Minds We Meet—Sammy Mwakio

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you’re all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you and vice versa.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to get… Read more »

Women of Interest—Katharine Hepburn

“Life is hard, after all it kills you.”  Katharine Hepburn, 1933 Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress for more than 60 years.  She holds the record for receiving the most Academy Awards for a leading actor, as well as an astounding 12 nominations.  Beyond her successful acting career Katharine Hepburn was a strong, independent… Read more »

Re-Imagining Childhood Favourites

Hurrying down Toronto’s Church Street, I suddenly stopped midstride.  Looking down, I smiled, as I saw my feet placed firmly on the rainbow crosswalk.  After years away, I was finally home. Life in Toronto is often hectic, expensive, and at times, extremely lonely.  Many Torontonians, including myself, leave for various reasons, but a large number… Read more »

The Study Dude—Four Ways to Improve Your Analysis Papers

Your analysis papers could nail perfect grades.  Analysis papers zero in on movies, books, or pieces of writing.  Analysis papers will tear it apart, dispassionately but calculatingly.  And then they draw an assertion, ideally a controversial one. But first, wisely choose a strategy for your analysis.  So, what are these analysis strategies?  Let’s look at… Read more »

Dear Barb—Camping Conundrum

Dear Barb: Hi, my husband and I and a couple of friends were camping last week and we came upon a situation where we weren’t sure what was the right thing to do.  It was a nice sunny day and we were just sitting around reading and having a few drinks.  Across from us were… Read more »

Editorial—Thunderbolts & Lightning, Very Very Frightening!

While I try to avoid thinking too much about what’s going on in the United States, especially as they get closer to the election, I’ve caught myself sympathizing with Trump supporters lately.  It’s very strange, but I’ve started to realize that when I hear yet another tale of something outrageous that Mr. Trump has done,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Parking Solutions Scholarship Sponsored by:  Parking BOXX Deadline:  October 15, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, in a program at an accredited university, college, graduate school, vocational school, or technical school, for the fall semester. What’s required:  An online application form along with an… Read more »

Four Financially Savvy Tips for the Pandemic (And Beyond!)

Personal finances can be a tricky subject. For AU students taking on student loans, juggling multiple jobs, and supporting dependents, money can be a topic that induces anxiety and stress. Moreover, with the global financial downturn and pandemic predicament, many have struggled  to make ends meet in the past few months. As a student I… Read more »

How Not to Commit Suicide

I don’t believe suicide is the end.  I’ve watched many near-death experience accounts and believe there exists an afterlife.  I’ve seen near death experience tales where the temporarily deceased claim they go into an afterlife, even if the person was atheistic.  These tales say that unconditional love, overwhelmingly beautiful light, and limitless knowledge comprise much… 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 Sep 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Oct Oct 1: AUSU Awards & Bursaries open for applications Oct 2: Athabasca University Convocation Oct 10: Deadline to register in a course… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Autumn Loneliness Nipping At Your Heels?

You’ll have to forgive me, the neighbour’s dogs are yipping up a jealous storm as they react to our local coyote pack.  The latter are waltzing gleefully past windows and singing songs of merriment as they indulge in fallen fruit that has fermented on the orchard’s floor.  Like animals prior to domestication, our AU minds… Read more »

Students Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Mitch launches a discussion about the online-only 2020 convocation; initial responses indicate some of this year’s grads are feeling disappointed they won’t be able to attend a live event.  Jennifer wonders where to find updates on courses that are temporarily closed; moments later, the link to the course availability list is posted. … Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

MBA Application Webinar Thurs, Oct 1, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/online-mba-application-webinar-20201001 RSVP through above link AU 2020 Convocation Fri, Oct 2, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by who news.athabascau.ca/events/athabasca-university-convocation-2020 Visit above link for more info All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Homemade is Better—Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This past week I decided to get a little chefy.  I’m sure many people think that’s what restaurant cooks do–and it is, but it isn’t.  You have to have a real passion for the art; I’ve worked with people who do, but I’ve worked with more people who don’t. For them, it was just a… Read more »