Vol. 30 Iss. 06

Volume 30, Issue 6 - 02/11/2022

Minds We Meet—Pénélope

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 IV

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 »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—James Baldwin

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 »

Fly on the Wall—Groundhogs and Their Day

Groundhog Day has come and gone and, well, it’s still February and it’s still Covid flu season.  The most famous Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, forecast in “groundhogese” that Pennsylvania, at least, faces six more weeks of winter.  But wait, Phil has only been right four years in the past ten! (Rice, online).  Meanwhile, New Jersey’s most… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Chicken Caesar Wrap

Sometimes I feel like we just need a quick meal; this was one of those recipes. It was a later night; we were hungry, and I tried to come up with something fast. I grabbed some chicken strips from the store and baked them in the oven. Meanwhile, I grabbed tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, and Caesar… Read more »

Music Review—Decompose

Artist: Bring On The Storm Single: “Decompose” Calgary-based melodic hardcore/punk rock band, Bring On The Storm, has released a single titled “Decompose”. Stream the song anywhere you get your music and check out the official music video on YouTube. The band was founded in 2016 by guitarist Brandyn Smith, bassist Josh Wallace and drummer Clayton… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Green Eyed Victim

Dear Barb: I am wondering how to deal with envious people.  I am an artist and I have struggled for years to sell my work.  Until recently I was not very successful, but I kept at it because I love to paint.  My family and friends have always been fairly supportive and encouraged me to… Read more »


Since my last editorial, Jason Kenney has announced a sudden end to restrictions. And, from what reports I’ve seen, Albertans have started taking advantage of it, flocking to venues and restaurants and gathering in larger groups even as hospitals announced some of the highest numbers of general admittance and the highest numbers of ICU admittance… Read more »

Five Ideas for Spending Valentine’s Day at Home

With the pandemic cases rising and people’s fears about going out to crowded venues, there’s a lot of demand for at-home Valentine’s Day experiences.  Instead of taking your date to a nice dinner, try making a heartfelt dinner in the comfort of your home.  Instead of taking a late night stroll in the park, you… Read more »

The 3D Printer Dilemma—Building Untraceable Guns

The debate on guns is a heated one in Canada but the conversation rarely gets beyond the idea of banning guns.  I am not arguing for pro or anti-gun legislation, but I am saying that 3D printers allow criminals to build guns that would otherwise be unavailable for purchase in Canada.  The potential for 3D… Read more »

Council Connection—January 20, 2022 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:32 PM by President Stacey Hutchings.  Executive Director Jodi Campbell was announced as the accessibility officer for the meeting and the land acknowledgement was given by VP External Karen Fletcher: “These lands, waters, and living beings in the treaty lands within the colonial borders of Alberta have been… Read more »

Agape Love is the Highest Form of Love

Agape love is a term for the highest form of love.  It is considered in Christian circles as “God’s Love.”  It’s where God will unwaveringly love you with intense unconditional love, no matter how awful you may feel about yourself or what wrongs you might have done.  God’s love, in this context, is “unconditional.” That’s… Read more »

How to be Supportive

Are you the kind of person who, since youth, dreamed of finding someone who would support your dreams—and then found him or her?  Or was your parent or grandparent the kind of person who always had your back?  Or did you have a teacher who showered you with encouragement and love, like my Miss Crilly?… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  UCT Heaston Scholarship Sponsored by:  United Commercial Travelers Deadline:  March 15, 2022 Potential payout:  up to $6000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be high-school seniors enrolled and entering a university or college program in the coming academic year. What’s required:  A fully completed application form along with a maximum 2-page written statement, three letters… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

Queen Elizabeth has just celebrated 70 years on the throne.  The monarch’s milestones often seem to trigger musings on the relevance of the monarchy in contemporary times. What difference does it make?  Mandy Gardner looks at the pros and cons of Canada retaining its ties to the monarchy.  “I think it’s time we take full… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Real books resonate.  A student wonders if their just-enrolled-in ENGL 211 course has physical books for the readings; many students respond to praise the course, and its use of Actual Real Books. Discord Tuition isn’t the only thing going sky-high.  A discussion in the #politics-discussion channel revolves around the price (up) and… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Learning to Learn Online AU’s massive open online course (MOOC) Feb 13 to Mar 19 Online Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/learning-to-learn-online-athabasca-universitys-massive-open-online-course-mooc-feb-2022/ Register through above link MBA for Executives Webinar Wed, Feb 16, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/mba-for-executives-webinar-20220216/ RSVP through above link Business Undergrad/CPHR Info Session Wed, Feb 16,… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. Self-nominate now in the 2022 Student Council General Election! Students will vote March 10-14 to fill 12 available seats on Student Council and, for voters who self-identify as Indigenous, up to 13 available seats on the Indigenous Student Circle at AUSU, one of… Read more »