Vol. 29 Iss. 42

Volume 29, Issue 42 - 10/22/2021

Minds We Meet—Natalie Lapa

This week, I had a chance to get an insight into the life journey of Natalie Lapa who moved from Langley, BC, to Spruce Grove, Alberta, and has resided there for more than a decade. Natalie had been homeschooled from Kindergarten through Grade 12 by her mother and started her journey at Athabasca University pursuing… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Beasts or Best in Class

Monkeys with smartphones, is that us?  Pressingly, is AU part of our cultural decline, where we sink to the level of proverbial beasts?  Eek!  Or, maybe digital devices themselves are the truly mindless animals that draw us down to their level?  The internet brings out the beast in so many of us; it’s as though… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is one my weaknesses, and it can be difficult to find good fried chicken.  There are many restaurants that serve it, but I almost always feel let down a little.  Between KFC, Popeye’s, Mary Brown’s, and Jolly-Bee, I think Popeye’s is the best.  Having said that though, I much prefer making it at… Read more »

Music Review—Terra

Artist: Eric Alexandrakis Album: Terra: Music Is The Medicine Which Keeps My World Spinning In Harmony [Living With Post-Cancer Trauma Via Music’s Healing Powers]   Eric Alexandrakis has released a musical spoken word album, Terra: Music Is The Medicine Which Keeps My World Spinning In Harmony [Living With Post-Cancer Trauma Via Music’s Healing Powers].  The… Read more »

Dear Barb—The GrandParent Trap

Dear Barb: My fifteen-year-old son is going to be a father again! er Three months ago his fifteen-year-old girlfriend (at the time) gave birth to a baby girl.  I am a grandmother at 35, not what I planned for my life, or my sons’ life.  In fact, I am almost finished my degree at AU,… Read more »

When Iceland’s Women Changed the World in One Day

On October 24, 1975, the women of Iceland did not go to work. For one day, Iceland’s women did not show up for their jobs as shop clerks, receptionists, flight attendants, bank tellers, teachers, or fish-plant workers.  They did not show up to do housework, farm chores, child-minding, or family shopping.  They did not pack… Read more »

How to Stick to a Healthy Diet

Many of us are struggling with pandemic pounds—the extra weight we’ve gained throughout the pandemic that represents the lack of activity, boredom, or stress eating, and the psychological impact of rarely leaving the house—I know I certainly am.  According to one CBC article, a recent report from the Agrifoods Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University found… Read more »

Setting Goals

Every student has a goal they are pursuing.  It could be a degree, knowledge gain, or an investment of one’s spare time.  But there are ways to work the mind to make those goals more realistic.  Here are some ways to control the mindset for optimal performance at school, work, or hobbies Set goals that… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions.  Our fall annual Awards and Bursaries have doubled!! This means twice the awards available in the following categories: Academic Achievement       $1,000 ea. (6) AUSU Bursaries                    $1,000 ea. (10) Balanced Student Awards  $1,000 ea. (8) #Igo2AU Award                     $1,000 ea. (4)… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  The Smooth Movers Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Smooth Movers Deadline:  Nov 30, 2021 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students enrolled in high school, college, or university, and be in Canada, U.S., Australia, or Europe. What’s required:  An email with proof of enrolment, along with a 900-word essay about the future… Read more »

Vintage Voice

October is Canadian Library Month, a tempting topic for writers.  The Voice‘s archive reveals dozens of library-related articles, including these two. A library is greater than the sum of its books.  S.D. Livingston ponders how the introduction of library-book vending machines will impact the future of libraries.  “The mistake in thinking (or even suggesting) that… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group But what happens to the “A” in AU?  An opinion piece published in the Edmonton Journal sparks a discussion about what impact a campus-less AU would have on students. Discord Aw, shucks.  Amid posts about course selections and study tips, one student takes the time to thank the student community:  “…Everyone here… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

The 6th IEEE Cyber Science and Technology Congress Oct 25 to Oct 28 Online Hosted by AU and IEEE news.athabascau.ca/events/the-6th-ieee-cyber-science-and-technology-congress/ Register through above link October Pride Week Keynote Address – Author Joshua Whitehead Mon, Oct 25, 2:00 to 4:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/october-pride-week-keynote-address-author-joshua-whitehead/ Access through above link or AUSU Facebook page Faculty… Read more »

Editorial—The Demise of Old Stock

The idea of “Old Stock” Canadians was something put forward first by Prime Minister Harper.  Widely derided as being a call to xenophobics and anti-immigration sentiment, the recent municipal elections in Alberta are increasingly challenging the notion that this is a demographic worth courting by political parties. To be clear, what is generally considered as… Read more »