Vol. 25 Iss. 34

Volume 25 Issue 34 - 09/01/2017

Mi CASA es su CASA – Part V

Shifrah Gadamsetti is the Chair of the board of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and is also the President of the Mount Royal University Students’ Association. She is currently pursuing her second undergraduate degree, but took a few minutes to answer some questions about CASA and her role in it for The Voice Magazine…. Read more »

The Fit Student – Seniors’ Homes or Snowboards

When you turn 80, do you want to snowboard—or decay? Almost 80, Papa, armed with wrenches, stomps his way underneath cars. Papa lifts heavy loads and dumbbell weights. Papa’s phone rings off the hook. Papa might outlive me. Around 80, my former landlady crept up stairwells, frail. She avoided winter sidewalks for fear of falling…. Read more »

Dear Barb – Culture Clash

Dear Barb: I am in my twenties and still living at home. I work full time and take courses at AU. I have recently begun dating a wonderful guy and I can see us working out long term, because we have a lot of common interests and rarely argue. I have met his family and… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Savor Your Writing

“All successful academics work hard … at the craft of writing,” says stylish writing evangelist, Helen Sword (p. 86). Many find that hard work thrilling (Sword). My thesis barely passed. I wrote longwinded sentences in passive voice. But most students write, well, poorly. Why? Universities rarely teach writing outside of the English department, says Sword…. Read more »

Editorial – Shooting Phish in a Barrel

In Edmonton, the Macewan University recently figured out that some of its staff had fallen for an email phishing scam. Some enterprising con-men basically convinced some of the university’s financial administration people that a construction company the university was using had changed its banking information. The administrators helpfully adjusted the banking information on their end… Read more »

All the Music be Happenin’ Now – Aïcha, Aïcha

If you want to discern the secret ache of the Arab heart, you need look no further than the song “Aïcha,” co-written and sung by the iconic Algerian singer who popularized raï music, Cheb Khaled. In the year of its release, 1996, “Aïcha” topped the charts in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and France, and… Read more »

The Glorious First

There’s magic in the air on the first of the month. The first marks the beginning of my next AU course. The box of course materials has been sitting here for weeks, filling me with itchy anticipation. I’ve opened the box already—I’ve even peeked inside. But today—the glorious first—I ceremoniously peel the cellophane off the… Read more »

Kitchen Gadgets to Change the Cooking Game

September comes with a series of stressors for new students. For students living independently, cooking is either a headache or a pleasant break from studying routines. Whichever you find it to be, you can benefit from an array of tools to save preparation time so that you can focus on more important things, such as… Read more »

Studying the Classics

Using classic novels to study creative writing is an easy way to learn plot and character development. I have found them most beneficial for character development as there is rarely a character that feels underdeveloped or there for no reason, each character is key to the plot. The characters are in control of themselves; the… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU Events

Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Info Session Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business https://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-leadership-management-development-lmd-information-session-4-2-copy/ register online at above link AUSU Member Consultation for Bylaw Revisions Wednesday, September 6, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU

Women of Interest – Mary A. Delaney

Mary A. Delaney was an American inventor. Very little is known about her life, other than she received a patent May 12, 1908, for her invention of the retractable dog leash. Here is how Mary Delaney describes why she created her invention: “It is usually desirable that the dog should have a certain freedom in… Read more »

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

Scholarship name: Act for Impact Scholarship Sponsored by: Scotiabank and yconic Deadline: September 20, 2017, 3:00pm EDT Potential payout: $2500 to $5000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be citizens or permanents residents of Canada or an international student, enrolled in a Canadian education institution for the 2017/18 academic year, and a member of yconic.com. See the… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Justine posts a link and invitation to AU psyc students and grads to join the new AU psyc group on Facebook. Courtney seeks feedback on RELS 204 Intro to World Religions, which spins off a discussion about helpful courses for essay-writing skills. Other posts include National Student Loans, ProctorU’s invigilator number (hint:… 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 • Sept 4: AU and AUSU closed for Labour Day • Sep 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Aug 1 • Sep 12: AUSU Council Meeting… Read more »

Re: Creative Writing by the Books

Want to add my favourites to your list: Bird by Bird, by Ann Lamott (I don’t actually own this book because every time I buy one, I give it away. I think I’ve now bought 5 copies so far.) On Writing, by Stephen King Still Writing, by Dani Shapiro Just thought I’d share. Laura B…. Read more »