Escapism Through Literature

English majors and voracious readers alike are well versed in literature’s many benefits.  From escaping unbearable realities to uncovering startling truths to confronting our deepest fears, literature connects readers with the world by revealing insight into the common human experience.  Through themes of time and place, literature reminds us that, despite our uniqueness, our individual… Read more »

Editorial—Steps Need to Be Taken

My apologies to everyone for the lateness of this.  It’s entirely my own fault, but I’ve been entirely drawn in by the reports of the violence and riots, and the causes of them, down in Minnesota and Kentucky for the past couple of days.  I’ve been having difficulty wrapping my head around the events.  Not… Read more »

COVID-19—A Poem

COVID 19 illuminates our global connectedness Yet now it keeps us apart Great efforts are underway to fight this disease Although we missed out on an early start Everywhere new groups are forming With no time for norming Amidst political storming Essential workers show true grit and heart It takes only a small group to… Read more »

Council Connection—May 20, 2020 Meeting

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Ian Stewart.  Also in attendance were The Voice’s Managing Editor Karl Low and Council Meeting Reporter Natalia Iwanek. Key items included COVID-19, Council Reports, and the… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Accordion Potatoes

Fun fact about potatoes I once learned while watching a favourite celebrity chef.  Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family, and 99% of all potatoes are descendants of a variety grown in Peru.  Potatoes were modified in so many ways that today there are about 4,000 varieties.   Most potatoes fall into the categories of… Read more »

Recent Challenges in the Transition to Online Education

Although the recent pandemic driven transition to online education may have appeared relatively seamless and rapid, various issues have surfaced at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.  Despite the benefit of an existing online format, struggles have been reported here at AU as well.  Various students on the AU app have expressed concern with increased… Read more »

Editorial—The Metric System: Imperious Measures

Two provinces were set to start using performance measures to adjust funding levels to universities this year.  The first was Ontario, the second, our own province of Alberta.  As with most conservative ideas, these metrics were largely tied to economic performance, specifically the economic performance of graduates, with conservative pundits claiming they’re merely trying to… Read more »

Hike Recommendations Near Canmore

Hike recommendations near Canmore With the re-opening of provincial parks within Alberta, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the province’s incredible provincial parks.  Over the long weekend, I went on a solo hike through the Peter Lougheed Provincial park in Canmore, Alberta.  Despite the mountains being a popular hangout location, I steered clear… Read more »