Vol. 31 Iss. 26

Volume 31, Issue 26 - 07/07/2023

Minds We Meet—Courtney Ware

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Courtney (she/they), a Bachelor of General Studies student with a focus on Anthropology and Indigenous Studies, who is “currently residing on the traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples with the colonized name of Victoria, BC.  Courtney stated, “I currently reside on the traditional territories of… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Katherine Hepburn and Pinnochio

Don’t we as distance students sound a bit like Pinocchio, with our study-minded conscience as Jiminy Cricket and our benefactors as ol’ Gepeto?  The pine-based puppet, like our digital avatar selves, promised, “I will study, I will work, I will do all that you tell me, for indeed I have become weary of being a… Read more »

[blue rare]—The Carnivals of Summer

Of all the senseless cockwomble statements you tend to hear, the one that irritates me like capsicum on the gonads is “whatever doesn’t destroy you makes you stronger”.  No, it doesn’t.  Trauma, most of the time, is survivable, but it certainly doesn’t enhance your resilience.  What really does make us stronger are those things that… Read more »

Music Review—Colder Than the Sea

Artist: Steve & Ginie Jackson Album: Colder Than The Sea Single: 7 Billion People Montreal acoustic folk duo, Steve & Ginie Jackson have released their newest album, Colder Than The Sea. A music video for their feature single “7 Billion People” is available on YouTube. Steve and Ginie are a couple who met during a… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Death and Dying

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 »

ChatGPT Can Help Us Realize Our Dreams of a Ph.D.

What if we dreamed of getting a Ph.D.  but hit a wall and balked?  It’s the same with anything in life: sometimes, we hit a dead end and don’t know how to continue.  But one solution is to ask Chat GPT. But first, as a case study, my GPA fell short of the 3.8 required… Read more »

Psychosocial Hazards—Getting Familiar with the Latest Set of Hazards at the Workplace.

Workplace hazards have historically been viewed as physical harms, inspiring the communication behind Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels that show up on potentially dangerous products like chemicals.  But a new set of identified hazards is poised to move us away from the traditional thinking that sees hazards as being solely physical and toward… Read more »

Editorial—The Things You Don’t Know

Go here, watch the video.  Do it now.  I’ll wait. This is the kind of thing that AU researchers are helping to spearhead, and, old fogey though I may be, I think it might be something that works, not only to promote its own message but also that of AU as a university that people… Read more »

Organized Crime—Part III

In last week’s edition of The Voice Magazine, I wrote about the role that the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians play in keeping the promise of Canada alive and well.  All that was remaining was to explore “national” security through a provincial lens; that path… Read more »

Have you tried Sticky Rice Dumpling?

Sticky rice dumplings are a traditional Chinese food made with glutinous sticky rice, filled with a sweet or savoury filling, wrapped in bamboo leaves.  It is also known as Zhong Zi.  This Chinese delicacy has been enjoyed for centuries, particularly during the Dragon Boat Festival (around the time of summer solstice).  These savory sticky rice… Read more »

Ways to Achieve Professional Greatness

What makes us at AU special to potential employers?  Exposure to The Voice Magazine articles promotes our personal and professional development.  At my former brick-and-mortar university, many of its newspaper articles did not groom me for professional or even personal growth.  However, The Voice Magazine‘s articles delve into ways to improve our well-being and discover… Read more »

Tender Relations

I could tell when Susan walked in the door after work.  She knew something was different.  She usually came in warily, looking around to see where my mother was, or what had changed during the day.  Today, I saw the carefully controlled look of surprise on her face.  Nothing appeared to have changed.  But everything… Read more »

AUSU Update!

Congratulations, AU graduates! The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) extends its heartfelt congratulations to the recent Athabasca University (AU) undergraduates who Convocated on Friday, June 16, 2023, online and in person in Edmonton, Alberta. We are tremendously grateful to have shared part of this momentous day with you. You have worked tirelessly to reach this… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—AUSU Social Media

AU Facebook Page Tips and tricks. A poster is starting their first study period with AU and asks for tips or mistakes to avoid as they get started. One helpful commenter highly recommends introducing yourself to the course tutor at the very start of your contract period, as she has noticed she gets better responses… Read more »

Vintage Voice

The recent loss of the Titan submersible got us diving into our archives.  We went down the rabbit hole and came up with this pair of sort-of submarine-related articles. He’s a real nowhere man.  Lonita Fraser takes a deep dive into the groundbreaking movie Yellow Submarine.  “Yellow Submarine became a vehicle not only for the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Building Brighter Futures Awards Sponsored by:  Indspire Deadline:  August 1, 2023, 11:59 pm EST Potential payout:  varies by award Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian Indigenous students enrolled or attending full- or part-time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, or technology programs. What’s required:  An online application form, details of which are… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Jul 11, 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 Library Chat Wed, Jul 12, 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… Read more »