Vol. 31 Iss. 11

Volume 31, Issue 11 - 03/17/2023

Chronic Illness and the Art of Pacing

Juggling full time work along with AU studies and life’s endless responsibilities can be a challenge for many students.  However, for students with chronic illnesses, this busy, fast-paced life can feel utterly overwhelming. Acknowledging that chronic illness comes in endless varieties, with ever-changing symptoms that can fluctuate in their severity, there are a few lessons… Read more »

The 2023 By-Election Candidate Questions

Each time there’s an election for AUSU, the Voice Magazine likes to ask some questions to help Voice readers understand the priorities, goals, and, to some extent, personalities of the candidates.  This time is no different, and with voting now open, it’s time for you to be able to see the results. Nine questions were… Read more »

[blue rare] Thoughts on the Reluctant Traveler

Lately, I have been mostly enjoying the Apple TV reality series The Reluctant Traveler, starring the great Eugene Levy, comic actor and co-creator of the sitcom Schitt’s Creek.  The premise of the show is that Mr.  Levy is someone who is deeply averse to new experiences, but nevertheless willing to move far beyond his comfort… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes

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—Reflections on the Iraq War

20-years-ago, on March 20th 2003, American and British troops invaded Iraq to remove a tyrant who had used chemical weapons against his own people.  This ruling despot, Saddam Hussein, had received the South Park cartoon caricature treatment so we all knew he was a baaaad man.  Authorities and experts (spoiler alert: beware expert consensus!) claimed… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Stuffed Pork Loin Roast

I watched a video recently where the chef stuffed a whole pork loin; it looked good.  Serendipitously my local grocery store had whole loins for sale.  I had my muse, and the supplies were readily available, so I grabbed some apples, brie cheese, and fresh sage.  The plan was that I would stuff the pork… Read more »

Music Review—Beautiful Things

Artist: Netty Rose Album: Beautiful Things New Jersey blues rock band, Netty Rose, has released their third EP, Beautiful Things.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music.  It consists of five tracks: Come Back; Fair-Weather Friends; Riled Child (featuring Craig Cirinelli); Free; and Drown (featuring Chris Cirinelli).  A music video for… Read more »

Dear Barb—Destined to Divorce?

Dear Barb: Hi, I am in my late twenties, and I have been living with my boyfriend for four years.  On Christmas Eve he proposed to me and presented me with a magnificent diamond.  Of course I accepted, since I have been waiting a long time for this.  We get along great, and I don’t… Read more »

The End of Courtroom TV

After more than two decades on TV, both The People’s Court with Judge Marilyn Milian, and Judge Mathis were not renewed for a new season, a result of the changing nature of daytime television, and it brings to end an era of controversial courtroom TV.  Although the quality of courtroom TV shows has somewhat improved… Read more »

Five Types of Tacos and their Origins

Ever since returning from Mexico, I’ve been exploring Calgary for great taco joints across the city.  Although none quite compare with the street taco experience, I was able to find a few places that offered fairly authentic experiences for Mexican street food.  Paired with a fruity, tropical drink, tacos make the perfect finger food or… Read more »

Editorial—Technical Issues

The Voice Magazine survey is now concluded, and while we haven’t gone through all the answers yet, with over a thousand respondents, we should come away with a good idea of what the general reader thinks might be some ways to improve this magazine.  Frankly, I’m both excited and, if I’m honest, a little bit… Read more »

Our Rocket Ship is Launching

I don’t know how it happened, but my enthusiasm for life is at its highest.  I’m in menopause, so presumably life should be terrible.  But it’s not.  I’m on fire with joy.  I’m unsure what I did right or if it’s just luck.  But I have some insights that may interest you.  Here they are:… Read more »

My Crazy Life—Cybercrime During COVID-19 Lockdowns

“Nothing about you makes sense,” “You’re like something out of a movie,” and “You’ve lived a million lives, eh,” are all phrases that I have become accustomed to hearing from almost everyone I meet.  Most of the stories I share with people might lead them to believe that I am a tall-tale teller, possibly influenced… Read more »

How to Sculpt Your Physique Fashionably through Sports

This article is a touch taboo.  That’s because I explore how to sculpt your physique when the focus should be on how it makes you feel.  And I believe that fitness should be dedicated to our “higher power,” not vanity. The good news is that I took a fashion course and have done many different… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group APA frustrations.  Vague remarks from a tutor on a student’s APA citation formatting prompts much wondering on what exactly is the problem; a comment in the thread suggests having the Write Site review the assignment before submitting to the tutor for marking. Discord Where tutor is a dirty word.  A student attempts… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award Sponsored by:  Food Allergy Canada Deadline:  April 3, 2023 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian residents under the age of 25, and enrolled for their first year of studies or continuing their studies at a post-secondary institution.  Applicants do not need to have food allergies… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

2023 By-Election: Voting Period Mar 16 to 21 Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/2023-by-election-voting-period/ Ballots emailed directly to undergrad voters; more info on above link Library Chat Tues, Mar 21, 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 Writing Forum: Writing work… Read more »

Vintage Voice

With the first day of spring following a few days after March 17’s St Patrick’s Day, there are many reasons why we are thinking green this week! Out-of-this-world celebrations.  Barbara Lehtiniemi muses on the cross-cultural appeal of St Patrick’s Day.  “Green may be the prime attraction of St. Patrick’s Day. By mid-March, Canadians are tired… Read more »