Vol. 26 Iss. 38

Volume 26, Issue 38 - 10/05/2018

From Murder to Meaning

The power of one moment, one word. The moment: Easter Monday, 1978.  The moment Margot Van Sluytman’s father was murdered while attempting to stop an armed robbery. The word: sawbonna.  A Zulu greeting that translates to “I see you”.  To see our shared humanity, the goodness in one another, our fragility.  The way Van Sluytman… Read more »

Women of Interest—Alice Ball

Alice Ball was a chemist who developed a treatment for leprosy involving the injection of chaulmoogra oil.  Dr. Harry T. Hollmann, who had been working with leprosy patients, sought out Ball when he discovered her thesis entitled “The Chemical Constituents of Piper Methysticum”.  Hollmann was working with chaulmoogra oil as a treatment for leprosy, and… Read more »

Fit Student (Bonus Edition!)—Bond with your Kids

Do you want to know best way to bond with your tots and teens?  Playful parenting. My step dad was a master of playful parenting.  He’d arm wrestle me, often letting me win.  Or if he won repetitively, I’d hit him, and he’d cry out a playful, “Wah!”  Or he’d flex his biceps and cry,… Read more »

Lessons from my Dog

My dogs are Husky Shepherd crosses.  I have had them since they were old enough to leave their mom, and now they are over 9 years old.  Over the years I have learned a lot from them.  One being no matter how fenced in it seems you are, there is always, always, a way out… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—A Financial Diet

There are many similarities between being financially fit and physical or mental wellbeing.  For one, possessing financial awareness, or “fitness”, will barricade us against stressors such as emergency use of funds.  Money has a tendency to leave us at the earliest opportunity and, especially as students, when stress hits a lot of rational thought goes… Read more »

The Fit Student—How to Gobble More Veggies

At Superstore, I peek at people’s groceries.  The porkiest shoppers buy pop, cookies, or chips.  Junk food spans up to half their cart.  The beefy (but not obese) shoppers buy processed foods like frozen pizzas, white breads, and wieners.  But the leanest shoppers buy mounds of fruits and veggies.  I can guess waist sizes by… Read more »

Course Exam—GEOG 265

GEOG 265 (Introductory Physical Geography I) is a three-credit introductory geography course that concentrates on the exploration of the geographic patterns and dynamics of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, covering the topics of global radiation, energy and water budgets, temperature and precipitation patterns, oceanic and atmospheric circulation, weather components, and climates.  There are no prerequisites for… Read more »

In Conversation—With Steven Blane

Steven Blane is a New York-based singer who writes his songs in a vintage jazz chanteur style, accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar, ukulele, and piano.  He’s written an off-off-broadway rock opera, acted in a broadway show, and produced audio-books, among numerous other adventures.  His sixth album, So New York, has just been released, and… Read more »


This is going to be a quick editorial, as I’m still dealing with the after effects of this flu and really not fully up to snuff. After all the troubles two weeks ago that lead to us skipping an issue, however, it is kind of nice to get back to normal. Or at least as… Read more »

20 Tips for Online Study Success

So you’ve taken the big step toward your educational goals and signed up for online classes with Athabasca University.  Congratulations! Simply getting started is the first step toward achieving your aspirations.  But times have changed, and online learning is different than being in a classroom with a professor and fellow students. Although there are numerous… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Shawn Fraser

Dr. Shawn Fraser is a Professor and the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Athabasca University.  Here we talk about his background, inspiration at AU, acquisition of education, demographics of graduate students at AU, popular courses and programs, and more! What is your own narrative? What is family and personal background, e.g.,… 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 August 24th: Athabasca Meet & Greet August 31st: AUSU Twitter Giveaway closes September 3rd: AUSU Office is closed for Labour Day September 13th: Public Council Meeting FYi Doctors Discounts FYi Doctor is… Read more »

Vintage Voice

As Thanksgiving weekend gets underway in Canada, we present two reflections on Thanksgivings past. Eating like it’s 1949.  Writer Teresa Neuman takes a nostalgic perusal through her grandmother’s cookbook, which she’s recently inherited.  “… my health conscience brain has put the brakes on deep-fried ‘Sour Cream Doughnuts’ (Page 1534) or I would be in the… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Online MBA Info Session Wed, October 10, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/online-mba-executives-information-session-13/ Register online at above link Zotero and Mendeley Citation Management Tools Webinar Thurs, October 11, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration required AUSU Council Meeting Thurs, October 11,… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group Elli is curious whether other students have successfully appealed assignment marks; short answer is “yes.”  Angela asks whether AU provides career counselling services; responders post info for both AU and AUSU resources. Other posts include accessing course materials before the contract start date, withdrawing from a course after the contract end date,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Parking Solutions Scholarship Sponsored by:  Parking BOXX Deadline:  October 15, 2018 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, in a program at an accredited university, college, or a trade, technical, or vocational school. What’s required:  An online application form, along with an approximately 500-word essay on… Read more »

Scholarship of the (last) Week!

Scholarship name:  AES Engineering Scholarship Sponsored by:  AES Engineering Deadline:  October 6, 2018 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be high school seniors or attending a post-secondary education facility. What’s required:  An e-mail with contact and school info, along with a 500 to 1000 word essay describing looking back at your life 30 years… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Into the Woods

One of humanity’s most primal and enduring symbols is that of the forest.  Reaching back into some of our earliest folktales, it has represented our often-uneasy relationship with the world; a largely uncharted domain of shifting shadows and potential dangers.  Always, we are pulled from the safety of the known—the warm circle of family, the… Read more »