Vol. 28 Iss. 21

Volume 28, Issue 21 - 05/22/2020

Minds We Meet—Monique Durette

Born in Edmonton, Monique Durette now lives in Okotoks, Alberta where she’s taking her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Women and Gender Studies from AU.  She’s lived across the country, from BC to Ontario, and in fact met her husband while she was in high school in… Read more »

The Creative Spark—How to Make Your Three-Act Structure Rock

Do you want to write sizzling stories? I have a confession.  I want to write Christian or inspirational fiction.  Yet, I sleep through movies.  I prefer my friend’s two-minute movie summaries over watching the shows.  Since I became of age, I have read four—yes, four—fiction books.  To put it in perspective, I read four fiction… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Santana

Album: Supernatural Artist: Santana My feet have a mind of their own whenever Spanish-language music plays.  Whether it is the Gipsy King’s fleeting flamenco or Gloria Estefan’s frisky freestyle, the romantic in me soars beyond the ballroom floor.  Latin rock adds even more flavour to the Spanish-speaking world’s many genres, though it wasn’t until guitarist-songwriter… Read more »

Course Exam—Math 270 (Linear Algebra)

MATH 270 (Linear Algebra I) is a three-credit introductory mathematics course that is suggested for students in the Bachelor of Science programs.  This course covers systems of linear equations, matrices, inverse of a matrix, determinant, vectors in two-, three- and n-dimensions, Euclidean and general vector spaces, and applications of linear algebra. There is a Mathematics… Read more »

Dear Barb—Anti-social Media

Dear Barb: I am considering deleting my Facebook since I have experienced so many misunderstandings.  I’m not sure what the proper etiquette on Facebook is.  For example, I have responded to people’s posts that I didn’t agree with or had a difference of opinion about, and it resulted in longstanding tension between me and the… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Accordion Potatoes

Fun fact about potatoes I once learned while watching a favourite celebrity chef.  Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family, and 99% of all potatoes are descendants of a variety grown in Peru.  Potatoes were modified in so many ways that today there are about 4,000 varieties.   Most potatoes fall into the categories of… Read more »

Recent Challenges in the Transition to Online Education

Although the recent pandemic driven transition to online education may have appeared relatively seamless and rapid, various issues have surfaced at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.  Despite the benefit of an existing online format, struggles have been reported here at AU as well.  Various students on the AU app have expressed concern with increased… Read more »

Editorial—The Metric System: Imperious Measures

Two provinces were set to start using performance measures to adjust funding levels to universities this year.  The first was Ontario, the second, our own province of Alberta.  As with most conservative ideas, these metrics were largely tied to economic performance, specifically the economic performance of graduates, with conservative pundits claiming they’re merely trying to… Read more »

Hike Recommendations Near Canmore

Hike recommendations near Canmore With the re-opening of provincial parks within Alberta, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the province’s incredible provincial parks.  Over the long weekend, I went on a solo hike through the Peter Lougheed Provincial park in Canmore, Alberta.  Despite the mountains being a popular hangout location, I steered clear… 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 May 30: AUSU Virtual Student Social May 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for June June 4: AUSU Virtual Student Social Jun 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Jul… Read more »

Vintage Voice

To honour Sherlock Holmes Day on May 22, we sleuthed through the archives, following clues that led us to these elemental offerings. Breathing life into Holmes.  Janice Behrens chronicles her growing fondness for mystery novels, including the iconic Sherlock Holmes series.  “When reading the books, it is sometimes possible to almost smell the pipe tobacco… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

The Master of Arts (Interdisciplinary studies) Webinar Thur, May 28, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/mais-webinar Register through above link Zotero and Mendeley Citation Management Tools Thur, May 28, 9:00 to 10:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary; access through above link The Grad Lounge… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Raiza wonders if AU offers student loans; responses say look to AU for scholarships and to government bodies for loans and grants.  Amber had an unexpected result from a BIOL 204 home lab experiment; other students reply they’ve had similar results and it was okay.  Kayla seeks input on whether to withdraw… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Villa Charities Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Villa Charities Foundation Deadline:  June 30, 2020 Potential payout:  $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, be registered in a full-time undergrad program at an accredited  Canadian university or college, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have an interest in Italian… Read more »