Vol. 28 Iss. 27

Volume 28, Issue 27 - 07/03/2020

AUSU’s Indigenous Representation Committee—What’s It About?

With the recent global events and grassroots movements striving for equity, representation, and acknowledgement and redress of historical and current injustices, The Voice Magazine has reached out to AUSU about their new initiatives to increase inclusivity here at AU.  Our first in a series of interviews focuses on the newly established Indigenous Representation Committee, and… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Camp Like a Champ

I love camping; it’s one of the reasons my kids are in Scouting.  I remember camping as a Cub Scout, and a Scout leader showed us how to make bacon and eggs in tinfoil over coals in a firepit.  I have talked about this experience up a few times to my kids, and, recently, I… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Make an Unforgettable Scene

Every scene we write in fiction should start with a goal—a desire—and end with a prize not quite won.  Why end with a partial prize or no prize won at all?  Well, imagine you’re the hero.  We want your dream to come true.  And if you’re putting in effort to chase that dream, scene after… Read more »

Top Four Considerations Before Getting a Dog

After looking for many months for a rescue dog, I finally received a phone call from a lady who was planning on letting her one-year-old husky go. I was ecstatic and drove all the way across the province to pick my new companion up. The first week has been an incredibly exhausting, rejuvenating, and blissful… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Canada In a Day

Our Canada can be seen as a metaphor for the many possibilities bound within a single human organism.  To be the True North, strong and free, rather than limited and insular, means to accept not only differences of culture but also differences of belief.  It takes all types, all colours, all cultures, and all epistemologies… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—James Ehnes

Album: Homage Artist: James Ehnes The last time I received a physical album was on my sixteenth birthday.  Aware that I was still studying violin performance, one of my family friends gave me Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes’ Homage to enjoy and gain inspiration from. Unlike most artists who release albums to commercialize their music, Homage… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Gay Son

Dear Barb: I think my 10-year-old son may be gay.  He is my only child and I had hopes of him marrying and having children, but now it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.  I’ve been seeing the signs for the last few years, but I kept hoping I was wrong.  I am… Read more »

Change Your Genes—Epigenetics in Action

In elementary school I was taught that we are stuck with the genes we are born with.  Since that time, science breakthroughs indicate that my elementary school science teachers may have been wrong and that we have more control over our genes then we were led to believe. This new branch of genetics is called… Read more »

Turn Summer Volunteer Hours into Cash

Canadian students aged 30 or under can now register for the Canada Student Service Grant.  The details of the grant program were announced June 25, and registration is open until August 21, 2020. The grant program is one of several relief measures for students first announced in April.  Since many traditional summer job opportunities for… Read more »

Sexual Assaults verses Self-Induced Intoxication

With worldwide media attention focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as on social movements addressing historical and present-day injustices, provincial and federal governments have slowly begun introducing laws that scaled back hard-earned rights gained in the years before the pandemic.  Examples of this are the recently voted down Bill 207 — Conscience Rights (Health… Read more »

Editorial—Summertime Fun

A quick announcement, there will be no new Voice Magazine or articles next week, as I’ll be taking a brief holiday. So this issue is all you get until July 17.  Take your time, savour it, and spend some time outside (and socially distanced) before the next phase of our apolalypse hit.  Will it be… 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 Jul 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Aug 1 Jul 10: Deadline to apply for CRO role Jul 15: Aug degree requirements deadline Jul 15: AUSU Public Council Meeting July… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie July Edition – Inuit and Inuk Stories July 1 to July 31 Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/bannock-and-a-movie-inuit-inuk-stories Access through above link Keeping Organized as You Search Mon, July 6, 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 Connect with AU –… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Lindsay was surprised by no response from ProctorU at the end of an exam; responders recommend contacting AU to confirm the exam was submitted by ProctorU.  Ben wonders how to request an emailed transcript from AU; another student replies with specific instructions. Other posts include waived late exam fees, tutor absences, tips… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Johnson Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Johnson Insurance Deadline:  July 15, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be residents of Canada, completing high school in 2020, enrolled full-time in an undergrad program at a Canadian post-secondary institution for the 2020-21 academic year, and have a relationship with Johnson Insurance (for example, be… Read more »

Vintage Voice

On the eve of Independence Day for our neighbours in North America’s lower level, we engage in our favourite hobby (after bitching about the weather):  watching the Americans. Can’t trump this.  Writer Bill Pollett imagines a city like no other.  “In my city, the statues in the square commemorate the heroism of clowns and kindergarten… Read more »