Vol. 25 Iss. 49

Volume 25, Issue 49 - 12/15/2017

AU: Closing the Distance

I was asked to describe what it’s like to go to AU.  Like many students, I benefit from the uniqueness of AU and I was happy to share my passion for the AU experience. If I could sum up AU in two words, those words would be “removes barriers”.  The absence of barriers is the… Read more »

The Study Dude—The Toothless Grin of Critical Thinkers

Are universities puppets for the powerful and wealthy?  Well, ask yourself, Who funds the theory?  And Who says what counts as critical thinking? Today’s universities seem more political, less practical, even less economical than ever before.  I saw an AU business thesis, not on economic matters, not on shareholder dividends, but on postcolonial feminism in… Read more »

Course Exam—GLST 230/POEC 230/INTR 230

According to the syllabus, GLST 230 (Globalization and World Politics) “is a cross-listed course,” meaning that it is listed under three different disciplines, which include GLST 230, POEC 230, and INTR 230.  This social science course “introduces students to some of the theoretical tools and practical issues of globalization as they attempt to situate themselves… Read more »

The Fit Student—Nuzzling Noses

What if you spend months writing an A paper, but get an F?  What if, instead, when you saw your grade, your eyes blinking tears, a dove gently perches on your shoulder, startling you, nuzzling soft feathers against your neck? I used to crumble with criticisms.  They crushed me, kept me small, snatched away my… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student

The holidays are just around the corner, but before we get there some AU students might be wrapping up their fall semesters with a round of old-fashioned finals.  This week we’re here to help you take care of yourself and power through the last stretch with delicious and nutritious superfoods.  The brain will need the… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Christmas Hat

Dear Barb: It’s two weeks before Christmas and we still haven’t decided who is hosting Christmas dinner.  I come from a family of five girls.  We all have partners and a couple of us have young kids.  My parents are getting older and my mom has developed health issues so she is not able to… Read more »

Re-Finding Balance

Finding that balance point between studies, work, and life is challenging, but important to prevent burning out.  I tend to want to get things done now.  I feel like I should always be working on something or toward something.  What is pleasure reading when there is reading for work or school to be done? In… Read more »

Don’t Worry, Try Relaxing

The work week seemed like it was never going to end.  Walking in the door at home, your heart sinks because the dishwasher, which you had turned on before you left in the morning, decided to flood all over the kitchen floor.  Not one person (other than your mom) liked your last post on Facebook. … Read more »

Editorial—Dealing with Fee Time

AUSU has just announced their proposed fee increase.  While this has been expected for some time, what we haven’t known is the amount the fees were going up.  The first reading of the policy that will increase the fees by $1.50 per credit has been scheduled for the January 15, 2017.  This is an increase… Read more »


Sshhhhh draw the curtains closed unplug thoughts and plans slip softly, slow-ly deeply down into a silken silence enshrouded in night-time noiselessness   soul sealed in a velvet envelope captured in the present moment the chaos of life dissolves from Ambition! Action! Achievement! to a world condensed to taciturnity   luxurious lullaby of unspoken words… Read more »

All the Music be Happenin’ Now

Late in the summer of 2016 my husband and I were strolling past Station Parc in Montreal when we happened on an open-air performance by Indian songstress Kiran Ahluwalia.  It was a welcome bit of serendipity. Obviously formally trained in the Indian classical tradition, Ahluwalia’s voice soared with beauty and pulsated with meaning.  Her entire… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Shawna follows up on an old thread about ProctorU:  AU students can now take washroom breaks during ProctorU-supervised exams.  Whew!  Ricky is looking for who to contact at AU to discuss transfer credits and help plan his Bachelor of Management program; suggestions include the Faculty of Business.  Leslie wonders if she can… Read more »

Vintage Voice

This week, two different Christmas shopping strategies from Voices past. Getting her jingle on.  Student Rebecca Brewer learns that December exams and Christmas shopping are not all that compatible.  “Malls are mean and nasty places in December. ‘Tis the season for stealing parking spots and being a big hurry.”  Christmas Clichés, November 18, 2005. If… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Holiday closures: Athabasca University Closed Saturday, December 23 to Monday, January 1, inclusive Reopens Tuesday, January 2, 8:30 am MST More info at:  news.athabascau.ca/news/announcements/holiday-closures/   AU Library Last day to order materials: Monday, December 18 Closed Saturday, December 23, to Monday, January 1, inclusive Reopens Tuesday, January 2, 8:30 am MST More info at:  library.athabascau.ca/page/ann… 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 Dec 15: January degree requirements deadline Dec 22: Deadline to apply for course extension for Feb Dec 23-Jan 2: AU & AUSU holiday closure, inclusive Jan 10: Deadline to register in a… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Scribendi Community Leadership Scholarship Sponsored by:  Scribendi Inc. Deadline:  December 31, 2017 Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled part-time or full-time at an accredited college or university. What’s required:  An online application with personal and academic information, along with a 150-word essay on what you’re doing to make a… Read more »