Nationwide Bill to Ban Conversion Therapy Introduced

On March 9, 2020, the Canadian government introduced a Bill S-202 to ban conversion therapy, a discredited practice that attempts to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of the LGBTQ2 community through various means, including therapy and medication.  This bill is premised on the fact that conversion therapy undermines the dignity of the queer… Read more »

Don’t Get Scammed

There are many types of scams going on and many people have become victims.  These scams come in various forms such as telephone calls, e-mails, instant messages, mail, or even door to door visits.  The people running the scams can be sophisticated, and while most people believe they would not fall victim, it seems more… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Getting Into Character

You must have a story to tell.  Deep down, we all do.  But to tell a meaningful story, we must expose ourselves through our characters: share our desires, fears, pet peeves—or those we’ve come across in others or those begging for an escape from our imagination. According to The Open University, to write convincing fiction,… Read more »

Editorial—The Days Blend Together

While we’re self isolating it can be pretty easy for all the days to start to blend together.  After all, not only are your own trips curtailed, but those subconcious cues, the noise of the traffic outside, the procession of people walking by the house, those have all been disrupted as well.  People are coming… Read more »

Council Connection

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Melinda Goertz and Member Services Coordinator Donette Kingyens, with the addition of the incoming council observing.  Also in attendance was The Voice’s Council Meeting Reporter Natalia… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Wikipedia and Academic Research Webinar Tue, Apr 7, 3:00 to 4:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library No pre-registration necessary; access through above link Research Webinar Series:  Organizational change experienced by Canadian universities moving to online learning Thur, Apr 9, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online via Skype Hosted by AU Access… Read more »

Black Bean Burgers

Hello, all you self isolationist fellow students, Chef Corey here again with another weekly recipe.  My past recipes have been relatively carb-heavy; this week, I’ve decided on vegetarian options.  I’ve been tweaking a few recipes I’ve seen for a black bean burger.  Last summer I was finally able to make it and have it taste… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group In addition to queries about course withdrawals, extensions, and exam rebookings, topics include timing for parchment delivery, convocation, the AU phone app, and GPA boosters. reddit One post from a prospective student who is curious about learning online, and another post from a student who has just completed their degree requirements and… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Canadian Hearing Services Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Canadian Hearing Services Deadline:  May 20, 2020, 4pm EST Potential payout:  up to $3000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, 17 years of age or older, attending an accredited post-secondary institution in Fall 2020, and have documented hearing lost as… Read more »

How to Be Productive While Socially Distancing From Home

The question I often ask myself when choosing to work at home (or in an alternate setting like libraries or cafes) is whether my productivity is increased when I take my work elsewhere.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become the norm to work or learn from home.  Of course, for many of us, working… Read more »

The Study Dude—Twelve Ways to Make your PhD Thesis Awesome

You could be the star of any graduate program.  Not just because you have infinite potential, but also because your about to get my insider’s edge.  The Open University and I will show you what it takes to write an awesome thesis.  And I’ll dumb down academic speak so even I understand it.  Now, that’s… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Road Ahead

There are so many oracles and prophets these days, it’s hard to know where to turn to for insight, who to believe.  The existential weather forecast on Radio Isolation is calling for silent skies, and ominous grey clouds veined with silver, accompanied by intermittent bursts of beauty and occasional hellfire, with 70% probability of unexpected… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Missing Piece

Dear Barb: I hate to be focusing on this with what’s happening in the world, but, well, life goes on.  I was adopted at 6 months old by a fantastic family.  I have always been well cared for and loved, but I felt like there was a void in my life.  I never looked like… Read more »