Vol. 28 Iss. 36

Volume 28, Issue 36 - 09/11/2020

AU Graduands—Interviews from the Other Side

The Voice Magazine will be regularly featuring upcoming and recent AU grads, as well as alums.  If you would like us to showcase your journey in an upcoming article, feel free to reach out!  This month, we were able to catch up with recent grad Lorri Lyster and recent alum Laura Nelson. Lorri Lyster –… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Smoked Side Ribs

Ever since my Dad and I bought a smoker together, I keep wanting to cook as much stuff on it as I can.  A few weeks ago, I put on an eye of round and smoked it for a few hours, and it tasted too good!  Today I was inspired to smoke some ribs I… Read more »

Scholars Start Your Business—Three Business Costs to Cut

COVID struck.  Now, in the aftermath, how can your small business cut costs? First, when running a student business, notice every nickel.  But keep it profitable.  Cut costs and yank up the sales price—that is, until demand drops.  “Finding creative ways to cut costs often means the difference between having a struggling business and a… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Five Best Sounds for Students

As an AU student, do you ever write anything that needs to be spoken? Communications students surely do.  But you might, too.  This is where you might find euphonics useful.  What are these creatures of verbal delight? According to Rayne Hall, euphonics are “certain sounds [that] have certain effects on the psyche.  By using words… Read more »

Dear Barb—No Easy Break

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been involved with this guy for the last five years.  Everything was good between us for the first year, but then it kind of went downhill.  We started arguing about everything and nothing, but we continued the relationship and even moved in together.  Initially everything was great but, in retrospect,… Read more »


9/11.  It’s a number, a date, of great significance to those of us in North America, though even now it begins to fade into memory.  It seems impossible that the terrorist attacks that woke the United States to their vulnerability to international terrorism were 19 years ago already.  Today, there are adults alive who never… Read more »

Digital Accessibility for Canada’s Incarcerated Students

The accessibility of online education is often a lifeline for many students, including those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, as well as familial and work commitments.  However, for others, such as incarcerated students, online education can prove to be a barrier instead. For example, AU’s recent transition to e-texts has had a mixed reception from… Read more »

Council Connection—August 19, 2020 Meeting

Eight of the nine councillors were present for the August 19, 2020 Council Meeting.  Councillor Regan Johnson had provided her regrets earlier and was excused as the meeting started. After the regular introductions and passing the agenda and minutes, the meeting started with a review of the newest budget.  AUSU is looking at an increase… Read more »

Reimagining the Library

Reimagine: “to think about again especially in order to change or improve.” In many communities, the library embodies a unifying space transcending socio-economic boundaries.  The public library doesn’t just exist as a book depository, it offers programming for all ages, printing services, room rentals, and access to free computers and Wi-Fi.  For students, the university… Read more »

Four Tips to Being Productive When You Don’t Feel Like It

One of the most challenging parts of working from home—or studying from home—is the challenge of staying motivated.  Ever since the start of the quarantine, much of the separation between work, school and personal life has blurred. My workstation is also the same location as my entertainment centre where I binge watch Netflix or complete… Read more »

Combat Sports—The Art of Fighting

To me, combat sports are the pinnacle of all sports, yet somehow the IOC decided to remove wrestling from the Olympics. In some sports, like basketball and soccer, you will sometimes see players blaming judges when they lose.  One thing that irritates me to the core is constant complaining, whether it is in the sports… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  CouponBirds’ “Help to Save” Scholarship Sponsored by:  CouponBirds Deadline:  October 10, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and enrolled an accredited university or college in Canada or the U.S. for the 2020-2021 academic year. What’s required:  A completed online application, including contact and academic… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Fusion Architecture: Approach to Designing Asian Identity and Culture in Canada Fri, Sept 11, 4:00 to 5:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by RAIC Centre for Architecture at AU and Accès Asie news.athabascau.ca/events/fusion-architecture-approach-to-designing-asian-identity-and-culture-in-canada Register through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Library Orientation Crash Course Tues, Sept 15, 9:00 to 9:30 am MDT Online… 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 »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Aroosha seeks insight into the AB student funding process; other students outline the steps needed.  Meaghan posts the news that AU students can resume using third-party invigilators; great news for those not able to use ProctorU.  First-time student Marielos asks how to access exams through ProctorU; a quick answer gives guidance on… Read more »