Vol. 29 Iss. 36

Volume 29, Issue 36 - 09/10/2021

Women in Fiction—Raimunda

It’s never easy deciding which character stands out from a solid cast, especially when you don’t always want to put the spotlight on the best-developed protagonist whenever there is one.  In the case of Pedro Almodóvar’s 2006 dramedy film Volver, however, I must tread the beaten path and acknowledge Raimunda; her tale has modernized womanhood… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—If it Bleeds, It Leads

AU is about the small stuff, the learning that adds up to a worldview that matches our hearts to our brains.  We inhabit strange times that nevertheless have parallels in history: be it fake news or raging pandemics, or new Cold Wars, the idea that many truths abide on the same planet, and that everyone… Read more »

Music Review—RaceCar Phenomenon

Artist: Miles to Nowhere Album: RaceCar Phenomenon Pop-punk trio Miles To Nowhere are set to bring their self-described “galaxy punk” to the world with the release of their new album The RaceCar Phenomenon. The band is comprised of Kristen Taylor on lead vocals and guitar, Katie Grenert on base and vocals, and Richard Duran on… Read more »

Dear Barb—Excess Accommodations

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been together for 12 years and it seems like we are either bored with each other or taking each other for granted.  We don’t seem to take the time to talk anymore, we just assume the other person is happy and will do what we expect them to. … Read more »

Editorial—Keeping Athabasca in AU?

I recently received a letter from a managing editor at AU, one John  Ollerenshaw, writing on behalf of the Keep Athabasca in Athabasca University committee, a local “ad-hoc committee … convened recently to try to reverse the AU Board of Governors’ plan to implement a near-virtual workplace at AU.”  Sadly for Mr. Ollerenshaw, he really… Read more »

The Study Dude—Taking Lecture Notes

You’re in a room full of people or alone but in a virtual classroom.  You’ll be tested later on what you learn in today’s lecture.  So, your lecture notes are critical.  But how do you achieve top quality notes? Over the last several weeks, I’ve written cookbooks for writing essays and exams and for memorization. … Read more »

Local Shoutout—Calgary and Area

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially right now,… Read more »

You Can Be Better Tomorrow than You Are Today

Isn’t it funny how we start something thinking we should be proficient on day one? It takes years to raise a child, become successful in business, get a degree. We’d all love to be smarter, richer, better looking, more successful, and happier. But we get what we earn. So, how do we earn it? Today,… Read more »

AUSU Update!

The Federal Election is September 20 and your vote matters! The AU student body vote brings weight to issues your President and Vice-President External discuss with Members of Parliament and government officials. By voting, you make it easier to advocate for lowering interest on loans, increasing bursaries, expanding job programs, and more! Important Dates September… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group General emphasis.  A prospective student wonders where a BGS degree will lead; responses suggest a broad spectrum of paths are possible with a general degree. Discord Conversational whiplash.  The #coffee-shop-lounge channel bounces between canoe portages, Canadian weather, frosty beverages, vaccines, and brewery hops. reddit Reach out and touch someone—Ick!  A student is… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Pretty Photoshop Actions Annual Scholarship Sponsored by:  Lightroom Presets Deadline:  October 15, 2021 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be either high school seniors, transitioning from high school to college or university, or already enrolled in a Canadian or U.S. college or university. What’s required:  An email with contact and school info,… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Presenting your work at a conference Mon, Sept 13, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Graduate Studies and Memorial University news.athabascau.ca/events/presenting-your-work-at-a-conference-sept-2021/ RSVP through above link

Vintage Voice

Even if you haven’t been following the news out of Texas recently, you probably noticed a resurgence of the abortion debate in your social media feeds.  This hot-button topic has appeared dozens of times in The Voice. How do you know you’re right?  Pam Pelmous refers to the abortion debate for an example in this… Read more »