Vol. 30 Iss. 13

Volume 30, Issue 13 - 04/01/2022

Minds We Meet—Caleigh Avramenko

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 »

Fly on the Wall—April Fools as Repressive Desublimation

An April Fool’s joke, honed to perfection and often benefiting from the victim being recently awakened from an overnight slumber, serves for more than mere guffaws.  Laughter on this day serves to shine torchlight on the nature of everyday reality; that is, normality’s relatively preposterous underpinnings.  Life, like our learning, requires levity to function.  Does… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Brazil

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 »

Music Review—Foreigner

Artist: Sophia Marie Album: Foreigner Los Angelas native Sophia Marie has released her debut EP, Foreigner. The album is available anywhere you get your music. Foreigner is an exploration of Sophia’s feelings of being a foreigner both domestically and abroad. It draws most heavily upon her own personal relocation from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C…. Read more »

Dear Barb—The Tipping Point

Dear Barb: My husband and I are having a dispute.  We went out for dinner last week and the restaurant was very busy.  Our waitress brought our drinks and didn’t return for quite a while to take our orders.  She walked by us several times to bring other people drinks and food.  I will admit… Read more »

Editorial—A Day for Everything, and Everything in its Day

This week, we’re talking with student and Taylor Swift fan, Caleigh, where she talks to us about her experience with AU on her journey toward the legal profession. We’re also celebrating Ramen Noodle Day, which, believe it or not, is not an April Fools’ prank, but rather an actual day celebrated on April 4th.  I… Read more »

AUSU Update

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. Attention AU Students! AUSU’s Spring awards application period will be open from April 1-31. Visit our website now and check out the awards and bursaries open to AU undergrads this spring cycle. AUSU is also excited to announce that our Spring Awards… Read more »

Discover What Excites You

When you’re bursting with passion, you gain a superpower.  You can achieve so much more than you ever imagined possible.  I believe you’re here in this world because you have something amazing to offer, and the best way to discover your gifts is to unwrap what makes you exude pure passion. If you are not… Read more »

Tribute to Ramen Noodle Day

Believe it or not there is a day for this delicious Japanese comfort food.  With the globalization of food, ramen restaurants are available in all big cities and even some small rural regions I’ve visited in the past.  If you’re a big ramen fan like me, this will be a great excuse to celebrate national… Read more »

One Step Closer—A Strike About to Break?

If you haven’t already heard, the Athabasca University Faculty Association recently voted to reject the mediator’s proposed agreement between the faculty and AU management.  This isn’t the end of negotiations however, as the AUFA has indicated they’d be willing to postpone a strike vote if AU agrees to not use lockout powers in the near… Read more »

Workplace Anxiety

I recently returned a bottle of medication to the pharmacy.  “It’s not working,” I said.  “I think the active ingredient has expired.  I lie awake for three hours each night, but the medication normally knocks me out within five minutes.” I took home a brand-new bottle of medication, which had a year’s expiry date rather… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Virtual Student Lounge Mon, Apr 4, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MDT Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/virtual-student-lounge-3/ RSVP through above link CHAT with AU Library Tues, Apr 5, 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 CIDER Session Series:  The… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Planning the party.  A student wonders what time June’s online convocation ceremony will take place so that family can plan the watch party; still waiting for AU to update the convocation page. Discord Studying on the double.  A discussion in the #general channel revolves around Letters of Permission in order to take… Read more »

Vintage Voice

The 1st of April is traditionally a day for fools and pranks.  The Voice traditionally eschews “fake-story” pranks, but that doesn’t stop us from acknowledging what others do on the day. Does anybody flash-mob anymore?  The Voice‘s regular web feature offers links to videos of various pranks.  “We’ll have the uncanny sense of being unable… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  SeniorCare.com Aging Matters Scholarship Sponsored by:  SeniorCare.com Deadline:  May 15, 2022 Potential payout:  $1500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be currently enrolled (or enrolling in the Fall of 2022) full-time in any 2-year or 4-year university or college program, and either currently caring for a aging loved one, working within the senior community, or… Read more »