Articles

Editorial—What’s the Best of About?

At the beginning of each year The Voice Magazine does our “Best of” issue, but what does that really mean?  A lot of people confuse it with a top ten type of issue, especially these days where list based articles are so prevalent (because they can keep drawing you through page after page of new… Read more »

Resisting the Tyranny of the Money God

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” – Jonathan Swift Not Just the Rich Slavery to mammon isn’t the prerogative of the rich, much as us poor folks would like to think it is.  For every CEO ready to step over their dead mother on their way to… Read more »

Athabasca University Should Consider Competitive Gaming

It’s often said that collegiate sports can build a strong community for schools and raise their home school’s esteem.  That increased recognition from a renowned athletics program can attract more students and provide opportunities for the school to generate more revenue. Sports teams are a common and traditional component to many Canadian universities that Athabasca… Read more »

How to be Charming

I know a soul who charms the world.  She’s the alpha female, the one every toe points toward in a chitchat.   She can read your mind, fix your problems, and make you feel like you belong.  Men fall for her nonstop, men half her age, men twice her age, men who show up at her… Read more »

Ray

Ray was my brother-in-law for over fifty years.  He passed away on my birthday this year. When I heard he was in the hospital and things were not looking good I kept thinking, “not on my birthday, I don’t want to have to live with this memory.” Ray was a special person.  I know everyone… Read more »

The Study Dude—Your Journey will Lead to Success

I know this much about your journey:  You likely have studied or will be studying at AU.  You have worked or will likely work a career.  And you’ve suffered hardships and heartaches. I write because I pray your journey leads to success.  Author Lana Otoya says “One way to make sure your journey is fulfilling… Read more »

Council Connection

The November AUSU Council meeting began at 6:37 PM, with the entire council in attendance, apart from Councillor Christine Hudder, as she was called into work. The approval of the November 21, 2019 meeting agenda was unanimous, with the proposition to discuss item nine on student aid position policy.  All were in favor to move… Read more »

The Humbug of Political Correctness

What better time than Christmas (that’s right, I said Christmas) to address the issue of why political correctness needs reforming? The weakness in the whole inclusive language argument is that today’s politically correct term evolves into tomorrow’s insult.  (Thank you, original sin.) The word “idiot,” once a legitimate medical term, had to be changed to… Read more »

Echoes of Bereavement at Holiday Time

The holiday season brings comfort in tradition and ritual.  At the heart of many celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others, are patterns that have comforted us throughout our lives.  The rituals, the food, the family gatherings. When someone has lost somebody special in their lives, whether a spouse, family member, or friend—even a pet—everyone… Read more »