essays? Books? Theses? Deep within, we all do. The hunger to think creatively hides in the heart of humankind. But some people bubble over with innovation after innovation: Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking. How do they do it? Dr. Roberta… Read more »

Music Review – The Sylvia Platters

Artist: The Sylvia Platters EP: Melt The Sylvia Platters, a four-piece, shoegaze/power pop band from BC, dropped their five song EP, Melt on June 23rd. The Sylvia Platters consist of Nick Ubels on vocals/guitar and Tim Ubels on drums/vocals. With the addition of Alex Kerc-Murchison on guitar and Scott Wagner on bass, this slacker rock… Read more »

Dear Barb – Minimalism: It’s in the Details

Dear Barb: I’ve been seeing a lot of information about minimalism. My girlfriend tells me I should look into it, she says I have too much clutter/stuff in my life and I need to live a simpler lifestyle. I don’t agree. I feel I worked hard to accumulate my stuff, so why should I get… Read more »

Travelling With Textbook

I’m not a fan of working vacations. To me, vacations are a necessary respite from the ever-present pressures of everyday life. School is one of those pressures. Accordingly, whenever I go on vacation, I usually leave the textbooks at home. This summer was different. Although I had built vacation time into my study plan, I… Read more »

The Fires Burn On

Over the weekend the fires in BC continued to grow in size and number. Athabasca University has a plan for students affected by natural disasters, if you are being directly affected please contact the Student Union they can help you. The number of evacuations grew substantially. The city of Williams Lake, as well as the… Read more »

A Grain of Salt from the Japanese

Ghandi once said, “live as if you were to die tomorrow and learn as if you were to live forever”. The Japanese certainly took the second part of the quote to heart. Living forever is a skill, and there’s a certain focus and rigor in the way Japanese people learn to master this art. The… Read more »

Editorial – An Issue of Obligation

The big issue lately has been the federal government’s decision to settle its case with Omar Khadr for what is rumored to be about ten million dollars. There’s been a lot of reaction to this, with most Canadians thinking its wrong that we reward a person who was an admitted terrorist for the other side… Read more »

Women of Interest – Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi was born July 30, 1947, in Paris, France. In 2008 Barre-Sinoussi, along with Luc Montaigner, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of AIDS. In 1983 they discovered a retrovirus in patients with swollen glands; this retrovirus was later discovered to be the HIV virus. This discovery brought… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Social Media Scholarship Sponsored by: Marketing Certified Deadline: August 31, 2017 Potential payout: $500 USD Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 25 as of August 31, 2017, be a citizen of Canada or the US, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. What’s required: A “like” on… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Heather needs the rundown on re-booking an exam. Ophelia wants to know where to find the “CMC Classroom” mentioned in the Moodle orientation. Mícheál seeks insight to help choose between BIOL 230 and 235. Other posts include myAU portal errors, AUSU course evaluations, and courses ADMN 232 and PSYC 375. Twitter @AthabascaU… 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 Jul 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Sept Aug 8: AUSU Council Meeting Aug 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Sept 1 Aug 15:… Read more »