Minds We Meet—Xine Xu

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to… Read more »

How ASMR Affects Your Brain

What is ASMR? If you’ve been on YouTube lately, you may have noticed a new trend.  That trend is ASMR.  It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and it means subtle sounds like whispering, paper ripping, or a fire crackling that gives the listener a tingling sensation on the scalp down the back of your… Read more »

Descartes and his Demon of the Mind

Ever study so hard your brain hurts?  It’s common, but not everyone talks about it.  Maybe that’s because the traditional solution, a brain break, seems obvious.  Yet, what if that dull pain behind our eyes is merely our ego deceiving us into thinking that we’re suffering from intolerable mind cramps?  As we try and cram… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Getting things done, eventually:  A long-time AU student seeks assistance setting up a student email account for the first time.  With the link and password long buried, the usual steps don’t work so an AU staff member provides a link to the IT helpdesk. Discord Shopping in our underwear again:  a discussion… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie January Edition: Our People will be Healed Jan 1 to Jan 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin indigenous.athabascau.ca/bannock/index.php Access through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Tues, Jan 26, 9:00 to 9:30 am MST Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/orientations.html No pre-registration necessary; access through above… Read more »

Books to Start off the New Year

2020 was a challenging year for all of us.  With the pandemic, it has impacted us in many ways and as a result, we all had to adapt to a new normal.  Here we are, starting 2021, still living under a pandemic, however, now with vaccines rolling out, we can finally see the light at… Read more »

Editorial—The Anti-Climactic Climax

After all the worry, the ominous warnings of violence, insurrection, and revolution, the democratic transfer of power in our neighbours to the south was peaceful.  Uneventful, even. I’ve read that many of those believing the QAnon conspiracy, people who truly expected some grand reveal in the final moments of Trump’s presidency that would expose the… Read more »

Brush Aside Bad Thoughts Easily       

Negative thoughts can be brushed aside, more freely than we realize.  And pure love, forgiveness, healing, and faith can replace that negativity in a snap of a finger.  If only we knew how simple it is to achieve these positive states.  Even during the most traumatic circumstances—the ones where we just want life to end—blissful… Read more »

Vintage Voice

National Handwriting Day is January 23, coinciding with the birthday of the original John Hancock.  This day of recognition for handwriting was, not surprisingly, conceived of by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA). Your brain on cursive.  Writer and former Voice editor S.D. Livingston contemplates the usefulness of handwriting in an increasingly digital world.  “[P]ressing… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Beef Wellington

Are there many other dishes that sound as sophisticated as beef Wellington?  Possibly.  Lobster, souffle, crème brule—these might be a few.   What if I told you that you could make this dish at home, and it will cost around half of what you might pay at a restaurant!?  The most expensive part of this dish… Read more »

Let YOUR Voice be Heard in 2021

The pandemic is stretching all areas of our society from health care and small businesses to blurring the boundaries between public and private life.  Graduate and undergraduate students are not immune to the struggles of our global crisis, but many are also facing the additional challenge of traversing an entirely online learning experience.  Adapting to… Read more »

Course Exam—COMP 200

If you have a course that you would like to see a Course Exam article written for, please feel free to email us at voice@voicemagazine.org with the course name and number, and any questions you may have about it, and we will do our best to answer the questions for you! COMP 200 is a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Anxiety After COVID

Dear Barb: Hi, I have pretty much been at home since this pandemic began and I’ve been okay with that.  I suffer from social anxiety, so during the lockdowns and closures my life has been stress free.  The only person I see is my husband, and I video chat with my mother who is staying… Read more »

Editorial—Repudiating Resolutions

I always find it interesting when the writers for The Voice Magazine independently come up with a theme for the issue.  Of course, I don’t think anybody would be terribly surprised that the first issue we get this year has a strong theme about New Years’ Resolutions, coming as it does at the start of… Read more »