Vol. 22 Iss. 01

Volume 22 Issue 1 - 01/03/2014


We start off the year as tradition dictates, with our annual Best of The Voice Magazine. I’ve chosen for you various articles from through-out the year that I think best represent what the Voice was about during 2013. To aid me in this, many of the writers gave suggestions for what they thought were their… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not a Bad Legacy

If we are really, really lucky we get to grow old. We bitch and moan about the nuisance and inconvenience of aging, but when you consider the alternative, for most It’s a no-brainer. We have a front-row seat to the end stages of the process with Roy’s 95-year-old aunt. She is confused about her whereabouts… Read more »

Write Stuff – Espresso To Go

How do you take your Espresso? Medium-dark with a hint of Dickensian workhouse? Or perhaps you prefer something lighter, like Mark Twain’s Library of Wit and Humor. Whatever you choose, it can be ready in minutes at the Espresso Book Machine?a device I was lucky enough to see in action. The Espresso I saw sits… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox

?Let’s start at the very beginning,? Julie Andrews warbles in The Sound of Music, telling the von Trapp children that It’s ?a very good place to start.? And in the academic writing world, whether You’re putting together your first university paper or creating your doctoral thesis, the beginning is always, always a very good place… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Frankenweenie

Film: Frankenweenie Director: Tim Burton Cast: Charlie Tahan, Frank Welker, Winona Ryder, Catherine O?Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Robert Capron, Atticus Shaffer The Very Mortal Deadlock Between Love and Power ?MR. RZYKRUSKI: Your country needs more scientists. They should make more. You should be a scientist. VICTOR: Nobody likes scientists. MR. RZYKRUSKI: They like what… Read more »

Bumps on the Road, Part I

What’s a student to do when a crisis arises? Things were going well; out-of-my-mind busy, but well. The house wasn’t particularly clean, but full-time work and part-time school, coupled with family and volunteer commitments, meant that something had to slide. Work was moving along, and for the first time ever I’d become really excited about… Read more »

This World – Indian Winter, Part I

It’s chilly in Canada! Home after a five-week trip to India to visit my husband’s family, I’ve found the return here definitely shocking to my system. And it’s not only the contrast between 30-degree days and unseasonable snow. The palm trees, the street life, the roaming chickens and cows, the dust blowing in the windows,… Read more »

Manic Santa: A Mom with Bipolar Disorder

I’m tapping out this article from the waiting room in my psychiatrist’s office. Okay, to be totally honest, It’s the waiting room in the psychiatric wing at the local hospital, but I’m fine. Really, I’m fine. I’m just grabbing another script for Lamictal, which is what I take to treat bipolar disorder. We have this… Read more »

A Book in the Hand: E-Text Initiative

Prefer to cozy up with a Kindle or Nook? Love flipping through onscreen pages on your iPad? Enjoy the ease of reading the same book across devices? Or do your eyes glaze over when you try to read e-text? Do you prefer the feel of a hard copy, the rustle of pages and the familiar… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – Tunisian Days III

“Comme aux pires moments de la colonization. Mais cette fois, la colonization est interne.” ~Soufiane Ben Farhat, La Presse de Tunisie, 24 October 2013 “By time, indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.” [Quran, Surat… Read more »

Relative Maturity

“”Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. I view the state of maturity as relative, relative to me, that is. In my arrogance, I consider myself the epitome of maturity. Those individuals younger than me can only aspire to ascend to… Read more »

Did You Know? – Code.org

The site Code.org is a non-profit organization that wants to increase the number of students, particularly underrepresented groups such as women or students of color, who are taking computing science. Their current campaign is to try to get people to learn one hour of coding skills, skills that will be invaluable in just about any… Read more »

AUSU Update

Dear Members, You may have recently seen information on the internet speculating about the future of Athabasca University. These reports suggest that the Alberta government may broker a merger between AU and University of Alberta, and that this may result in drastic changes to the services and programs offered to students AU students. We want… Read more »