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The Unexpected Perks of Victimhood

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.  It all depends on how you view your life.” – Paulo Coelho Victimhood can help you get away with being a schmuck.  This strategy was writ large in Cabbagehead, a character invented by the eighties comedy troupe the Kids… Read more »

We Were There

Sports championships come and go so often and across so many leagues that their historical impact seems insignificant in light of their annual passing.  They hardly seem memorable in comparison to other major milestones.  Regardless, a primal psychological satisfaction is linked to the nostalgia of answering the question “where were you when [this historic event]… Read more »

Editorial—A Labour of Love

Labour strife is never welcome.  Not by management, not by employees, and certainly not by customers.  In the case of AU, those customers are you, the students. That’s why I was exceptionally happy to read that the Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA) and AU Board of Governors have come to an agreement in principle.  It… Read more »

Gypsies of the Digital World

In one of the final scenes of the brilliant documentary Latcho Drom the gypsy chanteuse known as “La Caita” sings “The Blackbird” before an unnamed European city: Why does your wicked mouth spit on me? What harm is it to you that my skin is dark and my hair gypsy hair black? From Isabelle the… Read more »

A Vacation from School—Why you Need One

Time off is important, not just from work, but from school too.  Just like work, students need to have time off to refresh themselves and increase their performance for the next set of courses.  School time is busy, and usually there isn’t much time to do any fun or relaxing stuff.  For a vacation, summertime… Read more »

Editorial—The Results of Inquiry

The Canadian University Press, of which The Voice Magazine is a member, recently shared a statement about the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. I’m presenting that statement here, in its entirety. “This report is about deliberate race, identity and gender-based genocide.” – Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner,… Read more »

Editorial—Congratulations Graduates!

Once again, the time for convocation is here.  AU students graduate every month of the year, but every year in June many of them all get together to put a final stamp on the work and learning they’ve achieved.  This year, students attending convocation will unfortunately not be able to tour the campus grounds, as… Read more »

The Waterman Guide to Online Writing for Businesses

The first thing you need to know about writing for business is that you should avoid it like the plague. If there’s anything else you could possibly be doing to earn money, such as moonshining or exorcism, do that. Why, you ask? Because most businesspeople don’t know what good writing is or why it’s necessary…. Read more »