Vol. 29 Iss. 24

Volume 29, Issue 24 - 06/18/2021

Questioning the Candidates—2021 AUSU By-Election Edition

In just a few days (June 24th, watch your e-mail), AUSU Council will begin accepting votes for the current by-election. With six seats available on Council, that’s just under half the total votes, nearly enough to change the entire direction that Council is going, so it’s important that you consider who want to take those… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Hoi Polloi

Being a bit contrarian is in the nature of studying at AU—we’re unique attendees at a unique university.  Off-campus, as it were, oxymorons such as adult student pervade our cultural atmosphere.  We’ve aged out of youth but aren’t quite willing to be normal, hoi polloi, mass culture consumers of life as labouring for wages and… Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 140

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written for or you recently took a course that you would like to recommend to other AU students, please feel free to reach out with the course name and number, and any questions or feedback you may have.  We’ll be happy to… Read more »

Dear Barb—For the Love of Dog

Dear Barb: Hi, I enjoy reading your columns and find some issues really hit home, so I thought I would write.  My husband and our two boys just moved into a new neighbourhood.  When we viewed the house we noticed there was a dog in the yard next door and since we all like dogs,… Read more »

Editorial—Bi-Election 2021

This week, our feature article is an interview with not one student, but nine of them!  In this case, it’s nine of the eleven candidates running in the AUSU’s 2021 By-Election (or is it now a Bi-election, since it’s happened twice this term?) We sent out a quick set of interview questions to the candidates… Read more »

Finding Mother Goddess—How an AU Course Changed My World

When I enrolled in WGST333: Goddess Mythology, Women’s Spirituality, and Ecofeminsim at Athabasca University, I had no idea what I was signing up for.  The most experience I had with goddess mythology was the watered-down versions of myths that I read as a child.  I had taken a few women’s studies courses prior to this,… Read more »


Have you ever noticed that almost every motivational clip features athletes? You see athletes training in the gym, disabled athletes pushing beyond limits, and athletes almost giving up but moving beyond. You also hear the mantras, “Don’t quit,” and, “Pick yourself up,” and, “Do it when you don’t feel like it.” Controlling our physical beings… 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 June 10-23: AUSU By-Election Campaign June 18-25: AUSU celebrates Pride June 24: By-Election voting opens June 28: AUSU Annual General Meeting   The nomination period is closed and it’s time to meet… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie June Edition: Two Spirit Stories Jun 1 to Jun 30 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/bannock-and-a-movie/index.html Access through above link Unapologetically Ambitious:  An Interview with one of Silicon Valley’s First Female African American CEOs. Sat, Jun 19, beginning 1:00 pm MDT Online, On-demand Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/unapologetically-ambitious-an-interview-with-one-of-silicon-valleys-first-female-african-american-ceos/ Register through above link… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  8th Annual Cover Guy Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Cover Guy Deadline:  June 30, 2021 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be currently enrolled, or going to be enrolled, in a program at a university, college, or trade school, in Canada or the United States, for the upcoming school year. What’s required:  An… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Yikes! Tuition hikes!  A student posts the amounts of their increasing tuition fees over the past few years; some responses point the finger at AB gov’t cuts to education, coupled with the removal of tuition caps. reddit Quiz relief.  A student wonders if a four-quiz course will require extra invigilation hassles; others… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Sunday, June 20 is Father’s Day, but many of our writers didn’t need a holiday to share memories of their fathers. Lies I tell my Daddy.  Carole E. Trainor dives into the pool of emotions that accompany visiting Dad in the nursing home.  “I tell him that soon I am going to build a house… Read more »