Minds We Meet—Amanda Leslie

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 »

Local Shout-Out—Edmonton and Area

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 »

Music Review—Stay Home

Artist: Still Insane Single: Stay Home Quebec City punk rock band, Still Insane, has released a single from their upcoming album—their first-time releasing music since 2017.  The single is titled “Stay Home”, although the name of the new EP is still under wraps.  The band will be releasing the full album February 2022. Still Insane… Read more »

Dear Barb—Christmas Crisis

Dear Barb: It’s that time of year again and my anxiety is through the roof.  I hate family get-togethers at any time of year, and Christmas just seems to make it all that much worse.  Everyone was so upset last year about not being able to get together with family at Christmas, but not me. … Read more »

Editorial—Here Come the Holidays

It’s a bit crazy to realize how fast the holidays are coming upon us this year.  Our next issue will be the penultimate issue for the year, that’s how fast it’s going. Which means it’s beyond time that I start asking you for your opinions.  What do you think have been the best articles the… Read more »

The Art of Study-Breaks for Extreme Full Time Students

You’ve got many classes on the go and limited time.  You’re stuck on a math problem.  In fact, you’ve been stuck on it for the past hour.  What do you do?  Have a break, naturally. But what if your break time eats into valuable study time that could be used for nailing another A?  Or… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Skewered Meats

One of the traditional foods I had growing up was skewers.  There are so many variations in different regions of the world.  The infamous Middle Eastern kebabs are a mouth-watering treat.  Satay skewered meats served with peanut sauce are a favorite in Asia.  Yakitori is a Japanese skewered meat dish that uses charcoal grills with… Read more »

Music Review—Still Dirty

Artist: Kris Rodgers and The Dirty Gems Album: Still Dirty Portland, Maine’s Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems have released their new album Still Dirty, available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Of the album, lead vocalist and frontman Kris Rodgers says, “We took some chances we wouldn’t normally take on this record, and… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon awards Sponsored by:  Ingenium Foundation, NSERC, and Indspire Deadline:  January 15, 2022, 8:00 pm EST Potential payout:  $25,000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; be 16 to 18 years old as of the application date; have been recognized for accomplishments in the fields of… Read more »

The Reading List—December 2021

Whenever we reach December of the year, I look back and wonder how quickly the time flew by.  But at the beginning of the year, I always think how much time I have this year to do all the things I want and how long it’ll take for the year to go by. Rather than… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Pride Student Lounge Tues, Dec 7, 2:00 to 3:00 pm MST Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/pride-student-lounge/ Email ausu@ausu.org for meeting link AUSUNights Virtual Student Social Thur, Dec 9, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ausunights-virtual-student-social-9/ Email ausu@ausu.org for meeting link Alumni & Learner Virtual Seasonal Cheer Thur, Dec… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Fresh new-student enthusiasm.  A student notices they already have access to a course that starts January 1 and wonders if they can submit assignments early.  Responses are unanimous:  no. Discord Group rides.  A conversation thread in #coffee-shop-lounge spotlights the online cycling program, Zwift.  Great exercise for students with stationary cycles! reddit From… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Journalism, Part I

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 »