Vol. 28 Iss. 29

Volume 28, Issue 29 - 07/24/2020

Minds We Meet—Vevangapi Katjamana

As I spoke on the phone with Athabasca University student Vevangapi Katjamana, I was excited learning all the interesting things about his life.  Vevangapi was not able to start post-secondary education as soon as he wanted to because he was born in Namibia and had spent the last nine years attempting to receive immigration status. … Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Learning to Love the Blank Screen

“I’m stuck.”  A plaintive cry rang out through my elementary school classroom as another student fell victim to that mysterious vortex comprising blank page syndrome.  To demonstrate resistance to the gnawing emptiness of staring for too long at an empty sheet of paper some kids would expertly place their textbook on their desk and, like… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Camp Like a Champ II

We recently camped with some friends near Smoky Lake, and when it came time to make dinner, we had realized none of us had a pot large enough to boil the corn for our crew.  Enter ingenuity!  We had just roasted our potatoes in the coals and I realized I should just put the corn… Read more »

The Creative Spark—When the Wicked Witch Becomes our Hero

There’s a new fad in fiction where authors rewrite fairy tales, myths, and biblical passages from the point of view of—not the hero—but the villain.  When we read the tale from the villain’s eyes, we might grow to love him. But what about the villains in movies and books?  They are so despicable that they… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Supertramp

Album: Crime of the Century Artist: Supertramp As much as I love rock music, I’ll admit that it can get stale without some creative risk-taking.  I sometimes wonder if new or aspiring musicians are intimidated by veterans of the genre because they fear they can’t emulate that level of impact on our culture. I think… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Cat House

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my twenties and have been dating an awesome girl for the last year.  I live at home with my parents and she has her own apartment.  We have started talking about moving in together and we both feel we are ready for this move except that I have… Read more »

Will Online Learning Save you Money This Fall?

Most universities in Canada are switching to online or a hybrid of online/in-person learning for this upcoming fall semester.  Those familiar with AU’s popular education format can attest to how learning from home can save you money on upfront costs without sacrificing quality instruction.  Tuition costs have been on the rise across Canada, but with… Read more »

The Social Determinants of Health

People do not approach situations neutrally.  We tend to have our own preconceived beliefs towards life, and those beliefs vary depending onyour life experience.  But if you really want to get a better idea of why people are the way they are, for better or for worse, you should start with the social determinants of… Read more »

AUSU’S Recent Initiatives for Students with Disabilities

With recent global events and grassroots movements striving for equity, representation, and acknowledgement and redress of historical, as well as current injustices, The Voice Magazine reached out to AUSU about their new initiatives to increase inclusivity here at AU.  Our second in a series of interviews focuses on the recent initiatives for students with disabilities,… Read more »

Cancelling Harry Potter

In a recent article, I discussed the possibility of separation of art from the artist with the inevitable ties to cancel culture: the boycotting or firing those facing accusations of impropriety or immoral or questionable behaviour.  Cancel culture has recently faced criticism for destroying reputations—and livelihoods—as well as charges of silencing voices opposed to “ideological… Read more »

Editorial—Word Power

This week I’m happy to announce the return of Minds We Meet.  We’re coming back to it with a slightly different style, however.  Instead of just our straight up question and answer format, new Voice writer, Kaitie O’ Shaughnessy, has brought us more of an interview-based profile.  Let me know what you think of it. … Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group New student Kara posts about difficulty logging in to myAU; a few quick responses identify the issue and offer solutions.  Roderick wonders if AU will advise the student when transcripts have been sent to another institution; no immediate answers on this one.  Heather seeks insight on the LPN to RN course and… 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 July 24: Call for Nominations for AUSU By-Election Jul 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Aug Aug 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Sep 1 Aug 15: Sept… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Haywood Hunt Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc. Deadline:  August 31, 2020 Potential payout:  $1250 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have other legal standing that allows them to study in Canada, and be accepted or enrolled in a Canadian university or college for the 2020-21… 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 2020 AUSU By-election Call for nominations July 24 to Aug 7, 2020 www.ausu.org/governance/elections/ Visit above link for more information General Q&A about AU Tues, July 28, 11:00 am to… Read more »