Vol. 31 Iss. 10

Volume 31, Issue 10 - 03/10/2023

Minds We Meet—Meghan Sandbeck

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Meghan Sandbeck (she/her), a Bachelor of Commerce student from Battelford, Saskatchewan, which she acknowledged as “Treaty 6 territory … the traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Stoney, Nakota, and Dakota, as well as the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.” She stated, “My major will… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Pulling Up our Big Scholar Undies

Emergent within our adult lives are many facets to be proud of: kids, families, careers, car payments, mortgages.  Yet, where there’s responsibility there’s also the potential for stress and strain and the pressing need to, as the saying goes, put on our big boy undies or big girl panties.  Some realities of growing up apply… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Literature and Film

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 »

Can We Compete with Shania Twain in Our 90s?

Many religions believe in reincarnation.  I believe everything we do in this lifetime has implications for at least the afterlife.  But if there is an afterlife or reincarnation, we should ask ourselves this:  What if we’re better looking, fitter, wealthier, more famous, more talented, sweeter, and more intelligent than Shania Twain next lifetime?  Now, that’s… Read more »

Music Review—Pure Particles/Green Dream in F#

Artist: The Bug Club Album 1: Pure Particles Album 2: Green Dream in F# Welsh indie/garage-pop band, The Bug Club, has signed with a new record label, We Are Busy Bodies.  To celebrate, the band has reissued their first two albums, Pure Particles and Green Dream in F#.  The albums are available for streaming anywhere… Read more »

Dear Barb—Killing Time

Dear Barb: Hi, hope you are doing well.  I am a man in my forties, and I occasionally read your column.  My question is about procrastination.  I am a big-time procrastinator.  I can’t seem to get anything done, even though I have full intention of completing the task at hand.  I work in a fast-paced… Read more »

Editorial—Running and the Numbers

Ten candidates are currently in the running for the two seats available in the AUSU by-election.  Voting opens on Thursday, so before you vote, be sure to check in on The Voice Magazine’s website, as we’ll be running our usual quick Q&A with all the candidates so that you can get a better idea of… Read more »

Don’t Blame the Meteorologist—The Math is Grueling!

The words meteorologist and dependable are seldom spoken in the same sentence.  Most of us experience minor forecasting mishaps regularly–it sometimes rains a bit in my neighbourhood when the forecast says, “sun and cloud.”  Other times I bring the raincoat only to find that it rains in parts of the city other than where I… Read more »

Nothing Can Limit Us

The only thing that can limit us is how we think.  That’s because we are going to act based on our thoughts.  And while our friends in the philosophy department may study metaphysics, they will perhaps encounter the many worlds theory.  This theory states that whatever we can imagine has, is, or will occur in… Read more »

How do Black Canadians Feel about the Fergus Report?

Ever since the release of The Fergus Report by the Ethics Commissioner, the news talk has been flooded with bylines claiming that Canada’s democracy is devolving and exaggerations about Canada “dying a little”, but with little details on the specifics of this report. The day after the report was released, I went online to hear… Read more »

Grounded in the Now with Gratitude

The first two winters of the pandemic provided ideal conditions for cross-country skiing:  just the right amount of snow, and not much else to do.  My husband and I went for a ski almost every morning.  We’re fortunate to be able to ski right from our back door—across our yard and then on to our… Read more »

Things You Can Make with a Home Meat Slicer

It’s been a while since I’ve done a kitchen gadget review.  Buying pre-sliced meats for my stir-fries can be expensive.  When I try to cut a whole beef shank or pepperoni by myself it becomes uneven.  The meat cooks unevenly and thus parts of the meat are undercooked and others become overcooked.  Now, imagine a… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group Second go-round.  A question about whether a successfully-completed course can be retaken or challenged to boost GPA is quickly answered—yes for retake, no for challenge. Discord Loans that cost an arm or a leg.  A thread trading woes about OSAP student loans has one loan recipient musing that their local crime organization… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Retail Education Scholarships Sponsored by:  Retail Council of Canada Deadline:  March 30, 2023 Potential payout:  up to $3000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled part- or full-time at a Canadian college or university for fall 2023; be pursuing a retail, business, or marketing/design related program; and currently working within the retail industry. What’s… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

This winter’s deadly avalanches in western Canada got us digging around in the archives for the blessedly few references to those mountainside slides of snow. A vital link.  Deanna Roney of BC finds out firsthand the value of a satellite communication device when her husband encounters an injured snowmobiler in the back country.  “I watched… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Designing for communities of inquiry in online courses:  MOOC Mar 12 to Apr 15 Online Hosted by AU and the Commonwealth of Learning news.athabascau.ca/events/designing-for-communities-of-inquiry-in-online-courses-mooc/ Register through above link Library Chat Tues, Mar 14, 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 on home page… Read more »

Confessions of a Small-Time Hedonist

I admit it, I have no grand raison d’être, no time for minimalism, asceticism, or self-denial.  I am a hedonist, through and through, a born romantic with a taste for the extravagant and the exotic.  Also, something of a layabout, truth be told.  We each have, at best, only a short stroll between cradle and… Read more »