Vol. 20 Iss. 48

Volume 20 Issue 48 - 12/14/2012

Winter Wonder What?

I’m offended by holiday music. I hate crooning singers making love to the microphone. I despise tear-jerking tunes and emotionally manipulative lyrics (I’m looking at you, ?Christmas Shoes?). Worst of all, most of the holiday songs I hear are celebrating something I don’t believe in. Winter. Nothing gets me more than all this winter love…. Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Give Me the Banjo

Film: Give Me the Banjo (2011) Writer/Producer/Director: Marc Fields Cast: Narrated by Steve Martin, with appearances by Béla Fleck, Dom Flemons, Pete Seeger, Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Kraus, Taj Mahal, and many others Genre: Documentary ?This machine kills fascists.? A sticker on Woody Guthrie’s guitar ?This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.? Inscribed on… Read more »

From Where I Sit – No Promises

How is it possible that It’s already mid-December? Unbelievably, there are only two more issues of The Voice before It’s put to bed for another year. I guess It’s the old ?time flies when You’re blah, blah, blah? phenomenon. This year, as always, there’s so much to do and so few days left to do… Read more »

AUSU Update – December 2012

AUSU e-newsletters a success AUSU has been piloting the use of e-newsletters to contact our student body over the last year. We began by sending these newsletters to students registered on our website, and after a very positive initial response, we are now sending e-newsletters to all students currently enrolled in any AU undergrad course,… Read more »

Write Stuff – Dirty Books

Wait?you didn’t think we were going to talk about those kinds of dirty books, did you? Oh. Sorry to disappoint. But if You’re keen for a tale involving creepy stuff like bedbugs, mould, mouse droppings, and E. coli, read on. they’re all things that might be hiding among the pages of your favourite books. If… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Song from the Uproar

Album: Song from the Uproar: the Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt (2012) Artist: Chamber opera by Missy Mazzoli; libretto by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek ?Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.? Simone Weil The Joy and Discontent of a Holy Nomad In 1904 a lovely young Swiss aristocrat, Isabelle Eberhardt, rents… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Style Wise

You’ve got that paper half finished, but now You’re stuck, in need of a break, or just curious about your writing style. This week’s links may not give you direct inspiration, but they provide a fun (if slightly procrastinating) and different take on the writing and editing process. Enjoy–but don’t forget to go back to… Read more »

Voice Holiday Schedule

The final 2012 issue of The Voice Magazine will be published on Thursday, December 20. We will be on break for the holidays as of December 21, 5 pm MST. The Voice will be back in early 2013 with our annual ?Best of The Voice? issue, which will showcase some of our top writing from… Read more »

Did You Know? – AU Holiday Exam Procedures

If you have undergraduate courses ending December 31, 2012, you’ll want to note the University’s special holiday exam procedures?and order your final examinations as soon as possible. If your course contract date is December 31, you must submit your exam requests before the University closes for the holidays. Athabasca University will be closed from December… Read more »