Vol. 28 Iss. 17

Volume 28, Issue 17 -

COVID-19 and the Seasonal Worker

While COVID-19 has the ability to take a toll on all members of society, various marginalized communities face disproportionately high risks.  Earlier last month, the Canadian government announced the closure of the Canadian border to anyone except Canadian citizens and permanent residents, leaving many individuals, including temporary foreign workers (TFW), unsure of their future.  However,… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Make Extra Cash Writing Short Stories

Students need extra dough as badly as chocolate bars need chocolate.  Extra dough is the difference between chomping on day-old macaroni and ketchup—versus dining on Steak Neptune. Yet, the economy has shrunk with COVID-19.  So, what can students do to earn extra cash?  Write, of course!  Under a time-crunch, students can make extra dough writing… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Springing Into Sitting

As spring’s fervid grasp permits life to flourish, we at AU might take a moment to record our progress as we arrive at this season of rebirth.  Foremost among methods of self-germination may, for we studious AU students, be the act of writing itself.  Each essay has affected us as a dialectic between the course… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—On the Nature of Time

Time is most definitely not consistently equivalent.  Time is relative, mercurial, capricious.  It is linked to and calibrated by our state of mind and our visceral awareness of the world, where we are currently placed on the psychological spectrum between trauma and ecstasy.  A split second poised at the top of a roller coaster, for… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mona Louise Parsons

Mona Louise Parsons was the only Canadian female civilian to be imprisoned by the Nazis during the Second World War.  Parsons and a few of her closest friends formed a resistance group with the intention of hiding Allied airmen who had survived being shot down over Holland.  Parsons and her millionaire husband built a secret… Read more »

The Study Dude!—Become AU’s Top Science Influencer

You’re one of those gifted left-brain thinkers who wants to make a splash in the science world?  Well, look no further. You could become the next David Suzuki.  Believe it!  But first, consider what The Open University claims is your responsibility as a scientist: “As research scientists you have the opportunity to inspire others to… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Janet Jackson

Album: janet. Artist: Janet Jackson Milica Markovic Every time I go to a wedding, the playlist mostly consists of 90s tunes.  It’s not surprising, since it was a time when the music industry was transitioning out of the power ballads, new wave experiments, and post-disco funk that dominated the 80s to genres that would take… Read more »

Dear Barb—Connecting Through Quarantine

Dear Barb: As a result of being in isolation for so long I believe we are probably all learning something about ourselves and our relationships.  The people I thought I would hear from I don’t, yet other people who rarely contacted me before the virus are checking in and making sure I am okay and… Read more »

Editorial—The Moral Hazards

This week, our feature article is one where Natalia Iwanek digs into the human rights issues faced by seasonal and temporary foreign workers who come into Canada, especially now, with COVID-19 affecting, well, everything. This seemed especially timely given the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the Cargill meat plant.  Cargill hires a large number of… Read more »

Homemade is Better – Pao de Queijo (cheese bread)

This past week I had chosen to make food from Brazil.  My main dish was supposed to be a stew with a variety of different meats in it, but for whatever reason it was difficult to find the meats at my local grocery store and a related large chain store.  I was still able to… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Cranberry oatmeal cookies

One of my favorite past-times recently has been baking.  With the stress of COVID-19 hanging over our heads, baking can be a therapeutic activity.  In distracting myself, I’ve found a sense of peace whenever I hear the rhythmic sound of the electric mixer or the scent of freshly-baked cookies.  Moreover, with reduced trips to the… 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 »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Student Essay Contest Sponsored by:  Fraser Institute Deadline:  June 1, 2020 Potential payout:  $500 to $1500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students (high school, undergrad, or grad) studying in Canada, or Canadian students studying abroad. What’s required:  A completed online application form, along with an essay of 1000 to 1500 words exploring the… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

RefWorks Migration Webinar Tue, Apr 28, 2:00 to 3:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary; access through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-In Session Wed, Apr 29, 9:00 to 9:30 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Library news.athabascau.ca/events/talk-to-a-librarian-drop-in-session-april29 No pre-registration necessary; access through above link MBA for Executives Webinar… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Thomas expresses concern that he hasn’t had a confirmation for an exam request with an early May write date; an AU rep responds that AU is working through the backlog of requests in order of write date.  Miranda wonders if bathroom breaks are permitted during ProctorU exams; responders say they’ve been allowed…. Read more »

Vintage Voice

National Volunteer Week (April 19 to 25) has almost slipped by, but it deserves to be marked this year and every year. They don’t grow on trees, you know!  Tammy Lee Moore shows the volunteer spirit—and learns a valuable lesson about root vegetables.  “I had imagined lovely trailing plants with interspersed potatoes growing on them:… Read more »