Vol. 28 Iss. 08

Volume 28, Issue 09 - 02/21/2020

Minds We Meet—Alek Golijanin

Alek Golijanin is currently in his fourth-year of the Bachelor of Commerce program at Athabasca University.  Alek shares his humanitarian initiative called AlekGo and his experience with online learning so far.  This is his story. Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who are you? Where do you live, where… Read more »

The True Nature of Luxury and Wealth

I feel that many of us have been conned, or have tricked ourselves, into believing that money is the only form of wealth. Monetarily, I’ve been poor and I’ve been (relatively) rich.  Having had the opportunity to compare and contrast, I would have to say that rich is much, much better.  I did not enjoy… Read more »

In Conversation—with The Brilliance

The Brilliance is hard to pigeonhole.  Their music is a unique mix of classical and pop, so you might call it prog rock with no hubris, or classical music without pedantry.  The highly original sounds created by the duo John Arndt and David Gungor, close friends who haven’t lived in the same city since The… Read more »

The Fit Student—Visualize Success

If you ever had a bad start at anything, it may have killed your confidence.  But don’t let it.  You can use visualization to get your gusto back in high gear.  But visualization can do so much more—like help you give back to others.  What greater purpose than giving exists? Author Katie Stone writes, “Visualizing… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—The Cold Curtain of Winter

Bleak, stark, lifeless, pallid: winter landscapes aren’t the most inviting climes for a study break.  A few paces from our door reveal only colourless dead space populated by shadows and chills.  Oh sure, snowmen are always a possibility.  But a corncob pipe and a button nose are no replacement for the magical appearance of an… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Ten Underrated Snacks

Recently during midterm season, I’ve discovered some new snacks that have kept my energy and motivation levels high.  While not all my recent snacking habits have been healthy, they have introduced me to new ethnic snacks that are refreshing and delicious. Coconut water Coconut water is not only a healthy, hydrating drink but it is… Read more »

The Study Dude—Power Points to make even Disney Hire You

When I was a T.A., I gave a group of students an A for their PowerPoint presentation.  I told my supervising professor that the students embedded a great video and displayed a beautiful presentation.  She gritted her teeth and said, “No bells and whistles.”  When I asked her what that meant, she said content was… Read more »

Course Exam—LGST 489 (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

LGST 489 (Alternative Dispute Resolution) is a three-credit, senior-level legal studies course that provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of alternative dispute resolutions (ADR).  The course focuses on the two main dispute resolution methods: negotiation and mediation.  It also introduces the basic principles and techniques of various dispute resolution methods.  Different areas of… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Genes of History

Dear Barb: I am in a bad situation and I need some advice.  My sister and I did our DNA testing to, hopefully, trace our ancestors.  Well, we got a big surprise.  It turns out we are only half siblings!  We don’t know what to do with this information.  My parents have been together since… Read more »

Editorial—In a Rush

I over-estimated my abilities this week.  I told the candidates for the AUSU election that they could have until midnight on Thursday, Feb 20th, to get their responses to me.  I wanted to make sure they had as long as possible to consider their answers and maybe look into some things that AUSU was currently… Read more »

Worldwide Journalistic Crisis

Recent reports reveal that, despite violence, 2019 was statistically much safer for journalists than previous years.  Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based NGO, reported the deaths of forty-nine journalists worldwide, the lowest death toll in sixteen years.  Founded in 1985 in Montpellier, France, RSF defends and promotes freedom of information in the journalism industry.  2020’s… Read more »

Asking the Candidates!

The AUSU election is coming up, and while distance education makes a lot of things possible, it can make figuring out who to vote for a bit of a challenge.  AU does not really have a centre point that students congregate in and that can be used to easily deliver messages to the student body. … Read more »

Changes to your 2020 CRA Tax Returns

Tax season is coming up, not too soon but soon enough to start thinking about it.  We all should know that April 30 is the deadline to get your taxes in.  There are important changes to the CRA tax year, what you can claim, and eligibility.  Here is one important new update you should know,… 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 Feb 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Mar 1 Feb 12: AUSU Election – Candidates Announced Feb 15: Mar degree requirements deadline Feb 25-Mar 2 – AUSU General Election Make… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Deadline:  March 27, 2020 Potential payout:  up to $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be blind, deafblind, or partially sighted (as defined in Applicant Qualifications section), be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and be attending or planning to attend a post-secondary institution… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU General Election Tues, Feb 25 to Mon, Mar 2 Online www.ausu.org/events/ Check AUSU’s Events page for timelines and details MBA for Executives Webinar Tues, Feb 25, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/mba-for-executives-webinar-20200225 Register through above link 2020 Open Forum Supporting Graduate Learners, Research, and Education Wed, Feb… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Faithe wonders how other students manage five courses—one at a time, or work on all five simultaneously; responses show that each student finds their own method after exploring the options.  Mhairi asks if textbooks need to be returned when dropping a course within the 30-day window; responders say yes. Other posts include… Read more »