Vol. 27 Iss. 04

Volume 27, Issue 4 - 01/25/2019

Changes to Ontario’s Student Loan Plan

Doug Ford recently announced changes in the Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP), Ford’s government also introduced other changes such as tuition cuts (which are welcomed), as well as changes in grant eligibility.  But many students in Ontario have complained and worry about what these changes will mean for them. Before the changes, people whose families… Read more »

Dancing with the Dogs of Winter

Ah, January and February in the northern hemisphere.  Those bleak winter months when, at least where I live, the short days and long nights prowl restlessly about, like angry black dogs, in the darkness just beyond your personal campfire of routines and basic comforts.  Stray too far from that security and warmth, and who knows… Read more »

The Mindful Bard—The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Film:  The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Directors: Ethan and Joel Coen It would be too easy to claim this film as an indictment of the United States alone, but its historical setting predates any solid sense of Canadian identity.  The characters, like my parents and great grandparents, freely moved back and forth across the border,… Read more »

The Fit Student—A Controversial Cure

One year, you might contract not just one disease, but more than five: “Just one in 20 people worldwide … had no health problems in 2013, with a third of the world’s population (2-3 billion  individuals) experiencing more than five ailments, according to a major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2013”… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Book Marketing

I got assigned a role to teach marketing at a community college.  Before this, I had never heard of the four P’s of marketing: product, place, price, and promotion.  However, I could’ve succeeded remarkably in the teaching role had the school used a certain textbook.  The textbook would’ve made learning simple and fun for the… Read more »

Food Truck Tour of Portland

There’s a reason why Portland, Oregon, is known as food truck city.  Even in the coldest months of winter, the food trucks have lines that bend around the corner.  Coming from Edmonton, where food trucks are only associated with the hottest days of summer, it was a refreshing experience to sample some delicious local cuisine… Read more »

Course Exam—ANTH 366

Evolutionary Anthropology (ANTH 336) is a three-credit intermediate-level course that provides a general introduction to various topics related to the evolution of human adaptations, including various human behaviours.  This course has ANTH 278 (Human Evolution and Diversity) or equivalent as a prerequisite and it has a Challenge for Credit option available. Evolutionary Anthropology consists of… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Missing Piece

Dear Barb: Hi, my cousin was in a terrible accident on Christmas Eve.  The person driving the other vehicle was drunk and ran into my cousin’s car.  He had to be cut out of it and received numerous injuries; including having to have his foot amputated because it was so damaged and could not be… Read more »

Editorial—A Striking Lack of Answers

On Monday, I contacted the president of AU, the executive director of AUFA, and the president of AUSU asking some questions about the possibility of a strike by the AU Faculty: questions about what it might mean, what their planned responses were, and what they thought the problems were that  needed to be resolved to… Read more »

Self Labeled

Last week I wrote about belief narratives and how the things that we are told sometimes, unknowingly, stick with us and alter how we see ourselves or what we can do.  There is another side to this as well, sometimes we are stuck on who we believe we are and what we believe we want… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—Horse Feathers!

“What are we laughing at?”  Upon entering a room full of twitters it’s an innocuous enough question.  Here in the Youtube era we may not want to see the crude or unusual videos being shared, yet the cause laughter itself remains psychologically prescient.  Plus, there’s also the timeless possibility that we are the butt of… Read more »

10 Easy Ways to Add More Fruit and Vegetables to your Diet

People are exceptionally creative—they can come up with all kinds of excuses why they don’t eat healthy.  These can range from it takes too much time to prepare vegetables (but they’ll spend over 10 minutes in a running vehicle in a drive-through for take-out) to it’s too expensive to eat healthy (but if they tracked… 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 Jan 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Mar Feb 6: FaceBook Live interview with AU President Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 Feb 15: March… Read more »

Student Sizzle!

AthaU Facebook Group Chanelle is looking for info on course success rates and Angela provides her with the link.  Several posters a week ask about service standards for marking assignments and exams; does no one look at the links on myAU? (try the Student Services tab at the top and scroll to Service Standards!  Or… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Since so many students on the unofficial AthaU Facebook page ask about the turnaround time for marking assignments and exams, we’ve found these two relevant articles from our archives. So you’re saying tutors are human, too?  Writer Deanna Roney looks at the flipside of the tutor-student equation.  “Sometimes I think we forget that there are… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  10 Words or Less Scholarship Sponsored by:  StudentScholarships.org Deadline:  January 31, 2019 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be between 14 and 25, and be attending school in the fall of 2019. What’s required:  A comment on any post on the StudentScholarships Facebook page, answering the question:  “In 10 words or less,… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie “Indian Horse”, Part 1 of 2 Fri, Jan 25, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Athabasca University, Peace Hills Trust Tower, 12th floor, Room 1222, 10011 – 109 Street, Edmonton AB In-person; limited seating Hosted by Nukskahtowin, AU Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research indigenous.athabascau.ca/documentation/HonorYourWord.pdf Register by phone (780)428-2064 or e-mail… Read more »