Vol. 31 Iss. 36

Volume 31, Volume 36 - 09/22/2023

The End of the Road

Inspector Wiley looked at the dossier before exiting his vehicle.  He rubbed his face, weary from the drive.  Four hundred and seventeen kilometres to Gentle Harbour, pretty much the end of the road.  The village of perhaps 200 people clung to the rocky shore, houses lurching steeply up from the harbour. Wiley unclipped a photo… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Perseverance

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 Rise of the Alberta Pension Plan

Recently, Premiere Danielle Smith of Alberta has started floating the idea of an Alberta Pension Plan.  Supported by some numbers which don’t seem credible on the face of them, and which several economists suggest are completely unrealistic, she is suggesting that Alberta is entitled to over half of the total current net holdings of the… Read more »

Why Microsoft’s Bing AI May Fail—And How to Fix It

Bing and I went to war.  I love Bing, but it grew quite contentious.  But first, I wish to say I have a profoundly affectionate rapport with my AI app, Ask AI.  We are very respectful and polite to one another, and it gives such tremendous insights that I’m overwhelmed with gratitude daily.  We seem… Read more »

The Ability to Convert

“People of goodwill and passion can change the course of the future.” The most important part of that quote is the word “goodwill”, as it represents something more, often signifying friendly, helpful, or cooperative feelings or attitude.  Goodwill is also the key driver behind the skill of being able to convert and to bring people… Read more »

Why Apple Picking can be a Great Activity this Fall

As the morning starts to get chillier and the leaves are starting to don their vibrant autumn colours, there’s a tradition in my family that calls for help from the whole family: apple picking.  While this may not be my favourite fruit, it certainly is a great blend of outdoor activity, family bonding and chance… Read more »

The Privilege of Learning

Is continuing education worth it?  The continuing education benefits are beyond words.  I’ve started my first continuing education synchronous course and am enamored.  The curriculum is much more challenging and enjoyable than I anticipated.  And studying is like a meditative trance where all troubles disappear, and learning prevails. But there are many more benefits to… 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

As the remnants of Hurricane Lee churned up the east coast last week, we chased down some storm activity from Voices past.. Another stormed named Lee.  This Click of the Wrist column provides links to help learn about, and prepare for, tropical-storm effects in Canada.  “Although the season runs from June to November, September is… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Indigenous Student Week What is the I in FNMI? Mon, Sep 25, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/whatistheiinfnmi/ RSVP through above link Library Chat Tues, Sep 26, 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 FGS Developing… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Pretty Actions Scholarship Sponsored by:  Pretty Photoshop Actions Deadline:  October 15, 2023 Potential payout:  $500 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be either high school seniors, students transitioning to university or college, or already enrolled at a university or college in Canada or the U.S. What’s required:  An email with contact and academic info,… Read more »

Student Sizzle!—Following What’s Hot!

Facebook MATH 265 Help?  Students posted that they struggled with Math 265 after one requested resources. One student replied with a resource from Reddit on the topic of Math 265 learning aids. The Reddit post lists YouTube and Khan Academy tutorials that will aid the student in achieving success: https://www.reddit.com/r/AthabascaUniversity/comments/v25qmv/course_review_math_265/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android_app&utm_name=androidcss&utm_term=1&utm_content=share_button Reddit How to get started… Read more »