Vol. 27 Iss. 23

Volume 27, Issue 23 - 06/07/2019

Minds We Meet—Lisa Bennett

Lisa Bennett, originally from the UK, moved just outside of Calgary with her husband and young son. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Administration program and is four courses away from finishing. This is her story. Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who are you? Where… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Every Picture Tells a Story

Elementary school class photos are as ubiquitous as report cards and leave a lot to be desired when answering that timeless question: how is school going? From kindergarten on through graduation, these wallet-sized mementos tell only a fragment of the story of our schooling.  For instance, many hijinks are left out of the picture.  Nowhere… Read more »

The Fit Student—Get Rich and Famous with Fitness

Imagine you weigh over 180 pounds as a five-foot four-inch femme.  And earlier that day, you’ve been featured live on local news.  And now, you’re about to watch, for the first time, the replay.  As the camera opens to the sight of you, you coil back in horror.  You look fatter than Momma June before… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Some Thoughts on Dancing Lessons

I’m typing this at 6:20 in the morning, sitting in my backyard beside a small bonfire, wearing pyjamas, a toque, fingerless gloves, and a lumberjack shirt from the grunge era.  My dog is lying beside me on her ratty Mexican blanket.  In the east, there’s a faint flash of lightning in the sky, but, for… Read more »

The Study Dude—Study at AU and Quickly Become a Pilot?

Not sure where to go with your career?  Why not get AU accreditation and then study to become a pilot?  A degree in management and teaching seems compatible with piloting as do degrees in French, politics—or nursing.  After all, what deathly ill soul doesn’t cry out for a doctor onboard a flight? But what do… Read more »

Course Exam—CLST 201

CLST 201 (Cultural Studies and Everyday Life) is a three-credit junior-level, three-credit social science course that will provide students with an introduction to cultural studies by exploring, reflecting on, and evaluating how, daily, we are immersed in culture.  This course has no prerequisites. Cultural Studies and Everyday Life is made up of six units with… Read more »

Dear Barb—Dying with Dignity

Dear Barb: My mother is 56 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She was given approximately one year to live. She was completely devastated, as was our whole family. My aunt died three years ago from the same thing and it was an awful and painful death for her. Mom doesn’t… Read more »

Editorial—Congratulations Graduates!

Once again, the time for convocation is here.  AU students graduate every month of the year, but every year in June many of them all get together to put a final stamp on the work and learning they’ve achieved.  This year, students attending convocation will unfortunately not be able to tour the campus grounds, as… Read more »

The Waterman Guide to Online Writing for Businesses

The first thing you need to know about writing for business is that you should avoid it like the plague. If there’s anything else you could possibly be doing to earn money, such as moonshining or exorcism, do that. Why, you ask? Because most businesspeople don’t know what good writing is or why it’s necessary…. 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 June 7-8: Athabasca University Convocation June 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jul 1 Jun 15: AUSU In-Person Council Meeting Jun 15: July degree requirements deadline June 30: Deadline to… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  6th Annual Cover Guy Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Cover Guy Deadline:  July 1, 2019 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be currently enrolled, or going to be enrolled, in a program at a university, college, or trade school in Canada or the U.S for the upcoming school year. What’s required:  An email… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Convocation 2019 Fri, Jun 7 and Sat, Jun 8, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm MDT Westerner Park Exhibition Hall, 4847A 19th Street, Red Deer AB In-person and online Hosted by AU convocation.athabascau.ca/index.php Live streaming available through above link Keeping Organized as You Search Wed, Jun 12, 3:00 to 4:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Curtis shares a link to the big news that AU Convocation 2019 is relocating to Red Deer due to the wildfire situation.  Kayla wonders what a “reduced resource fee” indicates; responders clarify it’s for courses that either don’t require a text or the text is open-access.  Faye wonders what’s up with a… Read more »

Vintage Voice

With AU’s Convocation ceremonies underway June 7 and 8, we take a look back at how convocation played out in years past.  (Spoiler: convocation used to take place in a tent!) Under the red and white tent.  Veteran Voice contributor (and former AUSU council president) Debbie Jabbour provides her impressions of attending her own AU… Read more »