Vol. 26 Iss. 41

Volume 26, Issue 41 – Halloween! - 10/26/2018

Athabasca University’s Faculty Bargain Process Continues

Contract talks at Athabasca University have been ongoing for several months. However, most of the AU student community is unaware these talks are taking place and is also unaware of what they entail.  They are between AU and AU’s teaching faculty and professional staff, which include the IT staff, librarians, university relations, and the registrar’s… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Interviews with AU’s Educators

Doctor Jeff Chang, Ph.D., R.Psych., is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University.  He is the Program Director of the Master of Counselling Psychology program at AU.  He joined the AU community in 2007.  Here we explore his life and work with AU. What is your personal and family background?… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Fear of Polymaths

I’ll level with you: most of what passes for television entertainment these days, whether on traditional networks or streaming services, leaves me cold.  Formula comedy and drama that’s predictable as a bigot’s opinions, and as exciting as last night’s unemptied dishwater.  Typically, I’d rather spend time at home exploring a good book.  Or maybe better… Read more »

The Study Dude—Double Your Success!

Night owls, listen up!  Wake up with a bang in the wee hours.   But if you can’t stomach a 6 AM rise and shine, no worries.  There are plenty of tips below to double your success. I once was a night owl.  Not anymore. When I worked eleven-hour days, I felt charged.  I’d wake up… Read more »

In Conversation—with Sydney Wright

Sydney Wright is a live sound engineer and singer-songwriter now working in Austin, Texas.  Her songs reach for deep emotions and leave the listener with an abiding sense of joyful hope.  Her debut album, Seiche (watch the enthralling video of her song “You Can Stay” here) is set for release on November 9.  Wright was… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Frightful Times on the Fringes of Identity

Ever wake up not feeling yourself? This can be a haunting reality as when a person says you’re not yourself today or that doesn’t seem like something you’d do.  To have our stable wholeness questioned can leave us feeling off kilter or even defensive.  These moments illustrate that our being (our ontology) is more fluid… Read more »

Mini Movie Reviews—Current Horror Flicks

Whether you love it or you avoid it like the plague, horror movies are a bucket list item for many movie-goers this week.  While I don’t always appreciate the jump scares, when enjoyed with the right people, horror movies can a great experience with friends.  What should you know about the current blockbuster movies  the… Read more »

The Fit Student—Dine Like a Champion

Dine like a champion to achieve top performance.  Positive choices, such as healthy-eating, spill over.  Yes, they spill-over into your spunk, your joy, your dignity, your grooming, your self-esteem, and your get-up-and-go.  Positive choices also tame temptations to try toxins. So, chow down like champions by gleaning the following hints.  I bold my tips and… Read more »

Course Exam—MATH 271

MATH 271 (Linear Algebra II) is a three-credit upper level mathematics course that continues the study of linear algebra from MATH 270.  Mathematics 271 is suggested for students in the science programs.  The course covers intermediate topics in linear algebra such as general vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, inner product spaces, diagonalization and quadratic forms,… Read more »

Self-Care and Perspective

Regardless of where you work or study, it can be too easy to push how much time we spend on our occupation.  There is a feeling pushed on social media that if you want to get anywhere you need to work, be busy, stay busy.  If you take time off or aren’t busy all the… Read more »

Six Pumpkin Carvings Students Can Relate To

It’s hard to stay original with pumpkin carving every year when October 31st rolls around. While your neighbors might be striving for the most sophisticated carvings (intricately sculpted in ways that would make Michelangelo proud), keep your carvings original this year with the most relatable pumpkin carvings that would warrant a chuckle from your fellow… Read more »

Canadian School Statistics that May Surprise You

Enrolling in a college or university in Canada is a valuable chance to further your studies.  While researching schools and cities to study, it’s interesting to see how we stack up.  Here are some thought-provoking facts about Canadian schools. According to the article “10 of the Best Places to Study Abroad in 2018,” by Sabrina… Read more »

Editorial—Scary Times

Domestic terrorism is nothing new to most nations in the world, but usually we manage to frame it as an “us vs. them” phenomenon. Us, in the civilized, rational society, dealing with them. Them, the crazies who want government to be destroyed, or who want their God to be the only God worshipped, or who… Read more »

Dear Barb—Things Better Not Said?

Dear Barb: I am in my twenties and have two older brothers who are 12 and 13 years older than me.  I don’t resemble my brothers, they have dark hair and eyes and I have light hair and blue eyes.  My mom raised us as a single mom.  Our dad died when I was a… Read more »

Vintage Voice

In the lead-up to Halloween October 31, it’s no surprise that October 26 has been designated Pumpkin Day.  Pumpkins in a university student magazine?  We got ’em. Pepo’lantern?  Writer Zoe Dalton describes the colourful history of Cucurbita pepo, aka the pumpkin. “[S]quashes and pumpkins are useful for far more than just food: masks, dishes, carrying… 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 Casey is looking for advice on what course to pick to fill out her critical perspective requirement, while Ashley has some questions about how a minor fits into the degree program and what courses other people took in the first and second semester for a Psychology major. Other posts include coming up… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  ServiceScape Scholarship 2018 Sponsored by:  ServiceScape Deadline:  November 30, 2018 Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be attending or will attend an accredited college, university, or trade school in 2018. What’s required:  An online application form, including a maximum 300-word essay on how writing impacts today’s world. Tips:  Check out the… Read more »