Vol. 29 Iss. 44

Volume 29, Issue 44 - 11/05/2021

Minds We Meet—Michelle Jeanveau

Who are your fellow students?  At times, in an online learning environment, it can feel like you are all alone, but across the nation and around the globe students just like you are also pursuing their Athabasca University (AU) studies.  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Setting Up Shop

If you’ve read “Setting up Shop, Part I” and “Setting up Shop, Part II” then you’ve already made progress, including: Social media profiles (and reputation). Check! Laws and regulations. Check! Check! Porter and his forces; suppliers, buyers, and the competition. Check, check, check! This, however, is just the beginning and there is still work to… Read more »

Music Review—Snakes and Ladders

Album: Snakes and Ladders Artist: Our Darkest Days Canadian melodic/skate-punk band, Our Darkest Days, is releasing a new album entitled Snakes and Ladders.  The album will be available digitally and on CD November 19th 2021, with vinyl shipping in early 2022.  In the meantime, the band has released a single from Snakes and Ladders entitled… Read more »

Local Shout Out—Calgary & Area, Part III

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 right now,… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. In this weekly column, I, a self-proclaimed bookworm—and, unsurprisingly, an AU… Read more »

The Study Dude—More Style Guides

Why are there so many style guides?  There are almost as many style guides as there are academic disciplines.  Well, not quite, but there are more style guides than seems necessary: one. The reason for so many is because some disciplines prioritize certain information.  For instance, the social sciences use APA because the date of… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Classy and Wise

The individuation of education need not be a lonely or isolating experience.  Distance learning need not imply distance from reality.  We get to write our own themes, develop our own mantras, and largely learn at our own pace.  AU is like life itself that way. If you reduce life to your annual tax forms or… Read more »

Homemade is Better—French Fries

A few weeks ago I wrote about making sweet potato fries, but, truth be told, I also made French fries that night.  My wife likes sweet potato fries, but I’m not the biggest fan, so I make French fries.  There is a bit of an art to making fries, but with that in mind, you… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST 331

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written about 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 »

Editorial—Facing a Dilemma

I have a bit of a dilemma.  You see, AUSU has released the 2021 edition of it’s annual student survey. It’s a survey that basically seeks out the opinions of AUSU members and others as to what services they do that are valued, as well as seeking ideas for what else they can do that… Read more »

Five Keto Snack Ideas

Since starting on my keto journey, it has been challenging to find healthy snacks that are in line with this new diet.  However, as time passed, I’ve discovered new creative ways to snack without starting a bad habit.  Many options exist if you’re looking to lower your blood sugar and stay healthy and fit.  Here’s… Read more »

Eleven Ways to Flourish at Remote Work

COVID isn’t all bad.  It’s also a gift. The COVID Era normalized remote work.  And I am grateful.  With remote work, I don’t stress over my appearance, freeze waiting for busses in minus thirty, and go ape over office politics.  I also no longer get workplace anxiety, which was worse than having my hands burned… Read more »

Dear Barb—Relation Anxiety

Dear Barb: I am in my early twenties, and my boyfriend and I have been dating for two years.  We get along great, have never broken up or had any major arguments, but lately I have been feeling like something is wrong.  I keep wondering if we are right for each other.  He seems to… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group You gotta kick your own ass.  A student struggling with an individualized-study course format seeks help, and the community responds with advice and tools for staying on track. Discord Student housing in an insane real estate market.  A thread in the #coffee-shop-lounge spotlights the dismal options facing students who need housing in… Read more »

Vintage Voice

November is World Vegan Month, and our contributors have presented a broad spectrum of views on veganism.  Here are some samples. Praising the grain.  Janice Behrens presents barley as one of her favourite grains when preparing meat-free meals.  “There is no cure for the carnivorous craving some of us have for succulent red meat and… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Generation Google Scholarship Sponsored by:  Google Deadline:  December 10, 2021, 11:59 pm PT Potential payout:  $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be intending to enrol in, or be accepted to, a full-time Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field, at an accredited university or college… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Métis Identity: Collectivity, Provisionality, and Being Our Own Bosses Wed, Nov 10, 2:00 to 4:00 pm MST Online via Zoom Hosted by AU and X University news.athabascau.ca/events/metis-identity-2-collectivity-provisionality-and-being-our-own-bosses/ Access event through above link AUSUNights Virtual Student Social Wed, Nov 10, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ausunights-virtual-student-social-8/ RSVP to ausu@ausu.org for… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions.  Our fall annual Awards and Bursaries have doubled!! This means twice the awards available in the following categories: Academic Achievement       $1,000 ea. (6) AUSU Bursaries                    $1,000 ea. (10) Balanced Student Awards  $1,000 ea. (8) #Igo2AU Award                     $1,000 ea. (4)… Read more »