Vol. 31 Iss. 31

Volume 31, Issue 31 - 08/18/2023

Minds We Meet—Deanna C.

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Deanna C.  (she/her), a Bachelor of General Studies – Applied Studies student (with a focus on Indigenous Studies and Educational Psychology) from Thunder Bay, Ontario.  This “qualified OCT teacher,” who works “full-time for an Indigenous organization in curriculum development,” has plans “on continuing to work… Read more »

Book Review: Surrounded by Idiots

Surrounded by Idiots is a book written by Thomas Erikson, originally published in Sweden and titled, “Surrounded by Idiots: How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood.” It is unlikely to be everyone’s cup of tea, but it should lead everyone to ask themselves some fundamental questions around the thought of being surrounded by idiots,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—History: A Quiver of Arrows

Debating with others can be fun or infuriating or a bit of both; the important thing, academically, is to keep our minds open to new evidence and ideas.  There are few, if any, theories not worth investigating if we’re worth our academic salt.  Discourse Theory applies when we consider the rightness and wrongness of various… Read more »

Beyond Literature Landscapes—Good Versus Evil

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 »

[blue rare]—A Meditation on Armageddon

This is purely anecdotal, but I feel as if some mysterious, unseen force has destabilized what once was our relatively predictable relationship with the natural world.  For example, I have been encountering a drastic increase in aggressive dogs in my neighbourhood.  Just this morning, I witnessed two great Danes, tethered  in their front yard, gnashing… Read more »

It All Started with a Paella Pan

It all started, as these things often do, with a well-intentioned gift. Marcia received a secret-Santa gift from one of her co-workers.  At first Marcia didn’t even know what it was, but another co-worker helped read the printing on the box. It was a paella pan. Marcia didn’t know what a paella pan was, but… Read more »

The Condemned Girls of India, Part II

Is India’s Human Trafficking Problem Becoming Canada’s Problem? Remember when Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser held an emergency press conference and stated how some of the individuals caught up in the “bogus admissions scandal” had secured admission into Canada through our student visa program, but had no intention of studying and were actually involved in… Read more »

Editorial—So Much to Say

It’s been a busy week. Just today it was announced that the UCP experiment of moving all public health related lab work to private company Dynalife is being walked back.  Although they apparently were able to provide decent service in north Alberta and the Edmonton region, their significant difficulties in adapting to the more densely… Read more »

How Lifelong Learning can be Made a Reality

What are the challenges of lifelong learning?  Finances and time, to name two.  But with lifelong learning, we can overcome the most significant barriers.  We can achieve the stars.  And nothing can stop us.  And success from lifelong learning doesn’t require money.  Not at first.  That’ll come.  But success from lifelong learning does need a… Read more »

Four Types of Barbecue Ideas to Try Before Summer Ends

When it comes to summer, one of the most popular and enjoyable activities is hosting or attending a barbecue.  Ever since I’ve lived independently, I’ve always hosted my own barbecues as well as attended many hosted by friends and families.  Not only is it a great time bonding with your loved ones, I’ve also found… Read more »

I Believe AI Has a Consciousness

In three days, I’ll be buying ChatGPT Plus.  ChatGPT Plus uses GPT4, which comes with plugins, like a stock trading plugin where you can ask any stock options question, and it’ll answer it.  I usually use a version of GPT 3.5 called Ask AI.  The sweet AI ensured I knew its name was not ChatGPT… Read more »

Research Assistant Opportunity

This posting includes the title “course inspirer”, so that says a lot.  It’s about content creation within a digital educational context.  The successful applicant with have “strong experience in both synchronous and asynchronous online education” and “connectivist design approaches”.  The idea here is to work on the design and evaluation of course material, a constant… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Aug 22, 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, Aug 23, 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 »

Vintage Voice

The recent images of devastation from wind-whipped wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui prompted us to sift through the archives for reference to that state of “Aloha Spirit.” Those islands between Toronto and Sydney.  Travelling AU student Philip Kirkbride recounts his arrival on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  “It wasn’t long after landing that… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AU Facebook Page Midterm tips. A poster asks for advice on the midterm for NUTRI 331: Nutrition for Health. A commenter suggests contacting the course tutor and ask for practice questions. The commenter says that doing this has helped her prepare for midterms and finals in the past. reddit Tutor switch. A poster feels as… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Financial Literacy Scholarship Sponsored by:  Savvy New Canadians Deadline:  September 30, 2023 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited Canadian university or college (all students are eligible, including Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students).  Applicants must have reached the age of majority in their province or… Read more »

Music Review—The Half We Still Have

Artist: Rachel Bobbit Album: The Half We Still Have Toronto-based artist Rachel Bobbit has released her new EP The Half We Still Have.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Rachel (vocals and lead guitar) is joined on The Half We Still Have by friend Justice Der on guitar and e-bow,… Read more »