Vol. 29 Iss. 45

Volume 29, Issue 45 - 11/12/2021

Minds We Meet—Selena Burke

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 Study Dude—Go For Gold

I won the silver medallion in Communications Studies.  It wasn’t the gold, but it was close.  But as you can tell, I don’t write like Shakespeare, not even like a mainstream one-book wonder.  So, how did I do it? I did have a talent for math and was the star student in every math class… Read more »

Music Review—An Olde Farewell

Artist: Todd Mosby Single: “An Olde Farewell” Award-winning composer and guitarist, Todd Mosby, has released his new single “An Olde Farewell”.  The song is a jazz, new age, and fusion re-imagining of the holiday classic, “Auld Lang Syne”, and is available for streaming anywhere you get your music.  It features Todd Mosby as composer, as… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Postcolonialism

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. For one bookworm to another, this column can serve as an… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Reality and Remembrance

As we remember those who fought and died in past wars, we could easily feel like all of this carnage happened in far away places and times, in landscapes sequestered into monastic cells of historical periods where the rest of our life need not tread.  Or at least not for more than the morning of… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Tuna Melts

Recently, one of my daughters was asking for tuna melts.  I cannot recall why; I think they were off school that day, and we were trying to come up with a lunch or something.  My spouse and I have made a trade with meal planning; she plans the meals, and I execute them.  What a… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST/INST 370 (The Métis)

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—Sister Acting Up

Dear Barb: My sister and I do not get along!  It seems like she is always competing with me, even about things like our childhood and who had it the most difficult.  Our parents divorced and my sister went with my dad.  My mom and her did not get along, while I got along great… Read more »

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It’s no surprise that living in a northern climate can affect our mood, sleep. and energy levels.  But you may not be unfamiliar with the term Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)—a mood disorder that leaves many feeling lethargic, agitated, and unmotivated during the winter months.  While the general condition refers to changes in season, for many… Read more »

Editorial—Working the Land Acknowledgements

This editorial may anger some initially. That’s not its intention, I’m just trying to work through some of my own concerns with one of the more recent trends to hit various organizations, especially those in public institutions. So keep reading to the end. I’m speaking about the almost inevitable land acknowledgment that seems to precede… Read more »

Council Connection—October 21, 2021 Meeting

Administrivia The meeting convened at 6:30pm with Councillors Jesse Poriz and Regan Johnson absent.  Jesse had sent in his regrets and Regan arrived slightly later in the meeting.  Vice President External (VPEx) Karen Fletcher read the acknowledgement of operating on traditional lands, and noted that “as an organization, AUSU is committed to decolonization.”  It was… Read more »

Get Every Possible Edge in Your Studies or Career

An object in motion stays in motion.  Have you ever discovered that the busiest people are the ones who always have time for more projects?  They get stuff done.  They’re efficient.  They’re creative.  One guy I know worked full-time, did a master’s degree, and trained hard in the gym—all at the same time.  Busy people… Read more »

Vintage Voice

As if it being Friday isn’t enough, Friday, November 12 marks Happy Hour Day!  The concept of happy hour has expanded beyond discounted drinks, as our writers have observed. Mosquitoes are thirsty, too.  Katie D’Souza continues her account of five weeks spent in India, with a look at critters and community spirit.  “You have no… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Shouldn’t they just give a free pass for that blunder?  A student struggles through an exam (after having been denied an alternate format from disability services), only to be told the wrong exam was provided.  An AU student union rep offers assistance in sorting out the mess; other students pitch in with… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Allied Van Lines Scholarship Sponsored by:  Allied Van Lines Deadline:  December 15, 2021 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents; be enrolled or enrolling at an accredited Canadian university or college in a full-time undergrad degree program in the Logistics or equivalent field; and have a GPA… Read more »

AUSU Update!

AUSU values your opinions! We want to know how we can best serve our student members and help you have a positive student experience while studying at AU. Please fill out our 2021 AUSU Annual Student Survey – it should take no more than 7-10 minutes to complete, and all your answers are confidential. AUSU is giving… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Surviving the Ethics Approval Process Unscathed Mon, Nov 15, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/surviving-the-ethics-approval-process-unscathed/ Register through above link All events are free unless otherwise noted.