Minds We Meet—James Purdy

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with James Purdy (he/him) from Calgary, Alberta, currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program. On a personal note, James was “born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, to Irish immigrant parents who escaped The Troubles of Northern Ireland in the late 70s to find a better… Read more »

Course Exam—Soci 305 (Sociology of Crime)

Explore legal elements, the explanations of crime, sociological theories, and more in SOCI 305: Sociology and Crime.  Sociology 305 is a three-credit arts or social sciences course with no prerequisites and includes a challenge for credit option. In SOCI 305, students learn a wide range of topics related to crime: legal principles, sociological approaches to… Read more »

Embracing Body Neutrality—An Alternative to Body Positivity

Most of you have probably heard of the term body positivity—one of social media’s favourite buzzwords.  The body positivity movement began as a way to challenge unrealistic feminine beauty standards, and eventually shifted to the well-known message of today: “all bodies are beautiful.” While everyone may have a slightly different perspective of what body positivity… Read more »

Music Review—Cruel to Be

Artist: DARKO Album: SPARKLE Single: Cruel To Be UK-based punk rockers, DARKO, have announced the release of their new EP, SPARKLE. The album will be available anywhere you get your music on October 21, 2022. In the meantime, the band has released a single from the album titled, “Cruel To Be”. The single is available… Read more »

Dear Barb—Finding Bottom

Dear Barb: I am the mother of a thirty-five-year-old son who is a drug addict.  He has been on drugs since he was a teenager.  I have always hoped that he would be able to get off drugs, but through the years it has only become worse.  He will get clean for a few months… Read more »

Editorial—It’s Time To Act

I was going to gush today about the return of our much missed “Course Exam” column, by a new writer who, if her first submission is any indication, has a solid idea of the kind of things students need to know beyond just the syllabus, but unfortunately, something much more important has come up. If… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Storwell’s Foster Children Bursary Program Sponsored by:  Storwell Deadline:  September 1, 2022 Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Each applicant must have been a foster child with an official Canadian or U.S. foster care program, be 24 years of age or less at time of application, be a Canadian or U.S. citizen or permanent… Read more »

The Study Dude—Academic Essay Editing Tips

Your edits to your essay are critical to achieving an A+ grade.  Many professors will not give A’s if the paper has spelling or grammatical errors, so the key to getting A’s is to hand in polished documents. With that said, here are ways to edit for an error-free paper. Allot ample time for editing… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—The Gothic Novel

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 »

Fly on the Wall—Education as a Happiness Machine

To learn is to know, or so the theory goes.  We add information to our minds and develop processes to accentuate our knowledge acquisition skills.  Yet, the internet provides multiple answers to many of the same questions; you need only decide your point of view in advance and have it confirmed if you want to… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group When tutor’s tutor.  A discussion thread started by a  student seeking outside tutorial assistance prompts a tangential discussion about the role of AU tutors and what help students can expect from them. Discord Location location location.  A link to a media report of AB pressuring AU to stay in Athabasca, sparks a… 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

AUSUnights Virtual Student Social Thur, Aug 11, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ausunights-virtual-student-social-15/ RSVP through above link

Vintage Voice!

One thing we notice many AU students are interested in, is other AU students!  Over the years, The Voice has featured hundreds of AU students, along with their interests and goals, struggles and successes. A grandmother goes back to school.  Almost 20 years ago, The Voice interviewed student Taleathahh-Rae Livingstone, from Medicine Hat AB.  “I… Read more »