Vol. 22 Iss. 24

Volume 22 Issue 24 - 06/13/2014

The Writer’s Toolbox – How to Comfort an Editor

When You’re comforting an editor, the meme goes, tell her “There, their, they’re.” True? Perhaps. Correct usage may not be the antidote for all editorial ills?That’s what caffeine is for?but using there, their, and they’re correctly can go a long way. This week’s Toolbox shows you how. Their The word their is a possessive pronoun,… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Here Comes the Sun

Way back in 1010 AD, when Oliver of Malmesbury flew 125 paces with a set of homemade wings, there were probably plenty of critics who thought he was crazy to try it. And when the Wright brothers completed the world’s first powered flight in 1903, only three newspapers even bothered to cover the historic event…. Read more »

From Where I Sit – Time to Smell the Flowers

This spring, for the first time ever as a grown-up, home-owning woman, I will not be buying or setting out bedding plants. Shocking, I know, but, near as I can tell, the earth has not stopped spinning on its axis. I’m not totally surprised. Years ago, as a newlywed of Ukrainian ancestry living on a… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dating Choices

Dear Barb: I have been reading your column for a while, hoping I would see my situation in one of the questions, but I haven’t yet. I am in my early twenties and just finished my second year of university. This year my roommates were both guys. I was a little hesitant to move in… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Anatomy of Clay

Book: Anatomy of Clay Author: Gillian Sze “It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.” – Anonymous Have you ever leafed through a stack of New Yorker issues just to check out what kind of poetry they publish? Did you conclude that the point was to be just as pointless… Read more »

In Conversation with Don Rosenthal, Part III

“The primary cause of unhappiness is not the situation, but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is.” – Eckhart Tolle “We move through the day with our mind almost continually occupied … While we are… Read more »

Getting Laid

I need help “getting” laid. Seriously, the past tense of “lie” and “lay” have always baffled me. I just don’t get it. Every time I use one of these troublesome verbs, I have to look it up. Christina Frey, in her Writer’s Toolbox article in The Voice Magazine last November, covered this very topic. The… Read more »

Editorial – We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday

Okay, maybe not all of us are, but I am. I have been informed by AUSU that those two weeks of holiday time that are included in my contract are mandatory by Alberta Law. Which means that no matter how much I enjoy putting together the Voice each week, there’s at least two weeks during… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – No Kids Allowed

School’s nearly out, and kids are gearing up for summer camp. But they’re not the only ones. In fact, there an increasing number of summer camps geared exclusively to adults. Here’s a sampling of what’s available: On Broadway If you love the idea of seeing your name in lights, you can live out your performing… Read more »

Council Connection

The June 11th, 2014 Council meeting was uneventful, perhaps because it was sparsely populated. President Jason Nixon was unable to attend due to illness, and both the Vice-Presdent, Finance & Administration Corrina Green and Office Manager, Karyna McDonald were on their way up to the Convocation Ceremonies in Athabasca, so were unable to attend as… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home:Study says Canada needs to Promote Bi-Lingualism The Canadian Association of Public Schools ? International (CAPSI) has recently completed a study that concludes that Canada’s public schools are not doing enough to promote French classes as an option for either domestic or international students. For many international students, English is already a second language,… Read more »

Did You Know? – Convocation’s Here!

If you haven’t already, you can watch Athabasca University’s annual convocation ceremony online at this link: http://t.co/Ckv78DJ4Tk While Thursday and Friday’s ceremonies are already over, the Saturday and Sunday ceremonies are still to come and are worth checking out, if for nothing other than to hear the vocal group Asani’s multi-lingual rendition of “Oh Canada”… Read more »

AUSU Update

Changes to AU Course Materials In the fall of 2013 AU began the process of replacing hard-copy textbooks for all undergraduate courses with e-text versions. Implementation has been staged in phases with about two dozen courses being transitioned each month. AUSU is supportive of the provision of electronic materials for students who want them, but… Read more »

DECSA Pancake Breakfast

Come One, Come All? To DECSA’s 8th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 from 7:30am to 10:30am 11515-71 Street, Edmonton AB Everyone is Welcome! Enjoy FREE Pancakes, Eggs, Sausages, Juice and Coffee Games and activities for the children RAIN OR SHINE