Vol. 23 Iss. 01

Volume 23 Issue 1 - 01/02/2015

Minds We Meet – Interviewing Students Like You

John MacPherson is an AU student from Newmarket, Ontario. He’s in his final year of the Bachelor of Management Program at AU. In addition to his studies, John works full-time in the hospitality and entertainment industry as an online marketer. John was recently interviewed by The Voice Magazine about school, work, and life in general…. Read more »

Primal Numbers – The New Luddites

You probably wouldn’t trade your smart phone for a mechanical loom, but they’ve got a lot more in common than you think. From smashing cotton looms to attacking Google Glass users, the fight against technology is nothing new. But are today’s tech haters really the new Luddites?or the voice of reason in a fight to… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Whither That Word

What’s in a name?or a word? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? To what extent does language influence our perception, and vice versa? The answer can be found in etymology, the study of the history and origin of words. ?Language is fossil poetry,? wrote Emerson, but etymology’s more than just a… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Both Scary and Sad

Who needs a travel alarm clock when she has a smart phone? Who needs a Rolodex, quaint little purse-sized address book, or the five-pound Yellow Pages when everyone who’s anyone can be Googled? Who needs two-way radios when everyone and his brother have a cell phone? These are just some of the thoughts rattling around… Read more »

My Special Sister

My sister, Marion, is mentally ill! There I said it! The worst part is that I can’t do anything to help her. I thought I would be able to listen to her ramblings and not get angry with her as everyone else in the family has. I managed to do it for a time, convincing… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Nebraska

Film: Nebraska Director: Alexander Payne Writer: Bob Nelson DAVID: Hey, Dad, how about we go see Mount Rushmore? WOODROW: We don’t have time to see that! DAVID: It’s just 30 minutes off the interstate. And we’re right here. WOODROW: It’s just a bunch of rocks! – Dialogue from Nebraska Woody wants to go to Nebraska… Read more »

The Midful Bard – Cargo Cult

Film: Cargo Cult Director: Bastien Dubois “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.” – John Berger “Avarice is fear sheathed in gold.” –… Read more »

The Study Dude –

Studying from a distance often means studying alone. Without any other students to serve as examples or help, just figuring out the best ways to learn the material can be a task in itself. As The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the advice you need to help make your learning easier. There is… Read more »

Music Review – Rapid Eye Movement

Following the 2012 release of their second album, the internationally acclaimed Rapid Eye Movement, Sétamùr is now releasing the remix, Remix Eye Movement, a collaboration with a variety of talented musicians from around Europe. The original album was dedicated to Serbian musician, Melinda Ligeti, who not only collaborates with Sétamùr in the remix album, but… Read more »

How do You Like Those Apples

Like a shadow, a Biblical feeling passes over me as I thin apples in my orchard on a bright summer afternoon. I think back to Sunday school and the book of Matthew where it says “every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew, 7:19, New International… Read more »

Health Matters – Preparing for Surgery Naturally

While natural medicine focuses on healing the body through non-invasive methods, sometimes surgery is unavoidable. What you can control, however, is how you treat your body before surgery. Enhancing your nutrition, mental health, and immunity can have significant implications for your post-op health, including quicker healing times, reduced bruising, and lowered risk of post-surgery complications…. Read more »

The Travelling Student – Beginnings

My name is Philip Kirkbride. I’m a college graduate from Ontario in the field of Multi-Media Design and Production working on upgrading to my Bachelor’s Degree at Athabasca University (AU). I’ve always wanted to do an exchange program or study abroad but never found the right fit or time to do so. This is the… Read more »

Editorial – The Social and Cultural Significance of Borscht

Because this issue officially marks my first full year, I was initially planning this week’s editorial to be a discussion of The Voice Magazine’s history, and why certain things (such as our website) seem so out of date. The short version? Because it is. However, with the events that happened in Ottawa, and a lot… Read more »

Comic – Chazz Bravado

The quintessential Chazz. This one narrowly beat out the very first comic The Voice Magazine published in 2014, and that’s because students said they liked Chazz. And then immediately had to clarify they meant the comic, not Chazz himself. I don’t blame them.