Vol. 31 Iss. 34

Volume 31, Issue 34 - 09/08/2023

Fly on the Wall—Therapy, the World’s Oldest Profession?

Ahem. Try reading aloud this article title to a counsellor and you’ll find, I wager, that contrary to the seriousness of their client’s subject matter and lifelong travails, never can it be said that therapists lack a sense of humor!  And if you want, follow it up with a paraphrase of President/WW2 General Dwight D…. Read more »

Music Reviews—The Get Arounds

Artist: The Get Arounds Album: I Wanna Live Release Date: February 18, 2023 The Get Arounds, hailing from Vancouver, BC, are a Canadian rock band boasting Lana Ryma as their vocalist, Carman Lethbridge wielding the guitar, Paul Albert holding down the bass, and Eric Lowe on drums.  Their inception took place during the COVID-19 lockdown,… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Unrequited Love

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 »

Editorial—The Importance of History

If you haven’t looked at University Affairs in the last while, you might want to head over there to read the story about the battle over post-secondary education in Alberta.  In particular, it points out that cuts to post-secondary education have been more than half a billion dollars since 2019 and points out, rightly, the… Read more »

Book Review: The Flame by Leonard Cohen

There might not be another person that is as identifiable by a single word repeated four times over like the late Leonard Cohen with “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah”, but there is so much more to his life than his most recognizable song, Hallelujah, which he first recorded in 1984 and which peoples still listened to… Read more »

Submarine Dream

Carol looked wistfully across the sandy beach to the ocean beyond.  A gentle surf lapped against the shore.  She found the sound relaxing, but what she really wanted was to immerse herself in the salty water.  She wanted to feel sand squishing between her toes and the froth of the waves splashing over her shoulders…. Read more »

The Power of an AU Education

I requested that Ask AI provide ideas for an article on how Athabasca students can earn a quarter million a year with their degrees.  And I want to stress that this wealth goal is possible for all students—including students with severe disabilities.  And Ask AI did not disappoint.  Here are many degree paths that can… Read more »

AUSU Update

Consent Awareness Week The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) is proud to support the Possibility Seeds’ Courage to Act project, a national Consent Awareness Week with community partners across Canada, running annually during the third week of September. Consent education and preventing sexual violence are every bit as important for online as for in-person campuses…. Read more »

Vintage Voice!

Twenty-two years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we sift through the reflections of Voice writers from the years following those events. Twin towers keychain, anyone?  Travelling to NYC less than two years after the 9/11 attacks, Sara Kinninmont has mixed feelings about visiting the site of Ground Zero.  “All these images swarmed… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  AES Engineering Scholarships Sponsored by:  AES Engineering Deadline:  October 8, 2023 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be high school seniors or students attending a post-secondary educational facility. What’s required:  An email with contact and school info, along with an essay of 500-1000 words answering the following:  When you look back on… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Sep 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 to win graduate awards and scholarships Tues, Sep 12, 12:30 to 1:45 pm MDT Online via Microsoft Teams Hosted by AU’s Write Site and AU Faculty of… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AU Facebook Win a Gift Card for $200. Enter a draw to win an Amazon gift card for September by writing a course review for the AUSU Peer Course Review Service. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AUSUCourseReview.  Reddit 2-Day Course Extension? A student who became ill is concerned about the AU course contract ending tomorrow. The student is seeking advice on where… Read more »

DIY Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese cheesecake is a delicious and fluffy dessert that has a unique texture and flavor.  It’s lighter and less dense compared to traditional American-style cheesecake.  I remember having to pay a premium for these goodies at local Hong Kong bakeries or the infamous Uncle Tetsu in Vancouver and Toronto.  I enjoy eating the cake in… Read more »