Minds We Meet—Meg Lalonde

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… Read more »

AU Graduands—Interviews from the Other Side

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 grad Lorri Lyster and recent alum Laura Nelson. Lorri Lyster –… Read more »

Academics versus AU

It seems like some friction is brewing between the university’s faculty union and the administration office.  In the last few weeks and months, Dr. Fassina and his department have been working on a review of their policy for Academic Staff.  Curious to find out more, I reached out to a source in the academic department… Read more »

Eight Questions for Eight Candidates

Voting for the AUSU By-election will start in just a few days (August 25th, watch your e-mail), and with four seats open on Council, this could have a noticable effect on AUSU’s priorities.  So to help you decide who’s going to best represent you, we sent a few questions to each of them.  Candidates were… Read more »

Dear Barb Continues Advice Tradition in Book Format

There’s a saying, attributed to author and inspirational speaker Regina Brett, that states, “If we threw all our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s we’d grab ours back.” Whether it’s schadenfreude, self-improvement, or simply gratitude that our own problems are not worse, reading advice columns seems to be a pastime with universal appeal…. Read more »

AU Graduands—Shara Kirk & Raphael Ugobi

In this new monthly column, The Voice Magazine will be 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 two recent grads from Calgary, Shara Kirk and… Read more »

Convocation 2020—Interviews with Graduands

The 2020 pandemic has affected many aspects of AU students’ lives, including this year’s upcoming convocation, with ceremonies cancelled in both Edmonton and Toronto. A “reimagined virtual convocation” will take place on October 2, 2020.  Invitations to eligible graduates were sent in June, with July 31, 2020 as the last date to submit applications to… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Vevangapi Katjamana

As I spoke on the phone with Athabasca University student Vevangapi Katjamana, I was excited learning all the interesting things about his life.  Vevangapi was not able to start post-secondary education as soon as he wanted to because he was born in Namibia and had spent the last nine years attempting to receive immigration status. … Read more »

Does Online Learning make Cheating Easier?

As Canadian universities are preparing for virtual learning for the Fall 2020 semester, post-secondary courses are being adapted to fit an online learning environment.  Virtual courses present a plethora of challenges for professors, including how to prevent a spike in cheating.  Multiple choice tests, online exams and the number of students enrolled in a course… Read more »

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 »