Articles

Athabasca University Graduates Creating Community Change

Throughout this pandemic, increasing reports of systemic inequality, violence, and disregard for those most vulnerable in our communities have become the focal point in mainstream media.  In many ways, these reports underscore the reality that the pandemic has proven to be the breaking point in a historical record filled with inequitable treatment, racism, prejudice, xenophobia,… Read more »

Five Ways of Taking Care of Your Skin While Wearing Masks

For AU students who regularly leave the home for part-time work, groceries, or other commitments, masks are now an essential part of life outside the home.  Sometimes continuous masking is required in public locations and must be worn for many hours at a time.  For those who do this regularly, you’re familiar with the skin… Read more »

AUSU Bursaries

AU is known for providing high-quality post-secondary education without barriers.  Anyone over the age of 16 can go to AU. But education is not cheap.  AU’s student union, AUSU, offers several bursaries to assist AU students with financial challenges.  Some of these bursaries are available year-round, while a couple others can only be applied for… Read more »

The Other Side—Interviews with AU Graduates and Graduands

The Voice Magazine will be regularly featuring upcoming and recent AU grads, as well as alums.  If you would like us to showcase your journey in an upcoming article, feel free to reach out!  This month, we were able to catch up with recent alum Anne Turner. Anne Turner from Nanaimo, British Columbia, recently graduated… Read more »

Editorial—What’s the Opposite of a Bubble?

This week, we’ve got an interview with a current student as well as a recent graduate, so you can see both sides of the coin.  We also take a quick look at the various bursaries available from AUSU.  If life has thrown you a curveball recently (as it has with so many of us because… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Nelly Furtado

Album: Loose Artist: Nelly Furtado Growing up, I struggled immensely with my personal style.  In retrospect, I think it’s a miracle I had the courage to show  up to school every day considering all the colours, designs, and materials I’d throw together in hopes something would stick. My insecurities did eventually catch up to me,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Weed Pandemic

Dear Barb:  I have been smoking weed since I was a teenager, and I’m now in my thirties.  I am a fully functioning person.  I just graduated from AU and I am getting married as soon as we can have a wedding where we can invite our family and friends.  Unfortunately, since they are now… Read more »

Gender Inequality in STEM and Ada Lovelace Day

Gender inequality and segregation in STEM fields is a serious concern, one which is made more problematic by unyielding and stereotypical gender division in the school subjects of science and math.  Some theorists use cognitive brain development to explain gender division in STEM fields; the male and female separation in certain academic subjects eventually leads… Read more »

Canadian Latinx Heritage Month—An Outsider’s Perspective

October marks the beginning of Canadian Latin American Heritage Month.  First proclaimed on June 21, 2018, the Month is “an opportunity for Canadians to recognize the valuable contribution of members of the Latin American community to this country’s social, economic, political, and cultural fabric.”  Although the diaspora is not as large as in the United… Read more »