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Resisting Fake News with “Intelligent Disobedience”

Did you hear about the 1966 rumours of Paul McCartney’s death?  The flesh-eating banana scare of 2000? That 9/11 was staged by the U.S.  government?  If you don’t remember, it’s just as well; such unfortunate events can do a number on your self-esteem. Why are we humans so trusting about the information we receive?  The… 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 Feb 15: March degree requirements deadline Feb 18: Office Closure Feb 19: AUSU Council Meeting Feb 19: AU Zotero and Mendeley Citation Webinar Feb 28: Deadline to apply for course extension for… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants

The past few months, in the prairies and eastern Canada, it seems like Mother Nature is binge-watching Frozen and trying to imitate Elsa. I know it doesn’t seem like it right now, but spring is just around the corner, and will, hopefully, bring warmer days. There are those who say they prefer the winter season… Read more »

Gender Stereotypes

Gender stereotyping remains a hot topic in the global landscape today.  I observe the rapidly changing scenery around me about this fiery topic with avid interest.  As someone born fifty years ago this year, the same year man walked on the moon and Woodstock took place, I experienced a great deal of stereotyping in my… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Remembering to Remember

March for millions of students means one thing: spring break! The countdown begins as soon as the calendar switches but, for we at AU, our academic campaign grinds on with contract dates looming ever larger over our personal existential horizon. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar might have experienced similar strain when a soothsayer addressed him thus: “Soothsayer:… Read more »

The Long Term

I am a chronic pain suffering student.  A little backgrounder takes me back to 2015.  I’m at work, cleaning coffee pots at McDonald’s while running the night shift.  I am cautious about where I stand, the sink leaks.  I asked the boss for the parts to fix it, I’d even do it myself.  They knew… Read more »

The Fit Student—Drugs: Love’em?

I saw a video clip of a fellow bedridden from chronic fatigue syndrome.  Surrounding him perched all kinds of medical drugs and an IV.  But I think medical drugs mostly mask symptoms, not cure causes.  And I fear those drugs worsened that fellow’s illness.  Bedridden, he was on the path to death. And I noticed… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  IBABC Post-secondary Scholarships Sponsored by:  Insurance Brokers Association of BC (IBABC) Deadline:  March 31, 2019 Potential payout:  $1000 to $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Varies by specific award.  Applicants must be residents of British Columbia and employed in, or related to someone employed in, the BC insurance industry.  See the application for full eligibility requirements… Read more »

Shortcuts to Healthier Portion Sizes

The Canadian Food Guide recently launched its 2019 edition which offers a closer look at the exact portion sizes adults can expect to consume to lead a healthy lifestyle.  However, the biggest concern is remembering the jumble of numbers and food restrictions that apply.  How many people are aware what 3 tablespoons entail? How about… Read more »

The Study Dude—Building a Super Brain

Do you want a smarter, younger brain?  Well, “you can build your brain just like body builders build their bodies” (Haze, location 169 of 1700, 10%). My Papa is no body builder, but he has a sharp brain at age eighty.  He moves, looks, and thinks more youthfully than most fifty-year-olds.  His doctor calls him… Read more »