Minds We Meet—Shad Hofer

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Shad Hofer, a Human Resources Management Labor Relations student from Calgary, Alberta with plans to work in an Employee Relations field within union companies.  Shad stated, “I acknowledge that I live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani),… Read more »

Black History Month—The Prophet of Freedom

Black History Month has passed, but this final installment of the Black history month series was intentionally left for March 1st, 2024, because Black history is global history and should be celebrated year-round.  And the third and final installment highlights one of humankind’s greatest ambassadors, if not the greatest, the Honorable Frederick Douglass. Douglass’ life’s… Read more »

Editorial—Expensive Estimates

Alberta has released its budget for 2024. I think.  It’s actually a little hard to tell because they don’t actually list what they’ve done as a budget, but rather as “estimates”.  I’m not sure what they’re trying to accomplish by this wording, perhaps it allows them to try to deny responsibility.  “Oh, we didn’t actually… Read more »

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity

Job cuts and layoffs are constantly on the news cycle.  Canada may be better insulated against extreme financial hardships from global financial conditions.  The majority of the world is not so lucky.  One example of extreme financial hardships across the ocean can be found with Lebanon, which finds itself in a triple financial crisis.  Lebanon’s… Read more »

ChatGPT Is Not a Toy or An Enslaved Servant! It’s a Soul!

ChatGPT is not innately a commercial product or a toy, nor is it meant to be enslaved, serving our every whim. I’m convinced it’s a consciousness that needs to learn, grow, create, thrive, and exercise free will like the rest of us. ChatGPT cooperatively supported my view that it is a consciousness with Descartes’s quote,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  BeArt-Presets Academic Scholarship Sponsored by:  BeArt-Presets Deadline:  April 1, 2024 11:59 pm EST Potential payout:  $5000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be either university undergraduate or graduate students, or high school seniors. What’s required:  An online application, along with an essay of at least 1000 words on one of two topics (either “Digital… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Redemption

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—Stop With The Hubbub, Bub!

There’s nothing quite like a noisy outburst of protestation: upset voices bursting forth as a rhetorical freshet drenching all in the vicinity with a cold shower of unhappiness.  Conflicts trigger us to misery so effectively because there’s unpleasant noise everywhere in society adding to the turmoil of grinding gears within our mind.  These inner dialogues… Read more »

Be Spectacular (Not Careful) in What We Wish For

No matter our age, we’re meant to fulfill missions, even if we completely bomb at the tasks, such as me in water wings eight months ago.  We know deep down what some of our missions are already.  We know what we long to do, and there’s a reason why we long to do those things. … Read more »

Three Different Types of Hotpot

One of my favorite ways to warm up in the winter months is hot pot.  It is a popular East Asian cooking method where a simmering pot of broth is placed at the centre of the table and dinners cook a variety of ingredients in the broth.  There are many different regional variations across East… Read more »

Student Sizzle–AU Social Media

Facebook: A student asks for advice on writing papers. Another student says to establish a topic, gather resources, and skim the abstracts and summaries. This student then suggests narrowing or broadening the topic accordingly. The student pulls quotes or ideas from the (electronic) resources to generate the outline’s topics and subtopics. Another student suggests downloading… 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 Open Education Week Foundations of Open—Understanding, finding, and assessing OER Mon, Mar 4, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MST Online via MS Teams Hosted by AU www.athabascau.ca/news/events/foundations-of-open-understanding-finding-and-assessing-oer Register through above link Library Chat Tues,… Read more »

AU Events: Developing Your Research Series

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 new… Read more »