Vol. 29 Iss. 12

Volume 29, Issue 12 - 03/26/2021

Minds We Meet—Cassandra Mackay

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to… Read more »

Women in Fiction—Matilda Wormwood

The fictional child prodigy had cropped up in earlier decades, but it wasn’t until Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel Matilda that the gender-neutral trope was popularized among children themselves.  Inspiring many young readers and imaginative minds worldwide, Matilda Wormwood shows resilience when confronted with adversity – namely, her unsupportive parents and fearsome headmistress, Miss Trunchbull –… Read more »

Music Review—The Workday Release

Artist: David Ottestad/The Workday Release Album: Like the Light of the Stars Southern California singer/songwriter David Ottestad’s music project, The Workday Release, is debuting a new album on April 16, 2021 via Enci Records.  The album is titled Like the Light of Stars and contains eleven tracks.  The LP’s single, “Say A Lot With Light” has… Read more »

The Reading List—March 2021

With the vaccines rolling out and many more people are being vaccinated, we can now see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. With that said, while we are waiting to be vaccinated (kudos to those who have been vaccinated!), try one of these books during your free time this month. On… Read more »

Women of Interest—Edith Cowan

Edith Dircksey Cowan was a social worker and politician whose focus was the welfare and rights of women and children.  She fought against domestic violence and openly discussed venereal disease, contraception, and prostitution at a time when these things were kept in the dark.  In 1921 Cowan was the first woman to serve as a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Tryhard Friends

Dear Barb: I am just approaching my fortieth birthday and having a difficult time.  I am the mother of two teens.  My life seems to be changing so much and even my relationship with my husband is not what it used to be.  My kids are being typical teenagers: they have no interest in family… Read more »

Editorial—Judging Underway

So, as mentioned in the rules for the Voice Writing contest, the entries were gone through and adjusted to standard margin sizes, removing identifying information, removing pictures, and sent off to the judges.  With close to 50 entries total, the judges have their work cut out for them.  But all that formatting work means I… Read more »

Glimpses of Barb Godin—A Book Review

Voice writer Barbara Godin recently published her second book.  Glimpses in Time:  A Collection of Memoirs and More, is a compilation of stories about Godin’s childhood, family, and relationships. In the style of North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person, and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Glimpses in Time traces Godin’s life as she… Read more »

A Rant: Everybody Should Try Dungeons & Dragons

Have you ever played the one-word story game? When I was much younger, my family and I would play it on long car trips.  The basic rules are that everybody tries to tell a story together, but you can only say one word at a time.  First you speak, then the next person, and the… Read more »

Vintage Voice

March 26 is Purple Day, but the connection with the colour is only tangential.  Purple Day’s purpose is to draw attention and support to epilepsy.  For balance, we reached into our vaults for a piece on purple and another on epilepsy. Purple is the new gray.  Laura Seymour chafes against the blandness of North American… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award Sponsored by:  Food Allergy Canada Deadline:  April 23, 2021 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian residents, under 25 years of age, and enrolled at a post-secondary institution.  Applicants do not need to have food allergies to be eligible. What’s required:  An online application including contact, academic,… 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 Mar 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Apr 1 Mar 11: AUSUnights Virtual Student Social Mar 15: Apr degree requirements deadline Mar 17: AUSU Public Council Meeting Mar 31: Deadline… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie March Edition: Wahkohtowin: Cree Natural Law Mar 1 to Mar 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/bannock-and-a-movie/index.html Access through above link Bannock and a Movie April Edition: The Cree Hunters of Mistassini Apr 1 to Apr 30 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/bannock-and-a-movie/index.html Access through above link The Grad Lounge Fri,… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group You gotta clean behind the computer, too?  A student with a built-in cam on a desk-top computer wonders how ProctorU will be able to see the whole room; responses suggest either using a mirror, or cell-phone video. Discord A good reason to scan all channels:  A discussion in the #general-studies channel leads… Read more »