Vol. 26 Iss. 29

Volume 26, Issue 29 - 07/27/2018

Minds We Meet—The AUGSA President

Lindsay McNena, BA, MC Student is the President of the Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association.  Here we get to know one of our fabulous graduate councillors and, in fact, its wonderful president. What brought you to AU? In 2013 I graduated from AU with distinction, receiving my BA in Psychology and English.  I wanted to go on… Read more »

Fear in Toronto

On Sunday, July 22nd, at 10:00 PM, an armed twenty-nine-year-old man selfishly decided to open fire on a busy street in Toronto, Ontario’s east-end Greektown neighbourhood, killing an eighteen-year-old woman, a ten-year-old girl, and injuring thirteen others between the ages of ten and fifty-nine years old.  On Sunday, July 22nd, at 10:00 PM, I was… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mary Ann Shadd Cary

“It is better to wear out than rust out.” (Mary Ann Shadd Cary)   Mary Ann Shadd Cary was North America’s first black woman to publish a newspaper.  She was viewed as an outspoken, forthright woman who overstepped the boundaries of a typical black woman in the 1800’s.  Mary Ann was also a notable figure… Read more »

The Fit Student—Tussle Stress with Fitness

When you wriggle into your office chair, does your brain swell like tortellini?  Noodles bursting out your ears?  Well, that’s workplace anxiety.  And I’ve laid bare the cure. Ten years ago, I braved my first on-the-job anxiety attack.  And then workplace anxiety smacked me daily.  But I learned to curb it through self-talk and journaling. … Read more »

In Conversation—with Melina Krumova of Drooble

I would have discovered Drooble sooner or later, via social media or word-of-mouth from musician friends.  I had to; Drooble was exactly the kind of thing we all needed—a free means of collaborating musically with anyone, anywhere, at any time. After writing a song and doing a bare-bones recording of it I can post it… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Korean Restaurant Experience

If you’re reading this, you must be an adventurer.  You must be craving for something to awaken the taste buds and carry you on a journey.  And sampling Korean food is an adventurous journey that comes in many little steps, with small portion sizes that each hold a unique flavor.  Unlike the feeling of gulping… Read more »

The Study Dude—Dig up Your Passions

Do you whittle away half a day on social media?  Boob tube for hours before guilt knocks?  Or go crazy on tasks that crimp your goals? Focus instead on what counts: your main hustle.  For many students, studies mark the main hustle.  Nail down a hustle that inspires passion.  But how do you pinpoint your… Read more »

Course Exam—COMP 308

COMP 308 (Java for Programmers) is a three-credit, upper-level computer science course that focuses on providing a solid grounding in object-oriented programming (OOP) in Java for students who have a background in procedural programming.  COMP 308 also focuses on advanced features of object-oriented programming.  This course can be used as an elective for students in… Read more »

Dear Barb—Phone Smart?

Dear Barb: Help! I’m addicted to my phone, and I hate it! It’s the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing at night.  At least I don’t bring my phone into the bedroom with me at night like some of my friends do.  But I’m always checking my phone, even… Read more »

Council Connection—July 12, 2018 Meeting

At 6:39pm on July 12, the July meeting of AUSU Council got rolling with all councillors present.  The early business was fairly routine, with the one exception being that, once again, AUSU is delaying the removal of position policy 9.22 pending AU getting the student bookstore up and running.  While this isn’t beyond the routine… Read more »

20 Helpful University Life Hacks

Life is busy enough without adding disorganized chaos to the daily struggle.  Tap into these useful tips to stay on top of university life and make your week a bit breezier in the process. A stack of notebooks and papers that all look the same makes searching for specific subjects take much longer. Colour code… Read more »

Editorial—No Safe Space

If you haven’t already filled out the Voice Reader Survey for 2018 and put your entry in to win a shiny new tablet computer, suitable for taking your AU course on the go, then this is probably your last chance.  The survey is closing on Sunday, July 29.  If you haven’t filled it out over… Read more »

Success by Doing Less

The drive to succeed can be overwhelming.  It can push us to take on more and more until we feel we are being pulled in too many directions.  Each “thing” can potentially be helping us get to where we want to be.  But when is enough, enough? When is it time to step back and… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Open House Wed, August 1, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by Athabasca University www.athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ Register online at above link second session:  Wednesday, August 1, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Looking ahead… AUSU Annual Members Meeting Thurs, August 9, 7:30 to 8:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ausu-annual-members-meeting/ No pre-registration required; follows… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group In this week’s most popular post, Elli lists five things she’d rather do than write another essay, including “walk on Lego.”  Jessica wonders what other students have experienced when asking AU profs/tutors to act as an academic reference.  Dalia is curious whether it’s possible to defer a course start date without penalty;… 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 Aug 9: Public Council Meeting Aug 9: AUSU Annual Members Meeting Awards Policy Updates AUSU Council and Staff have been hard at work reviewing and updating our policies. Policy 7.02 – Scholarships,… Read more »

Vintage Voice

We toast Scotch Whisky Day July 27 by raising our glass to these finely-aged pieces, each featuring glasses of single malt: In praise of indolence.  Bill Pollett examines the exquisite value of taking time out from the task list to snatch memorable moments of pure bliss.  “I am talking about the sort of wretched indolence… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Baffinland’s 2018 Scholarships Sponsored by:  Baffinland Iron Mines Deadline:  August 10, 2018 Potential payout:  $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Nunavut Inuit and enrolled full-time in a post-secondary education program.  See full eligibility requirements. What’s required:  A completed application form, your most recent school transcript, a copy of your resume, along with a… Read more »