Vol. 26 Iss. 46

Volume 26, Issue 46 - 11/30/2018

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Lloyd Robertson

Dr. Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson is a Faculty Member in the Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Program of Athabasca University, who is now in career transition.  He has a private practice as an educational psychologist and counsellor.  Here we get to know about his life and views. How did you grow up, e.g., place, time,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Universities Held Hostage

“We all shared the same symptoms; first nausea and vomiting, followed by severe stomach cramps and migraine headaches.  Then fever and flu-like symptoms ….  There was a continual battle of thick mucus, one that made it hard to swallow and discharge.  …  Around four a.m.  … I was awakened to a frightful scream from my… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—We Are What We Believe

In Part 1, phallic symbols ran rife through our consumer goods and even the food we eat; no reasonable criticism like the extinction of fish species of global warming could rattle our cultural need to find a stable identity in what we eat and buy. So, “ok, hold on just a hot minute” you might… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student–Seattle Taste Tour

I had the chance to visit Seattle in the past week.  Despite its rainy, chilly weather this time of year, I had a chance to check off some boxes on my to-eat list.  Seattle is known for many renowned eateries including the famous Pike Place farmers market, the original Starbucks location, and world famous clam… Read more »

The Fit Student—Detox: Flesh, House, and Brain

You study at home, right?  Beware!  Your home may harbor toxins that seep into your flesh, stifle your study power, and even cause brain cancer.  No, I’m not talking about Netflix and Domino’s.  I’m talking about radio waves, chemicals, and pesticides. For one, nonorganic foods contain pesticides.  When pesticides were sprayed on author Cliff VanGuilder’s… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST/HUMN 201

HIST 201 / HUMN 201 (Western Thought and Culture 1: Before the Reformation) is a three-credit introductory course that is intended as a foundation course for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies students.  This course has no prerequisites and is designed for students with little or no previous university experience.  It provides a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Altar, the Past

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a guy in my thirties, working toward my degree at AU.  I was one of the altar boys that were sexually abused by a priest when I was 10 years old.  I rarely speak about this abuse and have only told a few people.  Now that stuff seems to be… Read more »

Catching Up with a Break

It can be tempting to take the break around the holidays to “catch up” or “get ahead” on courses and work.  This is something I have done year after year.  It is extra time to get those readings in without the interruptions of regular life.  Though, one could argue that there tend to be more… Read more »

How to Remain Healthy over the Holidays

With the school year well underway, students are feeling the demands of academic life, topped with a healthy dollop of Christmas chocolates, salty party snacks, and inviting offerings of seasonal alcoholic beverages.  So, how does one remain healthy body, mind, and soul, over the over-abundance of the holidays? Well, let’s find out. Heading out in… Read more »

The Moral High Ground of Uncertainty

A student’s life is a quagmire of uncertainty: financial, academic, social, and personal.  Distance learning adds an extra trial—the juggling of courses with family obligations and salaried work.  And ever present is the fear that you just don’t know for sure whether you’ll be able to complete your course work on time or if, in… Read more »

Editiorial—Protecting Sources

I first want to point out that our feature article this week is actually the first part of a two-part interview with Dr. Lloyd Robertson, who was recently a professor in AU’s MAIS, but is currently transitioning into private practice.  In this part, we find out how someone who was twice-baptized ends up becoming the… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—A Whole New Me

In some vaguely defined future, between finally paying off my credit cards and being summoned to appear before the robot overlord to justify my existence, I anticipate somehow having more free time at my disposal.  This will be because I have visited the self-help section of McNally-Robinson Booksellers and have learned to prioritize tasks—to ‘work… 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 »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media Topics

AthaU Facebook Group Casey asks how long it takes for course grades to be finalized after final assignment grades are posted; this sparks off a discussion about who does what with course grades.  Jennifer tries to break the world’s record for refreshing her screen until her grades appear; still waiting for the folks at Guinness… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Ottawa Meet & Greet Fri, Nov 30, 5:30 to 7:30 pm EST Bier Mrkt, 156 Sparks St, Ottawa ON In person Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ottawa-meet-greet-3/ RVSP to services@ausu.org Wikipedia and Academic Research Tues, Dec 4, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration required Online MBA Info Session Wed, Dec… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award Sponsored by:  Odenza Marketing Group Deadline:  December 30, 2018 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be between 16 and 22 as of December 30, 2018; be a resident of and attending school in Canada or the U.S.; have a GPA of at least 2.5 in the previous… Read more »