Vol. 27 Iss. 38

Volume 27, Issue 38 - 09/27/2019

Minds We Meet—Marshia Whitman

Marshia Whitman is forty-seven years old and lives in Stony Plain, Alberta.  She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts with a major in English program with the goal to eventually write and sell a novel or work at a publishing firm.  She explains her struggles with her health that affected her ability to… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Real Life

It’s been many years since Marcus and I shared a pitcher in the beer parlor of the Astoria Hotel on Vancouver’s East Hastings Street.  I can’t remember which mutual friend or acquaintance had introduced us, but I have never forgotten sitting across from him in the smoky, gloomy room, with its permanent funk of tobacco,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Creative Opposition

Are you with your learning or against it, or both?  Each instance of thinking about a topic requires us to enter into a dancing rhythm.  We aren’t just being filled up as we’re becoming educated; at AU we are learning how to make our minds flexible.  Creativity depends upon the adoption of new approaches and… Read more »

The Study Dude—Garbage Sells, but so Can Good Ideas

As an academic, you need to know how to tweak your thesis into a great idea.   This article will show you what it takes to make a great idea. And answer the question “So what?” But first, ask yourself, “What makes a positive idea gain widespread adoption?”  I associate positive ideas with spirituality, health, compassion,… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Food Waste

Canadians are among the top contributors to food waste in the world (Janus, 2019).  One of the first things we find in grocery stores are the rows upon rows of beautifully stacked, glossy apples and pears that meet the eye.  But what happens to the crates of avocados that are oddly shaped or the bananas… Read more »

The Fit Student—Four Life Lessons for Eternal Bliss

I’ve discovered the secret to eternal bliss. First, to explain, according to The Marriage Foundation, western psychology has less than a 10% chance of saving a marriage but their book, called Breaking the Cycle has almost 100% success (Friedman, 2007).  The book teaches unconditional love in an enlightening, novel way.  After reading the book, my… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC/EDPY 389

PSYC 389 / EDPY 389 (Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions) is a three-credit, senior-level psychology course that is designed to increase your awareness of learning disabilities from a number of viewpoints and theoretical perspectives.  While the course emphasizes understanding the issues surrounding the field of learning disabilities, it also examines assessment and remediation of learning… Read more »

Dear Barb—Walking Away

Dear Barb: Hi, I have a problem with people who don’t work through their problems, they just walk away.  I have a few friends who don’t agree with the way I think about certain things, so they just stopped talking to me.  Also, I have family members who cut me out of their life because… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Gift of Melancholy

Recently, suffering from a flu bug, I watched Melancholia, a 2011 psychological sci-fi drama film by the controversial Danish director Lars von Trier.  The film revolves around  a soon-to-be-married couple and a group of their guests who gather at an elegant country estate to celebrate the wedding, just as a rogue planet (named “Melancholia,” giving… Read more »

Why Mindful Art?

“Fully immersing ourselves in a creative project activates a different part of our brain.  We lose track of time and our surroundings.  Minutes blend into hours, and there are no thoughts apart from what’s happening in the present.  It’s very much an exercise in mindfulness.  I didn’t know it at the time, but my high school… Read more »

Editorial–The Rising Tides

A whirl of activism about climate change hit this week. With everything from a young girl scolding the leaders of the world at the UN to climate change rallies with school children in various nations around the globe. We’ve known about this stuff for over 30 years now.  We’ve had an amazingly strong consensus of… Read more »

Women of Interest—Amelia Jenks Bloomer

Amelia Jenks Bloomer (May 27, 1818­­­­–­December 30, 1894) was an editor who wrote for the women’s right and temperance movement.  She was the first woman to own and operate a newspaper (The Lily) written exclusively for women.  The Lily was published biweekly from 1849 to 1853 with an eventual circulation of over 4,000.  Most of… 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 Sep 28 – 29: Saskatchewan Student Social Events Sept 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Nov Oct 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Nov 1 Oct 15: Nov… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Get out the Vote Student Social – Saskatoon Sat, Sept 28, 2:00 to 4:00 pm CST The Underground Cafe, 430 20th Street W, Saskatoon SK In person Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/get-out-the-vote-student-social-in-saskatoon/ RVSP to ausu@ausu.org Get out the Vote Student Social – Regina Sun, Sept 29, 2:00 to 4:00 pm CST Cafe Français, 1 – 425… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  2019 Essay Contest Sponsored by:  Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Deadline:  October 25, 2019, 11:59 pm PT Potential payout:  up to $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution as of January 15, 2019. What’s required:  An online application form, including a maximum 2500-word persuasive essay on this topic: … Read more »

Student Sizzle–AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group What do you do when life throws you a curveball?  That’s what one student is seeking feedback on as she contemplates how to get through her current courses.  In other posts, Paul celebrates being awarded AU’s Academic Achievement Scholarship, and Kayla wonders if it’s possible to switch tutors during a course.  And… Read more »