Vol. 31 Iss. 17

Volume 31, Issue 17 - 05/05/2023

Minds We Meet—Wayne O’Toole

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Wayne O’Toole (he/him), a brand new student just beginning his AU journey this May.  Wayne is enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts, major in Sociology and a minor in Inclusive Education. From Unam’ki/Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Wayne stated, “I would like to begin by acknowledging… Read more »

How to Fit All Our Dreams in One Day

Sir Thomas Carlyle said, “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” Similarly, a loving heart is the beginning of all dreams.  And we’ve got one day, each day, to come closer to realizing all our goals and dreams.  So, how do we fit our hopes and aspirations into each passing day? First, let… Read more »

Music Review—Element

Artist: Louise Burns Album: Element Vancouver producer-songwriter, Louise Burns, has released her fifth studio album, Element.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Of the album, Burns says, “For me, there is nothing more radical than being joyful despite what you’re going through.” She adds that her new album is about… Read more »

Dear Barb—All in the Family

Dear Barb: My parents just separated because my dad was having an affair with my aunt (mom’s sister)!  I am devastated!  I thought my aunt and my dad got along well, but I never figured this would happen.  My mom is heartbroken and barely able to function.  Meanwhile my dad wants me to be happy… Read more »

Getting the Memo—Content And Medium in Distance Education

Technical glitches have a fateful feel to them: it’s like Murphy’s Law (where anything that can go wrong will go wrong) meets the original Jurassic Park (where a chaos principle ensures that a teensy bugaboo leads to an infinite regress of larger and larger foul-ups).  So it was that when AU last month conducted an… Read more »

Candlelight Performance

I recently attended a performance hosted by Candlelight, a live, multi-sensory musical concert that is hosted across the world.  Local musicians showcase their interpretation of classical and contemporary pieces.  For example, I attended a classical quartet featuring Bach, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.  If you’re someone who hasn’t been to a classical music quartet before, the idea… Read more »

A Look Into Obesity—Adverse Childhood Experiences

Over the past few years, some prominent voices have chosen to take the pop culture route and shame ‘fatness’, but also to speak about people who they know nothing about except for the fact that they may be “fat”. One would expect such comments to come from individuals that are trying to become “influencers” and… Read more »


Every once in a while, more often than I care to admit, I find myself going down a rabbit hole that’s difficult to climb out of.  This week, I found a music video called “Hi Ren”, by a singer and rap-artist named, appropriately, Ren.  I’m a few months late to this particular party apparently, but… Read more »

Hidden Secrets and Gems to Finding Hyper-Efficiency

I have Gopi Krishna syndrome.  It’s a great thing to have.  Gopi Krishna was a Hindu who had a life-transformative experience: he underwent enlightenment through a physical bolt of energy that erupted throughout his spine during a Kundalini moment in meditation.  As a result of the unwieldy power, he started going crazy and sought others… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Beyond “Not in My Backyard”: A rural response to the toxic drug emergency Tues, May 9, 10:00 to 11:30 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Communities in Transition news.athabascau.ca/events/beyond-not-in-my-backyard-a-rural-response-to-the-toxic-drug-emergency/ Register through above link Library Chat Tues, May 9, 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… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group Worth the wait.  When course textbooks for three courses didn’t show up by the first day of study, a student wondered how long they usually take.  After a number of responses were posted, including a few mini-rants about etexts, the original poster commented that the parcel with the textbooks arrived later that… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Student Essay Contest Sponsored by:  Fraser Institute Deadline:  June 1, 2023 Potential payout:  up to $1500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students studying in Canada or Canadian students studying abroad, and be either high-school, undergraduate, or graduate students in any discipline. What’s required:  An online application including contact and academic info, along with… Read more »