Vol. 28 Iss. 18

Volume 28, Issue 18 - 05/01/2020

The Need for Media Literacy

During tragedies, society often experiences a noticeable uptick in the number of conspiracy theorists as humanity struggles to make sense of our rapidly changing and often unexplainable world. When events are so beyond our comprehension and current reality, what might typically seem like an outlandish conspiracy theory may, in fact, bring comfort.  Surely, a sinister… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Shakespeare’s Guide to Dialogue

Okay, so Shakespeare didn’t write this guide.  Nor did Chekhov, Tolstoy, or Mama June.  Didn’t Mama June publish?  Regardless, if any of them wrote what follows, they’d be beaming. With that said, here is Shakespeare’s guide to character dialogue: Tip #1: Hey, have you tried cutting out words? Cut out words, even if it hurts…. Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Delerium

Album: Karma Artist: Delerium Considering the countless number of festivals worldwide dedicated solely to electronic music, I think it’s safe to say many of us are fans of the genre.  However, after listening to Vancouver-based duo Delerium’s Karma, I feel that current artists generally don’t push the envelope in terms of how audiences can engage… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—A Brand New Renaissance

I’ve always felt, haven’t you, that springtime, especially in the midst of an apocalypse, is a wonderful opportunity to try something new.  One world crumbles as another one rises.  Perhaps we could skip that whole intermediate period of barbaric anarchy, though.  Either way, I thought we might do a little revamping and refreshing. For example,… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Pico de Gallo & Guacamole

Merry May readers, may the 4th be with you, happy Cinco De Mayo, and watch out for revenge of the 6th!  Some Star Wars humour for you there as I am, after all, a dad, and need to get the occasional dad joke in.  For this week, I had planned on writing about the sourdough… Read more »

The Study Dude—How I Improved My Highlighting in Five Easy Steps

At university, I highlighted like a wild dog—entire pages soaked in yellow.  I’d take my highlighted points, jot them down on cue cards, and memorize them all.  Study time was gruelling. Weirder still, I couldn’t figure out how other students got A’s taking two more classes than me each semester.  But I showed them: After… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—May Day! M’Aider!

The year was 1986.  Kindergarten.  A larval Fly on the Wall refused to sing or perform the actions of the classic kiddie tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”  He was told to go sit in a chair in the corner.  What a pretentious kid, or was he precocious?  Maybe he was channelling his… Read more »

Dear Barb—Testing Toxicity

Dear Barb: I’m in a dilemma.  I have a family member who I believe is toxic and I am considering whether I should cut them out of my life.  I don’t want to say who they are, but they are part of my immediate family.  This isn’t too much of an issue right now because… Read more »

Disinformation Distancing

So what are the effects of having a population not well versed in media literacy?  What happens when people unquestioningly accept everything they see, or, just as bad, unquestioningly deny everything they see reported?  It got driven home to me in a couple of ways this week. The first, is that Michael Moore et al…. Read more »

Council Connection—April 16, 2020

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Melinda Goertz, as well as incoming council observing.  Also in attendance was The Voice’s Managing Editor Karl Low and Council Meeting Reporter Natalia Iwanek. Key items… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Mel is curious about the ten-day rule for exams; other students confirm that an exam can be written up to ten days past the date scheduled with AU.  Jonathon delayed booking an exam time with ProctorU and now there’s no slots available by April 30; ten-day rule to the rescue (but responders… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Peter Elzinga Family Foundation Scholarships Sponsored by:  The Peter Elzinga Family Foundation Deadline:  June 1, 2020 Potential payout:  up to $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be residents of Alberta and continuing or planning to continue to further their education or upgrade their skills.  See application form for full eligibility criteria. What’s required:  A… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Coping with change during COVID—How AU can help you Fri, May 1, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT Online via PlatformQ Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/coping-with-change-during-covid-how-au-can-support-you Register through above link The Grad Lounge Fri, May 1, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies news.athabascau.ca/events/the-grad-lounge-may-1 No pre-registration necessary;… Read more »