Vol. 27 Iss. 49

That’s it! 2019’s a Wrap! - 12/20/2019

Minds We Meet—Rebecca Snider

Rebecca Snider currently lives in Red Deer, Alberta and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology program at Athabasca University.  She recently spoke to the Voice Magazine and shared why she decided to go back to school and what she loves about online education.  Can you give us a little bit of… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Purpose of Mistakes

We are all placed in this world to learn lessons.  And how do we learn our lessons? Through hardships or mistakes.  Wear your scars like badges of honour, says my beloved friend, but sometimes our mistakes have grave consequences.  Like a one punch bar fight that leads to a death. I believe we are not… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Random Thoughts About the Mind and the Year to Come

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – Emily Dickinson Ah, the human brain.  That overstuffed gray matter enchilada, filled with shredded images, diced ideas, and gooey melted memories.  Packed full of primo chemicals, tiny electrical sparks, Shakespearean sonnets, nursery rhymes, erotic  visions, misremembered lyrics, film noir dialogue, esoteric formulae,… Read more »

Women of Interest—Emma Gonzalez

Emma Gonzalez is a survivor of a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 that killed 17 people and injured several more.  Emma became a gun control activist and cofounded the gun control advocacy group “Never Again MSD.” Emma was born November 11, 1999 and has two older siblings. … Read more »

Fly on the Wall—A Marathon of Learning

Distance education can seem like a marathon: a lot of work over a long time with the end goal seeming to recede ever-further into the distance.  Like snowshoeing through falling snow, our trail can seem, at best, nebulous.  Marathons also imply suffering rewarded with moral and physical gratification.  At AU our struggles over months and… Read more »

Kitchen Gadget Reviews—Spiralizer

Eating healthy is hard sometimes, and having the right tools and reinforcements to aid good habits is a key to success.  On Black Friday, I found a manual spiralizer that is easy to use and has helped me try some incredible recipes that would be sure to delight health-conscious AU-students.  If you’re looking for a… Read more »

The Study Dude—Cornell and SQ3R Study Methods

Most students scramble to stumble on study techniques.  Some struggle to find a study system their entire student life.  But systems exist to streamline studies—systems such as the Cornell and SQ3R methods. My dear-hearted prof once suggested another system: cue cards for researching and writing papers.  I decided to try it out, as she hinted… Read more »

Course Exam—ORGB 300

ORGB 300 (Organizational Culture) is a three-credit, upper-level business and administrative studies course that deals with issues and concepts in organizational culture and focuses on the impact of organizational culture on individuals in North American work organizations.  The course introduces the tools you will need for conceptualizing and understanding culture.  The goal of this course… Read more »

Dear Barb—Coming Out for the Holidays

Dear Barb: Merry Christmas! I am a gay guy in my early twenties.  I recently came out to my family and they reacted better than I thought they would.  Although my dad seems a little distant, my mom is pretty good with it.  I am one of three siblings.  My brother and sister are married… Read more »

Council Connection

The November AUSU Council meeting began at 6:37 PM, with the entire council in attendance, apart from Councillor Christine Hudder, as she was called into work. The approval of the November 21, 2019 meeting agenda was unanimous, with the proposition to discuss item nine on student aid position policy.  All were in favor to move… Read more »

The Humbug of Political Correctness

What better time than Christmas (that’s right, I said Christmas) to address the issue of why political correctness needs reforming? The weakness in the whole inclusive language argument is that today’s politically correct term evolves into tomorrow’s insult.  (Thank you, original sin.) The word “idiot,” once a legitimate medical term, had to be changed to… Read more »

Echoes of Bereavement at Holiday Time

The holiday season brings comfort in tradition and ritual.  At the heart of many celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others, are patterns that have comforted us throughout our lives.  The rituals, the food, the family gatherings. When someone has lost somebody special in their lives, whether a spouse, family member, or friend—even a pet—everyone… Read more »

Editorial—Another Spin Done

Welcome to the last issue of The Voice Magazine for 2019.  We’re off on holidays next week, and the week after that we reveal our “Best of” 2019.  So if there’s an article from the last year that you really thought deserves more love, now would be the time to send it to me at… 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 Dec 20 – Jan 2: AUSU Holiday Closure Dec 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Feb Jan 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Feb 1 Jan 15: Deadline… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Razanne seeks tips for balancing four courses with full-time work; fortunately many AU students have done just that.  A reminder from Olivia about the AU Textbook Buy/Sell group at www.facebook.com/groups/683489552051685/.  Eddy wonders if any other students are attending the BIOL 325 lab at AU in February. Other posts include buying used textbooks,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Dick Martin Scholarship Award Sponsored by:  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) Deadline:  January 31, 2020, 11:59 pm EST Potential payout:  $3000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time, in an occupational health and safety related course or program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma, or… Read more »

Vintage Voice

With Christmas coming up next week, we cast a glance back at a trio of articles about Christmas Classics, both movies and television specials.  Former Voice editor Christina M. Frey compiled these, and included interesting bits of trivia for many of the old favourites. Animated specials never get old.  You can watch these with your… Read more »