Vol. 30 Iss. 40

Volume 30, Issue 40 - 10/21/2022

Minds We Meet—Jessica Anderson

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Jessica Anderson (she/her), a third year Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (BHRLR) student, who is currently residing in Airdrie, Alberta with her family, although she is “a born and raised Calgarian.”  Jessica added, “The City of Airdrie is located on Treaty 7 territory. … Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—The Short Story

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—Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners

Artist: Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners Album: Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners have released their debut self-titled LP, Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. The UK band was formed in 2019, and consists of Ginger Wildheart, Neil Ivison, Nick Lyndon,… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Shredded Hashbrowns

There are many ways to make hashbrowns.  I wrote about one way in April of 2021.  That article was about making cubed hashbrowns.  I mentioned there that you wanted to boil the potatoes before frying them.  The key to good hashbrowns is pre-cooking the potatoes; sometimes that means par-cooking them in a deep fryer like… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Pondering the Essence of Learning

We’re all born dumb, literally lacking the facility of language and any semblance of deftness or acuity when expressing complex thoughts and feelings.  Much later, after socialization teaches us to translate our wails and tantrums into words and essays, we might rest on our laurels and come to an age-old conclusion: maybe all our learning… Read more »

Dear Barb—Baby Nana

Dear Barb: My fifteen-year-old son is going to be a father again! Three months ago his 15 year old girlfriend (at the time) gave birth to a baby girl.  I am a grandmother at 35, not what I planned for my life, or my sons’ life.  In fact, I am almost finished my degree at… Read more »

The Multi-Billion Dollar House of Cards

How many people are old enough to remember when YouTube was first launched back in 2005? The creators behind YouTube were three friends who had worked together at PayPal. Sometime after PayPal was acquired by eBay, the group of friends concluded that ordinary people would enjoy sharing their personal videos and making them available for… Read more »

Editorial—Too Soon by Half

“Musical Chairs in Reverse” is what I called my last editorial.  Turns out, I wrote too soon.  Today, newly non-publicly-elected premiere Danielle Smith made her selection of Alberta’s new cabinet.  The party that tends to argue for small government now has the largest cabinet and most provincial ministers that Alberta has ever seen. With a… Read more »

The Problem with Kim and Kanye

If you know anything about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, you’ll know that there are, in fact, many problems regarding the celebrity exes.  From Kim Kardashian’s insensitive remarks telling women to “get up and work” to Kanye’s antisemitic statements on Instagram, the duo largely represents what is wrong with Western society. Over the course 2022,… Read more »

Tips For Self-Compassion With Trauma

This article is written in the hopes self-compassion is used when it is realized that a potential trigger may arise even if it is just mentioning the name of a movie that was traumatizing in childhood.  To be clear it is not meant to be used as a substitute for professional assistance.  My only aim… Read more »

Radically Different Diets and How They Changed My Life

Back during my undergrad, I was anorexic and out of shape.  I drank multiple pots of coffee and decaf daily.  In addition, my diet consisted of a bit of hummus and pita bread at dinner time.  As a result, I could barely run ten strides without petering out. But then I met a mentor who… Read more »

Why Her Pain was Beautiful

If you want to know what you’ve been doing in the past, look at your body today. If you want to see what you’ll be doing in the future, look at your mind today. That’s a Buddhist expression, highlighting why it’s essential to keep your thoughts vibrant. As I walked home carrying a giant milk… Read more »

Council Connection—September 15, 2022 Meeting

On September 15, 2022, at 5:32 PM Mountain Time, Karen Fletcher, President of AUSU, started, covering the usual items such as land acknowledgements and attendance. During the agenda discussion, Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek advises postponing policy reviews; you need a mover and seconder to approve the agenda, then a member can move to table an… Read more »

AUSU Update!

  Tanisi! The Indigenous Circle at AUSU is looking for up to ten Indigenous undergraduate students at AU to join the organization by representing Indigenous learners at AU, AUSU, and the wider student community. The Circle meets on Zoom at least four times a year and members receive a $60 honorarium for each meeting attended…. Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Online workshop: Strengthening communities using the co-operative model Tues, Oct 25, 10:00 to 11:30 am MDT Online Hosted by AU and the Alberta Community Co-operative Association news.athabascau.ca/events/online-workshop-strengthening-communities-using-the-co-operative-model/ Register through above link Library Chat Tues, Oct 25, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  The Smooth Movers Scholarship Sponsored by:  The Smooth Movers Deadline:  November 30, 2022 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be high school, university, or college students in Canada, U.S, Australia, or Europe. What’s required:  An email with a 900-word essay expressing your thoughts on what the future of housing will look like,… Read more »