Vol. 26 Iss. 14

Volume 26, Issue 14 - 04/06/2018

Nuggets of Information

In writing parlance they’re known as “fillers”:  those little pieces that show up at the end of magazine articles.  Some writers bristle at the term, reasoning that “fillers” sound like bits of nothing, like packing peanuts or bubble wrap. Fillers do perform one service of filling what otherwise would be blank space around an article. … Read more »

The Fit Student—The Rumbles

Stressed over studies?  Can’t sleep at night?  Keep reading the same page, yet nothing sinks in?  It sounds like a bad case of student stress.  And student stress leads to physical problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome. I never had anxiety during my undergrad or grad studies coursework.  But I stressed-out once I started working… Read more »

The Study Dude—Vocab for Witches’ Warts

Attention spelling bee kings and queens.  I have a challenge for you.  You’re top-notch?  Well, then, spell the word beginning with “c” for the bubbles growing on a witch’s nose.   The answer?  Carbuncle.   As students, we’re always looking for bigger, better, and more exact words to get our meaning across, or at least to pad… Read more »

Course Exam—Math 265

MATH 265 (Introduction to Calculus I) is a three-credit introductory calculus course with no prerequisites, though MATH 30 or an equivalent pre-calculus math course is strongly recommended.  Students should also have a good understanding of basic algebra and trigonometry prior to enrolling into MATH 265.  There is a Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment that contains seventy questions… Read more »

Dear Barb—Home Again, Home Again

Dear Barb: I am almost thirty years old and live with my parents. After graduating high school I went and got my degree.  I had a job before I even finished school.  Unfortunately, the job was only a one-year contract.  When the company didn’t renew it, I wasn’t able to find another job.  There were… Read more »

Editorial—Sweet Job if you Can Get It

There’s been somewhat of a kerfuffle over at U of A over the past couple weeks since they announced that they might be having to cut their 2018-2019 budget by 4% while raising fees for students who live in residence and international students.  This was exacerbated when Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt spoke of the… Read more »

Women of Interest—Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was born Bettye Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921, in Peoria, Illinois, U.S.  and died February 4, 2006, in Washington, D.C., U.S.  Friedan was a journalist, activist, and one of the leading figures in the Women’s Movement.  In 1963 she published the bestselling book The Feminine Mystique which explores the possibility of women finding… Read more »

Book Review—Fantasyland

Book: Fantasyland:  How America went Haywire:  A 500-year History Author: Kurt Andersen For decades, Kurt Andersen has written about President Trump, having featured the billionaire’s dubious business deals, vulgarity, and vain personality in Spy magazine.  More recently, Andersen collaborated with actor Alec Baldwin—who famously parodied Trump on Saturday Night Live—on a satirical biography of Trump. … Read more »

Canada Reads Recap

In case you didn’t follow along with Canada Reads this year, it breaks down like this, the order the books were voted off: The Boat People Sharon Bala Precious Cargo Craig Davidson The Marrow Thieves Cherie Dimaline American War Omar El Akkad Forgiveness Mark Sakamoto The book I was rooting for, The Boat People, by… Read more »

Coping Strategies

Life is far from perfect.  No matter outward appearances, even the most ideal seeming life (okay, maybe not Gwyneth Paltrow’s) is rife with challenges, losses, and obstacles to overcome.  What separates individuals who let life get them down from those who overcome, or even flourish under difficult circumstances, are healthy coping strategies. But what are… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Council Meeting Tues, April 10, 5:30 to 7:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/april-council-meeting-2/ No pre-registration required; e-mail governance@ausu.org  for meeting package Writing for Publication – Pearls and Pitfalls Wed, April 11, 2:00 to 3:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies fgs.athabascau.ca/news/presentations/ e-mail fgs@athabascau.ca with your student number to… 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 Apr 03: Facebook Live Event Apr 04: Edmonton Meet & Greet Event Apr 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 Apr 10: Council Changeover Meeting Apr 15: May degree… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund Sponsored by:  True Sport Deadline:  April 30, 2018 Potential payout:  variable; estimated at $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, active in Canadian sport, and engaged in post-secondary education.  See Terms of Reference for full eligibility criteria. What’s required:  An… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Jennifer is curious what to expect from ProctorU if her young children need attention during her exam; in the end her exam went smoothly but other students report various issues with interruptions—both from children and from the ProctorU invigilators themselves.  Elizabeth seeks assurance that AU course evaluations are anonymous (they are.) Other… Read more »