Vol. 25 Iss. 09

Volume 25 Issue 9 - 03/03/2017

In Praise of Amateur Writing

“Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt One of the high points in my reading career was a book I found in my high school library when I was 16. It was an anthology of poems written by American high school students, and the poems were so authentic, so… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Live the Research

Do you want to master your studies? And by that I mean, find a spark of passion that makes your research bigger than your dreams? Because if you do, your chances of success spike. You see, I know researchers studying homelessness, but they wouldn’t sleep in a homeless shelter during sabbatical?as part of their research…. Read more »

The Social Student – Social Media Guru

Why wait for next months’s journal article when you can read-between-the-lines today? Yes, with social media, you get instant access to academia’s thought leaders. Simply pluck the best authors from your bibliography, and follow them?through, say, Twitter or Facebook. Pluck those birds bald. But why follow top academics? When you get intimate with thought-leaders in… Read more »

Technical Observations – Overview of Browsers

Many people think that C. S. Lewis’ “Woods Between the Worlds”, Alice’s rabbit hole, the trans-warp conduits of Star Wars, and the Iconian gateways of Star Trek are harmless children’s fables. Little do they realize that they initiate a similar experience when opening their browser and enabling instant access to over 4.45 billion pages of… Read more »

Music Review – Bleak

Artist: Bleak Album: Dig Two Graves Last Halloween we had a lot more to look forward to then a bowl of candy. In a surprise move, Bleak released their new album Dig Two Graves. This is the first we had heard from them in five years but it was well worth the wait. The timing… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not a Bad Way

I’ve often mocked the hours of pre-game coverage of major sporting events on TV like the Grey Cup or Superbowl. That I don’t understand or like football clearly doesn’t increase my tolerance. Who needs to see game highlights from previous (often decades old) contests? Or suffer through mind-numbing stats rattled off by expert panels of… Read more »

Dear Barb – A Winning Move

Dear Barb: I work in an office with six other people. We’ve worked together for five years and some of us are friends as well as co-workers. We contribute weekly to a lotto fund. Last week one of our tickets won $100,000. The problem is, sometimes I’m late in contributing and unfortunately this week I… Read more »

Editorial – Taking the Lead

There are now two leadership campaigns officially underway. Both the NDP and the Conservatives now have a competition with multiple candidates vying to be each party’s new leader. I haven’t been paying a lot of attention yet, as what the opposition parties do internally won’t have a lot of effect on me, and there’s still… Read more »

Spring Cleaning Fling

I’ve just flipped the calendar page. Now spring is staring me in the face. There’s still snow on the ground and It’s still cold, but the lengthening days tell me that winter is on the wane. But while the days are getting longer, the time for spring cleaning is getting shorter. Once the snow melts… Read more »

Social Media Purge

It is easy to get caught up in the state of American politics. And while it is important to stay informed about what is happening, there is a point where it can get to be too much. Especially when we are in another country and have no influence over it. There are small things that… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarship and the T-Base Communications Scholarship Sponsored by: Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Deadline: March 31, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 to $2000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted, and studying or planning to study at a Canadian post-secondary institution between September 2017… Read more »

Women of Interest – Ann Moore

Ann Moore was born in 1934 and grew up on a farm in Ohio. She was a nurse and became one of the most influential inventors of the twentieth century with her inventions of the Snugli and Weego baby carriers. The Wall Street Journal acknowledged Moore’s design as one of the most important inventions of… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Kari wonders what browsers other students use to access AU courses. Laurie seeks info on exam re-writes. Sarah posts a link to the new Facebook group for AU BSc Applied Math students. Other posts include student funding, easy courses, student input for AU third-party review, and courses FREN 100, LGST 331, and… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

AU Third-Party Review – Student Input Teleconference Monday, March 6, 1:00 to 2:00 pm Telephone Hosted by Dr. Ken Coates http://www.ausu.org/2017/03/au-students-invited-participate-au-third-party-review/ click on above address for more info and teleconference access details Business Undergraduate Information Session Monday, March 6, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session-copy/ register online at… 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 questions or comments about this page. IMPORTANT DATES – Mar 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Apr 1 – Mar 14: AUSU Council Meeting – Mar 15: April degree requirements deadline – Mar 31:… Read more »

Re: Council Connection, Feb 25 Issue

I don’t think it’s fair have to pick up the tab for council’s extravagant choice of accommodation. There are plenty of qualified individuals who would than happy to work at a cushy job in West Edmonton. I feel the cheaper alternative would have been the better choice. If the council wants the more expensive option,… Read more »

Re: Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti, Feb 25 Issue

Thanks Carla for your article on acts of kindness, it was encouraging to me as this morning, I phoned three widowed ladies, invited them to join my husband and I to our evening meal. We will play dominoes–Mexico train. Vera I love it when we’ve inspired something in our readers! -Karl

Re: The Lonely Social Student, Feb 17 Issue

As a faithful reader of The Voice Magazine and a member of AUSU council, I was surprised to see some of the advice given to AU students in the article called The Lonely Social Student written by Marie Well in your February 17, 2017 issue. This article suggests that students post a video to Facebook… Read more »