Vol. 28 Iss. 43

Volume 28, Issue 43 - 11/06/2020

Minds We Meet—Chelsea LeCamp

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 Creative Spark!—Brick Walls May Lead to Bliss

The most painful way to grow is to face a brick wall.  But if managed well, brick walls can lead to bliss.  Indeed, brick walls can make life exciting and rewarding. Let’s examine the role of brick walls for characters in fiction—and for us. Everyday people live exciting lives. If people were to walk in… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Never Again Versus the Wars of Tomorrow

Huddled as a mass, we across Canada gather at our local cenotaph on November 11th.  The experience transcends differences of rural and urban, class and race, gender and belief, because the spectre of war brings us together today as it has throughout our history as a nation.  As we give thanks for those whose sacrifice… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Easy Sauces: Mayonnaise

A while back, it occurred to me that many of the sauces and spreads we use are almost always easy enough to make.  I’m going to start a series of easy sauces to make that have multiple applications!  For example, mayonnaise is the main ingredient in some salad dressings, like creamy coleslaw or even a… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Spice Girls

Album: Greatest Hits Artist: Spice Girls I don’t think there’s ever been a girl group as influential as the Spice Girls.  Their massive success in the late 90s has inspired the emergence of other pop acts over the last two decades such as *NSYNC, The Pussycat Dolls, and, more recently, Fifth Harmony. It’s easy to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Growth and Remembrance

Dear Barb: Hi, my neighbor has a small black dog that has a huge growth of some kind on its stomach.  It is so big it almost touches the ground.  The poor dog walks awkwardly because of the weight of this thing.  I have talked to her and she always says, “oh its fine, he… Read more »

Set Up for Success—Using VMock to Boost Your Marketability

This fall, AUSU began a new partnership with SMART Career Center to use their VMock program to provide Athabasca University undergraduate students with an innovative way to navigate the tough job climate.  Using artificial intelligence, VMock matches a candidate’s skills and talents with specific career opportunities.  The online technology differs from traditional job databases by… Read more »

Remembering 102 Years Later

In 1918, the First World War came to an end after a long four years.  Even though the vast majority of us in Canada were not even born at the time, we still remember.  Most of the men fighting for our country were conscripted at a very young age.  The women basically kept Canada running… Read more »

Introducing AU’s Newest Writer in Residence—Joshua Whitehead

The Voice Magazine was recently able to conduct a Q&A with Joshua Whitehead, the new Writer-in-Residence (WiR) at Athabasca University.  On October 1, 2020, Whitehead was announced as the WiR for the 2020-2021 term, a yearlong position previously held by celebrated authors, Katherena Vermette, Esi Edugyan, and Hiromi Goto.  WiR’s typically spend 60% of the… Read more »

Should we Organize our Day Based on Energy Levels?

Often when it comes to scheduling our day, we block off chunks of time for allotted activities, we jot down to-do lists of items, and we’re lucky if we get to half the items on the list.  Is our time management fundamentally flawed? What can we do to be more productive and feel less mentally… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Kodi-Lynn asks about exam completion dates for courses ending December 31; a response suggests students have an extra 15 days after the end of December to complete the exam.  Ashley seeks input on a prerequisite for a masters of counselling program; responders recommend one to two courses that can be done quickly… 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 Nov 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Nov 1 Nov 15: Dec degree requirements deadline Nov 25: AUSU Annual Survey Closes Nov 26: AUSU Virtual Student Social Nov 30: Deadline… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie November Edition: The Road Forward Nov 1 to Nov 30 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin indigenous.athabascau.ca/bannock/index.php Access through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Tues, Nov 10, 9:00 to 9:30 am MST Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary; access through above link Talk… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  ServiceScape Scholarship 2020 Sponsored by:  ServiceScape Deadline:  November 30, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be attending, or will be attending, an accredited university, college, or trade school in 2020, and be at least 18 years old. What’s required:  A completed online application form with contact info and a 300-word… 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 indigenous.athabascau.ca/bannock/index.php Access through above link Learning Café – October Session Fri, Oct 23, 2:00 to 4:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/learning-cafe-may-session-2 Access through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session… Read more »

Editorial—The Triage of Liberty

We’re back, and what did we come back into? At the moment I’m writing this, former vice-president, Joe Biden has the lead in four of the six states left uncalled, with the current voting trend favoring him. Upcoming remain the court battles, and then, if we allow the cynic in me full reign, the real… Read more »