Vol. 28 Iss. 16

Volume 28, Issue 16 - 04/17/2020

Turning to Literature in Uncertain COVID-19 Times

Famed American author Toni Morrison once said, “Delving into literature is not escape, nor a sure-fire route to comfort.  It’s been a constant, sometimes even violent, but certainly always a provocative engagement with the contemporary, the modern world.  The issues of the society we live in.” In today’s unpredictable times, we may find ourselves turning… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Springing Ahead and Looking Back

In spring we dust off our outdoor selves and, hopefully, gain new perspective on ourselves.  Everything appears differently in the bold light of the season and this illustrates the subjective nature of the act of seeing itself.  Take photo albums, for instance.  When I look at family picture books, aged and oxidised by the loving… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Gift of Conscience

Last week, I was speaking with a friend of mine, a professional artist, who has been staying and working for the past few months in Portugal.  She was telling me that, as news of the COVID-19 pandemic was gaining momentum, she and her partner had been traveling to a couple of larger metropolitan areas in… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Five Romantic Uses of Metaphors

I had a dream that I threw out my dreamland husband from my home.  We screamed and yelled, and he cried out, “I’ve been having an affair all along.”  He stole all the freezer grocery items and barged out the door.  In my dream, I couldn’t get him out of my life fast enough. But… Read more »

The Study Dude—Six Common Mistakes

You want a thesis that makes Mom and Dad beam?  A thesis that churns out multiple publications? A thesis you conveniently store on the guestroom bedside table?  All grad students want that quality—at first. But once the grind begins, some students stumble, lose focus, or just give up.  Let me reassure you, your thesis will… Read more »

Course Exam—BIOL 207 (Principles of Biology II)

BIOL 207 (Principles of Biology II) is the second of two introductory courses in general biology that prepare students for most senior-level biology courses offered at Athabasca University. This course is designed to help students learn more about the nature of life.  The main topics include the diversity of organisms, including fungi, plants, protists, animals,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Viral Theories

Dear Barb: After weeks of isolation and hearing lots of stories about the coronavirus, I just don’t know what to believe about how or when this virus will end.  Everybody seems to have a different theory and they all believe they are right.  The most common theory I have heard and read about is that… Read more »

Things to do when You’re Bored

In Canada, most of us have been in social isolation, and practising social distancing, for at least 2 weeks, some places longer.  By that I mean, we are advised not to go out unless it is for something essential.  In Nova Scotia, we were told only to go out once a week for groceries, and… Read more »

A Retrospective

I couldn’t have written this editorial yesterday.  That’s because, when it comes to AUSU, The Voice Magazine, and myself, have to strive to maintain impartiality.  Yesterday was the last day of former AUSU President, Brandon Simmons. Brandon joined AUSU during a tumultuous time back in 2015.  AUSU had become, as some student unions do, somewhat… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Chicken Kiev

As I’ve mentioned before, I challenged my wife and kids to come up with recipes from other countries.  This past week it was my oldest daughter’s turn.  She had chosen Russia, so we researched a few items to make.  She decided to make cabbage rolls and Herring salad.  None of us have ever had herring… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  LM Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Leavitt Machinery Deadline:  May 31, 2020 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian or U.S. residents, enrolled or expecting to be enrolled in a degree program at a Canadian post-secondary institution by September 2020, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. What’s required:  A completed… 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 Apr 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for May May 7: Annual General Meeting May 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jun 1 May 15: Jun degree requirements deadline… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Jessi wonders what happens with accounting courses with paper exams now; responders advise asking the course tutor or the Faculty of Biz contact centre.  Faye relates being locked out of her exam by ProctorU during a bathroom break; still waiting for resolution on this one. Other posts include computer specs for ProctorU… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

The Globe and Mail presents: Online education home learning game plan Thur, Apr 16, 1:30 to 2:15 pm EDT Online Hosted by AU and The Globe and Mail news.athabascau.ca/events/the-globe-and-mail-presents-online-education-home-learning-game-plan RSVP through above link The Grad Lounge Fri, Apr 17, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies news.athabascau.ca/events/the-grad-lounge-april17 Register through… Read more »