Vol. 32 Iss. 10

Volume 32, Issue 10–The Candidate Issue! - 03/08/2024

Questions for the Candidates of 2024

Each time there’s an election for AUSU, the Voice Magazine likes to ask some questions to help Voice readers understand the priorities, goals, and, to some extent, personalities of the candidates.  This time is no different, and with voting to open this coming Thursday, March 14th, it’s time that you got to see the results…. Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

Facebook: Proctor U versus Other Invigilator Options. A student expresses frustration with the 45-minute lateness of the proctor for the exam invigilated by ProctorU.  Other students express similar situations, such as a 25-minute delay with the proctor starting the exam with poor communication. Others recommend outside invigilation, such as an external university that can serve… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Science Fiction

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. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—IUDs of Yesteryear on IWD

On International Women’s Day (IWD) we pause to appreciate the issues affecting women’s lives and the heartfelt gratitude we appreciate for womanhood.  We can never say enough thanks to the woman who birthed us—thanks Mom! Plus, there’s my dear social work professor sister and many friends, both erudite and effusive, possessing uplifting intellectual abilities.  And… Read more »

Inside AU Events—Learning Café

At times, it can be difficult to find a sense of community in the AU digital sphere.  However, there are a great deal of events occurring on a consistent basis.  These range from style guide tips for assignments to research tips and tricks. This Voice Magazine writer recently had a chance to attend a session… Read more »

Cities in Six—Oslo, Norway

Oslo, the capital city of Norway, sits at the north end of the fjord bearing its name.  The city is in eastern Norway, about 100 kilometres from the border with Sweden.  Oslo was founded as a trading post around a thousand years ago during the Viking age.  At one time known as Christiana, to honour… Read more »

[blue rare]—A Luxury That Money Can’t Buy

Like Lennon and McCartney, I don’t tend to care too much for money.  I’m not so sure about their assertion that it “can’t buy me love,” though.  Margaret Atwood once observed that  “the Eskimo had fifty-two names for snow, because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.” If I… Read more »

Editorial—The Who’s Who for AUSU

The responses are in!  With voting opening this coming Thursday, March 14th, students need to know as much as they can about the candidates who’ve stepped forward for AUSU.  Seventeen candidates are trying for the twelve available seats on Council.  The thirteenth seat will be filled by a member selected by the Indigenous Circle at… Read more »

Visual Listening Makes Loved Ones Happy and Engaged

Much to my delight, I’ve discovered many incredible benefits to visual listening.  When we visually listen, instead of a boring summary, such as, “So what you are saying is,” we can conjure exciting visuals with far-reaching implications.  For instance, visual listening makes us more exciting conversationalists.  It evokes laughter and engagement, making our loved ones… Read more »

Save a Million Dollars in Ten Years?

My beloved Papa gave me an assignment, a warning, or a wake-up call.  He said I should have a million dollars in the bank in ten years or face trouble.  He stated that the cost of living is increasing, and if I get an ailment that prevents me from working, it could cause significant hardship. … Read more »

Books for Writers: Three Basics for Better Diction

If you enjoy and respect the writing process and plan to keep writing outside of course requirements, you should consider investing in some quality resources to improve your craft. The three types of books I recommend here are basics that I use every day.  I can’t imagine working with words (or being an avid reader)… Read more »

Tax Season Tips for Students: A Chat with the CRA

Tax season is upon us and there are a few things that the CRA wants all students to know.  The CRA’s notice of assessment looks different this year as it has been simplified.  Everything that students need to know is available on the CRA’s designated webpage “Students”, but here are a few highlights that every… Read more »

Ontario’s Institution of Policing – “Not All Internal Policies Are Drafted. Grandfathered Policies May Be Verbal.”

The controversial practice of police carding individuals and carrying out random street checks was said to have stopped with new provincial legislation. However, those original challenges may have morphed into something far more dangerous because Ontario’s institution of policing lacks standardization.  Just how bad can it be? Well, how does hearing multiple policing stakeholders confirm,… Read more »

Three Quick and Healthy DIY Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Quick oats with flax and goji berries: This is my personal go-to for when I need a quick breakfast that’s done in under 5 minutes.  Not only is it healthy but it is also delicious.  For busy AU students, this can turn into an excellent morning routine.  While oats and flaxseed add dietary fibre, the… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Council Election Campaign Period Feb 27 to Mar 13 Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/campaign-period/ More info available through above link Blended Learning Practice MOOC Mar 10 to Apr 13 Online Hosted by AU and the Commonwealth of Learning www.athabascau.ca/news/events/blended-learning-practice-mooc-spring-2024 Register through above link Library Chat Tues, Mar 12, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award Sponsored by:  Food Allergy Canada Deadline:  April 1, 2024 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian residents under the age of 25, and be enrolled at a post-secondary institution (either entering first year of studies or continuing in current program.)   Applicants need not have food allergies…. Read more »

Vintage Voice

The devastating fire at the Covered Bridge potato-chip factory in New Brunswick last week made us a bit sad.  Also a bit hungry.  Reaching into the archives for some crumbs… Don’t eat the green chips.  Bill Pollett contemplates the idea he might be dying.  “That night, I lay in bed wondering how long the poison… Read more »