Vol. 30 Iss. 45

Volume 30, Issue 45 - 11/25/2022

Minds We Meet—Miss Patel

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Miss Patel (she/her), a  21-year old Bachelor of Management student currently residing in Edmonton, Alberta.  Born in India, she “lived in Toronto for couple of years,” before moving to Edmonton four-years ago.  She continued, “Honestly, I am not happy with Edmonton because it’s too dead. … Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Yeah, No, When You Know You’ll Know, You Know?

Ever know something and you don’t know how or why?  No textbook can replace that secure feeling of knowledge without method, certainty without reason.  Such forms of intuition aren’t teachable, yet they feel as true as any series of facts.  Intuitive reasoning basically is present or absent in any given moment.  Whether we listen to… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—History

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 underscores and outlines various… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Turkey Noodle Soup

We in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but our friends in the south celebrate a little later.  In our house, Thanksgiving and Christmas are typically turkey days.  While you can make turkey any time of year, those are the popular days among the masses.  That usually also means that there are turkey leftovers. There are… Read more »

Editorial—Some Movement, Fewer Moves

Advanced Education Minister Demetrious Nicolaides has put forward the latest Investment Management Agreement for Athabasca University.  This is the document that tells AU how much funding is going to get, and what conditions the provincial government is putting on that.  In it, instead of requiring a completely unrealistic 50% of AU’s staff be made to… Read more »

Pure Positive Energy for All Relationships

What do work relationships, personal relationships, and diplomacy have in common? First, they best function when based on purely positive energy. I developed a more remarkable ability to relate to the people in my life after taking multiple courses from The Marriage Foundation.  The organization isn’t accredited by the psychological community but offers advice far… Read more »

Book Review—Can I Come Home Now?

Book: Can I Come Home Now?  A True Story of Childhood Trauma Author:  Barbara Godin Can I Come Home Now? A True Story of Childhood Trauma, is Barbara Godin’s honest and heartbreaking tale of her early life.  Godin’s book, published this autumn, fills in the gaps left from her early memoir, Glimpses in Time, and… Read more »

How to make Christmas Shopping Less of a Headache

Christmas shopping has traditionally been a disaster as people head to the malls, browse for hours, and aimlessly stock up on items they don’t need.  Materialism is at an all-time high around Christmas.  Many resort to online shopping, but recently, with inflation at an all-time high, on-line shopping isn’t friendly for the wallet any more. … Read more »

Yes, Again—It’s Dark In The Basement

Last week, I spoke about the devastating effects of poverty on my people.  I apologize if this seems like I’m cheating, somewhat using my first draft of what became my latest piece, but this cannot be overstated: people are dying.  It is my hope is that reflecting on Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta will hopefully… Read more »

Wanted: Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine

If you or someone you know has seen or knows the whereabouts of Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine it is important that you come forward with that information.  Not. Now, I have a feeling that most people are as unfamiliar with “not jokes” as they are with Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, and while “not… Read more »

Bodybuilding? Torn!

Bodybuilding is the epitome of bodily vanity.  It involves bulking up with muscle and then dieting to lose body fat to compete in bodybuilding competitions for the “best physique.” At least, that’s how I understand it presently.  I recently wrote an article that concluded that exercise was valuable, but bodily vanity was anti-spiritual.  But last… Read more »

Music Review—Monsters and Angels

Album: Monsters + Angels Artist: Nervous Eaters Boston rockers, Nervous Eaters, have released their new album, titled Monsters + Angels.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Nervous Eaters were originally formed in the mid-1970’s, eventually becoming the house band for the legendary Boston punk club, The Rathskellar (better known as… Read more »

Dear Barb—Dollars for College

Dear Barb: I began my first year of college in September.  I am about halfway through my first semester, and I’m finding it very difficult.  Not just the studies, but financially I am having a hard time budgeting my money.  I applied for and got student loans and grants, plus my parents gave me a… 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. Want a student leadership role? The Circle is formed by Indigenous AU undergraduate students. It meets at least four times a year… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Instant Record Check $500 Scholarship Sponsored by:  Instant Record Check Deadline:  December 31, 2022, 11:59 pm EST Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be legal residents of Canada or hold a valid student visa, be 18 years of age or over, and be currently enrolled in, or accepted to, a full-time undergrad… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

One of the features of American Thanksgiving is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  Voice writers have been there, done that. Hazel in the Big Apple.  Columnist Hazel Anaka recounts her trip to NYC, some of which seems strangely familiar.  “Through a lifetime of watching movies and reading novels set in New… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group Seeking paper text.  A student looking for a paper version of an etext receives tips on both the AUSU app, and the Athabasca University Textbook Buy/Sell Facebook group. Discord Hit the showers.  A discussion in the #general channel discusses the merits of cold showers vs hot.  Hey, anything to avoid studying! reddit… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Nov 29, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Library Chat Wed, Nov 30, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Reference… Read more »