Vol. 30 Iss. 10

Volume 30, Issue 10 - 03/11/2022

Minds We Meet—Hanna Jilek

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 »

Homemade is Better—Breakfast Sausage

I’ve run into a wall lately and have been looking for something interesting to write about.  I was making breakfast for the kids, and I and I looked in the fridge to see about a pound of ground pork that I needed to use soon.  At that moment, it dawned on me to make breakfast… Read more »

Music Review—Calm Fury

Artist: Sarah Hiltz Album: Calm Fury Toronto-based contemporary folk artist, Sarah Hiltz, has released her new album, Calm Fury. The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Calm Fury is a collection of songs inspired by Sarah’s research into the ways that Canadians—particularly Canadian women—experience, express and repress anger, along with how… Read more »

Dear Barb—Acting like a Child

Dear Barb: I don’t know if you can help me with my problem, but I thought I would write in anyway.  I am a single parent of two daughters, six and four years old.  It has been hard being a single parent but, so far, I am doing okay.  The kids’ father is an addict,… Read more »

Editorial—Have You Voted?

I know it probably seems like I’m harping about this, because, after all, it’s just a student council it doesn’t seem terribly important, right? But with almost a million dollars of student money coming in every year, its important that you take the few opportunities you have to ensure that the people who are spending… Read more »

The Secret to Happiness

When we think of people consuming toxins, we don’t often associate their lifestyle with happiness. But when we see a studious young woman who runs marathons and who has received a $40,000 scholarship to Harvard, happiness seems inevitable. But to truly be happy, no matter what our life conditions yield, no matter if we’re world… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes

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 »

Global Conflict

If you have followed the news over the past 10 years you may have realized a rise in the prevalence of individuals becoming “foreign fighters” and leaving peaceful countries for warzones.  While every individual will have their own personal reasons for ‘volunteering’ to fight in wars, it always starts with an ideology—regardless of which side… Read more »

Dear Amy Schumer: Autism is a Disability

Recently, I read an article from People Magazine detailing actress Amy Schumer’s comments about how she would feel if her 2½-year-old son was diagnosed with autism.  Apparently, Schumer’s husband and father to her child is on the autism spectrum, which she believes makes her son statistically more likely to be diagnosed as well. “I can… Read more »

Council Connection—February 17, 2022 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm MST.  Executive Director (ED) Jodi Campbell was announced as the accessibility officer and Vice President Community and Wellness (VPCW) Natalia Iwanek gave the land acknowledgement.  All expected participants were present with the exception of Councillor Meredith Charlton who was missing with regrets.  The agenda for the… Read more »

DIY Chinese Soup Dumplings

One of my favorite activities is inviting friends and family over to make Chinese soup dumplings.  These are hearty, flavorful, and boast a traditional recipe that has been passed down in the family for generations.  Preparing dumplings is not simply a chore but a family activity.  My entire family would pitch in, chat about school,… Read more »

2022 CLC Poetry Contest

The 2022 CLC Poetry Contest is accepting entries until March 14, so there is still time to participate!  This year’s theme is “Listening/écoute.” It is offered in collaboration with the Canadian Literature Centre (CLC), Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and MacEwan University.  Students from participating schools are encouraged to submit one entry in English… Read more »

Why Failure is Golden

In life, unlike school, the sample size to measure performance isn’t fixed to a two-hour exam.  In school, we are taught that 32% means failure.  So, what if I told you that you could fail 70% of the time yet be considered a top performer?  Baseball players who fail 70% of the time are considered… Read more »

The Voice Candidate Questions

Thirteen seats are open on AUSU Student Council.  These are the seats that students will sit in and who will be responsible for taking your concerns and your issues to the university, the provincial government, and beyond. This election, we have ten students vying for these seats, but it’s not just automatic.  It still comes… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. Voting is open March 10-14 to elect the next AUSU Students’ Council and, for voters who self-identify as Indigenous, the Indigenous Circle at AUSU. Election questions? Email Duncan at governance@ausu.org. Voting only takes a moment so find the digital ballot in your… Read more »

Vintage Voice

A busy week coming up with the switch to Daylight Saving Time (for some), March Break (for some), and St Patrick’s Day (for all who choose to play at being Irish for a few hours.) Even the day’s namesake wasn’t Irish.  A Voice “Click of the Wrist” feature looks at several facets of Irishness.  “[T]he… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Sometimes AU’s ears are listening.  A student laments that AU courses don’t make use of Teams for current students and an AU insider passes that idea up the line for consideration.  Maybe a better study-hall option than social media? Discord Rules refresher and hike hints.  The admins post updated #rules for the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  BeArt-Presets Academic Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  BeArt-Presets Deadline:  April 1, 2022, 11:59 pm EST Potential payout:  $2000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be undergraduate, graduate, or high-school senior students. What’s required:  A completed online application form, including a minimum 2000-word essay explaining how winning the scholarship will help you achieve your education and… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

CHAT with AU Library Tues, Mar 15, 12:30 to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library library.athabascau.ca/page/ann No pre-registration necessary; access through CHAT link on home page We want to hear from graduate students! Tues, Mar 15, 5:00 to 6:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/we-want-to-hear-from-grad-students/ RSVP through above link; current AU grad… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Progress Not Perfection

Working from home has probably gained cachet by being a preferable alternative to COVID scares and toxic workplace cultures.  As distance students, we might then fly into a heavy course load and figure it’d all be free sailing.  Just catch the breeze of your inner motivation, right?  And no commutes to class in January, booyah!… Read more »