Vol. 25 Iss. 47

Volume 25, Issue 47 - 12/01/2017

University: Teaching or Indoctrinating

University students, why are you pursuing a higher education?  For most of us, the answer is simple:  we want to gain the skills required to get good jobs in our chosen fields of expertise.  We go to school so we can reach our full potential and achieve our goals.  Since we’ve been sentient, we’ve been… Read more »

The Fit Student—Butt Out!

Make your New Year’s resolution to butt out!  Quit smoking—before your blonde hair frizzes, your lush lips wither—and your lungs singe. I smoked during grades six and seven.  Luckily, basketball, volleyball, soccer—sports of all sorts—saved my lungs.  Sadly, I restarted puffing in grade ten.   I’d carry two packs a day, one for myself, the other… Read more »

The Study Dude—Grammar Gift

Did you beg Santa for a leather-bound grammar book?  Nothing calms me more than writing.  Some people write to make sense of their story, some to laugh at themselves, some to help others.  I do all three.  And to write half-well, I read grammar books. Decades ago, while upgrading English 30, my study of grammar… Read more »

Dear Barb—Teen Angst

Dear Barb: I am the mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old boy.  I am about halfway through my degree at AU and I work part time, so I am very busy trying to take care of everything.  My husband is great; he helps out with the kids and does most of the cooking. … Read more »

Book Review—Creative Block

Book: Creative Block Author: Danielle Krysa For fellow AU students seeking a book oozing with creative inspiration and artistic motivation, look no further than Danielle Krysa’s Creative Block (2014).  This gem of a book overflows with solid advice from fifty different artists worldwide who work in a variety of diverse mediums.  Each artist outlines a… Read more »

A Sinister Cycle

Who taught you to be so negative?  Where did you learn to say, “You can’t, you will look like an idiot, don’t even bother”? I ask this of myself frequently.  Time and time again, I let a potential job opportunity slip away, or watch the shadows change on my wall, the night easing into morning… Read more »

Gambling for Grades

Do you ever feel like when you submit an assignment for marking, you’re playing roulette?  Occasionally, the results seem random, just like the spin of a wheel. Most of the time, assignment marks seem to be reasonably accurate assessments.  But once in a while, I wonder if the marker just pulled a random number out… Read more »

Editorial—Tuition Lockdown

Recently, it was announced that the NDP government of Alberta has decided that tuition at Alberta’s post-secondary institutions will remain frozen this year, and also expects universities to not raise any of the mandatory fees that they typically require. The government promises to backfill funding to make up for what the allowed increases in tuition… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Pumpkin for Any Occasion

The entire fall and winter season highlights the importance of pumpkins.  Whether it’s pumpkin carving, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pies, or more, we savour the king of squashes not only for its bright colors and delicious pulp but also for its nutrient content.  Pumpkin is a specially cultivated member of the gourd family, abundant in… Read more »

Mail Delivery

I got my first brown box in the mail in a year and a half; it is intimidating and exciting.  By the end of my bachelor’s degree, I had the layout of essays down pat, and formatting became second nature.  But, now I am out of practice and looking at this stack of books has… 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 Dec 8: Deadline to register in a course starting Jan 1 Dec 12: AUSU Council Meeting Dec 15: January degree requirements deadline Dec 22: Deadline to apply for course extension for Feb… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group  Laura seeks help with MLA citations for two web resources with similar names; she ultimately gets the answer she needs from the AU library.  Danielle seeks guidance on a HIST 201 assignment but all she gets are crickets. Other posts include myAU login issues, AUSU events, study spots in Calgary, and fancying… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Grey Smoke Media Scholarship Sponsored by:  Grey Smoke Media Deadline:  December 31, 2017 Potential payout:  $3000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Canada or the U.S., and pursuing a career in the fields of business marketing, communications, liberal arts, or social sciences.  Preference is given to students in… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Business Undergraduate Info Session Mon, December 4, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session3-copy-2/ Register online at above link   Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Info Session Tues, December 5, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-leadership-management-development-lmd-information-session-4-2-copy-copy-copy-copy/ Register online at above link  … Read more »

Council Connection

The revision of AUSU Bylaws, The Voice, and the finance policies were the main topics covered at AUSU’s latest monthly meeting, held on Tuesday, November 14th. All current AUSU councillors were present at the meeting, except Vice-Present External and Student Affairs Julian Teterenko, due to a personal commitment.  President Shawna Wasylyshyn called the meeting to… Read more »