Vol. 26 Iss. 10

Volume 26, Issue 10 - 03/09/2018

Minds We Meet—Interviewing Students Like You!

Katy Lowe is a 29-year-old mother of three.  She has been a student with AU since November 2017 and is currently finishing up her first set of finals.  One of the few that are born and raised and currently living in Calgary, Alberta, she looks forward to chinooks to break up long, bitter cold winters. … Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Roads of Perception

Winter months and distance education courses have one thing in common: they can both drag on interminably when we get bogged down.  Yet, as successes pile up over the years, and remembering how far we’ve come since early childhood education, we can feel confident in the face of what appear to be long odds for… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Perfect Date

Love.  Gym B.O.  Superfoods.  What do these three have in common?  The perfect date. Eight months ago, I never exercised.  I barely managed a block walk while dragging my sore knee.  Most days, I felt dead-tired and nauseated.  Me—the perfect date from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Now, after eight months of exercise, I’m turning… Read more »

The Not-So-Starving Student—Tribute to Pies

For most, March 14th doesn’t ring any bells in terms of holidays.  However, for myself and some (nerdy) others, we might recall this day to be Pi Day.  A day where we celebrate the mathematical constant 𝛑 or 3.14 rounded to the nearest two digits.  In reality, this irrational number goes on forever.  In my… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Unfriendly Potatoes

When life slaps you to the floor, grin.  Yes, comedians say, “Your worst memories bring big laughs—like it or not.” Jim Carrey faced claims that he gave his ex-girlfriend an STD.  He went into hiding, resurfacing with a shaggy beard.  On a talk show, he joked “The question is not, ‘Why are you growing a… Read more »

Course Exam—COMP 314 (Operating Systems)

COMP 314 (Operating Systems) is a three-credit computing and information systems course that teaches students “the fundamental concepts, principles, and structures of operating systems.” COMP 314 has a prerequisite.  Students should have completed COMP 206 (Introduction to Computer Programming in C++), COMP 268 (Introduction to Computer Programming in Java), or an equivalent university level programming… Read more »

In Conversation—with Mia LJ

Mia LJ is a young alt-R&B artist and producer, known for her multi-instrumentalist talents, her skill as a producer and audio engineer, and her precociously sudden rise to music career success. Exercising total creative control of her own works, the self-taught artist Mia also shares her gifts via projects with other artists.  She recently collaborated… Read more »

Dear Barb—Home is where the Heart Is

Dear Barb: I was out with some friends recently and we were confronted by a homeless man asking for money. My first reaction was to search for some change in my purse but my friend’s husband had a totally different reaction. He told the man, rather aggressively, “Go get a job and work like the… Read more »

More than a Mouthful

Men: rejoice!  If you tiptoed intact across the minefield of Valentine’s Day last month, your reward is coming.  March 14 is unofficially “Steak and Blowjob Day”, when you can sit back and relax and let someone else do the work. Or maybe not. Steak and Blowjob Day was conceived—and this should surprise no-one—by a radio… Read more »

Letting Go

It can be hard to acknowledge to yourself, let alone anyone else, that you have taken on too much. That the workload you thought you could handle was dragging you down and making you less productive across the board. But it is important to see that. To acknowledge the exhaustion, the forgetfulness, the lack of… Read more »

50 Ways to Leave your Lover

Concluding you need to end a romantic relationship is never an easy decision.  No matter how long you’ve invested in the partnership, it’s hard to let someone down easy.  However, there may come a day when it becomes glaringly obvious it must be done.  For example, when your boyfriend knows a little too much about… Read more »

Editorial—Balancing in Easy Mode

I had to think long and hard about the  picture to go with one of our articles this week. In the end, I chose the one that has more risk of being misinterpreted but is also more powerful.  The article in question is “More than a Mouthful” and you can see the picture chosen there. … Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Kari shares her experience of forgetting to hit the final “submit” key on her assignment, but fortunately realized before the course end date.  Traky seeks feedback on using ProctorU in China; several students report good experiences.  Amanda relates having to explain her sleeping dog to ProctorU, sparking off a discussion of funny… 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 Mar 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Apr 1 Mar 13: March Council Meeting Mar 15: Deadline to submit election appeal Mar 15: April degree requirements deadline Mar 30: Deadline… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Sober Second Thoughts on Prescribed Cannabis According to Science Daily, a brand new medical guideline is making the suggestion that family physicians should reconsider the prescription of “medical cannabis to most patients.” The guideline is a simplified version published in Canadian Family Physician. The Project Lead for the Guideline and the Director of Evidence-Based Medicine… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Retail as a Career Scholarship Sponsored by:  Retail Council of Canada Deadline:  April 3, 2018, 12:00 pm EST Potential payout:  $1000 to $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time at a Canadian college or university for Fall 2018, currently working part- or full-time within the retail industry, and pursuing a… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Council Meeting Tues, March 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/march-council-meeting-2/ No pre-registration required; e-mail admin@ausu.org for meeting package MBA Info Session – Edmonton Wed, March 14, 5:30 to 7:00 pm MDT AU Faculty of Business, #201  13220 St Albert Trail, Edmonton AB In person Hosted by AU Faculty of… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

Hi there, This evening I read an article about a women in politics meeting attended by the writer, Jaclyn van Beek. This article bothered me because it kind of came off as a contemptuous one-sided attack. The implication was made that these issues are multifaceted, but also that the author’s views are the right ones…. Read more »