Vol. 30 Iss. 27

Volume 30, Issue 27 - 07/15/2022

Minds We Meet—Sean Chapman

The Voice Magazine recently had the chance to chat with Sean Chapman living in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, which Sean acknowledged is “Treaty 4 territory (Cree, Salteaux, Assiniboine, Métis) and where Nekaneet First Nation is located.”  Sean is currently enrolled in the University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations.  Sean has lived in Maple Creek… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Where the Magic Happens

“Electricity comes from other planets” jovially declared the proto-punk songwriter Lou Reed in 1967 (online).  Jupiter, a planetary marker of joviality in that it heralds the outer planets (once known commonly as the jovian planets) suggests by its swirling eye that we are in the centre of a great cosmic mystery.  Colours, textures, swirls, to… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Potato Salad

I cannot think of a summer function that would be complete without it; even some weddings will serve potato salad.  I once catered a wedding where the bride and groom wanted a summer cookout theme, and they included potato salad as one of the dishes.  As I mentioned in my Hot German Potato Salad recipe,… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Mario Vargas Llosa

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 »

Dear Barb—Caring Through Cancer

Dear Barb: A close friend of mine has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I am not sure what stage it is at, but I think it is advanced since she has had surgery and has to have chemo and radiation.  She is only thirty-five and has two little kids.  The diagnosis has been traumatic… Read more »

For the Love of Science

It appears that the days where science was a great uniter are fading. The latest scientific dispute is centered around new research ethics embraced by an international scientific journal of science. That scientific journal is Nature, one of the more recognized multidisciplinary science journals which brands itself by claiming to publish the finest peer-reviewed research… Read more »

Why Am I Here and What’s My Purpose?

Before I begin, I want to reassure that this introduction, and any following articles, will not ask you to ponder existentialism.  This article, on the other hand, is more of a critical self-reflection than an introduction.  Meaning that I want to explore with you my motives and purposes for joining The Voice Magazine as a… Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Be Eating Instant Noodles Every Day

The iconic idea about meals for students is that they have never been without ramen.  We think about the starting student slurping some microwavable bowl of ramen noodles.  Don’t get me wrong, I am probably the most inappropriate person to write about not eating ramen noodles because I love them.  Even when I’m no longer… Read more »

Reasons to Never Retire

Have you heard of successful seniors whom COVID destroyed? Prosperous seniors who lost everything, forced into senior pensions and the subsequent poverty trap.  Escaping the poverty trap is challenging, whether it’s a senior’s pension, disability pension, or some other funding that places restrictions on how much you can earn. That’s one reason to never retire:… Read more »

Editorial—Happy 30th to AUSU

The Athabasca University Students Union is celebrating it’s 30th year, with an in person celebration happening at a pub in West Edmonton Mall, as well as some online events that you can find out more about on the AUSU site.  It’s been an eventful ride for the group, which initially started off having been granted… Read more »

How to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment in the First Place

I worked at a place that had some pretty bizarre practices.  The most outstanding was their insistence that workplace hugging and embracing between men and women, however disturbing, was the accepted norm.  When I complained the following day, I was escorted to a taxicab and told never to return.  So, I refused the taxi and… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  LiveBright Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Sun Life Global Investments Deadline:  August 5, 2022, 11:59 pm EST Potential payout:  $2000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Residents of Canada; between the ages of 16 and 25 years or entering their first year of post-secondary education; and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an… Read more »

Vintage Voice

UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation this month.  We dug deep into the archives to find a pair of articles from when Johnson was the Mayor of London. Hop on a Boris.  S.D. Livingston recounts her first visit to London.  “The famous red double-decker buses are everywhere, but so are something called Boris… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU’s 30th Birthday Bash Sat, Jul 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm MDT Hudsons Bourbon St at West Edmonton Mall In-person Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ausus-30th-birthday-bash/ RSVP through above link All events are free unless otherwise specified.

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Low blow.  An ENGL 211 student is shocked by a low mark on the first essay.  Other students offer their insights and advice for succeeding in this course. Discord Your last minute has evaporated.  Discussion in the #general channel is dominated by the glitch that prevent AU course registrations on July 10. … Read more »

AUSU Update

Celebrate with us July 11-15th as we turn 30!  We have a fun-filled week planned, including contest giveaways, a special AUSUnights Virtual Student Social: 90s Retro Edition, and an in-person AUSU Birthday Bash with Student Council at Hudsons on Bourbon St. in West Edmonton Mall!  RSVP to the AUSU Birthday Bash!  Date: July 16th, 2022… Read more »