Vol. 29 Iss. 10

Volume 29, Issue 10 - 03/12/2021

Minds We Meet—Mel Mirasol

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 »

Women in Fiction—Mariam and Laila

Warning: Significant spoilers ahead for the book A Thousand Splendid Suns.  If you haven’t read the book but intend to, you should probably stop reading now. Khaled Hosseini’s 2007 intergenerational novel A Thousand Splendid Suns has kept a special place in my heart since I first read it in 2014.  Not only did it leave an… Read more »

Fly On the Wall—Why Stress, Why Suffer?

Why, as adults (or in our case adult students), do we at times find it difficult to focus on gleeful and joyous moments?  Why does doubt and anxiety creep into our being and how is that negativity exacerbated by our studies?  Distance education can inflate our stress to soul-gnawing proportions.  So, in true critical thinking… Read more »

Music Review—Africans from Outta Space

Artist: Afronaut Album: Africans from Outta Space Afronaut’s debut album Africans from Outta Space is self-described as an interstellar compound of cosmic folk and tropical rockabilly.  Hailing from Soweto, South Africa, Afronaut are leaders in the area’s So Punk Movement—named for the eruption of new punk bands in the township.  Although the punk subculture has… Read more »

Dear Barb—Weed Worries

Dear Barb: I have been dating this really cool guy for the last eight months; at least I thought he was cool, now I’m starting to wonder if he has a problem with weed.  When we first met we would smoke together and have a lot of laughs.  It was great for a while, but… Read more »

Oversleeping versus Under-Sleeping

While AU students work and study from home during the pandemic, sleep is a persistent issue that many face.  The pre-pandemic era might have meant our obligations were in person and forced us to stick to a potentially rigid routine, whereas during the pandemic our schedules may be more fluid.  This fluidity doesn’t always lead… Read more »

Persist Despite Failure

Have you ever told someone about your dream, and they laughed at you, mocked you, but then called you “tenacious” when you reached your goal?  Or did you ever get the opportunity to watch a grad ceremony, cameras continually zeroing in on the graduating student with the crushed spirit? Or did you ever hear wild… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Since we spring forward into Daylight Saving Time on March 14, followed by the arrival of spring itself on March 20, this week we cast a glance back at all things spring. Enough already.  Former Voice editor Christina M. Frey examines the rationale for Daylight Saving Time and whether it’s retained its relevance.  “In the… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie March Edition: Wahkohtowin: Cree Natural Law Mar 1 to Mar 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/bannock-and-a-movie/index.html Access through above link Three-Minute Thesis Competition Tues, Mar 16, 12:00 to 12:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies news.athabascau.ca/events/three-minute-thesis-mar-2021/ Register through above link Trinity School of Medicine Info Session… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Investintech – CAJ Journalism Scholarship Sponsored by:  Investintech Deadline:  April 1, 2021 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (any program,) be accepted to or enrolled in a college or university in Canada, and show evidence of interest or skills in journalism. What’s required:  An… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Well, it depends:  Is ADMN 233 or ENGL 255 better to take?  Opinions are divided, but many suggest it depends on what course of study a student is planning to follow. Discord Students chillin’:  The lounge channel fizzes with comparisons of fave brews and video games for those precious moments of unwinding…. 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 Mar 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Apr 1 Mar 11: AUSUnights Virtual Student Social Mar 15: Apr degree requirements deadline Mar 17: AUSU Public Council Meeting Mar 31: Deadline… Read more »

Editorial—Rolling Polling

There was some big news today in that the NDP party has pulled ahead of the UCP party in voting intentions, according to major pollster, Angus Reid.  This comes with the standard caveats, that the poll is a limited sample of people and, more damning, comes from their online pollster forums, meaning self-selection bias is… Read more »