Vol. 27 Iss. 06

Volume 27, Issue 06 - 02/08/2019

The Fit Student—Boost Your Energy!

Some young adults can no longer smile, eat, laugh—or study.  Mitochondria in your cells gives your body energy to do these tasks: “The main function of mitochondria is energy production.  And this energy gets used for almost everything we do, which is why when your mitochondria are damaged, you have less energy to combat disease,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—It’s Your Year (If You’re a Pig)

As the year of the pig commences, the Fly on the Wall separates the slop from the mire in competing cosmologies.  Is time a cycle or a line? Chinese astrology experts caution that anyone whose birth date is in the year of the Pig ought to be wary: “They should avoid conflicts and be prepared… Read more »

The Study Dude—Stay Cool Under Pressure

As students, we can learn to stay cool under pressure.  And no-one teaches how to cope with pressure better than job seekers. I had a job interview with an accounting firm a year ago.  The employer phoned me the next day, offering a low paying job.  I declined, so he hung up in a huff. … Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 145

ENGL 145 (Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes) is a zero-credit course that is designed for students who need to fill the gaps in their reading and writing skills in preparation for studies at the university level.  It is appropriate for both ESL (English as a Second Language) students and native speakers of English who… Read more »

Dear Barb—Assistance for Assisted Living

Dear Barb: I am the oldest in a family of three girls.  We have always gotten along well and been really close.  Our father passed away five years ago, and our mom stayed in the family home.  She has been able to manage well until recently.  She had a slip in the bathroom and injured… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Only Truth is Music

“The only truth is music.” – Jack Kerouac It started on a Friday night, with horn and percussion instruments quite literally fashioned from ice.  There was an epic arctic chill that evening, and it felt only a little short of apocalyptic, with brilliant crystals dancing on the soundwaves, and temperatures flirting with minus-fifty celsius.  Despite… Read more »

A Measure of Success

I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to succeed.  It can be blinding.  But what we consider success is an important question we need to ask, and answer, for ourselves. Often success is thought of as a salary, a title, how comfortably you live, or how well known you are.  Success is… Read more »

Where do you Find your Family?

Most of us winter-weary Canadians can agree on the value of having a holiday in February.  The Canadian statutory Family Day is celebrated in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Ontario.  Meanwhile, the province of Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day, Prince Edward Island has Islander Day, Nova Scotia and the Yukon Territory have Heritage… Read more »

Four Ways to have Less Salt and More Health

The association between increased salt in our diet and cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure is well-documented in literature (He, 2013).  Yet, with processed and intensely flavorful foods being a highlight in many people’s diet, is it possible to move away from it? Salt is an addicting flavor enhancer.  As we use more in our… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  UCT Heaston Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Order of the United Commercial Travelers of America (UCT) Deadline:  March 15, 2019 Potential payout:  $3000 to $6000 per year for four years Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be high-school seniors (or equivalent) and be enrolled in a college or university program for the coming academic year.  See… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

MBA Info Session – Thunder Bay Mon, Feb 11, 12:00 to 1:30 pm EST TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 550 Harbour Expressway, Thunder Bay ON In person Hosted by AU Faculty of Business business.athabascau.ca/event-details/mba-information-session-thunder-bay/ Register online at above link MBA Info Session – Sudbury Tues, Feb 12, 12:00 to 1:30 pm EST Radisson Hotel Sudbury, 85… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group New student Kat plans to do three courses on top of full-time employment; many responders offer advice on how they did it.  Isabella, on the other hand, is elated to be finished her degree after a ten-year slog.  Katy is planning ahead for 2021 convocation and asks for info; responders provide a… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Don’t look now, but Valentine’s Day is next week already!  Here’s a pair of articles from Voices past to get you in the mood. ‘Tis the season to snuggle.  Christina M. Frey launches the first of three articles about romantic movies.  “Some of the most enduring movie classics are sweeping romantic dramas exploring human love… 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 Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 Feb 13: AU Academic Integrity Webinar Feb 15: March degree requirements deadline Feb 19: AUSU Council Meeting Feb 28: Deadline to… Read more »

Editorial—Competing Narratives

Some interesting developments on the bargaining process of the AU Faculty Association with AU have happened over the last week.  First, AUFA has declared bargaining to be at an impasse, and has decided to take their proposal directly to the board of the university, something that they are allowed to do only once during the… Read more »