Minds We Meet—Narmeen Nasir

Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who are you? Where do you live, where do you come from? “I came to Canada with my family from Pakistan, seven years ago, when I was 12 years old.  We initially landed in Yellowknife and I started middle school there.  In Pakistan… Read more »

Council Connection—May 20, 2021

The meeting began at 6:29 pm with all of the AUSU staff and councillors present, except Councillor Regan Johnson who was running late. Vice President External Karen Fletcher led the group in giving respectful acknowledgement of the use of traditional indigenous lands.  The evening’s agenda and minutes from the previous meeting were passed unanimously, and… Read more »

Music Review—Sick Year, Bro!

Artist: Block Parent Album: Sick Year, Bro! Canadian punk rock trio, Block Parent, has released their new album entitled Sick Year, Bro!—perfectly capturing their relentless energy and heartfelt comedy.  Hailng proudly from small town Cambridge, Ontario, Block Parent is a three-piece unit focused on playing coming of age, self-deprecating punk rock.  Sick Year, Bro! is… Read more »


Have you ever noticed that almost every motivational clip features athletes? You see athletes training in the gym, disabled athletes pushing beyond limits, and athletes almost giving up but moving beyond. You also hear the mantras, “Don’t quit,” and, “Pick yourself up,” and, “Do it when you don’t feel like it.” Controlling our physical beings… Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 140

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written for or you recently took a course that you would like to recommend to other AU students, please feel free to reach out with the course name and number, and any questions or feedback you may have.  We’ll be happy to… Read more »

Dear Barb—For the Love of Dog

Dear Barb: Hi, I enjoy reading your columns and find some issues really hit home, so I thought I would write.  My husband and our two boys just moved into a new neighbourhood.  When we viewed the house we noticed there was a dog in the yard next door and since we all like dogs,… Read more »

Editorial—What’s With the Names?

Every day, the Voice Magazine uploads a select article to the website just to give you a sneak-peek of what’s coming up in the magazine on Friday.  If you’re one of the people who take advantage of that sneak peek, you may have noticed something odd earlier in the week.  Our site was listing me… 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 June 11: Virtual Convocation 2021 June 18-25: AUSU celebrates Pride June 24: By-Election voting opens June 28: AUSU Annual General Meeting   The nomination period is closed and it’s time to meet… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Yup, AU students can get student ID.  A query about student ID prompts responses that point to the link to request an AU student ID card. Discord The AU Student channel adds a series of voice/video study rooms, including program-specific rooms, and Pomodoro-timer rooms.  Details on the #server-announcements channel. Twitter @austudentsunion tweets: … Read more »

Vintage Voice

AU’s 2021 convocation is online, for a second year in a row.  To expand the virtual experience, we browsed through the archives for some glimpses of on-site convocation. Tents and harps and food, oh my!  Carla Benevides describes the feast for the eyes, ears, and taste buds that was Convocation 2004.  “This was not your… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie June Edition: Two Spirit Stories Jun 1 to Jun 30 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/bannock-and-a-movie/index.html Access through above link Radical Empathy:  Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides Tues, Jun 15, beginning 10:00 am MDT Online, On-demand Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/radical-empathy-finding-a-path-to-bridging-racial-divides/ Register through above link CIDER Session Series: Appreciative Inquiry… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Progressive Automations Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Progressive Automations Deadline:  June 30, 2021 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled for September 2021 in a full-time engineering program at a recognized Canadian or American university or college. What’s required:  An online application, accompanied by an email containing a 700-word personal essay, a… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Greatest of Sneeze

A human sneeze can explode out from our humble maw at 200 miles an hour (Bardi, online).  So it’s no surprise that buffets from High River to Honolulu have for decades utilized ubiquitous sneezeguards as a relative failsafe against an impromptu achoo (Smith, online).  And just as hunger gnaws at the tummies of mammals worldwide,… Read more »