Vol. 26 Iss. 45

Volume 26, Issue 45 - 11/23/2018

An Interview with the Minister—November 21, 2018

For those who aren’t aware, some of the key points of Bill 19 – An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education are that it puts language controlling tuition directly in the legislation, where it has to be subject to public debate if it’s going to be adjusted, and ties tuition and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Waiter, there’s a Phallus in my Soup

Comfort food: succulent hugs in morsel mouthfuls.  It’s soulful re-invigoration at a delightful and intangible level.  Sinfully delicious or piously nutritious, our hard-studying taste buds deserve the best.  We know what we like and we don’t need to ask why.  But what if your favourite Canadian dish threatened extinction for a species in the wild?… Read more »

The Mindful Bard

Album: Revel & Ritual: Holiday Music for the World Artists: Greg Herriges and StellaRoma Alright, so I got this last year, too late to tell you about it for Christmas 2017, but better late than never.  Besides, right now is the perfect time to listen, stream, order, gift, or what-have-you the best world music holiday… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Lost and Found

I think there are those of us, not few in number, who do not quite fit into the world.  Our mothers send us out to the corner store for milk and cigarettes one morning, and we take a wrong turn, stumble through some quantum doorway into a new dimension.  When we return home, it is… Read more »

The Study Dude—Study Like a Biology Olympian

Why study for an International Biology Olympiad? After all, it’s a high school competition and if we’re at AU we’re well beyond that, aren’t we?  But studying for mastery gears us for goals. The skills that we’d learn practicing for something as intense as an Olympiad would surely translate into better habits for all our… Read more »

Women of Interest—Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born Rebecca Davies on February 8, 1831 in Christiana, Delaware and died March 9, 1895 in Hyde Park Boston, Massachusetts.  Crumpler was raised by her aunt, who cared for many of the sick in her neighbourhood. Following her graduation from school, Crumpler worked as a nurse for eight years until 1860… Read more »

The Fit Student—Nature’s Cure for Midlife

Certain woes mother nature clearly intended.  To treat these woes, go natural, not medicinal. To illustrate, mother nature willed menopause onto all women.  That’s half the world’s population.  So, I argue it’s best to treat menopause naturally—but long before it hits.  Especially before the hot flashes. So, why naturally, not medicinally? For one, hot flashes… Read more »

Course Exam—Comp 390 (Computer Graphics)

COMP 390 (Computer Graphics) is a three-credit senior-level computer science course that introduces the concepts and implementation of computer graphics.  As one of the important subject areas of the study of computer science and information systems, this course focuses on the theoretical aspects and implementation of computer graphics using OpenGL Students should note that COMP… Read more »

Dear Barb—College Conundrum

Dear Barb: I am in my second year of university and really hating the courses I’m in.  My marks have been good, and my parents are happy that I’m doing so well.  Every time I see them they talk about how proud they are of me and what a great future I will have.  I… Read more »

Council Connection—November 8, 2018 Meeting

November’s AUSU Council meeting proved that an agenda that appeared straightforward on paper could turn into a meeting with a lot of discussion.  A new addition to the proceedings was an acknowledgement of the land, which states that “Athabasca University Students’ Union respectfully acknowledges that we are on and work on the traditional lands of… Read more »

Editorial—Thinking on Bias

I’m having to confront the issue of my personal bias more often in this position that I initially expected. As I’ve said in the past, I believe bias in an article is perfectly acceptable, perhaps even unavoidable, so long as the article remains accurate, truthful, and fair to the point of noting when there’s significant… Read more »

How to Write an Effective Paragraph

You may be rolling your eyes in exasperation at this topic.  Come on—we learned how to write paragraphs in high school; give me a break! Rest assured you did not learn how to write effective paragraphs in high school; certainly not university level paragraphs.  Indeed, knowing how to write a polished paragraph will drive you… Read more »

The Best Laid Plans

I am a big believer in planning but leaving room within those plans for change and growth.  I have learned through the years that even if I take the time to plot and plan, say, my courses, or degree path, that this will generally change.  With my degree, I decided early that I would let… 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 Nov 30: Ottawa Meet & Greet Nov 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Jan Dec 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jan 1 Dec 14: December Council Meeting… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Grey Cup Campus Party! Fri, Nov 23, 6:00 to 11:59 pm MST Fionn MacCool’s, 3rd Floor City Centre Mall, 10200 102A Ave Northwest, Edmonton AB In person Hosted by AU and the CFLPA news.athabascau.ca/events/athabasca-university-campus-party/ Register online at above link Undergrad Program Orientation for New Students Tues, Nov 27, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Friday, November 23, 2018 may be “Black Friday” in certain countries, but a Canadian-based movement has also declared it “Buy Nothing Day.”   Your choice. Going over to the Dark Side.  Former Voice editor Christina M. Frey contemplates the absurdity of her Black Friday experience.  “The year I went Black Friday shopping, I was embarrassed to… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The FormSwift Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  FormSwift Deadline:  December 15, 2018 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Must be enrolled at, or enrolling in, college or university at the undergrad (4-year) or grad level.  See full eligibility requirements. What’s required:  An email with school and contact info, along with a business plan infographic for… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Jeffi asks about AU’s mailing strategy during Canada Post work disruptions; responses indicate some parcels are being sent by Loomis courier.  In the wake of repeated posts searching for “easy” courses, Dougal looks forward to a post looking for courses that are “interesting, informative, challenging, and useful.  Amen to that, Dougal! Other… Read more »