Vol. 29 Iss. 06

Volume 29, Issue 06 - 02/12/2021

Minds We Meet—Milica-Mila Marković

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.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

A spectre haunts Valentine’s Day or V-Day: the spectre of fate.  Cupid, with much cupidity, seems to decide whether our love is destined for joy or misery, ascendancy or decline.  No day of the year encompasses the potential for ecstatic heights or dour doldrums more than February 14th.  Relationships are made or broken by what… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Seared Salmon in Naan Sandwiches

This year for Valentine’s day, why not try something different?  I recreated this recipe from an old Moxie’s dish that I enjoyed when I worked there.  It was before starting culinary school, and it was a great job.  The kitchen manager made the environment fun even during stressful times.  When you work in restaurants, you… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Other Teen

Dear Barb: I am a single mom of two teenage girls.  It’s been difficult being a single mom, especially since their dad didn’t want to be part of their lives.  For the most part, things have gone well.  The girls have done well in school and have not gotten into trouble with drugs or alcohol… Read more »

Editorial—Alternative Assessments

One of the things that AU is looking at these days is the question of alternative assessments.  It’s always been somewhat of a niche topic, but it’s one that’s seen increasing interest, especially as the pandemic forces educators to reconsider, well, almost everything about how courses are designed. One of the principals of the AU… Read more »

AUSU Council Report—January 20, 2021 Meeting

The January 20th meeting started with the expected participants having a notable absence of a Vice-President of Finance and Administration.  However, Councillor Monique Durette, the VPFA at the previous meeting, was still present.  Supporting documents in the meeting noted two resignations.  One of VPFA Monique Durette from the position, though she would be remaining on… Read more »

Virtual Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day for many this year may be entirely different from years prior.  With many countries and local areas still following public health restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic, getting together for a romantic restaurant date may not be possible.  So what are some other activities that couples can enjoy this year instead of the traditional… Read more »

What an Education Can Do for People with Disabilities

An education does wonders for everyone, helping people overcome even the most severe of limitations, so much so that they reach unbelievable goals. Here are a number of true situations about people with disabilities, mostly about me, whose lives were turned around by an education. And if you happen to have a disability, such as… Read more »

A Rant—The Apocalypse is Nothing to Worry About

The global health pandemic threatening everybody has certainly brought new challenges to life everywhere, but the threat of this plague is only the most recent factor in the pressure building toward a major cataclysm.  At least, that’s the way it feels for many of us right now.  When you combine the pandemic with the threats… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Ellie Bianca Woman Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Ellie Bianca Foundation Deadline:  March 3, 2021 Potential payout:  funding amount varies Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be single mothers of one or more minor children, at least 18 years old, demonstrate financial need, and currently pursuing a technical, vocational, or first degree full- or part-time. What’s… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Lost in the carnival of red hearts and chocolates, the much-overlooked—but still romantic—Ferris Wheel Day is also celebrated each February 14. Present company excluded, of course.  Writer Janice Behrens examines parallels in our behaviour to that of the ruthless Harry Lime character in the 1949 film The Third Man.  “Except for the very best and… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group So glad you asked:  A student’s question about a potential exam re-mark highlights some important points—AU’s website is the best source of info on AU policies, there’s a student manual link on every course page in myAU, and yes you can contact a tutor about an exam mark after the course end… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie February Edition: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up Feb 1 to Feb 28 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin indigenous.athabascau.ca/bannock/index.php Access through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Tues, Feb 16, 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… Read more »