Vol. 25 Iss. 40

Volume 25 Issue 40 - 10/13/2017

The Debate Around Math Education Doesn’t Add Up

The new school year is in full swing and kids are delving into another year of “reading, writing, and ’rithmetic”. But the sense of optimism for a new school year is overshadowed by the growing voice of those who question the quality of children’s education. The K-12 curriculum and the teachers who deliver it are… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – How Will we Remember Us?

Who hasn’t heard the phrase ’well-behaved women seldom make history’? Far fewer of us know who coined the phrase: Laurel Satchel Ulrich in 1976. In her academic research she studied obituaries of ordinary women “who lived and labored in silent obscurity” and realized that the ones who became known and notorious were those who challenged… Read more »

In Conversation – ..with King of Nowhere

Blooms Hang Heavy, a thrillingly gothic album title for a band with the nihilist name King of Nowhere, was released on September 10. King of Nowhere, an alt-rock outfit from New England but now based in Brooklyn, New York, delivers a pungent mix of ambient, experimental, prog rock, and alt folk, accompanying clever lyrics sung,… Read more »

The Fit Student – A Well-Dressed Asparagus

I loathe shopping. I make celebrity dresses look like Rhino underpants. But guess what? I still look better in a t-shirt than Lady Gaga in her on-stage Victoria-Secret John-Lennon look—yes, John Lennon in a negligée. Recently, I ducked into a high-end store to scout business attire. A purple dress caught my eye, although I haven’t… Read more »

The Creative Spark – Fooled by Art

Did your creativity ever get stuck? Mine did for decades. Yet, during junior high, I thrived on creativity. My rundown school held a class-act art program. So, I crafted life-sized Sesame Street puppets, dyed Garfield pillows, and baked clay Barbie’s. I made a solar system with planets and moons crafted from Styrofoam strung together in… Read more »

Leather up for Friday the 13th

It’s my first Friday the 13th, and I’m clinging to the back of a motorcycle.  It’s a hot day and it feels great to escape the city’s heat.  Through my leather jacket and jeans I can feel the temperature drop as the highway slices through farmland.  Even with a bulky helmet on, I can discern… Read more »

Thursday the 12th

The history of Friday the 13th goes back, likely to the middle ages. There are all sorts of speculations about where this belief came from. But it is just that, a belief. The mind is a powerful thing and is something we don’t fully understand. It is entirely possible that this myth of Friday the… Read more »

Politically Bereft – Making Nations Great Again

What do people mean when they ask that their nation be made great again? The phrase is pregnant with conjecture. It assumes, for one thing, that the nation was great once, but also that it can be made great again and that making it great again is worth our effort. It also suggests an awareness… Read more »

Editorial – Let’s Be Clear.

Today is not only Friday the 13ths, but is also international plain language day. This is a day to bring attention to how so much of what we read (and sadly, write) is anything but plain language. From business reports and sales pitches filled with buzzwords that mean nothing, to laws and contracts that have… Read more »

Women of Interest – Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes was born October 15, 1880, in Edinburgh and died October 2, 1958, in Dorking Surrey. She was an author, palaeobotanist and a leading campaigner for eugenics and women’s rights. Stopes was educated at the University of Manchester where she became the first female lecturer in palaeobotany from 1904 to 1910. She was against… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU Related Events

AU Library Orientation Webinar Tues, October 17, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library http://library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html no pre-registration required AU Meet & Greet – Toronto Wed, October 18, 5:00 to 7:00 EDT Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Dominion Ballroom 123 Queen Street West In-person Hosted by AU Alumni Relations https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/athabasca-university-toronto-meet-and-greet-tickets-38090259993?aff=eac2 RSVP by October 11… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Amanda wonders how to best recognize excellent academic service; Shawna suggests nominating them for an AU Academic Excellence award. Dean asks for clarification on how much refund he’ll get if he withdraws from a course within the first 30 days. Other posts include AU student award deadline, and a revived discussion on… Read more »

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

Scholarship name: Scotiabank National Scholarship Sponsored by: Scotiabank; administered by yconic Deadline: November 2, 2017, 3:00 pm EDT Potential payout: $5000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be members of yconic, an online student community (membership is free.) Additionally, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or be international students with a valid student visa, be… 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 13: November degree requirements deadline Oct 23: Edmonton Student Meet and Greet Oct 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Dec Nov 10: Deadline to register in a course starting… Read more »