Vol. 29 Iss. 30

Volume 29, Issue 30 - 07/30/2021

Minds We Meet—Brittany Lee Acton

Most of us tend to complain that we have too much on our plates, but there are many around us who tend to carry too much on a platter instead of a plate.  Through The Voice Magazine team and AU students alike, we are able to get an insight into the lives of our peers… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Mental Manacles and Turfin’ Our Old Skin

Education teaches the practical skills of critical thinking but a sense of humor helps as well.  Take summer heat; it can make studying an exercise in Lawrence of Arabia futility or it can test our mettle and produce a more tempered intellectual product: our AU selves! Knowing that learning is a matter of perspective, I… Read more »

A Cookbook on Writing an Essay—The Post-Research Writing Phase

If last week’s article on a recipe for essay writing—the research phase—left you asking, “What about the actual writing phase?” then look no further. I have a strategy that can bolster any student’s essay grades, simply by offering structure to an essay.  This structure means that, for every paragraph you write, you’ll have at least… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Cornbread

Chris Rock once said, “Cornbread, ain’t nothing wrong with that!” And he was right!  I love good cornbread.  My youngest wanted ribs for dinner one night recently, so I thought we should have a bbq night at our house.  We made baked beans, coleslaw, ribs, corn on the cob, and cornbread.  It was super delicious,… Read more »

Course Exam—ENGL 305 (Literature for Children)

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—After COVID

Dear Barb: Well, it looks like the pandemic is coming to an end.  I am finally looking forward to the future, although my mom does not share my view.  She has health issues, so has been quite isolated in her home for over a year.  She still won’t leave her home for fear of catching… Read more »

Editorial—July Ends and Odds

So Alberta’s big announcement is that if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID, you no longer have to quarantine or self-isolate.  Also, there will not be any testing for non-severe cases.  Protests are already underway against this action, with many doctors calling it reckless or irresponsible. Supporters suggest that even though we’re seeing a rise in… Read more »

The Problem with “High Functioning” Autism

I will preface this article by saying that my five-year-old son is autistic and non-verbal.  Prior to becoming his mother, I was extremely ignorant when it came to people with disabilities.  That is not to say I was ever impolite or purposefully discriminatory, but that I never gave the issue much thought.  I never considered… Read more »

Graduate Student Research Conference Abstract Submission Deadline Extended!

Call for abstracts extended until Aug.15, 2021 The abstract submission deadline for the 2021 Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC) has been extended until August 15, 2021, at 11:59 MT! The GSRC is a conference for all graduate and undergraduate learners to come together and showcase their research. Whether your research is completed or under way, anyone who is… Read more »

Calgary Stampede 2021 Experience

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Calgary Stampede, a summer festival that has been the heart and soul of Calgary, Alberta, for decades, with history that dates back to the 1920s.  While many summer festivals offer similar experiences with rides, games, and an assortment of fried and sweet goodies, the Calgary Stampede boasts… Read more »

Every Part of Your Life is a Treasure

If you were pushed, beaten, mutilated, tortured for years, and you survived, that part of your life is a treasure.  Every trauma we endure opens a window for us to grow stronger, not necessarily in fight, but in love. Even if you endure years of psychological torture, where every day is met with tears and… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

The Civic Holiday on Monday August 2 goes by different names in different jurisdictions:  Heritage Day (AB), British Columbia Day, Saskatchewan Day, Terry Fox Day (MB), New Brunswick Day, Natal Day (NS and PEI), and Regatta Day (NL).  In Ontario, it’s plain-old Civic Holiday except for Toronto (Simcoe Day), Burlington (Joseph Brant Day) and Vaughn… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie August Edition: First Nation Stories Aug 1 to Aug 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/bannock-and-a-movie/index.html Access through above link The Grad Lounge Fri, Aug 6, 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 All… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Universities are humans, too.  A student posts a screen shot from the POLI 278 course syllabus that displays conflicting information on the course evaluation elements; within hours, AU staff acknowledge and fix the error. Discord Like watching tennis.  Conversation in the #lounge channel bounces among bicycling, craft beer, Florida, and introversion. Twitter… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Sons of Norway Post-Secondary Bursary Sponsored by:  Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada Deadline:  August 31, 2021 Potential payout:  $800 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian students enrolled in their first undergraduate degree or diploma at a Canadian post-secondary institution. What’s required:  A completed application form, along with your résumé (answering specified questions,)… Read more »

AUSU Update

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. Undergraduate Abstract Submissions Welcome at GSRC The Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association and the Faculty of Graduate Studies are excited to announce the call for abstracts for the 2021 Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC), which will take place virtually on October 1st and 2nd. Current AU graduate students and… Read more »