Vol. 28 Iss. 38

Volume 28, Issue 38 - 09/25/2020

Minds We Meet—Sammy Mwakio

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you’re all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you and vice versa.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to get… Read more »

Women of Interest—Katharine Hepburn

“Life is hard, after all it kills you.”  Katharine Hepburn, 1933 Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress for more than 60 years.  She holds the record for receiving the most Academy Awards for a leading actor, as well as an astounding 12 nominations.  Beyond her successful acting career Katharine Hepburn was a strong, independent… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Autumn Loneliness Nipping At Your Heels?

You’ll have to forgive me, the neighbour’s dogs are yipping up a jealous storm as they react to our local coyote pack.  The latter are waltzing gleefully past windows and singing songs of merriment as they indulge in fallen fruit that has fermented on the orchard’s floor.  Like animals prior to domestication, our AU minds… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This past week I decided to get a little chefy.  I’m sure many people think that’s what restaurant cooks do–and it is, but it isn’t.  You have to have a real passion for the art; I’ve worked with people who do, but I’ve worked with more people who don’t. For them, it was just a… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Marvin Gaye

Artist: Marvin Gaye Album: Marvin Gaye’s Greatest Hits If I had to credit any one performer with setting the precedent for soul, R&B, and what we now know as quiet storm, it would have to be the late Marvin Gaye.  There’s undoubtedly something to be said about his ability to freshen up the sounds of… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Growth of the Addict

Dear Barb: Hi, I am wondering what is going on with all these young people dying of drug overdoses.  It used to be just the rock stars, you know, like Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Prince, and them.  But recently I have heard of so many deaths, even some relatives, who are in their… Read more »

Editorial—Thunderbolts & Lightning, Very Very Frightening!

While I try to avoid thinking too much about what’s going on in the United States, especially as they get closer to the election, I’ve caught myself sympathizing with Trump supporters lately.  It’s very strange, but I’ve started to realize that when I hear yet another tale of something outrageous that Mr. Trump has done,… Read more »

Four Financially Savvy Tips for the Pandemic (And Beyond!)

Personal finances can be a tricky subject. For AU students taking on student loans, juggling multiple jobs, and supporting dependents, money can be a topic that induces anxiety and stress. Moreover, with the global financial downturn and pandemic predicament, many have struggled  to make ends meet in the past few months. As a student I… Read more »

Re-Imagining Childhood Favourites

Hurrying down Toronto’s Church Street, I suddenly stopped midstride.  Looking down, I smiled, as I saw my feet placed firmly on the rainbow crosswalk.  After years away, I was finally home. Life in Toronto is often hectic, expensive, and at times, extremely lonely.  Many Torontonians, including myself, leave for various reasons, but a large number… Read more »

How Not to Commit Suicide

I don’t believe suicide is the end.  I’ve watched many near-death experience accounts and believe there exists an afterlife.  I’ve seen near death experience tales where the temporarily deceased claim they go into an afterlife, even if the person was atheistic.  These tales say that unconditional love, overwhelmingly beautiful light, and limitless knowledge comprise much… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Parking Solutions Scholarship Sponsored by:  Parking BOXX Deadline:  October 15, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, in a program at an accredited university, college, graduate school, vocational school, or technical school, for the fall semester. What’s required:  An online application form along with an… 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 Sep 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Oct Oct 1: AUSU Awards & Bursaries open for applications Oct 2: Athabasca University Convocation Oct 10: Deadline to register in a course… Read more »

Students Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Mitch launches a discussion about the online-only 2020 convocation; initial responses indicate some of this year’s grads are feeling disappointed they won’t be able to attend a live event.  Jennifer wonders where to find updates on courses that are temporarily closed; moments later, the link to the course availability list is posted. … Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

MBA Application Webinar Thurs, Oct 1, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/online-mba-application-webinar-20201001 RSVP through above link AU 2020 Convocation Fri, Oct 2, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by who news.athabascau.ca/events/athabasca-university-convocation-2020 Visit above link for more info All events are free unless otherwise noted.

The Creative Spark—How Not to Fail at School

If you’re struggling at university, rest assured that many students with amazing potential also struggle.  And I know you have amazing potential.  We all do.  But we also all have setbacks that could lead to failure.  A high potential student might have a learning disability, a track record of underperformance, life challenges, or any other… Read more »