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.

Extracurricular – Armchair Sports

There is a sudden flurry of activity in sports just lately. Suddenly people are discovering that they really like watching baseball games, and the new hockey and football seasons are also underway. But, for people who want to participate in sports without playing, fantasy sports leagues and sports card trading might be an alternative. Fantasy… Read more »

Extracurricular – Stargazing

Learning about the night sky is something that anyone can do. Believe it or not, you don’t need expensive equipment to start out and you definitely don’t need a science background. The nights become longer and darker this time of year and the air is crisp, which makes for excellent stargazing. It’s an activity that… Read more »

Vitamin Hobby – An Important Remedy For Stress Relief

So, what do you do in your spare time? If you find that question difficult to answer, you are not alone. The prevailing attitude in society seems to be that hobbies aren’t worthy of a second thought, never mind the discipline required to dedicate precious time to one. But, ironically, giving ourselves permission for some… Read more »

How Green is Your Coffee?

University life is intertwined with coffee culture. Whether it’s waking up early to study accompanied by a cup of something warm or going to a coffee shop with a laptop to get in some writing time, university students love their caffeine. Most coffee shop patrons do not stop to think about the garbage that their… Read more »

AUSU Urges Students to Get Out the Vote

Recently, AUSU became a member of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. CASA meets regularly with the policy makers and elected officials who have a direct impact on the access and scope of post-secondary education in Canada. CASA realized that these policy makers were not listening to the views of students but, conversely, post-secondary voters… Read more »

25 Percent

“Empower women and you will see a decrease in poverty, illiteracy, disease and violence.” ?Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, 2006-2010 A good starting point to address the question “Why aren’t there more women involved in politics?” is the Canadian documentary, 25 percent. It is just 36 minutes long and is both inspiring yet challenging…. Read more »

New Year, New Mindset

For students, September is a time for goal setting and looking ahead at all the work that needs to be accomplished. But September is also a great time for students to assess how they feel about their progress, both in terms of academic as well as life goals. One way to evaluate this is by… Read more »

Beyond the Book Club

Book clubs are a modern phenomenon that have helped to change how people enjoy literature. The solitary pursuit of reading has turned social for many who use books clubs as a key way to mingle as they engage with literature. But, what about those who do not enjoy book clubs or cannot find a group… Read more »

The E-Text & E-Reading Debate Continues

A sure way to stir up strong opinion among Athabasca students is to mention e-texts. Some students think they are a great idea; others strongly dislike them. Post-secondary institutions throughout North America are increasingly using e-texts, which follows on from the increase in recreational e-reading. I wanted to research the latest statistics regarding e-reading in… Read more »