Vol. 26 Iss. 26

Volume 26, Issue 26 - 06/29/2018

Minds We Meet—Joshua Ryan

Joshua Ryan is a Councillor in the Athabasca University Students’ Union. He is in the Bachelor of Commerce degree. We first interviewed him back when he was a student in October of 2016.  This time, we focus in on what brings him to AUSU Council. What brought you to AU? I came across AU in… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Boost your Creativity

Will marshmallows and chocolate help you compete in the Olympics?  They can if you’re creative. But how can you get a creative edge?  First, always learn.  Never quit reading.  Constantly take courses.  But most of all, believe in your creative potential (even if you can’t draw a smiley).  This belief alone boosts creativity, according to… Read more »

The Fit Student—Power Stretch

During exams, don’t get stiff and hunched with a back aching for the bed.  Instead, stretch.  Stretching gives you lengthened muscles, better posture, more coordination, more flexibility.  And stretching (like all exercise) fires up your prefrontal cortex—the brain’s thinking center. I had a great range of stretch as a child—but not as an adult.  My… Read more »

Course Exam—EDPY 200

EDPY 200 (Educational Psychology) is an introductory three-credit course primarily for pre-service teachers.  However, it is also designed to be useful to newer teachers and to students in professional programs in counselling and psychology.  There are no prerequisites for this course and EDPY 200 does have a challenge for credit option. Educational Psychology is comprised… Read more »

Dear Barb—Aborted Relationship

Dear Barb: I am in a situation! I have been dating my boyfriend for three years.  We are in different provinces and both attending university.    Ben and I get along great and have never really had a serious argument or break up.  We try to see each other as much as we can and plan… Read more »

Editorial—Give us a Break!

Summertime and Canada Day is upon us!  With that in mind, next week, The Voice Magazine will take a brief hiatus.  I need to be rested and prepared for what’s going to happen the week after that—when our biannual reader survey comes out and AUSU pushes the Voice Magazine in their newsletter.  Such pushes are… Read more »

Canada Day—Then versus Now

My favourite Canada Day memory is when we were hiking the West Coast Trail.  We were walking along a sandy beach, belting out the anthem with no one else in sight, just sand, sun, and surf.  There is something cathartic about enjoying a day like that in the wilderness, a wilderness that in some ways… Read more »

The Convocation Experience

Attending AU’s Convocation was, for me, a much-anticipated experience.  As I worked my way through my AU degree program, the thought of attending convocation was on my mind.  Although Athabasca is almost 4000 km away from home, I viewed it as a important destination for my AU journey. On June 8, my husband and I… Read more »


veins pulse and press, pulse and press straining through translucent skin forcing fevered blood through thick throbbing limbs aching and bloated listless weighted by inertia into the yellowed futon by a suppressive summer heat sticky moist and painful air ceases to exist through a haze of torpor, a dream (hallucination?) of an immense translucent crisp… Read more »

Women of Interest—Susan Kare

Susan Kare is an artist and graphic designer who created many recognizable icons for the Apple Macintosh computer.  Some of Kare’s creations include the Chicago and Geneva typeface, as well as the original Monaco typeface, and the “Happy Mac”, which is the smiling face that opens up when a user turns on their machines.  The… Read more »

Survival in the Garret

Having a crippling study load and limited resources doesn’t have to mean a life of squalor.  You can keep your crib neat and clean with in limited time and with little money with this set of tried and true tips from the bohemian quarter. Visit the bucket and plunger laundrette. There will be days when… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AU Open House Wed, July 4, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by Athabasca University www.athabascau.ca/discover/open-house/ Register online at above link second session:  Wednesday, July 4, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Wikipedia and Academic Research Thurs, July 5, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration required AUSU Council… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Alicia’s puzzled why her GPA hasn’t been updated months after finishing a course; seems like a call to AU is in order.  Soumyo is seeking a Calgary-based study partner for BIOL 235.  Kimberly needs help choosing between SOCI 287 and 290. Other posts include setting up hotspots for ProctorU exams, negative health… Read more »

Scholarships of the Week

Scholarship name:  The Cover Guy 5th Annual Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Cover Guy Deadline:  July 1, 2018 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be currently enrolled, or enrolled for the upcoming school year, in a program at a university, college, or trade school in Canada or the U.S. What’s required:  An e-mail with contact… 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 July 1: Canada Day July 10: Public Council Meeting July 16: AUSU  26th Anniversary Pharmacy Savings AUSU partnered with Alliance Pharmacy to offer our members some great pharmacy savings, including preferred pharmacy… Read more »