A Re-imagined Convocation

Graduation as a Time-honored Tradition As AU students and staff prepare for a modified “Reimagined Convocation” on October 2, 2020, we have time to consider what impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on recent graduates.  As a time-honored tradition dating back to the 1800s, university convocation represents a university’s history and successes.  Gowns and caps… Read more »

The Importance of Star Teachers

For children who attend urban schools, especially those living in poverty and those that come from diverse cultural backgrounds, having an effective teacher can be a matter of life and death.  These children often have no life options for achieving decent lives other than by experiencing success in school.  These are the high stakes involved… Read more »

Council Connection—June 17, 2020 Meeting

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Katherine Hadden.  Also in attendance was The Voice’s Council Meeting Reporter Natalia Iwanek. Key items included Policy Revisions, Council Reports, and the Indigenous Student Representation Committee…. Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Canada In a Day

Our Canada can be seen as a metaphor for the many possibilities bound within a single human organism.  To be the True North, strong and free, rather than limited and insular, means to accept not only differences of culture but also differences of belief.  It takes all types, all colours, all cultures, and all epistemologies… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—James Ehnes

Album: Homage Artist: James Ehnes The last time I received a physical album was on my sixteenth birthday.  Aware that I was still studying violin performance, one of my family friends gave me Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes’ Homage to enjoy and gain inspiration from. Unlike most artists who release albums to commercialize their music, Homage… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Gay Son

Dear Barb: I think my 10-year-old son may be gay.  He is my only child and I had hopes of him marrying and having children, but now it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.  I’ve been seeing the signs for the last few years, but I kept hoping I was wrong.  I am… Read more »

Editorial—Prepare to Pay More

If you’re looking to get into a course this summer, you may want to pre-purchase it right now, because as of Monday, June 29, the cost is going to go up by 2% if you use Mastercard or Visa to pay for your courses.  If you typically purchase your courses with American Express, you will… Read more »

Five New Hobbies to Start During COVID-19

Musical hobbies: Having taken piano lessons at a young age, I’ve always been a fan of self-expression at the piano.  It was a chance to be distanced from the bustle of everyday life and connect with myself.  I found that even at the most anxious and stressful moments, I have always found solace in playing… 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 Jun 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Jul Jul 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Aug 1 Jul 15: Aug degree requirements deadline Jul 15: AUSU Public Council… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—How About a Little Music

Music soothes the savage beast, goes the old aphorism, and when we need a study break nothing quite beats a little rocking it out and dancing it up courtesy of our favourite genre.  Ambient soothing auras can be an auditory study buddy and so can more in-your-face lyricisms.  A question I have, though, is where… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

“M ED?” Mon, June 29, time t.b.a. Online Hosted by AU www.athabascau.ca/online-learning/how-au-works/open-house/ Register through above link Bannock and a Movie July Edition – Inuit and Inuk Stories July 1 to July 31 Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/bannock-and-a-movie-inuit-inuk-stories Access through above link The Grad Lounge Fri, July 3, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT Online via Microsoft… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Ella seeks resources for proofreading assignments; responses laud AU’s Write Site, among other tips.  Bari asks for AU’s enrolment office email address to follow up on transfer credits; along with the email address, students caution that wait times are longer due to the COVID situation.  Jen is concerned about losing access to… Read more »