Minds We Meet—Tenille Harris

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Tenille Harris (she/her) from Medicine Hat, Alberta.  She stated, “I honor and acknowledge that I am situated on Treaty 7 and Treaty 4 territory, traditional lands of the Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainai (Blood), Pikani (Peigan), Stoney- Nakoda, and Tsuut`ina (Sarcee) as well as the Cree, Sioux… Read more »

It’s Personal

I was a very sensitive and caring child.  So much so that “don’t take things so personally” became a daily reminder from my parents.  There’s one thing I can’t seem to let go though, and that’s that many of the people I know in wheelchairs are being euthanized in their soul.  Euthanized because discrimination against… Read more »

Learned Helplessness or Actually Helpless?

When trying to understand the present negotiations between Alberta’s Advanced Education Minister and Athabasca University surrounding the former’s demand for the latter to increase employee headcount in Athabasca, I have found it helps to split the issue into two parts: The publicly stated desires of the Advanced Education Minister, and The underhanded methods by which… Read more »

Dear Barb—Spouse Spending

Dear Barb: Hi, I am writing about my wife.  I think she has a problem with spending money.  We are a middle-class family with two young children.  My wife works part time and I work full time.  While I make a decent living, we don’t have much extra money. Over the last few years, my… Read more »

AUSU Update!

There are many complex and urgent problems facing rural Canada that require interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and diverse solutions. We invite you to be part of conversations on four key issues: rural housing, rural health and well-being, attracting immigrants to and building inclusive rural communities, and rural digital equity. Sessions will highlight what can be adapted to support rural… Read more »

Editorial—Actions Have Effects

A bit of a furor has been aroused with Advanced Educations Minister’s recent demands that AU move some 500 people and their families into the rural area of Athabasca.  So much so that Minister Nicolaides has been coming out repeatedly to attempt to backpedal some of what has been submitted to the university, first claiming… Read more »

AUSU Update

Celebrate with us July 11-15th as we turn 30!  We have a fun-filled week planned, including contest giveaways, a special AUSUnights Virtual Student Social: 90s Retro Edition, and an in-person AUSU Birthday Bash with Student Council at Hudsons on Bourbon St. in West Edmonton Mall!  RSVP to the AUSU Birthday Bash!  Date: July 16th, 2022… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Looking ahead… AUSU Chats With Accessibility Services Wed, Aug 24, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ausu-chats-with-accessibility-services/ No pre-registration necessary

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Not everything has a fee (yet.)  A question about fees for dropping out of a program elicits responses confirming there is no fee to leave an undergrad program or switch to another. Discord Channel surfing.  The discussion around the current spat between AB and AU dominates both the #general and #politics-discussion channels. … Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  James Lee Foundation Scholarship Sponsored by:  James Lee Foundation Deadline:  September 15, 2022 Potential payout:  $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian residents over the age of 16, and be non-professional creatives.  (Fields of creativity include writing, art direction, film making, recording, illustrating, digital artistry, etc.) What’s required:  A creative portfolio with a… Read more »

The Study Dude—Writing the Argumentative Essay

There are four types of essays you will commonly write at a college or university: argumentative, narrative, expository, and descriptive.  Let’s examine how to write an argumentative essay.  Argumentative essays use research to support and form an opinion.  So these essays rely heavily on data-driven citations to craft a view. As a disclaimer, some argumentative… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Educational Theology

Meaning in life need not be religious, but when life feels worthwhile that feeling can carry an almost mystical quality.  As our AU journey unfolds, we evolve into a new version of our self.  No matter how many facts, theories, and concepts we absorb the holistic benefit of our education surpasses the details.  Inspiration guides… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Greater Toronto Area

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Local Shout-Out—Edmonton And Area, Part II

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially right now,… Read more »