Minds We Meet—Kieran Porter

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 »

The Lines Separating Victims from Perpetrators

Hurt people hurt people.  You’ve probably heard this simple and tired statement used in a sloppy attempt to explain the nature of trauma to a victim.  I’m not saying that I’ve never used it myself, but when I heard it for the first time after my mother abandoned me, I got even angrier. What kind… Read more »

The Reading List—November 2021

In a blink of an eye, we’re nearing the end of 2021. Many of us are either busy wrapping up the semester of classes, planning our Christmas plans, wrapping up projects at work before the holidays, or whatever it may be! Whatever we may be doing, don’t forget to make sure to take some me… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Space and Sounds

Space can be on a page, between our thoughts, when no one’s around, or in between planets.  Ideas connect our minds between moments just as words connect our selves with others.  Space makes things what they are.  In outer space there’s the planet Mars, that blank canvas of potential and mystery for human history long… Read more »

How to Avoid Workplace Gossip—the Spiritual Way

Recently I went for lunch with a colleague.  The conversation quickly became uncomfortable as the boss’s wife was criticized, and I adore her. So, how do we protect ourselves from getting dragged into the negative spiral of workplace gossip?  And how do we stay professional when work conversations go awry?  I did some research and… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group When ten years is old.  A CRJS 360 student observes the course textbook quotes outdated stats, and other students chime in with other course textbooks that are not as current as they’d like. reddit We need a tie-breaker here.  A student asks whether the NUTR 331 exam focuses more on the textbook… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

The Power of (Re)Thinking Tues, Nov 30, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by AU’s PowerED™ news.athabascau.ca/events/power-of-rethinking/ RSVP through above link How to APA:  The Essentials of Formatting, Citing, and Paraphrasing Tues, Nov 30, 1:00 to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU’s Write Site news.athabascau.ca/events/how-to-apa-the-essentials-of-formatting-citing-and-paraphrasing/ Register through above link All events are free… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Catastrophic flooding in B.C. recently prompted us to wade through the vault to see what our writers past have had to say about previous floods. At least I have a basement to be flooded.  Bill Pollett  wallows in some therapeutic self-pity while he mops up.  “The floods have incapacitated the furnace and resulted in seemingly… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  The Heer Law Entrepreneurship Scholarship Sponsored by:  Heer Law Deadline:  December 31, 2021 Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be currently attending university or college or set to attend during the 2021-2022 academic year, and must be in good standing with their current or prospective institution. What’s required:  An email with contact… Read more »

Editorial—Waiting Game

I’m currently sitting in the parking lot of the veterinarian waiting for a report on what’s going on with Frida, our chihuahua who we’ve had for ten years.  Such is the state of technology today that typing this editorial on a tiny phone keyboard in a parking lot in what is essentially an industrial district… Read more »

How to Make the Perfect Cheese Board

The Christmas festivities will be soon upon us.  How ready are you to tackle some dinner hosting and the art of food presentation?  I’ve recently explored charcuterie boards on many separate occasions and have enjoyed the happy faces of my guests as they sample different meats and cheese pairings.  There are infinite combinations and pairing… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Postcolonialism, Part II

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

Homemade is Better—Turkey Fried Rice

I’ve started watching the occasional Facebook video about cooking.  One show I got into is called Uncle Roger.  The host, Uncle Roger, talks about how so many people make chicken fried rice incorrectly.  Some of the videos are amusing, some of them make almost no sense.  But regardless, you pick up a few interesting tips… Read more »

Academic Methodologies and Their Strengths and Limitations

Graduate studies often, but not always, requires you write a dissertation a.k.a.  thesis.  Writing a dissertation is fun, and I’d highly recommend it over doing straight course work.  I know one guy who wrote a dissertation that cited some of the biggest names in finance globally.  That’s a thesis to get super stoked over while… Read more »

Music Review—1221

Artist: Ryan Hamilton Album: 1221 Singer-songwriter Ryan Hamilton will be releasing his new album, 1221, on November 26th, 2021.  The album will be available for streaming anywhere you get your music.  Additionally, Hamilton will be playing his third annual Holiday Hoedown show on December 9th, 2021, live streaming from the Historic Church in Stephenville, Texas…. Read more »