Vol. 31 Iss. 05

Volume 31, Issue 05 - 02/03/2023

Minds We Meet—Usman Gill

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Usman Gill (he/him), a Post Diploma, Bachelor of Commence in Accounting student, currently in his final semester, from Calgary, Alberta.  Usman hopes to continue on to the CPA program following graduation. Usman let us know a bit about himself stating, “Well my professional name is… Read more »

How to Solve a Problem

I’m learning to be a critical thinker.  I’d like to show you how to apply critical thinking to achieving an AU degree.  You may want an undergraduate or graduate degree but feel apprehensive about pursuing one.  If so, here is a process for critical thinking you may benefit from applying: First, you take that goal—finishing… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Classic American Literature

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—The Personal Project of Enlightened Heroism

Standing at a gas station counter there was a prod in my back.  A stickup?  Nope, an old acquaintance of mine from our rural valley in BC.  After the usual introductions, I inquired about his employment; he informed me that new ownership had brought unwelcome changes to his workplace to which he’d expressed disapproval.  Shortly… Read more »

Homemade Is Better—Red Beans and Rice

I have been hesitant to make this dish; I have tried so many previous times to make it work and make it taste like my sister-in-law’s.  Her recipe comes from her mother-in-law, who lived in New Orleans for a few years.  This isn’t that recipe, but I finally felt like I had gotten my recipe… Read more »

Music Review—Uncertain Joys

Album: Uncertain Joys Artist: The Subways UK indie-punks, The Subways, have released their fifth album, Uncertain Joys.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. The Subways were formed in 2002, in Hertfordshire, England.  The band consists of Billy Lunn on guitar and vocals, Charlotte Cooper on bass and vocals, and Camille… Read more »

Anti-aging Skin Hacks and What We’re Doing Wrong

The skin care industry is alive with many different products, treatments, and expenses.  It’s hard to navigate and understand what is relevant and what is not.  How do we find the right skin care regimen day in and day out.  Furthermore, what difference should I be noticing?  What are some things that are recommended and… Read more »

Editorial—Students? What are Those?

You’ve probably already heard that AU has a new President, with the board unceremoniously announcing the dumping of Dr. Peter Scott late Wednesday afternoon.  The new President is Dr. Alex Clark, who, previous to this, was AU’s Dean of Health Sciences. No new hiring process was conducted, and the change in leadership apparently came as… Read more »

[blue rare]—Where Dragons Live

Perhaps it is the state of the world these days, or merely my inner state of mind, or some combination of the two, but lately I have been feeling adrift.  More accurately, the need to be adrift.  To cut myself free from the present place and time in the hopes of finding diversion, escape, maybe… Read more »

Defunding the Police? Part III

Last time in The Voice Magazine, I wrote about how I submitted a criminal complaint to the Ottawa Police Services Board (the Board) focusing on organized crime and an illegal online gambling ring, and how I subsequently identified shortcomings with how the Board had ‘handled’ my initial criminal complaint. By the end of this article,… Read more »

My 2023 Courses and Software Recommendations

If there is one thing I love more than learning about people’s character strengths, it’s learning about their hobbies.  And what better way to learn about someone’s hobbies and personality than seeing what courses and software they use. With that said, here are some suggestions for courses and software that can improve life.  At least,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Time: Less Friends

Dear Barb: I am a middle-aged woman who is married with three adult children.  I work long hours in a busy, fast-paced environment, so I do not have a lot of extra time.  Any free time that I do have I like to spend it with my family and friends.  However, I have a work… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Foundation Scholarships Sponsored by:  Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Deadline:  March 13, 2023 Potential payout:  $2500 to $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be, or have been, a permanent ward of a Child Welfare Agency for at least 12 months, or are/were eligible for a provincial or territorial extended care program such as Continued… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group Over and out.  A student wonders if they can access the study guide from a previous course through myAU; replies suggest that it’s not possible to go back to view older courses. Twitter @AthabascaU tweets:  “Why is, “I don’t have anything to hide,” not the best mindset when it comes to data… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Plenty of folks working from home probably don’t need a special day for this, but February 3 is National Working Naked Day.  Turn the heat up and have a read! In the privacy of your own home office.  Barbara Lehtiniemi examines the rationale behind the creation of a Work Naked day.  “Since AU’s unofficial motto… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Feb 7, 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 Writing Forum: Academic anxiety and imposter syndrome Tue, Feb 7, 12:30 to 1:30 pm MST Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU’s Write Site www.athabascau.ca/write-site/writing-forum.html No pre-registration needed;… Read more »