Vol. 28 Iss. 03

Volume 28, Issue 03 - 01/17/2020

Minds We Meet—Kieran Soora

Kieran Soora is currently in his last year of the Bachelor of Commerce program with a major in Accounting.  His plans on obtaining his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licence once he finishes his degree at AU and would love to eventually be a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a major company.  This is Kieran’s story…. Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Don’t Be An Ignoramus! Is that Even Possible?

The ignoramus may be the only dinosaur that never went extinct.  Its DNA is in us all whenever we feel superior and better-informed than others.  Ironically, education itself can exacerbate this chronic condition where we become dinosaurs by resting on our intellectual laurels.  Many classes teach their disciplinary bias as though it were universally applicable… Read more »

Course Exam—POLI 307 (Political Ideologies)

POLI 307 (Political Ideologies) is a three-credit, upper-level political science course that surveys the origins and development of modern political ideologies in their historical, cultural, and socio-economic contexts, beginning with the origins of liberalism, followed by responses to it which include capitalism, conservatism, socialism, Marxism, and nationalism.  This course has no prerequisites and offers a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Faced with the Unthinkable

Dear Barb: I hate to bring up such a sombre subject, but, in December, my husband was diagnosed with stage four cancer of unknown origin.  We were both devastated, but with the Christmas celebrations we managed to put the cancer out of our minds.  Now that the holidays are over, we are faced with the… Read more »

Distance Education—The New Norm for High School Students?

On March 15, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Education released “Education that Works for You — Modernizing Classrooms,” which states that starting in 2020-2021, “the government will centralize the delivery of all e-learning courses to allow students greater access to programming and educational opportunities, no matter where they live in Ontario.”  Although few specific details… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Into the Woods

This world is a forest from a dark fairy tale, dreamed up by the fevered imagination of the Brothers Grimm. At the moment, it seems to be locked in eternal winter, but, far away, the sky is burning red, and I fear it’s not from the approaching dawn. The trees here are black and gnarled;… Read more »

The Fit Student—The Tipping Point for Joy, Love, and Less Stress

Imagine student life filled with joy, filled with love, and void of stress.  Impossible? We all feel bad at times.  We might worry, feel irked, or blame ourselves or others.  Whenever a bad thought arises, we can squelch it.  More accurately, we can crowd it out with positivity.  According to author and self-professed life coach,… Read more »

Alberta’s Budget Cuts—Affecting So Many

In November, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said the government plans to cut up to 5,900 jobs as part of its elaborate plan of balancing the budget before the 2022-23 fiscal year.  Most of these cuts will affect Alberta’s Health Services and government employees.  While their jobs will not be affected until March 30,… Read more »

Editorial—Hold on to Your Wallets!

It’s now official.  Athabasca University will be increasing tuitions by 7% across the board.  At the same time, negotiations with the various labour groups at the university seem to be heating up as well, with AUFA having recently done a survey and finding out that almost half of those surveyed don’t trust the senior management… Read more »

Top Eight Productivity Tips for AU Students in the New Year

Turn off distractions We all know those times when it takes us hours to write one sentence of an essay or when we sit down to study but can barely read past the first page. Turning off distractions is a key to working effectively. This includes cell phones, social media, and loud music. Sometimes when… Read more »

The Study Dude—Cure Yourself of Exam Anxiety

Perfectionism often leads to anxiety.  And you don’t want anxiety during exams. “I’m going to fail!” I’d burst into tears, wailing those words before every math exam.  I discounted the twenty-four hours each week I studied for that one course.  I discounted my 4.0 in prior math classes, too.  Luckily, my stress morphed into confidence… 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 24: AUSU Election – Nominations Open Jan 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Mar Feb 7: AUSU Election – Nominations Close Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Kin Canada Bursaries Sponsored by:  Kin Canada Deadline:  February 1, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and be full-time students in the process of graduating from high school or currently studying at a post-secondary institution.  See full eligibility criteria. What’s required:  A completed application form,… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Eve wonders what happens if a student flunks an exam near the end of the contract date; most responses mention the 90-day window for exam re-takes.  Sandy asks if a dictionary and thesaurus are permitted in the ENGL 255 exam; replies are mixed, but Sandy finds the answer (dictionary permitted) in the… Read more »

Vintage Voice

January 18 is Thesaurus Day.  In other words, a reason to dig, burrow, or mine The Voice’s vault! Another thing to resolve to do…sometime.  Writer Maxie van Roye takes an inventory of things on her desk (mostly, one suspects, to avoid actually cleaning said desk.)  “…that big red drip over there is not from popsicles… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

The Paradox of Disillusionment: a talk with Steven Heighton, AU’s Writer-in-Residence Fri, Jan 17, 3:00 to 4:00 pm MST Athabasca University, Peace Hills Trust Tower, Room 1112, 10011 – 109 Street NW, Edmonton AB In-person and livestream Hosted by AU and FHSS news.athabascau.ca/events/the-paradox-of-disillusionment-a-talk-with-steven-heighton-aus-writer-in-residence No pre-registration required; access livestream through above link Keeping Organized as You… Read more »