Vol. 27 Iss. 42

Halloween 2019! - 10/25/2019

Minds We Meet—Ayla Ulriksen

Psychology major, Ayla Ulriksen, took a few moments out of her busy schedule in Okotoks to talk with the Voice about her desire to use music to heal, and how her AU studies fit into helping to make that a reality. Could you introduce yourself? Who are you, where do you live, and what program… Read more »

Women of Interest

Sybil Ludington was an American War Heroine who became famous for her horseback ride through various towns in Danbury, Connecticut, and Putnam County in upstate New York.  On the night of April 26, 1777, Sybil Ludington rode 64 km during the dark of night to warn the militia that the British Forces were burning and… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Art of Criticizing

The more I study how to criticize, the more I avoid criticizing.  Criticism takes someone else’s shortcomings and makes them our business.  But are they our business? Author Emeka O.  Godwin says it depends: do you aim to crush a soul or build it up?  Emeka says, “criticism is like a sharp surgical knife in… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Ghosts in the Academic Machine

Like an enemy repeatedly coming back to life, the fact remains that even our best academic efforts are no guarantee of success.  Putting in the study time, like doing good works seeking heaven, may not guarantee us a happy ending.  And that’s scary! Scary too is the fact that learning itself is dependent upon approval… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Dark Arts

When I was younger, I was very much drawn to classic slasher-horror films, such as the Friday the 13, Hallowe’en, and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises.  The reasons for this, I guess, were pretty typical.  For one thing, it was escapist entertainment for a troubled, angst-ridden teen; after all, my life may have felt pretty… Read more »

The Study Dude—How to Finish Your Degree

Dawdling with your AU degree?  You’re not alone.  So, how can you gain momentum to finish your degree?   Faithann Brown, author of Returning to School as a Busy Adult: 8 Practical Tips for Succeeding in Your Degree Program, reveals tricks to successfully speed up your path to convocation. Don’t stop taking classes.  Author Faithann Brown… Read more »

Course Exam—ANTH 277

ANTH 277 (The Archaeology of Us: First Humans to First Civilizations) is a three-credit introductory anthropology course that is designed to provide students with an understanding of world prehistory from the time of the split between human and chimpanzee lineages four to six million years ago (or possibly earlier) to the rise of the first… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Difficulty with Divorce

Dear Barb: I want a divorce, but my husband doesn’t and I don’t know what to do!  We have been married for seven years and have two beautiful children.  I just don’t feel the love for my husband any longer.  We have been growing apart and rarely do anything together.  We are almost like a… Read more »

Editorial—A Halloween Budget

Yesterday, Premier Kenney released the UCP’s first Alberta budget, and while I haven’t had the time yet to do a deep dive into it, I can tell you from first impressions that this is going to hurt.  For those wondering, AU has announced that they’re looking at their base operating funding to be cut by… Read more »

Why Fear?

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”            ~Tacitus You have to love this oft-repeated horror flick scene: Our hapless hero or heroine is lying in bed when they hear a noise and feel driven to go out looking for the unknown menace, even if that means entering a dank basement or… Read more »


Ray was my brother-in-law for over fifty years.  He passed away on my birthday this year. When I heard he was in the hospital and things were not looking good I kept thinking, “not on my birthday, I don’t want to have to live with this memory.” Ray was a special person.  I know everyone… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Digital Excellence Scholarship Sponsored by:  iGotcha Deadline:  December 1, 2019 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian or U.S. residents, and enrolled in college or university. What’s required:  A two-stage process:  first, submit a message to introduce yourself and describe your passion and involvement in the digital world.  Applicants passing the… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Alyssa expresses frustration that she can’t get through to financial aid; other students reply they’re having trouble too, and a student union rep suggests contacting AUSU or AUGSA.  Amanda seeks info on whether current AU students need to pay application fees for AU grad studies; AU itself responds that application fees are… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

BComm/CPA Info Session Mon, Oct 28, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/bcomm-cpa-information-session-1019/ Register online at above link Learning to Learn Online AU’s massive open online course (MOOC) Oct 28 to December 2 Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/learning-to-learn-online-athabasca-universitys-massive-open-online-course-mooc/ Register online through above link Online MBA Info Session Wed, Oct… 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 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Dec Nov 1: Deadline to apply for AUSU Awards & Bursaries Nov 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Dec 1 Nov… Read more »