Vol. 29 Iss. 43

Spooky Time! - 10/29/2021

Minds We Meet—Hanna Habke

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 »

Fly on the Wall—A Pleasure To Have In Class

Around the autumn report card season teachers and students are presented with the mutually doleful task of assessing one another.  The former sometimes find themselves faced with parents, overbearing or irate, and the latter with a raw sheet of paper printed with assorted means of demarcating progress and personality.  Whenever grades and scales are used… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Setting Up Shop

If you’ve read Part I of Setting up Shop, you’ve likely wrapped your head around social media and being online by now—from a business perspective.  Hopefully, you’ve also taken the time to go in there and—ahem—clean some stuff up online.  After that, if you’re still gung-ho on quitting your day-job and going solo, you’ve also… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Pumpkins

I got hit by the nostalgia bug when looking for pictures of past pumpkins I’ve carved.  I was trying to look for some of the neat carvings I’d done but ended up looking at videos and pictures of my kids when they were just little—as opposed to the eight and twelve year olds they are… Read more »

Music Review—Skalloween

Album: Skalloween Artist: Mento Buru Latin ska reggae group Mento Buru has released Skalloween, a six-song EP of reimagined Halloween music classics, on October 12th, 2021. Mento Buru is a 7-piece band from Bakersfield, CA that combines an energetic blend of Latin alternative, Jamaican SKA, and reggae sounds.  The band consists of Matt Munoz, lead… Read more »

Editorial—Delays and Downtime

Sorry for how long this took, Friday had me dealing with a migraine that made concentrating on the computer for any length of time basically impossible. And while I managed to get most of the articles up on the website anyway, I did miss a couple, so if you’ve already looked at the site, don’t… Read more »

The Study Dude—APA or MLA, Which to Use?

You’ve just been assigned a paper—and you’ve got a choice between MLA or APA standard, but you don’t know the difference.  And once you start using one standard, it’s harder to break away and use the other.  So, which style standard should you use? The first thing to consider doing is investing in purchasing both… Read more »

Top Five Canadian Early Winter Warm-Up Picks

Living in Canada has never been easy in the winter.  Despite my love for skiing, ice fishing and building snowmen, I’ve always struggled with rhinitis (inflammation of my upper sinuses when the temperature drops).  Staying warm is a must in Canadian winters and I’ve accumulated a wardrobe of essentials for when the temperature dips below… Read more »

The Seven Lenses of Modern Psychology

A first impression is only made one time, it tends to be lasting, but allowing a first impression to dictate your opinion of others can be a big mistake, for better or worse.  Instead of focusing on a first impression, maybe we should make way for people to make multiple impressions and use those experiences… Read more »

The Disreputable Rhetorician

I now bring you the Disreputable Rhetorician!  A curated selection of the finest explanations of rhetorical strategies and literary devices explained quickly, precisely, and (only sometimes) entirely incorrectly.  I’ll discuss concessions, refutations, alliterations, fallacies, and even conflagrations (despite numerous well-wishers’ attempts to convince me that a conflagration is not a rhetorical device at all). Concessions… Read more »

Don’t Let this Deadline Whoosh By

“I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams Never mind spooky Hallowe’en!  What’s scary is that the deadline to apply for this autumn’s AUSU award and bursary cycle is coming at you like a masked madman. I know, I know—you’re already trying to get that last… Read more »

Avoid Aversions

I know a woman who hated both her mother and her own daughter.  In fact, anyone can come to develop an aversion toward another human being.  It’s like going down a dark hole.  The further we descend, the harder it is to return to the light. Similarly, the more we allow even the slightest negative… Read more »

Dear Barb—Cat Times!

Dear Barb: I need help my cat is so needy! My boyfriend and I just adopted a four-month-old kitten and neither of us have had a kitten before, so we did not know what to expect.  Basically, I just thought the kitten would lay around the house all day calm and relaxed on his climber,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  ServiceScape Scholarship 2021 Sponsored by:  ServiceScape Deadline:  November 30, 2021 Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students attending or who will attend an accredited college, university, or trade school in 2021, and must be at least 18 years old. What’s required:  An online application form with contact info, along with… Read more »

Vintage Voice

This weekend brings Hallowe’en.  The Voice‘s writers have had varying perspectives on the annual observance—even varying spellings (most used “Halloween”.) Spirits, not sweets.  Bill Pollett portrays the dream-like quality of an event blending seasonal traditions associated with October 31 and November 1.  “This irrational place is a territory through which children, who are more open… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Virtually yours.  Some students report receiving emails from AU advising that AU’s administration will be moving to a “near-virtual model.”  Hey, if we can do it, you can do it, AU. Discord Aurora alert.  Breaking news in the #coffee-shop-lounge sends students outside to catch the northern lights on October 11.  Photos posted… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

October Pride Week Presentation – Dr Tobias Wiggins Fri, Oct 29, 5:00 to 7:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/october-pride-week-presentation-dr-tobias-wiggins/ Access through above link or AUSU Facebook page New Library Website Orientation Mon, Nov 1, 2:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library www.facebook.com/events/894578081177289 No pre-registration necessary New Library Website Orientation Tue, Nov 2,… Read more »