Vol. 31 Iss. 27

Volume 31, Issue 27 - 07/14/2023

Minds We Meet—Kady

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Kady (she/her), a Post LPN-Bachelor of Nursing student living in Price George, British Colombia.  Kady stated, “I would like to acknowledge that I am living on the traditional territories of the Lheidli t’enneh.” On a personal note, Kady is a “39-year-old married mother of 4… Read more »

Five Ways to Prevent Burnout

Burnout can affect anyone, including athletes, those with ADHD or autism, employees, and students.  Avoiding burnout during academic studies is crucial.  So, take breaks, prioritize self-care, and seek support when necessary.  Burnout is no fun. I can testify.  I’ve recently overtrained with exercise while working, studying, cleaning, and committing to projects.  I’ve been getting some… Read more »

Music Review—The Projectors

Artist: The Projectors Album: The Projectors Victoria, B.C.  indie/garage rock group, The Projectors, have released their debut self-titled LP, with an accompanying video for the single “Golden Age”.  The music video is available on YouTube and the album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. The band consists of lead singer/songwriter Dylan Rysstad,… Read more »

[blue rare]—The Perfect Saturday (a Promise)

Have you ever felt that there is no venture in life more important than the quest to assemble the perfect Saturday?  (I say “assemble, because that is the only way, isn’t it?  Putting it together, piece-by-carefully-chosen-piece, like a miniature, silver-plated model of the Eiffel Tower, or a beautifully crafted, hand-painted German jigsaw puzzle.) Have you… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—All for One and One for All? Do the Math.

Would you push your best friend in front of a speeding CN train if it saved a group of children from being run over?  Sacrificing the smaller good to benefit the social whole underpins the philosophy of Utilitarianism.  A present-day example would be where a “riot involving hundreds of deaths may be averted only by… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Power, Control, and Corruption

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 »


Ka-thunka, ka-thunka, ka-thunka.  The train’s steady sound was usually soothing, but today Natalie found it jarring.  She wanted the one-hour trip to be over.  She also wanted to put off her arrival, put off making a decision. Learning that the cancer was back was a gut-punch blow.  Everything had been looking up.  Every month since… Read more »

New Immigration Programs Unveiled at 2023 Collision Conference

Perhaps there were no greater words spoken at this year’s Collision Conference, Canada’s biggest tech conference, then that of Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, who had the following words of support for Canada’s tech sector, “We are in a global race for the same pool of talent with competitors around the entire world.  Now in… Read more »

Change Our Bad Behaviors to Good

What bad behavior might all students want to change for the better? Time spent studying! That’s unless we’re already maximizing our study time.  Either way, here is a model to change our bad behaviors to good.  It’s a model that looks at changing behaviors by altering either triggers or consequences.  In this example, we’ll look… Read more »

Editorial—Hot Times

Summer is well and truly here, as evidenced by how few events we have in the AU-thentic Events column.  Folks at AU are busy with summer holidays and other activities that mean there’s fewer extra activities in the university community itself. This week, the gestalt seems to be landing upon trains, as the Fly on… Read more »

Understanding Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a common digestive disorder that affects a significant portion of the global population.  For myself, I have difficulty digesting lactose as well, which includes milk and dairy products.  The sugars found in dairy products cause a significant amount of symptoms including bloating, gas, diarrhea, and gut pain.  These symptoms happen about a… Read more »

Organized Crime—Canada’s Latest National Security Threat

In last week’s edition of The Voice Magazine, I highlighted the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, their Intelligence and Organized Crime Committee, and the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, which was comprised of one federal bureau and ten provincial bureaus, one in every province, and which included Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario, as well as covering… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Sunshine Coast Health Centre Scholarship Sponsored by:  Sunshine Coast Health Centre Deadline:  August 1, 2023 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be high school, undergrad, or graduate students enrolled for the 2023/24 semesters at an accredited university or college in Canada, in a program related to clinical counselling, psychology, social sciences, or… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AU Facebook Page Degree Works Doesn’t Work. A poster mistakenly believed they submitted their course registration plan when they used the Degree Works course planning tool. The poster found out the hard way that this was incorrect now that her funding has been delayed and asks if there is any chance the student financial aid… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Jul 18, 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 19, 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… Read more »

Research Assistant Opportunity!—Know Your Code? Now’s Your Chance!

If you like computer coding and always wanted to invent a board game this is the job posting for you. Other tasks include utilizing word and language predictive software in “research areas: natural language processing, artificial intelligence, neural networks, software development”. As course material uses more complex software you’d be part of the technological vanguard… Read more »

Vintage Voice

ChatGPT has renewed the conversation—and speculation—surrounding artificial intelligence.  With some apprehension, we sifted through the archives to find what passed for current views way back when. Ten years ago.  S.D. Livingstone delves into the possibility that AI could man the phone lines at the customer service desk.  “According to one prediction, it will only be… Read more »