Vol. 26 Iss. 15

Volume 26, Issue 15 - 04/13/2018

Armchair Motorcycling

Last week, Lake Erie tossed frigid waves over the pier at Port Dover, Ontario.  Will that stop thousands of motorcyclists from attending the traditional Friday the 13th gathering?  Nope.  Even when Friday the 13th falls in the dead of winter, motorcyclists don their cold-weather gear and cruise on two wheels into the small community of… Read more »

The Fit Student—Lupus, Toe Fungus, and Lower Grades

Coffee and chips?  Or water and pumpkin seeds?  Just like aiming for an A+ in studies, aim for the same in diet.  Those fast food lifestyles, not unlike cramming, translate into horrors: lupus, toe fungus, and lower grades. Some aim for moderation in their diets.  For me, not so much.  I’ve turned into a crazed… Read more »

The Mindful Bard

Album: Holy Cow  (CD release 20 April 2018) Artist: Clothesline Revival Publisher: Paleo Music Conrad Praetzel accompanies a Moog synthesizer with slide guitar played on a 1937 Harmony archtop, crafting the most amazing instrumental tracks imaginable.  There’s a ghost in this here electronica machine: It sings of a new heaven and a new earth where… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Description Spiffs Style

Have you ever written freestyle?  If so, did a twist in words hurl you in a new direction?  That often happens with descriptive writing.  One tweak, and your story shifts. Author Lee Childs rambles like a talk-show host without a guest.  Too descriptive for me.  Too freestyle without a fence.  But that’s his style.  Yet,… Read more »

Course Exam-SCIE 326

SCIE 326 (Scientific Reasoning) is a three-credit science-based course that covers the formal and informal aspects of scientific reasoning.  This course requires students to have at least twelve credits in university-level science courses, including at least six in courses with laboratory components.  However, according to the Faculty of Science and Technology, “Students in the BSc… Read more »

Dear Barb—Manipulative Motivations

Dear Barb: My best friend has been dating her boyfriend for six months.  We used to hang out all the time, but now I rarely see her.  Her boyfriend occupies all her time.  Whenever she does go somewhere with me, he is constantly texting and calling her.  In fact one night we went out to… Read more »

Editorial—Academic Mercenaries

In a convenient bit of timing, this week I had the opportunity to attend a press conference and technical briefing with the AB government about Phase III of their review of Alberta’s Agencies, Boards, and Commissions.  This phase dealt with post-secondary institutions, specifically the Presidents of the universities, although other senior management staff will also… Read more »

The Ad Blocker Debate

More people are using advertisement blocking software to avoid Internet ads, and many publishers are not happy about it.  One company that monitors users’ use of ad blocking software, PageFair, produced a report in 2015 indicating that “ad blocking [was] estimated to cost publishers nearly $22 billion during 2015.” And as the number of people… Read more »

Unconscious Superstitions

Would you ride a motorcycle for the first time on Friday the 13th? If something bad is going to happen, it is all more likely to happen on the bad luck day, right? I’ve never been one to get too wrapped up in the lore around Friday the 13th. The reasoning behind this day being… Read more »

Poetry—A Fine Line

thrusting forward my arms squeeze around you tighter and tighter your wrist snaps gripping the throttle accelerating instantly lunging faster and faster we fly along the yellow line taking the corners at a forty-five-degree angle to the hard, rough asphalt below eyes wide open i watch the world go disconcertingly by in a vibrating blur… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

New Program Students Orientation (Undergrad) Tues, April 17, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-new-students-information-session-april2018/ Register online at above link Conducting a Literature Review Thurs, April 19, 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 register… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award Sponsored by:  Nature Canada Deadline:  May 1, 2018, 5:00 pm EDT Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be entering or continuing at an accredited Canadian college or university in the interdisciplinary study of natural environment systems (ecosystems), how they operate, how they interact with people, and how people… Read more »

Vintage Voice

With Friday the 13th marking the beginning of two-wheeling season, we polished up a pair of motorcycle articles. Rebel on two wheels.  In this short story, a runner-up in The Voice’s 2005 writing contest, Wanda Bakker plots the rise and fall of Aunt Barb’s coolness.  “She had a way of pushing the rules without ever… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Xtina discovers an essay she wrote has been posted online without her permission; AU is investigating at her request.  Steph’s looking for recommendations for a new laptop; the MacBook Air leads the list and she ends up ordering one. Other posts include purchasing textbooks, writing quizzes in airports, and courses ENGL 305… 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 15: May degree requirements deadline Apr 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for June May 10: Deadline to register in a course starting June 1 May 15: June degree requirements… Read more »