Vol. 29 Iss. 50

Happy Holidays, See You Next Year! - 12/17/2021

Minds We Meet—Wendy Meguinis

Who are your fellow students?  At times, in an online learning environment, it can feel like you are all alone, but across the nation and around the globe, students just like you are also pursuing their Athabasca University (AU) studies!  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you… Read more »

Music Review—Black Lights

Artist: Beneath The Silence Album: Black Lights Denmark’s female-fronted melodic metal quintet, Beneath The Silence, are releasing their new album Black Lights on February 11th 2022 through Prime Collective. Of the album, vocalist Mette Hessellund says, “with this album we strived to push our sound further in all directions, while still keeping the core messages… Read more »

Local Shout Out—Red Deer

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially right now,… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Disability Literature

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Taking Toxicity out of Xmas

December holidays can be a wondrous and positive time.  Also, holiday cheer can be an oxymoron.  Participants are implored to be joyful and to keep the Christmas spirit while still being themselves.  And, well, it’s not so easy to feel festive all the time.  Likewise, we’re asked to remember the reason for the season (family,… Read more »

Dear Barb—In-Law Interloper

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married for three years.  We are very happy, except for his mother interfering in our lives.  Everything was good when we were dating and engaged, and even the first part of our marriage.  For the last year she is critical of everything I do.  She “suggests” different… Read more »

Editorial—Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the last issue of The Voice Magazine for 2021.  It’s been a bit of a year for me, and hopefully you’ve had an even better one.  As it’s the last issue, some folks have contacted me asking about what’s happened with issues from previous editorials, so, quickly, the dog seems to have bounced… Read more »

Do You Have a Skin Care Routine?

Canada’s dry winters can cause many skin concerns.  Having struggled with dry or flaking skin for years, I’ve looked to strategies to better manage this dryness for the last two decades.  Depending on your particular skin type, there may be various ways to help replenish the lack of moisture in your skin.  I’ve recently discovered… Read more »

Musings on Traditions

Traditions are paramount during the holiday season.  Delicious family recipes, festive excursions, family game nights, and social gatherings are all traditions many of us look forward to in the month of December.  However, it can often be a struggle to identify our own unique holiday traditions.  While from a bird’s eye view, it is easy… Read more »

Christmas, COVID, and Caring

COVID has impacted us all: the private sector has been impacted, many food banks have been overwhelmed, homelessness has been visible at intersections in almost every district in the city.    This Christmas, reach out to those people most impacted by COVID. In that vein, I learned a lesson recently: if someone’s asks, wants, or needs… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Denver Style Quiche

With Christmas approaching, hopefully we are going to be busier than last year.  And with our hustle and bustle comes the need for quicker meals.  This week, I made a quiche in the style of a Denver omelette.  This recipe uses breadcrumbs as a base instead of pie dough.  If you have a pie dough… Read more »

How to Create a Positive Habit

One habit most university students want to break is procrastination.  How do you move at full throttle without wasting precious study moments? Step 1: You must want a change from a current situation or condition. Pretend you’ve got five AU courses in one semester.  You’ve got to move to keep on top of your study… Read more »

AUSU Update

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. A reminder that  your AU Students’ Union will be closed for the winter holiday from December 20 – 31, 2021, with regular office hours resuming on January 4, 2022. AUSU is now accepting applications for the role of Chief Returning Officer (CRO)… Read more »

Scholarships of the Week

Scholarship name:  EnergyRates.Ca College Scholarship 2022 Sponsored by:  EnergyRates.Ca Deadline:  January 31, 2022 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled at a Canadian or U.S. post-secondary educational institution, or planning to enrol within the following calendar year. What’s required:  An online application, including an essay of no more than 500 words on any… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

The devastation of last week’s tornadoes in the U.S. sent us chasing after tornadic experiences of our past Voices. Run for the basement?  Or the camera?  Columnist Hazel Anaka recounts the terrible beauty of an approaching funnel cloud.  “There’s something mesmerizing about this phenomenon: the power, the fury, the sound, the spectacle, and the inherent… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Holiday Closures Athabasca University Closed Fri, Dec 24 to Mon, Jan 3, inclusive Reopens Tues, Jan 4, 8:30 am MST More info at:  news.athabascau.ca/announcements/holiday-closure-2021/ AU Library Last day to order materials: Fri, Dec 17 Closed Fri, Dec 24 to Mon, Jan 3 inclusive Reopens Tues, Jan 4, 8:30 am MST More info at:  library.athabascau.ca/page/ann AUSU… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group A student by any other name.  One students wonders how the process to change their name works at AU, and other students offer advice and suggestions on timing (to avoid issues with exam ID, for example.) reddit Online doesn’t always equal instant.  A student wonders why they can’t access the course they… Read more »