Minds We Meet–Natesha Francis

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are 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… Read more »

Negotiation—All About Wheeling and Dealing?

Everyone wants to get ahead in life, but the question is how.  Wheeling and dealing is often thought of as the act of making a profit or getting an advantage by deceiving people or breaking the rules.  Pop culture music and films reaffirm that the road to riches is paved on the far side of… Read more »

Why We Should Befriend Nature

For most of my life, my idea of nature was a peanut in a Snicker’s bar.  Blindly, I missed out on nature’s worlds of mysterious beauty, of sacredness, and of friendships with unlikely souls. I saw a clip about a 97-year-old man who wrote philosophy books, one of which was on dying.  He seemed a… Read more »

The Study Dude—Hacks & Circumstances for Academic Stardom

University success demands a discipline that we all can learn.  It could be argued that the students who claim honor’s degrees, scoring near-perfect GPAs, have two things going for them: (1) the right circumstances, such as plenty of free time for studies, and (2) mastery of study hacks. Let’s look at some study hacks for… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Breakaway

Album: Breakaway Artist: Kelly Clarkson When concluding a more personalized series like this, I imagine most writers would choose to leave their favourite—or at least, a deeply sentimental—topic for last.  Considering how virtually every album I’ve discussed here has something either bold or bizarre going for it, my decision probably comes as a surprise to… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Separated Christmas

Dear Barb: As Christmas approaches I have been feeling more down than usual.  I haven’t seen my parents for almost a year and my kids haven’t seen their grandparents.  My parents both suffer from health issues and I don’t want to take the chance and put them at risk.  We are doing zoom visits but… Read more »

Editorial—Cheating the System

Cheating is nothing new.  It’s probably been happening since the first time someone had to demonstrate their knowledge and simply weren’t ready to do so.  And there’s always been a bit of an arms race between those who want to cheat and those tasked with stopping it (typically the teachers).  But with the pandemic, it’s… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Erin posts about problems experienced during an attempt to write an exam through ProctorU; a torrent of responses with similar experiences flood in, plus some helpful suggestions about alternative assessments. reddit One post floats the notion that AU might refund ProctorU fees; not going to happen—invigilation services are always on the student’s… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mary Jacobi

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi was a teacher, writer, medical doctor and was actively involved in the suffragist movement, publishing several articles.  She was the first woman to study medicine at the University of Paris and the first woman to become a member of the Academy of Medicine.  Jacobi was considered to be the leading female… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Google Scholar Webinar Mon, Nov 30, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Online via Adobe Connect Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary; access through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Tues, Dec 1, 9:00 to 9:30 am MST Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary; access through… Read more »

Quick Homemade is Better—Afterschool Snack

I know many of you out there have little one’s running around at home, and some may even have school aged children.  A few weeks ago, my youngest and I were playing around and came up with a super simple after school snack.  Sometimes the simplest snacks are the best.  They’re quick, you can fancy… 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 Nov 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Dec Dec 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jan 1 Dec 15: Jan degree requirements deadline Dec 21: Deadline to request… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Mike Puhallo Memorial Scholarships Sponsored by:  The BC Cowboy Heritage Society Deadline:  December 31, 2020 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian or U.S. students, and about to enter, or continue, a program of study at a post-secondary institution. What’s required:  A completed and emailed entry form, along with an original… Read more »