Vol. 30 Iss. 19

Volume 30, Issue 19 - 05/20/2022

Minds We Meet—Melanie Dubitz

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 studies!  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you would… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Dog Ate Your Homework?

Have you ever dreamed you saw your reflection in a mirror?  What would our imagined other self say that we cannot say for ourselves?  The closest moment to contact with the universal nature of being alive might be a momentary gaze into a beloved pet’s eyes.  Interactions with animals special to us can teach us… Read more »

Music Review—Stand Alone

Artist: Brand New Lungs Single: “Stand Alone” Montreal, Quebec’s Brand New Lungs, have released their new single “Stand Alone”.  The song is their first new music since their debut album, Like Wildfire, and is available anywhere you get your music. Brand New Lungs describes themselves as “four dudes from Montreal, Canada having fun doing some… Read more »

Dear Barb—COVID Crashes Easter Dinner

Dear Barb: I hosted Easter dinner this year and what a fiasco! The COVID divisiveness is still with us.  Some of my family members are vaccinated and some are not.  No one came in with a mask or did any social distancing.  I personally didn’t social distance or wear a mask either.  Everything seemed to… Read more »

Editorial—Back to the Wall

Premier Kenney has said he’ll be stepping down.  The leader of the UCP received an approval vote of 51.4% in the recent leadership review here in Alberta, and although Premier Kenney previously said that any majority would be enough for him to continue and that all party members should fall in line if it happens,… Read more »

Rise to the Top—CMO Requirements

Do you want to rise to the top?  Perhaps you will one day become CEO, CMO, or some other executive of a company.  Even though I believe your potential is limitless, there are statistical realities that need to be considered today for success tomorrow. For instance, I researched on LinkedIn career trajectories for Chief Marketing… Read more »

Why Skin Care is Related to Self Care

Recently I’ve been very absorbed in skin care in my practice.  I see a lot of patients with different skin problems and love being able to provide my medical suggestions for their conditions. One thing I’ve noticed of late is how much skin care is connected to self-care.  Many people have acne flare ups when… Read more »

How to Inspire

Once, there was the belief that exceeding a four-minute mile sprint was impossible.  But one man broke it.  And then many others followed.  The view was that the belief was what made it possible.  But could it be something else—like widespread changing fitness or diet regimes?  Or maybe it was both belief and something else…. Read more »

Council Connection—April 21, 2022 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm MST.  Executive Director Jodi Campbell was announced as the accessibility officer.  President Karen Fletcher read the land acknowledgement: “Athabasca University Students’ Union respectfully acknowledges that we are on and work on the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada.  We also… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

CHAT with AU Library Tues, May 24, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/page/ann No pre-registration necessary; access through CHAT link on home page CHAT with AU Library Thur, May 26, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/page/ann No pre-registration necessary; access through CHAT link… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  For the Love of Curling Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Curling Canada Foundation Deadline:  June 30, 2022, 11:59 pm EDT Potential payout:  $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens, 22 years old or younger by December 31, 2022, enrolled full-time in a Canadian university or college, have a minimum grade average of 70%… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

The United Nations recognizes May 21 as International Tea Day.  After water, tea is the world’s most-consumed beverage, and our writers past had much to say about it. The art of down-home tea.  Wanda Waterman hunts for a brew equal to that she remembers from Nova Scotia.  “When poured out the colour is a rich,… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Course switch.  A required course has disappeared from AU’s course list, a student reports; in this case the course had been renamed, but in general responders advise that students can always inquire about alternate courses when one is no longer offered. Discord Tech shopping tip.  A student asking whether AU provides student… Read more »

AUSU Update!

AUSU provides this bi-monthly update. Please direct your questions to ausu@ausu.org. Virtual Food Assistance Program Doubling Support in June AUSU will be doubling the number of $100 gift cards awarded through the Virtual Food Assistance Program in June from 5 to 10. Food insecurity is a problem faced by many post-secondary students for reasons such… Read more »