Vol. 30 Iss. 21

Volume 30, Issue 21 - 06/03/2022

Minds We Meet—Cailin Rehill

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 »

Local Shoutout—Toronto, Ontario

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially right now,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall: Nevermind Netflix and Chill

Whether it’s child labour in Dickensian London—that time of Tiny Tim and coal dust smog—or modern sweatshops seething with repressed bodies and stultified minds, the outcome of the goods and services that propel our consumerist times is far removed from those who actually toil to bring us our pleasure.  This we know.  Few of our… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—The Immigrant Experience

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—The Omelette

I realized that I don’t have a lot of breakfast recipes, so figured that we should start with something simple.  I’ve made the breakfast sandwiches, homemade sausage, pancakes, French toast, bacon and eggs in tin foil, and waffles—more complex dishes at breakfast.  But I saw a hole that needed filling with simpler meals that only… Read more »

Music Review—Help (I’m Falling 4U and I Can’t Get Up)

Artist: The Aquadolls Single: Help (I’m Falling 4U and I Can’t Get Up) California female rock trio, The Aquadolls, have released a new single and video, “Help (I’m Falling 4U and I Can’t Get Up).” The song is available anywhere you get your music, and the video is available on YouTube. Their upcoming LP is… Read more »

Dear Barb—Cat Burgled

I am a single parent of two young children.  I do not have a lot of money, but I want my kids to have what their friends have so I try my best to get bargains.  I have made many purchases of toys and clothing and things from Kijiji and most items were as described… Read more »

Editorial—Will it Make a Difference

Ontario has re-elected Doug Ford to office.  Honestly, I don’t have much more to say on the topic, because I haven’t been following Ontario provincial news too closely, but from what I saw over the past several years, it seemed to me that Doug Ford finally stepped up to the plate when COVID-19 came to… Read more »

Pounce on Every Opportunity, Every Positivity—with 100%

Opportunities are everywhere.  They are infinite.  They can morph into even greater ones, the more you give.  The number of opportunities available to you at this moment are mind-boggling.  When they come flying by, run to them with open arms, jump on them, and enjoy the ride.  Don’t let a single opportunity pass you by…. Read more »

How to Burst with Confidence

With confidence, every dream you’ve ever considered can be realized.  Confidence is critical to gaining the extreme epitome of success you deserve.  But even if you’re not confident, simply act confident until your legacy takes hold. But how do you act confident?  By believing in yourself, despite bad turns and pitfalls.  In other words, never… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact ausu@ausu.org with questions. Get to know your newly elected Executive Committee as the four student leaders chat about their roles, plans for the year, and unique circumstances that make studying at AU a special experience. Starring: AUSU President Karen Fletcher, VP External Trishtina Godoy-Contois, VP… Read more »

Vintage Voice

June marks National Indigenous History Month in Canada.  A glance in the Voice’s archive turns up a wealth of articles our past writers have submitted to the magazine. Shrinking the sea of ignorance.  Barbara Lehtiniemi ponders her perspective on the Call to Action resulting from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as her experience… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  CNIB Post-Secondary Scholarships Sponsored by:  CNIB Foundation Deadline:  June 27, 2022 Potential payout:  up to $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be blind or partially sighted, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, and pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate, apprenticeship program or equivalent.  See full eligibility criteria. What’s required:  An online application form,… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Second chances.  A funded student wonders what the options are after failing a final exam; replies outline the timelines for taking a supplemental exam. Discord Who’s watching the watchers?  A concern posted in the #general channel about what personal data ProctorU collects from exam-takers, and whether it is shared, kicks off a… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

CHAT with AU Library Tues, Jun 7, 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 CHAT with AU Library Thur, Jun 9, 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… Read more »