Vol. 30 Iss. 11

Volume 30, Issue 11 - 03/18/2022

Minds We Meet—Jing Fei

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—Naguib Mahfouz

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 »

Fly on the Wall—Just Because

A rising tide raises all boats.  Except for the leaky ones.  And trickle-down economics states that we all benefit when those at the top get rich.  Unless we live near toxic runoff from tar-sand projects or major in academic topics not sanctioned for lavish remuneration by the powers that be.  Wherever there are causes there… Read more »

Music Review—Everyone I Know Will Die

Artist: Kulick Album: Everyone I Know Will Die Pennsylvanian singer-songwriter, Kulick, has released his latest album, Everyone I Know Will Die.  The album combines heavy rock music with ultra-catchy pop melodies, resulting in a sound that he calls “all his own.” Everyone I know Will Die is available anywhere you get your music. Of the… Read more »

Editorial—Total Acclamation

The election is over, and all candidates who were up for acclamation have been approved by the student body, though I’ve heard that this was decided by a fairly low turn-out of students. Not that it’s that surprising, because I’ve also been hearing reports from other students’ unions that student apathy seeems to be higher… Read more »

Mindsets—The Importance of Positivity and Curiosity

How important can having a positive or curious mindset really be? According to Chris Voss, a retired FBI hostage negotiator with over 20 years of experience and who now trains other professionals while also teaching at Harvard, it is critical.  Chris quotes research that has shown that a positive mindset and the positive emotions associated… Read more »

Common Questions I get as a Clinical Pharmacist

As a tribute to Pharmacy Awareness Month, I decided to write a little about myself.  I’ve been practicing as a pharmacist since July 2021.  I graduated from University of Alberta and took many exciting courses at Athabasca University that I would have never had a chance to take as a part of my regular program. … Read more »

Homemade is Better—French Toast

My kids love French Toast; we don’t make it often, but it is popular when we do.  One of my favourite reasons for making French Toast is to use up those leftover bread ends.  I’ve found dried bread is the best for French Toast.  It soaks up the egg mixture and gives you a complete… Read more »

Climbing the Ranks with Diplomacy

Do you (like me) want to climb high in the office ranks?  I hope to one day become a CMO.  I used to cut strings at a disability employment shelter for $5 total for two forty-hour workweeks.  I’ve since set my sights higher. But the communications lately from everyone at my office place have been… Read more »

Dear Barb—Beyond Retirement

Dear Barb: Hi, I am writing about my mom.  She’s in her sixties and is alone.  My dad passed six years ago.  I have one brother who lives on the other side of the country, so we do not see a lot of him.  My mom and I are close, and she was always very… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Financial Future Scholarship Sponsored by:  InvestmentZen Deadline:  April 1, 2022, 11:59 pm GMT Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be actively enrolled full-time in an accredited university or college. What’s required:  A completed online application form, including contact and academic info, and a 500-1500 word essay on one of three specified topics…. Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

CHAT with AU Library Tues, Mar 22, 10:30 am 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 AU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) competition Wed, Mar 23, 12:00 to 3:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/aus-2022-three-minute-thesis-3mt-competition/ Register through above link CHAT with… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

Following what’s hot around AU’s social media sites. AthaU Facebook Group Hard-copy textbooks are discovered to exist.  A student is surprised to receive actual textbooks in the mail from AU, and other students confirm that, indeed, some courses have three-dimensional textbooks that you can carry and keep. Discord Armchair fitness.  Sweat-free conversation threads in the… Read more »

Vintage Voice

World Sleep Day on March 18 comes at an appropriate time, since many of us have spent the past few days staggering through the adjustment to Daylight Saving Time, . Put a sock in it.  Columnist Hazel Akana muses on that often-annoying impediment to good sleep:  snoring.  “Another, not often discussed, danger to the snorer… 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 »