Vol. 29 Iss. 49

Volume 29, Issue 49 - 12/24/2021

Minds We Meet—Delaney Leger

Who are your fellow students?  At times, in an online learning environment, it can feel like you are all alone, but across the nation and around the globe, students just like you are also pursuing their Athabasca University (AU) studies!  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Journalistic Writing, Part II

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Stuffing

With the holidays around the corner, many of us will head to the store and buy ingredients for a most delicious holiday meal.  It might be turkey, or goose, or even prime rib, but then you’re going to travel down an aisle with shelves full of stuffing in a box, and you might think to… Read more »

Music Review—Stay Home

Artist: Still Insane Single: Stay Home Quebec City punk rock band, Still Insane, has released a single from their upcoming album—their first-time releasing music since 2017.  The single is titled “Stay Home”, although the name of the new EP is still under wraps.  The band will be releasing the full album February 2022. Still Insane… Read more »

Dear Barb—Christmas Crisis

Dear Barb: It’s that time of year again and my anxiety is through the roof.  I hate family get-togethers at any time of year, and Christmas just seems to make it all that much worse.  Everyone was so upset last year about not being able to get together with family at Christmas, but not me. … Read more »

Editorial—Big Money Politics

I’ve been diving into Bill 81 lately.  For those not in Alberta, Bill 81, or the “Election Statutes Amendment Act, 2021”.  If you haven’t heard about this, the UCP government has passed legislation purportedly to make elections and election financing more fair in Alberta, and by “fair” they primarily mean “restricting organized labour from organized… Read more »

Being a Female Author

I am an independent author of three books, which means my books are self-published.  Some people say that’s not real publishing, but that’s debatable and not what this article is about.  I am writing this article to address some of the issues I have had to deal with being a female author. The most difficult… Read more »

Four Steps to Get Inspired for the New Year

It’s almost the New Year.  You now have this festive opportunity to set some New Year’s resolutions.  But don’t just make any resolution; make ones that inspire. But what if you can’t think of anything cataclysmic?  There’s a goal out there that is perfect for you.  Perhaps it’s the dream so big you may have… Read more »

Five Hacks to Memorable Christmas Gifts

Sending the right gifts during Christmas can be a headache. Especially for people whom you’ve barely interacted with or perhaps have interacted with for a long time but hardly know their interests and hobbies. These can be colleagues, classmates, professors and other acquaintances. What are some ways you can give authentic gifts relevant to the… Read more »

Organize Your Computer

We are rarely taught how to organize our computer files.  We just learn on the go, perhaps duplicating the same single file in multiple locations.  What a mess for most of us! At university, back in the early 2000’s, my computer was a tornado.  Files with no folders.  I had no clue how to create… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Seeing into the future.  A student wonders if there’s any way to know that a course is going to be closed for revision in the near future; one AU insider responds that sometimes a course is temporarily closed due to sudden lack of materials and even AU doesn’t know in advance. Discord… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Info Session Wed, Dec 15, 3:00 to 4:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/doctorate-in-business-administration-dba-information-session-20211215/ RSVP through above link Sacred Circle of Squares for Indigenous learners Thur Dec 16, 1:00 to 3:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences news.athabascau.ca/events/sacred-circle-of-squares-for-indigenous-learners/ Indigenous learners… Read more »

Vintage Voice

With National Cookie Day just passed on December 4, we got a craving to take a peek at what our Voices past had to say about that tasty little snack. I’ll have what you’re not having.  Katie D’Souza offers advice on holding fast to your diet resolutions under the seasonal onslaught of baked goodies.  “Even… Read more »

Vintage Voice–Bonus Edition

The eruption of Mt Semeru on Indonesia’s Java island recently got us thinking about what The Voice‘s contributors have had to say about volcanoes. Something is bound to get us.  Voice editor Karl Low reviews the web-based documentary and book, Dystopia: What is to be done?.  “To my mind, it feels too much like propaganda… Read more »