When is Online Shopping an Addiction?

Since the dawn of online shopping with giants like eBay, we’ve loved the convenience of clicking a button in the comforts of our homes and receiving a package in the mail.  My own interest in online shopping came early.  Back then, eBay took about a month to ship my beloved international charging adapter that I… Read more »

Council Connection—The Budget One

On Thursday, September 20th, 2021, AUSU Council met at 6:30 pm for the first time since July.  Councillor Jesse Poriz was absent with regrets and Councillor Regan Johnson arrived later in the evening. The land acknowledgements, agenda, and minutes were quickly read through and approved, and Council moved on to the business of the evening…. Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Setting Up Shop

Nearly two years of this pandemic have come and gone and, despite what anyone says (expert or not), no one knows with certainty when this will eventually end. What we do know is that everyone’s finances have been affected—whether due to last year’s mass layoffs, supply chain disruptions, or rising inflation rates—no one has been… Read more »

Editorial—Bits and Bobs

I finally managed to finish the AUSU Council Meeting Report for September, less than a week before the next Council Meeting.  I’ll warn you right now it’s a large one because that’s the meeting that AUSU Council approved it’s brand new budget. As always, I like to be able to give students a “short” (it’s… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Depends on what you’re studying for.  Responses to a student’s question about course study guides clarifies they are meant to lead you in your studies for the course, not to be used as exclusive exam-prep materials. Discord TutorialU.  In response to a student query in the #general channel about what to expect… Read more »

The Study Dude—Writing a Thesis Statement and Outline

You’ve been assigned your first paper, and it’s 10,000 words.  Your prof stressed that the thesis statement is critical for your success and that your paper structure needs to be sound.  And she wants you to include your outline.  But you don’t even know how to write a thesis statement.  What do you do? Over… Read more »

AUSU Update

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. Our fall annual Awards and Bursaries have doubled!! This means twice the awards available in the following categories: Academic Achievement       $1,000 ea. (6) AUSU Bursaries                    $1,000 ea. (10) Balanced Student Awards  $1,000 ea. (8) #Igo2AU Award                     $1,000 ea. (4)… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  10 Words or Less Scholarship Sponsored by:  StudentScholarships.org Deadline:  Nov 30, 3021 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students between the ages of 14-25, who will be  attending school in the Fall of 2022. What’s required:  Comment on any of the sponsor’s Facebook posts about why you deserve the scholarship, using… Read more »

Vintage Voice

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Global Handwashing Day, which occurs each October 15, is a new thing, but it began back in 2008.  Our prescient writers have been on the topic since before then.. Remember when SARS was stunning the world?  Zil-E-Huma Lodhi  summarizes what is known about a new virus spreading around the… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Mollify Our Minds?

Class discussions express as much about participant egos as they do about the topic at hand.  Professors aren’t immune from becoming over-zealous about their pet topics and students, well, even the best of us can be carried away in flights of fancy as we expound our points of view.  But where loquacity lets off real… Read more »

Music Review—Hollow Gloom

Artist: WOLVES AMONG US Album: Hollow Gloom Metalcore quintet, WOLVES AMONG US, is releasing their second album, Hollow Gloom, on November 19th, 2021, through Prime Collective. WOLVES AMONG US hails from Aalborg, Denmark, and are positively known and recognized for their ability to combine the heavy with the pop-ish.  “The coming album is a musical… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Make it Happen YEG Student Innovation Day Sat, Oct 16, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU and Post-Secondary Innovation Partners in Edmonton news.athabascau.ca/events/make-it-happen-yeg-student-innovation-day/ RSVP through above link Cultivating ease in academia with Dr Melissa Jay:  Cultivating compassion to support success Wed, Oct 20, 3:00 to 4:00 pm MDT Online via MS… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Sweet Potato Fries

We were making burgers the other day, and my wife bought sweet potatoes in hopes that we could use them for something.  As it happens, I recalled that one needs to use corn starch to make them crispy.  So, we thought we’d experiment and see what happens.  This recipe is sort of based on Japanese… Read more »

Staying Centred

It’s important to reframe outcomes to stay centered.  In other words, it’s vital to always keep a positive mind, no matter what occurs. By controlling your thoughts for pure happiness, you develop your ability to focus.  Every student wants focus.  But controlling the mind takes work—all good things do. Everyone gets bombarded everyday by both… Read more »

Dear Barb—Over Shared

Dear Barb: I recently began working in a medical office.  It is not a large office; 10 women and two men work here.  When I started, I really liked the people and the atmosphere, however things have changed.  I felt so comfortable that I shared a lot of personal details with some of the girls,… Read more »