Vol. 28 Iss. 35

Volume 28, Issue 35 - 09/04/2020

Academics versus AU

It seems like some friction is brewing between the university’s faculty union and the administration office.  In the last few weeks and months, Dr. Fassina and his department have been working on a review of their policy for Academic Staff.  Curious to find out more, I reached out to a source in the academic department… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Being Ourselves

As our identities shed skins of past selves our learning proceeds apace.  We’re never quite the same student we were last year or back in our days as a younger, perhaps more dogmatic, scholar.  Imagination and play at AU are only a study break away and, really, the flexibility to take flight from drudgery is… Read more »

Scholar, Start Your Business—Learn How to Negotiate Like a Powerhouse

Which negotiation strategies are most successful?  Whether you’re a student or business owner, you gain when you negotiate.  Want a higher grade?  An extension on your assignment?  A sale of your textbook?  Ah, negotiation can come in handy. Steve Mariotti (2014) says, “Negotiation is about compromise, not about winning.  Compromise is sacrificing something you want… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Grilled Zuchinni

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that we, like many others, planted a garden this year.  Well, now in August, the garden is starting to give back.  We’ve had so many colossal zucchini’s, and my zucchini recipes are somewhat limited, so I guess we’re working on more recipes.  The only recipes in my repertoire are Ratatouille… Read more »

The Creative Spark—How to Improve a Plot in 60 Minutes

How do you improve a plot? You can do magic with just a few touch ups, taking a mediocre plot and grooming it into a spectacular story. Tip #1: Show what good guys and bad guys have in common.  “Create a layer of emotional depth by connecting the protagonist (the [main character (MC)]) and the… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Indigo Girls

Album: Swamp Ophelia Artist: Indigo Girls Folk music fascinates me a great deal because of how differently every culture known to humans has interpreted it.  The bouncy accordion and heartfelt gusle I’m used to hearing in traditional Montenegrin songs at home are absent in the Canadian repertoire.  Instead, the acoustic guitar and harmonica offer us… Read more »

Dear Barb—Negative Reaction

Dear Barb: Hi, my friend and I are taking courses at AU and we often get together to study or work on projects.  We are both in our late twenties and can’t afford to go to normal university since we are both working full time.  AU works great for us.  The problem I am having… Read more »

Editorial—An Issue of Great Importance

This week, Chef Corey serves up something different, as he doffs his chef hat to chase down an important story for students, the story of the ongoing labour rumbles happening at AU.  If you follow AU related news and information, you may have heard of some dispute that’s currently being worked on between the Athabasca… Read more »

A Look into AUSU’s Peer Course Reviews

Course evaluations are routinely used by universities as a way for students to provide formal feedback on course content and instruction.  AUSU recently announced a new and supplementary course evaluation called Peer Course Review.  By providing anonymous course reviews, students can give feedback on AU courses and help future students make enrollment decisions.  Ideally, AU… Read more »

Recent Trends in Sex Work in Academia and Beyond

Despite societal stigma, laws designed to further marginalize, enduring patriarchal attitudes toward sexuality, and the ever-present threat of violence, in recent times, individuals involved in sex work have been coming into the mainstream public eye through the explosion of social media and entertainment industries.  Through Instagram accounts and the popularity of celebrities like former exotic… 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 Aug 31: Deadline to apply for course extension for Sep Sept 3: AUSU By-Election Results Announced Sep 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Oct 1 Sep 15: Sept degree requirements… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Lalande Bi-Annual Scholarship Sponsored by:  Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers Deadline:  October 1, 2020 Potential payout:  $1500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be currently enrolled in a North American university or community college. What’s required:  An online application form, along with proof of enrolment, identification, current GPA, and a 1500-2000 word essay about the greatest… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Hack the Library—Using Discover to Access Journal Articles, Books, and E-Books Tues, Sept 8, 9:00 to 10:30 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary; access through above link MBA for Executives Webinar Thurs, Sept 10, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/mba-for-executives-webinar-20200910 Register through above… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Natasha wonders what’s next after DegreeWorks shows all requirements to graduate are met; responses include a tip about making sure the best courses are considered for GPA.  Janah rants about having to pay exam invigilation fees; this branches out into a general discussion about exam fees and alternatives.  Mandy’s upset over an… Read more »