Vol. 28 Iss. 15

Volume 28, Issue 15 - 04/10/2020

Self-Care and the Health and Wellness Industry’s Answer to COVID-19

Despite its seemingly altruistic name, the health and wellness industry has been steadily profiting from COVID-19, unconcerned with medical professionals’ dire predictions of the pandemic’s ultimate human cost, as well as society’s current needs.  Although the industry’s exploitation of individuals’ insecurities is not a new phenomenon, during the current pandemic, it feels particularly unethical. In… Read more »

Book Review—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Book: Frankentstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus Author: Mary Shelley Faced with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of social distancing, travel restrictions, and self-isolation, many of our regular pursuits and pastimes have been curtailed.  This situation has affected schools, offices, stores, restaurants, bars, concert venues, airlines, public transit, and even fitness facilities.  With everyone staying home… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—COVID-19 Can Suck An Egg: Easter Eggs 2020 Style!

Imagine back, way back, to 4500 BCE at a humble hunting and gathering settlement in Western Ukraine.  That’s where the earliest paintings of decorated eggs were discovered (Baring & Cashford, 61).  What joy these ancient people must have felt at the advent of spring!  6,600 years later their painted treasures convey a delicate brilliance familiar… Read more »

The Food Challenge

Two weeks ago, I challenged my three kids to think of a country they would like to visit.  I further instructed them to choose a few dishes that we could cook, which would allow us to explore some of the culture unique to that country. My youngest, who is six, said she wanted to try… Read more »

The Study Dude—The Zombie Methodology for Grad School Success

What’s methodology?  Surely a zombie can’t teach that!  Zombies have no brains.  But if it’s simplified enough, well, you’ve got Dr. Zombie. Dr. Zombie is going to simplify one of three key parts of most any graduate level thesis: methodologies.  That way, you’ll perform like a rock star come grad school time. But first, be… Read more »

Social Activities while Social Distancing

During this strangely apocalyptic time that appears straight out of a dystopian thriller movie, social distancing has been the centre of everyone’s daily vocabulary.  Social distancing is critical and could be the key to our future of reuniting with friends and our communities.  However, in the meantime, social activities are still very possible using technology. … Read more »

Course Exam—BIOL 204 (Principles of Biology I)

BIOL 204 (Principles of Biology I) is a three-credit introductory general biology course and the first of two introductory biology courses that will prepare students for second-year biology courses.  This course is designed to help students learn more about the nature of life, and topics include enzymes, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, classical genetics, modern genetics,… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Feist

Artist: Feist Album: The Reminder Mid-2000s music was marked by a battle of the opposites; you either jammed out to Flo Rida’s racy “Low” at your low-budget school dance or daydreamed to Colbie Caillat’s relaxing “Bubbly” during a sunlit recess. Originating in Calgary, singer-songwriter Leslie Feist’s contributions to indie folk-pop place her in the latter category.  With… Read more »

Dear Barb—Isolated Issues

Dear Barb: Hi, I am going crazy! I have been self isolating for weeks. I am a single person and normally I like my own company, but this is getting to be too much. I am doing everything I can to keep busy; I work in a clothing store so I can’t work from home…. Read more »

Editorial—Reality is Setting In

I was planning, this week, to write an editorial about the Alberta Government’s new legislation that allows them to create new legislation, and create special enforcement forces for that legislation, without ever having to have the new rules debated in our legislature.  Tied to the emergency health regulations, this could allow them to do such… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Emergency Preparedness Kits

Most people are, by now, at least a couple weeks into their social distancing.  Some AU students are already used to staying indoors since there’s no need to venture outside; we already get a great education through AU.  Others were already working from home before this and are well-familiarized with telecommuting.  Many AU students even… 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 Olivia asks about other students’ experiences in appealing an assignment grade; lots of good feedback from students who have been-there-done-that.  Madison wants to add a Psyc major to her existing degree without putting in another four years; responses point her to the “add a major” option and also to AU’s advising services…. Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship Sponsored by:  TD Bank and 4-H Deadline:  May 31, 2020 Potential payout:  $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be 4-H members, at least 16 years of age, Canadian residents, in their final year of high school or CEGEP, and planning to attend university or college in September 2020 in an… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Talk to a Librarian Drop-In Session: Using E-book Readers Wed, Apr 15, 9:00 to 9:30 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Library news.athabascau.ca/events/talk-to-a-librarian-drop-in-session-april15 No pre-registration necessary; access through above link MBA for Executives Webinar Wed, Apr 15, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/mba-for-executives-webinar-20200415 Register through above link Research… Read more »