Vol. 25 Iss. 45

Volume 25, Issue 45 - 11/17/2017

Minds We Meet Interviewing Students Like You!

Lauren Klukas is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science- Human Science through AU while raising her daughter in Calgary, Alberta and testing out meal plans from her new cook book The Complete Plate – a Stronger, Healthier, Happier You that will be available throughout Canada in January, 2018.  Released in major book stores just in… Read more »

Music Review—D.O.A.

Artist: D.O.A. Tour: Canadian Fight Back Tour Coming from their summer tour that took them across Europe and Asia, D.O.A. are right back at it for their Canadian Fight Back Tour.  D.O.A.  have never been shy when it comes to political issues, and nothing has changed in the face of the current political environment.  The… Read more »

The Study Dude—Names that Flower

Hope blew in the day Cuddles nicknamed me “Nicee.” Names spark hope and sometimes save necks—but always pep up writers’ pens.  So, observe—and name—the whatchamacallits of the world, says author Barbara Baig (2015). To master names, buy kids’ encyclopedias.  While reading an encyclopedia of science, I learned makeup comes from petroleum—yes, grease á la ground—ooze… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—”No Exit” from Sartre to AU

“How is school going?” For students the world over, that question often invokes feelings of stress and anxiety about interactions with classmates.  It’s been that way since the first cave family sent their kids down the mountain to an educational quarry.  Essay deadlines and academic struggles are unavoidable if we are to succeed in university… Read more »

The Fit Student—Fillet-of-Cotton-Candy

Do you get heebie-jeebies from 100% dark cocoa?  Grossed out by sewage-lips from Buckley’s cough syrup?  Cross-eyed from steaming showers?  These things might not feel good.  But are they healthy? I believe the best gauge of health is sickness.  History’s healers surely studied health while sick.  Why?  Sore tummies make us sensitive to foods, heat,… Read more »

Five Eggcellent ways to cook eggs

For an essential and versatile ingredient found in nearly every meal you’d think we have better ways of cooking the yolky contents.  But when it comes to eggs, we resort to the mundane poached, scrambled, or pan-fried varieties.  Occasionally we might treat ourselves to an eggs benedict, but few of us have experimented with making… Read more »

From Where I Sit—All is Good

For most of us the ability to travel by air is a treat and a blessing.  We’re not required to do so for high-powered careers or trans-continental love affairs.  We’re usually heading out on vacation and already in a good frame of mind. Oh, sure we get ticked off by the high ticket prices, the… Read more »

Dear Barb—Hooked

Dear Barb: Hi, my brother is addicted to opiates.  His wife and two kids have suffered extensively from his addiction, as have my parents.  He has tried many times to get off the drugs but it hasn’t worked.  He mostly lives on the streets and has no income to speak of.  He often shows up… Read more »

Editorial—The Long and the Short of It

If you’re following post-secondary news, you already know about the strike action going on across Ontario’s post-secondary institutions.  From what I’ve read, there are two primary sticking points remaining on the table. The first is job security.  Universities and colleges across the province are moving more and more to sessional instructors and Teacher Assistants.  In… Read more »

Getting Back in the Mindset

When I started my Bachelor of Arts degree I did so after being out of school for many years.  This isn’t unusual, especially for students at Athabasca University.  Making the decision came with a round of anxiety, and taking that first step in planning and ordering a course came with a second.  I wasn’t sure… Read more »

Course Exam—Math 215

According to the syllabus, “MATH 215 gives students a working knowledge and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and how statistics is applied in the sciences, social sciences, and business.” It has no prerequisites; however, “fundamental mathematical skills are required, such as the ability to solve equations, knowledge of graphs and how to interpret them,… Read more »

Dear Facebook

We really need to have a serious chat about our relationship.  I’ve been with you for many years, and though, deep down, I don’t want to give you up, I feel like the spark I first felt for you is no longer there.  What started out as a passionate love affair—a deep infatuation, if you… Read more »

All the Music be Happenin’ Now—Marty Night

Neil Cowley, the brilliantly inventive pianist who, incidentally, backed up Adele on “Rolling in the Deep,” told me about someone he knew who’d taken great pains assembling the best phonograph system money could buy, even ordering specific parts from overseas.  When at last he’d felt it was ready he put on a Joni Mitchell vinyl… Read more »

AUSU Election Warmup

AUSU will be holding its council elections at the end of February 2018.  While that’s still three months away, it’s not too early to begin thinking about running for a seat on council. The call for nominations will go out in January, and campaigning will begin barely two weeks later.  If you’re even considering running… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group  Sabine is curious if a French course’s prerequisite can be waived, and the consensus seems to be “oui”.  Jayme seeks a second-hand text for BIOL 235 and receives a flurry of suggestions and offers. Other posts include “seasonal cheer” events, electives, GPA calculation, and courses COMP 200, ECON 380, ENGL 423, GOVN… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events—Upcoming AU Related Events

The Research Itinerary Series – Session 4 Wed, November 22, 6:00 to 7:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies fgs.athabascau.ca/news/presentations/ e-mail fgs@athabascau.ca with your student number to register Bannock and a Movie “Kitaskiwaw l pi Kiskinohamakoya” (The Land Gives Us Our Knowledge) Fri, November 24, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Athabasca University,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  StudyPug 2017 Scholarship Sponsored by:  StudyPug Deadline:  December 15, 2017 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled at high school, college, or university, in Canada or the U.S. What’s required:  An online application along with a 500-1000 word essay on how a “math teacher, a math class, a math tutor, or… Read more »

Vintage Voice

This week we celebrate Take a Hike Day, with hikes from writers past. Winter camping, hunting, and hiking in BC.  Wayne E. Benedict recalls memorable excursions that turned out well despite some precarious moments.  “…Rick finally got the propane to ignite. He exited the camper as if he’d been shot from a canon, a roiling… 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 Nov 26: Ottawa Student Meet & Greet Nov 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Jan Dec 8: Deadline to register in a course starting Jan 1 Dec 12: AUSU Council… Read more »

Women of Interest—Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi was born June 19, 1945, in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) and was the first State Counsellor of Myanmar, which is comparable to our Prime Minister.  During the 1988 Uprisings, Aung rose to power, becoming the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which was a party she formed,… Read more »