Vol. 25 Iss. 48

Volume 25, Issue 48 - 12/08/2017

Avoid the Holiday Blues and Save Your Sanity

December brings a particular kind of panic to many people.  Yes, there are the major holidays, which are meant to be a time of happiness and joy, but all too often those feelings are overshadowed by the menu planning, the juggling of schedules around school concerts and other events, and the hard decisions about who… Read more »

Women of Interest—Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was born on January 25, 1882, in London, England, and died March 28, 1941, in Lewes, Sussex, England.  Virginia was an English novelist, critic, and essayist. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a scholar who spent time as editor of the Cornhill Magazine as well as the Dictionary of National Biography. When Virginia… Read more »

The Fit Student—Stitch Those Wounds

Have you healed your emotional wounds?  Dreamed nightmares about your emotional baggage, luggage lying open, spilling over with your private stuff? Recently, I griped about how peanut butter bunged me.  But a week before, I begged for peanut butter to get more fats in my diet.  Fickle, I now abhorred the nutty spread.  Minor issue? … Read more »

Book Review—The Vimy Trap

Book: The Vimy Trap or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War Authors: Ian McKay and Jamie Swift The Battle of Vimy Ridge was part of the larger Battle of Arras in northern France during the First World War.  Between April 9th to 12th, 1917, four Canadian divisions wrested control of the ridge… Read more »

The Study Dude—Pretty Presentations

If a professor punished lateness to class by making you sing opera, what would you do?   Hide under the lectern while whispering Marylin Monroe-style, your head paper-bagged?  Or rent a karaoke machine, sport a belly dance dress, and don a Lady Gaga wig?  Some of us would do the latter.  Truly. Proof of point: I… Read more »

From Where I Sit—Sweet Precious Sleep

Have you ever suffered sleep disturbance because of a mind heavy with thought?  The thoughts may be disturbing if the underlying issue is serious.  If someone is worried about a dire diagnosis, job security, money trouble, cracks in a relationship, or the perennial favourite—the meaning of life—the angst is real.  The thoughts that consume us… Read more »

In Conversation—with OVTLIER

“I’m paralyzed, living your lies I saw the devil in your eyes You put me down, you let me die Because you buried me, buried, Buried me alive” – from “Buried Me Alive” by Ovtlier, What Doesn’t Kill You Ovtlier is a metal band based in Rochester, New York.  Their debut EP What Doesn’t Kill… Read more »

Dear Barb-The Hardest Decision

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently put my dog down and now I’m wondering if I did the right thing. Tasha was a ten-year-old miniature schnauzer with lots of health issues. For the last two years she was on several expensive medications and they really weren’t making a difference in the quality of her life. When… Read more »

Seasonal Shopping Shortcuts

Have you looked at the calendar recently?  You may have been so absorbed in your schoolwork—so disciplined and focussed—that you overlooked how quickly time is passing.  It’s time to raise your head from your textbooks and count the days until Christmas.  If you need to get any seasonal shopping done, it’s time to start thinking… Read more »

Dogs and Degrees

I got my dogs when they were just puppies, almost nine years ago.  It is hard to believe that much time has passed.  I watched them slow with age, and today had to take one in for a minor surgery as he has developed some lumps on his legs.  We are waiting, anxiously, for the… Read more »

Editorial-Holiday Plans

The Christmas season is upon us and the subscriber contest is now concluded.  The winners have been notified, so check the e-mail address you entered with to see if you won and to send us your address so we can snail mail some goodies.  The winner of the iPad mini is one Tammy S., and… Read more »

Expectations versus Reality

There are many pros and cons to being enrolled in six courses.  I started at Athabasca University in November of 2016 and at the end of 2017 I will have completed 14 courses.  That’s about one course per month.  The pros to doing this include finishing my degree sooner, never losing momentum, and never forgetting… Read more »

Vintage Voice

This week, settle into some armchair travelling by following AU students adjusting to life overseas. Beer drinkers on the buses, dogs in the malls.  In a nine-piece series, Edmontonian John Buhler observes some perplexing aspects of German culture as he settles into a 6-month stay.  “We have encountered so many spiders here that I’m starting… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group  Jennifer is curious whether she can access her etext before the course start date; so far the answer is a solid “maybe.”  Admin JoAnne posts a reminder of the group’s unofficial status and includes links to official channels.  Miranda wonders if unsuccessful scholarship applicants are notified; answers supplied are AUSU—yes, and AU—not… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Council Meeting Tues, December 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/december-council-meeting-3/ No pre-registration required; e-mail admin@ausu.org for meeting package

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 12: AUSU Council Meeting Dec 15: January degree requirements deadline Dec 22: Deadline to apply for course extension for Feb Dec 23-Jan 2: AU & AUSU holiday closure, inclusive Jan 10:… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  CFI Scholarships Sponsored by:  Corporate Finance Institute Deadline:  December 31, 2017 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be studying in Canada at the bachelor, master, or doctorate level, must demonstrate financial need or hardship, and have a passion for finance.  Applicants must also have a LinkedIn profile. What’s required:  An online application,… Read more »