Vol. 25 Iss. 35

Volume 25 Issue 35 - 09/08/2017

Minds We Meet – Elizabeth Eckert: A Combination of Things

Elizabeth Eckert is a single mother of four children in her fourth year of an AU Bachelor of Arts — Psychology degree program. She grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, but now resides in Red Deer, Alberta — a friendly city with less than 120,000 people and all of the amenities nestled among trees, rivers… Read more »

The Fit Student – Gym Etiquette

If you plan to make gym-going a lifestyle, learn the etiquette. First rule for new gym-goers? Don’t chat—especially if you’re female. You want to keep training for as long as possible, right? Then, don’t get duped by Ed the gym playboy. Truly, he doesn’t mean well. I’m in my fifties or sixties, you might think…. Read more »

Fly on the Wall – Perceptive as a Bat, Blind as a Human

On dusky, late-summer nights bats flit and flicker by in what appears to be playful pursuit of insect prey. I marvel at how it might feel to actually be what, in German, is known as a fledermaus (Reverso-Softissimo, online). As a flying mouse, I’d traverse the starry night’s buffet and dance aloft with my nocturnal… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Swing Your Partner

Do you cringe at the idea of group work? Do you twitch and tingle to Cotton Eyed Joe busting your woofers? Professors dole out budgie-sized bits on how to work in groups. And howl when you flail. A feminist professor called students who declined group work “Princesses.” She despised princesses—and hammered their grades. But groups… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student – Cooking Independently 101

Recently I moved from living in the comforts of my parents’ home to a new home closer to school, work, and downtown Edmonton. The first week navigating the freedom of cooking my own meals has been a rocky start. Not knowing where to begin, I scrambled to purchase ingredients, eliminate ingredients (from the mold!) and… Read more »

Where There’s a Will

Dear Barb: I guess I have more of a statement than a question. A close family member recently passed away without a will and it has been chaos ever since. My aunt never discussed her wishes with anyone, not even her own children. Her husband passed away three years ago, so the responsibility for everything… Read more »

Editorial – Relief

The disaster relief specials for Hurricane Harvey haven’t even aired yet and Hurricane Irma is lining up on Florida. And while we should remember that any individual extreme event is, of course, not evidence of climate change (just as a particularly frigid winter in Winnipeg isn’t evidence against it), the number of times that I’ve… Read more »

The Newest AUSU Executive Director – Introducing Jodi Campbell

Jodi Campbell is the Executive Director of the Athabasca University Students’ Union. From BC’s Lloydminster area, he moved to Edmonton in 2002. He graduated in 2006 after learning about business. He started working for MacEwan University as a Consultant/Advisor for the School of Business. He became the General Manager of the MacEwan University Students’ Union… Read more »

Playing the Ratings Game

How seriously can students take anonymous online ratings of their AU tutors? One AU student recently commented on the unofficial AthaU Facebook page that she’d checked her tutor’s ratings on http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/. After reading multiple negative reviews, she was considering dropping that AU course. Some responders to that post questioned what weight should be given to… Read more »

Drafting the Dreaded Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter can be challenging, what do you put in it? That depends on what you are applying for. Is it a posted job? Then you want to reference the posting and how your skills will benefit the company specific to that posting. Reference the skills required section of the posting and give… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week – Digging up Scholarship Treasure for AU Students

Scholarship name: LiveBright Scholarship Program Sponsored by: Sun Life Global Investments Deadline: September 30, 2017 Potential payout: $2000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be residents of Canada, between the ages of 16 to 25 or entering first year, enrolled in or plan to enrol in a qualifying full-time post-secondary program for the upcoming academic year. Check… Read more »

Women of Interest – Dr. Lalita Malhotra

Dr. Lalita Malhotra was born in Delhi, India, on November 2, 1941. She received her education in India and the United Kingdom before arriving in Canada in 1975. Dr. Malhotra is an obstetrician/gynecologist who set up her practice in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She has become known as the “Angel of the North” for her efforts… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Susanne requests a link to the elusive AU LPN-BN Facebook group page; it’s just a click away at https://www.facebook.com/groups/4177983500. Alisha seeks recommendations for courses to finish off her BGS degree that will help when she goes on to an Ed. degree; responses include a variety of ANTH, ENGL, RELS, SOCI, and WGST… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU Related Events

Nursing and Health Studies Library Orientation Webinar Saturday, September 9, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library http://library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration required MBA Info Session – Edmonton Tuesday, September 12, 12:00 to 1:30 pm MDT The Westin Edmonton, 10135 – 100 Street, Edmonton AB In-person Hosted by AU’s Faculty of Business https://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-executive-mba-information-session-calgary-3-copy-copy/ register… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Income Inequality Worsening with Higher Tuition Fees Huffington Post: Business stated that the high tuition fees in Canadian universities are making economic inequality worse within the country. This is also adding to a mismatch between the economy and post-secondary education. Economists Benjamin Tal and Royce Mendes described the vulnerabilities potentially exposed in the following economic… 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. IMPORTANT DATES • Sept 4: AU and AUSU closed for Labour Day • Sep 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Aug 1 • Sep 12: AUSU Council Meeting • Sept 15: October degree… Read more »