Vol. 28 Iss. 13

Volume 28, Issue 13 - 03/27/2020

The Future of Canadian Distance Education

Canada has experienced increased changes in its distance educational model amidst 2019’s significant upheavals and 2020’s COVID-19.  On June 17, 2019, the Canadian Virtual University-Université Virtuelle Canadienne (CVU-UVC) officially disbanded.  Originally created to highlight and promote online education across Canada, the consortium allowed universities to work together to allow easier transfer of credits across institutions. … Read more »

The Fit Student—Fundraise if you Love Roller-coasters

Giving feels great! But what about fundraising? Well, that’s a roller-coaster, as you’ll soon see.  But fundraising might just be your thing. Consider if you have a cherished cause you want to help fund.  Or if you have a newly disabled child who needs a fundraiser for special supplies.  Or you might want to start—and… Read more »

Women of Interest—Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is a writer, feminist, social critic, and intellectual.  She was influential in second-wave feminism during the last half of the 20th century. Greer was born in Melbourne, Australia, on January 29th, 1939.  She received her BA from the University of Melbourne, her MA from University of Sydney and her PhD from Newnham College… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Travel in the Time of Isolation

“Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut Travel has always been the most exciting thing for me, the greatest of pleasures.  To get lost in a new city or take a bend in the road and come across a view of the ocean.  To wander the streets, eat in the restaurants,… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Johnny Cash: 16 Biggest Hits

It’s arguably one of the most popular genres in Canada, yet country music is strangely disliked by many individual listeners.  I often hear that today’s catalogue is largely tarnished by pop’s influence, resulting in lowbrow lyrics, formulaic instrumentals, and aesthetic stereotypes in music videos. Depending on audience reception, this can be true of all modern,… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—The Next Zombie Apocalypse

Lately, things seem to be spiraling out of control.  It seems like 2020 decided to start the new decade off with some action.  Some are taking it seriously while others continue to stick their head in the sand and dismiss what’s happening around them.  I even came across a Washington Post news clip showing quite… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—AU’s Social Distance Triumph

It’s an old cliché that we’re hard-wired to be social animals.  Like cows dipping their heads to nosh on some clover, all the while furtively murmuring gossip about whose calves nibbled at whose udders unbeknownst to the other’s Mothers, we humans thrive on gabbing in groups.  Who are we going to low conspiratorially to now?… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Saturday Pancakes

Every Saturday, my family and I have made pancakes. We’ve done this for at least eight years.  This recipe is tried and true and never fails.  We usually weigh some of the ingredients, but I’ve changed it for measurement.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!!   Saturday Pancakes Prep time: 15… Read more »

Six Grocery Shopping Tips Amid COVID-19

There’s been a lot of fear and panic surrounding the worldwide pandemic taking place.  While AU students are not unfamiliar to online classroom’s and learning indoors, students still may face challenges when obtaining groceries.  Specifically, grocery shopping is turning into a headache for myself as I take many careful precautions before shopping for the ingredients… Read more »

Is this Ethical?

Clinical drug trials took place at my hospital. Groups of patients were encouraged to go on a new drug. Due to the drug, many of these patients’ bellies swelled over a short time to what looked like a full pregnancy.  The patients also risked dying due to blood cell counts that could go awry, hence… Read more »

Course Exam—PHIL 337 (Business Ethics)

PHIL 337 (Business Ethics) is a three-credit, senior level, applied ethics course that focuses on the ethics of enterprise, exchange, corporate responsibility, work, consumption, and trade.  This course has no prerequisites and is not available for challenge.  For more information on Athabasca University’s philosophy courses, visit their philosophy home page. Business Ethics is made up… Read more »

Dear Barb—Stir Crazy

Dear Barb: Hi, because of the corona virus my husband and I have been off work and home with our kids for seven days and we are already stressed out.  I know it’s the right thing to do, but, oh my god, I don’t know how stay at home parents do it.  I have a… Read more »

Editorial—Day Nine in the Bunker

Honestly, for me, life has changed very little.  I’ve spent a little more time cleaning the house (not nearly enough) a lot more time watching the news (far too much) and other than that, just getting on. Of course, I realize I have the luxury of a job that’s pretty safe from recessionary pressures. If… Read more »

AU’S Response to the Pandemic

With states of emergency being called in Canada (a rare event) and abroad, schools being cancelled, and not really being able to leave the house, many people have gone into a panic around the world.  All schools in Canada are closed and there are a couple provinces such as Saskatchewan and Alberta where they haven’t… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Sponsored by:  Nature Canada Deadline:  May 1, 2020, 5:00pm EST Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be entering or continuing at an accredited university or college in Canada in the interdisciplinary study of natural environmental systems (ecosystems), how they operate, how they interact with people, and how people interact… 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 Mar 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for May Apr 10: Deadline to register in a course starting May 1 Mar 15: May degree requirements deadline Apr 16: AUSU Council Changeover… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Christabel wonders if students can withdraw from courses without a fee during the COVID-19 situation; waiting for the busy folks at AU to confirm.  Jodi seeks info on approved calculators to use during CHEM exams.  Mary’s looking for survey participants between the ages of 18 years and 20 years, 11 months. Other… Read more »

AU-Thentic Event

Research Webinar Series:  Organizational change experienced by Canadian universities moving to online learning Tue, Mar 31, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online via Skype Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/research-webinar-series-organizational-change-experienced-by-canadian-universities-moving-to-online-learning Access Skype through above link All events are free unless specified

Vintage Voice

While the current global pandemic of COVID-19 seems to be carving out a new reality of hyper-concern, a peek in our past issues shows a repeat of certain themes. Whatever happened to H1N1? The Voice reports on government cautions ahead of a possible second wave of H1N1, aka the swine flu.  “Among other recommendations, the… Read more »