Vol. 29 Iss. 26

Volume 29, Issue 26 - 07/02/2021

Music Review—American Dreeming

Artist: Sylas Dean Album: American Dreeming Sylas Dean has released his debut EP, American Dreeming, available for streaming everywhere you get your music.  An east coast native from the small town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Sylas packed his car and drove clear across the country with hundreds of songs in his arsenal to reinvent himself… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The I and the Me, AU Style

Any child can answer a simple closed question.  What do dogs do?  Bark.  What do bees do?  Sting.  Well, hopefully not, we say, and then we perhaps ponder the potential for a family viewing of a harrowing epic documentary about beekeepers in Macedonia.  It’s called Honeyland, and it depicts a family where members of all… Read more »

Women in Fiction—Offred

In my Minds We Meet interview with Natalia Iwanek, I mentioned that I was reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Toronto-based novelist Margaret Atwood for the first time.  Having now completed it, I understand why it was among the novels often assigned to students back in high school English.  Its commentary on dystopias entails not only… Read more »

The Study Dude—Five More Signs of an Amateurish Essay

In my last article, we talked about four signs of an amateurish essay, noting that many grad students write poorly.  So how do we break this trend of writing below our ability?  Well, I’m no Edgar Allan Poe or Doctor Seuss, but I’ve studied the craft of writing and came across some helpful tricks. With… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Greek Salad

It’s been sweltering here in Edmonton these last few days.  This week, it is going to hit almost 40C.  I’m writing this just before Canada Day, and I did not feel like using the oven or the grill.  I have wanted to make Greek salad, and today felt like the perfect day for it; it… Read more »

Dear Barb—Camping Conundrum

Dear Barb: My family has been anxiously waiting to go camping.  Twice our reservations were cancelled, but we finally got to go last weekend.  We always go to provincial parks; we like the natural settings and the peacefulness of nature.  Unfortunately, we didn’t experience any of that last weekend.  For one thing the gypsy moths… Read more »

The Battle for Habitat Conservation

The development of land for both individual and commercial uses is often inevitable due to growing populations and so that companies can access valuable resources.  In the late 1800s and throughout much of the 1900s it was not uncommon to see factories dispose of their waste downstream or wherever it was most convenient.  The results… Read more »

Editorial—Meet the New Boss(es)

You voted!  They’ve been counted, and the winners announced, so congratulations to you, and congratulations to the six candidates, soon to officially be a big part of AUSU Council.  Those candidates are Dur-E-Najaf Syed, Leah Campbell, Cassandra MacKay, Jesse Poriz, Meredith Charlton, and Eva Notter.  You can read more about the positions of these candidates… Read more »

Focus on the Process

I’ve got a secret that will help you stay on target academically and at work, even if the world turns upside down, even if a series of failing grades arise , even if job security becomes threatened. This little secret is discussed in stock trading books and in Daniel Kahneman’s new bestseller Noise. It’s a… Read more »

AUSU Update

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions.   Happy Pride from your AU Students’ Union! Thank you to everyone who has participated in this week of recognition and celebration. Our What does Pride mean to you? social media contest ends tonight at 11:59 pm MT and you don’t want… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program Sponsored by:  Indspire Deadline:  August 1, 2021, 11:59 pm EST Potential payout:  up to $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian Indigenous high-school students, be enrolled in a full-time four-year post-secondary program in Fall 2021, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.  See full eligibility… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie July Edition: Inuit and Inuk Stories Jul 1 to Jul 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/bannock-and-a-movie/index.html Access through above link The Grad Lounge Fri, Jul 9, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies fgs.athabascau.ca/news/events/index.php No pre-registration necessary; access through above link…. Read more »

Vintage Voice

While in the overlapping shadows of Canada Day July 1 and the United States’ Independence Day July 4, we glance back at the rumblings of Western Separation earlier this century. Hold your horses.  Wayne E. Benedict summarizes the various parties advocating for an independent Western Canada, and explores the legal possibility of such a move. … Read more »

Students Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Challenging courses.  A query about challenging a course for credit receives a detailed response, including the info that course materials aren’t included in the challenge fee. Discord Student meltdown.  AB and BC students swap tales of trying to beat the heat while they race against course end dates. reddit If everybody knew,… Read more »