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Council Connection—June 17, 2020 Meeting

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Katherine Hadden.  Also in attendance was The Voice’s Council Meeting Reporter Natalia Iwanek. Key items included Policy Revisions, Council Reports, and the Indigenous Student Representation Committee…. Read more »

Homemade is Better—Saskatoon Pie

It’s almost Canada Day, and I was reflecting on Canadian desserts.  Some tasty Canadian treats include the Beavertail, Nanaimo Bars, Butter Tarts, Sugar Pie, Flapper Pie, Sweet Bannock, and, of course, Saskatoon Berry Pie!  Last year we went berry picking at a farm near Sherwood Park (a suburb of Edmonton for those who live elsewhere). … Read more »

The Creative Spark!—“Like Wow!”

Do you want your character to sound like a genius, a doting mother, or a valley girl?  You can sound like anyone you want with some tweaks in your dialogue.  Typically, your personality dictates what words you choose, unless you change your traits. But ultimately, you want all your story dialogue to sound tight. Here’s… Read more »

Dear Barb—Daughter’s Desires

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a middle age man in my fifties and I just met a wonderful woman and we are planning to marry.  We both lost our spouses tragically to cancer.  I don’t have any children, but my fiancé has a daughter who is 20 years old.  I thought I got along pretty… Read more »

Homemade is Better—German Potato Salad

To continue with the grilling season meals, today, we are going to talk Potato Salad. It’s a hit or miss salad for most, but have you ever tried warm potato salad?  I add a little something extra to this one, and it made a difference for me! In my article about accordion potatoes, I had… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Can a Villain be a Good Guy?

The answer to the title is,  yes, a villain could be a good guy.  But in what sense?  Good people can become evil.  And villains can have good sides, even beautiful sides, especially at first.  But how? Here is what fiction-writing expert Rayne Hall says about the making of a villain: Villains transcend boundaries.  We… Read more »

Women of Interest—Eunice Newton Foote

Eunice Newton Foote was born in Goshen, Connecticut on July 17, 1819, and died September 30, 1888. Eunice was studying Global Warming and its effects in the mid 1800’s, the first person ever known to have done so.  Foote became known for “theorizing that changing the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would change… Read more »

Dear Barb—De-isolation Anxiety

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been in isolation for the last seven weeks, except for picking up groceries and prescriptions.  Now that things are easing a bit and I am going out more, I find my anxiety level rising.  I have always had anxiety, but it has basically been under control.  I talked to another… Read more »

The Fit Student—Starting your Business

Do you have a hobby, a passion, a skill, a brimming curiosity about something? If so, you could have a business ready to go by the time you finish reading this article.  I kid you not. “Dang, I’ve lost my job due to COVID!” So, what do you do?  Do what you’ve already been doing:… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Smoked Pulled Pork

I teased this recipe on my Facebook page a few weeks ago while I was cooking it.  A few years ago, my wife bought me a stand-up smoker for Christmas.  I have used this smoker so many times over the years and smoked a handful of different items in it.  Some have been great; some… Read more »