Vol. 26 Iss. 09

Volume 26, Issue 09 - 03/02/2018

A Meeting of Women in Politics

I went to a “Women in Politics” event so you don’t have to Since I started taking courses at Athabasca University, I find myself at the public library a lot.  Studying at home with my two young sons has proven to be less than productive, as frequent interruptions to dole out fruit snacks or change… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—This, Too, Shall be Passed

Mired in coursework on a bleak February day I recall a common refrain from classrooms of my childhood.  A student would plaintively announce, “I’m stuck!” Often it was during math class and usually the problem seemed utterly insoluble.  As adult students these same struggles and doldrums can occur; in mid-winter it’s easy for even the… Read more »

Women of Interest—Stanley Ann Dunham

Stanley Ann Dunham was born on November 29, 1942, in Wichita, Kansas, and died November 7, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dunham was a highly educated woman, who received a BA. MA. and PhD. She was an anthropologist, whose main interest was in women’s roles in the cottage industries in Indonesia as well as blacksmithing in… Read more »

Council Connection—February 13 Meeting

The council meeting on February 13, 2018 was sparsely populated, as both President Wasylyshyn and Executive Director Jodi Campbell were absent with regrets (meaning with prior notice that they wouldn’t be there.)  Councillor Robin Bleich was also absent due to an illness, but fortunately, Councillor Adrew Gray, who’d also indicated he’d be absent with regrets… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Toronto Food Tour

Toronto is a major hub of eastern Canada and arguably a Northern gem on the North American continent. Situated on the banks of Lake Ontario, the city boasts some of the most gorgeous skylines, nightlife and of course, incredible food around every corner. Having wandered around Toronto the past weekend, I had a chance to… Read more »

The Fit Student—Hey, Olive Oil Head!

Have you been slapped with chapped lips, zits, wrinkles, or dandruff?  I’ve had it all, but found cures—natural cures. The cure for chapped lips?  I used to buy $50 monthly lip balm, which never worked.  But then, I started eating a daily slice of pineapple.  At first my mouth stung, but after a week, the… Read more »

Course Exam—MATH 209 (Finite Mathematics)

MATH 209 (Finite Mathematics) is a three-credit introductory math course that starts out by teaching students the fundamentals of algebra before proceeding to more advanced elements of algebra.  This course has no prerequisites, though prior to enrollment students should have a high level of understanding of high-school-level algebra.  This course is intended for students who… Read more »

30 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of a Rut

People are creatures of habit.  We like our predictable routines and the ebb and flow of our days to go from waking up, going to school, putting on our work face, and coming home to unwind.  Routine is useful for a lot of things, like studying, getting to work on time, and organizing a productive… Read more »

Survival in the Garret

Once again, the bohemian community extends a helping hand to students struggling to survive on a shoestring.  And really, who can better provide you with sound money management advice than those chronically low on funds? And who better to teach you about grooming than vain artists, always striving to appear interesting and appealing, developing their… Read more »

Informing Your Vote—Building a Student Community Online

Have you voted in AUSU’s council election yet?  Polls opened on Wednesday and you’ve got until Tuesday to vote. There are 15 candidates vying for 13 council seats.  The successful 13 in this election are the folks who will be representing AU undergrad students’ interests for the next two years.  A strong, committed group around… Read more »

A New Type of Social Media

There is a new social media app that is out and threatening to take over. Vero boasts that it is Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all in one. I heard about this app through a couple creator pages that I follow on Instagram, their reasoning for making the switch was that Instagram algorithms are making it… Read more »

Editorial—Government Goings On

Recently in Alberta, a number of colleges have been granted university and degree granting status.  I don’t really have any problem with this, but I do get annoyed when part of the reasoning why these colleges state they need to be able to grant degrees is because the people in the area have said they… Read more »

Dear Barb—Disabling Sensitivity

Dear Barb: I am the mother of a young daughter with a physical disability. Throughout her young life she has had numerous surgeries and she has been a real trooper. She never seemed to let her situation get her down until recently. Now she doesn’t want to participate in any activities that she did before…. 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 Mar 6: Last day to vote in the AUSU General Election Mar 8: Special Meeting to Announce Election Results Mar 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Apr 1 Mar 15:… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Deadline:  March 30, 2018, 11:59 pm PDT Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be blind, deafblind, or partially sighted (as defined in the applicant qualifications section), Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, attending or planning to attend in the 2018-2019… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Business Undergraduate Info Session Mon, March 5, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session-2/ Register online at above link AU Open House & Info Session Wed, March 7, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by Athabasca University www.athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ Register online at above link second session:  Wednesday, March 7,… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Kimberly discovers she has enrolled in and paid for a course she doesn’t need and seeks an escape plan.  Alisha’s curious how long it usually takes for final grades to be posted.  Group admin JoAnne reminds users of the group’s unofficial status and that their first stop for official AU info is… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Edmonton Public School Board Calls for Phasing out Private School Funding CBC News described the work by the Edmonton public school board to phase out the funding for private schools, which is bringing to the fore an older debate around private education in the province of Alberta. Edmonton public school trustees voted for the province… Read more »