Posts By: Carla Knipe

Carla Knipe

Carla was born and raised in the West Kootenay region of BC, and is now settled in Calgary, Alberta following a dozen years living in England. Her British husband and their son keeps her on her toes, but she is currently on the final stretch of completing her BA in English through AU. In her free time, she spends as much time outdoors as she can by hiking, biking, gardening and geocaching.

Besides writing for The Voice, she loves to share her passion for words by being a Little Free Library steward in her community.

Carla’s favourite topics to write about are hobbies, current events and popular culture.

An Interview with Angie Abdou

For many people, writing a book and seeing their name in print is their ultimate dream.  Athabasca University’s creative writing professor, Angie Abdou, has taken her passion for writing and written several successful novels, including The Bone Cage, The Canterbury Trail, and her latest novel, In Case I Go.  But does the life of a… Read more »

A Little History of the Emoji

Spend some time on social media or send a text message and it’s pretty much guaranteed you will come across some little faces and symbols.  Ah yes, it’s the emoji.  Like them or loathe them, these little visuals are not only augmenting an online conversation, they often are the conversation.  They express laughter, tears, and… Read more »

Introducing AU’s Writer in Residence—Richard Van Camp

Each year, Athabasca University invites a Canadian writer to be its Writer in Residence, an invited artist who serves as a resource for students, faculty, and the university and writing communities.  This year, AU has chosen Richard Van Camp.  He is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT.  He is… Read more »

An Interview with Marlin Schmidt

Recently, The Voice Magazine was invited to discuss education issues with Alberta’s Advanced Education Minster, the Honorable Marlin Schmidt.  We wanted to get a picture of the current issues facing Alberta education and politics; issues that apply not only to Athabasca University but also the overall climate of post-secondary education across Canada. Alberta’s NDP government… Read more »

Council Connection

The first meeting of January 2018 proved to be another marathon session but contained many important issues for council and AU undergraduates.  The meeting was called to order at 5:31.  The minutes from the December 2017 meeting were carried unanimously, but AUSU President Shawna Wasylyshyn clarified a couple of points on them.  The meeting notes… Read more »

Council Connection

The AUSU monthly meeting, held on December 12, 2017, was the last council meeting of the year and the marathon meeting—almost three hours long—dealt with some weighty topics that affected AU students.  All councillors were present except Amanda Lipinski, who was absent due to a scheduled vacation. Council unanimously approved November’s minutes, and the action… Read more »

The Debate Around Math Education Doesn’t Add Up

The new school year is in full swing and kids are delving into another year of “reading, writing, and ’rithmetic”. But the sense of optimism for a new school year is overshadowed by the growing voice of those who question the quality of children’s education. The K-12 curriculum and the teachers who deliver it are… Read more »

Not All Who Wander are Lost

A recent Facebook message sent by someone I went to high school with informed me that a group from our grad class was starting to plan our 30-year reunion. After reading it, I had two reactions. The first one was, “We are just not that old—seriously; weren’t the 1980s just ten years ago?” and the… Read more »

Avoid the Holiday Blues and Save Your Sanity

December brings a particular kind of panic to many people.  Yes, there are the major holidays, which are meant to be a time of happiness and joy, but all too often those feelings are overshadowed by the menu planning, the juggling of schedules around school concerts and other events, and the hard decisions about who… Read more »

Council Connection

The revision of AUSU Bylaws, The Voice, and the finance policies were the main topics covered at AUSU’s latest monthly meeting, held on Tuesday, November 14th. All current AUSU councillors were present at the meeting, except Vice-Present External and Student Affairs Julian Teterenko, due to a personal commitment.  President Shawna Wasylyshyn called the meeting to… Read more »