Vol. 25 Iss. 21

Volume 25 Issue 21 - 05/26/2017

The Fit Student – Feed that Smile a Bone

Do you want to write a thesis, but can’t find the time? Do you want to get A’s, but fall flat? Even worse, do your shortcomings spark guilt? When we don’t achieve our goals, the fault may lie less in us, and more in our systems. And one tweak to our system can lead to… Read more »

In Conversation with Town Meeting

Massachusetts indie folk-rock band, Town Meeting, noted for rousing harmonies and waves of positive musical energy, have shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Tancred, and Third Eye Blind. They’ve just dropped the track “New Hamsphire” from their soon-to-be-released EP, Geography, Part I and will be touring the Northeast this summer before putting out Geography, Part… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – A “So What?” Better Served

Who solves your problems? The Voice Magazine! As a teen on the decline, I saw graffiti that read “Nothing is real.” It’s sandwiched in my consciousness between an image of Lady Gaga with a six-foot satanic lizard tongue and the idea of Kardashian porn distracting my one time dentist. It was like a “before” advertisement… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Worth Every Minute

Next time you have your house clean and your life is a placid sea of tranquil serenity, have your grandkids over for a sleepover. Both will soon implode before your startled eyes. Especially if It’s a multi-day weekend because of a school PD day. Especially if the Oilers are in the playoffs and a certain… Read more »

Dear Barb – Sandwiched

Dear Barb: My mother has been struggling with heart failure for years and recently took a turn for the worse. She can’t do much of anything. I am the only one of her children that lives nearby so the responsibility for her care is falling on me. I’m okay with that, but my husband is… Read more »

Adventures in Mid-Life Studies

It has been my long-desired goal to obtain a university degree and, as Thoreau eloquently recommends, “move confidently in the direction of my dreams.” After thirty years spent raising a family and building a career, I decided to take several years off to focus on my education. Post-secondary education wasn’t essential thirty years ago. I… Read more »

Council Connection – May 23, 2017 – Annual General Meeting

Aside from a slightly late start, there was little to report from AUSU’s Annual General Meeting held on May 23. While scheduled to start at 5:30pm, a lack of AUSU members prevented the meeting from reaching the required quorum of ten. It was noted that four of the members who had RSVP’d had not arrived,… Read more »


It is so easy to look at someone successful and forget about the struggles they went through to get there. With convocation upon us, my Social Media feeds are beginning to fill with speeches from various graduations, some recent, some not so recent. Some I haven’t seen before, and some I have seen many times…. Read more »

Editorial – Another Serving of Borscht

Recent events have me wondering about my definition of terrorism. I’m not talking about the bombing that took place in Manchester. That one’s obvious. And terrible. But the best reporting I saw on the issue came from WIRED, where they essentially said, “stop talking about it on social media.” This makes a lot of sense…. Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: The Peter Elzinga Family Foundation Scholarships Sponsored by: The Peter Elzinga Family Foundation Deadline: June 1, 2017 Potential payout: $600 to $2000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be residents of Alberta and enrolled in an educational institution to begin no later than September 2017. Check the application form for full eligibility requirements. What’s required:… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

AU Open House & Info Session Thursday, June 1, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by Athabasca University http://www.athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ register online at above address second session: Thursday, June 1, 6:00 to 7:00 pm MDT Introducing AU President Dr Neil Fassina – Calgary Thursday, June 1, 6:00 pm MDT Fort Calgary, 750 – 9 Avenue… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Heidi posts a news story about 93-year-old AU almost-grad Louisa Daley. Kevin asks how to get a printed version of his e-text. Joanna seeks guidance on whether she should take POLI 277 or 278 first. Matthew seeks recommendations on psychology courses. Other posts include funding for grad studies, and courses ADMN 233,… Read more »

Canadian Education News

The Best Canadian Universities for Work and Parties Maclean’s Magazine has published a ranking of the top 20 universities in Canada for work ethic and party life. In a survey of over 15,000 students, it was found that students spend 3 hours partying and 14 hours studying on average throughout the country. With a calculation… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Canada-Wide Science Fair took place, and one Calgarian adolescent girl wins big According to the Calgary Sun, there was a Canada-Wide Science Fair, and three Calgary students were highlighted in it. It is the biggest competition in the country for science students. Colette Benko (age 16), a childhood cancer survivor, took two scholarships from the… Read more »

Women of Interest – Dr. Giuliana Tesoro

Dr. Giuliana Tesoro was born on June 1, 1921, in Venice, Italy, and died September 29, 2002, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She was an accomplished chemist with more than 125 U.S. patents, but is most famous for inventing fire-retardant fabrics. In 1943, Dr. Tesoro received her PhD in organic chemistry. Following her graduation, she… Read more »

From the PSE News Desk

You want fries with that diploma? Ontario students can skip class for the first year of their business program if they opt for on-the-job training from McDonald’s. According to this Globe and Mail article, McDonald’s training is now a path to a college diploma, the burger giant and Colleges Ontario have negotiated a deal which… 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 questions or comments about this page. IMPORTANT DATES – May 28: Deadline to apply for course extension for July – Jun 8-10: AU 2017 Convocation – Jun 10: Deadline to register in a course starting July… Read more »