AUSU’s Indigenous Representation Committee—What’s It About?

With the recent global events and grassroots movements striving for equity, representation, and acknowledgement and redress of historical and current injustices, The Voice Magazine has reached out to AUSU about their new initiatives to increase inclusivity here at AU.  Our first in a series of interviews focuses on the newly established Indigenous Representation Committee, and… Read more »

A Re-imagined Convocation

Graduation as a Time-honored Tradition As AU students and staff prepare for a modified “Reimagined Convocation” on October 2, 2020, we have time to consider what impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on recent graduates.  As a time-honored tradition dating back to the 1800s, university convocation represents a university’s history and successes.  Gowns and caps… Read more »

National Indigenous Peoples Day—June 21, 2020

In a recent press interview, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau spoke about an “unconscious bias” impacting all Canadians.  Now, more than ever, our cultural perspectives and unique identities are being called into question, especially in political and corporate sectors. Our increasingly globalized economy demands sameness, which is in direct opposition to natural human culture.  In our… Read more »

Remembering Stonewall—Celebrating Pride Month in COVID-19

Amidst protests decrying police brutality facing Black Americans and new Albertan legislation that may be affecting the very right to protest, we enter Pride month, a celebration of queer rights, whose origins can be traced back to a riot. Despite the cancellation of this year’s Pride parades because of the pandemic, June remains a joyful,… Read more »

COVID-19 Memory Archive Project—An Interview with AU Archivist Karen Langley

Historical societies, museums, and governments often use archives as a way to “preserve historical material and make them available for use.”  And while in the past archives have been predominantly physical, in recent times, archives are increasingly becoming digitalized. In particular, Athabasca University’s Thomas A. Edge Archives and Special Collections, the official repository for AU’s… Read more »

ProctorU—The Recent Highs and Lows of Online Invigilation

While many brick and mortar students and educators have struggled with the recent unexpected transition to online education, the very nature of AU’s unique educational model has allowed the institution to bypass many issues.  Although many aspects of life and work have been significantly altered for AU staff, faculty, and students, our educational system has… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Monique Durette

Born in Edmonton, Monique Durette now lives in Okotoks, Alberta where she’s taking her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Women and Gender Studies from AU.  She’s lived across the country, from BC to Ontario, and in fact met her husband while she was in high school in… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—Victoria Day Sex and Morals

Adults though we be, and increasingly learned ones, we remain susceptible to the hubris our narrow mindsets invariably bring.  So, when pondering Alexandrina Victoria’s 201st birthday and the kicktail long weekend in May that bears her name, we run the risk of oversimplifying the era of her Imperial regime.  England was at the height of… Read more »

In Support of Labour

On May 1, 2020, Amazon, Target, Trader Joe’s, Instacart, and Whole Foods workers proceeded with their planned general strike over COVID-19 working conditions, calling in sick or walking out during lunch break, with calls for support and boycotts from consumers.  Citing unsafe working conditions, inadequate personal protective equipment, and close working quarters, workers called for… Read more »