Vol. 25 Iss. 46

Volume 25, Issue 46 - 11/24/2017

Saving the Best for Last

This month, I began what I hope will be my Best AU Course Ever.  Not just because it’s the last one to complete my degree—although that’s certainly reason enough to love a course.  Mainly it’s because this final AU course is the one I wanted to take the most. When I enrolled in the Bachelor… Read more »

The Fit Student—Beat the Holiday Blues

Are you spending Christmas alone?   Well, you may spend the season alone, but not lonely and heartbroken, aching for a Christmas kitten.  Instead, ward off weekend and holiday blues—with a plan. But first, let’s study the blues. My elderly landlady felt stricken with loneliness.  She huddled over her garden and trimmed her apple trees, but… Read more »

Course Exam PSYC 289

According to the syllabus, PSYC 289, also known as Psychology as a Natural Science, is one of the two first-year introductory psychology courses.  This course “introduces the broad areas of biological bases of behaviour, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and variations in consciousness,” and is mandatory for students in AU’s psychology programs. It has… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Best Vegas Buffets 2017 Review

Last week, I landed in the sun-kissed 22 degrees clime of Las Vegas.  Among other things that are jaw-dropping in the entertainment capital of the world, the buffet was a mouth-watering highlight of my trip.  As AU students looking for a budget vacation, Vegas can provide an affordable vacation while offering an unforgettable dining experience. … Read more »

The Study Dude—One Last Breath

Can you make words dance—like letters gyrating, Elvis-style?  Growing up, I wrote songs, danced, and stage acted.  These tasks demanded a sense of rhythm, or at least of timing, for mastery.  But no fine art compares, not at all, to tying rhythm into writing. Today, I sprinkle less rhythm, more rhyme, into writing.  Author Barbara… Read more »

From Where I Sit—The Real Question

Regular readers of this column know I very seldom name names.  I’ve always felt my immediate family is fair game but anyone else is off limits.  This time that changes. A bit of backstory.  From Where I Sit first appeared in a local weekly newspaper in April 2002.  A few months later when it became… Read more »

Dear Barb-Ten Minutes and Ten Pins

Dear Barb: I have three young boys in public school.  We live in a rural community in Ontario.  Yesterday morning I received a phone call from the principal at my children’s school because my son had arrived at school at 8:50 am rather than 9:00 am.  Ten minutes! I was enraged! I have had several… Read more »

Editorial—The Necessary Apology

Today, Prime Minister Trudeau apologized to the survivors of the residential school system in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is part of a $50 million settlement reached between the government of Canada and those survivors.  Lately, I’ve started to see people start to refer to Mr. Trudeau as “The Sorry Prime Minister”, others joke that he’s… Read more »

Giller Prize 2017

This will be coming out after the winner of the 2017 Scotia Giller Prize has been announced.  For the record, I am hoping for I am a Truck by Michelle Winters.  I am rooting for her for many reasons, including it being a wonderful read.  But also because it stands for a lot—it is an… Read more »


Surrounding yourself with people who are doing what you aspire to do is a worthwhile endeavour on the path towards success.  I didn’t give much thought about why I admired certain individuals and felt negatively toward others until I came across a book that suggested writing down all the people you looked up to—whether famous,… Read more »

Celluloid Psychology—Equilibrium and You

Equilibrium is a thriller tech-noir directed by Kurt Wimmer starring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, and Emilie Watson.  The film is derived from George Orwell’s classic 1984, with a story that centres on a utopic society ruled by a leader who claims all emotion and feeling as cause for an inevitable third world war to end… Read more »

All the Music Be Happenin’ Now—The Importance of Context

“I had an extremely slow dawning insight about creation. That insight is that context largely determines what is written, painted, sculpted, sung, or performed. That doesn’t sound like much of an insight, but it’s actually the opposite of conventional wisdom, which maintains that creation emerges out of some interior emotion, from an upwelling of passion… 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 28: 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 »

AU-Thentic Events—Upcoming AU Related Events

Writing a Proposal for a Thesis Tues, November 28, 12:00 to 1:00 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 Ottawa Meet & Greet Tues, November 28, 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST Bier Mrkt, 156 Sparks St, Ottawa ON In-person Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ottawa-meet-greet-2… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  VelvetJobs Scholarship 2017 Sponsored by:  VelvetJobs Deadline:  December 16, 2017 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and currently enrolled or accepted and planning to be enrolled as a full-time student. What’s required:  An e-mail with contact and school information, along with a minimum 500-word essay on… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group  Nicole asks if it’s possible to re-enrol in a class previously withdrawn from, and students reply with the answer (yes) as well as things to consider when doing so.  Sabeen seeks and finds an APA manual, fortunately from a student in the same city. Other posts include accessing e-texts before the course… Read more »

Vintage Voice

While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we look at more differences between us and them. Searching for sense in American politics.  In advance of the 2012 U.S.  election, dual-citizen Wander Waterman reflects on some fundamental differences between Canadian and American attitudes toward politics and voting.  Americans are “a little more drawn to confrontation; they don’t… Read more »