Vol. 30 Iss. 20

Volume 30, Issue 20 - 05/30/2022

Minds We Meet—Justin Davis

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 »

When Einstein Wrote to Freud

Distance education provides academic intimacy between our daily struggles and pleasures and the reality that all of life is a lecture hall from which we may avert our gaze or take note.  When the cultural going gets tough, our academic critical thinking skills spring into action.  Theorists and tutors alike provide grist for our mental… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Indigenous and Métis Literature

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—You Liked This (Okay Computer!)

Multimedia artist, Will Wood, will be releasing a new sound project on June 6th.  The sound project comes with an animated video and looks like it will be released on YouTube and perhaps Wood’s patreon, although finding information about Wood and his projects is difficult—it seems that he has a minimal online footprint despite being… Read more »

Dear Barb—Doing it All

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a mother of three children.  My husband and I work full time and have very demanding jobs and my kids are involved in a lot of sports and other activities.  We are both so tired all the time, we just want to relax on the weekends, but our kids want… Read more »

Editorial—Sometimes I Get Hopeful

And then reality steps in. You may not yet be aware, but the former chair of the Board of Governors of AU has been summarily removed.  Nancy Laird’s term was supposed to go until sometime in August.  However, for reasons the Alberta provincial government hasn’t seen fit to tell anyone, it suddenly was quite urgent… Read more »

It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been” is a quote from Victorian novelist George Eliot. Did you ever dream so big that, when the dream got quashed, you were crushed for ages?  I know two men who long to retire in style.  Both of their dreams got quashed for different reasons:… Read more »

Welcome to Canada, The Land of Opportunity

The “land of opportunity” label is commonly associated with USA, but I have used it when describing Canada and my experience as a first-generation Canadian.  There have been countless waves of immigrants that can attest to how Canada has given hope to the hopeless, and how it has been the best thing to happen to… Read more »

Small Acts of Ableism

Ableism is a set of beliefs or practices that devalue and discriminate against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities and is often rooted in the assumption that being nondisabled is the default, and people with disabilities are flawed or need to be ‘fixed.’ Now, I firmly believe that most people hold this assumption implicitly. … Read more »

Hot And Sour Soup Recipe

Ever since I was young, one of the most classic soups my parents made growing up was the sweet and sour soup.  It’s a delicious, simple recipe that is hearty and memorable.  The complexity of flavors that seem unusual at first, but it works incredibly.  It’s easily customizable as well.  If you’re a vegan, you… Read more »

How to Become a Superhero

Why do motivational clips almost always feature athletes? The discipline and effort required for top athletic performance is inspiring.  All superheroes are commonly athletic.  But other, lesser-known activities can require the traits of a superhuman also!  What traits are those?  Well, there’s a few that I can think of: Go to bed and wake up… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Virtual Student Lounge Mon, May 30, 2:00 to 3:00 pm MDT Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/virtual-student-lounge-4/ Register through above link CHAT with AU Library Tues, May 31, 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 MBA for Executives Webinar… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Examining the exam weight.  A student wonders why some exams are worth so much of the final course mark, and a discussion ensues about why this is often the case, and how it could be otherwise. Discord Portable learning.  In the #coffee-shop-lounge channel, a student shares a tip for a great Edmonton… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Hundreds of thousands of Ontario residents lost power—in some cases for day—when a (new word alert!) derecho storm system swept across the southern half of that province May 21.  Our writers past have had the lights go out on them, too. Who pulled the switch?  Shannon Maguire describes the cause and effects of the (then)… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Villa Charities Undergrad Student Scholarship Sponsored by:  Villa Charities Deadline:  June 30, 2022 Potential payout:  $2500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent-resident status, be registered full-time in an undergrad program at an accredited university or college and entering the second, third, or fourth year of the program, and have… Read more »