Vol. 25 Iss. 39

Volume 25 Issue 39 - 10/06/2017

Minds We Meet – Lionel Pinkhard, Make Mistakes!

Lionel Pinkhard is 32 years old and an AU international student from Cape Town, South Africa completing a Bachelor of Science. He has been an AU student for just over a year, majoring in Computing & Information Systems, with a minor in Game Programming. Growing up in the natural beauty of the Mediterranean climate, Lionel… Read more »

The Fit Student – A Case for Cherry Picking

As an undergrad, I wrote a semester-long paper. In that paper, I cited many graduate-level books. I put citations on cue cards, heaped inside a box. When my professor saw my cue cards, she grinned, pleased, and said, “You cherry pick.” Cherries taste sweet, so I smiled back. But she sugar-coated her rotten cherries. She… Read more »

A Literary Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It means gathering family, consuming too much food, and starting fall baking. It is a time of reflection—a time to be thankful for the things you have achieved and to those who have supported you. There are the big things to be thankful for, like the roof over your… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Know Thy Foe

I dread analyzing classics. Where do I begin? One of our own Voice writers gave clues: notice the writing tricks that tickle you and the transitions that flow. So, I had a starting point. Yet I stubbornly wanted to study the classics from the scriptwriting point-of-view: scenes, characters, and, if not starring Adam Sandler, themes…. Read more »

From Where I Sit – It Ain’t Over til it’s Over

The delayed start to harvest has afforded a couple of unexpected benefits. I’ve often coveted the promise implicit in those idyllic images of stylish families walking down lanes covered with gorgeous fallen leaves. Of course, the people are sporting worn jeans, cozy burgundy knits, plaids in some iteration, and smiles of contentment. They are walking… Read more »

Dear Barb – Regretting Residence

Dear Barb: I am in my first year of university and moved into residence a few weeks ago. My roommate is also a first-year student. I am having a lot of problems with her already! She’s going a bit wild. I swear she’s been drunk every night since the beginning of school. This is our… Read more »

Editorial – To be Thankful

Thanksgiving is upon us already. I don’t know about you but I somehow thought there was still another week left. It seems kind of incongruous when coupled with the recent events in Las Vegas. At least four Canadian families will be having a hard time feeling terribly thankful this weekend, and sometimes it seems like… Read more »

Politically Bereft – If You Really Love Us

Values, morals, and social expectations differ between communal cultures and individualist cultures, each camp believing it has solid justifications for being what it is. But this doesn’t stop loners from longing to join communities, or disgruntled collectivists from seeing the distant individualist culture as a utopia where all dreams come true. But there’s always that… Read more »

What Will You be Reading in 2114?

Why did Margaret Atwood write a book that no one will read until long after she is dead? It sounds like a bad riddle, but it’s true. In 2014, Canadian author Margaret Atwood completed a story called Scribbler Moon. The story has been sealed in a vault in Norway and will remain unpublished and unread… Read more »

All the Music be Happenin’ Now – The New Romanticism

“The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;— Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!” – William Wordsworth, from the sonnet “The World is Too Much With Us” Wordsworth might well have been describing the… Read more »

The What, Why, and How of CASA

What is CASA? CASA, or the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, was established in 1995. It was a response to post-secondary institutions recognizing the need for an organization to defend and promote student priorities at the federal level. It is a non-partisan, not-for-profit voice for Canadian students at polytechnic, undergraduate and graduate institutions. Its goals… Read more »

Enjoying the Fruit of my Labour

Thanks to a bumper year for fruit, I was given lots of free crab-apples from neighbours who couldn’t use their entire bounty. My frugal instinct wouldn’t bear to see them go to waste. So, even though I knew taking them would mean a bunch of work for me to do something with them, I accepted… Read more »

Women of Interest

Sarah E. Goode was born into slavery in Toledo, Ohio, in 1855 and died April 8, 1905. She was the first African-American woman to receive a patent for her invention of the folding bed, which she received in 1885. At that time African-Americans were seen as property and, as a result, their inventions belonged to… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU Related Events

Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Info Session Tues, October 10, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business https://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-leadership-management-development-lmd-information-session-4-2-copy-copy/ register online at above link Manufacturing Management (MMC) Info Session Tues, October 10, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business https://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-manufacturing-management-mmc-information-session-4-2-copy/ register online at above link Online… Read more »

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

Scholarship name: JCCF 2017 Essay Contest Sponsored by: Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Deadline: October 15, 2017 Potential payout: up to $1500 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be enrolled in a Canadian college or university. What’s required: An online application, along with a maximum 2500-word essay on “Should federal and provincial governments restrict public funding from… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Chris posts about a Toronto AU meet and greet Oct 18 which other students hadn’t heard of but track down online. Nicole asks about accessing online exams through Lotus Notes; it turns out they are accessed through a direct link and not myAU. Sam wonders how to arrange a telephone quiz with… 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 any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Oct 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Nov 1 Oct 12: AUSU Council Meeting Oct 13: November degree requirements deadline Oct 23: Edmonton Student Meet and Greet Oct 31: Deadline… Read more »