Always Zander

Always curious, Zander surreptitiously examined the camera before fastening it over his left ear.  Before Xidoun came to power, personal cameras were techno toys that people lined up to acquire.  Consequent to the takeover, these cameras, now called SecuriCams, were declared mandatory during waking hours to track each citizen’s activities and interactions.  Data from HealthWatches—also… Read more »

Council Connection—September 21, 2023 Meeting

The meeting started promptly at 6:00pm with Vice President External (VPEx) Manmeet Kaur Randhawa being unavailable to attend, and I noted that Rylee Feschuk was no longer listed as being a member of Council; this was later addressed in the President’s Report. In going through the opening activities, a new point was added to the… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Orange Shirts

Truth and Reconciliation is the most black and white concept imaginable in our flimsy and ephemeral epoch of tweets and twists and turns as the political correctness wagon lurches ever onward.  We all know that what our cultural forefathers (and mothers) condoned and carried out with regard to Indigenous children sent to residential schools was… Read more »

Editorial—Colorful Shirts

Truth and Reconciliation Day approaches once again.  We’re supposed to wear orange shirts.  It doesn’t seem like it’s an action that would mean that much, but when you consider some of the motives behind it, the importance of this symbol becomes clear. What does wearing an orange shirt really do?  Quite simply, it tells others… Read more »

AUSU Update

Consent Awareness Week The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) is proud to support the Possibility Seeds’ Courage to Act project, a national Consent Awareness Week with community partners across Canada, running annually during the third week of September. Consent education and preventing sexual violence are every bit as important for online as for in-person campuses…. Read more »

Not Fair

Sometimes you just have to say things simply.  I feel everybody gets acknowledgement in feminist scholarship but those with disabilities.  Further, I feel the response to the concerns I raised to the humanities department about some of their courses, although there was some progress, could be said to be hypocritical.  This is because, notwithstanding revisions… Read more »

Student Sizzle

Facebook Not happy with Proctor U? One student posts that Proctor U gave poor customer service and that the student experiences technical difficulties when booking or rescheduling exams. Another student replies that AU has hundreds of approved invigilators to choose from. Yet another student responds that exams can be done at some libraries, local colleges, and… Read more »

Vintage Voice

September 29 is National Coffee Day, so, mugs up!  Not sure coffee needs its own day, though—we couldn’t even get through the gazoodles of coffee references in vintage Voice articles. Coffee Art.  This Click of the Wrist feature provides a few links to coffee as art and coffee in art.  “No idea if artist Karen… Read more »

Mooncakes and Mid-Autumn Festival

Having lived in Shanghai for seven years before moving to Canada, I can say that there are a few memorable festivals that our family celebrates every year.  The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a significant traditional celebration that has been observed for centuries in various East Asian countries.  This festival is… Read more »

Ontario’s Home Warranty Program, Part 1

In Ontario, the province’s homeowner warranty program is called Tarion. Tarion’s key responsibilities revolve around facilitating the fair resolution of disputes between homeowners and builders over warranty coverage, repairs, or customer service, and accessing warranty claims to determine if they are valid.  When a builder fails to address a valid warranty claim, Tarion resolves the… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Oct 3, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page AUSU Fees Town Hall Tue, Oct 3, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU RSVP through above link MBA for Executives Webinar Wed, Oct 4,… Read more »

The Institution of Policing is Self-Harming Itself

Policing is far too important and far too complicated to give credence to any idea that suggests that we get rid of the police or make it harder for the police to do their job.  Law and order are the two things that allow for Canada to be Canada: the Canada that the world knows… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  AUSU Annual Awards Sponsored by:  AUSU Deadline:  October 31, 2023 Potential payout:  up to $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be undergrad students at AU; see individual awards for specific eligibility requirements. What’s required:  An online application form, and supporting documents as indicated for each award. Tips:  The online application form is available beginning… Read more »

Work Until We’re 95 To Evade the “System”

We should all consider the perks of working until after 95.  I argue that we should strive to keep working regardless of our disabilities or age.  There is just too much upside.  It may seem impossible to work if we have a sickness that prevents us from doing so, and often, it is not possible—at… Read more »

The Psychology of Online Learning

Online learning has become an increasingly popular mode of education, offering flexibility and convenience.  However, it’s not all fun and games; behind the convenience lies a complex psychological landscape that can greatly affect a student’s success.  Motivation, self-discipline, and mental health all play a crucial role in a student’s journey toward achieving their educational goals,… Read more »