Vol. 30 Iss. 08

Volume 30, Issue 8 - 02/25/2022

Minds We Meet—Sophie Major

Who are your fellow students?  At times, in an online learning environment, it can feel like you are all alone, but across the nation and around the globe, students just like you are also pursuing their Athabasca University (AU) studies!  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Isabel Allende

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—Requiem for a Yew Tree

Academic disciplines are by nature exclusive in their views.  The word discipline says it all; disciplinary actions invoke strictures and disciplinary biases reveal a denuded emperor within any thought structure.  There are no limits to creativity as the re-forming of reality; learning is as much about unlearning prior beliefs than about gaining information.  In the… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Butchers

I have found a butcher that I really like.  In culinary school, we had a rotation where we learned about ordering for restaurants and food establishments.  We sort of had a meat place we used, but it was more like a commercial meat producer.  Or, if not them, the larger food sales companies sold meat…. Read more »

Dear Barb—On Occasion

Dear Barb: Well, another Valentine’s Day and nothing from my sweetie.  We have been together five years and get along great.  If I ever do get married, Jay will be the one for me.  The only thing is he is not sentimental and doesn’t honor any special occasions.  I am not sure why he is… Read more »

Music Review—Variants of Vibe

Artist: Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music Album: Variants of Vibe NYC musician, author, and producer Mickey Leigh has released his debut solo album under the name Mikey Leigh’s Mutated Music.  The LP, Variants of Vibe, is now streaming everywhere. If you’re not familiar with the name Mickey Leigh, you may recognize his brothers, Tommy and Joey… Read more »

Editorial—Democracy on the Small Scale

The nomination period has closed, the candidates have been validated, the campaign period opened, and the latest AUSU election is underway. This year, we have 10 candidates vying for 12 seats.  Only five of the ten have served on council before, with notable absences including the current president and the current vice-president finance and administration… Read more »

Michael Winter: Telling Stories

“My father wanted to be a cowboy.  My mother wanted to live in New York City.  So they compromised and moved to Cornerbrook.” – Michael Winter Listening to writer Michael Winter is almost like watching stand-up comedy:  nearly everything has a punchline. Winter, AU’s 2021-22 Writer in Residence, gave a presentation in December, which he… Read more »

The Reading List—February 2022

Happy February!  We’re already more than a month into 2022 with many of us continuing our winter courses and also looking forward to doing more outdoor activity with the warmer weather.  Where I’m living, the weather has been warming up, but I do see the cold weather returning within a week!  I’ve personally spent the… Read more »

Becoming “That Girl”

Who is “That Girl”? For those that don’t know, the “That Girl” aesthetic is a trending concept on social media platforms like TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. You’ll see her—usually fit, attractive, and in her 20’s—waking up at 5am and proceeding through her perfectly curated day in her matching activewear set, documenting every ‘gram-able moment…. Read more »

How I Love My Enemies

From my experience, the more we love our enemies, the greater the love we can feel for others.  And the more love we feel for others, the more blissful life becomes. The following advice may not be for everybody but has worked wonders for me.  It has opened work opportunities, enhanced my relationships, and made… Read more »

How to Become a Lifelong Learner

Lifelong learning will make you better every day.  It can groom you for success, love, wisdom, and happiness.  It can make you smarter.  It will keep your brain healthy as you age, preventing cognitive decline.  And, best of all, it can make your dreams come true. Here are actions you may want to adopt to… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Closed for renovation.  A student’s query about courses marked “under revision” prompts a discussion about options, including reaching out to the course’s coordinator. Discord Well, it does have coffee in the name.  Conversation in the #coffee-shop-lounge channel swings around to coffee, and students swap tips on beans and brewing methods. reddit Finding… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

MBA for Executives Webinar Tues, Mar 1, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/mba-for-executives-webinar-20220301/ RSVP through above link MBA Application Webinar Wed, Mar 2, 10:00 to 11:00 am MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/online-mba-application-webinar-20220302/ RSVP through above link

AUSU Update

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. Students vote March 10-14 to elect the next AUSU Students’ Council and, for voters who self-identify as Indigenous, the Indigenous Circle at AUSU. Election questions? Email Duncan at governance@ausu.org.  Meet Your Candidates! (CLICK ON EACH CANDIDATE TO SEE CAMPAIGN PAGE) Indigenous Circle… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Deadline:  March 25, 2022, 11:59 PM PDT Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be blind, deafblind, or partially sighted; Canadian citizens or permanent residents; and enrolled in a minimum of two courses for the 2022-23 academic year in a post-secondary… Read more »