Vol. 26 Iss. 42

Volume 26, Issue 42 - 11/02/2018

Preventing Burnout

The diabolical signs of study burnout range from depression and a feeling of dread every time you have a deadline looming to chronic fatigue.  Often these symptoms creep up on you because you’re so busy you don’t take time to notice until you suddenly have a meltdown.  It’s important to take a break and examine… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—A Crack in Everything

Somebody straight up asked me the other day how I would define myself in terms of my spiritual or political outlook on life.  Was I a Christian, a socialist, an atheist, a Buddhist, a conservative, a liberal, some combination of any of the above, or what? I was bit taken aback by the question.  I… Read more »

In Conversation—with BlissBliss

BlissBliss is the husband-and-wife duo Lang and Renee Bliss, music industry veterans known for a sophisticated, jazzy-pop sound that’s the perfect vehicle for their upbeat, triumphant-sounding lyrics.  The couple manifests a glowing positive energy that’s utterly infectious.  A case in point: A video of one of the songs, “Right Where You Are,” is just the… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Wounds

Everyone bears wounds.  And many of us are jinxed with a smorgasbord of scars. But we can learn from movies and books.  That’s because film and fiction characters open our eyes to the world of wounds.   Often, fictional characters enter scenes damaged but heal during the final act. Recently, I got hit with a bad… Read more »

A Milestone in Your Shoes

It can feel like a kick to the gut when you tell someone what you are doing for a job, something you have worked so hard for, something you struggled to make progress in, and have them say something along the lines, of yeah I have thought of trying to do that when I have… Read more »

Five Budget-Friendly Ways to Travel as a Student

For students with the travel bug, it can be hard to balance your budget while paying for your last hefty vacation and setting money aside for a budget vacation. Luckily, there are various ways to travel without having to cash in your savings. Some forms of travelling are exclusive to students and can make the… Read more »

The Study Dude—Campus Universities Versus AU

I hate to break the news, but campus-based universities have legs-up over online ones.  At least, that’s true for the 20-year-olds who bask in drama and who don’t get plumber’s butt in low-rise jeans. So, how do campus-based universities compare to AU?  Well, if you ask me, both better and worse. The key benefit to… Read more »

Course Exam—EDUC 201

EDUC 201 (The Profession of Teaching) is a three-credit introductory educational studies course that provides those interested in becoming teachers with a general and balanced overview of the profession.  Students will look closely at what teachers do and how they do it, and in the process they will, as prospective teachers, gain a better grasp… Read more »

Editorial—When Freeze Turns to Thaw

This week, the Alberta NDP government announced that they would be continuing the tuition and non-instructional fee freeze for domestic students to the 2019/2020 academic year, and that when tuition begins to rise again, it will be capped at the rate of CPI. Further, they’ve noted that this cap will be enshrined in legislation, not… Read more »

Book Review—Lyme:The First Epidemic of Climate Change

Book: Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change Author: Mary Beth Pfeiffer   Through my cat, Merlin, I was introduced to Ixodes scapularis, also known as the blacklegged tick or the deer tick, in November, 2017.  Apart from the ick factor associated with discovering the unwelcome and engorged arachnid on the family pet, Ixodes scapularis… Read more »

Dear Barb—My Neighbour is Driving me Crazy!

I don’t know what to do about my neighbor, Maria.  She is an older woman who has been divorced for many years.  Her husband of 30 years left her for a younger woman.  Maria is so bitter, every time I see her she brings up her ex and how crazy and abusive he was.  She… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The Dalton Camp Award Sponsored by:  Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Deadline:  December 1, 2018, 8:00pm EST Potential payout:  $2500 or $10,000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; applicants are not required to be students, but only students are eligible for the $2500 second prize. What’s required:  An… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Online MBA Info Session Wed, Nov 7, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/online-mba-executives-information-session-15-2/ Register online at above link AU Open House Wed, Nov 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, November 7, 5:00 to 6:00… 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 Nov 08: AUSU Council Meeting Nov 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Dec 1 Nov 12: AUSU Office Closed in lieu of Remembrance Day Nov 15: Dec degree requirements deadline… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Jason answers the question, “Is an AU degree worth it?” by noting he’s just received a “semi-official offer for a postdoc at the very prestigious Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, CA. … If you put in the work, then yes.”  Kaitland notes in same post that her AU degree got… Read more »