Vol. 25 Iss. 04

Volume 25 Issue 4 - 01/27/2017

Meeting the Minds – John Vaillant

This is part two of The Voice Magazine’s Barbara Lehtiniemi’s interview with AU’s 2016-2017 Writer in Residence, John Vaillant. You can read part one of the interview here. Mr. Vaillant will give his first AU presentation on February 2, entitled “Reckoning the Present: Mediating the tension between the muse and the news.” AU Students are… Read more »

The Fit Student – Work and Study Nerves

Has work stressed you to the point of quitting? At work, in the past two weeks, I’ve sobbed, cringed, laughed, and loved. In the past two weeks, I’ve worked in marketing, HR, design, and IT. In the past two weeks, my boss threatened to fire me. But I love it. Previously, career-preference-tests ranked marketing as… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Fight for What Matters

Are you a saint at heart? Sadly, actors shouldn’t be saints. You see, when actors do saintly things, they need a motivation: a deep desire, usually selfish or competitive. Why? The silver screen aims for tension, hence the crazy emotions. As a student, you want to add competitiveness and selfishness (and love) to your essays…. Read more »

From Where I Sit – Shhhh!

I don’t often get to read The Globe and Mail but a lifestyle piece in the March 1, 2016, issue grabbed me by the lapels. Could this woman’s simple story provide another clue into my own makeup and very being? Naturally, I couldn’t leave it alone and like so many times in life, one thing… Read more »

Dear Barb – In the Long Term

Dear Barb: I am a part time student at AU and I work part time and have two children. I have been taking courses for five years and I’m only half way to earning my degree. To be honest, I’m starting to burn out. My parents help me out financially, and I receive child support… Read more »

Editorial – Tired of Trump

I’m tired of Trump watching. If you’re a news junkie like me, you know there’s been wall to wall coverage of pretty much everything the new President does, as well as the reaction to his latest proclamations, but, honestly, I can’t be bothered to care anymore. He’s evidenced so little knowledge of anything at a… Read more »

Fly on the Wall – What is A Book?

“What is a book?” “What do you mean, what is a book, it’s wood pulped and pressed and imprinted with ink. Your philosophizing is always so preposterous.” “Ok, well, get this. I know a recently-retired professor who cleaned out his office and tried to give away some of his books. Yet neither the local library… Read more »


In her January executive blog, AUSU president Shawna Wasylyshyn asks, “who are the students of AU?” In her capacity as student union council president, Wasylyshyn interacts with countless people in the post-secondary education community. Some, she feels, view AU students as “disadvantaged”, “marginalized”, or people with “no other choice” but to attend AU. Like Wasylyshyn,… Read more »

History: Live

Over the weekend history was made. Millions of women and men marched in solidarity against the threat of oppression. This movement did not only occur in Washington, but around the world. It was reported that groups marched on every continent, including Antarctica where a ship of researchers took pause and gathered in protest, sending pictures… Read more »

Behind the Bullet Journal

January is a time for goal setting, and perhaps one of your goals is to finally get organized. Perhaps You’re tired of the fact that your ever-growing list of tasks gets lost among a stack of sticky notes and You’re frustrated at losing important bits of information. Or maybe you keep meaning to document all… Read more »

Dear John – I So Admire Your Big Heart

Dear John, I’m sorry to have to tell you that this is the end. I’m breaking up with you because I now know that your heart isn’t with me? It’s with Annabel. This became glaringly clear tonight at Soupy’s after several attempts at a romantic discussion were interrupted by her texts? texts that apparently had… Read more »

Women of Interest – Barbara Askins

Barbara Askins was born in 1939 in Belfast, Tennessee. In 1979, Askins was the first individual women to be named National Inventor of the Year. She developed a method to enhance underexposed photographic negatives that were basically useless by using radiology. Askins process was employed by NASA, as well as by the medical industry in… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Critical Thinking Strategies for Graduate Assignments Tuesday, January 31, 3:00 to 4:30pm MST Online, Adobe Connect Hosted by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies http://fgs.athabascau.ca/news/presentations/ e-mail fgseducation@athabascau.ca to register Reckoning the Present: Mediating the tension between the muse and the news Thursday, February 2, 3:00-4:30pm MST AU-Edmonton, 1222 In-person, teleconference, and online Hosted by John… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Megan wants to know how much time she has to re-write an exam. Nadine is seeking an Ottawa-area study partner for 4th year Criminal Justice. Rema wonders what to focus on for the HUMN 201 final exam. Other posts include NAIT courses, supplemental exams, AU third-party review, ID for exams, and courses… Read more »

Canadian Education News

The Accidental Brain Drain of Canada According to University Affairs, Adam Crymble described developing in a small town in Ontario, Canada. He felt as though Canadians who moved abroad were traitors in some sense. “They had shunned our country for monetary gain, or sunshine or fame.” Crymble said, “But I’ve become one of those people… Read more »

Canadian Science News

A promising year of science ahead According to The Manitoban, 2017 is looking to be a promising year for science. Canada will be beginning its search for the Chief Science Advisor. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, said, “This search for a chief science advisor is a historic moment.” The position is critical because of the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: Edgar Kerstan Memorial Scholarship, Frank & Betty Woodhams Memorial Scholarship, Mensa Canada Scholarships Sponsored by: Mensa Canada Deadline: January 31, 2017 Potential payout: from $1000 to $3000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program at a Canadian university, and must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. What’s required: A maximum… Read more »

From the PSE Newsdesk – What’s Making the News in Post-Secondary Education

Truth and Reconciliation. University of Toronto is contemplating recommendations to increase the number of indigenous students, hire more indigenous faculty, establish indigenous spaces on its campus, and boost indigenous curriculum. As reported in a recent Toronto Star article, the U of T’s Truth and Reconciliation Steering Committee recently completed a 125-page report which includes recommendations… 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 – Jan 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for March – Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 – Feb 15: February degree… Read more »