Vol. 25 Iss. 37

Volume 25 Issue 37 - 09/22/2017

Minds We Meet – Brittany

Brittany Daigle is originally from the small town of Riverview, New Brunswick. She now lives with her boyfriend and her beagle in Toronto, Ontario, where she enjoys the shopping districts, the ability to experience a wide variety of cultures, and taking in the incredible display of city lights at night. She has been an AU… Read more »

The Fit Student – A Healthy Splash

Look thirty in your fifties! Not like the fifty-year old grandpa with fit abs. I bet he drinks cola. Instead, look like a real thirty-year old. Truly. How? Well, you decay after age twenty, says Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge in their book Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Farewell to Deathbed Woes

You’ve heard the deathbed woe: “I wish I had…” So, chase dreams daily—take risks. Risks give rise to successes. Forget about the failures for now. We’ll celebrate them later. But first, the naysayers. Some people view us as weak-kneed fools. Brother warns us, “Lose the lofty goals.” Charities la-dee-da our desire to televise talent shows…. Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Le Bonheur

Film: Le Bonheur Writer: Agnès Varda Director: Agnès Varda “Yes! Got it! This is a happy family! Can we move to the next scene, please?” Viewing hundreds of fast-paced Hollywood films with machine gun editing does tend to spoil one for thoughtful films. Besides, some of the more arty films appear to pride themselves on… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student – Buffet Tips

Despite carefully controlling portion sizes, sometimes the option of buffet is too tempting to pass up. Having recently booked my trip to Las Vegas this Fall, I’m sure to visit a handful of top-notch buffets on the Vegas strip. Regardless of which buffet you’re feasting at, there’s some fundamentals to the art of buffeting. You… Read more »

Dear Barb – Uninvited Commentary

Dear Barb: I am in my early forties and about to enter into my third marriage. My wife to be has also been married twice before. We are not having a big celebration because we both feel a little awkward having to deal with all the comments about a third marriage. I know I messed… Read more »

Editorial – The Short End

If you avoid Facebook, you’ll likely have missed the Alberta government’s recent announcement about additional funding for Athabasca University. This morning, Premier Notley went up to Athabasca to make an announcement about the NDP providing new funding to AU for Mental Health Services. Between her and the Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, they trotted… Read more »


We have a tendency to compare ourselves to others. Our failures to their successes. There is the adage that what we see is only the tip of the iceberg. We see overnight success, but never the years of unrecognized work that went in before that “overnight”. I think we tend to do this a lot… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-Related Events

Saskatoon Meet & Greet Sunday, September 24, 1:00 to 3:00 pm CST Stonebridge Starbucks, 3160 Preston Ave, Saskatoon, SK In-person Hosted by AUSU https://www.ausu.org/event/saskatoon-meet-greet/ no pre-registration required MBA Info Session – Vancouver Tuesday, September 26, 12:00 to 1:30 pm PDT Sheraton Vancouver Wall Ctr, 1088 Burrard St, Vancouver BC In-person Hosted by AU’s Faculty of… Read more »

Women of Interest – Dorothy Livesay

Dorothy Livesay was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in October 1909, and died in Victoria, British Columbia, on December 29, 1996. In 1944 Livesay won the Governor General’s Literary Award for “Day and Night” and again in 1947 for “Poems for People.” That same year she was the recipient of the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne… Read more »

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

Scholarship name: Montem Health and Wellness Scholarship Sponsored by: Montem Outdoor Gear Deadline: September 30, 2017 Potential payout: $1500 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be enrolled in high school, college, university, or trade school, and have a passion for a healthy lifestyle. What’s required: An e-mail with contact and school info, proof of student status, along… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Fake Degrees Still a Problem According to CBC News: Business, fake degrees continue to be purchased. People acquire degrees to earn better jobs. However, there are predatory credentialing institutions, where the individuals can buy into degrees that are “fake.” Canadians attending post-secondary education are hoping for the benefits that tend to come from education, which… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook GroupFred wonders why there’s a lag time between course registration and course accessibility; the rest of us wonder why we never noticed. Samantha is curious how long it will take for AU to process her marital name change—the wrinkle is her upcoming exam with ProctorU, which requires a name match. Barbara’s looking for… 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 • Sept 29: Deadline to apply for course extension for Nov • Oct 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Nov 1• • Oct 12: AUSU Council Meeting • Oct 13:… Read more »