Vol. 28 Iss. 25

Volume 28, Issue 25 - 06/19/2020

National Indigenous Peoples Day—June 21, 2020

In a recent press interview, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau spoke about an “unconscious bias” impacting all Canadians.  Now, more than ever, our cultural perspectives and unique identities are being called into question, especially in political and corporate sectors. Our increasingly globalized economy demands sameness, which is in direct opposition to natural human culture.  In our… Read more »

Homemade is Better—German Potato Salad

To continue with the grilling season meals, today, we are going to talk Potato Salad. It’s a hit or miss salad for most, but have you ever tried warm potato salad?  I add a little something extra to this one, and it made a difference for me! In my article about accordion potatoes, I had… Read more »

The Creative Spark—Can a Villain be a Good Guy?

The answer to the title is,  yes, a villain could be a good guy.  But in what sense?  Good people can become evil.  And villains can have good sides, even beautiful sides, especially at first.  But how? Here is what fiction-writing expert Rayne Hall says about the making of a villain: Villains transcend boundaries.  We… Read more »

Women of Interest—Eunice Newton Foote

Eunice Newton Foote was born in Goshen, Connecticut on July 17, 1819, and died September 30, 1888. Eunice was studying Global Warming and its effects in the mid 1800’s, the first person ever known to have done so.  Foote became known for “theorizing that changing the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would change… Read more »

Dear Barb—De-isolation Anxiety

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been in isolation for the last seven weeks, except for picking up groceries and prescriptions.  Now that things are easing a bit and I am going out more, I find my anxiety level rising.  I have always had anxiety, but it has basically been under control.  I talked to another… Read more »

Editorial—Burgeoning New Voices!

Summer has come, and, at least in Calgary, it’s brought with it a bunch of new writers to The Voice Magazine.  New writers are always exciting for me, even though they mean more work at first, but bringing in those new perspectives, and helping writers grow their abilities as they help to grow The Voice… Read more »

Four Ways to Use Your Ice Cream Scooper

One of the most versatile yet underutilized items in the kitchen is the ice cream scooper.  As someone who has consumed less than four litres of ice cream a year, I never knew what to do with my ice cream scooper at home.  The few times in the year where I would use this niche… Read more »

A Mom’s Life and Rebirth

I awake with a start, groaning inwardly.  The slow, melodic alarm gradually increases its pitch and intensity.  I check my phone.  5:00 A.M.  I can almost feel the icy wind as I curl my toes deeply into the warmth of my bed.  Then, that voice inside me reverberates and I propel myself quickly out of… Read more »

If Everyday Was Easy My Life Would Be Poor

It is morning, oh my gosh, it is morning.  Please go away, come again when I feel like it.  Why did this bright sun wake me up? My eyes are closed, and I can still feel the pressure on my skin Today is a school day. Well, every day is a school day when your… Read more »

Interleaving—Performance Enhanced Learning

‘Performance-enhancing’ is a term synonymous with cheating, but a recent Athabasca University study focusing on boosting student retention in classrooms indicates that there is a new approach to learning which might truly enhance performance.  This approach is called “interleaving”, and it allows for students to better retain and recall information weeks, months, and even years… Read more »

Vintage Voice—Father’s Day Edition

Father’s Day is June 21, and we’ve unearthed an unmatched pair of fatherly tributes from Voices past. Ditch the tie.  Busby LeClair offers a series of tongue-in-cheek (we hope) suggestions for imaginative Father’s Day gifts.  Suggestion #3:  ” Help him re-live old, long-forgotten dreams by packing him off to a weekend getaway at a CFL… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact services@ausu.org with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Jun 25: AUSU 50th Anniversary Event Jun 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Jul Jul 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Aug 1 Jul 15: Aug degree requirements… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie June Edition – Two Spirit Stories June 1 to June 30 Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/bannock-and-a-movie-two-spirit-stories Access through above link Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning, Athabasca University’s massive open online course (MOOC) Sun, June 21 to Sat, July 25 Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/introduction-to-technology-enabled-learning-athabasca-universitys-massive-open-online-course-mooc-summer-2020 Register through above link Faculty of Business Undergrad… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Josh is moving to Quebec and wonders if students there can get funding to attend AU; responders say no. Faye shares a link to a new AU Humanities group:  www.facebook.com/groups/936070370162653/. Other posts include weekend bookings at ProctorU, library orientation podcast, returning unopened course materials to AU, and courses BIOL 204, COMP 682,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Tommy Douglas Scholarship Sponsored by:  NUPGE Deadline:  July 6, 2020 Potential payout:  $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be children/grandchildren or foster children/grandchildren of members or retirees of the National Union’s Component unions or its affiliates, and be planning to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary educational institution full-time in 2020…. Read more »

Separation of Art from the Artist

Recent attempts to redress historical societal injustices through grassroots social movements and convictions of high profile individuals reveal a move toward the creation of a more inclusive society; one in which the lives of those historically silenced are now being increasingly heard.  The attempts to rewrite often inaccurate and offensive narratives that surround many communities… Read more »