Vol. 28 Iss. 28

Volume 28, Issue 28 - 07/17/2020

Does Online Learning make Cheating Easier?

As Canadian universities are preparing for virtual learning for the Fall 2020 semester, post-secondary courses are being adapted to fit an online learning environment.  Virtual courses present a plethora of challenges for professors, including how to prevent a spike in cheating.  Multiple choice tests, online exams and the number of students enrolled in a course… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Til Debt Do Us Part

Typical Western society refuses to talk about money in its raw form.  We may discuss the abstract concept of wealth and the financial state of our local economies, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty we have learned to zip it.  This topic, just like politics and sex, is so taboo we won’t even… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Toasted Green Beans

We’ve been under a new normal for a few months now, and the number of people who have decided to garden has been understandably increasing, why not start a new hobby?  My family and I finally got around to turning our weed patch into something useful.  We planted carrots, corn, onions, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, chives,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Battle of the Boyne Day

Calendars can be a hobby in themselves.  Different ones present different key dates and these furnish gilded corridors in which our imaginations can play.   As our AU selves traverse private realms of course contract dates, our inner calendar can seem out of step with the outside world.  We can take comfort, though, in knowing that… Read more »

Scholar, Start Your Business—Production & Distribution

You’ve got a great idea for a product.  Or maybe you want to sell anything that’ll pay the bills.  But who will buy your product?  What’s more, who will sell it?  Fear not.  There are many options at your fingertips.  Let me introduce two.  They sound stuffy, but they can make you wealthy.  These two… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Wontons

Wontons are a delicious staple in Southern China where a bowl of Wonton soup could be found in street food markets.  I remember growing up with my grandma who always made wontons on weekend afternoons and asked the younger children in the household to help out.  Making wontons was a communal activity in our family,… Read more »

The Study Dude—Four Tips for Life-Changing Study Habits

Do you want to get a degree, or do you want to get a degree, a new wardrobe, a bigger home library, and a host of new skills? By making tiny tweaks to your habits, you can do more than this.  You can even double—or triple—your study time—in no time—and reward yourself handsomely. James Clear,… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Mariah Carey

Album: Butterfly Artist: Mariah Carey Thanks to her multi-octave vocal range, Mariah Carey has maintained her status in the renowned vocal trinity alongside Charlemagne native, Céline Dion, and the late Whitney Houston for approximately three decades.  Music listeners have yet to officially decide on replacements for the current generation. Given the overwhelming praise artists like Beyoncé, Lady… Read more »

Dear Barb—Sibling (Re)Connections

Dear Barb: Hi, I enjoy reading your weekly column.  I am in my late thirties and have been working on my degree for 10 years.  That seems like a long time, but I am a single mom who also works full time, so haven’t had a lot of time to focus on it.  That’s what… Read more »

Editorial—Back To It

My head has been in the medical space this week, not in small part because part of last week’s vacation was spent in hospital (thankfully not as a patient myself, but just being there to support my partner during a small surgery.) Coming away from that and I see that the debate between physicians and… Read more »

The Instant Fix

Scrolling through Instagram one day, I realized that the feed that I so diligently limited to people I really cared about seemed to be shrinking under the volume of ads.  The “gravity defying” sports bra, anti-aging magic cream, fountain of youth elixir, tools for creating the world’s greatest selfie and the list went on. What… Read more »

No Body Left Behind

Throughout this pandemic, I have found myself becoming increasingly preoccupied with societal attitudes and inadequate medical standards. Amongst those who comprise the chronically ill, the disabled, the elderly, the “essential” but expendable, the migrant, and the poor, there is a sense of being sacrificed for economic reasons.  I am angry at the dismissiveness of precautions,… Read more »

Where to Begin with Classic Literature—The Brits

I read a lot of classic literature.  I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid, and it’s the main reason I’m here at Athabasca University pursuing an English degree.  So, as an obsessive reader of classic literature who is pursuing an English degree, there is one question I hear more than any other,… Read more »

Inheriting Trauma—Exploring Intergenerational Consequences

The ripples of trauma are like the ripples of tsunamis: they both eventually recede, but not without creating long-lasting damage.  In humans, these ripples are the lived experiences, particularly the traumatic ones, of our ancestors, and it may have contributed to some of our psychological and behavioral dispositions.  Research indicates that trauma can be inherited… 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 Nukskahtowin news.athabascau.ca/events/bannock-and-a-movie-inuit-inuk-stories Access through above link The Grad Lounge Fri, July 24, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies fgs.athabascau.ca/news/events/index.php No pre-registration necessary; access through above… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Selena wonders how to find out a course’s exam layout; responders point to several possible places to find it.  Several posts about what’s up with paper exams and how/when to request/take an online exam.  Melissa asks about the rule for multiple assignments submitted close together; an AU tutor jumps in with specific… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Yes 2 Me Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Schizophrenia Society of Alberta Deadline:  July 30, 2020 Potential payout:  up to $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be residents of Alberta, currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program in Alberta, with one or more terms completed, and be diagnosed with schizophrenia. What’s required:  A completed online… Read more »