Vol. 28 Iss. 05

Volume 28, Issue 05 - 01/31/2020

Minds We Meet–Charla Arnold

Charla Arnold is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Athabasca University with a major in Accounting.  Charla was kind enough to share her experience with online learning and what pushed her to enroll at AU. Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who are you? Where do… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Myth of the Star Pupil: It’s You.

Like a kitty walking invisible circles before settling its paws down upon a pillow, we at AU have to situate ourselves not only in a comfortable study nook but in a good place psychologically.  Material conditions and emotional ambiance are key to our success, but so too are the more ephemeral facts of our mental… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Midwinter Wishes

I don’t know what it’s like in the place where you live, but, here in Winnipeg, the winter, for all its majesty, can be hard and brutal.  I am not a spiritual person, but I do believe there is some sort of warmth and benediction from the lighting of metaphorical candles, the offering up of… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Six Tips for Eating Out on a Budget

Despite my efforts to trim down the “dining out” nights each week, I still find that, more times than not, eating out is inevitable. Particularly, when many of our relationships are cultivated over food; whether it is a first dinner date or brunch with the pals. For the financially savvy AU student, what are some… Read more »

The Fit Student—No Such Thing as a Toxic Family

I went to pay for my milk at the Shopper’s Drugstore counter.  The friendly Filipino clerk smiled at me and said, “It’s 25% off Thursday.  Do you have a rewards card?” I shook my head no, but stayed hopeful. “I’ll give you the discount anyway,” she smiled. I laughed warmly. “When you leave this world,”… Read more »

Course Exam—CHEM 218 (Chemical Principles II)

CHEM 218 (Chemical Principles II) is a three-credit introductory chemistry course that is a continuation of CHEM 217 (Chemical Principles I). This course covers chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, the chemistry of metals and non-metals, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. CHEM 218 may not be taken for… Read more »

Dear Barb—Diet Decisions

Dear Barb: Hi, I read your column often and I was waiting for one to come out about people’s struggles with dieting in the New Year. I am looking for a good diet since I need to lose about 40 pounds. It seems every time I hear about a great new diet, within a year… Read more »

Editorial—Too Much to Talk About

I’m a happy camper today.  This issue of The Voice Magazine is one of the better ones, and there’s enough to talk about in it that I don’t think I’ll have room to rant on anything else. To start with, our feature article is an interview with what I’ve come to consider a “typical” AU… Read more »

The Poor Love Nut’s Guide for Valentine’s Day

Trying to get ready for Valentine’s Day, but you’re broke?  Many students can identify.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your loved one like a King or Goddess. If, like me, you’re a poor love nut, then I’ve got tips on how to make your true love’s heart throb on Valentine’s Day: Tip #1:… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Natasha Bedingfield

Artist: Natasha Bedingfield Album: Pocketful of Sunshine With services like Spotify, and considering the current trends in music I think it’d be interesting to go back in time, even just a decade or so ago, to see what kind of music could make a comeback now; especially since we see current artists giving nods to… Read more »

Athabasca University’s 50th Anniversary—Beyond 50

Athabasca University is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  On June 25, 1970, the Order in Council of the Government of Alberta had opened it as a campus-based institution.  Two years later, they decided to run a test pilot of an open, distance university.  The first course they offered was World Ecology in 1973 and, after that,… Read more »

Freedom of Expression versus Inclusivity at the University of Regina

Contentious topics, such as freedom of expression versus truth and reconciliation, are once again at the forefront of Canadian news with recent events at the University of Regina. On January 23, George Elliot Clarke’s lecture at the University entitled “Truth and Reconciliation’ versus ‘the Murdered and Missing’: Examining Indigenous Experiences of (In)Justice in Four Saskatchewan… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Mid winter is the perfect time for the levity of Backward Day on January 31.  Our writers have often immersed themselves in the spirit of absurdity, so it’s worth a backward glance into the archives. Resting on his laurels.  Writer Bill Pollett envisions the day he’ll be finished his degree, when he can start purging… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  TAC Foundation Scholarships Sponsored by:  Transportation Association of Canada Deadline:  February 28, 2020 Potential payout:  up to $6000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, enrolled at a university or college in an academic program related to the planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance and program management of road and highway… 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 7: AUSU Election – Nominations Close Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 Feb 12: AUSU Election… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Ralph can’t post on a course discussion board; the issue is posts aren’t permitted until the official course start date.  Hassan wonders what happens if a student misses a ProctorU exam due to illness; responders point out the 10-day window for exams. Other posts include student loans, dictionaries in exams, printing quiz… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Live chat – Doctorate in Business Administration Wed, Feb 5, 3:00 to 4:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/live-chat-doctorate-in-business-administration-20200205 Access through above link Creating a Successful 3MT Thurs, Feb 6, 1:30 to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies www.eventbrite.ca/e/creating-a-winning-3mt-presentation-presented-by-dustin-purnell-aus-2019-3mt-winner-tickets-86709334955 Register online at above link Zotero and… Read more »