Minds We Meet—Jalesa Briault

Jalesa Briault, born and raised in Alberta, is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Major program at Athabasca University. Once finished her program she hopes to complete the chartered professional accountant (CPA) certification and do tax returns or bookkeeping. This is her story. Could you give us a little bit of background information… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Undercover Hearts

The Magnificent Seven.  None of us knew what we wanted to do after high school.  We were the bad kids, the misfits, the guttersnipes and vagabonds.  We made some money from working the line at the Waffle House and the Tomahawk Grill, and a little bit extra from selling belt buckles and lighters and weed… Read more »

Free Speech or Abusing a Position?

Being able to freely say whatever you want is a right that people in North America value a lot.  You can have any opinion or belief, no matter whom it goes against and it may offend others.  But it is our right to be allowed to say, or at least believe those things. Alberta university… 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 Dec 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jan 1 Dec 10: AUSU Bylaw Revision Consultation Dec 15: Jan degree requirements deadline Dec 16: AUSU Public Council Meeting Dec 20 –… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Who Are You at AU?

When Alice in Wonderland meets the caterpillar, he blows letters of diaphanous smoke into her face and asks, “who are you?” It’s an unforgettable scene in the Disney animated movie and a familiar one as others ask us about our studies.  At AU our identity enters new realms of expansion and perhaps uncertainty.  Whatever we… Read more »

Editorial—Doubling Down

Certain big credit agencies get a lot of attention for the credit ratings they give to various companies, organizations, even provinces or nations.  Moody’s is one such. Very recently, they announced a downgrade of Alberta’s credit, based on their opinion of “structural weakness in the provincial economy that remains concentrated and dependant on non-renewable resources… Read more »

The Fit Student—Finding the Joy in Alzheimer’s

We all have issues.  Those issues make life beautiful.  They offer learning grounds, chances to grow, opportunities to see the positive in the direst of situations.  They challenge us to keep our hearts filled with hope and love.  And everyone loves a hero, right?  The person with cancer who runs with an artificial leg across… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Mayor Andrée P. Boucher Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by:  Federation of Canadian Municipalities Deadline:  January 10, 2020 Potential payout:  $4500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be female, Canadian citizens, and currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate study at a Canadian university or college. What’s required:  A completed online application form, along with two letters of… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

You Can’t Get a Degree from “Google University” – Critically Evaluating Internet Sources Tues, Dec 10, 2:00 to 4:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library www.eventbrite.ca/e/you-cant-get-a-degree-from-google-university-critically-evaluating-internet-sources-tickets-80504189197 Register at above link Seasonal Cheer – Kelowna Tues, Dec 10, 5:00 to 7:30 pm PST Kelowna Yacht Club, Spinnaker Room, 1370 Water St, Kelowna BC In person… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Kristy wonders if ENGL 255 exam essay questions will be treated as drafts for marking purposes; this fires up an intense discussion on ENGL 255 in general.  Kayla seeks tips on other online universities; responders provide some options.  Sam asks for student feedback on Biology courses. Other posts include ProctorU, invigilation centres,… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Garlic Pesto Lamb Chop

Some of my favorite lamb recipes are the ones I’ve compiled from multiple sources, including Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver.  Then, by using a mash-up of recipes from celebrity chefs and my grandmother’s traditional recipes, I’ve created something unique for individuals who are a fan of lamb.  Lamb is challenging to prepare due to its… Read more »

The Study Dude—Speech Writing for the Soul

Someday, you may desire to share your wisdom, talent, or knowledge.  That wisdom within you could be as iconic as Nelson Mandela.  It could be a tearjerker.  It could be a story that warms the heart of your grandchildren.  It’s your truth. We all stumble in life.  We all suffer.  And we all eventually over… Read more »

Course Exam—WGST 333

WGST 333 (Goddess Mythology, Women’s Spirituality, and Ecofeminism) is a three-credit intermediate-level women’s and gender studies course that examines the evolution, fragmentation, and re-creation of spiritual traditions, myths, and stories associated with Goddess. The course explores the symbolic significance of female divinity and the impact of its loss on all aspects of Western culture. This… Read more »

Dear Barb—Teen Trouble

Dear Barb: Hi, I’m a single mother of a teenage daughter who I had when I was quite young.  Her father did not want to be included in her life, but he has financially contributed to her care throughout the years.  I have always heard people talk about how difficult teenagers are, but I was… Read more »