COVID-19 Memory Archive Project—An Interview with AU Archivist Karen Langley

Historical societies, museums, and governments often use archives as a way to “preserve historical material and make them available for use.”  And while in the past archives have been predominantly physical, in recent times, archives are increasingly becoming digitalized. In particular, Athabasca University’s Thomas A. Edge Archives and Special Collections, the official repository for AU’s… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Perfect Steak

It is getting nicer outside as summer approaches, and warm weather means its time to get your grill on! May was the right mix of warm, hot, and fresh, at least for Edmonton it was, but June is finally here.    So, for all you home cooks who don’t have the confidence to cook a great… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Convocation as Praxis

Fear is a fickle thing to which the famous 4 F’s of the brain’s hypothalamus do scanty justice.  Besides fight, food, fucking, and flight, limbic fear also propels us over mountainous humps we’d have hitherto imagined as insurmountable.  So it was with trepidation that I took the stage along with my graduating cohort at the… Read more »

Editorial—A Caveat

I feel like I need to preface this issue saying that I don’t agree with everything that gets published in The Voice Magazine.  These articles represent the views of the writers, not of me, and certainly not that of AUSU or AU.  But at the same time, The Voice Magazine isn’t my magazine.  It’s the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The Cover Guy 7th Annual Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Cover Guy Deadline:  July 1, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students currently enrolled in, or going to be enrolled in, a program at a university, college, or trade school in Canada or the U.S. for the upcoming school year. What’s… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie June Edition – Two Spirit Stories June 1 to June 30 Online Hosted by AU Register through above link MBA for Executives Webinar Wed, June 10, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business Register through above link The Grad Lounge Fri, June 12, 1:00… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Four Writing Truths about Faking Emotions

What if I said your secrets, denials, and suppressed and faked emotions are treasures?  Yes, treasures!  Weird, hey?  But I believe your secrets and denials exist to help you grow.  Yes, they could help you grow into the most stunning swan.  Thus, I’ve come up with four weird but wise tips to help you realize… Read more »

The Fit Student—Vaccines and Why I Hate Them

I don’t mind vaccines.  In fact, some might be crucial.  But I won’t ever request a vaccine again, and I refuse to have one forced upon me.  You see, for four years, I had a compromised immune system.  I felt ghastly sick.  One forced vaccine of who-knows-what may have killed my hopes for health.  So,… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES June 9: AU Live Chat Event Jun 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jul 1 Jun 15: Jul degree requirements deadline Jun 17: AUSU Public Council Meeting Jun 30: Deadline… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Miranda seeks advice on testing her laptop with ProctorU; many helpful suggestions in the thread.  Michelle posts a link to the AU Students app, which leads to a number of students raising issues they’ve encountered using the app.  New student Lauren has questions about course structure and whether there is a study… Read more »

Escapism Through Literature

English majors and voracious readers alike are well versed in literature’s many benefits.  From escaping unbearable realities to uncovering startling truths to confronting our deepest fears, literature connects readers with the world by revealing insight into the common human experience.  Through themes of time and place, literature reminds us that, despite our uniqueness, our individual… Read more »

Dear Barb—Lost Children

Dear Barb: Hi, I have heard that losing a child is one of the worst traumas in life.  I don’t have children, but I have had a few relatives and friends who have lost children and they were never the same after the loss.  One was a friend who had a miscarriage, one couple lost… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Lift Parts Express Scholarship Sponsored by:  Lift Parts Express Deadline:  June 30, 2020 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian or U.S. residents, be between the ages of 16 and 21, be attending school in the fall of 2020, and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. What’s required:  An online… Read more »