Vol. 30 Iss. 24

Volume 30, Issue 24 - 06/30/2022

Minds We Meet—Judith Gutter

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to… Read more »

Local Shoutout—Calgary and Area, Part V

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 »

Music Review—Grudge

Album: DISMISSED Artist: TWENTY2 Single: “Grudge” Montreal’s TWENTY2 will be releasing their third album on July 22nd, 2022, titled Dismissed.  The album will be available for streaming anywhere you get your music.  Currently, the single “Grudge” has already been released, with a lyric video available on YouTube. TWENTY2 describe themselves as melodic punk bordering on… Read more »

Homemade is Better—The GOAT Grilled Cheese

I don’t throw GOAT around carelessly; I equally do not use the term lightly.  Greatest Of All Time should mean something.  This sandwich is a step up from others, so make sure you warn your tastebuds, because you’re in for a ride! An ordinary grilled cheese is a staple in our house, but this week… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—It Is What it Is…

Lake driftwood sometimes floats vertically, all submerged but the tip.  Such a protuberance can also be the head of a turtle who, upon hearing footfalls, leaps gracelessly off its basking log and into the safety of lake water.  Fleeting from rest to action in a moment, belying their sloth-like reputation, these creatures then camouflage themselves… Read more »

Editorial—No Interest in Shoulds

No getting around it, this is definitely a late issue this week.  For that, I apologize.  This week has been a mess for various reasons.  But I wasn’t too worried early on because I knew I could pull it together and get everything sorted out on Friday.  Except on Friday our little dog, the one… Read more »

How to Handle Criticism

No one loves criticism.  But criticism has its place—at least, self-criticism does when done right.  But criticizing others is often a futile effort.  Often, complaints lead to hard feelings and struggling relationships.  But how do you correct someone who’s gone off course? Doling out criticism.  How do you best criticize someone?  By saying nothing and… Read more »

Daily Learning Helps You Achieve It All

No matter how good you are at your craft, never stop learning it.  That was advice I heard today from Wayne Gretzky’s Masterclass about hockey. It’s vital to learn something new every day.  So read, take a course, study, listen to a podcast, and explore a hobby—but do it daily if you want to flourish. … Read more »

Advice For An At-Home Garden

My new favorite obsession has been growing my indoor plants collection.  So far, there’s been some excellent growth in a few plants that are finickier to grow.  I’ve been experimenting with indoor herbs as well.  Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, indoor plants add an excellent touch to your home.  It is calming… Read more »

Dear Barb—Being Young Again

Dear Barb: Hi, I am in my early thirties and unfortunately I have had to move back home with my parents.  My wife and I separated after seven years of marriage, and we have one daughter.  Our separation was amicable, and I see my daughter regularly.  The problem I am writing about is my parents. … Read more »

AUSU Update

Celebrate with us July 11-15th as we turn 30! We have a fun-filled week planned, including giveaways, a special AUSUnights virtual student social, and an in-person party with Student Council in Edmonton, AB! Details will be announced in our newsletter and on social media, so watch for your invitation! Until then, mark it in your… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Tutors walk among us.  A student shares her chance meeting of an AU tutor, who turns out to be almost one of the family. Discord Oh, we so needed this.  The new #bragatorium channel lights up with the fist-pump successes students are just aching to share. Twitter @AthabascaU tweets:  “More intuitive.  Easier… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Escalating gas prices have a trickle-down effect, and the consumer pays in many ways.  A glance back at our Voices past shows this isn’t the first jump at the pump. It’s good for you.  Really.  Angela Pappas makes a case for the economics and health benefits of cycling.  “Now that it’s nice out and we’re… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Annual General Meeting Mon, Jun 27, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/annual-general-meeting-4/ RVSP through above link IDEA Lab Open Day Tues, Jun 28, 9:00 am to 1:15 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU’s IDEA Lab news.athabascau.ca/events/idea-lab-open-day/ Register through above link CHAT with AU Library Tues, Jun 28, 10:30 am to… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Johnson Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Johnson Insurance Deadline:  July 28, 2022 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be a resident of Canada, completing high school in 2022, enrolled in a full-time undergrad program for the 2022-23 academic year at a recognized publicly-funded Canadian post-secondary institution, and have an eligible policy through Johnson… Read more »

An Inclusive Future. An Interdependent World.

A “eureka moment” is defined as a moment of sudden, triumphant discovery, inspiration, or insight.  Not that long ago while I was in a drowsy stupor and preparing to go to sleep, I experienced a eureka moment courtesy of the sidebar on YouTube.  The recommend video I clicked on was a talk by former US… Read more »