Vol. 25 Iss. 05

Volume 25 Issue 5 - 02/03/2017

I’ve Decided to Plant Explosives in Quebec

This spring I’m going to be planting a small bundle of explosives near my home in Montreal, Quebec. I’ll be burying them in the soil at Dante Park, where I often go to sit on a bench, drink a thermos of tea, and talk to my good buddy, the bust of Dante. I’ve been a… Read more »

The Fit Student – A Moment of Silence

What do your workplace conditions look like? I survived my first month of work after overcoming years of daily panic attacks. At first, I felt strong in the workplace. But, now, I feel frazzled. I work in a high-stress, scatterbrained environment. My boss’s negative personality trait is “uncooperative”; mine is “oversensitive”—not the best fit. Some… Read more »

From Where I Sit – In the Meantime

It will come as no surprise that I love words. From a behaviour perspective, that means I’m a dedicated reader. It also explains why I’ve collected words for as long as I can remember. If some piece or paragraph, some book or story, some cartoon or poster has said something brilliant or funny chances are… Read more »

Dear Barb – Resisting Romance

Dear Barb: I am in my mid thirties and have been married for seven years. Recently I attended a New Year’s Eve party with four other couples. We have known each other for many years and always have a lot of fun together. At the party we were all drinking and by midnight we were… Read more »

Editorial – Double Meanings

I’m doing something a little bit unusual this week. Normally, The Voice Magazine is all original content, and I’m proud of that. But we were running a little light on content this week and I happened to see a story published by a fellow member of the Canadian University Press that I think hits an… Read more »

Take a Chance

Sometimes you have to take a chance, an opportunity won’t “fall in your lap”, or appear before you. You create your own opportunities and chances. Just like there are no overnight successes there are no (or very few) chances falling from the sky with no work/effort to create them. When we attend university we are… Read more »

News Flash – It’s Time to get Naked!

It’s time to turn off the web cam, turn up the heat, and take it all off! You almost missed it, but February 3 is the eighth annual “Working Naked Day.” The first Friday in February is the designated day to strip away encumbrances and celebrate the unconcealed freedom that accompanies working—or studying—from home. Working… Read more »

Job Scam Nearly Counfounds Student

The end of the 2016-2017 school year is fast approaching ? it may still feel early, with January just ending, but for those students in their final year, now is the time to be plastering the job market with resumes. That is exactly what Kevin MacCharles, a geology student in his final year, has been… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name: AU First in Family to Attend University Award Sponsored by: Athabasca University Deadline: February 15, 2017 Potential payout: $1000 Eligibility restriction: Applicants must not have grandparents, parents nor siblings who have earned a post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate, must have completed a minimum 9 AU program credits, and have a GPA of at… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events – Upcoming AU-related Events

Business Undergraduate Information Session Monday, February 6, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST Online Hosted by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/business-undergraduate-information-session/ register online at the above address AU Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Information Session Tuesday, February 7, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business http://business.athabascau.ca/event-details/athabasca-university-leadership-management-development-lmd-information-session-4/ register online at… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Canadian Christians are behind in education According to The Catholic Register, the Canadian Christian population “is less educated than Canadian Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and even those who have no religious affiliation.” This is based on reportage from the Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center, based in the United States, conducted a global study of… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group New student Brittany wants to know where to find her instructor’s name. Amanda seeks input on the material differences of undergrad vs grad courses. Jeffi inquires when the 2016 T2202A forms will be ready. Komal is curious how quickly others have finished their programs. Other posts include student interviews, AUSU, AU’s Writer-in-Residence,… Read more »

Women of Interest – Viola Irene Desmond

Viola Irene Desmond was born July 6, 1914, in Halifax Nova Scotia and died February 7, 1965, in New York City, New York. Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on a 10 dollar bill, beginning in 2018. In 1946 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Desmond refused to leave the main… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Canadian scientists support American scientists now According to The Guardian, Canadian scientists are offering peer support for scientists from the United States in light of the muzzling of some of them in the wake of recent events in America. Canadian scientists are not immune to the effects of being “muzzled” in their scientific work, having… Read more »