Vol. 25 Iss. 26

Volume 25 Issue 26 - 06/30/2017

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You!

Miranda Braun is an AU Bachelor of Professional Arts ? Human Services student currently living in Lethbridge, Alberta. Prior to AU, she studied at Lethbridge College, earning her diploma in Rehabilitation Services. She grew up in Taber, Alberta which is a small town about 30 minutes away from Lethbridge and known for their corn and… Read more »

Dear Barb – Out of Step

Dear Barb: My parents divorced quite a few years ago and my dad remarried. I have lived with both at various times and am close to each. My stepmother and I get along okay, for the most part. She hasn’t really said too much until recently. My dad and I had an argument about something,… Read more »

In Conversation with Amber Fly

Amber Fly is the Massachusetts-based punk/alt rock band comprised of Kai Daniels Freyleue (guitar, lead vocals), Nathaniel Swanson (lead guitar), Andrew Howard (bass, backup vocals), and Connor Williams (drums). Their sophomore release, the EP Knit Fabrics, is a revitalizing reaction to the horrors currently facing America. Their chaotic songwriting process manages to produce the most… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Brain Hurricanes

Do you think brainstorming makes a difference? At university, I threw in bizarre brainstorm ideas to look quick-witted. Everything goes, right? My professor jotted down my brainstorms, then erased them, squinting and shaking his head. The class howled and heckled, puffed up with one up on the apple shiner. Today, I glorify lists. Lists for… Read more »

The Fit Student – Fun Games out of Fitness

When you dream of exercise, do you imagine jumping jacks? Dull. Or do you dream of racing BMX bikes, playing underwater hockey, or dancing Bollywood? Ah, now you’re thinking like an athlete. In other words, make fitness fun. With the support of a super fit friend, after years of flab, I got toned. I carried… Read more »

Council Connection – June 8, 2017 Meeting

The June 8, 2017 meeting of Council was a little different in that it was held in person in Athabasca, with most of the Council gathered there for convocation. Starting at 3:31 pm, some basic housekeeping business was handled with the agenda before moving on to the motions. The first two motions passed were repeats… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Latest Insight

Cliché alert: No matter how discouraging or outright difficult our days may be, it can always be worse. You may have heard that nugget from your parents. You may have learned it through an elective at the School of Hard Knocks. Or maybe your life is all rainbows and unicorns, so far. I’ve done some… Read more »

Good Bylaws Make Good Neighbours – Or do They?

Summer is when Canadians come out of winter hibernation and enjoy the warm weather. Especially in urban areas, people see their neighbours a lot more. Kids are out riding bikes or playing on the streets and adults are out mowing their lawn or barbecuing on the deck. But does this equate to a sense of… Read more »

Making Use of Lost Time

I would find podcasts waiting to be listened to, filled with useful information and enough humour to make them interesting, but I couldn’t find the time to dedicate an hour (or so) to listening to them. But when I started looking, I found bits of time that were not being used productively. Bits of time… Read more »

Editorial – A Low-Key Celebration

Canada, as I’m sure You’re aware, is turning 150 years old this Canada Day. I found it strange, however, that while everybody knows of this sesquicentennial, as they insist on calling it just to make sure we have our spell-checkers on, the actual celebration of it seems pretty low-key. Sure, there are the government sponsored… Read more »

A Closer Look at Vegetarianism, Gluten-free, and Vegan Diets

Without covering the entire spectrum of diets ranging from the paleo diet (aka the caveman diet), to the Atkins diet (focusing on carbohydrate intake), there’s three predominant nutritional ideologies we should all be aware of, regardless of whether we abide by them. Let’s start with vegetarianism. Simple enough, vegetarians are just human herbivores, right? Not… Read more »

Save Summer: Avoid Jet Lag

Summer has arrived, and many students?even online ones?will be on the move. You might be travelling to an exotic destination, visiting family, or exploring Canada coast-to-coast. If you’re heading east or west, you might cross one or more time zones. Time zone-hopping can prompt that other traveller’s scourge: jet lag. Jet lag is a disruption… Read more »

Women of Interest – Esther Lederberg

Esther Lederberg was born December 18, 1922, in Bronx, New York, and died November 1, 2006, in Stanford, California. She was an American microbiologist who led the way in bacterial genetics. Lederberg is best known for her collaboration with her first husband who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discoveries on how… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Megan seeks info on completing courses through other schools for AU credit. Kari wonders in what ways a supplemental exam differs from a regular exam. Manuela asks if washroom breaks are permitted during a ProctorU exam. Other posts include the rush of excitement one gets from enrolling in a new course, travelling… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: GoFetch College Scholarship Fund Sponsored by: GoFetch Deadline: August 1, 2017 Potential payout: up to $1000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be Canadian residents, enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution, and possess a GPA of 2.5 or greater (or an average of C+ or greater, for recent high-school graduates.) What’s required: An essay of… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Cannabis Risk Guidelines Released “Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, released with the endorsement of key medical and public health organizations,” ScienceDaily reported, “provide 10 science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risks. The guidelines, based on a scientific review by an international team of experts, are published in the American Journal of… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Math Results Show Two Decades of Malpractice The Edmonton Journal reported that, “Math education in Alberta has reached a new low. Our rate of math illiteracy has doubled for Grade 4 students since 2011, with our most vulnerable students hit hardest.” The trend is reported as a serious one. The international tests show low math… 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 Jun 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for July July 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Aug 1 July 11: AUSU Council Meeting Jul 14:… Read more »