Vol. 29 Iss. 34

Volume 29, Issue 34 - 08/27/2021

Fly on the Wall—What’s the Real Stuff of Us?

What does an existentialist seagull caw?  Pour q’uoi!?! (Why, they seem to ask.) Why are we here now, and how?  That’s the backdrop to our learning as we seek to understand the world and our place in it.  Our personal growth is part and parcel with this journey.  The search for our meaning of life… Read more »

The Study Dude—Memorization Techniques

Over the last four weeks, I’ve written cookbooks for writing essays.  Today, it’s time to focus on memorization for exams.  After all, memorization is perhaps the top vehicle for testing student knowledge. If you are striving for an A+, tricks and tips for memorizing facts are must haves. We all love recipes for success, so… Read more »

Editorial—Truth of the Day

The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation has been declared as a new statutory holiday to be celebrated on September 30th  by the federal government.  This has been known unofficially as orange shirt day.  This means that all federal workers will have the day off, with pay, purportedly to reflect on the legacy of the… Read more »

Extreme Discipline

I’m not disciplined with money.  By no means.  I have more debt than Santa Claus on Boxing Day.  But I am very disciplined with work, and, during my undergrad, I was highly disciplined with studies.  So I have some tips to share about discipline. To illustrate my discipline, such that you may consider my advice… Read more »

Local Shoutout—Supporting Small Businesses

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially… Read more »

Course Exam—BIOL 341 (Human Genetics)

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—Moving In

Dear Barb: Hi, my boyfriend and I have been dating for four years and we moved in together three months ago.  We got along great while we were dating, but not so much now.  We seem to argue a lot more about finances—I am a saver and he is a spender.  When we were dating… 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 »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  James Lee Foundation Scholarship Sponsored by:  James Lee Foundation Deadline:  September 15, 2021 Potential payout:  $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian, over the age of 16, and be emerging (non-professional) creative talent.  “All fields of creativity related to the advertising community will be considered (e.g. writers, art directors, film makers, recording artists,… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group When you’re keen to write exams.  A student asks whether an exam can be written before the course’s official start date; the answer is a whomping no—exams can’t be accessed until the first day of the course. Discord Bait and switch? Less than two weeks before a course’s end date, a SPAN… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Hey, how did it get to be the end of August already?  The march of time is like online studies:  relentless. It’s back-to-school-flyer season.  Barbara Lehtiniemi clings to the rapidly-dwindling days left in summer.  “I want the days to feel like they’ll last forever, with no sign of September on the horizon. I want more… Read more »