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Mad Cow:

Some years ago I read about a horrible disease named Kuru. It was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the most rare disease in the world. A little investigation, however, showed that Kuru was not all that rare. Called “laughing sickness”, Kuru is a brain wasting disease that is transmitted by curious… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

Once again Athabasca University can claim leadership status in the area of distance education. AU was one of only three recipients of an Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement presented by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). AU was the only North American recipient of the award – the others were BBC World Service in London,… Read more »

Beyond the Headlines

The Society of Friends of Nepal (SOFON) exists to: · Promote education and relief of poverty of the underprivileged communities through training in career skills; · To increase awareness and appreciation of the problems of underprivileged communities, especially in the global south by organizing educational programs; · To administer and operate overseas development programs and… Read more »

Notice to AU graduate students and those considering entering graduate studies at AU:

Athabasca University Students’ Union is in the process of establishing an AU Graduate Students’ Association. Here’s a sampling of benefits of belonging to a Graduate Students’ Association: · Graduate student representation on University Committees · University and government advocacy and lobbying · Affiliation with provincial and national graduate students’ organizations · Assistance with university/student dispute… Read more »

Employment Opportunities: Rooftops Canada / Abri International. Contributed By The Community Networks Group

1) Overseas Job Posting: Senior Technical Advisor Cooperative Social Housing, 2 years, full time, Johannesburg, South Africa Starting Sept/Oct. 2002 Deadline for applications: August 16, 2002. Rooftops Canada /Abri International requires a Senior Technical Advisor work with the Social Housing Foundation to build skills in the emerging South African co-operative and social housing sector. The… Read more »

Congratulations, Tamra Ross Low!

The beginning of August marks Tamra’s one year anniversary of writing as a columnist for The Voice, and more than a year of contributing to our paper. Thank-you Tamra for your contributions, and your efforts to continue to improve The Voice!

The Banana Morality

There is nothing less than the potential for everything within the null space of the void. This is to say that both questions and answers appear as meaningless if there is only unlimited potential and nothing actual. Thus, when we consider the question, “how is something morally valuable?” we must do so within the context… Read more »

:From my soapbox:

The Kyoto Accord is “dead as a Dodo”, largely because certain powerful western governments that can well afford to implement the protocol are taking a shortsighted approach and caving in to pressure from corporations that are even more shortsighted. What some politicians are feeding us is a totally different kind of do-do, and pretty soon… Read more »

E-Etiquette for University Students

Communicating with your university can entail sending a quick e-mail to Library Services to see if they have a book you need, or sending a lengthy e-mail to your tutor about a problem you are having with a course. Remember these simple rules of e-etiquette when communicating by e-mail. The Salutation – How to Address… Read more »