Minds We Meet—Tianna Vonkeman

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you’re 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 not hesitate to get… Read more »

Dear Barb—Masking the Danger

Dear Barb: My 80-year-old grandmother is in the hospital with covid-19, she was on a ventilator for almost two weeks and is now recovering.  No one in the family has been able to visit her.  We are all heartbroken that she would have to suffer like this.  She has always been a loving caring grandmother… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Heather inquires about student funding for mature AB students taking one course at a time; responses indicate it’s worth applying.  Amoonah just finished a 3-year degree and wants to continue on to make it a 4-year; other students post tips to help her with next steps and timing. Other posts include delaying… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Polar Northern Resident Award Sponsored by:  Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies Deadline:  January 31, 2021 Potential payout:  $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, be long-term residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or the Provincial North, and currently enrolled  part- or full-time at either a… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Jan 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Feb 1 Jan 14: AUSUnights Virtual Student Social Jan 15: Feb degree requirements deadline Jan 20: AUSU Public Council Meeting Jan 30: Deadline… Read more »

Empty Skies

Travel comes with risks at the best of times.  Travelling during a pandemic adds an unsettling new dimension. It was with some trepidation that we booked flights to Canada’s west coast.  We researched the airlines to learn what measures they were taking to keep passengers safe.  In addition to disinfecting protocols, mandatory mask wearing, and… Read more »

Visibility and Representation

Misrepresentative and often dehumanizing single narratives are often seen in literature, film, art, and media.  These stories are frequently one-dimensional and often-inaccurate portrayals of communities, often resulting in mistreatment and violence from society and internalized oppression and diminished self-worth for those affected.  In her immensely popular 2009 TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story, Nigerian author… Read more »

Editorial—Bringing you the Best Of!

Out with the old and in with the new, right?  Not quite!  There’s still a little bit of the old that deserves some recognition, and that’s what the Best of the Voice 2020 is all about. For those that haven’t been here before, each year we like to take a selection of the best articles… Read more »

No Body Left Behind

Throughout this pandemic, I have found myself becoming increasingly preoccupied with societal attitudes and inadequate medical standards. Among chronically ill, disabled, elderly,  “essential” but expendable, migrant, and poor communities there is a sense of being sacrificed for economic reasons.  I am angry at the dismissiveness of precautions, at the refusal to wear masks, and at… Read more »

Five New Hobbies to Start During COVID-19

Musical hobbies: Having taken piano lessons at a young age, I’ve always been a fan of self-expression at the piano.  It was a chance to be distanced from the bustle of everyday life and connect with myself.  I found that even at the most anxious and stressful moments, I have always found solace in playing… Read more »