Vol. 26 Iss. 39

Volume 26, Issue 39 - 10/12/2018

Savouring Autumn’s Sensual Delights

The cooler month of October has arrived on our Canadian soil and perhaps with it an early winter blizzard.  But snow and studies shouldn’t prevent us from enjoying everything the autumn season has to offer.  From unleashing your wildest Halloween costume ideas to enhancing your yoga session with a pumpkin scented candle, fall is the… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Finest Art

I was recently sitting in the serene darkness of the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall, watching and listening to Daniel Raiskin, the WSO’s new music director, conducting Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.  As a first impression, Raiskin seems brilliant, a maestro of the classic Russian style, dramatic, bold, firmly in control of and in sync with… Read more »

In Conversation—with Calvin Arsenia

Alternative folk artist Calvin Arsenia is an intensely inventive creator and a truly original mind, mixing genres and instruments (including the Celtic harp) to create vibrant, engaging music.  He recently released the single, “Headlights,” from his project-in-process Cantaloupe, a mix of music, art, and performance.  In “Headlights” he describes his difficult ascent to the wisdom… Read more »

The Fit Student—Kick the Cancer

Knock down your risk of cancer by munching garlic and onions, by swallowing daily citrus fruits, by chomping Brussel sprouts, by shaving your x-rays to once a year, by avoiding the sun, by quitting smoking, and by steering clear of electrical wires, says author Vernon Coleman. I add beware of cell phones.  I’m sure it… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Over the Mountain, Over the Hill?

“No one here gets out alive” proclaimed a biography of Jim Morrison (Hopkins, Sugerman).  No matter our personal age we must accept that the year is waning and the life of summer has fled.  Autumnal chills with claustrophobic auspices may leave us feeling listless and trapped by the enforced hibernation of winter life.  Even our… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—The Art of Writing Ditties

If you live to write or love to sing, then you’ll treasure writing ditties.  And if you ever wrote a winning essay, you could be filthy rich writing lyrics. As a teen, I’d scrawl several songs a day—mostly when I felt glum.  But my hillbilly voice constrained my song writing.  I could scarcely sing outside… Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 308

ENGL 308 (Indigenous Literature in Canada) is a three-credit, upper level English course that begins with the origins of Indigenous literature in the oral tradition and leads to contemporary Indigenous writing in English.  The course also examines related areas such as findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), released in 2015.  The assigned readings… Read more »

Dear Barb—Thinking about the Costs

Dear Barb: My wife is driving me crazy! She wants to get a cat and we already have two dogs.  Our dogs are both getting older and I was looking forward to being able to travel without having to find someone to take care of our animals.  We have a camper so we can take… Read more »

After the Wildfires

From where we live, the edge of the burn, where the wildfires stopped, was about 50km by road.  Over the weekend, we went for a short drive to see what they’d left behind.  On our way out, we saw a few bears, and I was thrilled to see they had survived.  It was a bit… Read more »

Top Five Organizational Tools Every Student Should Have

To keep entropy low and to stay on top of things during the year, it’s critical we have a reliable system to fall back on.  While every student has their unique way of organizing their work space and meeting deadlines, I’ve noticed that certain survival tips have remained unchanged despite the ever-changing dynamics of being… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The UCT Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  United Commercial Travelers Deadline:  November 15, 2018 Potential payout:  up to $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students or teachers pursuing university or college degrees or certification to work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  See full eligibility criteria. What’s required:  A completed application form, along… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Graduate Student Research Conference – Edmonton Fri, Oct 12, 6:00 pm to Sunday, Oct 14, 12:00 pm Holiday Inn Conference Centre, 4485 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton AB In-person and online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies and AUGSA news.athabascau.ca/events/graduate-student-research-conference/ Register online at above link; $200+GST for in-person and $50+GST for online 2018 Distinguished Alumni and… 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 Oct 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Dec Nov 08: AUSU Council Meeting Nov 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Dec 1 Nov 12: AUSU Office Closed in… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group Thomas wonders who to contact about a course that’s currently listed as under revision; anyone know what’s going on with CRJS 490?  Rebecca asks how to change her exam date to a week later; responders let her know she only has to clear it with the invigilator since it’s within 10 days… Read more »

Editorial—Creeping up on Halloween

We’re not quite half way through the month, but I know from past years that if I haven’t started thinking about Halloween by now, odds are it’ll be here before I get a chance to. This year is an interesting one because it is also the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  While that might… Read more »