Vol. 28 Iss. 41

Volume 28, Issue 41 - 10/16/2020

Minds We Meet—Almigdad Eldoma

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are 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… Read more »

The Study Dude—Ten Steps to Writing an A-Class Evaluation Essay

You’ve just been assigned a project to evaluate a restaurant.  An evaluation essay is like an opinion piece, so you should express your opinion, right? Not exactly.  Opinion pieces are biased.  Evaluation pieces, ideally, are not. “Though an evaluation essay encourages injecting some opinion, it should not be opinionated! A good evaluation essay is aimed… Read more »

The Creative Spark—How to Make Your Tone Wow Your Readers

Writing an essay? Use formal tone. Writing a nonfiction book? Use conversational tone. Writing a blog post? Try a snappy tone. But how do you create these tones in the first place? Here are seven tidbits for drafting the perfect tone, according to Jennifer Goforth Gregory (2018) in her book Freelance Content Marketing Writer Find… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Question of Sex

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a woman in my late twenties, and I’ve been dating since I was 15.  Some of my relationships have been long term, some have been only a few weeks.  I’ve even had a few one-night stands.  To be honest, I am tired of dating and meeting people, as it is… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Turkey Leftovers

When I was in culinary school one of the lessons that stuck with me was to always use your leftovers in something different.  I think it’s probably fair to say that we all struggle with ways to use our leftovers, and I am no different.  In my family, these holiday meals end up being these… Read more »

The Untitled Editorial

Last week, we brought you an interview with graduand Anne Turner, but there was so much about her that we couldn’t keep it contained to one article.  So this week, along with fellow student Camille MacRae, writer Natalia Iwanek brings a look at what these graduates are doing now to help change society for the… Read more »

AUSU Scholarships—Plenty of Choices for AU Undergrads

Who couldn’t use an extra $1000 for their studies? Sixteen AU students can look forward to a $1000 scholarship boost from AUSU this fall.  AUSU has two award cycles each year.  The fall awards cycle opened for applications October 1, with a deadline of November 1. Last week’s article summarized the AUSU Bursaries and the… Read more »

Confessions of a Former Omnivore

Even as a vegetarian, I did not see myself going vegan.  I’m Italian-Canadian, culturally.  I was used to the charcuterie boards for most of my life, and I thought it wasn’t Italian to stop eating cheese.  And I am obsessed with carne asada tacos. Also, I’ve inherited Thalassemia, a hereditary type of anemia.  I struggle… Read more »

Council Connection—AUSU’s September 19, 2020 Meeting

On Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, AUSU Council and the candidates elected at the by-election gathered for the September Council meeting.  Missing from the meeting with regrets were councillors Devon Romanick and lor Kathryn Hadden. Each meeting, AUSU starts with an acknowledgement  to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada that it is their traditional lands that AUSU… Read more »

Athabasca University Graduates Creating Community Change

Throughout this pandemic, increasing reports of systemic inequality, violence, and disregard for those most vulnerable in our communities have become the focal point in mainstream media.  In many ways, these reports underscore the reality that the pandemic has proven to be the breaking point in a historical record filled with inequitable treatment, racism, prejudice, xenophobia,… Read more »

Five Ways of Taking Care of Your Skin While Wearing Masks

For AU students who regularly leave the home for part-time work, groceries, or other commitments, masks are now an essential part of life outside the home.  Sometimes continuous masking is required in public locations and must be worn for many hours at a time.  For those who do this regularly, you’re familiar with the skin… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie October Edition: Jordan River Anderson – The Messenger Oct 1 to Oct 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin news.athabascau.ca/events/bannock-and-a-movie-first-nation-stories-2 Access through above link The Grad Lounge Kickoff for the 2020 GSRC! Fri, Oct 16, 6:00 to 7:00 pm MDT Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies fgs.athabascau.ca/news/events/index.php… 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 Oct 15: Nov degree requirements deadline Oct 21: AUSU Public Council Meeting (Zoom) Oct 29: AUSU Virtual Student Social Oct 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Nov Nov 1: AUSU… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Several posts reveal confusion surrounding the two-step process for booking exams:  booking an invigilator (of which ProctorU is one,) and requesting the exam from AU.  Channy reports a motivation dive during the final course; other students report similar experiences when the end is in sight. Other posts include transcripts, course registration deadlines,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Live Your Dream Award Sponsored by:  Soroptimist Deadline:  November 15, 2020 Potential payout:  up to $16,000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be women who have been accepted to an undergrad degree or vocational/skills training program, are the primary financial support for themselves and their dependents, and have financial need.  See full eligibility requirements. What’s… Read more »