Vol. 30 Iss. 22

Volume 30, Issue 22 - 06/10/2022

Minds We Meet—Bonnie Mitchell

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—Leo Tolstoy

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—The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Artist: These Fast Times Album: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions Montreal’s punk rock band, These Fast Times, have released their EP, The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions—tackling issues such as “substance abuse, mental illness, relationships and hard life choices.” The album is available anywhere you get your music…. Read more »

Dear Barb—An Anxious Ask

Dear Barb: Hi, I read your column every week and finally decided I should write in.  It can’t hurt, right?  I am writing about my anxiety.  I have suffered from anxiety for the last 3 years.  When the symptoms first surfaced I thought there was something seriously wrong with me, like a brain tumor or… Read more »

Why Decriminalizing Drugs Won’t Fix Canada’s Overdose Crisis

B.C. will become the first province to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs.  Beginning January 31st, 2023, drug users over eighteen years of age will be able to legally possess up to 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, opioids, and MDMA.  Police will also not be permitted to confiscate drugs from the user if the amount… Read more »

Editorial—A Mix that Works

Drugs and pets and microfiche and sleep.  It’s a weird combination of articles in this week’s Voice, yet I find it works quite well to make this one of the better issues we’ve had over the past few months. We start off, of course, our feature student interview. Bonnie Mitchell has been a dispatcher for… Read more »


We got Mocha when she was between 6-8 weeks old.  She was born on February 9, and our neighbours at the time got her from a breeder.  They also had a toddler and found it challenging to have both.  I don’t blame them; it absolutely was difficult. At the time, we had another dog, Sammy. … Read more »

Treating Substance Use Disorder

On January 31, 2023, adults 18 years and older who live in British Colombia will no longer be arrested or charged for possessing small amounts of drugs—as long as it is less than 2.5 grams.  The provincial government of British Colombia decided to take a big step forward in changing the context around how we… Read more »

High Performance and Stress

In my view, pizza, booze, and Netflix won’t help anyone manage stress, especially over the long term.  But de-stressing strategies that lead to top performance bring the best kind of relief.  After all, you’re destined to be a rising star, hero, academic, transformer, tycoon, or whatever you desire. I once had severe workplace anxiety, and… Read more »

Managing Insomnia 101

Ever feel tired but you just can’t sleep?  Insomnia hits everyone differently.  For some, despite being at your most mentally fatigued state, sleep can be a challenge.  I’ve experienced this for the last five years.  Recently it seems to have worsened—perhaps due to day-to-day stress or the commitment of adulting becoming overwhelming.  In my teens,… Read more »

Vintage Voice

AU’s Convocation 2022 is coming up June 17, and that makes us all nostalgic for past convocations and graduates. What was it like 20 years ago?  Then-AUSU council president Debbie Jabbour shares her experience of attending AU’s 2002 convocation ceremony.  “We started the day off with a pancake breakfast in the parking lot, sponsored by… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  AWSN Scholarship Sponsored by:  AWSN Deadline:  June 30, 2022 Potential payout:  $3000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must reside in Alberta, and be attending an Alberta-based institution continuing their full-time undergrad studies, entering the third year of a STEM program. What’s required:  An online application form including contact, personal, and academic info; a recent transcript;… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

CHAT with AU Library Tues, Jun 14, 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 AUGSA Annual General Meeting Tues, Jun 14, 6:00 to 7:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUGSA augsa.com/events/details/14/Annual-General-Meeting AU graduate students only; RSVP through above link CHAT… Read more »

Student Sizzle

AthaU Facebook Group Text Books—As In Paper  A student seeks if there’s a way to get actual textbooks for AU courses, and is pointed to the Athabasca University Textbook Buy/Sell Facebook group, as well as it being noted that you can rent textbooks from Amazon. Reddit Course Tips  A number of people are looking for… Read more »