Vol. 30 Iss. 35

Volume 30, Issue 35 - 09/09/2022

Minds We Meet—Lianna Oddi

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Lianna Oddi (she/her), a student from Southern Ontario currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program.  She stated, “My hope is to get my Master of Counselling degree, but I’m taking my time and trying not to be too rigid about when that… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Kant You Take a Joke?

Intellects ablaze with school smarts, we might ask how we might expand the appeal of our newfound learning.  Perhaps an expanded sense of humor would help, but what kind of jokes are safe and what sagely wisdom might we impart if we’re restricted to predictable puns? John Cleese, notable for the counter-culture opus, Monty Python,… Read more »

Beyond Literature Landscapes—Bildungsroman

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—Machine

Artist: Band of Silver Single: Machine Nashville’s sibling-trio Band of Silver have released their new single, “Machine.” The track is available anywhere you get your music. Band of Silver is made up of lead singer, Avery Silvernagel, and her younger brothers Alex and Evan on guitar and drums.  While their affinity for music began in… Read more »

Dear Barb—Brother Bother

Dear Barb: I am writing about my problems with my brother.  He is one year younger than me and we do not get along.  We break out in an argument at the slightest provocation.  We are in our twenties now, but when we were younger he was always spoiled and got to do whatever wanted. … Read more »

Editorial—God Save the King, but the Monarchy?

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, after a reign of more than 70 years.  She’ll be succeeded by the former Prince of Wales, Charles Philip Arthur George, now to be known as King Charles III.  However, even on the eve of her death, some were raising questions of whether or not it’s time… Read more »

Four Tips on Beating Writers Block

I feel like, sometimes, when our days are stressful and our creativity is limited, we can’t always get our ideas across, or at least, not in the way we want it to.  There are numerous reasons why writer’s block is a huge source of pain for bloggers, students (and AU students writing term essays right… Read more »

Council Connection—August 25, 2022 Meeting

The AUSU student council meeting was called into order on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 pm. AUSU President Karen Fletcher announced the appointment of Jodi Campbell as the Accessibility Officer and ran through the land acknowledgements, took attendance, and asked for member input. Amending the Agenda Karen proceeded to move to adopt the agenda.  Vice… Read more »

How to Prepare for a Math Exam

How do you prepare for a math exam?  This is one area I excelled.  I often had perfect math exam scores and a 100% final grade in multivariate calculus.  If you have any talent for math, I can help you become the top student at AU.  On the other hand, if you tend to bomb… Read more »

We’re All a Little Bit Autistic

“We’re all a little autistic,” says the well-meaning family member, friend, or stranger speaking to me about my son’s diagnosis.  I smile and nod, feeling conflicted.  I have heard this phrase a million times over the last four years.  I know it’s always said with the best of intentions.  It’s usually said by someone who… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Chili Cheese Dog

Corner Gas was one of my favourite shows when it was on. Brent would walk into the Ruby and ask for a chilli cheese dog, and the producers did a great job of making it look good. I know some of you will feel nauseated at the thought of a chilli cheese dog, but, personally,… Read more »

Three Actions for Surviving the Dark Night of the Soul

A mentor entered my life when I was undergoing major depression during my stint in the math department.  He taught me three crucial skills that turned my life from devastation to utter joy.  He was like an angel imparting lessons to help me recover from my dark night of the soul.  He can also help… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  AES Engineering Scholarship Sponsored by:  AES Engineering Deadline:  October 8, 2022 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be either high-school seniors or students attending a post-secondary educational facility. What’s required:  An email with contact and academic info, along with a 500-1000 word essay on the following topic:  “When you look back on… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Learning to Learn Online, AU’s massive open online course (MOOC) Sun, Sep 11 to Sat, Oct 15 Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/learning-to-learn-online-athabasca-universitys-massive-open-online-course-mooc-fall-2022/ Register through above link AUSU Town Hall:  Tuition & Fees Mon, Sep 12, 2022, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/town-hall-tuition-fees/ RSVP through above link  Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Recent devastating floods in Pakistan got us thinking about how little many of us know about that country.  Books and movies, like travel, can help broaden the mind. On the screen.  Wanda Waterman reviews the 2013 filmed-in-Pakistan documentary Without Shepherds.  “Without Shepherds comes at a crossroads in the history of a country that has seemed… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Waiting for approval.  A student enrolling in a course requiring professor approval wonders how long that process takes; replies suggest a two-day turnaround is usual. Discord Scheduling options.  A query about methods of creating study schedules elicits feedback on various methods—online, offline, high-tech, low-tech—that students employ. reddit Study-buddy opportunities.  Several posts seeking… Read more »