Vol. 25 Iss. 41

Volume 25, Issue 41 - 10/20/2017

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You

Recently featured writer for the Voice magazine, Karlee Kapler is a fairly new student at AU working towards her BA with a major in English.  She describes herself as analytical, irritable, and creative, and not really an outdoorsy person.  One of the surprising few who are born and raised in Grande Prairie, she not only… Read more »

Dear Barb – Humble Pride

Dear Barb: I am the mother of a fourteen-year-old daughter.  We have always had a strained relationship and it just seems to be getting worse.  I had a difficult relationship with my mother and I hoped that my relationship with my daughter would be different, but it doesn’t seem to be.  I come from a… Read more »

DIY Hot Pot

A few years ago, when the first French fondue restaurant opened in Edmonton, I recall the amount of hype it received in the community.  Everyone around me was bringing their spouse, children, friends, and relatives to gather around a pot dipping their various entrees into liquified cheese.  The sight reminded me of my days in… Read more »

The Creative Spark – Unstuck Studies

Do you get stuck when studying?  Well, don’t stop seeking solutions.  An answer will appear as fast as a semi-truck driver sneaks shipped bags-of-oats for his pantry. Here are some tips for busting creative blocks, as partly gleaned from Beth Brown’s blurb in Noah Scalin’s book Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get and Keep Your Creativity… Read more »

Off the Grid Album Cover

Music Review – Bliss n Eso

Following the release of their album Off the Grid, the Australian hip hop group, Bliss n Eso, went on a fifteen show Canadian tour.  Starting in Victoria, BC, and ending in Toronto, ON, Bliss n Eso showed off their new album as well as their older hits.  MC Bliss, MC Eso, and DJ Izm make… Read more »

The Fit Student – Summers in the Sun

I taught English to Japanese.  The Japanese claim the longest lifespans—and best diets.  They eat Miso soup, made of fermented beans, that is brimming with probiotics.  The Japanese hardly blimp out either—a single plate of Canadian grub feeds a Japanese family-of-four. But McDonalds sprouted in Japan, luring Japanese youth to fatty diets.  Sushi and plants… Read more »

Back to the Future

“AU reacts to cutbacks and the call for a new mandate.”  “President’s stand on AU’s future:  Fight cuts with growth.”  “Advanced Ed.  faces $175M cut.” Do these headlines worry you?  Relax!  Although these are actual headlines, they headed articles published in The Voice almost 25 years ago.  AU is still here, and so is The… Read more »

Editorial – Welcome One and All

Perhaps you’ve noticed something a bit different about the website this week?  Like how we’re missing a front cover page on the website, or the plethora of pretty pictures providing peeks at the prose within?  Or maybe you noticed the little share buttons at the top which will easily let you spread the good bits… Read more »

See How Far You’ve Come

Sometimes the tasks we undertake seem impossible until they are done.  Then the next step looks just as, or even more, daunting than the last, and we think “how will we ever accomplish that?”  A habit I had with my courses at Athabasca University was flipping through to the end of the study guide and… Read more »

Does Wikipedia Have a Place in Academic Research?

If you are a certain age—before the Internet was a “thing”—you  probably remember reaching for and thumbing through a cumbersome volume of an encyclopedia to help you with an assignment or essay.  During the mid to late 1990s, encyclopedias evolved by appearing on CD-ROM.  Jumping ahead a bit more, traditional printed encyclopedias became a relic… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU Related Events

Facebook Live Event Monday, October 23, 12:00 to 12:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/facebook-live-event/ no pre-registration required Edmonton Meet & Greet Monday, October 23, 5:00 to 7:30 pm MDT Craft Beer Market, 10013 101A Ave NW, Edmonton  AB In-person Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/edmonton-meet-greet-4/ e-mail services@ausu.org to RSVP Presenting your work at a conference… Read more »

Student Sizzle – Following What’s Hot in AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group  Fred inquires whether course extensions can be requested less than the required one month before the course end date; students respond with instances of exceptions made due to extreme circumstances.  Carlie laments over a perfectly awful ProctorU experience but others assure her this is unusual. Other posts include myAU’s refreshing new look,… 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 Oct 23: Edmonton Student Meet and Greet Oct 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Dec Nov 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Dec 1 Nov 14: AUSU Council… Read more »

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

Scholarship name:  Live Your Dream Awards Sponsored by:  Soroptimist Deadline:  November 15, 2017 Potential payout:  varies by region; up to $10,000 Eligibility restriction:  Eligibility restricted to women who are the primary financial support for themselves and their dependents, can demonstrate financial need, are enrolled in a post-secondary program, and do not have a graduate degree. … Read more »

Women of Interest – Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France, and died January 10, 1971, in Paris, France. Chanel is famous for her trademark suits, her little black dress, and of course her perfume, Chanel No.5. Following the death of her mother, she was put in an orphanage by her father. The nuns taught… Read more »