Vol. 28 Iss. 33

By-Election Issue! - 08/21/2020

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 »

Fly on the Wall—Reasons Hidden By Reasons

Few joys match the peaceful feeling of laying back and watching languid clouds drift across a summer sky.  Science and intrigue are even then a possibility, however.  If you have a kiddie pool or a lake or a pond on hand just notice how the sky’s reflection refracts onto the water’s surface and reflects an… Read more »

Women of Interest—Kamala Harris

Kamala Devi Harris has been front and center in the media since August 11, 2020 when Presidential Candidate, former Vice-President Joe Biden, chose her as his running mate in the 2020 election.  She is the first African American and Asian American female to be selected as the running mate of a major presidential candidate.  Biden… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Stovetop Popcorn

What a great snack popcorn can be, it’s universal.  It’s at the movie theatre, hockey games, county fairs, community events, and more.  I’ll bet most of you still cook up a bowl of popcorn before you watch a movie at home or a zoom call.  It’s also a healthy snack: 100g of popped popcorn contains… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Nine Stages of Character

Can people really change? Yes, themselves, but not others. Fear holds us down.  So, when fear strikes, we must rise above.  If not, we could tumble down the darker side of human nature.  We could slide into despair.  We could lose grasp of how to cope, and we could spin toward a tragic ending. But… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Big C for Children

Dear Barb: Hi, I am the mother of two children aged eight and ten.  Recently our family received some devastating news; my father has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  He was referred to the cancer clinic and his oncologist confirmed that the type of cancer he has is not curable, although with treatment dad… Read more »

Editorial—Bite the Ballot

Although just elected in March, AUSU Council has lost four of its 13 members since the 2020 full council election.  In response, a by-election has been scheduled and the voting starts on August 25th.  All members should keep an eye on their email boxes for their ballot. Eight students have chosen to run for the… Read more »

Minds we Meet—Stacey Hutchings

From Vancouver Island, Stacey Hutchings, the newest AUSU Vice President of External and Student affairs, has lived in Calgary for the last five years.  Born to military parents, she’s been as far east as Shawville, Quebec but has spent most of her life between Vancouver Island and Fort St. John, where she worked as a… Read more »

Has the Pandemic Changed You?

In anthropology, the term cultural relativism refers to how we find identity and value through our culture, a culture which is not immune to rapid transformation.  When looking back at history we see formative events triggering cultural adaptations, but is it possible to analyze these changes while they are happening? If we look back to… Read more »

The Hadza—Modern Hunter-Gather People of Tanzania

In the world of anthropology, the term “Indigenous” encapsulates much more than the traditional meaning of earliest known inhabitants of an area.  It explores the earliest ways of group life, the methods of survival across areas and the interactions with those environments.  Mankind’s history is cruel; in the past 150 years we have seen many… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie August Edition – First Nation Stories Aug 1 to Aug 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin news.athabascau.ca/events/bannock-and-a-movie-first-nation-stories Access through above link 2020 AUSU By-election Voting Period Aug 25 to 31 www.ausu.org/governance/elections/ Visit above link for more information Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Tues, Aug 25, 9:00 to 9:30 am MDT… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Kelsey expresses concern that no arrangements have been made for an alternative assessment for a course that ended back in May; the student union prez jumps in with an offer to help.  Monica inquires about AU’s exam-rescheduling fee and is relieved to learn it is currently being waived.  Rabiea wonders why there’s… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Syncrude/Athabasca University Aboriginal Scholarship Sponsored by:  AU and Syncrude Canada Ltd. Deadline:  September 30, 2020 Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Alberta residents, of Aboriginal ancestry, and be a current full-time student in one three specified AU undergrad programs (Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Management, or Bachelor of Science.)  See application… 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 Aug 12-31: AUSU By-election Campaign Period Aug 25: AUSU Facebook Live Q&A Aug 25: AUSU By-election Aug 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Sep Sep 10: Deadline to register in… Read more »