Vol. 31 Iss. 01

The Best of the Voice 2022! - 01/06/2023

Minds We Meet—Ty-Lili Bussi

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Ty-Lily Bussi, a 19-year old Labour Studies student residing in a small town near Niagara Falls, Ontario, who hopes to become a lawyer. On a personal note, Ty let The Voice Magazine know, “I come from an Italian immigrant family and we live about 15… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Beef Stew Redo

I decided to make beef stew a while back.  It was a rainy, cool day, and something hardy was starting to appeal to me.  I followed my last recipe, but then I thought about how I could improve it.  I think this could be a metaphor for life, really.  The changes to this recipe are… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Eyes Up Here

In a timeless instant, simultaneous and thereby immeasurable, a Queen passed away and a King occupies the throne.  This instant transfer in power serves as a reminder that, lest we forget the centuries of history that have culminated in our clickbait culture, aversion to even a moment’s pause weighs heavily on many institutions.  Ambiguity breeds… Read more »

Music Review—Decompose

Artist: Bring On The Storm Single: “Decompose” Calgary-based melodic hardcore/punk rock band, Bring On The Storm, has released a single titled “Decompose”. Stream the song anywhere you get your music and check out the official music video on YouTube. The band was founded in 2016 by guitarist Brandyn Smith, bassist Josh Wallace and drummer Clayton… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Isabel Allande

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 »

Dear Barb—Studying Procrastination

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently completed first year university and I did alright, but I must learn to manage my time better.  I felt very scattered and barely completed my assignments in time.  I ended up feeling stressed all the time.  It is not that I was partying a lot, I just couldn’t seem to… Read more »

Traditional vs. Self Publishing

Many years ago, I sent my book out to several publishers and all I got was rejection letters.  So I put my book away in the drawer and gave up on a dream.  Years later I was happy to be writing again when I was chosen to write an advice column. It evolved into my… Read more »

How to Handle an Essay Exam

To excel at a college or university you must work hard and follow systems.  For example, let’s examine a technique I adopted for writing essay exams.  Interestingly, I later discovered that a very similar system was adopted by other top students who authored study tip books.  It’s testimony that maximum academic performance is like a… Read more »

Why Decriminalizing Drugs Won’t Fix Canada’s Overdose Crisis

B.C. will become the first province to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs.  Beginning January 31st, 2023, drug users over eighteen years of age will be able to legally possess up to 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, opioids, and MDMA.  Police will also not be permitted to confiscate drugs from the user if the amount… Read more »

Course Exam—PHIL 367: Existentialism and Phenomenology

Philosophy (PHIL) 367 (Existentialism and Phenomenology) is a three-credit Arts or Humanities course with no pre-requisite, however, previous credit in Philosophy is recommended.  PHIL 367 is not available for challenge.  Throughout this course, students will find themselves presented with a background in two major schools of modern European philosophical thought.  The course is divided into… Read more »

What It Is Like Travelling During COVID

One of the most stressful, but also fascinating, experiences in 2021 was traveling amidst the pandemic.  I know I might get a lot of hate for this post, but I wanted to share what some of my experiences have been like.  I also know that while avoiding travel is highly recommended at this time, there… Read more »

My True Love in my Soul

A couple months ago I wrote to my family and friends saying that, using my paternal grandmothers wedding ring, I was making a commitment to give my heart to my God.  Saying that if I was going to have a romantic relationship I was going to wait until seminary school.  A couple weeks following this,… Read more »

Editorial—Well That Was a Year

Creating the Best Of editions is always a bit of a fun task.  It gives me an excuse to spend a lot of time going through old editions of the Voice Magazine, remembering things that happened, both in the world at large and with the various Voice writers, over the course of the year. On… Read more »

You Too Can (and Should) Learn Mathematics

Dr. Goodaire swooped down the stairs of the Auditoria style classroom two wide steps at a time to deliver his first lecture of the morning for a Calculus I class.  It was the first week of September 1992 and this was my first class of a six-year long engineering program at Memorial University. I was… Read more »

Mindsets—The Importance of Positivity and Curiosity

How important can having a positive or curious mindset really be? According to Chris Voss, a retired FBI hostage negotiator with over 20 years of experience and who now trains other professionals while also teaching at Harvard, it is critical.  Chris quotes research that has shown that a positive mindset and the positive emotions associated… Read more »

How to Handle Criticism

No one loves criticism.  But criticism has its place—at least, self-criticism does when done right.  But criticizing others is often a futile effort.  Often, complaints lead to hard feelings and struggling relationships.  But how do you correct someone who’s gone off course? Doling out criticism.  How do you best criticize someone?  By saying nothing and… Read more »

Poet Maeve—Reflecting on the Moon

[Wanda’s been giving us comics and columns for years, since before I was editing the Voice Magazine.  Like many of our regulars, I couldn’t really call something the Best of The Voice Magazine if I didn’t have at least one of her submissions in here. From issue 3035 in early September, this was the winner… Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide

[Back in late April, issue 3016 was one of the few Voice Magazine issues that published with two comics.  This one, from Savannah Ugo, tickled me because I used to know a couple of people very much like this.  They took ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ way too far, and it was fun to have… Read more »

AUthentic Events!

Library Chat Tues, Jan 10, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Library Chat Wed, Jan 11, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Developing… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  TD Scholarship for Indigenous Peoples Sponsored by:  TD and AFOA Canada Deadline:  January 16, 2023, 5:00 pm EST Potential payout:  $10,000 per year for tuition, plus $5000 per year for living expenses, for up to four years. Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be First Nations, Metis, or Inuit; be members of a First Nation,… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group Conversation starter.  Nothing gives a thread traction like asking folks about their worst ProctorU experience.  In amongst the gripes were posts advising students with ProctorU complaints to contact the exam unit, and perhaps also the student union. Discord Nothing is too crazy.  Contributors in the #coffee-shop-lounge swap ideas for how to reward… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

You might be too full from holiday goodies to even think about celebrating National Shortbread Day on January 6, but on the other hand nyum-nyum-nyum. Have your cookies, and diet too.  Katie D’Souza presents some strategies for enjoying treats while keeping to a diet.  “Guilt sets in—I never, ever should have even touched one!—and then… Read more »

AUSU Update!

The AU Students’ Union would like to wish you a happy New Year and all the best in 2023! Pursuing an education can be challenging so it’s important to celebrate milestones, big or small, and you did it—you made it another year! Not only did you make it, but you’re bettering yourself through post- secondary… Read more »