Vol. 25 Iss. 50

Volume 25, Issue 50 - 12/22/2017

Minds We Meet—Escaping with AU

Robin Bleich has been with AU since 2009.  She is a mother of a six-year-old, Eily, and is from the Niagara Region, Ontario.  Her education here is a continuation of her time at Niagara College, Ontario.  In 2009, she transferred the diploma to AU to join our BPA-Criminal Justice Program.  She finds that AU works… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—Handmaidens of Untruth

Fwap, splash, fwap! Imagine a dream where you are ambushed and smacked across the face with a sopping filthy mop.  Why this assault, and from who? A few feet away leers a dour figure.  It’s the janitor of the building.  What does s/he want from you? The answer is spat out in syllables at once… Read more »

In Conversation—with Given Names

Given Names is an intellectually engaging electronic rock duo of two artistic designers, one from Brooklyn and the other from Chicago.  EP 2 is their four-song sophomore release (listen to the single “East to West” here).  Recently duo-members David Raymond and Jeremy Perez-Cruz took the time to answer our questions about their history, the new… Read more »

The Fit Student—Smoke Shows

Did your dreams ever go up in smoke?  A waitress called my dyed hair a smoke show.  But I desired more than smoke shows—I craved Nobel prizes, Saddledome events, half-a-million-dollar television shows.  Crazy? Yes, desire swallows all. I desired to win a Nobel prize for measuring the travel of thought.  Let me explain. Years ago,… Read more »

Course Exam—AU Courses, Up Close

According to the syllabus, MATH 315 (Methods in Applied Statistics) “is designed to enable students to develop familiarity with various parametric and nonparametric tests and to gain the knowledge and skills needed to apply statistical concepts to solve applied problems.” In this course “students will learn the logic, the procedures, and the use of common… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Around the World for Christmas Dinner

Having grown up overseas in in the bustling city of Shanghai, China, Christmas was always a foreign concept. It symbolized a mysterious yet exciting festival, complete with vibrant LED lights, whipped-cream snow, and, of course, endless days of feasting. I used to equate this exotic festival with the likes of Chinese New Year, where family… Read more »

The Study Dude—Washboard Bellies Get A-Grades?

How do you reward your study spurts?  With ten-minute washboard-ab workouts?  Ten-minute zombie zone-outs?  Or ten-minute roasted prairie dog pig-outs?  I’ll opt for all three. But rewards mean little when lacking structure. During my undergrad, I studied steady: 30-minute sessions; 15-minute breaks.  I scored the highest grade in most every math class.  To quash resentments,… Read more »

From Where I Sit—A Better 2018

Have you ever been warned off a particular store because it’s ‘dangerous’ in there?  That very thing happened to me during my last acupuncture appointment.  During the roughly-hour-and-a-half I’m there there’s plenty of time to talk about things other than my knotted body or blocked chi. Ruby is a Chinese woman who’s been in Canada… Read more »

Dear Barb-Catharsis for Christmas

Dear Barb: I hate Christmas!  I know I shouldn’t because “it’s the happiest time of the year” but I do.  I hate the money I have to spend for people I rarely see.  I am already living pay cheque to pay cheque so I have to go in debt for Christmas! If I’m lucky I… Read more »


Sometimes you have to ask for what you want.  When I got my first internship it was through a live chat event that the Literary agency was hosting and I “kiddingly” asked if she wanted an assistant.  She didn’t, but they were going to be looking for readers soon and I was invited to email… Read more »

Editorial—Christmas Wrapping Up

This is it then, the final issue of The Voice Magazine for 2017.  I hope you’ve had a good year, it’s certainly been an eventful one for us, what with our snazzy new website and a whole host of new student readers and writers. We’ve also had some great articles this year. I’ve already got… Read more »

Travelling Campus—Meeting Students in Ottawa

For AU students, meeting another student is a rare occurrence.  We study in solitude. Opportunities to meet other students are limited.  Social media is one way to connect, but Facebook can’t replace face-to-face.  Organized gatherings tend to focus on Alberta, with occasional gatherings held in large cities elsewhere. I was pleased to be able to… Read more »

A Holiday for One

Although mass media drums it into our heads that the holidays are meant for family and friends, there may come a time you find yourself facing the impending holidays alone.  Moreover, millions of people choose to spend holidays alone.  Whether due to divorce, school or work responsibilities, lack of cash to travel home to see… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Matinée Multilingual College Scholarship Sponsored by:  Matinée Multilingual Deadline:  January 5, 2018 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in Canada, the U.S., or the U.K. What’s required:  An online application form, along with a link to your 250-500 word blog post on how video… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Open House & Info Session Wed, January 3, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by Athabasca University www.athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ register online at above address second session:  Wed, January 3, 6:00 to 7:00 pm MST Zotero and Mendeley Citation Management Tools Webinar Tues, January 9, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group  Amanda scrambles for options to re-write two missed exams before the December 31 course end date; looks like ProctorU will be her best bet.  New student Shoshana seeks and receives tips for tackling MATH 215.  Chanelle is looking for a study partner for SOCI 231, Sociology of Religion. Other posts include AU… 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 22: Deadline to apply for course extension for Feb Dec 23-Jan 2: AU & AUSU holiday closure, inclusive Jan 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jan 1 Jan 15:… Read more »