Vol. 27 Iss. 39

Volume 27, Issue 39 - 10/04/2019

Minds We Meet—Marissa Barry

Marissa is a 20-year-old mom living in Ontario with her son and husband.  She is originally from England and shares her experience moving to another country at such a young age.  Marissa is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts is Psychology, which a minor in Sociology program at Athabasca University and hopes to eventually… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Don’t Get Fleeced!

Sometimes creative folks get used.  It happens all the time in business.  Just don’t let it happen to you. Sadly, the way the system works, you need deep pockets to defend yourself.  So, if you get used and abandoned by a large corporation, keep in mind that the legal system favors those with bucks. I… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Keep Calm and Study On

Tick tock.  Hear that?  It’s the mounting clamour of approaching deadlines.  Time slips inexorably past, and with dire consequences, when we are trying to study.  It’s unsettling, to say the least.  Sometimes the best thing to do in the face of worry is to relax and loosen our grip on time.  While I’ll be the… Read more »

The Not-So-Starving Student—Easy Honey Roasted Duck

As the days are becoming cooler and roasted foods take over the dinner menu, I decided to try my hand at roasting. To make things more complex, I opted to roast a whole duck. Initially, I was concerned with my lack of experience in the kitchen to attempt such a feat. Unlike chicken, duck protein… Read more »

The Fit Student—How to Lose Weight Once you Hit Fifty

Author Steve MacGregor says, “Want to know a funny little secret about losing weight and staying fit when you’re over fifty?  Well here it is: There is no secret” (7%).  In other words, “Eat the wrong stuff and get too little exercise and you’ll get fat.  Eat the right stuff and get more exercise and… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC 381

PSYC 381 (Psychology of Adult Development) is a three-credit, senior-level psychology course that provides comprehensive coverage of normal aging across the physical, cognitive, social, and psychological dimensions as well as the role of the environment and how it fits with the aging individual.  The course concludes with a discussion of end-of-life issues and the important… Read more »

Dear Barb—Ghost with the Most

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently began dating a really terrific guy.  We dated for about three months then he just disappeared.  I thought we got along great and had lots of similar interests.  We communicated well (or I thought so) and I believed we had a future together.  We were planning our first weekend away… Read more »

Council Connection

The AUSU meeting on September 19, 2019 began a minute or two after 6:30pm but proceeded in a swift manner. Although the meeting wasn’t longer than an hour, there was plenty of new information shared and inspiration to initiate change . Councillors Darcie Fleming, Amanda Lipinski, and Josh Ryan were noted as absent with regrets,… Read more »


You may not realize this, but writers for The Voice Magazine get recognized for their work and I couldn’t be prouder.  The latest of ours to receive an award is none other than Barb Godin.  The Professional Writer’s Association of Canada has decided that her article, Mary’s Story, published on January 4, 2019 in our… Read more »

Why, Lisa Bloom?

“We need to pay it forward.  As we have access to power, we need to bring others along.” – Helene Lerner While living in the Middle East, I was often struck by how arduously women competed for the approval of men.  I saw women driving, women holding positions of power in government and business, and… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Writer in Residence STARFest 2019 Talk Fri, Oct 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm MDT St Albert Public Library, Forsyth Hall, 5 Saint Anne St, Saint Albert AB In person Hosted by AU and the St Albert Public Library news.athabascau.ca/events/au-writer-in-residence-starfest-2019-talk/ Purchase tickets ($7 each) online at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/starfest-st-albert-readers-festival-2019-tickets-68483643421 You Can’t Get a Degree from “Google University”—… 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 Oct 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Nov 1 Oct 15: Nov degree requirements deadline Oct 17: AUSU Council Meeting Oct 21: Canada Federal Election Oct 30: Deadline to apply… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Mobile Device IT Innovation Scholarship Sponsored by:  Electric Deadline:  November 1, 2019, 11:59pm EDT Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled, or soon to be enrolled, at the undergrad level at a post-secondary education institution. What’s required:  A completed online application, including a maximum 600-word essay on a specified topic relating… Read more »

Vintage Voice

We had one hand raised for Vodka Day on October 4, while the other hand was scrounging in the vault for vintage shots. Chanelling Orwell.  Lionel T. Undershaft, III, (which sounds faintly pseudonym-ish) wounds Canadian democracy critics with piecing satire.  “And as for education, well newsflash, you can have fourteen PhDs in the field I’m… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Catherine wonders if it’s better to contact tutors through email or the message and contact link in the student portal; most responders prefer email.  Sharaya seeks advice on the implications of withdrawing from OSAP-funded courses; lots of feedback to point in the right direction. Other posts include balancing classwork and career, the… Read more »