Vol. 25 Iss. 38

Volume 25 Issue 38 - 09/29/2017

Council Connection – September 12, 2017 AUSU Council Meeting

All councillors except for Amanda Lipinski, who passed along her regrets, were in attendance at the September 12th AUSU council meeting. The meeting started with the first reading of AUSU’s new bylaws. The bylaw draft, which council has been working on for the past year, includes several significant changes: • Increasing the number of councillors… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student – Instant Noodle 101

If I had to name one fast food that unites all students worldwide, instant noodles would be my pick. While the column is named “the not-so-starving student”, realistically, there will be a time and place for instant noodles; especially before a fixed deadline or when you’re in dire need of grocery shopping. We will be… Read more »

The Fit Student – Sweet Talk

Are you a Canadian slapped with joblessness? A hundred interviews, but not one job? Employers ooh and ah my resume. They rope me into interviews, lining up on my answering machine. When they hear my voice, they beg me for in-person interviews. But once they see me, I get the Dear John. So, I floundered… Read more »

Technical Observations – On Safari

After our interlude, we now return to our series on internet browsers. This week we will focus in on the Apple environment’s biggest internet browsing software package: Safari. This browser Initially making its debut in June of 2003, the Safari browser (originally delivered as, believe it or not, an optional download from Apple) was an… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Itty-Bitty Lightbulbs

Does wisdom expire? Well, some words of wisdom go cliché—like worn-out metaphors. For instance, I sigh when I read how leaders should act as servants. I nod-off when I read the 80-20 rule. There’s nothing new in either. But some wisdom we can’t escape. Consider the guilt felt when we fall behind in courses. Or… Read more »

From Where I Sit – The Privilege

All over Alberta campaign signs are sprouting like spring dandelions. Newspaper editors are rubbing their hands gleefully at the thought of four or more weeks of ad sales. Print shops are seeing an uptick in business as even the least engaged candidates attempt to create campaign materials. The size of community and what’s at stake… Read more »

Dear Barb – Education: Opiate of the Individual

Dear Barb: I’ve been searching universities online and I came across your column. I am in my forties and have twin girls, who have just left home to go to university. They are quite a distance from home and each at different universities. They have been my whole life and now I don’t know what… Read more »

Editorial – What’s Inside

I always find it interesting when some of our writers, working without knowledge of each other, seem to come together with a type of theme. This week, that theme is a loose connection of advice and strategies for when you’re seeking out work. I know that some students at AU have been at this university… Read more »

Enduring Advice

Back when I first enrolled in my AU program, I read some advice from a student who was approaching the end of her studies. That student, Dawne, wanted to leave some parting words to encourage other students. In addition to her own words of encouragement, Dawne also included words of advice another student had posted… Read more »

Editors Behaving Badly – A Lesson in Knowing Your Worth

Many of us at AU are, or were, beginners in our fields of study. Whether your dream is to be a freelance writer, a registered nurse, an anthropology professor, or a marketing manager—we start somewhere. And sometimes we get taken advantage of by people in higher positions. To prove my skills, the editor of a… Read more »


My husband shared a video with me this morning, one of the many that circulate Facebook. This one is of Steve Harvey, from Family Feud. I’m not sure what instigated the speech, you can see set people in the background getting things ready, so maybe he was just talking to the audience before the show… Read more »

Women of Interest – Florence Bird

Florence Bird was born January 15, 1908, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died July 18, 1998, in Ottawa Canada. Bird was a Canadian broadcaster, journalist and senator. In 1967, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson appointed her as chair of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada. She is best remembered for her work… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Business Undergraduate Info Session Monday, October 2, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business https://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session3-copy-2-copy-2/ register online at above link AU Open House – Lethbridge Wednesday, October 4, 6:00 to 7:30 pm MDT Fairfield Inn & Suites, 4081 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge AB In-person Hosted by Athabasca University https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/au-open-house-information-session-tickets-38059985441 Limited… Read more »

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

Scholarship name: HealthGrad.com Leadership Scholarship Sponsored by: HealthGrad.com Deadline: November 1, 2017 Potential payout: $2000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be currently enrolled in qualified healthcare-related program at the undergrad, grad, or doctorate level, and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. See the full eligibility requirements. What’s required: An online application form, along with an 800-… 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 »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook GroupEverybody’s favourite Jason posts an update on his post-grad progress. Brenda seeks advice on resolving a Moodle issue with AU IT support, then follows up with the resolution. New member Allison reaches out to other BA PoliSci students. Marcy’s looking for a real text to replace an e-text and several students direct her… Read more »